During the second or third or so year of my still-brief career in what we might as well call “the news business” for lack of a more encompassing and descriptive term, I found myself jumping up and down advocating for a tool to standardize the task of gathering data from the news audience. Crowdsourcing as […]
Of course we do. Gina Chen revisits “…if the news is that important, it will find me…” Readers expect news to find them
Over at IdeaLab, I’m continuing a conversation I started on Twitter a couple weeks ago that spilled over here as well. What do you call your readers now that they’re participating actively in the creation and curation of unbundled media? Do you call them a community? Better yet, what makes an online “community” and how […]
I asked my Twitter followers what they think of substituting the word “community” for “readers” and I’m getting lots of good responses, many of them negative. Either I didn’t know “community” had much of a stigma, or I spent too long working with “community” newspapers to notice. Back then, it seemed like a great linguistic […]
survey software – Take Our Poll Let’s try this again, as the folks at PollDaddy say the lolcats have cleared out of the servers now. Jump in and check a box to rough up some unscientific numbers on who is reading this blog. Are you a pro journalist, a j-school student, a for-the-love-of-it blogger, a […]
I want to save my favorite stories, right here, at your newspaper.com. Because really, what’s the sense in Digging a story about my neighborhood?
What’s the future of news? What does the audience want? What will the dead-trees edition be able to do about either? Lately, it seems like these questions are brought up by newspaper editors and journalism educators fraught with worry over what will become of their medium and of their readership. (And the children! Won’t somebody […]
…wherein the readers push the story ideas up the rankings until a pro journalist takes over to do some reporting on the topic and turns out an article… So I was imagining this Digg-ish thing where readers would vote for story ideas, adding their own research and insight along the way, preferably with some data […]
At some point, I realized that someone other than my mother might actually be reading this blog. If we choose to accept that as a fact, then the following question presents itself pretty rapidly: “Who the heck IS reading this?” Please, don’t answer that just yet. The real question, of course, is “Who am I […]
I realize this blog has been a little content-free lately, leaving my readers (both of them) with little more than the Muppet Wiki to keep them occupied. Sorry, but I’m still far too busy to write anything content-rich, although this does bring up the ever-present question of audience… Maybe I’ll post about that next.