Archive for the 'Journalism' Category

Spotlight, LSC, MIT, Fri. (2/26) & Sat. (2/27)

Friday, February 26th, 2016

The group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that shows movies, LSC, is screening Spotlight this weekend, Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th at 8 pm in Building 26, room 100. “Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), the Boston Globe’s elite investigative team, known as Spotlight, is tasked with delving […]

25 Year of the Web + Future of Libraries

Monday, September 29th, 2014

It’s not a secret that I love the Berkman Center. A recent Berkman Buzz email points to John Palfrey’s reflection on 25 years of the Web alongside David Weinberger’s thoughts on the future of libraries and how other influencers will create that future. Many people think the Web will make libraries obsolete. Well, it’s been […]

The (new) Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Journalism Entering the Digital Era

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

After hearing through the family grapevine that the new version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is worth seeing, I caught it last night at LSC at MIT for free. What my family didn’t tell me that I’ll tell you is that the “real life” parts of the movie are completely different from the […]

Seminar: Connecting Libraries, Communities, and News, 4/27, Marlborough, MA

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The Massachusetts Library System hosts a free gathering about linking libraries, communities, and the news on Friday, April 27, from 9:30 am through 4 pm, in the library system’s Marlborough office. Advance registration is required. The Mass. Library System partners with the New England News Forum and Journalism That Matters for a one day event. […]

Vignettes from the History of Journalism and Thoughts on the Future

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The March 22 Kojo Nnamdi show featuring CEO of The Washington Post Company Donald Graham and The State of Things’ interview with University of North Carolina journalism dean Susan King provide terrific tales from journalism’s past and some thoughts on the direction of the profession. Graham’s grandfather bought the struggling Post in the 1930s and […]

Do Media Makers have a Mission?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Judy Richards, who has done many things in her life, but is possibly most widely recognized as a filmmaker, shares with the Center for Civic Media lunch gathering whether media makers have a mission greater than just making media.

2 Events of Note: Presenting Data Today & Jake Shapiro of PRX Thursday

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

MIT’s Center for Civic Media has two events (at least) of note this week: Data Therapy Webinar: Techniques for Creative Data Presentation sounds like a great way to get some ideas on how to enthrall audiences with data-filled presentations. (We’re all warming up for the annual conferences, showing off at work, preparing for the board […]

Using Digital Media in Detroit to Meet Community Needs

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

(Unfortunately, I was 30 minutes late to this presentation. I’m not sure who was speaking when I entered.) The MIT Center for Civic Media hosts Allied Media Projects staff and Detroit Digital Justice Coalition members for a conversation about what they’re doing with people and technology. “We’re not trying to bridge the digital divide as […]

The Boston Globe’s Digital Initiatives Lunch

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The Boston Globe’s digital initiatives folks are speaking at MIT’s Center for Civic Media about, well, digital efforts at the Globe.

MIT Center for Civic Media Events, Including Upcoming Boston Globe Lunch

Monday, January 30th, 2012

MIT’s Center for Civic Media has a number of exciting upcoming events focusing on, well, civic media, citizen journalism, and other related topics. During this Thursday’s lunch, Jeff Moriarty will talk about digital initiatives at The Boston Globe. (RSVP for food at least 24 hours prior to the event via the form on the event […]

Beyond Books: News, Literacy and Democracy in America’s Libraries April 6-7, 2011 MIT Cambridge Mass

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Journalism That Matters, the American Library Association, the MIT Center For Future Civic Media, the Media Giraffe Project, New England News Forum and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Project are holding a two day event called Beyond Books: News, Literacy and Democracy in America’s Libraries on April 6-7, 2011 at the MIT Center For Future […]

NY Times to Stop Printing on Paper … Someday

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The last segment of tonight’s Marketplace made me laugh out loud. (Good thing my officemate left for the weekend already!) While the radio show’s staff breezed through story ideas, one of them mentioned The New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr’s announcement they’ll stop printing on paper. One of these days. The reporter said the […]

