Archive for February, 2011

I still don’t have a lot to say about this week’s changes at TBD. But I know people who follow this blog are interested in business models for news and in the TBD experience.

So, in the spirit of TBD’s model of linking to other content, I will pass along links to other people’s analysis of the business aspects of what has happened here (I don’t agree with all of them; just passing them along):


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I try to understand a subject before I write about it. So I won’t have much to say about the changes taking place at TBD.

Here’s what I will say:

  • Working at TBD has been a highlight of my career. I am proud of what we have achieved. Working with the staff and the colleagues here has been a delight and a privilege. (more…)

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At Tim McGuire’s request, I have done a blog post on a discussion on Twitter the last couple of days about what kind of headline to write about a historic event such as Friday’s resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak:

[View the story “Historic headlines need to look forward” on Storify]

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The American Press Institute is planning an ambitious schedule of useful seminars for 2011.

I wrote a recent blog post about difficult challenges facing journalism organizations. In that December post, I noted that API’s website did not list any seminars for 2011. I am pleased to pass along the update that API has scheduled 11 seminars this year at its headquarters in Reston, Va., as well as programs on the road in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Toronto and Pomona, Calif.


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I led a discussion of community engagement today for the Conference on the Newspaper Business at Yale, a gathering of college newspaper publishers, ad managers and financial managers.

I discussed the Complete Community Connection and mobile-first strategy.

I told them that young people are still getting jobs in this business (I hired a bunch last year). Even though lots of newspapers and other news organizations have cut jobs, others like TBD, Bloomberg Government and Patch have been hiring journalists. I recommended my advice for pursuing jobs in digital journalism.

Below are my slides from the presentation:

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I will be discussing mobile-first strategy today at the Reese Felts Digital Newsroom at the University of North Carolina. My slides are below. Here are some previous mobile-first posts that may help participants in the workshop: (more…)

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