Month: October 2008

As they do every six months, last week the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) reported newspaper circulation averages for the “FAS-FAX period” from April through September. The news didn’t look…

Read More The Numbers Game

Imagine newspapers have never been invented. Here’s the synopsis of a business plan for your consideration:(a) head for Canada,(b) cut down trees,(c) feed said trees into one end of gigantic…

Read More Andreessen speaks

A while back I wrote several posts about e-paper (Esquire and E-paper, Kindle as a news delivery tool, the new Plastic Logic e-reader). All of these dealt with existing black-and-white…

Read More Now, in Living Color…

Sorry about the 5-day gap. Here are some random items not exactly about News after Newspapers, but certainly further indication that we may soon be in an After Newspapers world.…

Read More Miscellany

Turmoil in the generally placid waters of copyediting! Singleton lets drop that he might outsource their work to India! Weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth! The American Copy Editors Society (ACES)…

Read More Universalizing the copy desk

I picked up a copy of the Valley Advocate (that’s the Pioneer, or Connecticut River, Valley in Massachusetts) the other day (something I do maybe three times a year), and…

Read More Valley Advocate does wiki, sort of

A while back I wrote about Twitter and mentioned my feeling that its potential journalistic value was not so much in a flow of individual messages from a single reporter…

Read More Election 2008 at Twitter

Chris O’Brien of NextNewsroom has “start a wiki” at the top of his list of suggestions for reinventing newsrooms. Except he says, “Along with news, information is an important service…

Read More Another vote for a Wiki

Citizen journalism. Sounds like a wonderful idea, doesn’t it, sort of like citizen soldiers—which originally meant citizens who armed themselves and formed militias to rid themselves of tyrants like George…

Read More Aux armes, citoyens!

Do we still need professional journalists? Or can “citizen journalists” do a better job? Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, in a column entitled “Why Journalism Wins My Vote,” comes down…

Read More Let the professionals handle it?

Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine argues that “the new building block” of news is the topic: I want a page, a site, a thing that is created, curated, edited, and discussed.…

Read More The Basic Unit of News is: