I’m no good at predictions. An example: when the video-enabled iPod was released, I raved a little about the thing but noted that I didn’t see much point in adding video. So, I don’t have predictions for 2011, but here are a few things I’d like to see in the new year. (1) Media organizations […]

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Mark on November 20th, 2009

Update: At the suggestion of Anthony Floyd (via Twitter, of course), I’ve added another column to the table below: the number of Twitter accounts that media are following. Some of the numbers are interesting. I got curious about Twitter numbers this morning, particularly about Twitter numbers for media in Vancouver. I’m not sure how to […]

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Mark on November 12th, 2008

At the start of the second hour of class today, I pointed my second-year journalists-to-be to the latest news on CanWest’s stock market woes: a piece that included an unnamed analyst suggesting that the media company was being forced to do something to control costs. By the end of the hour, there was this: Canwest […]

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Mark on August 5th, 2008

I somehow doubt that those who fought to entrench the right to free expression in various charters and declarations of rights and independence envisioned a major media company claiming that right is violated when drug companies can’t advertise directly to consumers in Canada. (Fourth graf in linked story.) What message is sent when this becomes […]

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Mark on March 17th, 2008

One more from the State of the Media report: Newspaper folk might want to take the time to read the local TV section. Not only are the overall financials better than they are for newspapers, there are indications in there that local TV is finally taking the internet seriously. And, if video really is one […]

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Mark on March 17th, 2008

I’m still only part of the way through the State of the News Media report (it is a monster). There’s a lot to digest there, but this struck me as potential bad news, particularly for newspapers on the web: Americans are going online more frequently, spending more time there and relying more on search and […]

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Mark on March 16th, 2008

There’s a new link in the blogroll at right with its very own category, Media Search. The link is to, a media search engine created by the ever-busy Howard Owens. In a recent post, he describes it this way: Personally, I’ve found it very useful for looking stuff I’ve read some place some time […]

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Mark on April 5th, 2004

Video Games have emerged as the fourth most dominant medium, displacing print media and vying with other major electronic media in the lives of both young adult and teenage males, according to findings of a unique multimedia usage study scheduled to be released today.

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Mark on March 16th, 2004

In the U.S., the federal government has sent a video “news release” to TV stations praising President George W. Bush’s Medicare program. It includes actors posing as journalists

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Mark on March 15th, 2004

I’m working my way through a massive report on the state of the media in the U.S.

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