For 20 years, I was a newsman. A damned good one. I learned the craft from good newsmen who learned it from other good newsmen before me. No steenkin’ journalism school for […]
Nota Bene #29 Part 1 of 2
Got hot links if you want ’em! In a post titled “Why Johnny Can’t Google,” Rafe Colbun blogs about John McCain’s indifference to computers: “It’s tempting to. . . assume that. . […]
Say what? A new business model for news should begin with … profit?
It’s the new conventional wisdom: The news biz is dying. Declining circulation. Abandonment by advertisers. Falling revenues. Cuts in staffing to reduce costs. The news biz needs a new business model, the […]
Booting the boys off the bus: Coverage costly, newspapers whine
Timothy Crouse’s book gave us the overused phrase “boys on the bus.” Now, it seems, the boys (and girls) are being yanked off the bus in droves. Fewer and fewer reporters for […]
NYT on Obama: "Can a liberal be a unifier?" Progressives: "YES!"
By Martin Bosworth I’ve seen a lot of brain-crushingly stupid stuff coming out of the so-called “paper of record” in recent years, but this just takes the aneurysm-inducing cake: To achieve the […]
Privacy vs. technology, freedom vs. convenience: it’s only going to get worse
Item: Citizens are concerned about online privacy and security. According to a new report from USC’s Center for the Digital Future, “Sixty-one percent of adult Americans said they were very or extremely […]
What journalists can do: The AP's water story
You probably haven’t heard of Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard. But because of them, you may be thinking twice about the water you drink â€” especially if you live in […]
Covering political rallies: Who decides what TV cameras show?
For months we in the US of A have been watching candidates for our presidency speak at rallies and the apparently endless debates hosted by, it seems, everybody but fast-food chains. We […]
I believe my current participation could be a distraction. â€” major league baseball pitcher and accused steroids and HGH cheat Roger Clemens, in withdrawing from a scheduled appearance at an “event, which […]
'Penny' press redux: a new business model for journalism?
Edward Wasserman, writing in the Feb. 18 Miami Herald, makes an obvious but still unsettling point about the news business: The nearly two-century-old marriage between consumer advertising and journalism is on the […]