Boston Fox 25 mini library debate/NPR Diane Rehm library program

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Boston Fox 25/ had a mini debate on Monday, June 28, 2010 on whether Massachusetts cities and towns should get rid of libraries: Brandon Abbs of the People of Boston Branches and Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam were the debaters. There were no librarians involved to give their side of the story. Anchors Maria […]

The Cost of Information and News

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I admit Mary Matalin and James Carville are not people with whom I am familiar, but James said a few things worth noting here: Some problems with information overload are really problems with having too little information. Some problems with a lack of information happen in an abundance of information. News is expensive. Opinion is […]

5/18 Berkman Lunch: Social Media Journalism and the Changing Roles of Journalists

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Tuesday’s (5/18) Berkman Center for Internet & Society lunch discussion about journalism and social media should interest quite a few of you. Tune into the webcast or attend in person: 12:30 pm ET, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA. “Topic: Social Media Journalism and the Changing Roles of Journalists Guest: Miriam Meckel Technologies of participation empower […]

Global Citizen Media Talk at MIT with Ethan Zuckerman

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably can guess I’m a fan of Ethan Zuckerman and the work he does with global Internet issues. Today, I’m enjoying a forum he’s moderating showcasing various international citizen media efforts. My notes follow.

Journalism’s Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities, Conference at Harvard, 4/9

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

“The Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic are pleased to announce a one-day symposium and [continuing legal education] program to celebrate the launch of the Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) [called Journalism’s Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities]. OMLN is a legal referral service that connects qualifying online journalism ventures and […]

Upcoming Communications Forums at MIT, Scattered Thursdays, 5-7 pm, 32-155

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The upcoming MIT Communications Forums sound pretty nifty. Minnesota Public Radio. Ethan Zuckerman. Digital. Government. Collaboration. Yum. government transparency and collaborative journalism new initiatives for gathering news linda fantin, minnesota public radio ellen miller, sunlight foundation moderator: chris csikszentmihalyi, mit thursday, march 18, 5-7 pm 32-155 the gutenberg parenthesis oral tradition and digital technologies thomas […]

MIT Panel: Death of the News?, 3/2, 5:30-7 p, Wong Auditorium, E51

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Not too long from now, a panel discussion at MIT explores Death of the News?. “Death of the News? Journalism is in a crisis; newspapers are going out of business; editors and reporters are losing their jobs. In a vanishing era of traditional media, will the news vanish with it? A panel discussion about the […]

New York Times Profits

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

1) Cut costs … 3) Profit!* Cost saving measures by The New York Times Company seem to have, well, paid off. The company reported a profit in 2009—a big change from ending 2008 with almost $60 million in debt. Advertising revenue is supposedly increasing. Hopefully, that means good things for the news industry … or […]

Captivity Ends for Iraqi Freelance Photographer the US Military Held for 17 Months

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The US military released freelance photographer Ibrahim Jassam after holding him for 17 months, believing him to be a security threat. In September 2008, when Iraqi and US forces raided his home in Mahmoudiya, Jassam, who took video and photos for Reuters, was detained. The following December, the Iraqi Central Criminal Court decided there was […]

Skills of the Future Journalist

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Here’s another good article shared on Newslib: The journalist of the future should know some programming, business knowledge, online tools, how to build community, and, oh yeah, how to tell stories.

Writer Pete Hamill on Journalism Past, Present, and Future

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This interview with journalist and novelist Pete Hamill appeared on Newslib because of the variety of things he says about the news industry in the past, present, and future, particularly this bit on newspaper archives: “I’m so concerned with morgues and libraries of the newspapers. I know from writing historical novels, one of the great […]

Ann Arbor District Library and Ann Arbor News Work Toward Digitization

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The Ann Arbor District Library received some of the Ann Arbor News’ archives when the newspaper ceased publication this summer. The organizations involved are working toward an agreement for a digitization project—a move some people hope will be a model for libraries and papers in similar situations.

