So much is happening, that it has turned out to be two-squib day.

  • U.S. newspapers struggle with rising newsprint costs. Because, as everyone knows, newspapers need another challenge just about now.
  • New Google search feature raises news site eyebrows. A new feature is convenient for searchers but may have bring Google much more into play as a competitor for newspapers’ advertisers. Also see Cory Bergman’s post.
  • copycamp. The San Jose Mercury News is going to listen to its communities at an “unconference. “The hope is that by coming together to learn from each other the journalists will have a better understanding of community issues and local readers and citizen journalists can voice constructive criticsm and even partner with journalists.” Makes more more sense than focus groups ever did.
  • The future of “news”. I pointed to the New Yorker piece on newspapers and Huffington Post this morning: Will Bunch has done some sleuthing into “the new” news. Yeah, it says more about readers than it does about journalists, but it’s still fun.
  • On the other hand…. Maybe the 1c newspaper is a good thing. John Duncan has done some rethinking about the changes to ABC rules (squibbed yesterday) and thinks they might not be a bad idea after all if they result in some needed changes to the newspaper.
  • The Survival of Investigative Journalism. A long and worthwhile piece at CJR.
  • College Tour: The very young are the future. Paul Conley has been visiting j-schools and, while he’s sounding optimistic for the future, he did write this: “I’m willing to accept that our profession might have to write off a few years worth of journalism graduates.” Ouch.
  • Why TV sites lag newspaper sites. While newspapers struggle with video, Cory Bergman says TV websites need to start struggling with better writing and photography. Weird world, eh?