Should the Government “Bailout” Newspapers?

No. That is a horrible idea, an easy idea, but a horrible solution. There needs to be a separation of the newspaper industry from any government influence. If not, journalists will be unable to report to the people information on their governments activities without some level of interference. Newspaper executives expressed great apprehension when they … Continue reading

Attack of the Catholic Church

While I was laying out a newspaper and digesting, or trying to digest the last of my peeps, the New York Times was continuing to make the Vatican really angry. In a recent article the Times reported about a pedophile priest that Pope Benedict XVI, then Archbishop of Munich, let get away with molesting a … Continue reading

Britain, An Experiment.

In the crumbling era of newspapers, News Corp recently started charging online readers for the Times of London. So their basic plan is to see if this will work or fail miserably in Britain before they try it in a larger market like the United States. However, in the United States the prospects for online … Continue reading

Who is a Journalist?

This is the first question asked of students in JRN 101. And in today’s world of tweeting, buzzing and everything else it’s a question that needs to be answered. There are many different types of “journalists.” There are the traditional type, a reporter at a newspaper or TV station who was trained at a journalism … Continue reading

I Want an iPad!

Watch these three videos. I think they speak for themselves. iPad Sunset Mag Cover Spec from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo. VIV Mag Interactive Feature Spread – iPad Demo from Alexx Henry on Vimeo. VIV Mag Featurette: A Digital Magazine Motion Cover and Feature for the iPad from Alexx Henry on Vimeo. If this is anything … Continue reading

From Print to Digital: It’s Not as Easy as You Might Think

Although print is not dead, yet, the Internet is quickly taking its place in journalism. The problem is journalists coming over from the print side sometimes find it difficult to fit in. But in an article Penry Price, the vice president of global agency development at Google, said in the early years of the Internet … Continue reading

NBC’s Ratings are up… but still in 4th place or : How Television is Dying

So it seems that kicking Conan off the network actually worked, at least for now. The affiliates are happy because ratings have gone up and NBC is happy because ratings for primetime have also gone up. Conan of course is not happy, but let’s face it he got out while he still could and will … Continue reading

Surprise! People Won’t Pay for News

If I were to say you had a choice between a free house and paying a mortgagee for 30 yeas which one would you choose? The free one? That’s what I thought. This is the mentality the Internet drives on. It is a free roaming dump of information, among other things, and for the most … Continue reading

Linking: It’s Not that Complicated

Is The New York Times the be all and end all of media? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have to link. Linking online has become a common curtsey, the new citation. But the New York Times doesn’t link as Glynnis MacNicol points out in her Mediaite article. Not linking in today’s media … Continue reading

Is 3D what Newspapers need?

Well I’m not really sure. But having Obama jump out of the front page of the New York Times, like something out of Harry Potter, would be pretty cool. Newspapers need something to stay competitive and be profitable. You may think I am crazy but let me explain. In the last few years, movie studios … Continue reading