Submit now or be doomed

As a longtime new-media evangelist (my writing over the years has largely been about encouraging “old media” to move more aggressively in taking advantage of Internet and digital opportunities), it warms my heart to read this Fortune article by David Kirkpatrick, “Does old media love the Web too much?” Excerpt: “Some of the biggest companies…

Gillmor’s .org to examine citizen media progress of MSM

Sounds like things are starting to move at Dan Gillmor’s new Center for Citizen Media. (Disclosure: I’m on its advisory board.) Gillmor posted a note to the Center’s blog today announcing that the organization is about to begin some research that will closely examine what traditional media organizations are doing — “beyond staff-created blogs and…

My citJ business models package published by Poynter

Before I left my job as a senior editor at the Poynter Institute at the end of February, I turned in a package of articles about business models for “citizen journalism.” Poynter.org has now published it: “The Business of Supporting Citizen Journalism.” The reason I left Poynter was to work full-time on a citizen-media startup…

Could this be for real? (Um, no)

So I’m looking at Google Video and am intrigued enough to click on this video of an apparent meteor strike caught on home video, dated February 16. If that’s legit, wow! But maybe it’s a fake. I really can’t tell, and the text description to go with the video is only this: “A meteor crashes…

Katie who?

So much fuss is being made of Katie Couric’s move to become the anchor of the CBS Evening News. But really, why? In today’s media world, anchors are less important. The media world is fractured. Our collective attention is spread over dozens of TV stations and thousands of news websites. Network TV news attracts an…

Blogging is for actors

A cool quote from Frank Barnako’s Internet Daily. … “Jenna Fischer, who plays the receptionist on ‘The Office,’ says blogging is valuable to actors too. ‘I grew up doing theater. I got used to that instant feedback. But you don’t get it doing TV. Having a blog, you get that feedback. You get to hear…

User-submitted ads: Use some common sense

User-generated ads are a risky business, as Chevrolet found out with a campaign that invited people to create their own ads for the gas-slurping Tahoe SUV. (The New York Times reports on some nasty submissions. Here’s one of the user ads.) But just because Chevy got muddied by people making fun of its product on…

Going printless

Whoa! … “Hello, New York Times? I’d like to cancel my subscription today. … I’m canceling because the redesign of your Web site, which you unveiled yesterday, bests the print edition by such a margin I’ve decided to pocket the annual $621.40 I currently spend on home delivery.” That’s Jack Shafer writing in Slate.

Bloggers hit the mainstream: LexisNexis

LexisNexis, a leading news and information database service, has announced that it’s adding blog content into its database for professional researchers. That’s significant news, folks. You could argue, What took them so long? But finally, the mainstream is acknowledging that content from (some) bloggers is credible and worthy of being included in the mainstream. LexisNexis…

A citJ network built by Realtors

“Hyper-local citizen media” is all the rage, of course. Entrepreneurial companies like Backfence.com (co-founded by an ex-Washington Post journalist) are building citizen-journalism-driven news sites in multiple communities, mostly targeting small towns near urban centers and suburban communities. News organizations are in on the act, too, building individual citJ local news and information sites. There’s even…

Got to-do lists?

Today I stumbled upon Remember the Milk, a nice Web to-do service. It’s quite nice, actually — very full featured for a service that has but one specific task. The developers obviously have spent a lot of time getting this right. Since my to-do list habits are rather lame — and other systems I’ve tried…

The airwaves are falling! The airwaves are falling!

There’s no shortage of fretting about the future of the newspaper industry. But how about broadcast radio? Sure, I’d be worried about my long-term future if I was still working for a newspaper. But I’d be sending out my resumes if I worked in commercial radio. Here’s a story about Merrill Lynch downgrading its 1Q…

Good mail

It was a good mail day. Postal, that is. A dual issue of Mountain Bike and Bicycling, and the latest issue of Nieman Reports arrived. … Now if I only had a few spare moments to sit down, relax and read. Some other day.

Throw out that old, small monitor!

NYTimes.com introduced a redesign over the weekend, and overall I give it a thumbs-up. Plenty of bloggers are commenting on it, and I’ll leave it to others to do a serious critique. You can also read editor Len Apcar’s description of what’s been changed. One significant change rekindles a very old debate: The site has…

1-2-3-4-5-6

How cool. … This Wednesday at 1:02:03 am, it will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. (If you live in a part of the world that puts the day first then the month, then you’ll have to wait till May 4 for the same thing.) If you got freaked out that the world was going to end on…