It’s been a while since I blogged, so here are a few links, in an effort to get caught up (and get some browser windows closed). I’ll have a fuller post in a bit — maybe even this evening — that looks at some of of the recent events on the Canadian newspapering scene.
- 5 Sickening Habits of Mainstream Websites. Hard to disagree with any of these sins of mainstream media websites.
- Why newspapers are likely to die as we know them. Steve Outing passes along some thoughts on the problems with newspaper management and the inability to properly respond to change that he (and I and his commenters) find hard to disagree with. Related: Absent Buyers, New Britain, Bristol Papers To Close.
- Don’t Redesign the Print Edition to Ensure Failure. Another one from Steve, this one his E&P column, in which he argues that recent newspaper redesigns are getting it wrong. A redesigned newspaper, he argues, needs to serve the loyal readers while guiding print loyalists to the online and mobile services that extend the offering.
- Dan Gillmor writes new book about principles for news consumers. We, The Media was a game-changer, so I’m looking forward to Gillmor’s latest.
- Long jail terms for Myanmar critics. Included in that is a 20-year sentence for a blogger. Sickening.
- Good news from Portugal. Juan Antonio Giner reports that two high-quality (and beautifully-designed) Portuguese publications are enjoying circulation increases. There’s likely no lesson to be learned for the American and Canadian press, but a little good news never hurts.
- The market and the internet don’t care if you make money. A much-pointed-to piece by Scott Karp that needs to be widely read. His conclusion is, “Journalism will find a way. Even if the industries that once supported it do not”, but there’s a lot of potential pain for media execs that goes before that. Somewhat related: A list of the built-in psychological obstacles newsrooms have toward publishing information online.