Printed Newspaper Executives Visions of the Future

I frequently write about newspapers’ experience with the new medium because theirs has been the longest experience. The New York Times launched the world’s first online edition in 1974 with LexisNexis, followed by many magazines and other newspapers on that professional online service or competitors such as Dialog. Though I forget which printed periodical launched the first online edition aimed at consumers , but it probably was on an dial-up bulletin board service around 1980. Many newspapers and magazines launched online editions on CompuServe and Prodigy later that decade. And in 1995, The San Jose Mercury News became the world’s […]

BEHOLD THE POWER OF THEM

The ironically named ‘BEHOLD THE POWER OF US‘ is a single-day online news industry digerati calvacade, organized by the American Press Institute and held at the headquarters of the Associated Press. I should appeal to the FEW OF THEM in the media WITH THE POWER to afford an event that’s way too expensive to be much good for majority of the American news industry. The nine-hour symposium in New York City on Wednesday, October 5th, costs $695 to attend. Its speakers include Current TV Chairman and former Vice President of the United States Al Gore, Criagslist Customer Service Representative & […]

The New Guardian: Intelligent Design in Newspaper

I never thought I’d call a daily newspaper beautiful. I’ve always considered daily news periodicals to be grubby Industrial Era products — cheap paper products fabricate by clanking contraptions that melted lead into hardened cylinders faced with typeset characters and that inked newsprint streaming through rotary presses. Although those hot lead technologies were replaced by cold photolithographic typesetting late last century, most newspapers are still crudely designed commodity products — like paperback books or paper cups, not something anyone would call beautiful. Sure, I’ve seen some nicely designed parts or sections of newspapers during the past few decades. Some nicely […]

The Guardian's 'Been There' Online Beta

Speaking of The Guardian, it’s online wing is beta-testing a new service called Been There. Lloyd Shepherd. the deputy director of digital publishing, blogs that, ” Essentially, it’s a platform for people to recommend things they like to do in places they love, and for other people to say if they agree with them. … The main trick we’ve tried to pull off is the combination of ‘travel journalism’ with massive user input. It works like this: someone writes a profile of a ‘place’ … and then people start adding tips for things to do in that place. … And, […]

Congratulations to ChicagoCrime.org!

Congratulations to online journalist and software engineer Adrian Holovaty, whose chicagocrime.org today won the $10,000 Grand Prize in the Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. Created as a public service by Chicago resident Holovaty, with design input from Wilson Miner, chicagocrime.org lets users map where crimes have been reported, by type of crime, neighborhood, and date. The site utilizes Google’s satellite mapping service to show where crimes happened. Users can even draw routes and find what crimes have occured along route. The technologies that Holovaty developed for the site can be used in any city or town. Four other new […]

OJR Interview with Bob Cauthorn

As some readers of this site know, I’m contributing (and founded) a Corante group weblog entitled Rebuilding Media. Among its contributors is Bob Cauthorn. Online Journalism Review Journalist David LaFontaine wrote that a Cauthorn speech inspired him to write an article (Old-school community journalism shows: It’s a wonderful ‘Light‘) about the long-term success of the Point Reyes Light newspaper in Marin County, California. He then interviewed Cauthorn about what newspapers can learn from that example. Some excerpts from the interview: “People need to make a distinction between newspapers and journalism and the newspaper companies that currently run newspapers and make […]