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Archive for September, 2008

The Debate Mistake — Confusing Sarah Palin with Tina Fey

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

I am no Sarah Palin fan. However, my guess is she will surprise a lot of folks in the upcoming debate. In our heads, at least in mine,we confuse the real Sarah Palin with the Tina Fey Palin, a whiny know nothing. Of course, that perception is reinforced by Palin’s actual interviews with Katie Couric [...]

Our Rep J to Help Main Street Understand Fiscal Crisis

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Our Representative Journalism project in Northfield, Minnesota is taking on a big challenge that has always faced news organizations. How can a big international story like the International Economic Meltdown be translated to hyperlocal reporting? We are giving it a try. First some background.
I am the person behind the Representative Journalism project that is taking [...]

Will Twitter for Gas

Monday, September 29th, 2008

We are having a gas shortage crisis here in Atlanta. I mean it is bad. Maybe one in 20 gas stations has gas and even then it is a long wait to fill up. Now Twitter comes to the rescue, with a rolling commentary of who is and who is not selling gas.

U of North Dakota Dissolves Communication School

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

This from the Grand Forks Herald:
UND officials announced plans Friday to dissolve UND’s School of Communication and relocate its faculty and staff to other departments within the university.
Apparently the school has been dysfunctional for sometime and so University of North Dakota officials decided  dissolving the school was the best plan of action.  Here is commentary [...]

Phil Meyer Updates Thoughts on Vanishing Newspapers

Friday, September 26th, 2008

At I have been monitoring what Philip Meyer has been saying about the future of newspapers for quite sometime and took his book “The Vanishing Newspaper” very seriously, very early. It even inspired our Wake Up Call conference in 2005. Now he is back with more excellent advice in an article in the American [...]