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Local newspapers and business-to-business publications face similar challenges as drastic drops in ad revenue drive equally drastic drops in relevant and compelling content.  But for newspapers, ad revenue declines are exacerbated because the highly profitable classified advertising sections have almost disappeared as readers flock to the Internet.  Moreover, business-to-business magazines that are well positioned still offer uniquely valuable niche content that helps readers succeed. Their readers still count on them. That’s not so true for our local dailies. I believe that the potential nail in the coffin for local newspapers is the ease with which readers can access national and international content thanks to the Internet.  Conversely, I believe that the potential salvation for local newspapers is to become resoundingly local. Local Newspaper News Monopoly Disa... (more)

Legendary Citizen Journalist Ron Ross Becomes Ulitzer Author

Dr. Ron Ross joined today Ulitzer as a citizen journalist columnist and blogger. His first Ulitzer column "Citizen Journalists are Passionate about Freedom of the Press" was publish under Ulitzer's Citizen Journalism topic. Ron Ross' first job was as a newspaper delivery boy for the Omaha World Herald in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He earned his first byline front-page story as a writer for his high school newspaper. While in high school, he served as a Citizen Journalist by reporting all of his high school sports scores to a local radio station. After high school, he entered college and graduated from Nebraska Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. He pastored church in Kansas, and then took his wife and two children to Zambia (in central Africa) for seven years of in-service to his denomination as a missionary. Upon return to the United States he pasto... (more)

Newspaper and Magazine Circulations Will Get Hit Hard By "New Media" Tsunami

New Media on Ulitzer Take a plastic world globe and place a pin on roughly where Silicon Valley is. Then tie a piece of yarn to the pin and extend it to any country around the Globe. With a quick visual conversion, the length of the yarn shows the approximate number of years for that particular country to get hit with the "new-media" tsunami forming in the United States. What am I talking about? Europe and Asia Historically Followed U.S. Two Years Behind Well, traditionally for any technology trend to reach from the United States to Europe and Asia took a couple of years. If we observe the recent "made in the USA" tech trends, let's say virtualization or cloud computing, which we happen to follow very closely, we see a two-year delayed adoption rate in Europe. We also see Asia and the rest of the Far East catching up surprisingly faster than the rest of the world. ... (more)

Enis Berberoğlu Named Editor-in-Chief of Hürriyet

New Media on Ulitzer I left Chicago late the night of December 30, via Turkish Airlines to spend the New Year with my mom in Turkey. Our plane arrived in Istanbul the next evening. There were five hours left until the New Year and the traffic from the airport to the hotel was bumper-to-bumper. I saw this on a CNN International program. I don't think there is another country on earth that loves their Papa Noel (Santa Claus), Christmas trees and Christmas music more than Turkey. And I am not sure if there is another Muslim country out there that is in love with Christmas like the Turks, I doubt it. I had an early New Year's Eve dinner by myself at Hüsrev, a local rice and beans restaurant. Mom and my sister would arrive from Eskişehir by train the next day. I woke up early in my hotel room, picked up my morning paper, went downstairs for breakfast before heading out... (more)

Techno-SciFi For Engineers and Soldiers - Daemon

There is nothing more irritating or annoying to a professional soldier than to watch a movie and find technical errors. A haircut that is out of regulation, a misplaced ribbon or medal, errors in weapon nomenclature, or even unit designations and locations. A soldier knows within a millisecond when there is a technical error – and it dilutes even the best story line. Telecom and Internet industry-related professionals have the same emotion when terms, equipment, or architectures are mispresented in movies. Then along comes an author who has either really done his homework well, had great advice, or simply knows his subject matter cold. Once the credibility is firmly established, then there is an uncanny ability to lay a story on top of that technical credibility, and keep even the most critical geek engaged. Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" was the first novel I had ... (more)

Write Your Own Stuff – Another Lesson for Citizen Journalists from the Mainstream Media

