Promote yourself well, or fail

You are your own brand. Young journalists need to understand this, and the sooner, the better. Thursday I gave what I call the “wake-up call” lecture to the students in our Editing class, which is required of all… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More