Tweet your favorite self-portrait

I’m wondering if this little Twitter experiment I just posted will get any traction. We’ll see. The amazing thing about Twitter is all the creative (and practical) uses people are finding for it. Show us your best self-photo!

The Twitter wind storm

Last night in Boulder (and not ending till this morning) we had one of our area’s famous windstorms. I saw reports of 80 to 90 mph wind gusts in some areas of the region. (I didn’t get much sleep last night due to the noise, as I’m sure was common for folks around town.) So…

OK, now do you get why Twitter is important news?

If you’re in the news business and still think Twitter is silly and/or a waste of time, and of little consequence to journalism, this should wake you out of your stupor: Read his Twitter feed for a survivor’s experience of what he went through and saw — before any reporters could get to interview him…

Your predictions for Detroit and Denver

OK, so yesterday I tossed up a 100% unscientific poll to see what you thought would happen with the Detroit and Denver newspaper situations. Since we now know what the Detroit decision was (Thurs-Fri-Sun home delivery with papers for sale on newsstands only on other days), here are the current results. (Denver’s situation is in…

Detroit goes with the Thurs-Fri-Sun print-edition model

The speculation ended quickly enough. Detroit newspaper executives announced today their plan to (they hope) survive the industry crisis with two newspapers intact by implementing the following in spring 2009: Print the Detroit Free Press (Gannett-owned) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Print the Detroit News (MediaNews Group-owned) on Thursdays and Fridays. Paid digital-replica subscription service…

Quickie poll: What will happen to papers in Denver, Detroit?

What an exciting (and yes, depressing) week it’s been in the newspaper business. The cities to watch right now are Denver and Detroit. Denver: E.W. Scripps has put the Rocky Mountain News up for sale through mid January. No buyer: The Denver Post becomes Denver’s sole daily paper. Buyer: Who knows? Detroit: We’ll know more…

All eyes on Detroit newspapers: Don’t muff it, guys

I’m looking forward to Tuesday, when Detroit’s newspaper executives apparently will unveil a bold new plan to save themselves. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “the leading scenario set to be unveiled calls for the Free Press, the 20th largest U.S. newspaper by weekday circulation, and the News to end home delivery on all but…

Newspaper crisis: At least we can still laugh

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Beware, I might poke you in the eye!

In a mostly complimentary review of my last E&P Online column, “My ‘Crisis’ Advice to Newspaper Company CEOs: 11 Points to Ponder,” the North Carolina Press Association Idea Bank blog (post written by “The Seeker”) referred to me this way: “From the times I’ve read Outing’s columns, he doesn’t seem to be the type of…

Showtime: Don’t show them the money

My teen daughter got seriously hooked on the Showtime TV series Dexter, which is about a “noble” serial killer who works as a police forensics expert. A few months ago a friend at her boarding school loaned her the season 1 DVD and it quickly became her favorite show. She told me how great the…

Social media can make you a better athlete

I love this post by the developer of an iPhone app called Runkeeper: “The power of social.” So, Runkeeper tracks your runs, hikes, bike rides, etc., and records not only a map of your route to view later, but also your performance. The iPhone sends the data of your workout to your account on the…

Pet peeve time: Print web links that don’t work

Outside Magazine, January 2009 print edition. (Ah, yes, in the age of instant digital news, we still get our print magazines dated weeks in the future!) On page 25 is a nice photo and brief story about professional climber Katie Brown. (Katie was editor of my defunct company’s YourClimbing.com site that we published from 2006…

It’s not the liberal bias, stupid!

Egads. It was painful reading through the reader comments on this column by Mike Littwin of the Rocky Mountain News, bemoaning the impending doom of his newspaper. (It seems highly unlikely that there’s a white knight in the Rocky’s future, which means it will probably shut down in early 2009, after 150 years of serving…

Let’s hear from the newspaper CEOs

I’ve been writing columns and articles and doing research about the Internet and news media for a long time. A few columns over the years have been particularly well received; some landed with a dull thud; some attracted their share of criticism. Like many of my fellow industry pundits who opine about digital media trends,…

My ‘crisis’ advice for newspaper CEOs

Since the 50 newspaper company CEOs who attended the “Crisis Summit” hosted by the American Press Institute recently did not appear to have come out of that one-day session with The Answer to the industry’s woes, I took it upon myself to offer them some advice in my latest Editor & Publisher Online column: “My…