Tag Archives: Boston Globe

This Blog Post Will Forever Change the Way You Read Headlines

My headline is an example of where online journalism is heading – or should I say “sinking.” Once upon a time this kind of “link-baiting” headline was limited to, well, bloggers and to low-brow online publishers: BuzzFeed UpWorthy Gawker, etc. And, yes, I’m guilty of reading ALL of them. But I don’t read those publications […]

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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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Boston, Social Media & the Press

During the horrific week of the Boston Marathon bombings – where the news seem to fly faster than even Twitter – one thing stuck out like a sore thumb: The mainstream media remains the best place to get accurate news. Despite all the cuts, all the closings and the sorry economic state of the mainstream […]

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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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Shot Down in Flames: Good-bye, Boston Phoenix

It’s tempting to talk about the possibility of rebirth from the flames of disaster when discussing the sudden demise of the Boston Phoenix, the once legendary alternative newspaper in Boston. But I’ll spare you. Because the Boston Phoenix is done.  Toast.  A victim of the ongoing Great Media Collapse that started in earnest in 2009. […]

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3 Ideas for the New Boston Globe Owners

  The Boston Globe is the largest newspaper in New England.  The powerhouse regional daily newspaper, which still sets the agenda for daily discourse in Boston and Massachusetts. But it has been dying a not-so-slow death for more than a decade. Like most daily newspapers, the Globe has seen its paid circulation plummet (from a […]

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Will Anyone Ever Pay for Journalism Again?

Never giveaway a product if you have to sell it to stay in business. Sounds like a no-brainer doesn’t it?  Because guess what happens when no one wants to buy your product anymore? You go out of business. That’s what’s happening to the business of journalism right now.  It is slowly, but surely, going out […]

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File Under: Facebook Weird

Bizarre stuff happens on Facebook. And mostly it’s because people forget that nothing is private on Facebook.  The latest case of what can only to called “Facebook weird” happened this week on the Pigalle restaurant Facebook page. An unhappy diner posted a complaint on the page (which has since been removed).  She described her Thanksgiving […]

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Hurricane Social

  On occasion, I still get an executive who “doesn’t get” social media. There’s the customary eye roll and the insistence that social media is for “teenagers.”  This is usually when they tell me their high school age son or daughter knows more about Facebook than any high-priced, smarty pants consultant. (I think that’s a […]

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Facebook is NEVER Private

“Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” – Benjamin Franklin, statesman Facebook gives users the illusion of privacy.  You get to choose your friends and have the ability to regulate your content.  Some people can see this.  Others can see that. But regardless of how you direct traffic on Facebook remember […]

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