Almost here: Journalism Now Podcast

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This afternoon I took part in the first-ever recording of the “Journalism Now Podcast,” which is a weekly online roundtable discussion covering “multimedia, data and social aspects of modern news.” Podcast founder and host David Stanton, who teaches digital journalism at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, has invited eight digital media…

Don’t you think it’s time to for J-schools to change their names?

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It’s one of those thoughts I can’t believe hasn’t crossed my mind till now. (Though I’m certain it’s not original.) But I just noticed that lots of journalism schools at universities are still called the “School of Journalism and Mass Communication.” Don’t you think it’s about time that they all get rid of the unneeded…

Breaking news from the source, not the newspaper

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This afternoon at 3:14 p.m., a few minutes after my daughter’s school ended for the day, I received this e-mail alert from the school’s principal: “Dear Parents: “An incident occurred today that we wanted to make you aware of. At around 12:45 p.m. the school received notice from BVSD that a threat had been phoned…

Find the nuggets in Twitter, Friendfeed

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I think this post by Robert Scoble today deserves a reading by all journalists: “Steve Jobs’ bad news heralds the real-time web age.” The A-list blogger was watching his Twitter and Friendfeed streams for news from people about the Steve Jobs announcement of the Apple CEO taking a medical leave, and he was amazed at…

Ideas from you: A contest to reinvent classifieds

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Over on my site ReinventingClassifieds.com, we’ve just announced the winners of a couple Best Idea contests — one for media professionals and one for students. The idea for the contest was to tap the power of the crowd to come up with creative new ideas for reinvigorating newspaper classifieds and getting them growing again. Here’s…

Yet another rebuttal to Carr’s iTunes-for-news notion

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Plenty of people have commented on David Carr’s piece in the New York Times, “Let’s Make an iTunes Model for News.” I’ll try not to repeat arguments already well made by others. (Rich Gordon has done a nice job refuting Carr’s ideas on Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits; also see Mathew Ingram’s trashing of Carr’s idea.) Carr’s…

Murderers and naked skiers get no privacy

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A couple stories in recent days remind us that the days of privacy are over. Example 1: The naked upside-down skier Surely you saw the story about the unfortunate man skiing with his son at the Vail resort in Colorado. There was a problem with the chairlift seat, and he fell through; but instead of…

Ads on the Times’ front page, oh my!

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No doubt you’ve heard the “big” news that the New York Times has added an advertising spot on the front page of its print edition. Shocking, eh? The New York Post in covering the news says in a graphic accompanying its story, “New York Times Publisher Arthur ‘Pinch’ Sulzberger is smashing the paper of record’s…

E&P column: It’s about the money

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My latest Editor & Publisher Online column is up: “Need to Make Profits Online? It CAN Be Done.” It’s a follow-up to my previous E&P column, which advised newspaper CEOs on 11 key strategies to reinvent their enterprises. But since I didn’t focus so much on the money angle in that column, this time I…

Sometimes the reporters get it first

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One of the great things about Twitter, of course, is that when a big breaking news event happens, there are often witnesses on the scene with a cell phone who will post some quick tweets about what’s going on, before any reporters can get there. (You’ll remember the Continental jet that went off a Denver…

VC journalism: An outsider’s view of news

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One of my new favorite bloggers, Martin Langeveld, mentioned one of his favorite new bloggers, John Thornton and his Insomniactive, where the Texas venture capitalist spouts off smart opinion and analysis of the newspaper industry. Great stuff; add Insomniactive to your RSS reader if you care about newspapers. I was wondering how Thornton’s blog could…