Whither news?

Posts questioning assumptions, finding opportunities in journalism


Google Signs a Friendship Pact with Euro Publishers


Google needs friends in Europe. It may have finally found some.


Bring me the hed of Jackie


Externally focused vs. internally focused journalism. Content vs. service.
Volume vs. value.


WTF is promoted-native-brand-voice-sponsored-content? It’s an ad. That’s WTF it is.

More than half of the people I surveyed did *not* know what “promoted” means


Who needs edittors?

I am editorially feral.

I got email yesterday from an editor at The Washington Post asking whether I wanted to write an opinion piece picking and…


Assignment: Guardian


I asked our entrepreneurial journalism students at CUNY to read statements by four of the candidates for its editorship — and then to write their…


Is everything in Germany Google’s fault?


Publishers are really debating what is scarce: attention, content, trust … or merely money


NBC’s opportunity


NBC has a chance to reinvent television news without the plastic personality, the manufactured celebrity, the staged reality, the smarmy transitions, the bullshit BREAKING


What news can do for Google (and itself)


How about a search of only original reporting?


In recent months, I’ve heard a lot of news executives complain about…


What Could Google Do — for News?

Google, I’m hearing, wants to help save news. Good on them. But that should not mean saving old newspapers in old Europe. Instead, it should mean helping to…


Building Trust in News


In their Trust Project, Richard Gingras, head of Google News, and Sally Lehrman, a fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, argue the need to rebuild trust in…


The take on takes: It’s the (mass-media) business model, stupid

A very good take on why all news organizations think they “need a take on that” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, being followed by another take and then another take on the Awl’s take on takes. Shoot us all now.

No, shoot the business model and the presumptions of mass media economics. That is what…


Unoriginal sin

The amazing Ethan Zuckerman argues at eloquent length in The Atlantic that advertising was the web’s original sin, which really is just a corollary to the contention that giving…


Absolution? Hell, no.

The good Reverend David Carr grants us absolution. “So whose fault is it?” he asks after chronicling the excommunication of newspapers and magazines from media companies…


The decootification of media companies

This pretty much completes the circle: Now Gannett is ready to spin-off its print properties, following Scripps in 2007, Belo in 2008, News Corp. in…


I could spend days just wandering through The New York Times’ ancient archives. Indeed, I have spent days there. I discover tales of fiendish kodakers lying in wait to assault the good ladies of Newport and luddites’ letters decrying the telegraph. My favorite yet may be this from The Times of November 3, 1901, reporting on the disruption of

Social Journalism

Proposing a new degree at CUNY


Some big news at CUNY: We are developing a new master’s degree in social journalism. We’ve considered calling it a…


Organizer, advocate, educator

What now for news — Part V


I have been working on an essay that explores new relationships, forms, and business models for news. It is


Engagement, collaboration, and membership

What now for news — Part IV


I have been working on an essay that explores new relationships, forms, and business models


Bad metrics, good metrics

Getting rid of mass-media measurement & corruption


Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile writes an important piece about bad media metrics online…


Too much news

Arguments against abundance


Ev Williams has argued that we have too much news. And that is why — perhaps in penance for overdosing the world with updates…


The price of eggs

Journalistic patronage and independence


Glenn Greenwald has responded to Pando Daily’s story about the Omidyar Network and Ukraine with the force…


Philanthropy and news

The limits and benefits of charity


On a trip to Silicon Valley with my new dean, Sarah Bartlett, I heard technology people express concern…


Ecosystems and networks

What now for news? — Part III


I have been working on an essay that explores new relationships, forms, and business models for news. It is my reply to the question, “Now that your internet has ruined news, what now?” I do not pretend to predict, only to explore opportunities. On Medium, I’ll share the first third of the essay on new


Content vs. service

What now for news? — Part II


I have been working on an essay that explores new relationships, forms, and business models for news. It is my reply

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