In opposition to ‘getting naked’

In my latest Editor & Publisher Online column, mentioned here the other day, among other things I suggest that all journalists should have a blog and that they should use it — and the interactivity with the audience that blogs afford — to be more transparent and open about their lives and activities. I meant…

The paper’s MySpace profile

Who says old dogs newspapers can’t learn new tricks? Take a look at this MySpace user page. It’s actually a persona for 7, the weekly entertainment section of the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. Online publisher Ken Sands of the newspaper explains: “It’s our way of joining the social network of local musicians (and a jillion…

E-mail troubles

Aargh! One of my main e-mail addresses isn’t working (steve@outing.us). Until it’s fixed, I can still be reached at steve@enthusiastgroup.com. (Fixed now. If I bounced your mail to me, please try again!)

Social advice for newspapers

My monthly column for Editor & Publisher Online has been published: “Home, Home on the Web: Giving the Audience Some ‘Space’ of Their Own.” Here’s the description: “Millions of people — yes, more of them young than old — are creating their own personal spaces online at these huge websites, sharing their lives, often in…

Itty-bitty video cameras

Walker Thompson, enthusiast-in-chief of my company’s first website, YourMTB.com, travels light when he heads out on his mountain bike. Even on long epic rides, he takes along just a small Camelback for water and stuffs his rear jersey pockets with a few necessities. With his new responsibilities for YourMTB, he’s now shooting video of his…

Yahoo!’s star reporter

Kevin Sites is an old journalist (CNN correspondent) who became a new journalist (correspondent for Yahoo! News). Associated Press reporter Anick Jesdanun profiles Sites and his Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone feature for Yahoo! I’m sure we’ll see many more reporters like Sites in the years ahead, operating as independent correspondents and funded by…

The lost wealthy people

I went to the Boulder Adventure Film Festival Monday night; a fun event. One of my favorite films was a 15-minute “mockumentary” called The Lost People of Mountain Village. It’s about a resort area built near Telluride, Colorado, that the locals joke is abandoned because of the preponderance of absentee owners of the mega-mansions. While…

Voluntary registration: The way to go

Oh, joy! … One of my pet peeves is news websites that insist on requiring users to register before viewing free content. This strategy is nuts. There’s so much information available on the Web that many people will simply go away rather than register to read some story they’ve come to via a blog mention…

Larry’s home office: Wow … just wow

This beats even Brad Feld’s office with its treadmill with built-in 3-screen computer: My former Poynter Institute colleague, multimedia editor Larry Larsen, has an amazing geeked-out home office, which was featured on video recently. You have to watch this: http://www.greenjem.com/office/Cribs.wmv Amazing. In my experience with Larry, there’s not a new gadget or digital technology that…

Bayosphere.backfence.com

No, that’s the not the real URL. But Dan Gillmor’s Bayosphere citizen-media initiative serving the San Francisco Bay Area is being acquired by Backfence.com, a Virginia-based, venture-backed company creating a network of community news and information sites that rely on citizen reporting. That’s pretty big news in the still-fledgling citizen-media industry. Bayosphere looked to be…

Commercials & satellite radio: You’ve gotta be kidding

This Business Week article, “Coming Soon to XM: More Commercials,” is maddening — or maybe just off base. The author talks about satellite radio network XM adding commercials to a few of its stations, and suggests — quoting radio industry analysts — that the future well may portend XM and competitor Sirius having commercials on…

Why I love Boulder

I feel really lucky to live in Boulder, Colorado. It’s an outdoor sports mecca — which is obviously convenient for my company, the Enthusiast Group, which publishes websites on outdoor and adventure sports (like YourMTB.com, our first). This weekend, our town is host to the Boulder Adventure Film Festival and Dirt Days. (The latter is…

I want it when I want it

I first ordered Sirius satellite radio service over a year ago. It came up for renewal earlier this year, and I did re-up, but I’m beginning to wonder why. I’m finding myself less enchanted with the service. Now, what’s great about satellite radio is a wide range of music with no commercials. It’s a thousand…

The (news)paperless future

Interesting Q by a reader and A by NY Times editor Bill Keller: Q. “Will the New York Times have a paper edition in fifty years, or will it likely be entirely web-based and digital by that time?” A. “Fifty years into the future? That’s the province of novelists, not editors. (Neal Stephenson! William Gibson!…

YourMTB.com open for inspection

My company’s (Enthusiast Group) first website has opened the gates: YourMTB.com, an online community for mountain bikers that’s based on some of the principles of citizen media. This is a soft launch. We’re issuing no press releases or otherwise trying to make a big fuss. The site has basic functionality, but is still missing a…