Media Cloud and Quantitative News Media Analysis, 11/23, 11:45 am EST, Harvard

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The Center for Research on Computation and Society hosts Ethan Zuckerman and Hal Roberts on Monday, November 23, at 11:45 am to discuss Media Cloud and Quantitative News Media Analysis at Harvard’s Maxwell Dworkin, room 119. “The rapid rise of participatory media technologies – weblogs, social networks, microblogging, video sharing sites – are transforming the […]

FTC Workshop on Future Survival of Journalism in Internet Age, 12/1-2; Public Comment Deadline Friday, 11/6

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission hosts the free public and webcast workshop From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive in the Internet Age? Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1-2, in Washington, DC. Pre-registration by those attending is encouraged to reserve space. They are accepting public comment by Friday, 11/6. An organization called has put […]

Future of the News in The New York Review of Books

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

In September, The New York Review of Books printed an article about trends in the news industry and the potential future of news. An upcoming issue includes some editorials in response.

The Boston Globe is off the market

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I breathed a big sigh of relief when I read the front page headline of my paper copy of The Boston Globe yesterday: The New York Times decided not to sell The Globe. The future of this newspaper and Boston journalism were in question. Sure, there are lots of news sources around here, but without […]

Power Reporting Web Site Up For Grabs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Bill Dedman, owner of the Power Reporting: Resources for journalists is offering the website for anyone who take it over: “If a university journalism program or nonprofit association is interested in using this domain as an aid to journalists or journalism, drop me a line. Contact Bill Dedman. I don’t think whoever takes over the […]

ABC News Shuttering In-House Library in Favor of “Digital Research Facility”

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The June 4, 2009 issue of The New York Observe has an article called ABC News Shuttering In-House Library in Favor of ‘Digital Research Facility’; Looking To Donate Print Materials: “Today, yet another bricks-and-mortar media bibliothèque fell victim to the digital age.” “This afternoon, in an email to his staff, David Westin, the president of […]

Paper Cuts Multimedia Site Concerning Newspaper Layoffs And Other News

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Erica Smith, journalist, newspaper and multimedia designer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nifty multimedia website called Paper Cuts which lists all of the layoffs, closings and other news in the newspaper field. As of March 16, 2009, 5,046 plus jobs have been lost in the United States. For more info: Posted by […]

NEWSOUT: What to do when the newsroom lights go out March 21 Boston University

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The New England News Forum at UMass Amherst, the Boston University College of Communication and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute are hosting a one-day collaboration called NEWSOUT: What to do when the newsroom lights go out: Options and strategies for New England communities on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Boston University: “In the last […]

Boston’s Weeklies Change Strategies During Down Times

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The daily Boston Globe reports how various Boston area weekly newspapers are handling the economic downturn. Several have reduced page size and number of pages, some are limiting distribution, and one has gone back to being a weekly after a few weeks of trying life as a daily.

3/9: The Future of News Discussed at Harvard, 5-7 pm ET

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

From the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s weekly email detailing nifty events in the coming week: [MONDAY] THE FUTURE OF NEWS ================================= 3/9/09, 5:00-7:00 PM Austin West, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School Topic: The Future of News Guests: Russ Stanton and Jeff Jarvis — A public session of “The Internet: Issues at the Frontiers” […]

Rocky Mountain News Ceases Publishing

Friday, February 27th, 2009

About two months shy of its true 150th anniversary, the Rocky Mountain News published its last paper and prepares to completely close down. It had been seeking a buyer in the midst of troubles plaguing many newspapers these days. My hat is off to our colleagues. I can’t help wondering what will happen to the […]

Wall Street Journal gets rid of 2 News Librarians

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Techdirt and Editor & Publisher posted two stories that the Wall Street Journal is laying off two news librarians: Editor & Publisher: “NEW YORK The librarian who operates The Wall Street Journal’s news research library — which is set to close with the elimination of her job and another staffer’s — said in a memo […]

