What are they smoking in Santa Barbara?

I’ve been writing about the intersection of news media (and especially newspapers) and the Internet for many years, and there are some things that just drive me crazy. One is when a newspaper decides that it doesn’t want anyone linking to its content on the Web, yet it publishes the content freely on its website….

Irwin death video: It’s only a matter of time

When Steve Irwin died from an encounter with a stingray recently, his death was caught on video. The video was not made public, and as far as we know, only law enforcement people involved have access to it. I hope it’s never made public — but I bet it will find its way onto the…

Rob Curley moves to WPNI: It’s about time

For a long time now, I’ve wondered why Rob Curley reserved his considerable talents as a new media guru and visionary for small newspapers. He led the new media operations at the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World for many years, then moved to a bigger company (Scripps) but worked for one of its small papers, the Naples…

My E&P column: Newspapers must think small

My “August” column for Editor & Publisher is online now: “Small Should Be ‘The New Big’ for Newspapers and the Web.” Actually, the column is dated September 5, 2006, but it really is my August column. I was pretty late turning it in toward the end of the month, then E&P took a few days…

State of the art multimedia from MSNBC.com

Want to see some absolutely stunning, cutting edge news multimedia? Look here: Rising From Ruin: Two Towns Rebuild After Katrina from MSNBC.com. Wow. Comment from MSNBC.com executive producer for editorial experience Ashley Wells, which accompanied his pointer to me: “And it only took 9 months!”

The office hunt: Newspapers? Feh! Craigslist rules

So I’m looking for some office space in Boulder. We’re ready to stop being a virtual company. I’ve been watching the Denver Craigslist for Office Space For Lease ads, and there’s lots to choose from there. But being an old newspaper guy, I felt it only fair to give my local paper’s classified ads a…

Google Video enhanced?

I can’t find news of it, but it appears that Google Video has been upgraded. A previous annoyance has been that after you uploaded a video, it was usually several hours (often, the next day) before the video was actually published so other people could view it. Yesterday, the video upload service was down all…

Welcome to YourClimbing.com

During my blogging hiatus I failed to mention that my company, the Enthusiast Group, has debuted its second website: YourClimbing.com. Take a look! Enthusiast-in-chief Katie Brown (one of the world’s best climbers and former competitive climbing world champion) has already published some very cool content, including a great blog, Katie Brown’s Rock Talk. We’re looking…

A site user indirectly suggests a new feature

Whoa! That was a long time between blog posts. Y’know, sometimes you get so busy that it’s hard to keep the old blog going. … OK, I’m back at it. (Not that I’m any less busy, but I really do miss blogging when I take a too-busy-to-blog break.) Anyway, here’s something interesting from my company’s…

Marathoning at the North Pole

In my company (the Enthusiast Group, publisher of a network of citizen-media-based online communities revolving around adventure and participant sports), I get to work with some very cool people — many of them athletes, of course. There’s Walker Thompson, who is enthusiast-in-chief of our YourMTB.com site. He’s a semi-pro bike racer and all-around fun and…

Old guy new-media blues

So I’m the “doyen of online media columnists,” according to Guy Berger in his article, “It’s taken time, but finally the press ‘gets’ online,” for South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. Dictionary definition for doyen: “A man who is the eldest or senior member of a group.” I don’t know whether to take that as some…

A real estate guy disses newspapers

Over the years of Craigslist‘s meteoric growth, I received many e-mails from newspaper people (because I’ve written much about Craigslist) claiming that free classifieds can never be as good as classifieds that people pay for in newspapers. To which I say, bullshit. Here’s an e-mail I just received from a real estate broker (who probably…

Am I being sarcastic? You figure it out

I don’t know what it is about the online medium (well, I have an idea), but it’s often the case that sarcasm is lost on people. It happens in e-mail; it happens in blogs. If you don’t make it super clear that you’re being sarcastic, some segment of your readership will take you seriously —…

On Backfence.com’s expansion

Backfence.com, a citizen media company, has announced plans for a major expansion in the number of local community news sites it publishes — from 7 to 22. Last year the company, founded by Mark Potts and Susan DeFife, landed $3 million in venture capital money, so this expansion was to be expected. Since my company,…

Something in common: Electric cars and newspapers

My wife and I saw Who Killed the Electric Car? tonight. Please go see it — and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, too. I feel like with both of these films, it’s a moral imperative to see them and educate yourself about our society’s most pressing problem — our dependence on an energy source that…