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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)

SPJ to Host Citizen Journalism Academy in Los Angeles

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/12/08 -- The Society of Professional Journalists will host the third of three Citizen Journalism Academy programs June 28 at the Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Robinson Courtroom, 919 Albany St., Los Angeles. The workshop will teach citizens how to practice accurate and ethical journalism. The Society aims to help participants understand how such practices could increase reach and reputations within a specified community and around the world. "As people are practicing journalism through blogs, Web site production and interaction with sites maintained by mainstream news organizations, they're contributing to the daily news cycle while influencing how community members get their news and perceive the world around them," said SPJ President Clint Brewer. "SPJ sees this as an opportunity to help citizen journalists by arming them... (more)

Google Considered Buying the New York Times: Report

Oh, my sainted aunt. Google thought about buying the New York Times, according to Barron’s, which got it from somebody else’s interview with Ken Auletta, author of Google: The End of the World as We Know It. Reportedly the hands of Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt were stayed by the thought that the deal would “sabotage” Google’s status as a neutral source. Auletta, who generally writes for the New Yorker, said the reason they were interested is the fact that “Google’s search engine depends on good information.” ... (more)

Asia Can Help Lead Climate-Change Fight with Green Dollar Spending

As officials meet in Copenhagen to hammer out a new global climate-change policy, the NGU (Next Generations Utilities) Summit was announced in Sentosa early next year by giants Tata Power and Kepco. Alongside fifty other key Utility providers in the region, the meeting - run by GDS International - was called to discuss the impact of the Copenhagen Conference and to discuss Green Dollar spending in the region. Such large operators are looking at Asia's innovative companies like Suntech in China who have taken the lead in producing silicon-based photovoltaic cells and wind-power producers like China Longyuan, who had a strong debut on the Hong Kong stock market, raising more than $2 billion in an initial public offering that rose 9.4% on the stock's first day of trading, to learn how to capitalize on the Green Dollar. "Asia's clean technology companies are poised to ben... (more)

Review of the Year's Blog Posts

New Media Journal on Ulitzer In 2008 I noted I was 1% more productive than 2007 with 101 posts. This year my statistics have plummeted, with just on 56 posts, a huge drop in "productivity". I wonder if it's anything to do with having a second kid? Like last year I find it an interesting exercise to look back over my blog's statistics to work out the most popular pages for the year. In 2009 the top 5 read blog posts were: • Using multiple faces-config.xml files in JSF • Configuring WebLogic Server Domain/Machine/Server instances with the JDeveloper 11g ADF installer • Configuring a JDev 11g ADF Security app on standalone WLS against MS Active Directory • SoapUI for web service testing • JDev/ADF: How to log user login/logout/timeout to the database Like 2008 the multi-faces-config.xml post wins out again, being hit just over 5500 times in 2009. Again this is probably indicat... (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)

In Memory of Turhan Selçuk

The last time I saw Turhan Selçuk (88) was at a dinner at his brother İlhan Selçuk's house in 1982 that I attended with my boss Doğan Hızlan. Turhan  Ağabey  came to dinner with his daughter Aslı Selçuk. I don't recall if his wife Füruzan was there. He loved his daughter Aslı very much. There were six of us that evening at İlhan Ağabey's house. Aslı was a college student at the time, majoring in cinematography, and I was working as an editorial cartoonist for Cumhuriyet. This morning I received an email from Doğan Hızlan. Doğan Ağabey wrote that the funeral will take place at Cumhuriyet headquarters on Saturday at 2 pm. I will try to attend. He will be buried at Hacı Bektaş on Sunday. On an equally sad note Doğan Bey also mentioned that İlhan Ağabey (85) recently had heart surgery and then a stroke following the surgery. They admitted him back to the hospital last ni... (more)

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World

Citizen journalism, once the butt of jokes by professional journalists, is now studied by over 51 major universities around the world. The website (who’s researching what?) recently posted a list of major universities where citizen journalism is being taught, studied or researched on some level. Here’s the link to their list: As Catalyst-in-Chief of the National Association of Citizen Journalists, I’m pleased to see that some J-schools now recognize the role that John and Jane Doe journalists have in the future of the media. In our attempt to expand the professionalism of citizen journalists, my partner, Susan Carson Cormier, and I have recently published “Handbook for Citizen Journalists.” Aspiring and active citizen journalists will find a wealth of information in this 200+page book. For informatio... (more)

Tips on Those Pesky Commas

In my years of editing the copy of citizen journalists and other writers, one of the most persistent problems is where to put commas. Since the use of commas can be quite confusing, I thought I’d spell out a couple of journalistic rules regarding those troublesome punctuation marks. Use a comma to introduce a complete one-sentence quote, such as: Cormier said, “I can’t believe we got 2 inches of rain in Parker over the last 24 hours.” Do not use the comma if you use only a partial quote, such as: Cormier said Parker “got 2 inches of rain” on July 4. If you put the attribute after the quote, put a comma instead of a period at the end of the quote, followed by the attribution. And commas always go inside the quotation marks. So it would be: “I can’t believe we got 2 inches of rain in Parker over the last 24 hours,” Cormier said. In a list of items, use commas to separa... (more)

Citizen Journalists Are Here to Stay

In the last week, I’ve been interviewed about the rise in citizen journalism by a weekly newspaper in Arizona and a fourth year communications student in New York. They asked me a couple of questions that I think deserve repeating: What is a citizen journalist? What is the future of citizen journalism? Let’s start with the first question. Citizen journalists are ordinary people who are involved in their communities or are passionate about an issue. They want to inform others who also share their interests. They could be anyone – age 6 to 92 – who want the public or their communities to be informed – and informed accurately. This could be a seventh grader who likes to write about science, a mom who wants to write about her kid’s sporting events, or even government officials or employees who want to enlighten and inform the public they serve. While they need to have a... (more)

Citizen Journalism Continues Journey into Unchartered Space

Nobody can foresee events such as natural disasters. They happen, are often tragic, and history records the event as a snapshot in time. Sometimes that history is based on well-documented photos, videos, and personal observations, and sometimes it is recorded as reality determined by persons or governments with an agenda different than presenting empirical truth. The government in Egypt recently tried disrupting communications by temporarily stopping Internet and phone access, as well as attempting (in some cases violently) to restrict or limit access to demonstrations by journalists and the international media. The blockage was done to thwart seditionaries and protestors who had been using social media outlets to organize activities and share information about the uprising with the outside world. (BetaNews) But the images still found their way out of Cairo to the in... (more)