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  • January « 2010 « Breaking News
    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 Goodbye advertising hello circulation By Bill on January 15th 2010 Cross posted from ShiftLock my tech column in the Canadian Newspaper Association s paper The Publisher Straws in the wind or a sea change blowing in This past quarter at the New York Times and

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  • December « 2009 « Breaking News
    November 2011 September 2011 July 2011 June 2011 March 2011 January 2011 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 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 If you outsource print production are you still a newspaper By Bill on December 3rd 2009 Cross posted from ShiftLock my tech column in the Canadian Newspaper Association s paper The Publisher Schmuck The red faced man was sitting high in his SUV leaning out his window pointing with one hand and calling across to us He was entering the parking lot we were leaving it A kind of backwards irony Can the print monster be beaten He works in pre press in imaging we work on a team that s rolling out a new centralized content management system across the whole chain We re not too popular this day You schmuck They re going to lay off 40 of Continue reading

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  • October « 2009 « Breaking News
    mostly aren t By Bill on October 17th 2009 This week I teamed up with an old colleague Steve Buist of the Hamilton Spectator to spend a half day or so with editorial staff from the Metroland West community newspapers at their annual Editorial Training Day Steve spent an hour and a half offering a highly personalized tour of the web tools he relies on for his need I say it award winning investigative reporting with a focus on online court and government documents and databases Steve has garnered multiple National Newspaper Awards and nominations for his work on topics like the food we eat A Pig s Continue reading Going where your audience is and newspapers mostly aren t October 17th 2009 Category Journalism News Social Web Tips Comments are closed Seven Ways to Write Like a Digital Native By Bill on October 5th 2009 I originally developed this web writing checklist for my Writing for the Web class in WebU but am reposting it here today because I m giving a short seminar on this topic here at the Star Additionally one of the best resources for Writing for the Web has to be Jacob Nilson s collection of posts on the topic at Useit com Here are seven ways to get the most out of the web when publishing a story Stop before posting ANY story and ask how you can enrich it for the reader 1 Are there original documents you can link to Continue reading Seven Ways to Write Like a Digital Native October 5th 2009 Category Journalism News Tips One comment Comments are closed The Top 1 002 Internet Tools for Journalists By Bill on October 3rd 2009 It s Wordstock time again It s probably Canada s longest running annual professional development day

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  • March « 2009 « Breaking News
    DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes If papers stopped dumping their print products online they might just find a real business model By Bill on March 29th 2009 Newspapers have to stop treating the web as a dumping ground for their printed product Cross posted from ShiftLock my tech column in the CNA paper The Publisher How much are you spending on your online news site Whatever the number 50 000 or 5 000 000 think of that number for a second and then answer this question if someone gave you insert your big fat number here to launch and run a brand new innovative online news website to serve your community would you really have chosen something so cluttered confused ugly and stuffed with yesterday s news I doubt it But despite more than a decade of trying most of us are locked into our old print habits like owning our content or believing we re the experts that people want to listen to us rather than talk with us and each other These habits are killing us While newspapers were early explorers on the web we frittered away our lead in a foolish attempt to reproduce

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  • December « 2008 « Breaking News
    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 Is Live TV Where You Should Be By Bill on December 1st 2008 Hint there s only one correct answer and it s got more than 2 letters Cross posted from Shift Lock my column in The Publisher This past fall thousands of football fans in a dozen U S cities sat down to take part in new twist on a familiar ritual Friday Night Lights the much hyped high school gridiron battles popularized by the 2004 movie and the more recent TV series of the same name What s that got to do with newspapers A lot These fans weren t watching fictional football they were watching the the real thing with real kids their kids playing their hearts out down at the local high school field Moreover these fans weren t watching the games on local TV they were watching it on their computers via a live video stream over the internet those games were being webcast by their local newspaper And you ll be happy to know those newspapers were

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  • November « 2008 « Breaking News
    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 Three tools to encourage citizen journalism By Bill on November 3rd 2008 I took a day away from building our massive bloody code spewing chain spanning content management system to get back to teaching last week and spent some time with the Metroland Editors at their annual off site in Markahm just outside of Toronto I sat in on several sessions and taught one Citizen Journalism and Community Engagement the latest in my ongoing efforts to subvert the creative stranglehold our templated websites place on local newspaper editors Hmm Better remember to rephrase that You can see my slides below and I ll offer some links below as well but I thought it might be worth putting some of the very basic points down here in text After looking at the bad False Steve Jobs heart attack report and the good coverage of a recent explosion at an urban propane filling station of citizen journalism we engaged in a discussion of just what the hell citizen journalism was and why they were so

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  • October « 2008 « Breaking News
    posted from Shift Lock my column in The Publisher Imagine a simple free tool that lets ordinary people broadcast instantly to the entire wired world what they had for lunch which bus they re waiting for or how much they regret having chosen the purple sweater to go with the red skirt this morning Imagine thousands no millions of people picking up that tool and using it every single day Welcome to Twitter Twitter is a free web based micro blogging tool that asks the question What are you doing and then gives you just 140 characters about the length of this sentence so far to answer that question Sign up and you can post your answers and read and follow anyone else s on your computer in your email or sent as a text message to your cell phone Here s what someone named tresson posted literally 10 seconds ago Just woke up took my meds and am listening to radio tiki and five seconds after that amid a torrent of similar tweets I see this from someone named philrandolph Just finished Zach s hockey practice now on our way to church And on and on and on an

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  • September « 2008 « Breaking News
    2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Top 27 or so Internet Tools for Journalists By Bill on September 21st 2008 There was a big turnout for Wordstock the annual journalism conference held at Ryerson University s School of Journalism in Toronto this past weekend an encouraging sign in troubled times Attendees seemed about evenly split between working full time journalists and freelancers and students After a morning keynote which I was lucky enough to deliver the day was divided into three sessions offering 5 different workshops in each a pretty jam packed day In addition to the keynote I ran sessions on Blogging jointly with Spec city hall blogger Nicole Macintyre and internet tools I ve already posted my slides from the Continue reading Top 27 or so Internet Tools for Journalists September 21st 2008 Category Blogs blogging Tech Tips 2 comments Comments are closed New Job New Blog Coming By Bill on September 13th 2008 Please accept my apologies for the hiatus I spent two glorious weeks on vacation and off line at a cottage beside a small black mountain lake in the Laurentians and then returned and jumped into a brand

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