March 2009

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Link Narcissism

Tweet One of the most effective things you can do to help optimize your site for search engines is to link to yourself. It’s ok. Everybody does it. There’s no reason for us to feel uncomfortable talking about it. If you’re like me, part of the motivation for self-linking may be that you think a […]

What Is Your Definition Of Social Media?

Tweet The question of the day is I’d like to hear from our readers their definition of social media. I keep hearing different definitions, and I find that a lot of people are utilizing the term, social media strategist, as their job description. What is your definition of social media and what do you think […]

On Optimism

Tweet From TechCrunch, commenting on a study from The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism: Online journalists are cautiously optimistic that their publications have viable business models compared to traditional forms of media. Over 60 percent of respondents reported that their online news units were making a profit. But only four out of […]

Journalistic Entropy

Tweet A cool video on KNS Continuous News Editor Jigsha Desai. connected [jigsha desai] from Laura Roberson on Vimeo. I think one of the most interesting ideas Jigsha brings up is the pushing of content to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, etc. The goal isn’t just to provide content on the KNS site, but also to give […]

Compiling An Online Toolbox

Tweet In our never-ending journey for some of us who are old dogs trying to learn new tricks, I realized that there are some things from a tech perspective I do utilize. I was sitting with friends last week, and I was going through a bag I carry around. One of the guys I was […]

Blogging Ethics

Tweet And this is probably the best post you will read in awhile on how your online presence is more than important and how you need to be real about it if you want credibility. The thing is transparency. There are different rules and regulations, and that is what Laura Creekmore is telling you. She […]

Nothing’s Changed But The Changes

Tweet If you’re a regular visitor to NewsTechZilla, you probably noticed that we’ve changed out look a little recently. You may be wondering why. Well, did you see our old layout? Did you like it better than this one? Really? It’s ok if you didn’t care much for it–neither did we. When Trace and I […]

Why Teach Journalism

Tweet Because it’s important. Journalists find things out and tell people about it. If you are teaching your students how to do that, you are not only doing your job, you are giving them the gift of a lifetime. It is not your job to guarantee them stable employment. I’m not even sure that stable […]

On The Narrative

Tweet Rex Hammock is talking to you. I recommend you listen: Collectively, the news media of the mainstream variety move through such narratives. Since September 15, the narrative has clearly been that we are in the midst of “financial crisis.” According to the narrative, the crisis is more than a cyclical recession, it’s “the worst […]


Tweet In a letter to the editor from the Dallas Morning News from a man named Steve Love criticizes how news is brought to citizens. Maybe one of the reasons that so many print sources of journalism are in decline is that they do no better job at really informing the public on the serious […]


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