Category Archives: Industry News & Notes

General posts about the media industry

Technology is a solution, not a problem, for women in newsrooms

Digital journalism and the people behind it aren’t what’s holding women back from newsroom leadership roles, but they are likely in the best position to solve that problem from within. Continue reading

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Everything I know about leadership I learned from losing my job

In early March, I gave a talk on digital leadership to college journalists. The off-the-cuff advice I gave that day ended up proving true in the days following the demise of Project Thunderdome. Continue reading

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Thunderdome’s demise is déjà vu all over again

By now, everyone knows Thunderdome is being unraveled. There are lots of hows left to figure out and whys left to reckon with, but the fact is that it’s all ending much too soon. It’s all so terribly familiar to those of us who went through a similar unraveling at TBD in 2011… only this is worse. Continue reading

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If you’re serious about hiring a diverse staff, try actually posting your job

When you say you are an equal opportunity employer, actually mean it. Post your open jobs. If qualified women and journalists of color don’t know about your job, they can’t apply. That isn’t an equal opportunity. Continue reading

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Something Actually New on Zombie Journalism! Curated News on News

On the latest design of Zombie Journalism, there’s a new area called “Curated News”. Within that is a sub-menu of specialized Rebelmouse-powered pages featuring daily curated news around topics like social journalism, mobile journalism and journalism business models. Subscribe and get updated on interesting news about news. Continue reading

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In light of Te’o story, how can we fix sports journalism?

The spread of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax is only the latest case of journalistic misconduct in the world of sports journalism. How can we fix it? Continue reading

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As tablets change how we read, news needs a major makeover to keep up

Tablets and e-readers have created a user experience that’s better than what news websites usually offer – and it is changing consumers’ expectations of what news should look like. Continue reading

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Addressing the Elephant in the Conference Hall

ONA has a range of skills going from former print reporters getting into social media or online tools up to some of the industry’s innovation leaders in data, multimedia, social media and mobile. We need a conference that reflects this range and challenges every skill level. Continue reading

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DIY Journalism: Let’s Make a Batch o’ Programmers

ONA should take a role in shaping curricula at journalism schools to create more programer-journalist hybrids for the future of the industry. Continue reading

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This Little Light O’ Mine: ONA, Let it Shine

Anyone who wants to try something new should get support and encouragement, no matter where they live. Whether they want to lead changes in their local newsrooms or take on new challenges in larger markets, ONA should be helping these journalists along. Continue reading

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Throwing my hat into the ring for journalism’s future

I’ve met a lot of innovative, hungry journalists in my travels with Digital First and as a freelance journalism trainer. These journalists are often the primary source of digital support in their newsrooms, but they need support, too. Here’s what I propose ONA do to reach and support this group. Continue reading

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As Outsourced News Grows, Local Newsrooms Should Promote ‘Buying Local’

Journatic is selling outsourced news at the expense of U.S. journalism jobs, but local news operations should take this opportunity to promote themselves to readers as the truly local option. Continue reading

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