Michael Miner’s Hot Type column this week (the last good reason to still read the Chicago Reader) looks inside the Chicago Tribune through the eyes of the paper’s rank-and-file. With its profiles of a guy who hands out the free commuter paper, of two men who drive paper routes, and of a foreign correspondent, it’s well worth a read, if for no other reason than as an artifact of the end-of-days of the traditional newspaper business.
Check the calendar: It’s January. Having driven through a scorching Nevada a week before Burning Man last year, I can tell you without hesitation that it’s not for nine more months. Moving out here right before that godforsaken event, Craigslist was full of garbage for sale for Burning Man (broken bikes, broken tents, stained carpet, ripped tarps—you name it, they had it!). But who knew the ads would start this far in advance!
The BBC has taken a page from Google’s 20% time concept (where all engineers at the company get to spend a day a week on their own projects) and is allowing certain staffers (sounds like mainly their new-media folks—why not spread it through the whole newsroom) to spend 10% of their time working on new ideas.
With the news announced last week that the Chicago Sun Times will be laying off 20% of its newsroom staff in order to cut costs (this in addition to reducing the physical size of the newspaper to pay less for paper), many are saying that the fate of the paper reflects the fate of the industry, hurt by shrinking ad dollars and declining readership. A story in competitor paper the Chicago Tribune even goes so far to (conveniently) end on the idea that Chicago may become a one-newspaper town.
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All those buzzwords crammed in at the end! “Widget Platform Company” rolls off the tongue so easily, doesn’t it? It’s like a game of Silicon Valley telephone. You almost expect to find “purple monkey dinosaur” stuck in there somewhere. They couldn’t have crammed “social network” or “viral” in as well?
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"Under the new rules, the commercial value of specific editorial offerings is estimated with precision, rewards and punishments doled out accordingly, and coverage cut to fit," Edward Wasserman writes in an op-ed in the Miami Herald. He’s talking about the brave new world of what he calls “Calibrated Journalism”—the ability to track and analyze readers and page views to judge what’s being read and cater accordingly.
we’re used to seeing well-loved offerings on commercial media dumped if…
i know its way early, and ill probably have to post this like 3 more times before something reliable. but, im going on a vacation from chicago to sf. and then i need to get to la to meet my best friend in the whole world up. i could put in 35 dollars for gas and possibly some greens?
Do you think she means Chard? Maybe Kale? Because who doesn’t like a nice plate of steamed Kale when they’re driving 600 miles.
Publishing 2.0’s Scott Karp offers an exhaustive look at how various Journalism blogs are framing the rapidly approaching future:
This is the year that the journalists who will embrace the challenge of transforming journalism for the digital age will be separated from those who are waiting to take the buyout. This year will break the back of the old newsroom culture that was supported by monopoly distribution economics, which have been destroyed.
I’m ringing in the new year by creating a more dynamic version of the Metablog. Instead of the static feeds of yore, the metablog now features full-text feeds from the original sources, thanks to the blogging application Tumblr.
While the web is certainly the space where most people are experimenting with new forms of journalism, it’s always nice to see a new idea take place back in the physical world as well.
It doesn’t get much more physical than Swedish magazine T-Post, which prints a news story on the inside of a T-shirt, then asks an artist to interpret the story for the art on the front of the shirt. It’s a brilliant idea, one that connects the culture of shirt collectors with ideas weightier than the latest…
Seriously, that’s the name of a blog entry by web designer Jeffery Zeldman.
Welcome to the party Zeldman, but there’s nothing left but little chip crumbs at the bottom of the bowl. You should have come earlier—Seth Friedman was doing cannonballs into the pool and Darby Romeo was passing out jello shots.
Web designer Jeffery Zeldman makes the bold statement that "self publishing is the new blogging". It’s, of course, a statement that me and many others have been making for longer than blogging has actually existed. Yes, it’s pie-in-the-sky and yes, it’s naive, but it’s still nice to hear someone else make the argument for a change. After all:
When you’ve flown that far from Gutenberg, the only place to travel is back.