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Reporting beats re-examined

Can a newspaper eliminate all beats? That seems to be the plan at the Tampa Tribune. Division of newspaper journalism work into “beats” has practical benefits. The reporter on the cops beat gets to know local law enforcement and local crime pretty well. (The cops reporter can tell you which streets are unsafe at night!) […]

Move your journalism beyond writing

Early last week, someone added an old post from this blog to StumbleUpon. It garnered about 200 pageviews that day, making a little spike in my site traffic report. The post was from December 2006, and I didn’t even remember writing it. Everyday journalism, on the job I wrote about how a reporter would do […]

Who are you calling a journalist?

Many people have commented on the actions of Mayhill Fowler, who went to a fund-raising dinner for Barack Obama and later wrote about remarks Obama made there. (Today Jeff Jarvis commented on Michael Tomasky commenting about Jay Rosen commenting on the matter.) Much of the fuss revolves around questions about who is a journalist, when […]

What are you trying that’s new?

Clay Shirky urged newspapers to experiment more, in a bit he wrote about the future for newspapers — on a “blog forum” (?!) at Britannica.com: … good journalism needs to be subsidized in order to thrive. There is no obvious reason, however, that those subsidies have to continue to come from Bloomingdale’s and BellSouth; what […]

Faith in networks (or, how do you know what you need to know?)

Thanks to Mathew Ingram for highlighting an article by Brian Stelter about networked information, in which Stelter illustrates ways in which younger voters act as conduits of news and current events. Their networks are not the old top-down networks of mass media — they resemble more the interpersonal networks of the bazaar, the coffee shop, […]

Let’s delete the word ‘repurposing’ from our vocabulary

My friend Alf Hermida worked for BBC News online for many years, so please listen up: It is time to stop talking about repurposing and instead to start a discussion on how to re-imagine journalism. Alf’s been noticing that too many so-called online journalism textbooks spend too many pages discussing a practice that is just […]

Adding value: What journalists need to do now

From Phil Meyer, speaking on the occasion of a two-day symposium marking his retirement as Knight Chair at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication: The hunter-gatherer model of journalism is no longer sufficient. Citizens can do their own hunting and gathering on the Internet. What they need is somebody […]