Posts from May 27, 2005

Security blog

Security blog

: Rick Francona, a security analyst at MSNBC I’ve shared desk space with at the network, has a new blog on the Middle East and security.

Blogs and books

Blogs and books

: I’m giving a talk at Book Expo, the big publishing convention, this week on how all the constituencies of the word biz can use citizens’ media. I want to brainstorm about the ways that blogs can help authors, agents, publishers/editors, marketers, and retailers — from finding new talent to writing books online with your audience to building a direct relationship with your readers to creating communities.

I’m eager to get any of your ideas for how blogs and books should interact. Please comment away. Thanks.

News exec blogs

News exec blogs

: Scott Anderson, an online exec at Tribune (and a Howard Stern fan…. we have so much in common) has been blogging inside the venerable Tribune Tower but now his blog is public and it’s on my RSS feed now.

So what they told you when you entered puberty was right…

So what they told you when you entered puberty was right…

: …Viagra can cause blindness.

Future

Future

: Yesterday, at a press conference to announce a new initiative to improve journalism education, Hodding Carter, head of the Knight Foundation, said:

The great dirty secret in journalism and journalism education is that we are inherently conservative in the way we do things.

Preach it, brother. Yes, change is feared and resisted. He also said:

What has struck me is not that things are changing but that the change is cascading… We are in the midst of an absolute revolution.

Amen.

The initiative is funded by Carnegie and Knight and involves five universities: Northwestern, USC, Berkeley, Harvard, and Columbia. It will place journalism students at news organizations to work on reporting projects without the pressure of deadline or bottom lines — this to be led by my friend, Merrill Brown. It will help establish programs in specialized journalism (e.g., science and engineering journalism at USC). And it will create a task force to speak out on issues in journalism.