Wall Street Journal ‘rules’ fail to capture the value of social media

Updated: Be sure to check the links at bottom of post to other voices on this issue. This is an open letter to the Dow Jones and Co. in response to the rules it released to its staff at The Wall Continue reading

Journalists needed targeted traffic for blogs

Here are some short-takes of  journalism-related finds from around the blogosophere: Targeted traffic: In some ways the old days of ignorance were bliss. You wrote a story. You assumed people read it. You were happy. Now, thanks to stats on Continue reading

More on the future of journalism

I haven’t done short takes in a while, so here are some interesting finds from around the blogosphere: The value of small talk: Steve Yelvington has the best explanation I’ve read so far for the value of social media. He Continue reading

Is blogging journalism?

A colleague of mine asked today: “Is blogging  journalism?” She was helping her step-daughter write an essay, an assignment for a college ethics course. Two co-workers and I jumped in to answer the question to help my colleague assist her Continue reading

Top Twitter tools for journalists

I’ve come across some new Twitter tools that I’ve found useful as a journalist, so I’ve decided to compile a new post of my favorite tools for Twitter. (Read my earlier list of favorite Twitter tools here.) Blip.fm: A colleague Continue reading

What journalists can learn from the Seattle P-I

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s recent announcement that it’s ceasing publication of a newspaper — and going online only — is sad because of the jobs and lives impacted and what it means for the future of journalism. But I’m hoping the Continue reading

Tips to improve newspaper Web sites

Today’s short takes focus on a common theme: improving journalism. Enjoy. Improving newspaper Web sites: Scooping the News offers five tips for make newspaper Web sites better: communicate with readers, link out, display readers’ comments prominently; explain more about the Continue reading

What’s Technorati.com and why journalist bloggers should use it

Soon after I started my parenting blog, a smart colleague of mine tipped me off to Technorati.com. I quickly fell in love. Here’s why: Technorati is a site that offers both blog ranking and a search engine, but the really Continue reading