Mark on January 2nd, 2011

Every once in a while, I have the urge to consolidate the scattered pieces of the online me. And every time I try to bring those pieces in, the web keeps dragging me back out again. The last time I redid this blog, the intent was to consolidate: continue the journalism-related blogging, pull in my […]

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Mark on December 19th, 2008

This is the first in what may become a series of short posts, where I attempt to pick out the most significant developments of 2008. There’s been a lot of rethinking of redesigning of newspaper websites in 2009, but my favourite development is’s The Big Picture. The Big Picture brings size to the online […]

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Mark on November 30th, 2008

UPDATE: Dave, in the comments, says RSS is coming in a few days. A couple of further notes on the redone Vancouver Sun website: 1. The handful of readers who have so far commented are pretty much split. Some like it, others don’t. That’s pretty typical for any redesign, either of a newspaper or its […]

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Mark on November 29th, 2008

UPDATE: This is sweet. The new Sun video player is huge (at least by web standards). The Vancouver Sun, the local quality daily, has gone live with a remake of its web site. I haven’t had a chance to dig too deeply into yet, but it’s nicely done. The site is about 20 per cent […]

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Mark on November 12th, 2008

Stephanie Romanski, web editor for the Grand Island Independent in Nebraska, has details of how her newspaper used the web to cover election night in the U.S. It’s more than just a show-and-tell: this is really nice “cookbook” for how a small newspaper can bootstrap freely available web services to give readers a comprehensive, interactive […]

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Mark on October 29th, 2008

I still haven’t come to any definite conclusions about what the Christian Science Monitor move to the web means, but these folks all have smart things to say about it: Alan Mutter: Monitor move doesn’t spell end of print Ken Doctor: The Monitor Flips the Switch (If you’re only going to read one of these, […]

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Mark on September 8th, 2008

The Canadian federal election is not likely to generate the heat and light (or smoke and mirrors) of the American presidential race, but it’s kind of important to those of us on the north side of the the 49th. This will be Canda’s first election where the web seems destined to play a role. I […]

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Mark on March 17th, 2008

Also from The State of the Media report: Altogether, the top-10 sites received 99% of all gross [online advertising] dollars and 70% of all net dollars.

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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 February 9th, 2008

I’m on the verge of turning off the comments on our college news website, as I’m becoming convinced they are more trouble than they are worth. The website doesn’t draw many comments, but over the past week some things have happened: 1. One individual, over the course of three or four days, left more than […]

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