Who said journalism is dying?

Maybe I have just learned to ignore the depressing news of the thousands of layoffs at newspapers and other news organizations across the nation and begun to pay more attention to the bright spots in journalism. There are journalism jobs being created what seems like every day. The advice I have given to myself constantly, […]


Tips from a director: Teaching social media in journalism schools

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post on “10 ways journalism schools are teaching social media” for Mashable.com. The post mostly focused on the what and not the how. I did include a few tips at the end from a few professors I interviewed, including those from Paul Bradshaw, the course director of the M.A. […]


The end of news websites? At least the way we know them today

Excerpt from my post on Onlinejournalismblog.com: The question is no longer just a hypothetical one. With increasing convergence between social media and traditional content, what is known as a traditional news website might not exist in the coming years. Perhaps a revealing example is the creation of Facebook applications by a Seattle-based aggregator, NewsCloud, which […]


Using CoveritLive for live chats, tracking twitter feeds and more

I have seen it used many times before, but have never implemented it myself. I know the concept behind CoveritLive, a free and easy to use service that allows you to integrate a live chat onto your site or blog. It also allows you to do much more, such as aggregating tweets. Greg Linch, an […]


A look at how journalism schools are teaching social media

Excerpt from my post from Mashable.com today. With news organizations beginning to create special positions to manage the use of social media tools, such as the recently appointed social editor at The New York Times, journalism schools are starting to recognize the need to integrate social media into their curricula. That doesn’t mean having a […]


New economic models for news…without the new

Today, I attended the New Economic Models for News Conference that was put on by the Minnesota Journalism Center. I was excited to gain new insights from professionals in the industry and hear about what’s working and what’s not. I mostly heard about the same old and much about any “new” models. For the most […]


In-text ads may be the next big thing for news sites, but are they worth it?

With a slump of 5 percent in online advertising in the first quarter in comparison to last year’s numbers, news sites seem to be trying new forms on the Web to increase revenue. One of the things I have noticed is more sites incorporating in-text ads that appear as links and expand when a reader […]


Web numbers down for StarTribune.com, others in Minneapolis

There was a lot of fuss about Compete.com’s numbers on Twitter.com visits slowing, as reported by Mashable. I decided to use Compete.com to check on some of the local news sites and see how they are doing. If the site’s stats are accurate, it means that StarTribune.com’s unique and overall visits have been slipping since […]