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Twitter is growing on me

Ryan Sholin inspired this post with his Five Ways to Gather and Report News with Twitter. Rogers’s famous adoption of innovations chart shows that any new technology, invention, etc., is first put to use (adopted) by a very small group of people. Rogers called them the innovators. The next group to adopt the new thing […]

Tactics of a smart newspaper

On my vacation, I spent four days in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The newspaper there, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, made a strong impression on me. I picked up the print edition at breakfast time on Friday, and I liked it so much, I bought one each day after that. I liked the layout, the type families, […]

Any journalist can do this. Really.

Bill Dunphy manages WebU, a training facility created to put 500 managers and staff from Metroland West Media Group through a week-long Web boot camp. Cool, huh? He posted this list on his blog for WebU; the list is called Seven Steps to Writing Like a Digital Native: Are there original documents you can link […]

The survival of journalism: 10 simple facts

Today let’s look at the 500-pound gorilla. “The thing that worries me most at the moment about the condition of journalism is, frankly, who’s going to pay for the journalists and the journalism in 10 years’ time? Teenagers, people in their twenties, even in their late twenties, have now got to the position where they […]

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 […]