From my computer screen to yours:

  • The online ethics seal: together we can be more transparent. Interesting idea from Pat Thornton: website badges that spell out your stand on a variety of ethical issues (sourcing, copy editing, linking, etc.). A work in progress and a chance to join the discussion.
  • Stuff to teach the next journalists. Mindy McAdams is also launching a discussion as she helps compile a list of essential skills for the modern j-student.
  • MSM wins! Long live the MSM. I’m not sure how much irony is in Deb Jones’s post on some crowing about how it is mainstream media websites, not those pesky bloggers, that are drawing the traffic as folks try to sort out the financial mess. Being a little contrary, I can’t help but point out the most of the news about how it took earmarks and massive amounts of pork to have the U.S. bailout bill passed came from those pesky bloggers. Seriously: no one takes the MSM vs blogging debate very seriously any more.
  • Elite newspapers, free newspapers: the future lies somewhere here. Newspaper design guru Mario Garcia has a long, thoughtful post imagining what the future of newspapers may be.
  • Death Spiral Accelerates. Paul Gillin’s latest round-up of depressing industry news includes some interesting comments from the senior research analyst for publishing and advertising at Deutsche Bank Securities about the current economic woes and the aftermath. (Second item down after the horizontal rule — bracket-hr-bracket for those who speak HTML.)
  • A new entry in the blogs-about-images field, this one from Brent Foster of the L.A. Times who features with journalists about how they create their multimedia stories. (A note: it is considered good blogging etiquette to have an about page on your site, or at least a freaking byline somewhere.). Via Angela Grant.
  • Newspaper-killing Google aims to hire newspaper-saving programmer. It’s ValleyWag, and it’s a rumour, but it’s an interesting one: Google is interested in buying Adrian Holovaty’s EveryBlock and bringing him on board. My idle thought: It would be a good fit for Google and bad news for newspapers.
  • Winston-Salem Journal shrinks. Yet another newspaper gets smaller and, with this one, comes word of one the financial aspects not often mentioned: rising newsprint prices. Less demand shrinks production, increasing the cost of the available product: basic supply and demand.
  • Citizen journalism did not fail. This is old by now, but the idea that citizen journalism failed because some twerp posted a fake item about Steve Jobs to CNN’s iReport is ably dismantled by Cory Bergman, Mathew Ingram and Scott Karp.