A defense of personalized news

Jay Small, a new-media and newspaper veteran for whom I have great respect, has responded to my recent blog post about individuated news: “Individuate Me!.” In it, he challenges the wisdom of making personalized news a priority. Here’s my response: First, Jay noted that “the conference title muddles the theme: personal news. (Really, isn’t ‘Global…

OK, it’s time to get personal, newspapers

I spent today at the Global Conference on the Individuated Newspaper, hosted by MediaNews Group and run by MN’s VP of targeted products, Peter Vandevanter, who is a long-time student and fan of personalized news. Forty or so people gathered in the auditorium of the Denver Newspaper Agency building — an interesting mix of technologists,…

This is probably going to end badly for Tribune Co.

I’ve been thinking more about the Tribune Co.’s “radical” print newspaper redesigns, which started with its Orlando Sentinel last Sunday. I’ve checked out the print edition each day this week. Overall, my impressions are big-time negative — not so much from a how-it-looks perspective (the design is nice enough), but rather from a corporate strategy…

Missing George Carlin

I let most celebrity deaths pass without commenting on them, because they usually don’t hit me. I’ve never been much into celebrity worship. But I do feel the loss of George Carlin. He’s among the select few who I am comfortable using the term “comic genius.” I’ll miss his irreverent and smart brand of humor….

WTF, WSJ?

Why would anyone reading WSJ.com give a hoot about what page in the print edition a story ran on? So they can go out and buy the print edition and get a hard copy of the story? Umm, no. It’s a small thing, I know, but an indicator of editors stuck in old mindsets.

Lipstick on a pig?

This Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel will debut a significant redesign of the print edition (prompted, of course, by Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell‘s company-wide call to go crazy and reinvent newspapers). While I’m writing this in advance of seeing the actual paper, there is a nice multimedia presentation that shows what’s coming. So I’m commenting…

Are we watching a Tribune train wreck in progress?

I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about the chances of the beleaguered Tribune Co. in the Sam Zell era. On the one hand, I’ve applauded his (occasionally profane) approach of shaking things up and imploring the Tribune staff to think out of the box and start seriously innovating. There can be little argument…

Craig on newspaper classifieds

Craig (who needs no last name to be recognized, but it’s Newmark) spoke to editors at the Washington Post this week. Here’s a video clip: More thoughts over on ReinventingClassifieds.com.

User comments sway a trial’s change of venue

A long-running soap opera legal case here in Boulder involves the Midyettes, a couple whose 10-week-old baby died. Molly Midyette is serving a jail term for not preventing the death of her son, while Alex Midyette is set to stand trial for child abuse resulting in death. This week, Alex Midyette was granted a change…

What, no avatar yet?

On this blog (and many others), if you post a comment your personal avatar will automatically accompany your comment — assuming that you have an avatar assigned to your e-mail address using either Gravatar or MyBlogLog (both free services). Many of you have yet to assign yourselves avatars. These can be comic characters (as I…

This is true: web video is The Thing

I’ve been reading Randy Cassingham’s This Is True “weird news” e-mail newsletter for many years. Well, Randy seems to be adopting more modern online trends. Now he’s doing video versions of his odd stories. Enjoy the latest: (Actually, this is the first video of a “revamped” version of This Is True for YouTube. If I’d…

Keeping Boulder weird

Boulder, Colorado. It’s a great town. A bit weird, but that’s why those of us who live here love it. Enjoy the recent “Naked Bike Ride.” Video by the Boulder Daily Camera. (No, I do not have the guts or desire to ever participate in this!)

Joining the TimesPeople

TimesPeople, the new “social” feature of NYTimes.com, is intriguing. It’s early beta (Firefox extension), so I’ll forgive it for being a little awkward to figure out. Here’s a CNET interview with the developers: A key element is finding your online friends also on it and sharing recommendations. I tried letting it look for people in…

Citizen reporters and the ‘rules’ of journalism

JD Lasica interviewed NYU’s Jay Rosen in the video below, in which Rosen gives an excellent overview of the Mayhill Fowler dual controversies. Fowler was the “citizen journalist” working for Off The Bus who captured Barack Obama’s “bitter about guns and religion” comment and Bill Clinton cursing out an author. Rosen echoes my own thoughts…

Katie’s Youtube channel

I must say, this Katie Couric Youtube channel of behind-the-scenes looks at the CBS anchor’s life when the “real” cameras aren’t on is pretty cool. Obviously, Couric is comfortable with any camera on, so it’s not a big deal, apparently, for someone to be following her around with a pocket video camera. Here’s an example:…