Back to blogging at the end of an incredibly busy week.

  • What is up with these people? I’m with Bryan Murley on this: wondering what’s going on in the minds of j-school instructors who think telling students about the new realities of journalism is a bad thing.
  • Why wasn’t Facebook invented at a J-school? Steve Yelvington is genuinely curious about the culture of innovation (or lack thereof) in j-schools. He has no answers, but I’d like to suggest j-schools may be reflecting what they are seeing in most of the newspaper industry. You could as easily ask why newspapers didn’t invent blogging.
  • Torstar Q4 profits up 9 percent on newspaper growth. A newspaper company success story and a startling headline because it is running so strongly against the usual quarterly reports from the industry. Note where the ad revenue growth is strong: community-based newspapers.
  • Are social networks fair game for journalists? We had this discussion in class a week or so ago, without coming to a firm conclusion. Interesting, deep question that needs to be joined to the discussions about the ethics of the job.
  • The REAL Daily Prophet? Melissa Worden has embedded a brief video report on some of the research into flexible e-paper. Interestingly, one of the researchers says widespread use is three to five years away, which is about the same projection we were being given two or three years back.
  • A daily newspaper site built in WordPress. Goodness! If I had been smart enough to figure out how to make WordPress do this, I wouldn’t have spent all that time learning Joomla and trying to beat it into submission.
  • Best Newspaper blogs for comments, community and readability. A hugely helpful list from Shawn Smith that’s a great resource for editors, j-school instructors and anyone else interested in how newspapers can blog. Working my way through this long, annotated list is my weekend assignment. Via Journalistopia.
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