Tag, I’m it

OK, it’s my turn to play the Blog Tag game. B.L. Ochman “tagged” me last week, and it’s my duty to tell five things about myself that most people don’t know, then tag five more bloggers. I was born in the UK, in Essex, about 90 miles from London, and lived in a tiny village…

Should editors publish Saddam hanging images, video?

That’s a no-brainer, as far as I’m concerned. The answer is yes, when you’re talking about online. If you’re thinking of publishing gruesome photos on the font page of your newspaper, or video of the actual hanging on a news broadcast, then (especially in the USA, where we’re still puritanical about such things), don’t do…

Watch the eyes …

A friend pointed out this strip from For Better Or Worse, which was posted on the cartoonist’s website. Watch the eyes of the characters. … It’s a simple animated GIF file, yet for a traditional cartoon strip, I suppose this is cutting edge! I wonder when more cartoonists will truly embrace what’s possible on the…

Me and my (little) Crackberry

I’ve wanted smart-phone functionality for a long time, but resisted buying one because I couldn’t deal with carrying a brick around with me all the time. So I’ve stuck with small, lesser-function phones. Well, finally, I’ve found a smartphone that works for me! The Blackberry Pearl. This candy-bar style phone is actually smaller and lighter…

Seeing where you’re going: Snap

I just added a new feature to my (resurrected) blog. Check out the new link treatment, via the free service Snap. Mouse over a link in my blog and you should see a small preview of the page that’s linked. … We’ll have to wait and see if the novelty of this wears off and…

Technical difficulties …

Not that I’ve been blogging all that much in the last month and half, but due to a server swap-over that went less than perfectly, I’m missing my posts for the last several weeks. I may be able to get some of them back.

Are you a journalist? Then you’re a blogger, too

Hmm. Here’s another topic that I’ve harped on in my writing for a few years now: All journalists should blog. (I’ve especially promoted that idea to the newspaper industry.) As this article — Business 2.0 Unveils News Strategy: All Journalists Must Blog — explains, some publishers are starting to come around to that way of…

Pop-ups: RIP

A few years ago I remember writing a lot about how website pop-up ads were evil and how I thought that in time, because online users would spurn them, online publishers would be forced to abandon them. Well, I’m pleased now to see this article by The Guardian: Pop-ups shot down by surfers but ‘relevant’…

I don’t write for print anymore

My name popped up in this article on The Editors Weblog, so I read the piece, which is about the idea of better integrating print and online newsrooms. This excerpt caught my eye: The reality is that these two media have ingrained differences, and cannot necessarily be mastered instantaneously. For some print journalists, the switch…

Newspapers: The great un-innovators

My latest Editor & Publisher Online column has generated a lot of e-mail, mostly pro, some con (and as noted in my previous blog item, lots of right-wing “down with the liberal media” crap). While I’m ignoring the political stuff, it’s been fascinating to watch the e-mails and blog comments from people in the news…

Attack from the right on my non-political column

My monthly Editor & Publisher Online column was published today, “Why Aren’t Newspapers Breaking Out of the Box.” It’s a look at what online editors and managers think (when speaking behind the veil) needs to be done to save the newspaper industry. (One radical idea: Put them in charge of the whole shebang — including…

What’s wrong at newspapers: I’m looking for some frank answers

I have an idea for my next Editor & Publisher Online column, but need the help of newspaper new media folks. This was also posted today on the Online-News discussion list: I have some simple questions for you: WHAT IS IT THAT YOUR NEWSPAPER SHOULD BE DOING, BUT ISN’T? AND WHY IS THAT? (Institutional intertia?…

Spammers gaining?

It feels like the spammers are winning today. For the last couple days, Gmail has been letting lots of spam into my in-box — whereas typically it works great at keeping the junk in my spam folder. Have the spammers figured out how to outfox Gmail and Google hasn’t adjusted yet? Also in the last…

Goodbye to the home office life

Today is a personally significant one. You see, I’m moving out of my home office into a real office for the first time since December 1993! That was when I left my last “traditional” office job (at the San Francisco Chronicle). The only other time I spent in an actual office was on my several-time-a-year,…