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Changes to The Birmingham News


Here’s the front page of The News this morning:

This is going to cause a flood of panic and heartbreak for so many people, but I can’t help but be geeking-out excited about it.

Sometimes a radical change is necessary to ruffle a few feathers and more boldly in a new direction. To me, and other media professionals who pay attention, this isn’t really a “new direction,” as much as it is the next step in business.

In most businesses, if you aren’t ahead, you’re already behind. In media, it’s that to a factor of 10.

It’s not about holding a paper in your hand. It’s about being there for your readers, whatever it is they are reading. As the media landscape steams forward in the digital realm, newspapers would be cowardly to stuff their heads in the ground and pretend like it’s not happening. By slimming down the cost of rising costs of printing  and pushing quality journalism to mobile products, The News, The Times and The Press-Register are doing right by their readers, whether or not the readers realize it.

Oh, and if the reporting and newsgathering suffers, then it is NOT the fault of the organization. It’s the fault of the reporters. Their job does not change. If anything, they should embrace this as the next step in their careers… and it’s an exciting one.

I’m eager to see how this works out. It’s refreshing to see forward thinking and not just another paywall.

In my opinion, Advance Publications can’t afford not to make this change. I just hope this isn’t too little, too late.



NY Times gains confidence in digital

Link: NY Times gains confidence in digital

Yeah yeah, so I get that your digital subscribers are growing. But declaring a paywall a victory is completely ignorant, in my opinion. The whole concept of a paywall is the very reason why the newspaper industry is doomed to fail in its current state.

This quote.

News is the inexact measure of the ebb and flow of the tides of human aspiration, the ignominy of mankind, the glory of the human race. It is the best record we have of the incredible meanness and the magnificent courage of man.

Newspaper editors and Twitter

… not a likely combination, apparently.

Jim Romenesko did his research. He identified the top ten newspapers in the country and looked up their editors on Twitter.

  • Four of the ten appear to have no Twitter account whatsoever.
  • Three others have accounts that are secret or inactive.
  • One others has not tweeted since June.
  • One (NYDN editor Kevin Convey) has an active, currently updated Twitter account.

Gawker poked fun here as well.

(source: @futurejournalismproject)


How newsrooms can win back their reputations

Link: How newsrooms can win back their reputations

Applause all around. I work in a newsroom where we do more listening than talking most of the time when it comes to the web. We are consistently responding to e-mails and Facebook posts, and I think that is a key to not only building rapport, but keeping your audience in the forefront of your thinking.

Time-lapsing the New York Times home page


To me, it wasn’t just watching to see what was newsworthy or historic on certain days. This movie was a great example of design and how it can change over time (or not) to accommodate for stories or other elements (photos, advertisers, etc.) I love The Times, but I think they have the worst homepage, ranking right on up there with The Drudge Report. No creativity, no interactive elements, nothing. BUT. It works for them, and if any news institution can get away with busy, drab homepages, it’s the NYT.

via: futurejournalismproject:

Time-lapsing the New York Times Home Page

Phillip Mendonça-Vieira ran an errant cron job that ended up taking two screenshots of the New York Times home page every hour from September 2010 to July 2011. The fortunate result of the mistake: 12,000 screenshots of what the Times felt important for its home page.

Phillip writes that most publications don’t save their frontpage layout data and if the printed newspaper ceases to exist, society will lose key historical snapshots of the every day.

Via Phillip:

This, in my humble opinion, is a tragedy because in many ways our frontpages are summaries of our perspectives and our preconceptions. They store what we thought was important, in a way that is easy and quick to parse and extremely valuable for any future generations wishing to study our time period.

Notable moments: Chilean miners at 0:39, Arab Spring at 3:38 and Japanese Tsunami at 4:54

Metrics for Newspapers


Metrics for Newspapers from Håvard Ferstad on Vimeo.

What he said. Twice.


Why are we in this again?

Brian Storm, founder of MediaStorm, says pages views are the wrong metric for news organizations to judge their success. Lost in the shuffle is journalism’s original civic responsibility.

H/T: StoryTell.in: How do we Measure the News.


New York Times journalists to hold ‘office hours’ on Quora

Link: New York Times journalists to hold ‘office hours’ on Quora

I am quite curious about Quora myself, and how to use it for our readers/viewers. It seems that there are already quite a few tools out there. To me, Quora is a great personal research site where I can follow different feeds and learn more about a certain trade.

Source: Poynter.org

Three New York Times journalists are using the question-and-answer site Quora to engage with readers about their recently published books, Times Associate Managing Editor Jim Schachter wrote earlier this week. Schachter said this is a test, and the results will determine if The Times “even (thinks) about embedding Quora on NYTimes.com.”


QR social sharing

I love love LOVE this idea. It will be interesting to see where Google+ fits into the “sharing” world here in the next few months. It’s –great to see news orgs encouraging interaction and sharing. It’s like first grade, all over again.




Social sharing, via QR

This Sunday, The Washington Post did a twist on the old QR codes we’ve been putting in the paper. Instead of sending our weekend readers to more Web content or features from a quick QR scan, we sent them straight to a Facebook sharing link. The idea was to pick a story that we thought readers of the Sunday printed product would want to share in the moment. We used Eli Saslow’s piece on a Somali American man whose nephew joined the extremist al-Shabab group, and who now tries to keep others from the lure of jihad. Our logic in launching this was simple: It’s Sunday, we know you’re busy and might never get to your desktop computer to share this. But perhaps you’ve got your smartphone handy to scan a QR code.

Cory Haik / Deputy editor, Universal News

Web folks say ‘go!’, print editor says ‘woah!’ when NH paper gets suicide manifesto.

Link: Web folks say ‘go!’, print editor says ‘woah!’ when NH paper gets suicide manifesto.

…. here’s how they resolved tension. (via Poynter)