Back to media blogging after a holiday rest, and I have some catching up to do. A reminder: I post some interesting links throughout the day on Twitter. They’ll show up on the sidebar of the home page or you can follow me.

  • Print News Fading, Still Source of Much News. This piece at Slashdot isn’t interesting so much for the post itself, but for the unusually thoughtful discussion in the comments. (I say unusually thoughtful, by which I mean the comments aren’t littered with idiotic screeds on how it’s the perceived political bias of the press that is killing newspapers.)
  • How the “nobody syndrome” costs us great bloggers. A nice piece on how to become a blogger. Includes this: “You can be the authority you want to be.”
  • Just what are they teaching future journalists? This is brilliant. Mark Luckie at 10,000 Words has run the online course descriptions of some U.S. journalism schools through Wordle, producing some revealing word clouds.
  • Talk is cheap, but here’s my money. Howard Weaver is really, really choked about a recent Jeff Jarvis column and writes well in defence of McClatchey’s future. Jeff responds in the comments. A good read from both.
  • 12 and a half rules to be a good journalist. Not much new here, but it’s nice to have some inspirational guidelines for young journos all in one place.
  • Here Comes 2008’s Most Influential Writing About Media. A roundup of responses to John Bracken’s request for ideas on the best media writing of the soon-to-be-shuttered year.
  • Could Canwest go bankrupt? An in-depth look at the troubling stock woes of Canada’s CanWest from Duncan Hood at Maclean’s magazine. The most in-depth piece yet I’ve read on the situation. Don’t both reading the comments: they are almost wall-to-wall about politics.
  • Building community around neighborhood news: An interview with Tracy Record of West Seattle Blog. This is an invaluable interview with those trying to come to grips with the concept of urban neighbourhood news sites.
  • Mark Cuban: Sports teams should pay for journalism. Mark Cuban has proposed pro sports team fund sports journalists. Kirk Lapointe take a look at the proposal. (It really like it if Kirk did more of this type of in-depth analysis. I know he’s a busy man, but he brings an incisive mind to media issues.)
  • (Another) Bogus Trend of the Week: a Plague of Shoplifters! I love it when Jack Shafer take a shot at the willingness of journalists to fall for easy ideas that may not really be stories. (One of my favourites of the genre was a local paper which, in advance of release of the movie Fast & Furious — it may have been Fast & Furious II — wrote about “fears” that it would lead to an increase in car thefts, and then after the release breathlessly reported there had been no increase.)