Bloggers: The New Anchors

Written by Ryan Thornburg April 14, 2008 10:35 am EDT No comments

A colleague of mine at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Val Lauder, recently shared this article with the faculty e-mail list. The piece, written by Johnnie L. Roberts for Newsweek, wonders “Can News Anchors like Katie Couric Survive?”

I don’t know whether anchors like Katie Couric can survive, but there is one kind of news anchor that is thriving. They’re called bloggers.

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How to Create a Volunteer Journalism Site

Written by Ryan Thornburg April 10, 2008 11:30 am EDT No comments

In 13 (or so) Easy Steps

(This advice from Chi-Town Daily News Editor Geoff Dougherty in an article he wrote for Poynter.)

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Win $1M the Holovaty Way

Written by Ryan Thornburg April 10, 2008 8:45 am EDT 2 comments

In Just Seven Easy Steps

For anyone who has ever been to an online journalism conference, you know Adrian Holovaty. He’s either on a panel, winning an award or being referenced by newsroom mangers, usually with some phrase similar to “we need more people like Adrian Holovaty”

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Journalists Without Journals

Written by Ryan Thornburg April 6, 2008 3:11 pm EDT No comments

Journalism is an inalienable state of mankind. Professional journalism is not.

By coincidence, I recently found myself reading two things that, as a pair, illustrated nicely the reason I’m so sanguine about the future of news and so panicked about the future of news companies.

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R&D at J-Schools

Written by Ryan Thornburg April 4, 2008 9:24 pm EDT No comments

Ken Sands, executive editor of innovation at Congressional Quarterly, sent me this BusinessWeek article.

“Last fall, psychologist B. J. Fogg taught a class at Stanford University in which he assigned students to develop Facebook applications. During the 10 weeks of the class, 73 students developed applications such as Kiss Me, Oregon Trail, and Secret Admirer, that have since resulted in 25 million installs and, by the end of the class, were attracting about 1 million daily, active users. These applications have generated more than $500,000 in ad revenue since September. At least three companies were formed by students in the class.”

Sometimes I drone on about j-schools needing to be R&D shops for industry. This is what I’m talking about.

If you have other examples, please send them my way.

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What I'm reading

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    These video writing and editing exercises are from the 4th Edition of the Broadcast News Handbook by Charlie Tuggle, Forrest Carr and Suzanne Hoffman.
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