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CNET & the Myth of Impartial Journalism

No one loves journalism as much as journalists. Unfortunately this love affair with their own profession – and the imagined pedestal they place it upon – makes them blind to the faults that everyone else takes for granted. Case in point: The tempest in a teapot over at CNET that has journalists – but few […]

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The Death of the Deadline

One of the enormous changes in journalism during the “internet age” has been the loss of the deadline. The impact of this demise has been significant, but rarely discussed.  Yet it may be one of the biggest in changes in the way journalists research, write and publish news stories. When I started as a  journalist […]

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The Demise of Traditional Filters

  In many ways, traditional filters made it so much easier to find and consume content.  Traditional filters also came with the benefit of having a stamp of approval.  We knew the content had been, well, filtered. Take newspapers. Newspapers filter news and information for us.  Editors and journalists cover news they believed is important […]

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The End of Channel Media

CNN used to be a cable news network. The New York Times used to be a newspaper. The Huffington Post used to be a blog. But that’s not the case anymore. CNN, New York Times and the Huffington Post (like almost every other major news organization) are no longer defined by their channels.  This is […]

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Old Media Isn’t So Old Anymore

Is old media making a comeback? In fact, is it fair to even refer to traditional media outlets like newspapers and magazines as “old” anymore.  They have infused their online properties with interactive and multimedia elements and syndicate their content on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. For example, the New York Times and […]

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Loneliness, Social Networking & Media Distortion

It’s unfortunate to read sentences like this one: “Social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace may provide people with a false sense of connection that ultimately increases loneliness in people who feel alone.” That’s from a recent Newsweek article called “Lonely Planet: Isolation Increases in the U.S.” The premise of the story is that despite our […]

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Are Newspapers on the Verge of an Advertising Exodus?

I just finished reviewing a presentation by Morgan Stanley called Tech Trends in 2009. Fascinating report released in the spring on how technology is changing the economy.  I was surprised that the report didn’t get more coverage as it was compiled by the smart folks who produced the “Did You Know?” video that was a […]

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Farewell Rock of Boston

Here’s the scene.  Twelve year old boy wearing headphones the size of a football helmet.  He’s lying on his back on the avocado-colored, wall-to-wall carpeting in his bedroom.  The volume is tuned loud and suddenly a reggae-infused rock number kicks in: “Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light Those days are over […]

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Rocky Mountain News to Close

The bad news for the newspaper and magazine industry has become a relentless onslaught. The latest victim is the Rocky Mountain News, according to a report in the New York Times.  Corporate owner E.W. Scribbs couldn’t find a buyer (and who would buy a newspaper that lost $16 million last year?) so it will be […]

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Domino Magazine R.I.P.

Fashion and decorating magazine, Domino, will close after its March issue, Conde Naste announced today.  The New York Times reported today that most of the 80 jobs at the magazine will be lost.  The three-year-old magazine – targeted at women – saw its advertising revenues tumble more than 26 percent in the last year, the […]

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