Archive for October, 2010

What you need to know if you’re going to ONA10 in DC

Ladies and gentleman, start your smartphones. The Online News Association’s annual conference kicks off on Thursday in Washington, D.C. It’s the nation’s only sold-out journalism conference each year, meaning this is the place to be if you’re excited about news in the digital age. If you are going and maybe this is your first time, […]

Appeared on a podcast, broke a little news

I was invited to appear on the weekly podcast at last week and the timing couldn’t have been better. John Cook and Todd Bishop wanted me to discuss the hyperlocal news business and, it just so happened, I had a little news to break on the subject. My new employer, King 5 TV, was […]

Meaty news topics are popular – and more profitable

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A news editor who pays too close attention to web analytics — especially in pursuit of building page-view inventories for advertising — will surely end up serving readers a steady diet of sugary desserts. Lindsay Lohan is the cake and Tiger Woods’ divorce is the ice cream […]

Journalism Next is now available for Kindle

Finally! After several months of waiting, the wizards at Amazon finally figured out how to process Journalism Next for the Kindle. Yes, you can finally purchase a book about digital media on … wait for it … digital media. Unfortunately this occurs about six months later than the folks at Amazon told us to expect […]

Are you building the future or trying to recreate the past?

I started my session at the SPJ conference in Las Vegas with a simple question: Are you optimistic about the future for journalism? Some two-thirds of the 120 or so people in attendance raised their hands. Pretty good, I thought. The question was appropriate since my session’s title was based on the “bright future for […]