Passing on a few pointers to stuff that’s worth your time.

  • What MSM can learn from Barack Obama. Zac Echola: “Media organizations should be doing the same thing Obama does. It should be everywhere I am and it should provide valuable, easy-to-use added context and content if and when I decide to hit their sites.” We truly are increasingly in the news-finds-you age.
  • Let’s focus more on athleticism, not sex. I really wish more sports writers felt this way and that that feeling was reflected in how and what they report.
  • Amazon MP3 Store to Go Global in 2008. Okay, it’s not journalism-related, but it’s clear Amazon is positioning itself as a major competitor for iTunes. And if they can bring the music of the world to we Canadians, I’m all for it.
  • Great video:Detroit Free Press. I told my class about this earlier this week, but forgot to blog it: investigative video journalism from print folk published on YouTube. What a world.
  • Pittman Eyes TV Stations as ‘Newspapers Online’. The Pittman in question isn’t the lovable Lenslinger, it’s Former AOL President and MTV founder Bob Pittman, whose company Pilot Group is, according to a commenter, “the money behind Barrington, which has been gathering a portfolio of small-mid market stations.” TV may yet prove to be local newspapers’ biggest competitor of local advertising. (Except maybe here in Vancouver and in other cities, where the newspaper owner also owns a TV station or two.)
  • Metro announces job cuts at US titles. Metro titles won’t be sold, as originally reported, but are being restructured “in agreement with joint venture partner The New York Times Company.”
  • Business rates well in Edelman Trust survey. The interesting bit of the study for me: “The study also noted a bump in trust in the media, with increases from previous studies in eight countries. Business titles are most trusted, but mainstream media is the most widely used source of information about companies. Among the younger respondents, 55% say Wikipedia is a credible source of information.”
  • Anatomy of a local breaking news story. Rob Curley breaks down the excellent coverage by the Las Vegas Sun of the Monte Calo fire last week. His take? “To me, this was a nearly textbook example of how a local newspaper should cover a big breaking news story in its community.” Read and learn.
  • Calvin Trillin on Charlie Rose. Trillin, one of my favourite writers, talks about food, writing and more in an hour-long session with Rose from 2003. Link via Urban Diner.