Beware, I might poke you in the eye!

In a mostly complimentary review of my last E&P Online column, “My ‘Crisis’ Advice to Newspaper Company CEOs: 11 Points to Ponder,” the North Carolina Press Association Idea Bank blog (post written by “The Seeker”) referred to me this way: “From the times I’ve read Outing’s columns, he doesn’t seem to be the type of…

Prediction: How geezers will adapt to web, mobile for news

Here’s a little prediction that’s been spinning around my head lately. I’ll release it here on my blog to leave room in there for something else. As newspapers (especially the larger metros, which face the worst declines) continue to lose staff, lose ad revenues, and in general get lower in quality, their loyal older readers…

Lipstick on a pig?

This Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel will debut a significant redesign of the print edition (prompted, of course, by Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell‘s company-wide call to go crazy and reinvent newspapers). While I’m writing this in advance of seeing the actual paper, there is a nice multimedia presentation that shows what’s coming. So I’m commenting…

Are we watching a Tribune train wreck in progress?

I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about the chances of the beleaguered Tribune Co. in the Sam Zell era. On the one hand, I’ve applauded his (occasionally profane) approach of shaking things up and imploring the Tribune staff to think out of the box and start seriously innovating. There can be little argument…