Augmented reality apps: A business model

One key to selling advertising is your ability to assure the advertiser that people will see his or her ad. One of the problems with Web sites — especially news Web sites — is that they have so… Read More

Social journalism: Back to the future

Engagement — one of three legs needed to support successful social media projects. (The others are inclusion and aggregation.) What does this mean for journalists, for news organizations? Paul Gillin, a social media consultant and former technology journalist,… Read More

Small towns and big ideas

I can’t get Sarah Palin’s gibes about “community organizer” out of my mind. I felt somewhat sick at how raucously the big crowd laughed at the phrase every time she said it. What kind of people are these,… 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

A real need for local news, “hyper” or not

Scott Karp wrote a kind of case study about what we all want from local news online, based on his quest for information about a big storm in his home area near Washington, D.C. This is very instructive:… Read More

A model for changing how newsrooms work

Tear down the newsroom and remake it in the image of digital reality — that’s what The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has done, according to Shawn McIntosh: … we had to address our newsroom’s core structure. The AJC and… Read More

When competition comes to town, a newspaper blinks

Newspaper Web sites — it’s hard to know where to begin explaining what’s wrong with them. Rather than beat a dead horse, you could think about the reasons why a non-newspaper local news Web site completely trumps a… Read More