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Archive for January, 2008

KQED’s Forum – The Future of Newspapers

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Below is a 51-minute podcast, The Future of Newspapers, from KQED radio in San Francisco,  the promo reads:
Los Angeles Times editor Jim O’Shea announced his departure this week, saying he was fired for refusing to cut newsroom jobs. A few days later, San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein said he would be stepping down. We look at [...]

Nieman Reports: Is Local News the Answer?

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Nieman Reports housed at Harvard University devotes its Winter, 2007 issue to this question:
Is Local News the Answer?
Here is the linkable table of contents:
By Melissa Ludtke
Newspapers’ Niche: ‘Dig Deeply Into Local Matters’
By Brett J. Blackledge
Investigative Reporting Stays Local
By Ken Armstrong
Blending Voice and Reporting
By John Doherty and Tim Logan
Going to China to Report Local Stories
By Tony [...]

Shirky:Every URL Is a Potential Community

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Clay Shirky, in the following video, says that newspapers should look at every URL as  a potential community and see how their news operation can extend not only into the brains of that community but also into the lives of that community. His book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations is due out in [...]

The Wire’s Simon Explains Demise of Great Newspapers

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I am a day late in coming to this, partly because I am a year behind in watching the HBO series the Wire and am afraid to read too much for fear of destroying the impact of watching year four. However, David Simon, a Baltimore Sun reporter from 1983-95, and now executive producer of “The [...]

Rosen: Dump the “Who Is Going to Win?” Question

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Jay Rosen has an excellent piece  about the media’s presidential primary horse-race mentality. However, he reminds us that collectively the media is not human and has no mentality at all. It has no mind thus is not easy to change.
That’s excellent point number one, excellent point number two for me is that the media’s so called experts are not [...]