Tag Archives: Media Nation

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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. […]

Continue reading

A Vanishing Species: Fact-based Journalism

“Well, opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.” – Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in “Dead Pool”   Here is the sad story about FACT.  The unfortunate fellow has been thumped on the noggin, hog-tied, and dragged unconscious into a locked closet by OPINION, SPECULATION, and RHETORIC. The big enablers of this Gang of Three?  […]

Continue reading

Paywalls, Journalism & the Boston Globe

  When I was a newspaper reporter, my peers and I referred to ourselves as “Inked-Stained Wretches.”  It was our way of celebrating the broadsheet.  The printed product that we all wrote for. From an early age, I wanted to be a newspaperman.  I was the editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper; news editor and […]

Continue reading

Backlash Against Huffington Post Heats Up

Has the Huffington Post jumped the shark? The news this week that AOL bought the Huffington Post for $315 million has been met with outrage by many readers and, worse, by the hundreds, if not thousands of bloggers who contribute free content to the site. Comments on the Huffington Post’s announcement about the sale have […]

Continue reading

Much Ado about Commenting

Commenting or the ability to have readers expressing their reactions to blog posts and news articles is a cornerstone of social media.  It is this interaction and engagement with fans, followers, readers, constituents (or whatever else you want to call them) that makes social media so different from traditional one-way communications. The concept is simple: […]

Continue reading

Real-Time Search Changes Online Content

One of the biggest challenges of collecting information on the web is the question of authority. When Google or Bing turns your inquiry into a string of results – the real inquiry should begin: Is the information accurate? Is the source biased or trusted? Is the source creditable? Are the sources cited creditable? What reporting […]

Continue reading

Boston Newspaper Guild Accepts Cuts from New York Times Co.

The Boston Newspaper Guild overwhelmingly supported a new package of cuts totally $10 million last night.  The vote – 366 in favor and 179 against – gives the New York Times Co., the owners of the Boston Globe, the green light to proceed with an expected sale of the 137-year-old newspaper.  The cuts are deep […]

Continue reading