Interesting stuff from the mediasphere:

  • Should Newspapers Become Online Ad Brokers for Local Businesses? Why wouldn’t I like this idea? After all, I wrote about a similar idea a year ago. (Looking back at that post, based on the lack of comments and trackbacks, it seems no one paid any attention to me.)
  • Random Musings on the Discussions About Journalism. A compendium of thoughts from John Zhu. I particularly think we need to pay some attention to his second bullet point, in which he points out that what will lose in journalism isn’t the big stories (you know, the ones newspapers keep pointing to as the rationale for their continued existence in their present form) but the small ones that matter to an awful lot of people.
  • Comments: Messy and flawed, but valuable. On a day when I was forced to move to full moderation for comments on our college news website, I found Mathew Ingram’s post particularly relevant.
  • Overload! This CJR article is much longer than it needs to be, but it makes the case well that the role of media is changing (or should be changing) in an age of too much information. Via Mathew Ingram, who presents the case in a much shorter post.
  • How Long Will It Take Until We Have the Dallas-Ft. Worth News Star-Telegram? Philip Stone at suggests that amalgamation of titles may be in the cards as American newspapers continue to struggle.
  • Society of Editors 08: Michael Rosenblum. I finally got around to watching the video of the controversial video guru’s recent presentation to British editors. Worth spending half-an-hour with, at least as much for the entertainment as the information. Related: Andy Dickinson’s Why do people listen to Michael Rosenblum?
  • Are Viral Ads Helping to Kill Newsrooms? Of course, there is no single “villain” in the game, but Vanessa Richmond’s piece in The Tyee asks and tries to answer an interesting question.
  • Jayhawks. David Sullivan’s piece suggests, somewhat persuasively, that it may be time to turn journalism education to the young folk who are more in tune with how their generation really uses media. (That’s too simple a recap of the piece; you should read the whole thing.)
  • Journalism’s New Values. The new values, writes Terry Heaton, are speed, transparency and authenticity, values which don’t replace the old, but change the course. Terry’s occasional essays, published under the heading Media in the Postmodern World, are always worth reading.