Archive | March, 2010

Free tools for journopreneurs

26 Mar

Over at the GrowthSpur blog, Mark Potts and I have posted about a bunch of free tools we like that are highly useful for entrepreneurial journalists. (Oh – and that jokey lead about hardware stores? Not a joke. I’m so bad that the Fabulous Sue Corbett (trademark pending) jabbed me in a one-act play about Noah’s […]

Solve this problem, fix journalism

24 Mar

Offered with no comment, and minimal context: The writer, Eileen Spiegler, is a longtime colleague, and a gifted copy editor. From her online musings on a random Wednesday: “Sometimes I wish the newspaper was as interesting as my Twitter stream.” Discuss, please.

If Moore’s Law befuddles, watch the tourney

18 Mar

OK, I know that I rant about Moore’s Law continually. It’s the key driver of the digital age. It’s why things that seem incomprehensible get invented, and it’s why things that flopped spectacularly just a few years ago are common and successful today. But many people – traditional journalists especially – struggle to get Moore’s […]

Amtrak meets expectations

16 Mar

I’m a member of more frequent-traveler programs than should be legal, the legacy of nearly five years on the road. So last Friday, the email box overflowed with birthday wishes from Southwest, U.S. Air, Marriott, et al. Monday, another arrived. From Amtrak. In other words, just like the Northeast Regional trains I used to take […]

A message to the news industry from Hal Varian

9 Mar

Hal Varian – brilliant economist, one of the few to apply the discipline to information, and all-round nice guy — got off a terrific blog post  at Google today. I’d love to write extensively on it. But, as usual, Hal expresses his ideas far better than my pea brain can. In about 1,100 words, he manages to […]


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