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. [...]

The Social Media Editor is Dead, Long Live the Social Media Editor!

The social media editor isn’t dead, but the Newsroom Social Media Rockstar Ninja Guru’s days are numbered. And thank goodness for that. [...]

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

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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? [...]

That Post About the Lack of Posts

One of the challenges of working in an experimental company in a changing industry is that you yourself have to constantly learn and evolve. For the past few months, I’ve been in a new role at Digital First that forces me outside my professional comfort zone every day – I’m managing talented people and projects that are sometimes beyond my (initial) comprehension.

Some days, this is the best part of the job, other days it is the worst – as it is both exciting and exhausting. A lot of other journalists and new managers out there know what I mean.

There are days when all I want to do is draft some tweets, push some stories through production, build a few slideshows and plan a news budget – tasks I feel very confident completing after years of doing them day in and day out. Instead, I wake up and see [...]

Lessons Learned From An Old Dog Who Excelled at New Tricks

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I recently lost a good friend and journalism lost one hell of an editor in Ron Liebau. He should be an inspiration to all journalists trying to move our industry to the future instead of worrying on the past. Here are some lessons from Ron we should all take to heart. [...]

Women in Journalism: Be not afraid, for we are taking over

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It’s a terrifying time to be a journalist, but it’s also an exciting time. For female journalists, this is a time when we are rising to both take over existing newsrooms and strike out on our own. [...]

I’m more than a Twitter Monkey

I’m relieved to be out of my social media editor roles because I’ve been worrying about my future and the future of the social media role at news organizations, for lots of reasons. [...]

Sarah Palin’s emails and a call for collaborative journalism

If you were committing an act of news on Friday, June 10, chances are every national news organization missed it.

Why? We all had boxes and boxes of printed emails of an ex-political official to go through. From the New York Times to Mother Jones/MSNBC/ProPublica, the Washington Post and my own employer – many national news sources spent enormous amounts of human capital to scan, upload, display, read, analyze and crowdsource Sarah Palin’s emails.

While I won’t delve into the newsworthiness of this effort (that’s a whole other Pandora’s box), I wonder why it had to take a village to carry it out. In the hours and hours everyone invested into this effort — what was missed?

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Consider this… This information, in and of itself, was not exclusive. The FOIAed information was being released to all media that wanted it at the same time – so why [...]

New strategy: Berate bloggers, tell online readers to buzz off

I’m not sure where newspaper execs are getting their PR advice these days, but whoever/whatever it is needs to be fired. The print news sector has put out some head-shaking proclamations this week – all of which have a common theme of holier-than-thou insults directed at online news consumers.

First up is the absolutely appalling handling of a new business model by the Tallahassee Democrat. The paper is going to start charging for news online – which the publisher finally gets around to saying on the second page after a long-winded, self-congratulatory monologue.

The column says:

It no longer seems fair to have only half of our readers pay for content while the other half reads for free online. This is about changing how we do business, not simply putting up a paywall on digital content.

Unless the TD happens to charge quite a bit for their print edition, the [...]

What measures success in journalism these days?

Success in journalism doesn’t have to be measured by the size and fame of the publication anymore. [...]

Today’s news now or yesterday’s news today?

I’ve seen a lot of newsroom culture shifts in my admittedly young career, but the online deadline of now seems to be the biggest gap to cross. Many editors and reporters don’t think there even IS competition anymore. [...]

An anonymous comment ban could kill the public forum

If news websites were to get rid of anonymous comments, we may be eliminating the opinions of some very valuable (and young) readers. [...]