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Posts from ‘March, 2006’

The "Living Web"

In this week’s cover story, Newsweek suggests replacing the term “Web 2.0” with the more descriptive phrase “Living Web,” which refers to the dynamic quality of web content, the organic patterns of growth and expansion online, and the social interactions occurring everywhere. Not only is the name “Living Web” more logical, but it makes sense […]

News for Tomorrow in Philadelphia

I wish I could have attended yesterday’s “Un-Conference” about the future of journalism in Philadelphia, where a bunch of great folks met to discuss how a great American city can have great American journalism in an era when newspapers are coming under attack as businesses and news “consumers” (precisely the wrong word, which is why […]

San Jose: 'Future of Newspapers' Panel

UPDATED The Commonwealth Club event is scheduled for Thursday evening, March 30, in San Jose. (Details here.) Howard Weaver, VP of News for McClatchy, which is buying (some of) Knight Ridder, is the latest panelist. Howard Weaver, who was scheduled to be a panelist, has pulled out, unfortunately, but it still should be an interesting […]

Newspapers' Challenge

Knowledge@Wharton: Are Newspapers Yesterday’s News? To remain competitive in the coming years, these scholars say, daily newspapers will have to strengthen their efforts to attract younger readers, make more imaginative use of the Internet, and develop stories, mostly local in nature, that better meet the needs of readers who have thousands of news and information […]

Plagiarism Unacceptable, Thank Goodness

Salon: Washington Post on Domenech: “We did plenty of background checks”. Jim Brady, executive editor of, told Salon Friday that Post editors had thoroughly vetted young right-wing blogger Ben Domenech before they hired him to write for the site. He said editors saw no “red flags” that Domenech was a plagiarist. Domenech resigned from […]

Smoking Gun's Latest Scoop: Cheney's Hotel Demands

You’ll find them — including instructions on what channel to set the TV (Fox News; you had to ask?) and what temperature to set in the room (apparently the veep and staff don’t know how to work the thermostat) — in Dick Cheney’s Suite Demands. Makes you proud, doesn’t it?

A Citizen Journalist in Action

The BBC’s Rhod Sharp points me to “Portrait of a flashover,” in which New Orleans resident Gibbons Burke, armed with a digital camera and sound instincts, covers a fire. Sample from the text: It appears firefighters are in the house from what look to be flashlights shining in the window, but this is a reflection […]

Newspapers' Future is Online

Pew Internet & American Life Project Report: By the end of 2005, 50 million Americans got news online on a typical day, a sizable increase since 2002. Much of that growth has been fueled by the rise in home broadband connections over the last four years. For a group of “high-powered” online users – early […]

New West Network Raises Funds

Good news for citizen journalists everywhere: Jonathan Weber’s New West Network has raised equity financing to continue and expand one of the best initiatives of its kind. New West has more in common with traditional media than most citizen media, but it’s engaging the audience at several levels.

Web Writing Tool

I’m going to look at ajaxWrite as soon as the company’s servers come up for air (they’re swamped at the moment). It’s a Web-based writing tool that emulates Microsoft Word, according to the site created by Michael Robertson and his team. Sounds interesting, anyway…