Archive for November, 2008

Still plenty of potential for local media

Is it over? Is it too late for local news organizations to change strategy and find new business models online? Despite billions of dollars spent in attempts to bury local news organizations and yellow pages publishers, the puzzle is still in pieces. “It is still not clear that we have cracked the code,” Mark Canon […]

Learning by teaching, Latin American style

I started teaching a distance learning course through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas this week. There are 70 students participating from Brazil, Argentina and many other places in Latin America. The students are passionate about journalism and hungry to learn how to make the most of this new digital landscape. It’s interesting […]

What news organizations can learn from MTV

An article from the most recent issue of Fast Company, MTV’s Digital Makeover, featured several important lessons for mainstream news organizations. MTV, which had a nice business providing cable programming for two decades, has been disrupted by the new digital ecosystem just like everyone else. In response it is launching “dozens of new initiatives” to […]

It’s a festival, not a conference

I’ve spent the better part of two days at the Danish Media Festival, so I’m compelled to log a bit of my experience. First, it is a festival, not a conference, as the conference director Esben Orberg reminded me at dinner. The purpose is to explore the practice of media with challenging discussions, then come […]

Is Web 2.0 killing journalism?

That was the the title of a discussion/debate staged at the Danish Media Festival today. In one corner, the self-described anti-Christ of Silicon Valley, Andrew Keen, and in the other … me. (On a side note, the Danes really know how to throw a conference. There’s a live band, a speaker’s lounge, a bar and […]

Passion is shared even if language is not

Journalism is an international passion and pursuit and I had the pleasure to experience this first-hand at an investigative journalism conference Friday in Lisbon, Portugal. The one-day conference drew 120 reporters, editors, students and professors to a museum of communications history, an appropriate setting indeed. Journalism 2.0 was translated into Portuguese last year, but not […]

It’s a new day

The future is now. I start my new “career” in earnest today, having said my farewell to The News Tribune on Friday. It was the best job I’ve ever had, working with the best people I’ve ever worked with. So the decision to leave was not an easy one. I am indebted to the people […]