Report on Forum about Electronic Media and News Preservation

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Garrett pointed me to the summary “On the Record: A Forum on Electronic Media and the Preservation of News” in the current issue of Focus on Global Resources. “The recent and ongoing contraction in the newspaper industry and the emergence of the Internet as a venue for real-time news suggest that preserving newspapers will become […]

2 from On the Media: US Gov’t Electronic Records and the Supposed Death of the Newspaper Industry

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I don’t normally listen to the National Public Radio program On the Media, but I happened to catch two stories on this week’s episode definitely worth mentioning here. 1) Like many archival repositories, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the archives that handle many important United States government records, like those from the Office […]

Lawsuit to Decide Fair Use of Links on News Sites

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

It’s the lawsuit for which some members of the copyright law world have been waiting: how much text in links on news sites is too much? GateHouse Media, Inc., is suing The New York Times Co. to find out. Since many news sites, including aggregators like Yahoo! and Google News, link to news stories on […]

Cost-cutting Google scraps newspaper ad program AP

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Associated Press reports that Google is ending its newspaper ad program on Feb 28, 2009: “Emboldened by its online success, Google set out in November 2006 to help newspapers that have seen their revenue evaporate as more advertisers shifted their spending to the Internet to connect with the Web’s growing audience. Under the program, potential […]

Weekend America on the News Organization “Crisis”

Friday, December 12th, 2008

This coming weekend’s edition of the radio show Weekend America should include a segment on changes in the news industry. Here’s an excerpt from their weekly e-mail: “… Take Journalism’s Pulse. In light of the Tribune bankruptcy and the massive lien the New York Times just leveraged on its own building, the future of daily […]

Tribune Company Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The Tribune Company, owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and other television stations and news organizations, as well as the Chicago Cubs (who will eventually win the World Series) filed for bankruptcy protection today. This filing probably won’t be the only one for a news organization during this downturn. Subscriptions and advertising revenue […]

Christian Science Monitor Goes More Digital, Stops Regular Printing

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

By now, you might have learned the Christian Science Monitor is planning to stop printing regularly and will be mostly an online publication. I was pondering how to discuss the change in this space and figured it out when, of all things, I read in the print edition of The Boston Globe that Ethan Zuckerman, […]

Christian Science Monitor to end daily publication

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

AP reports that the Christian Science Monitor newspaper will become the first national newspaper to drop its daily print edition and focus on publishing online: “Come April, the Boston-based general-interest paper — founded in 1908 and the winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes — will print only a weekend edition after struggling financially for decades, its […]

NELA Conf Talk: News savvy: Journalists, Citizen Journalism and the News Consumer Oct 21 8:30 am

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

There’s a talk at the NELA Conference on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 8:30 am called “News savvy: Journalists, Citizen Journalism and the News Consumer: Newspapers, broadcasters, citizen journalists and an array of bloggers provide news and opinion around the clock on the printed page, on TV, radio and via computers and telephones. With the […]

Technorati 2008 State of the Blogosphere report

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Technorati has released it’s 2008 State of the Blogosphere Report which states: * Blogs are pervasive and part of our daily lives: “There have been a number of studies aimed at understanding the size of the Blogosphere, yielding widely disparate estimates of both the number of blogs and blog readership. All studies agree, however, that […]

Final Thoughts from a Journalist who Took a Buyout

Friday, September 26th, 2008

jhota pointed me to the final column Dan Conover wrote for The Post and Courier (I think) of Charleston, South Carolina, because it discusses the state of the media industry and the challenges facing it. Worth a read. Thanks!

