Non-Philadelphia Inquirer stuff from the media blogopshere.
- Expresso, great design, better journalism. A potentially intriguing development from Lisbon, where Juan Antonio Giner reports: “In a few weeks, UNICA, EXPRESSO’s glossy magazine, will present its new editorial and graphic formula. Working with INNOVATION’s Guillermo Nagore, Juan Cano, Marta Botero and Carlos Soria, we decided that the editorial formula for this project required a new kind of creative journalism which we have branded ‘Fusion Journalism.'” No explanation of what “fusion journalism” is, but Juan Antonio promises that pages of new concept will be shown at his site soon.
- The business. Three somewhat related posts on the business of the news biz: Newspapers Could Be Bargains, but Few Are Buying, from the NY Times a few days back, The Ultimate Newspaper Survival Guide: Sell The Business, and Horse-Trading on the Gold Coast, the curious tale of Hearst’s purchase of some east coast newspapers.
- Are small-town newspapers thriving because they’re better, or because they happen to be located in small towns? Justin Fox at Time figures it’s the latter.
- Twitter commentary. Alexandre Gamela has produced the pithiest and best comment on China and the Olympics yet, in the form of a tweet. Go see.
- What are your most useful online tools? I truly believe it is not possible to keep up with online tools and the innovative uses to which they are being put. Paul Bradshaw, though, is attempting to find out what his readers are using and how.
- The virtuous circle of journalism process. Some of what I do in the classroom is very much influenced by the blogging of Paul Bradshaw and Andy Dickinson. This post, from Andy, shows you why.
- Collection of video compression instruction. Angela Grant has some great links to sites that help take some the voodoo out of video compression.
- Dealing with the elephant: build a better business directory. Newspaper execs who are waiting around for someone to invent the next business model could spend some profitable time with Ryan Sholin and the first in what he says will be a series of posts on doing better business. I cannot stress enough that newspapers who don’t try some of this stuff are leaving themselves vulnerable to others who will.
- It’s the Election, Stupid. Mark Potts points to some of the innovative ways the election is being covered in the U.S., not many of them, unfortunately, by legacy media.