Tag Archives: Newspapers

All the Fake News Fit to Print

Fake news is now a regular occurrence. A news story that’s just too good to be true rockets around the internet. Just a sampling from the last couple of months: Catholic Pope Francis declares that all religions are true North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un murdered his uncle by feeding him to a pack of […]

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Is It Really Important to be First with the News?

It is to journalists. They are obsessed with being first – with getting the “scoop.” It’s a badge of honor in the industry. When I was a newspaper reporter the most important thing was to beat the competition. To beat them to a story. If you got it first it didn’t matter if they got […]

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All the Fake News That’s Fit to Print

Here’s how many people now get their news and information: Google Twitter Facebook In other words, through search and social media. It works one of two ways: People go to a search engine, enter a search term, and then click on a link within the top 10 search results People scroll through their social media […]

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4 Reasons Why Newspapers Are Failing

Journalists – and especially former journalists – love to pontificate on the demise of the industry. As one of those former journalists, I plead guilty. There are many reasons why the traditional newspaper model is already dead, but here are the four BIG reasons. 1. Readers don’t want to pay for news anymore There’s this […]

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Are Journalists Becoming Obsolete?

Another top name in journalism has departed. Say good-bye to David Pogue, a brand-name technology columnist for the New York Times, who will now be working for Yahoo. As a content marketer. Pogue joins a long list of top-of-the-heap journalists bailing on newspapers and magazines to join the growing ranks of journalists working inside corporations. From […]

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Only Dead Old People Read the News

Where O where have younger readers gone? Probably to Buzzfeed. Or to YouTube. Maybe they’re making a Vine. Or texting their friends. Or playing a video game. One thing is certain. Millennials probably aren’t reading your news. Why? They don’t like news. At least that’s the conclusion of a new research study by Pew Research. […]

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Journalism Balance Rears its Ugly Head – Again

There is one party to blame for the federal government shutdown in the U.S. Republicans. No matter what your political affiliation this is simply a fact. Republicans have refused to approve a federal budget unless the U.S. Congress and the President agree to defund the Affordable Healthcare Act. The Affordable Care Act, also known as […]

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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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6 Ways to Fix Online Commenting

Popular Science has closed off commenting on its website. The reason, according to The Guardian, is trolls and spam. The sheer magnitude of it. Popular Science also cited a study that says commenting can change a readers opinion or perception of an article. Which, according to Popular Science, is bad for science. Especially when the […]

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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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