September 2008

  • Most-read, or most-reviled?

    William Lobdell, who previously wrote a trenchant and sadly accurate critique of the state of papers in general and the LA Times in particular, has looked at the “Most popular” feature at local web sites and decided the list of stories indicates that there’s no future for news online. I think he needs to take […]

  • Did news media fail us at a critical moment?

    Two clear thinkers about journalism reach a similar conclusion: at best, the mainstream media contributed little to the understanding of the current economic situation. At worst, they repeated the uncritical reporting of the so-called “March to War” in 2002-2003 and added to the panic state. Here’s Howard Owens: What you rarely found or heard was […]

  • A daily folds

    A very wan “Yay” I just collected thirty-four fake dollars by correctly forecasting that this would be the year that a daily paper would shut down. Jeff Jarvis posted the question a while back on Hubdub. It’s just been settled with the shuttering of the New York Sun. This is not a contest I’d hoped […]

  • A right-sized newspaper

    At my local Starbucks this morning, I noticed this: It’s one sheet of newsprint, folded to about six-inches square, focused on one topic, published once a week, distributed free. To a non-print reading public, this may be the perfect newspaper. To be fair, this is probably not where our local papers are headed, but it […]

  • Imagine if a mainstream site acknowledged the existence of blogs

    Tip of the hat to the folks at for including prominent links out to Baltimore based and Baltimorecentric blogs in the main well of the recently redesigned site. (Disclosure: I helped create and argued loudly for the inclusion of local blogs) The local blogs have been there since day one, but were somewhat […]

  • A peek behind the curtain at Curley’s

    In a post that seems to have largely gone unnoticed, Rob Curley wrote a detailed summary last week of what goes into a typical day’s work at the innovative The paper itself is just a few pages – with no ads – inserted into the competing Las Vegas Review-Journal. So the web site has […]

  • Hyperlocal won’t wait

    Newspapers and TV stations have been throwing around the hyperlocal buzzword for years. Some have actually done something with it and launched web sites focused on tight geographic areas. But many of these are thinly-resourced and dependent on user-generated content that’s been slow to come. So what happens when a media-adept resident of a neighborhood […]