Some stuff (which doesn’t come close to clearing out the things I’ve flagged in my news reader):

  • Twittering with excitement? Hardly. I have wasted much less time on Twitter than I did reading Alex Beam’s column at boston.com, the latest addition to the look-how-witty-I-am genre. Dan Kennedy’s take is much better. And shorter. Related: How Do You Use Twitter? video at Vimeo.
  • Apple Seminars online: News and Sports editing. A long look at using Final Cut Pro for news and sports. I’m halfway through and have learned a tonne.
  • An open letter to The Grand Forks Herald. Zac Echola lays into the newspaper for running an accident pic on the front page. Part of it: “I have never understood media’s desire to pander to rubbernecks and gawkers. It is one thing to set aside your emotions to report a story, another to set aside your humanity to sell litter lining. To call you vultures would be incredibly unfair to vultures.”
  • L.A. Times names Eddy Hartenstein to publisher’s post. Does it matter that he comes from DirecTV, with no newspaper experience? I mean, it’s not like those with a newspaper background have done the Times a lot of good recently.
  • Spreading Lies, Rather Than Debunking Them. Tough words about the Washington Post’s political reporting: “Newspapers like the Post used to tell the truth to its readers, no matter who was offended. The truth always offends someone. But now they can’t do that, unless it’s buried on an inside page without the particulars that the truth demands. They’re too worried about losing readers they’ve already lost.” Ouch. Via Jay Rosen on Twitter.
  • Newspapers see drop in ad revenue… online. Uh oh.
  • The Ultimate Journalism Ethical Question. Len Witt asks: ” the America public does not want to pay for journalism — in other words, doesn’t find value in what we as journalists do — should we simply stop doing it?” Go read and join the conversation.
  • New models for print journalism are popping up all over, so stop whining. Some examples of new ways in which journalism is being done.
  • The battle for local: The players. A nice round up of who’s who on the battleground for local advertising. Lots of comments, lots of disagreement. Well worth the time.
  • The Market’s Most Overvalued Stocks. Morningstar’s stock strategist Matthew Cofina: “Newspaper stocks have been decimated over the past year, as the Internet continues to steal readers and ad revenue from traditional print media. We think the stocks have further room to fall, as declining revenues and negative operating leverage combine to create a downward spiral for this moribund industry.” He looks at five newspaper stocks, without optimism. A sample: “We are most pessimistic about GateHouse Media, a publisher of low-circulation papers in rural and suburban communities. We think GateHouse’s equity is worthless.”
  • Game-changing newspaper buyers. Alan Mutter does an interesting what-if exercise and looks at where the buyers may be for America’s battered newspaper chains, suggesting the UAE and Singapore as possibilities.
  • Where Newspapers Are Thriving. And some good news It’s from Germany.

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