A wordcloud of Pew’s State of the News Media 2010 Report

I took the excerpts from Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism “State of the News Media 2010” report and inserted them into wordle to get a word cloud of the text. It’s interesting that “pay” comes up as one of the dominant words. I am guessing it will be a theme for this […]


NYC 3.0: Kommons looks to challenge Twitter for trustworthy news in real-time

This was originally published on NYC 3.0, a project that covers in tech start-ups in New York. Cody Brown thinks he may have stumbled across the “holy grail” in news publishing. Brown, a senior at New York University and founder of NYU Local, is embarking on a new venture called Kommons. Kommons is a real-time […]


Nonprofit journalism startups’ executive pay: How much is too much?

Bay Area News Project’s CEO Lisa Frazier has a $400,000 salary, which reminds me of the news and criticisms about Paul Steiger getting $570,000 to run ProPublica. This begs the question: how much is too much in the pay of top execs at nonprofit journalism startups. A lot of the defense for such high pay […]


Why the Tablet won’t save the print industry

Update: My friend and colleague Shane Snow has a funny comic on this same topic. Over the course of the last several weeks, I have seen several articles calling Apple’s Tablet the “savior” of print media and similar prophetic names. However, I am still somewhat skeptical that the Tablet will have a substantial difference in […]


Create your own newspaper (err aggregator) using NewsCred

After two years, NewsCred relaunched its website today to give users the ability to create their own customized newspaper – without the paper. Basically, the site allows users to create their own edition by aggregating news, images, search for key terms, and videos. It’s another tool for personalized news, putting it in a easy-to-read fashion, […]


8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist

Excerpt from my Mashable post today: As the news industry looks to reconstruct its suffering business model, the journalists of today must reconstruct their skill sets for the growing world of online media. Because of cutbacks at many news organizations, the jobs available are highly competitive. News companies are seeking journalists who are jacks of […]


Red may just be the new black in news Web design

If it bleeds, it leads. Maybe that’s why news sites are going with a bright, blood red? CNN recently redesigned its website and went with a richer, brighter red for its header. It had some red before (after all it’s their brand), but now the header pops bright. Reuters released its redesign today with a […]


Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr…Can news orgs be everywhere?

This evening there was some buzz about Newsweek’s Tumblr, after Nieman Lab tweeted about it. Its design is quite nice and it includes a lot of content that is curated outside of Newsweek. A few news orgs included their Tumblr links, including Minnpost and Nieman Lab. Both of the accounts mostly serve as feeds for […]