Industry commentary

Who did Dean in?

February 24, 2004
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The press, of course, judging by the feedback sent to the Oregonian’s public editor. Sure, a certain amount of this is the Dean brigades looking for scapegoats. And I didn’t notice them complaining about all the fawning coverage that made Dean the front-runner. Still, I’m having one of those shaky-ground moments in my conviction...

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A lightbulb moment

February 23, 2004
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So I stopped by Tim Porter‘s site tonight and noted his excerpts of a seminar given by Dan Gillmor, Jeff Jarvis and Jay Rosen, who spoke at a techie teach-in down in San Diego. They were saying all the usual “news is a conversation” stuff I’ve read a zillion times. I’m nodding along because,...

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Watching the watching watchers

February 19, 2004
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Jay Rosen lobs some zingers at CJR’s Campaign Desk, which carries around a digital backpack full double-standards. The folks at the Desk have riled many bloggers with a nannylike insistence that bloggers who want to be respected must behave respectably. To which the bloggers said, essentially, “we don’t have to, so we won’t.” So,...

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Why I’ll never work for the Times

February 18, 2004
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Steve Outing quotes N.Y. Times editor Apcar on employee blogs. That’s one reason that The New York Times tightly controls personal blogs by its journalists. Of the companies I surveyed for this report, the Times was the most restrictive, by far. New York Times Digital Editor-in-Chief Len Apcar puts it bluntly: “I don’t like...

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Now here’s some welcome news

February 9, 2004
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Reuters is hiring reporters in India to cover American companies. Can moving the copy desk offshore be far behind?

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Why They Hate Us Part 973

February 6, 2004
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So the other day I’m at the workout room doing my Stairmaster thing and the TV’s got CNN or some other channel on, and they keep playing the surveillance camera footage of the 11-year-old girl being abducted. Now her body’s been found and the guy in the video is being charged with murder. I...

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Coming clean on open records

February 5, 2004
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Doug Clifton writes about the Plain Dealer’s battles to keep records open and meetings open. Doug’s an editor-in-chief so he isn’t really allowed to speak in the plain language the rest of us enjoy in vast wastes of the blogosphere. He’s obliged, as the representative of that Institution We Call the Press, to uphold...

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Take me out to the ballbame

January 30, 2004
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It’s funny about how everybody whines about horse-race coverage of the elections and everybody wishes it would go away. Problem is: it can’t. Say you tune in to a ballgame while you’re channel surfing. You see a closeup of one of your favorite players so you pause for a minute to catch a bit...

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Get the nearby news

January 30, 2004
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Tim Porter links to interesting details about how people are most inclined to open a newspaper for local news — several times more likely than they would be for TV or the Internet. The glass offices where this sinks in are not in papers with circulations below, say, 250,000. The place where it needs...

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CJR’s campaign blog rules

January 28, 2004
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You’d be forgiven for thinking the folks at Columbia Journalism Review are a gang of navel-gazing worrywarts … sometimes it seems like 90 percent of their coverage is of the “latest example of the sad state of modern journalism” variety. If we’re not becoming better newsies and better human beings, it’s not for the...

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