Monthly Archives: March 2009

Is it Finally Time for a Journalism Social Venture Fund?

This has been an idea that’s been percolating in my noggin for some time. Every time I hear about the latest journalism initiative or major donor, this idea returns: It’s time to pool the resources and create a “Journalism Social … Continue reading

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Noted: “A Shrug Goodbye” & the Crisis of Relevance, Part II

Another interesting item from the March 13 edition of On The Media, about the lack of concern among younger folks that their local newspaper may be going away. One of the biggest issues that’s overlooked is “the crisis of relevance” … Continue reading

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Newspapers, El Diaro, and the Crisis of Relevance

Is it really all about courting and serving the overlooked working class? There’s enough conventional wisdom out there about the success of “niche” print publications. Now, take a listen to On The Media’s March 13 interview with El Diaro-La Prensa … Continue reading

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Noted: “Thinking the Unthinkable,” Shirky on newspapers & journalism

Yow! Clay Shirky’s “Thinking the Unthinkable” is an essay that’s needed to be written for a long, long time. I don’t necessarily buy everything in there, but it’s a vital look at this moment in media as revolutionary, and what … Continue reading

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The Unreality of “Comcasttown”

I recently came across a link to a bizarre ad for Comcast. One media-reformer colleague was “fascinated and disturbed” by all the “acid-trip freaky shit” … take a gander, boys and girls, at the alternative reality known as Comcasttown. It … Continue reading

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Noted: Charles M. Sennot in CJR on newsroom entrepreneurship

From “Roll the Dice,” Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2009 “Newsrooms, I believe, have a tendency to crush the entrepreneurial spirit, and those of us who love the business should resist that part of the culture. Yet every time I felt … Continue reading

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Suddenly it’s OK to say ‘Co-Op’

Last year I was advised (by wise and admired colleagues) that I shouldn’t use the phrase “producer’s co-op” to describe Independent Arts & Media and Newsdesk.org, because it sounded too, whaddyacall, commie. It was advice I took, and generally it … Continue reading

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