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Evolution Of Journalism: Blog Posts Complement Traditional Print Articles

I've argued that a blog is just a content management system, which can be used to publish journalism or just about anything else. But as a practical matter, the conventions of blogging -- e.g. fast publishing, conversational tone, expressing opinion, linking -- mean that a blog in the hands of a journalist will not, and [...]

Future Of Digital Media: Perfecting Existing Technologies For People On The Web

A post by Steve Yelvington contemplating the secret of Apple's success got me thinking again about principles that will drive the next wave off successful digital media companies, in addition to the five principles I wrote about to kick off the year: Here's Apple's magic: Other people's ideas. Think about what Apple did not invent: The windowed, mouse-driven [...]

Centeralization vs. Decentralization: What’s The Value Of Twitter?

Although I haven't had time to use Twitter recently, I've been following all the discussions about Twitter, because it's become a flashpoint for innovative thinking about online communication and media. Twitter was much maligned for going down during Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote -- I agree with Larry Dignan that this is unfair. If you're going to [...]

HealthCentral’s HealthCare08 PoliGraph And Technology-Enabled Journalism

Craig Stoltz, former health section editor of the Washington Post, pinged me about a projected he just finished with HealthCentral -- HealthCare08, featuring the PoliGrpah, a dataviz (data visualization), i.e. flash + database, which plots each presidential candidate's position on key healthcare issues. Which of course got me thinking why I haven't see more of [...]

Broadband Capacity Is The Alternative Minimum Tax Of The Web

Think video is the future of online media? Broadband revolution, right? Apple perfecting the digital video experience? Well, not if everyone decides to embrace that future all at once. Time Warner Cable is experimenting with caps on broadband usage, which means too much movie downloading and suddenly you're paying $30 per movie. From Gizmodo: Everybody is using more [...]

Developing Algorithms To Prevent Citizen Journalism From Being Gamed: Lessons From Google and Digg

Is there a risk that citizen journalism can be gamed by "PR flacks and unqualified hacks" -- Adam Weinstein in Mother Jones thinks so. Unfortunately, he casts the issue in terms of the risk that economically burdened newsrooms will trade expensive quality journalism for no-cost, untrustworthy content -- instead of looking at the very real [...]

Why I’ve Started Using Twitter Again

So I'm going to try using Twitter again. Why, after having caused such a (unintended) fuss when I stopped? Twitter continues to be a flashpoint for innovative thinking -- I've read too much interesting talk about Twitter not to be tuned in (and I need to eat my own dog food about giving new technologies a [...]

The Only Way For Journalists To Understand The Web Is To Use It

Reading Colin Mulvany explain how he's come to understand the dynamic nature of online content distribution through his own experience blogging, and Howard Owens advocating that this is why every journalist should start a blog, I realized that the problem isn't just a lack of understanding about blogging, or social networking, as Colin frames it. The [...]

Digg Demonstrates The Failure Of Completely Open Collaborative Networks

Digg is a great experiment in web "democracy" -- a site where ANYONE can submit links to content and vote on links to their favorite content. The positive outcome of the Digg experiment has been demonstrating the power of "networked human intelligence" to filter the vast sea of content on the web and allocate attention [...] Remains A Paid Site And Bets On The Value Of Its Niche Audience

Of all the reasons given why Rupert Murdoch decided to keep the paid subscriber wall in place, the one that I find most interesting is that advertisers are willing to pay a premium for's audience. If the WSJ went free, it would undoubtedly increase its audience substantially, but how valuable would those new [...]

Simplicity Drives Technology Adoption

I was talking to a newsroom last week about adopting Publish2 as an editorial platform for creating news aggregation features for their website -- there was a lot of excitement about sketching a big vision, thinking about all of the possibilities. But in a follow-up email, we held hands around a critical guiding principle -- [...]

Influentials On The Web Are People With The Power To Link

In the networked web era, influentials may not be people with a particularly connected temperament or Rolodex, or people who control and influence monopoly distribution channels (e.g. newspapers), but rather people who influence the network by leveraging the most powerful force on the web -- the link. People like bloggers, top Diggers, power users, [...]

Join the Publish2 Election News Network

Publish2 is organizing a network of newsrooms, journalists, freelancers and network-affiliated bloggers to aggregate the best news coverage of the "Super Tuesday" February 5 U.S. primary elections, leading up to it and after. Publish2...Show More Summary

What Microsoft Buying Yahoo Really Means

Perhaps you don't need any more explanations of the significance of Microsoft's offer to buy Yahoo, but I don't want to lose my media/tech blogger license, so here's mine. Microsoft's acquisition of Yahoo is akin to newspaper industry consolidation over the last few years -- combining business with solid cash flow to achieve some efficiencies and [...]

Publish2 Election News Network Update

Jack Lail, an editor and journalist with a deep understanding of the web, big vision, and a "let's do it" innovator's spirit, set out to publish "the best Tennessee election coverage that can be found on the Internet" -- he rounded up a group of journalists and bloggers, set them up on Publish2, and off [...]

Google AdWords: A Brief History Of Online Advertising Innovation

All innovation looks inevitable, except while it's happening. Google's search advertising model didn't spring forth fully formed. It was iterated, and many of the key concepts were borrowed -- something many people don't realize. But a few key market-defying decisions, and one stunning insight, made it all work. Here is a brief history to inspire, taken [...]

The Evolution From Linear Thought To Networked Thought

I was thinking last night about books and why I don't read them anyone -- I was a lit major in college, and used to be voracious book reader. What happened? I was also thinking about the panel I organized for the O'Reilly TOC conference on Blogs as Books, Books as Blogs -- do I do [...]

The Pace of Innovation in Journalism

How long does it take to launch an innovative new feature on a newspaper site? About 48 hours -- that's the standard set by innovative editors like Jack Lail at, Tom Meagher at Herald News, and Mark Briggs at About two weeks ago, I emailed Jack Lail with the seed of what became the [...]

Why Traditional Advertising Formats Fail On The Web

As media companies struggle to figure out their digital future, the elephant in the room is that they have only been able to monetize online audiences for pennies on the dollar compared to traditional media. Here's why: Traditional advertising formats FAIL on the web. By traditional advertising formats, I mean display ads, video ads, and [...]

New York Times Embraces Link Journalism

The New York Times has certainly embraced blogging, but it was striking to see in this post from The Lede just how much they've embraced link journalism: Scanning the financial press this morning, readers would have seen a disturbing yet familiar burst of oil news: rising prices, aghast lawmakers and protests in Europe. But another piece [...]

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