The New York Times is losing more than readers these days. The newspaper once again faces an The New York Times - Embarassed Again embarrassing charge of plagiarism by one of its reporters. According to a recent post on, the Times has opened an investigation on a Wall Street and finance reporter who seemed unable to word his own stories. Zachery Kouwe has been charged with using words virtually cut and pasted from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and other sources without attribution. The Wall Street Journal alerted the Times of Kouwe’s naughty deeds and the intrigue continues. Breitbart’s full column is available here: The lesson for citizen journalists, not to mention the pros, is simple: WRITE YOUR OWN STUFF. It’s much easier to take the time to word you... (more)

Video Says it All

When I put together training webinars for the National Association of Citizen Journalists, I thought long and hard about the most important tips and advice that I should give to practicing and aspiring citizen journalists. It amazed me this week when I found a quick, fast-moving and entertaining video that contained some of the information that I included in the NACJ’s online webinars that run 20 to 30 minutes each. Produced by the Akron (Ohio) Digital Media Center and titled Citizen Journalists – Standards & Principles – this video says so much in just two minutes and 18 seconds. The YouTube video talks about everything from journalism’s goal to seek the truth and report it, to legal terms such as libel and slander, to limiting harm to individuals involved in news reports. It also talks about how journalists – citizen or otherwise – must be accurate and know the di... (more)

Strong Need for Citizen Journalists

The problem of shrinking professional news staffs hit me personally when a friend of mine was killed in an auto accident on March 8. The Denver Post reported the accident and his death, but it failed to follow-up the next day with an article explaining what happened and to identify the driver who caused the five-car crash. I called the newspaper several days after the accident to request a follow-up article. At the funeral six days after the accident, friends and family were forced to speculate about what may have happened because there hadn’t been any subsequent news stories. Lack of enough staff to cover local news is a problem we talk about a lot at the National Association of Citizen Journalists. We believe citizen journalists are part of the solution because they can help cover news when professional reporters are unavailable. The day after the funeral, I decid... (more)

Citizen Journalism as a Catalyst for Transforming Media

New Media on Ulitzer Another incident on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) hits YouTube, and the world is once again asking the question if BART Police are using too much force, the police acted appropriately, or if BART passengers simply recorded a snapshot in time that could be interpreted at a later date. In the recent past, to find out what happened during an incident such as the most recent BART scuffle, you would be dependent on a newspaper's beat journalist to hang around a police station. He'd get a copy of the official police report, perhaps talk with one of his friends on the force, and transcribe what he gathered. Now news and media are real time. You can get Twitter tweets and video feeds from mobile phones, laptop computers, and reporters on the scene with CNN (or other international news sources). In many cases even established news outlets are starti... (more)

"What's New and Exciting About the Web Right Now?" Asks Time Magazine

Time magazine has chosen what it considers to be the top 50 web sites of 2007 - sites that show, "...exceptional style and smarts, sites that offer new and improved ways to access and share content, generate our own and otherwise enrich the online (and off-line) experience." In the Social Networks category, the top sites included among others StumbleUpon, Hitchsters (a carpooling site), and LinkedIn. Among the News & Information sites that made the Top Fifty were (a banking site), (a campaign finance analysis site), and, a "citizen journalism" site. The Web Services category included among others: (online file backup service); (blogging service), and Twitter (microblogging).  Time also had an Arts & Leisure category, in which sites which made the Top Fifty list included among others: (art gall... (more)

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press -A Case Study

IP in Silicon Valley Intellectual Property on Ulitzer - The "new media" vs. "traditional media" discussion that has been covering the basic rules of journalism vs. the new media bloggers on expanded social media platforms takes the definition of "fair game" to a whole new dimension. I will simplify it. We are observing three groups of new media participants on blog portals and social media platforms as we enter a new decade for online media. 1) Old school journalists with their traditional values - I personally come from a traditional journalism background as I recently described towards the end of  this blog entry and this one. 2) Professional "new media" participants and bloggers - The Ulitzer platform we created in 2009 will be one of the most respected and popular new media sites whose participants fall under this category. 3) Underground social media criminals ... (more)