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  • Journalism « Breaking News
    provided Steve and I think it s some pretty fair advice for any journalist who s looking to upgrade their skills so I m reprinting them here But I urge you to visit Steve s original post and take in Continue reading Digital Survival Guide Part 2 July 3rd 2008 Category Journalism Social Web Tech Tips Comments are closed Why Newspapers Still Don t Get The Web By Bill on June 30th 2008 As I was preparing the Seven Steps To Writing Like a Digital Native guide I was struck again by just how much newspapers are blinded to the power the web offers us It is I think one of the biggest mistake newspapers make online failing to use the web s rich resources or at least some of them in every story It s a mistake is deeply rooted in our print culture we re highly competitive and we re used to owning and controlling everything we publish But the web is different and that mistake costs us dearly I think because it Continue reading Why Newspapers Still Don t Get The Web June 30th 2008 Category Journalism News Tech Comments are closed Readers reading web news just like it s the morning paper By Bill on June 25th 2008 Continue reading Readers reading web news just like it s the morning paper June 25th 2008 Category Journalism Marketing News Tech Comments are closed Seven Steps to Writing Like a Digital Native By Bill on June 24th 2008 Here are the seven tips I give our WebU students who are learning how to write for the web Stop before posting ANY story and ask yourself these seven questions about how you can enrich your story for the reader 1 Are there original documents you can link to If you ve downloaded a report meeting minutes or agendas watched a video or listened to a tape share it If it s living elsewhere on the web link to it If you have your own copy can you scan it Post it yourself Tell people how they can get their own physical Continue reading Seven Steps to Writing Like a Digital Native June 24th 2008 Category Journalism News Tech Tips Comments are closed Forty percent of the Top 50 US newspapers are bleeding red ink says top CEO By Bill on June 10th 2008 Business Week s Media Columnist Jon Fine did us all a favour by reproducing in it s entirety a speech given by newspaper chain CEO Dean Singleton at the World Association of Newsapers annual conference held this year in Sweden Singleton whose chain News Media Group owns Denver Post San Jose Mercury etc opened his speech with a well placed kick to the midsection of a prone Lord Black of Crossharbour Thank you for once again inviting me to address the World Association of Newspapers I spoke to you at the 2003 meeting in Dublin My speech was followed by a presentation Continue reading Forty percent

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  • Hey Look! A brand new newspaper launched in Baltimore « Breaking News
    Home Surprise Toronto transit strike tests local media Hey Look A brand new newspaper launched in Baltimore By Bill on April 29th 2008 W ell ok it s freebie available in 1 000 bright orange newspaper boxes and at gyms convenience stores and drugstores across the city And well yeah it s a youth paper Oh and a hip new web site Sigh Here s how the Baltimore Sun Media Group described their new offering b The tabloid newspaper and Web site will focus on news sports and entertainment news and blogs and listings geared to readers in the 18 to 34 year old range It plans to rely on reader generated material for about a third of its content The rest will come from its staff of about 20 and The Sun and other Tribune Co owned newspapers and entertainment listings from the company s metromix com site as well as Metromix sites in New York Los Angeles and Chicago The tabloid also has struck content sharing agreements with local radio stations WTMD FM and WNST AM Do any of these youth products actually succeed I know CanWest s Dose didn t and although they didn t give their readers enough credit for brains it aimed too low they actually managed to avoid the usual cringeworthy looking like grownups pretending to be cool Think 55 year old men in baggy pants with backwards ball caps making gang signs and say What up dude I m jiggy wit dat Dose has survived as a web only production but I m guessing it s something of a rarity Maybe I m wrong maybe college kids DO want to go play in a mainstream media ghetto and be forcefed beer ads lame recipies and self serving user contributed videos while reading blog

