Why does this idea persist?

How to save newspapers … NOT! http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/socialstudies.php Why does this idea persist? I realize that the “free content” model is not paying out as quickly as the newspaper industry wants it to — thus necessitating drastic cutbacks in response to the downward revenue spiral — but this author’s suggestion of newspaper publishers banding together and…

User comments: good, bad and ugly

Like most newspaper websites these days, the Boulder Daily Camera‘s allows users to comment on stories. Staff monitors the comments and responds to user reports of abusive comments by removing offensive posts. It’s all good … well, some good, some not so. When you read bad comments, rememberthe good The Camera is my main local…

Let’s see, how can we do weather differently today?

Kudos to DailyCamera.com (Boulder, CO) for adding a little creativity to what usually is a dull daily weather-forecast standup. (That’s Camera film critic Jeanine Fritz doing the weather.) Here’s another thought to mix it up: Grab a random and interesting looking person off the street and ask them to read the weather forecast from your…

Are you ready for iPhone as No. 1 device?

I think the iPhone 3G is gonna be big. … D’uh! That’s a pretty safe statement. After today’s announcement, and after drooling over its new features on the Apple website, I tried to check my AT&T account to see when my 2-year contract is up, so I can upgrade to the new iPhone without paying…

Those ‘sly’ marketers

We had a power outage in parts of Boulder County yesterday, and the Boulder Daily Camera covered it in a news story (if a bit late, since the Sunday crew apparently hasn’t been trained in web publishing). The very first user comment about the story appears to be from a sly marketer for a company…

The rules have changed; politicians beware

Fascinating story from NY Times today: “For New Journalists, All Bets, but Not Mikes, Are Off.” The short version is that a “citizen journalist” working for Huffington Post’s Off The Bus was talking to Bill Clinton at a campaign rally, and the ex-prez blurted out some unsavory words thinking that he was just talking to…

Student ideas sought on saving classifieds

Over on my ReinventingClassified.com project, we’ve opened up a contest for college students (and recent grads), asking them to offer their ideas for solving the newspaper industry’s classifieds crisis. Best essay (or video, audio, multimedia presentation, or whatever) wins $250. There’s a runner-up award of $50. I believe that newspapers need to pretty much write…

What would you do with your comic avatar?

I’m doing a little market research for a project and would greatly appreciate your advice. My question: What would you do with a personal avatar that looked like a comic-strip version of you? How would you use it? What uses could you foresee for a comic avatar of your face and body, or just your…

Help needed: avatar and Twitter feed

Can anyone advise me on a Twitter feed challenge? See the comic avatar of me in the upper right of this blog page? There’s a talk balloon, and I’d like to get my latest post from Twitter to show inside that balloon. (That is, the balloon is updated with new text whenever I post a…

Do not give up, dammit!

This bears repeating and spreading around. It’s a quote from Jay Rosen (NYU, Pressthink) that appeared on his Facebook status today: “News people who wonder why their industry gets creamed by Google and Yahoo are the same news people who dismiss an idea after it fails once.” He may be referring to the trashing that…

Are you blogging less, tweeting more?

I have a few projects going right now, and I find that I’m remembering to post to this blog less often than I usually do. It’s not just that I’m busy, though; I’ve always been busy. No, I think that in part I’m blogging a bit less because I’m tweeting more. (To “tweet” is slang…

Serving your former customers

My May column for Editor & Publisher Online is up: “Serving Those Who Don’t Read the Print Edition.” It’s a riff on how newspapers need to figure out how to serve the increasing number of people who are dumping their print habit and halting subscriptions to the paper edition (and serve those for whom printed…

Your tweets are not private communication

I was a bit taken aback this evening when I saw that Derek Willis quoted one of my Twitter posts from earlier today on his blog, The Scoop. (That’s an insightful item, by the way, about the behind-the-scenes situation at the Washington Post where interactive star Rob Curley and his team are departing.) Now, I…

Let the readers provide the links?

There’s still plenty of old-media thinking among newspaper editors. I caught an example this week with this story from DailyCamera.com: “Larimer sheriff slams Boulder cyclists,” which is about some inflammatory comments made by the sheriff of Larimer County, suggesting that when his deputies encounter cyclists from Boulder, the Boulderites often have an “attitude.” The article…