What is this cup?

The past week or so has been positively stressful. That is, stressful, but in very positive ways. Waterproofing contractors in to ensure our basement gets and stays dry — so far, very pleased EverDry! — plus a piece of professionally exciting news. I’ll save that for another possible post. In the meantime, how’s your movie…


Who do you trust? Credibility in the blogosphere

It’s interesting how people independent of each other are part of a collective discussion on a certain topic. Today, I’ve seen a few posts and comments that deal with the influence of bloggers. Influence dealing with ads and companies like PayPerPost or SponsoredReviews, and biases a blogger may have. First, here’s the round up: Colin…


The good and the bad of blogging

(UPDATED 1/19/2007 approx. 9 a.m.: Some quick reading and the lack of reading of comments on Paul McEnany’s post means I rushed to judgement below. I’ve since I apologized, left a main point, and one final one about how we at times treat others behind our keyboard.) Original post: The ease and quickness offered by…


PayPerPost leading transparency charge?

A few weeks ago, PayPerPost initiated a policy requiring its bloggers to disclose they’re being paid for reviews. Now, PPP has launched DisclosurePolicy.org. (Thanks to HistoryMike for the pointer.) DisclosurePolicy.org was created and funded by PayPerPost. Anyone interested in collaborating on blogosphere transparency is encouraged to contact us. Even if it isn’t new, it’s a…


Other great points . . . .

For your reading, thinking, surfing and chuckling pleasure, I offer: Kodak enjoys the digital moment, BlogWorks. (UPDATED after the initial post, after a bit more of blog browsing. Count this among the chuckling links!) Wells Fargo At The Paris Hilton, Wells Fargo/Guided By History I’m not saying anything, but . . . ., Colin McKay/Canuckflack…


Mayor vs the Media; a power struggle in Toledo

There’s a been a bit of a big broohaha brewing in the media capital of Northwest Ohio this week. In case you’ve missed it, here’s a brief recap: On Tuesday, Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and his spokesperson/assistant Brian Schwartz blocked WSPD Reporter and talk show host Kevin Milliken from attending an news conference. From reports,…


Edelman gets another

Yesterday, well-respected blogger and former journalist (okay, that was awhile ago) Gary Goldhammer announced he has joined Edelman Inc. as a vice president in its Interactive Solutions division. If you’ve read Gary’s blog at all, you know his posts — while infrequent compared to many bloggers — are very high quality and worth reading. Other…


Localize. Localize. Localize.

In my newspaper reporter days, I was told to localize national stories and trends. Tell our readers how it affects them. Here’s another example of what I said repeatedly last year — newspapers need to concentrate on reporting local news. “I think intensely local, professionally gathered news is due for a comeback. It’s the one…


Improving journalism

Yesterday, Robert Niles had a worth-reading post at Online Journalism Review (“The silliest, and most destructive, debate in journalism“). Essentially, Niles said there should should be no MSV v citizen journalism. Anyone and all interested in journalism should work for better journalism. For the most part, that is true, but like most things, the how…


True value from *social* media

It amazes me how attached we can become to people we don’t really know. Like fellow bloggers or members of a discussion board. I feel as if I know Kami Huyse, Ed Lee, Greg Brooks and others. But I don’t really know them. Heck, except for Greg, I’ve never even talked with the majority of…