July 2009

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BNO’s Plan To Monetize As An Aggregator

Tweet This may ruffle just a few feathers *cough* AP *cough*. Breaking News Online is releasing an iPhone app ($1.99) and plans to charge a $.99 per month subscription fee to use it. The company is going to monetize its research flow, editorial judgment, distribution channels…and links to other peoples’ content. If BNO is successful, […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Tweet It will be tweeted 130 characters at a time on Twitter. Matt Stewart is tweeting an entire novel on the French Revolution. A pretty cool thing to start on Bastille Day. He says the book has been shopped to several publishers already, but none bit on it. So why not publish it on Twitter? […]

Blogs Still Chasing Mainstream Media

Tweet Kirk Lapointe has some interesting results from a Cornell Study As for the notion that the blogosphere originates stories that mainstream then adopts, the study found that only 3.5 per cent of stories started in social media. I’ll buy that. I think what the blogosphere, and especially Twitter, does best is disperse the information. […]

WordPress 2.8.1 Released

Tweet I typically advise people to hold off on WordPress upgrades for major releases and grab the next release. I seldom take my own advice though…I just love getting the latest and greatest. But for all of you who do wait until the version after a major update to upgrade your WordPress, the day has […]

Journalists’ Typewriters Go Silent

Tweet Photo By Adam Tinworth Journalists continue to be laid off in Tennessee this week as The Tennessean eliminated roughly 30 positions on July 9th which ranges from those reporting on the street to account execs to press operators. It’s not a new story. It’s happening to many of us and it will continue to. […]

Success In The New News Industry

Tweet I’ve been kicking around an idea after reading the book Outliers: The Story of Success. One of the major themes of the book is that success doesn’t come just from having raw talent or outworking the competition. Successful people usually have talent, work ethic, AND are able to put them to use to become […]

Twitter For Dummies?

Tweet I’m not a big fan of any of the “for Dummies” or “for Idiots” books. I’m not an idiot (ok, that’s open for debate), and I’d imagine most people who are can’t glean much knowledge from any book, no matter how dumbed down it is. But Twitter For Dummies just makes me laugh. I […]

Looking For New Opportunities

Tweet In a story at the Huffington Post, Jennifer West talks about losing her job as an editor and a new journey she is taking. West’s story is similar to other journalists who have become unemployed. Although she has opted to go back to school, she says she’s out of the news business for good […]

Verification Vs. Speed Of A Breaking News Story

Tweet Blogs like TMZ and social media powerhouse Twitter may have broken the story of Michael Jackson’s death but the reality is that even the most casual news junkie wanted confirmation from an established journalism institution. Simon Owens explains and shows Google Trend goodness on how this went down last week regarding the death of […]

Aaron Brown Is Not A Fan Of Twitter

Tweet I don’t think Brown gets Twitter and he’s more than all right with that. “It still seems more self-indulgent than relevant, but oddly, that’s what a lot of journalism is these days.” Well, yeah, there is truth there as well. Personally, I like Aaron Brown and I appreciate his candor.


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