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Early online-newspaper nostalgia

Niemanlab.org on: The forgotten history of Access Atlanta, one of the early Web’s most innovative newspapers CJR.org on: The San Jose Mercury, The Newspaper That Almost Seized the Future Prodigy, mentioned in one or both of those recent articles, was

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Posted in Internet, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Technology

Google offers data-analysis tools, liposuction for stats

Uses: Inspiration from washing machines, Rebecca Black GoogleLabs has a new data-mining tool,  Correlate, which allows folks with data (got data?) to use Google’s algorithms to dig through numbers and visualize meaning. Business folks will love to compare brands; political

Posted in Computers, Data, Google, Internet, Reporting, Technology

New tools and new rules

The last week of the semester is a great time for an inspirational speech. Rather than give one myself, I’ve found one in text and video for my “basic newswriting” students, whose semester experiences have ranged from AP Stylebook drills

Posted in Education, Future of news, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Technology

Happy 30th anniversary to my first computer

Harry McCracken, who suffered through being my editor at three different magazines, has written a fascinating history of one of the first “boom, then bust” computer companies: The one I bought my first computer from. In fact, its going bust

Posted in coincidence, Computers, History, Magazines, personal, Technology, wesleyan

Why, Baby, Why? Shaky link to history at USAToday.com

Don’t let your robot-editor hurt your credibility End of summer ‘lull’ opens opportunities – USATODAY.com. The “End of summer…” in that headline link might hint that I’m not keeping up with the news. But I just stumbled on USA Today

Posted in Future of news, History, hypertext, Journalism, Newspapers, Technology, WebDesign

Happy Birthday, World Wide Web

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=long-live-the-web Tim Berners-Lee’s “20 years ago this month” article for the December issue of Scientific American is a great issue-oriented summary of Web history  — and a plea for online entrepreneurs to adopt policies of openness rather than creating “closed

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Posted in Free Speech, History, HTML, hypertext, Internet, Magazines, Technology, WebDesign

So what’s ‘a newspaper’?

Update: Remembering when an attempt to give away New York Times failed. See end. Does “a newspaper” now mean any page of glowing bits that has frequently changed information organized into sections, with headlines and short summaries linked to more

Posted in AEJMC, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, Technology, WebDesign

Tell Clyde I’m on the road to Floyd with a Droid

It was a tough decision, but having an excuse to write that headline made it all worthwhile. My first “smartphone” was a Handspring Treo 180, almost 10 years ago. When I moved to Knoxville a few years later, the lack

Posted in Business, Digital Culture, Future of news, Internet, Journalism, Newspapers, Tablets & eBook Readers, Technology

Future of the book, pad, tablet, literature etc.

Wired has  Steven Levy and a baker’s dozen authors, publishers and spirit-channels (how else to include McLuhan?) reacting to the Apple  iPad’s arrival this month: “How the tablet will change the world.” Over at FutureOfTheBook.org, Bob Stein adds to what

Posted in Digital Culture, History, hypertext, Internet, Macintosh, Magazines, Multimedia, Tablets & eBook Readers, Technology

The Future Journalist: Thoughts from Columbians

Under the heading The Future Journalist: Thoughts from Two Generations, Columbia Journalism School professor Sree Sreenivasan and student Vadim Lavrusik have recorded and posted a conversation at the Mashable group blog. I’m hoping it will reassure my students that their

Posted in Future of news, Journalism, Multimedia, News, Online-Only, Technology
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