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Friday, September 5th, 2008

One of my coworkers gave me a copy of Haruki Murakami’s Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, suggesting it to be a good place to enter his writing. Little did I know as I took it from his hand I would end up blogging about the book. The book alternates between two worlds. […]

Understanding Your Legal Risks When You Blog or Publish Online

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

David Ardia of the Citizen Media Law Project had an excellent posting called “Understanding your legal risks when you blog or publish online”: “Every time you publish something online, whether it’s a news article, blog post, podcast, video, or even a user comment, you open yourself up to potential legal liability. This shouldn’t come as […]

Portland (ME) Press Herald at Risk of Closing?

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

“‘It is such a profound change as to be almost impossible to imagine. It would mean the end of a shared experience, sense of community, sense of common purpose. Newspapers represent all of that.’” –Herb Adams, a Portland resident who serves in the Maine House of Representatives * * * “Part of a thriving democracy […]

Australian Newspapers Beta Historic Newspapers 1803-1954

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“The Australian Newspapers Beta service allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. This is a beta service in the sense that it only contains a relatively small volume of data. More data will be added as it is processed, however there may be a delay before additional […]

New Hampshire’s Valley News Misspells Name in Masthead

Friday, July 25th, 2008

The Valley News, a newspaper in New Hampshire, made one of the most embarassing mistakes a newspaper can make. Earlier this week, it misspelled its own name in its masthead. Thanks for sharing, Rob.

Renewed Rumor: Google to Buy Digg

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Today’s buzz in the Web 2.0 world is about TechCrunch’s latest report on Google’s efforts to buy Digg, a very popular site where people can share and vote on content, much like Babbledog, the site on which I work. The article in C|Net made me think of some of the conversations we’ve had about media […]

Project for Excellence in Journalism: Shrinking newsroom staffs hurt quality & other industry changes

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Today, the Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study about changing newsrooms that found that shrinking staffs are hurting the quality of newspapers. It also discusses several other industry trends, increasing online news, and challenges to the traditional newspaper revenue model. “It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, […]

AP Grapples with Bloggers Quoting Articles

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

“On Friday, The A.P. issued a statement defending its action, saying it was going to challenge blog postings containing excerpts of A.P. articles ‘when we feel the use is more reproduction than reference, or when others are encouraged to cut and paste.’ An A.P. spokesman declined Friday to further explain the association

The Washington Post’s Obituary Blog: Post Mortem

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

One of the (dis)advantages to working on a cool Web site like Babbledog is that I’m always finding cool things to read and note. Here’s another one. The Washington Post obituary writers have a blog called Post Mortem where they share stories about the folks who died. “Obituaries have become an increasingly popular feature in […]

Report of NHPR’s Brady Carlson at WebNOB

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Brady Carlson, who deals with new media for New Hampshire Public Radio, gave a really fascinating talk at WebNOB on Tuesday about how they’re integrating the Web into their operations. He also talked a bit about what news organizations can do to remain relevant in this age when people, especially Internet users, have access to […]

CIL 2008: Learning From Newspapers/Politics

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Library Revolution had the following interesting post about the 2008 Computers In Library talk on Newspapers and Politics: “Libraries can learn so much by looking at what other industries have done, the challenges they have faced, and the concerns they are thinking about when building these online community interfaces. Especially helpful here was the notion […]

Upcoming Gatherings: MacCamp (5/10), WebNOB (5/13), Berkman@10 (5/15-16), BarCamp Boston 3 (5/17-18)

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Instead of doing lots of little posts about upcoming conferences, I’m going to be slack and do a list in one post. I can’t remember for certain if I’ve written about these before in this space, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself. MacCamp Boston, Saturday, May 10: A free forum dealing with Mac issues […]

New Radio Show The Takeaway Challenges NPR’s Morning Edition

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

For almost thirty years, National Public Radio has dominated United States public radio with its news shows, like Morning Edition. Friday’s Globe carries news of a competitor: The Takeaway. Starting with just an hour, Adaora Udoji and John Hockenberry hope their live radio news show will expand to fill four hours and bring even more […]

