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, […]


What major would you recommend for a highschooler pursuing a career in journalism?

Meet Yuliya Barsukova. She is a 17-year-old Russian high school student applying to college with a dream to be a journalist. She even has some professional experience working for the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. But right now she is trying to decide what would be the best major to prepare her for a career in journalism. […]


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 […]


How Demand Media’s business model can be applied to niche sites

This is an excerpt from article I wrote for Poynter.org. Demand Media has advertising-driven content down to a science. Instead of creating content for the Web and hoping that it generates revenue, the company works backwards by determining how much revenue each piece will generate before anything is produced. The company uses a series of […]


What journalists need to know about online advertising

By VADIM LAVRUSIK and SHANE SNOW As I have mentioned in previous posts, Ken Lerer, co-founder of The Huffington Post, is teaching sessions to Columbia University Journalism Students on media entrepreneurship, often bringing in experts in the industry on various topics. Yesterday’s topic was on what journalists need to know about advertising online, and the […]


Read reactions to the Reconstruction of American Journalism Report

(Silly disclaimer, but one that demonstrates a lesson learned: This post had some 20 retweets, but the cache was cleared because of me changing from Lavrusik.com to VadimLavrusik.com and back to Lavrusik.com – Apologies if your RT is now undocumented on this blog.) Today the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism released a report by […]


Virality, SEO and its place in online journalism

Ken Lerer, chairman and co-founder of The Huffington Post, came for a second session on media entrepreneurship at Columbia Journalism School yesterday. This time he brought with him Jonah Peretti, also co-founder of HuffPo and BuzzFeed. This session focused on SEO and how content becomes viral. One of the most interesting tidbits that Peretti and […]


Ben Parr on the importance of social media in today’s world

Here is a live chat that I participated in today at the Columbia Journalism School. We had Mashable’s Co-Editor Ben Parr come speak about the importance of social media in today’s world. A good thing to read through on his thoughts. One thing that stuck out to me was that Parr thinks that we may […]