Ferguson and Riots

While the world is transfixed on the images that continue to come out of Ferguson, one has to remember that riots aren’t unique to blacks, criminal justice, or America

Media Holdouts In The Digital Age

The Economist writes about media’s analogue holdouts and how they may be missing out on some awesome digital benefits: They have some good reasons. Online advertising is worth much less than television or print advertising. It is hard to persuade people to pay much (if anything) for digital content. Technology firms such as Amazon and Apple…

A post about a Washington Post column that mentions Lady Gaga but not Justin Beiber found via Kottke.org

Interesting column from Gene Weingarten about how the new newsroom is different than the old and, in particular, the impact it has on headlines: The only really creative opportunity copy editors had was writing headlines, and they took it seriously. This gave the American press some brilliant and memorable moments, including this one, when the Senate…

Newspapers And The Hulu Model

Wesley Donehue over at TechRepublican wonders what if newspapers explored the Hulu advertising model? Let’s look at South Carolina as an example. The State’s John O’Connor and Gina Smith pumped out “must read” material for the nation during the Mark Sanford scandal. Unfortunately the only money they got from the increased readership was a hopeful increased…

Sensationalist Headlines And Chicken/Egg Arguments

Today’s Richmond Times Dispatch front page screams about how that evil devil music is leading kids to kill people left and right. Or, rather, how one kid may have been influenced by violent rap lyrics to murder four individuals: Police: Lyrics may have played role in Farmville slayings Investigators are trying to determine whether a suspect’s…

The Buzz Bin: Newspapers Are Like Department Stores

Geoff Livingston over at The Buzz Bin makes a great analogy – Newspapers Are Like Department Stores: For department stores, many chains found their death in a trojan horse — the mall. With the rise of the mall, department stores were asked to anchor these megaplexes. But inside the smaller stores were more nimble, better competitors who specialized…

Do Journalists Add Value?

Jeff Jarvis challenges Journalists to ask themselves a tough question: Journalism can’t afford repetition and production anymore. Every minute of a journalist’s time will need to go to adding unique value to the news ecosystem: reporting, curating, organizing. This efficiency is necessitated by the reduction of resources. But it is also a product of the…

Fair Use, Fair Game

Checking out NRO articles this morning I found an interesting disclaimer at the top of the article Planned Parenthood Matters: EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is available exclusively through United Media. For permission to reprint or excerpt this copyrighted material, please contact Carmen Puello at cpuello@unitedmedia.com. The article is an interesting read but I kept coming back…

Charlie Gibson On Media

Charlie Gibson doesn’t get it either, really, and Mark Biggs calls him out on it: Gibson began with a somber rehash of newspapers cutting jobs and going out of business. “The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is gone — gone,” he said with dramatic effect. After blaming young people for getting their news online for free, he went on…

Newspapers: Adapt Or Die

Sen. Chap Petersen chimes in on yesterday’s Washington Post coverage on the lack of journalists: Should anyone care if news reporting dies out? That’s a great question.  Not everyone is obsessed by the state legislature.  However, on a day-to-day basis, it has more impact on the lives of Virginians than any other political body.  We write  the criminal laws,  the health laws,…