Strangled by the Grassroots

 Steve Outing writes a bittersweet eulogy to his failed startup, the Enthusiast Group, which tried to build a business around grassroots media. His conclusion: with the exception of one or two sites that make it big (YouTube, Flickr) user generated content is not strong enough to stand on its own. In my view — and …

Continue reading ‘Strangled by the Grassroots’ »

Should Journalists Blog?

Kindly pointed out by my old friend Robin Lubbock from WBUR, here’s an interesting piece on journalists who blog in their spare time by Steve Outing. Outing points out that in many cases, things don’t go well. Reporters “have been fired or punished because of their personal blogs,” he writes. Landmines include when “a simple …

Continue reading ‘Should Journalists Blog?’ »

News: When Is A Newspaper Website Not A Newspaper Website?

 More on disguised branding, this time with newspaper-related sites. Steve Outing points out on Poynter that newspapers are putting up bloglike sites to appeal to the younger crowd, while playing down the site’s connections to the owner. Steve cites the Arizona Daily Star’s AZNightBuzz, where “there’s no indication on the home page that the site …

Continue reading ‘News: When Is A Newspaper Website Not A Newspaper Website?’ »

News: Could Blogs Be The News?

 It’s a familiar theme, but Steve Outing is always interesting to read on anything, so when he takes a look at how blogs could change news reporting, I’m all ears. His latest column suggests that, “It’s time for increasing the speed of news sites — to that of television news — and Weblogs are the …

Continue reading ‘News: Could Blogs Be The News?’ »

News: Have Phone, Will Report

 Interesting posting by the excellent Steve Outing about the rise of photo-phones as news tools: Göteborgs-Posten, Scandinavia’s second-largest morning newspaper, today published on its website its first news photo taken by a mobile phone. After a collision between a tram and a truck in central Göteborg, reporter Ralph Källström reached the scene and filed a …

Continue reading ‘News: Have Phone, Will Report’ »