Archive for March, 2011

I discussed mobile-first strategy today at the Ohio Newspaper Association. My slides are below. Here are some previous mobile-first posts that may help participants in the workshop:

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I will be a panelist tonight at a program at the American University School of Communication: “Making the Most of your Internship.”

I was asked to start with five tips that journalism interns should follow:

  1. Ask lots of questions. (more…)

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One of the best pieces of leadership advice I ever got came from Dave Witke*, one of the best bosses I ever worked for: Hire good people and get out of their way.

Our social media strategy at TBD worked because I hired Mandy Jenkins and managed (most days) to stay out of her way.

Mandy is one of those people of whom I know that someday I will say, “I knew her when …” After I hired her, I told the story of how she was already telling me things I didn’t know about social media before she sat down for the interview.

That was just the first of many days that Mandy amazed me. Soon she will be amazing colleagues at HuffPost Politics, the next step for one of the best digital journalists anywhere. I was shocked when our company eliminated Mandy’s position. But I wasn’t at all surprised that she had three outstanding offers within a month from leading  digital media organizations. (more…)

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I am pleased to be collaborating with Ken Sands to lead a workshop for journalists looking for jobs.

The workshop is presented by the Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program at Georgetown University. (Don’t go to the main Georgetown campus, though; we’ll be meeting at Georgetown’s Clarendon center, 3101 Wilson Blvd., just across from the Clarendon Metro station.) We’ll be meeting Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (more…)

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Janet Coats articulated better than I did the problem with the New York Times paywall: It reveals, she says, a “vision very much preoccupied with the rearview mirror.”

Janet, former editor of the Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (owned by the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group), notes how quickly last week’s paywall announcement followed Times Editor Bill Keller’s column about aggregation (which required a second attempt). (more…)

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Another member of our community engagement team, Nathasha Lim, left TBD this week.

Nathasha Lim


Nathasha will be a morning producer for WAMU, joining TBD colleagues Rebecca A. Cooper and Elahe Izadi, both of whom also found jobs with WAMU.

As community host, Nathasha recruited dozens of dining blogs to the TBD Community Network and wrote our @TBDRestaurants blog. (I’ll confess that I avoided the blog some days, because Nathasha’s engaging writing about food made me hungry, and I really should be trying to lose weight. However, my will power isn’t that strong, so I didn’t avoid it that often.) (more…)

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Not surprisingly, I was not alone in having a reaction to the New York Times paywall details, which were announced Thursday.

Lois Beckett of the Nieman Lab asked what I thought, so I told her (as did several others). Steven Brill says not to call it a wall. David Cohn says it’s more like a ramp (great Star Wars metaphor; I’m jealous that I didn’t think of something so clever).

Read Lois’s piece if you want to know what I think (though longtime readers of my blog know that I think most plans to charge for content are foolhardy). (more…)

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