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  • News « Breaking News
    aggregator and blog machine has launched a beta version of their new local news model Here s how cheif Huffer Arianna Huffington described the new site HuffPost Chicago is part local news source part resource guide and part virtual soap box featuring a collection of bloggers who know and love Chicago and are looking to share their takes on everything from the Cubs to City Hall to the hot new local band to the best place for Greek food and I can testify that there is a Continue reading America s most popular news blog goes local takes on Chicago August 14th 2008 Category Blogs blogging Journalism Marketing News Comments are closed What the propane depot explostions taught me about coverning breaking news on the web By Bill on August 12th 2008 Here s probably the key lesson I learned from closely watching the Toronto media race to cover Sunday morning s propane depot blast a breaking news story that killed two destroyed five homes and rendered 10 000 people temporarily homeless Speed of delivery ain t the biggest change the web brings to the news game duration is The story lives in time and your job changes as you move further away in time from the event This was not the case in the days of the 2x daily newscast and 1X daily press run breaking news happened we scrambled like hell to Continue reading What the propane depot explostions taught me about coverning breaking news on the web August 12th 2008 Category Blogs blogging Journalism News Tips 3 comments Comments are closed Propane depot explosions expose newspapers online shortcomings By Bill on August 10th 2008 photo courtesy http www photojunkie ca A bout two hours before this morning s grey dawn a series of explosions tore through a propane depot in the northwest corner of the city shaking buildings and homes shattering windows and waking people as far as 10 kms distant from the scene Fire and smoke shot to heights equal to a 20 or 30 storey building and led many to think worry fear that a jet airliner had crashed a terrorist attack had taken place the city was being bombed This was breaking news with a capital B and at this point six hours distant from that 3 30 am blast it offers some intriguing lessons in how coverage of these events is evolving in a world where digital cameras and web access are almost ubiquitous Bottom line in aggregate citizens journalists out performed their professional counterparts getting news out faster offering more details and better images and videos They also made more mistakes and had a high noise to signal ratio Mainstream media were slow off the mark and while they depended on the citizen journalists they failed to make the most of the possibilities that material offered See the bottom of the post for my thoughts on how to do that Toronto s a media rich city four paid dailies two free dailies

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  • Tech « Breaking News
    Shirky calls us out of our stupor By Bill on April 30th 2008 Author and journalist programmer Clay Shirky gave a powerfully thoughtful talk at Reilly s Web 2 0 conference last week Gin Television and Social Surplus In his relaxed 16 minute talk Shirky drew up upon the thoughts of a British historian who theorized that the most significant technology of the early industrial revolution was gin because it allowed the population to dull the pain and fear that accompanied the switch from agrarian to industrial society dull it long enough for them to make the switch and then wake up to take advantage of the riches industrialization brought them Continue reading Gin Television and Social Surplus Clay Shirky calls us out of our stupor April 30th 2008 Category Journalism Marketing News Social Web Tech Comments are closed Brits create The Churner Prize By Bill on April 15th 2008 Nobody enjoys mockery or as they put it taking the piss out of someone as do the Brits and now it s the British press s turn The Churner Prize has sprung up setting its sights on the british press churnalists in their words Clearly written by member s of the press there the site explains itself this way Why Journalists are becoming churnalists Denied the time money and resources to do the job properly many hacks now churn out stories without checking facts or sources But it s not their fault and the best worst churnalism is worth celebrating So So we ve created The Churner Continue reading Brits create The Churner Prize April 15th 2008 Category Blogs blogging Journalism Tech Comments are closed Newspapers in danger of abandoning their mission By Bill on March 22nd 2008 Peggy Drexler a psychology professor from Cornell University has written a marvelous thoughtful piece on newspapers and the net that warns that while local newspapers are certainly healthy and strong and likely to survive journalism the passionate deep reporting and storytelling that makes them great is not As newspaper companies adapt to the realities of consumers who can travel the world on their iPhone I am afraid they are going to become a shell of their original purpose a brand name for a collection of niche publications free tabloids and assorted Web sites The center that Continue reading Newspapers in danger of abandoning their mission March 22nd 2008 Category Journalism News Tech Comments are closed Personal Computer sales tanking in Japan By Bill on November 6th 2007 Home computer sales in gadget mad electronics crazy Japan have declined for 5 straight quarters Is this a sign that ubiquitous computing is finally coming That personal computer type processing power has now been embedded into so many things cell phones PDA s music players cameras gaming consoles hell even refrigerators that people don t need their high powered all in one do anything home computer anymore According to an AP story PC shipments fell 6 2 percent in 2006 Note it s not that

