China: A view from the back of a galloping horse

Much of the world will form opinions about China from the legions of mainstream broadcasters and journalists descending on Beijing for the Olympics. A lot of it is an exercise in first impressions, Western perspective and cultural context. Thirty years ago I toured China as a young reporter covering the first U.S. trade mission to […]

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Rising: Journalism from everywhere, funded by nonprofits

Two related announcements today from a U.S. journalism institute reflect the changing nature of how journalism is produced, distributed and experienced globally – and also the expanding role for non-profits and philanthropy in paying for U.S. journalism. Andrew NachisonAndrew Nachison is founder of We Media. He lives in Reston, Virginia. www.nach.com

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Chutzpah: Why Craig can’t save classifieds

In an open letter to craigslist, Steve Outing asks its founders and operators to help save the newspaper industry from itself. My response: Steve, It takes real chutzpah to ask Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster of craigslist to help newspapers salvage their classifieds businesses and thus save democracy, or at least the part of it […]

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Orange County-on-the-Ganges

The Orange County Register confirmed it will outsource copy editing and page layout to an editorial services company based outside New Delhi, India. So much for local knowledge and the sense of place that only local publishers can deliver. Dale PeskinDale is co-founder emeritus of We Media. www.wemedia.com

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The news tribe

Jay Rosen has posted his cogent take on “semi-pro journalism” on TechPresident. Provocative metaphor about the news tribe and its survival drama. Dale PeskinDale is co-founder emeritus of We Media. www.wemedia.com

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Catch on a string at PdF

At this week’s Personal Democracy Forum, a sponsor distributed a low-tech, but highly effective stress toy to attendees willing to listen to their pitch: a rubber ball on an elastic string that connects to a velcro band. Strap the band to your finger and you can play catch with yourself. Which is what I came […]

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How to be an editor

Christy Bradford, who taught me how to be an editor, died late last week at her home in Kansas City. She had been teaching journalism at the University of Kansas since 1999. I love the description of Christy by her students at KU: “combination den mother/drill sergeant.” It was the same for us in her […]

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