News you can’t use, so step up to the bar

The first trend from the cable networks is upon us: to cover the Democratic convention, you must drink heavily, act stupid and behave badly. Gawker shows you where you can hang with the Ken and Barbies of the cable “talent” crowd. Dale PeskinDale is co-founder emeritus of We Media. https://www.wemedia.com

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Doom and gloom be damned

Polish editors tired of U.S. journo’s sob story Don’t let the demise of the U.S. news industry fool you, or the endless chatter about what caused it and who’s to blame. That conversation, while it may be important for historical analysis, for defining new opportunities and for cathartic relief, ignores a much bigger one: Around […]

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Convention coverage: Awaiting the You Tube moment

Four years ago, a handful of of bloggers received credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention. The controversial credentials, opposed by MSM, were mocked as gimmicks. Silly, we opined back then, because nearly everyone attending the 2008 conventions would be a blogger. Our forecast is at hand. This will be the most blogged, v-logged, streamed, […]

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What went wrong keeps going wrong for newspapers

Alan Mutter, an astute analyst who formerly served as editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, now puts the combined value of ten major news companies at only $3.6 billion. Mutter documents the $3.9 billion plunge in the value of newspaper stocks since the first of this month – a period marked by successive new lows […]

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The lost summer of newspapers

Reporter: If you could’ve found out what Rosebud meant, I bet that would’ve explained everything. Other reporter: No, I don’t think so; no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost. With the curse of memory, a current […]

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A preview of Poynter Online’s new design

The academy for journalists in St. Pete plans to unveil its redesign, nine months in the making, later this week. Cleaner, yet still busy, the site changes to more horizontal navigation and provides access to Romenesko from all pages. It looks like Poynter has also added personalization tools. Online director Bill Mitchell describes the changes […]

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Jon Stewart and trust, for those who might have missed it

Years after the rest of of us knew it, New York Times literary critic Michiko Kakutani coronates Jon Stewart as “a genuine cultural and political force.”  The three-page spread, nearly literary in scope, acknowledges the fake anchorman and his satirical The Daily Show as an important news source. Stop the presses. “Is This The Most […]

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