Journalist Toni Locy Held in Contempt for not Revealing Sources in Anthrax Investigation

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

I saw a news article about this situation recently, but never got around to blogging it. Seeing an Associated Press article in today’s Boston Globe gives me an excuse to pick it up, especially since it’s been a while since I’ve said anything about a shield law in this space. You might remember the post-9/11 […]

Is Copyright Dead?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

“Copyright is a very big issue in the legal world today, but in the business world, when you talk to consumers about protecting copyrights, it’s a dead issue. It’s gone. If you have a business model based on copyright, forget it,” opined Gerry Faulhaber, a Wharton School of Business professor at the University of Pennsylvania […]

News sites still haven’t seen the money from open source

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

ZDNet’s Dana Blankenhorn has some comments on the Project for Excellence In Journalism’s State of the News Media 2008 report: “The problem is you’ve got an industry blaming the customers for its own failures, and that never works. I’ve been watching the disaster unfold from the front row for over a decade and I […]

Do Journalists Lower Standards When They Blog?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

While Jon was talking about faceted blog archives at blog group, he mentioned a locker room incident where someone shut out a journalist who blogs based on the idea that journalists who blog should be treated no differently from other bloggers. The statement provides more details about the situation, thoughts about reporters who blog, and […]

Future of Boston News Media on Radio Boston, 3/15, 1 p, WBUR

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The program Radio Boston, which WBUR airs at 1 p ET on Saturdays, focuses on the future of Boston’s media. It looks like the show is actually recorded on Friday and might already be available on the show’s Web site. There’s also a chatroom to facilitate participation in the discussion.

Journalist Keeps Cool Despite Car Crash in Studio

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

A television journalist does an excellent job of remaining calm despite a car crashing into the studio during a live news broadcast.

Journalist Becomes Story in Facebook Founder’s Interview

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The hot news from SXSWi (South by Soutwest interactive), a tech conference in Austin, Texas, is how a journalist put herself into the interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg instead of simply interviewing him from a distance, as planned. CNet reporter Daniel Terdiman writes: "The reality is, I thought the substance of her interview was […]

Collaborative News Bloggers at Blog Group Thursday (3/6)

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Folks from a news and blog project in Somerville, Massachusetts, will be the guests at Thursday’s blog group. This meeting might appeal to some of you local journalists. "This week, Barry Rafkind and other folks from Somerville Voices will join us talk about what they’re doing. Somerville Voices is a new collaborative news & features […]

Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Knight Citizen News Network has posted an excellent guide called “Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive: A digital literacy guide for the information age” by Mark Briggs: Briggs also has a companion weblog called Journalism 2.0: Link via LISNews:  

New News Director Redefines Boston’s WBZ News

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

The Boston Globe tells us how Jeff Kiernan, the new news director for CBS affiliate WBZ, has changed the station’s newscasts to improve their ratings and the challenges of keeping the station’s rank.

Agence France Presse bans Wikipedia and Facebook as sources

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

“Agence France Presse banned its reporters from using Facebook and Wikipedia as sources last week, as news organizations still struggle to safely use online (re)sources,” according to “Some newspapers picked up pictures on Facebook about Mr Bhutto, which turned out to be fake.” Clarifying this point, Lesourd said that journalists couldn’t use these sites […]

Boston Globe Price Increases, Online Readership Grows & Wall Street Journal to Still Charge

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I learned The Boston Globe’s newsstand price will increase just after reading in the print Globe online US newspaper readers increased 6%. Below that article is one indicating The Wall Street Journal will keep its subscription model.

