Archive for September, 2009

Yes, there are still good journalism jobs to be had

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked when speaking to college journalists or young professionals is about jobs. How do I get one? Do they exist? What kind should I look for? It’s natural to worry about how you will take your passion and training and turn it into a salary so you can […]

Are you waiting to be anointed?

It’s classic workplace culture: employees shake their heads and curse the inaction of management (whether under their breath of with colleagues around the water cooler). In times of stability, it’s a drain on innovation. In times of disruption, it’s dangerous (and quite possibly fatal.) I visited the newsroom of the Wichita Eagle yesterday and gave […]

‘Monetizing the hate:’ could this really work?

Heather Armstrong, known to her 1.2 million followers on Twitter as Dooce, has an idea on how to turn hate mail into cash: “Internet, let me introduce you to Monetizing The Hate. Here I will be posting all the hate mail I get in my inbox and all the hateful anonymous and not-so-anonymous comments left […]

A Monday LinkFest

While catching up on my RSS feeds over the weekend, I found several pieces that were interesting enough to share. So here’s a quick roundup of some highlights from last week in the world of journalism and technology… Citizen reporting with an iPhone and a direct connection to city hall got plenty of attention last […]

Book update: Journalism Next will be available as e-book and in Europe

Due to the success of Journalism 2.0 as a downloadable PDF, I’m often asked whether the next one, Journalism Next, will be available as an e-book. I’m happy to report that, yes, it will be available digitally and even as an a la carte option. CQPress is publishing Journalism Next and informed me recently that […]

News21 exploring – and producing – the future of news

News21 is an ambitious project, attempting to chart a course of innovation for news coverage that is both “immersive” and “socially powerful,” in the words of Jody Brannon, News21′s national director. Brannon, who has been working in online news since 1995 with stints at, and, has been leading the project for the […]

Sacramento Press thriving, looking to expand

Like a lot of people, Ben Ilfeld and Geoff Samek were frustrated with the quality and quantity of local news available in their town. And, like more and more entrepreneurial journalists, the duo decided to turn frustration into opportunity by launching a new local news site to fill that perceived gap. But this is no […]

The deadly sins of newspapers

I’m in Cooperstown today, speaking at the New York Newspaper Publishers Association annual conference. As a left coaster, I’m a bit overwhelmed by the history here: the local newspaper has been around for 201 years, the hotel is celebrating its 100th birthday and this is the 156th edition of the conference. (And tomorrow I’ll be […]

Got a great idea? Pitch it at ONA conference

Do you have a great idea for an innovative product or business? Are you a media entrepreneur? Come pitch your idea at ONA to a panel of seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalists and media entrepreneurs for the chance to meet with a product developer and a VC. Susan Mernit and I are helping to coordinate […]

The definitive list of journalism organizations

Recently I was asked to compile a list of journalism organizations that recent college grads or early career professionals should know about. There are plenty of options so no matter your interest or focus, there is likely one that’s right for you. Some are more about the business of journalism than the craft, but that’s […]