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  • Mapping The Story « Breaking News
    2010 April 2010 March 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes How to write for the Web it ain t just words on a page Home Cheap and easy video for independent newspaper sites Mapping The Story By Bill on May 17th 2010 Here s the slides complete with links from my Camp VJ session on Mapping and the Web May 17th 2010 Category News 2 comments Comments are closed 2 comments to Mapping The Story Nicky May 17 2010 at 9 22 am http www ted com talks lang eng blaise aguera html bill i m listening to you talk about mapping and thought if you haven t seen this you d love this it s about augmented reality using bing maps 3D imaging they re now going into public buildings Bill May 17 2010 at 4 15 pm Hi Nicky You re dead right about Bing it s by far

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  • Breaking News
    when the first blast hit produced the fullest account with pretty admirable speed Police fire eyewitness reports plus links to two of the eight or so citizen videos of the blast I found online The article had commenting enabled they don t always and you got a bit of a flavour of the impact on the city which is useful if basic The Globe and Mail seemed entirely asleep at the switch relying entirely on Canadian Press for it s text story still photos and video CP s video was quite good actually blending citizen video with their own images and overlaying professional reporting and a very competent voice over The Globe and the Star both appealed to readers to send them stories videos and photos but if they got any neither acknowledged it Lots of comments though including people offering links to other sites with video of the blasts the Toronto Fire Dept s live response web page even academic and news references to other propane explosions and the risks the storage depots pose Good stuff that a smart web team might have referenced in the story but their readers did it for them It s a stark demonstration of how people use or want to use the web to share information to learn more by sharing what they know using the familiar web tools Flickr YouTube Wikipedia the collective memory of the web itself Click to continue reading August 10th 2008 Category Blogs blogging Journalism News Tech 5 comments Comments are closed NY Times Top Twitter er But Newspaper Readers Not Flocking to Sign Up For The Service By Bill on August 6th 2008 Twitter has been called everything from a game changing microblogging tool to a mind boggling waste of time Here s how Wikipedia describes it Twitter is a free social networking and micro blogging service that allows users to send updates otherwise known as tweets which are text based posts of up to 140 characters in length But the key to Twitter s success lies in the fact that users can subscribe to each other s tweets and receive them via their PDA s their smart phones as text messages or in emails or via the web It s an odd idea but the funny and with Continue reading NY Times Top Twitter er But Newspaper Readers Not Flocking to Sign Up For The Service August 6th 2008 Category Journalism Marketing News Tech Comments are closed Is it time to buy newspapers Or say bye bye By Bill on August 3rd 2008 It s either a very very good time to buy newspaper stock or time to put us out of our misery The Washington Post fell into the red this past quarter for the first time in like what 30 something years A one time charge of 87 million to pay for layoffs is getting the blame but newspaper sales were down 13 per cent print ad revenue was down 22 per cent and

