Archive for November, 2008

This piece by Jon Fine raises the question of whether newspapers should get in on the U.S. financial bailout. Although it’s labeled as tongue-in-cheek, perhaps there’s something there. As he notes, newspapers are an institution that is essential to democracy. After seeing the car companies go begging after even more years of incompetent management than […]


I left a comment on the Reflections of a Newsosaur blog about what I think is a delusional posting arguing that newspapers aren’t doing enough to engage audiences. I think the post is fundmentally confused about what’s going on in journalism. The problem is not reaching audiences. If you look at Web traffic, news organizations […]


Dave Winer of Scripting News suggests that a new model for journalism could resemble jury duty, where citizens are pressed into press gangs and given some brief training before they are sent out to report. The problem with this is that it fails to address the real issue of why professional journalism is floundering: the […]


The audience is definitely out there, and Web sites posted huge traffic on election day. I’m sure many people were doing like me and had two screens going — watching TV and checking the laptop for more detailed info. I was at an event at the Stanford d.school (design school) last night and one instructor […]


Newspapers around the country sold out of their post-election day issues, as people sought to remember the day the race barrier was swept out of the White House. While this one-day spike in sales will not be the salvation for print media, it does show people want something they can hold in their hands and […]


This is a really nice multimedia feature tied to the election on The New York Times’ Web site, cool way to offer interactivity. Basically, it’s like a one-word Twitter stream.


This is a rather amusing leaked memo from the Raleigh News and Observer. It’s just another example of the unenlightened management that is leading newspapers to their death. The executive editor perhaps deserves some credit for letting the masses eat pizza, but this still basically just saddens me. Look at companies like Google and Facebook […]