MTV Trains Own Journalists for Political Coverage

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

A project to grow their own journalists to add pizzazz to the channel’s political coverage, MTV hired and trained one young journalist for each of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC. “The idea behind MTV’s project, known as the Street Team, is having citizen journalists across the country bring a fresh perspective and grass-roots […]

Andy Carvin on Web 2.0 & Journalism

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

While going through unread messages from the blog group, I found one Andy Carvin sent a while back about a presentation he gave on why journalists should care about Web 2.0. It’s definitely worth a read because he not only explores what some of the popular Web 2.0 technology is and how people use it, […]

Man Finds Archive of St. Louis Post-Dispatch under Carpet

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Tom Weber shares the news from the December 1 and 2 editions of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he found cushioning the carpet of his house. We frequently hear about people finding all sorts of neat things when they renovate. I think this use of newspapers for carpet padding is a clever way to recycle newspaper, […]

FCC Lifts Media Ownership Restriction

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I heard the piece on tonight’s All Things Considered about the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to allow broadcasters in the top 20 markets to own a broadcast organization and a newspaper in the same market. For some organizations, this change is positive, but many people are concerned about the same parent organization controlling too much […]

Free Speech & Liability

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I heard a piece on the BBC World Service this morning about a proposed law in Britain that would hold authors responsible if their works incite certain kinds of violence. As a writer, I got a little scared because of what might happen if the authorities held me responsible for the actions of my readers. […]

Australian journalist sacked for not generating enough website hits

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The Sydney Morning Herald had an article called Journalism’s new order: one hit wonders need not apply about a Australian journalist who was sacked because his stories were not generating enough website hits.  

The Future of the Internet in China with Journalist and Nieman Fellow Michael Anti

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Tuesday’s (11/27) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Luncheon Series is with New York Times Beijing Correspondent and Nieman Fellow Michael Anti. His talk, “When the Decentralized and Democratized Internet Meets China,” will be webcast beginning about 12:30 pm ET. Folks will gather in IRC (, #berkman) and Second Life. It is too late to […]

Social Networks Go Mobile, New FCC Proposal, Yahoo! Settles Lawsuit, and Music Sites, Jealous of Social Networks, Go Mobile

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

When some people travel, they eat more junk food than they normally would, using vacation as an excuse to indulge in treats they wouldn’t normally consume at home. I often use USA Today as my travel treat. I don’t normally read the newspaper, but when I travel, I can often pick up a copy fairly […]

House Supports Reporters Shield Law

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

In the past, we’ve talked about laws that protect journalists from revealing secret sources and the difficulties that arise for journalists who are not protected by such laws. The US House of Representatives passed legislation (398 to 21) to allow journalists to protect their sources. The law would be a major boost to the freedom […]

New York Times Opens Archives

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

The Berkman Center’s blog shares some words from Dan Gillmor about The New York Times opening up its archives again. A move I know will be popular among some of my friends and colleagues.

Blogging about Boston TV News

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

The Boston Globe carried a nifty article about people who are blogging about Boston television news. The article claims Boston is the seventh largest market for television news in the United States. "That’s why Rob Mignogna says he began his site – so ‘us news geeks could talk about the Boston news scene and what […]

Cool Citizen Journalism Stuff at Blog Group Thursday

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

There’s cool citizen journalism stuff happening at blog group on Thursday. “Tish Grier of Assignment Zero and Lisa Williams of Placeblogger will co-host a meeting of blog group on Thursday, August 23, at 7PM [at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA].” Free, open to the public, really cool.

The Color of Television News

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Johnny Diaz of The Boston Globe takes a look at the sets of some of the more popular television news programs in Boston. “It’s a tricky formula, the psychology of colors, using certain hues on a set and in flashy graphics to attract new viewers but not alienate the loyal ones. Station managers play close […]

Congratulations, Placeblogger, Global Voices, and the Citizen Media Law Project!