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  • Journalism « Breaking News
    Toronto Transit Commission workers called a surprise strike last night giving the city just 90 minutes notice that they were shutting down the nation s largest transit system The strike arising from the rejection of a tentative settlement stranded thousands of people who were out blithely enjoying a warm spring Friday night in the city s core Breaking ongoing late night news like this is about as tough a stresser of a newspaper s abilities as you can find and it s instructive to see how it was handled here in media rich Toronto First the background The TTC union executive narrowly accepted 8 7 a tentative contract earlier this week and it was put to a vote of members all day Friday At about 10 30 pm last night the union issued a press release saying the offer had been rejected by 65 of workers and as a result they would walk out at midnight The Mayor held a press conference moments before midnight decrying the move and vowing back to work legislation from the province The system shut down at midnight just as thousands of people began streaming out of movie houses and bars and restaurants Think of that thousands of Torontonians pouring out of bars and clubs and restaurants looking forward to nothing so much as their distant bed and finding suddenly they had no way home What would happen Riots Innocents struck down on darkened streets as they trekked home alone and on foot So how did the Toronto media respond to the challenge Sadly most did at least modestly well in print but failed to use the web very well at all Let s have a look Toronto Sun Back when I worked at the Sun they would have flooded the zone on this story held the print run and dragged reporters and editors and photographers out of their beds and bars and fanned out across the city to put together a comprehensive photo packed pullout complete with howls of outrage from one or more columnists As I write this 5 30 am I haven t had a chance to see what they ve done in print but their web offering is pretty pathetic a single story that looks be re purposed print content No offence to reporter Brian Gray who by himself turned in a perfectly respectable hard news story it s just that it s pretty thin gruel on a story that the old Sun would have feasted on To make matters worse their website left up a story dated Saturday their original Sat print story that began TTC workers were expected to ratify a tentative deal yesterday during an all day voting process despite a group of workers grumbling about the agreement Ouch Toronto Star The Toronto Star is the flagship of the chain I work for is the largest paper in Canada and has the largest newsroom at its disposal Sad to say they appear to have been caught flat footed

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  • News « Breaking News
    because of a blog post written by reporting intern Jessica DaSilva a post which perhaps injudiciously cheered the money losing paper s efforts to reinvent itself DaSilva s post written with the certitude and copy bloopers only the very young can manage brought forth a predictable fusilade of vituperative comments and counter comments Continue reading Blow up the beats Tampa paper copes with deep cuts July 14th 2008 Category Journalism News Comments are closed Why Newspapers Still Don t Get The Web By Bill on June 30th 2008 As I was preparing the Seven Steps To Writing Like a Digital Native guide I was struck again by just how much newspapers are blinded to the power the web offers us It is I think one of the biggest mistake newspapers make online failing to use the web s rich resources or at least some of them in every story It s a mistake is deeply rooted in our print culture we re highly competitive and we re used to owning and controlling everything we publish But the web is different and that mistake costs us dearly I think because it Continue reading Why Newspapers Still Don t Get The Web June 30th 2008 Category Journalism News Tech Comments are closed Readers reading web news just like it s the morning paper By Bill on June 25th 2008 Continue reading Readers reading web news just like it s the morning paper June 25th 2008 Category Journalism Marketing News Tech Comments are closed Seven Steps to Writing Like a Digital Native By Bill on June 24th 2008 Here are the seven tips I give our WebU students who are learning how to write for the web Stop before posting ANY story and ask yourself these seven questions about how you can enrich your story for the reader 1 Are there original documents you can link to If you ve downloaded a report meeting minutes or agendas watched a video or listened to a tape share it If it s living elsewhere on the web link to it If you have your own copy can you scan it Post it yourself Tell people how they can get their own physical Continue reading Seven Steps to Writing Like a Digital Native June 24th 2008 Category Journalism News Tech Tips Comments are closed Forty percent of the Top 50 US newspapers are bleeding red ink says top CEO By Bill on June 10th 2008 Business Week s Media Columnist Jon Fine did us all a favour by reproducing in it s entirety a speech given by newspaper chain CEO Dean Singleton at the World Association of Newsapers annual conference held this year in Sweden Singleton whose chain News Media Group owns Denver Post San Jose Mercury etc opened his speech with a well placed kick to the midsection of a prone Lord Black of Crossharbour Thank you for once again inviting me to address the World Association of Newspapers I spoke to you at the

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