Category Archives: Journalism & Newspapers

Commentary on the evolution of journalism in our connected age, and the future of newspapers.

A New Generation of Government Plumbers Takes on WikiLeaks

Almost 40 years ago, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein began their now famous reporting on the Watergate break-in which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.  The developing story had to rely on anonymous sources both inside and … Continue reading

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The Emerging Future of Crowdsourced Journalismr

We are in the midst of a gigantic experiment in journalism – seeing if crowssourcing can work effectively alongside traditonal reporting.  In a post on hte Online Journalism Review, Robert Niles defined crowdsourced journalism in the following way: Crowdsourcing, in … Continue reading

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How Authors are Hacking the Twitter Spew

The term Spew refers to the torrent of information spilling out over the Web.  It was an image first conjured up by author Neal Stephen.  Today the term could serve equally well as a description for the tsunami of tweets pouring forth … Continue reading

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Reinventing the Community Newspaper – An Interview with Paul Baron of HometownTimes.com

The failure of newspapers in the United States has become a commonplace occurrence over the last few years.  Newspapers are in the middle of a perfect storm– declining readership, higher prices for paper and newsprint, and intense competition for ad … Continue reading

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Blogs for Sale on Kindle – Selling Ice to Eskimos?

Amazon recently rolled out a new program called Kindle Publishing for Blogs.  The beta program offers Kindle owners subscriptions to blogs.  Blogger receive 30% of anywhere from $0.99 to $1.99 per reader per month; so for every thousand readers, a blogger … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Online Newspaper Success Story! – An Interview with Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog

The last few years have been especially tough for newspapers in America.  Many papers which have been in business for more than a hundred years have been forced to close their doors for good; this includes one of my hometown … Continue reading

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Journalism is Dead, Long Live Journalism!

The death of American newspapers is now occurring at an almost predictable pace.  Every day it seems we hear about another major newspaper closing its doors or declaring bankruptcy.  Today it was Denver’s venerable  Rocky Mountain News.  The phenomenon has become so epidemic … Continue reading

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Citizen Journalists – Reporting Live (from Everywhere)

A few months back, Jay Rosen gave a very succinct definition of citizen journalism PressThink: When the people formerly known as the audience employ the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another, that’s citizen journalism. A … Continue reading

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Is Plastic Logic’s Reader a Kindle Killer?

New technology from Plastic Logic could threaten the Kindle’s brief reign as king of the e-reader hill.  Plastic Logic officially entered the e-reader wars when it unveiled its digital reader at the DEMO technology convention in September.  Its reader is based on plastic electronics … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! – Read All About It (then Cash in on eBay)

By any measure, the presidential election this past week resulting in a decisive win for Barack Obama, was a stunning news story: The first African American president A redrawing of the longstanding electoral map. A firm mandate for change and a … Continue reading

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