Now that the semester is starting to settle into some sort of rhythm, some semblance of regular posting will re-commence. At least that’s the plan.

  • Japan: Bloggers debate Uesugi’s Collapse of Journalism. Fascinating look at the reactions to a book on the Japanese media scene. There’s much in here that should sound familiar to North American journalists.
  • Coordinates 2.0: Have your say. Man, this long post is going to consume a lot of my reading and thinking time over the next few days. It’s a comprehensive — and open-to-debate — list of concepts and ideas in “the ongoing search for solutions” to the development of successful news sites. This isn’t an end piece; it’s part of a process.
  • Trinity Mirror closes seven newspapers. A Roy Greenslade report that reinforces the emerging fact that newspaper company woes are not restricted to the U.S. and that the cause runs deeper than a weak economy. Very much related: Stock plight of media companies.
  • And When You Least Expect It. Short version: There is hope for classified advertising in newspapers, after all, but it requires a little work to make them easier to place and more reader-friendly. Related: The big idea for newspaper classifieds: Lead generation, which is a solid idea.
  • YouTube to Provide $10,000 Citizen Journalism Prize. I received this YouTube press release by email; Len Witt has reproduced the whole thing so I don’t have to. Bring on the storytelling.
  • Online news tools: A short list. Ryan Sholin does great service with this list of online, mostly free and mostly easy-to-use tools for getting the news out. Working your way through these would be a good starting point for an education in storytelling as it is today.
  • 1000 things I’ve learned about blogging. Yes, that is a scary title with all those zeroes. And, yes, Paul Bradhsaw’s list is worth plowing through because it’s about more than just blogging. (And parts of it are funny, too.)
  • Newspapers that Twitter: August numbers. Erica Smith’s latest list of American newspapers that Twitter, which is a great resource for finding new information sources to follow.
  • Why Buyouts Suck. I’ve always thought buyouts were a bad way of doing business as they, in most cases, pay good people to go away and leave not-as-good people in place. Paul Gillin agrees, so naturally I’m pointing to his article, which makes a much more detailed argument against buyouts.