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Journalism as a Community Builder

Do you know your neighbors anymore? Do you know the history and traditions of your city or town? Do you follow the news of your city and town? Do you know the names of your mayor or city councilors? Do you attend Board of Selectmen meetings? Are you up-to-date on happenings at the high school […]

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How I Would Run a Modern Digital News Room

Take a moment to gaze upon the screenshot above of Boston.com’s homepage. What do you see? I’ll tell you what I see. Chaos. There are literally dozens of places to click (I lost count at 50). It is a headache-inducing jumble – a crushed mash – of information, advertising, news, sponsored content and micro-imagery. I […]

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Dear Mr. Bezos: Don’t Listen to the Journalists

An open letter by Washington Post columnist by Gene Weingarten called “Open Letter to Jeff Bezos” is grabbing a lot of attention on industry blogs and in social media circles in the wake of the Post‘s sale to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. It’s worth a read simply because it is an excellent illustration of just […]

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The Amazon Post or Why Print Was Already Dead

One of my PR colleagues had this reaction to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, buying the Washington Post. “This really is the end of an era for print media as we know it.” My reaction? Where have you been? Print media, particularly print newspapers, official kicked the bucket in 2009 – after a long […]

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Technology Can’t Replace Journalism

Fast Company recently published a story about a Vice reporter uses Google Glass to report on demonstrations in the Middle East and the United States. The article was a glowing tribute to the benefits of using innovative technology to enhance journalism. There’s was just one problem. As near as I can tell the “journalism” that […]

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Google Declares Itself Grand Protector of Journalism

Likely news organizations don’t know whether to scream or to laugh. Google – one of the biggest culprits in the downfall of newspapers and magazines – preaching to them about “journalistic values.” This from a company, mind you, that spends not one single penny on journalism.  A company that aggregates the journalism from hundreds of […]

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3 Ways to Save Journalism from Extinction

Let this statistic sink in for a moment. Total number of journalists in the U.S.: 40,000 Total number of Google employees: 54,000 Google was founded in 1998.  Journalism may have died around the same time. Try this one on for size. There are 3.6 public relations professionals for every single journalist.  Nearly 4 to 1. […]

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How to be a Paperboy

Remember the neighborhood paperboy? Every morning (or afternoon) he mounted his bicycle with his trusty his canvass shoulder bag and hand delivered the daily newspaper to dozens, even of hundreds of households. Personalized, customized delivery to meet the needs of the clients. That used to be the way content was delivered. But make no mistake […]

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“The Best Personalized Newspaper in the World”

That’s a quote by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg describing Facebook’s newly redesigned News Feed. Amazing, isn’t it? Facebook wants to be a newspaper while its busy putting real newspapers out of business. Oh, the irony. Facebook’s business model is about selling ads around content.  But Facebook doesn’t create any content.  It’s users do by uploading […]

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Has Journalism Become Elitist?

The answer, unfortunately, might be yes. At one point, only a couple of decades ago, newsrooms were filled with reporters culled from the ranks of blue-collar and working class families. When I started in journalism, newsroom were gritty places. Profanity was not only common, but as permanent as the water stains on the ceiling tiles. […]

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