Tips for citizen journalists

Courtesy of The Chicago Daily News, here’s a link to some great journalism reporting and writing tips from the MIT Media Lab. The contents of the various tutorials — including “bite size” and “one-minute” versions — run the gamut of producing good journalism. Examples include: > On Developing the Idea > On Reporting Process >…


Reading non-PR/Comms blogs

Do you read only blogs pertinent to your industry or interests, or do you have a variety? I would assume that most people stick to their industry, plus have a few select “others” they visit. Well, FWIW, here’s a run down of non-PR/advertising/etc. blogs that I frequently visit (in no particular order): Autoblog Jalopnik A…


Attack of the blogs, Part II?

Will history repeat itself? Well, Forbes‘ Daniel Lyons felt the wrath of bloggers with his story “Attack of the blogs,” on Nov. 11. I wonder how the blogosphere will react to Kathleen Parker‘s piece about blogging. (Thanks to Ryan McGrath for the heads up.) Parker is a bit heavy in some of her comments about…


Online newspaper design

Courtesy of Slashdot, Kirk McElhearn has a thorough examination of online newspaper Web design. His point is that, why can’t the online versions of newspapers offer the freedom to scan and read their contents the way readers can with a paper newspaper? “Leafing through a paper newspaper, one sees headlines on each page, and may…


Blogs & the need for internal communications

The media coverage of this week’s trouble (Monday, Dec. 26) with Alaska Airlines Flight 336 from Seattle to Burbank, Calif., made a clear statement about the influence of citizen journalists. A number of sites and people — including Poynter’s Paul Grabowicz, Robert Scoble and Jeff Jarvis — have talked about it. They’ve even included the…


Newspaper gadget

Being a journalist by education and early in my career, I’m always interested in the newest technologies that may help newspapers and give us a new way to read them. Poynter‘s Monique Van Dusseldorp had a news item from iRex Technologies on Dec. 23. According to the release Van Dusseldorp received, the wireless Internet gadget…


What’s your new year’s resolution?

Yep, it’s that time of year. Time to start anew. Start refreshed. A clean slate. So, do you have a resolution for 2006? What about resolving to keep an open mind? To start each project with a fresh slate. The great thing about being in marketing and communications is the variety. Whether you work in-house…


A couple good resources

The Internet is all about information, right? Okay, you can make an argument that it’s about communication as well, but you mostly type in www dot something for information. So, here are a couple good sites I can point you to. One is an eye on citizen journalism and other interactive media. The other is…


It’s not personal; it’s just business

No, it is personal. Everything is — or will be — personal. And, business marketers had better be tuned in to that fact. When it comes to communicating with customers, prospects and decision-makers, personalization and customization is the new mantra. The automakers have known that for several years. Look at the specialty vehicles like the…


Who should blog

During the past few weeks, I’ve posted bits and pieces of a “blogging 101” paper I put together for my employer. Below is another part, focusing on who should author a corporate blog. Much of the below is common sense. What I’d be interested in, is your take on the final part — the role…