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Future-Proofing at NPR

I’m with educators, news people and others at the Knight Digital Media Center in Los Angeles for several-day session with National Public Radio personnel. NPR got a big foundation grant to retrain its entire editorial staff to understand and do multimedia. Just learned this is not to be blogged… Journalists, it turns out, go off […]

Stop Training Journalists? Uh, Oh…

Paul Conley is telling trade journalism honchos to, “No More Training” — a plea to employers to stop offering training in Web journalism to their employees. Huh? There’s reason for this apparent madness, though I don’t entirely agree with it. Conley says: First, “You cannot train someone to be part of a culture.” He means […]

Transcripts of Congressional Hearings Available in More Timely Way

Dan Froomkin urges, “Citizen Journalists, Start Your Engines!” Without any fanfare, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has started posting preliminary transcripts of many of its hearings on its Web site, giving everyone a chance to pore through testimony and find news the MSM may have overlooked. This a great step forward, and props […]

Social Media in Beat Reporting

Jay Rosen’s new experiment: These Beat Reporters Will Try the Social Network Way. Thirteen sites want to see if it works: from the Houston Chronicle to the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, PA, plus, MTV, the Seattle Times… Some of the beats: Child welfare, Dallas public schools, “green” tech, Big Pharma, digital music, Procter & Gamble. […]

New York Times' Continuing Dealings with Sleazy Former Wall Streeter

Clark Hoyt, the paper’s public editor, notes the NY Times’ continuing publication of pieces by Henry Blodget, one of the Internet bubble’s most notorious characters. In “Taint by Association” Hoyt asks two key questions: One is whether The Times properly identifies Blodget when he writes for the paper. I don’t think so. His name was […]

More About New Kinds of Online Debates

In this morning’s piece in the Boston Globe, reprinted below, is a suggestion for new kind of political debates that would: unfold online over the course of days, or even weeks and months. Imagine that one candidate takes a position and poses a question. The opponent would answer with a written response of some predetermined […]

Using Tech to Improve Political Debates

I have a piece in today’s Boston Globe called “Net gains” — some suggestions on how to improve politics in the digital age, specifically political debates. Here’s what the Globe ran. In this posting I amplify, as promised, on one part of what follows. On Thursday night, most of the Democratic presidential candidates will travel […]

A Request for Help in Reporting

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo asks readers’ help on two stories he and his colleagues are working on: First, our reporters are digging into the Mukasey confirmation story, trying to find out just what went down yesterday, what the deal was that Reid held out for, how it was exactly that the presidential candidates […]

Social Networking and Beat Reporting

Jay Rosen asks, Beat Reporting With a Social Network: Can it Work? Are there network effects in beat reporting? Across the US, a dozen reporters (with beats) are going to try to find out—simultaneously. This will improve their odds of succeeding. The answer is yes, I’m certain, and I’m betting this great new project that […]

Sounds a Little Like Community Journalism…

NY Times: Not All Is Gloomy in Real Estate: A Blog Network Attracts Capital. In some respects, sites like Curbed are insulated from the woes of the real estate market in a way that traditional sites may not be. “We’re not just about real estate,” Mr. Steele said. “People come to the site to talk […]