I had nothing to do with it, but I was happy to see three students I had in my Online News Writing and Editing classes this year get a shout out on newsobserver.com for their work this semester with the Under the Dome blog.
That partnership was a great example of what can happen when good students get paired up with a patient, energetic and innovative journalist like Ryan Teague Beckwith, the reporter who minds the blog.
Andrew Knapp does a nice job of summarizing his work as a copy editor (PDF) for both print and online at Florida Today.
(Thanks to Andy Bechtel for the tip.)
Over at his blog, Under the Dome, at NewsObserver.com, Ryan Teague Beckwith points out another interesting online political communication question: What’s the relationship between candidate messages in paid media, free media coverage of those messages and Google searches related to those messages?
And who are the Google searchers on political terms? Are they The Influentials? Young People? Newspaper readers? Non-voters? All of the above?
North Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate argues that they are.
But what’s he talking about? Page views? Unique visitors?
What parts of the site are busiest? Fundraising? Issue briefings?
How are people finding his site? Google “earned search”? Online ads? Media coverage?
A colleague of mine at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Val Lauder, recently shared this article with the faculty e-mail list. The piece, written by Johnnie L. Roberts for Newsweek, wonders “Can News Anchors like Katie Couric Survive?”
I don’t know whether anchors like Katie Couric can survive, but there is one kind of news anchor that is thriving. They’re called bloggers.
Continue reading “Bloggers: The New Anchors”
In Just Seven Easy Steps
For anyone who has ever been to an online journalism conference, you know Adrian Holovaty. He’s either on a panel, winning an award or being referenced by newsroom mangers, usually with some phrase similar to “we need more people like Adrian Holovaty”
Continue reading “Win $1M the Holovaty Way”
Journalism is an inalienable state of mankind. Professional journalism is not.
By coincidence, I recently found myself reading two things that, as a pair, illustrated nicely the reason I’m so sanguine about the future of news and so panicked about the future of news companies. Continue reading “Journalists Without Journals”
Ken Sands, executive editor of innovation at Congressional Quarterly, sent me this BusinessWeek article.
“Last fall, psychologist B. J. Fogg taught a class at Stanford University in which he assigned students to develop Facebook applications. During the 10 weeks of the class, 73 students developed applications such as Kiss Me, Oregon Trail, and Secret Admirer, that have since resulted in 25 million installs and, by the end of the class, were attracting about 1 million daily, active users. These applications have generated more than $500,000 in ad revenue since September. At least three companies were formed by students in the class.”
Sometimes I drone on about j-schools needing to be R&D shops for industry. This is what I’m talking about.
If you have other examples, please send them my way.