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Virginia newspapers… An Appalachian-Hathaway?

Yesterday’s announcement that Berkshire-Hathaway Media is buying my almost-local daily, the Roanoke Times, sent me off building link lists for the benefit of recent graduates still researching media careers… (See below.) Warren Buffett’s BH Media has been acquiring papers in this

Posted in 2013, community, Future of news, hyperlocal, Journalism, Newspapers, Roanoke Times

More for journalism grads 2011: Think about NOT waiting

Robert Krulwich, to Berkeley Journalism School Class of 2011… excerpts below, but just click that link and read the whole thing. I’ve tried, but excerpts just don’t do this one justice. Peabody Award winner Krulwich starts with a nice summary

Posted in communication, Future of news, Journalism

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

Why, Baby, Why? Shaky link to history at

Don’t let your robot-editor hurt your credibility End of summer ‘lull’ opens opportunities – 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

Considering the future of the Mag-App-Book

Khoi Vinh (, former design director at  The New York Times, offered some design-inspired thoughts the other day on “why most of the current crop of iPad magazine apps have dim prospects for long-term success,” which has prompted dozens of

Posted in Future of news, Internet, Journalism, Magazines, Tablets & eBook Readers, WebDesign

Telecommuting from the Blueridge to the Rockies

I couldn’t go to the AEJMC convention in Denver this week, but I feel like I’m halfway there, following Twitter feeds and other online activities… I’ve been updating the Newspaper Division’s blog with whatever I find online that might interest

Posted in AEJMC, Education, Future of news, Journalism, Newspapers

Corporate vision or hubbed myopia? You can’t buy out of town newspapers much anymore, so folks may not notice whether a visual homoginization  is the result of Gannett’s new “national page production network.” In 10 years, will formerly great regional dailies be little more

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Posted in Future of news, Newspapers

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

The Wired Tablet App

Wired and other CondeNast magazines are headed for the iPad. Here’s a video intro. more about “The Wired Tablet App “, posted with vodpod As a subscriber to Wired from Vol.1 No.1, this new iPadded edition reminded me of the

Posted in Digital Culture, Future of news, Journalism, Magazines, Multimedia, Tablets & eBook Readers

Update on Multimedia Journalism Bootcamp in Nashville

Nice new promotional video… I attended last summer’s version of this workshop; it was terrific and worth every penny. (And, no, my university didn’t contribute any of those 150,000 pennies. Hard times, and all that.) more about “Multimedia Journalism Bootcamp

Posted in Education, Future of news, Journalism, Multimedia, Radford, Video, WebDesign