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YouTube and the coming beatdown of TV ad revenues

8 Nov

YouTube is becoming one of those “gradually, then all at once” phenomena – like the rise of always-on high-speed internet a decade ago, or the gradual-then-sudden collapse of newspaper ad revenues from ’05-’08. When a colleague and I first negotiated a YouTube syndication/revenue share agreement back in 2007, most of the media world treated YouTube […]

The great job you might not think of

29 Oct

Two must-read blog posts from erstwhile colleagues prodded me into finishing this entry, which I started far too long ago. It’s for all those friends of mine – unemployed, underemployed, or just feeling dead-ended in their traditional newsroom gig. There’s a  type of job out there you might be good at. It has a title […]

Qwiki: Web video, fast, different – and free

20 Jul

I love tools that allow writers and producers to create digital-native content in a hurry. One of my new favorites is Qwiki – a video-generating platform that gets several things right: * It recognizes that digital devices are non-linear, and benefit greatly from annotation. * Unlike, say, Final Cut Pro, it is stupid easy to […]

Video from PowerPoint … and other interesting tools

29 Jun

I’ve been having interesting conversations with a number of folks lately around a basic premise: Webinars suck. They seem a useful way to disseminate information to a large audience at once. But the format isn’t terribly engaging – and as a friend always reminds people, on the Internet, porn your email is just one click […]

What 18 students taught us

8 Mar

My friend and former colleague Bill Day and I just finished a great six-week course in entrepreneurial journalism for 18 graduate students in American University’s Interactive Journalism master’s program. We set out to be intentionally provocative, because Bill and I have seen too many great ideas for projects and products turn into smoldering wreckage because […]

Playing with Storify

30 Sep

The very interesting social-media curation tool Storify was released in private beta on Tuesday at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference. It neatly twists the idea behind Flipboard. Flipboard automatically generates a list of stories that might interest you, based on links suggested by people you follow on Twitter or your Facebook friends. Storify reverses the flow – […]

Another drip in the newspaper brain drain

29 Sep

The National Journal is making a major effort to revamp its websites, and it just made a brilliant hire, my old friend and colleague David Beard. The Journal’s gain, of course, is someone’s loss – the Boston Globe‘s. Sadly, this is another example of the continuing brain drain of smart digital leaders from traditional newspaper […]

ONA parachute training in Birmingham

5 Jun

My friends at the Online News Association put together a terrific program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham for entrepreneurial journalists and others interested in starting news and information sites. (Thanks to the Gannett Foundation for the necessary financial support.)  I spoke a bit about emerging business models to support these kinds of sites (and – plug […]

Why independence matters (Chap. 4,312)

3 Jun

When you check out Tigers.com this morning, you see video of a brilliant catch … but not of a badly botched call that cost a team a perfect game. Similarly, if you check out TwinsBaseball.com, you see video of home runs … but not an equally botched call that cost the Twins (disclosure: my favorite team) […]

Dear Nikkei:

3 May

I’m doing this, well, just because I can. (People who make up asinine policies first need to understand the underlying technology.) Hat tip @JeffJarvis – who will not seek damages for me linking to him.

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