June 2012

  • Building a car-friendly news environment

    A 2011 post by Steve Buttry has been gnawing a hole in my consciousness for a few weeks now. It’s called “Newspapers don’t need new ideas; here are lots of ideas for new revenue streams.” In the post, Steve talks about some of the money-left-on-the-table scenarios in the local news publishing space, but the first […]

  • Local news is not an island

    On a recent edition of his Critical Path podcast, (right around the 52-minute mark) Horace Dediu notes an interesting fact hiding in plain sight in the most recent Apple keynote at WWDC: Apple is entering into more partnerships for content and solutions than ever before. Partnerships such as with MLB or NBA for scores and […]

  • Digging below the Surface

    I love that Microsoft seems to have awakened to the fact that it’s 2012 with the introduction of their Surface concept. Here’s hoping they can actually ship this and do so at a decent price. It’ll be good for the market and great as a prod to Apple to keep innovating further. Until then, Horace […]

  • How to craft social media rules for journalists

    This is a bit old, but I hadn’t seen it until today, thanks to the topic rearing its ugly head again around the recent Barrett Tryon kerfuffle. Anyway, here’s John Paton, outlining his company’s social media rules for journalists: Some of you have asked what are JRC’s Employee Rules For Using Social Media. To keep […]

  • The forecast is hyperlocal

    I walk for about an hour every day. Which means, if I don’t want to get rain-soaked occasionally, I’d better know when the storms are coming. That involved a lot of guesswork and inference on my part. I’d look at the hourly report on weather.com and pull up the live radar on wunderground.com. It wasn’t […]

  • Why do we love to highlight the downside?

    My feed reader lit up in the past day with an interesting bit of primary research on some numbers that Kickstarter doesn’t make particularly easy to find: the percentage of successful vs. failed projects on the popular crowd-funding service. Jeanne Pi from AppsBlogger.com commissioned a scraper script to try to get at that number herself. Here’s what […]

  • Why all commenting systems should have a “like” button

    From a comment thread on the rebuttal by Ryan Chittum to Howard Owens’s rebuttal of David Simon’s paean to the paywall, Steve Buttry nails it: Chittum writes: “When it comes to paywalls, the question is settled.” Did I miss the news story about all those non-newspaper sites deciding to erect paywalls? Can’t direct-link, but it’s […]