Friday, June 1st, 2007

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced its first Knight News Challenge awards. Among the many exciting citizen journalism projects that received funding are Lisa William’s Placeblogger, Global Voices, and the Citizen Medial Law Project. The latter two are Berkman Center projects, so there’s a post on the Berkman blog with more details. […]

Outsourcing in Journalism

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

All news is local, right, so how can it be outsourced to India? Outsourcing has impacted several people I know in the tech industry. One friend lost several jobs when the company he used to work for shifted various tasks overseas. Another person now manages some men in India instead of men sharing his office […]

Should Local News Anchors be in Wikipedia?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

In January, the radio show Weekend America highlighted a deletion debate on Wikipedia about an anchorwoman in Wichita, Kansas, that explores the bigger question of whether local members of the media, even well-known ones, should be included in the work. During her interview, anchor Susan Peters talks about how she would like whatever decision to […]

Examples of How Web 2.0 Can Help Crisis Communications

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

The tragic shootings this past week at Virginia Tech pose huge challenges to campus communicators everywhere. It’s easy to look back at the events and critique how, where, and why communication efforts failed. It’s much more difficult to be in the situation itself and make decisions about what to do in a timely and effective […]

BostonNOW Launches

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

BostonNOW, a new media outlet serving the Boston area, should have launched Tuesday. Reflecting some common trends and ideas, it will attempt to mix weblogs with more traditional forms of journalism–putting weblog writers and journalists next to each other. Jeff told me Curt Nikish at National Public Radio covers the excitement for Morning Edition. Addendum […]

New Boston Newspaper: BostonNOW

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Regina from BostonNOW joins us at blog group tonight to tell us about this new Boston newspaper and its efforts to draw in bloggers. The paper plans to launch in mid-April. Its contributors are a mix of journalists with experirence from other news agencies, wire stories, and bloggers. I mentioned this paper a few weeks […]

America’s Historic Newspapers Online

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Rich’s string of cool posts is enough to get me to stop writing about BarCamp Boston 2. The Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities launched a new site this week with lots of content from American newspapers: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Beta). (Gotta love the beta. When something gets to omega, […]

All the world’s a story

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Greetings Monday’s New York Times had an article called All the world’s a story about Assignment Zero, “a collaboration between Wired Magazine and NewAssignment.Net, the experimental journalism site established by Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University, intends to use not only the wisdom of the crowd, but their combined reporting efforts–an approach […]

New Boston Newspaper Meets with Bloggers, Sat., 11 a, Central Square

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Here’s something I should have posted when I saw the announcement on Wednesday. My apologies for being slack and for the late notice. The new Boston newspaper Boston NOW is hoping to meet with bloggers on Saturday, March 10, at 11 am at the All Asia Cafe in Central Square to discuss the intersection between […]

Social Media Discussion at NPR

Monday, February 19th, 2007

I went to Andy Carvin’s weblog to snag a link for a post about him coming to blog group this Thursday (2/22) at 7 pm at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 7 pm, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, and discovered a series of really cool posts about a social media discussion at National Public […]

New News museum in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Newseum, the interactive museum of news, will open this fall in Washington, D.C. The Newseum, a 250,000 square foot museum of news, will offer visitors five centuries of news history with up to the second technology abd hands-on exhibits, according to their website. There’s one section on the front pages of newspapers from around […]

The Tribune Co. & the State of Newspapers

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I caught a segment on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday about the Tribune Company and the state of newspapers that’s worth a listen. Audio should be available after 1 pm EST. The Tribune Company owns a number of major newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. Quite a few of my close news library colleagues […]

RIT University News Blog: The Tiger Beat

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

I keep an eye out for what university communications offices are doing with weblogs. A colleague pointed me to The Tiger Beat, Rochester Institute of Technology’s news office’s weblog that gives a behind-the-scenes look at their operations.

Bad Holiday Party Joke

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

“What’s Satan doing at our office’s holiday party?” “Well, we wanted Santa, but someone forgot to invite the proofreader.” (based on a joke I made with my Mom)

Regret the Error’s Mistakes of the Year

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

The weblog that tracks journalism errors, Regret the Error, has posted what they consider to be the best errors of the year, which receive their awards, the Crunks. heard on Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!