Monthly Archives: October 2007

Google: Journalistopia as important as Washington Post, LA Times

[UPDATE: A spot check of the WaPo and LA Times shows their PageRank have returned to normal. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!] Ok, we all know my measly online journalism blog –thrilling as it may be to … Continue reading

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Au revoir Toronto!

Alas, the trip to lovely Canada comes to an end as Journalistopia is headed back to Orlando, Fla today. The Online News Association conference was a blast, but it couldn’t have been possible without the incredible work put in by … Continue reading

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A look at Google’s “20 percent time”

The New York Times gives us a closer look and some philosophizing about Google’s famed “20 percent time” during an interview with Google software engineer Bharat Mediratta. In a nutshell, 20 percent time is the amount of time given to … Continue reading

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Viewing the news as data

Live from the ONA conference in Toronto… Adrian Holovaty looks at a photo of the world’s ugliest dog and sees 1s and 0s. Displaying a photo of the hideous animal, Holovaty –the big brain behind ChicagoCrime.org and the Python framework … Continue reading

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Who’s blogging ONA?

Live from the ONA conference in Toronto… Lots of cool folks are now blogging the Online News Association conference: -Amy Webb is writing up a great string of posts on the blogging ethics working group going on right now (I … Continue reading

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Getting started with online data

Live from the ONA conference in Toronto… This shall be the year of the “data center.” Gannett’s online data initiative has hit it big with online news industry types who are now itching to put up databased treats such as … Continue reading

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Poynter, Orlando Sentinel launch WebSpeak glossary column

Is the concept of a “mashup” turning your brain to mush? Does the idea of “crowdsourcing” leave you feeling … lonely? Today Poynter Online launches the new WebSpeak column, penned by yours truly and Orlando Sentinel staff development editor Dana … Continue reading

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Journalism is becoming a high-tech industry

Live from the ONA conference in Toronto… Lisa Williams, founder of H20Town and Placeblogger, says journalism is becoming a high-tech industry that is moving toward the way technology firms operate. “You guys have mooched much closer to me,” said Williams, … Continue reading

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Twin Cities Daily Planet rounds up niche papers, takes on the Star-Tribune

Live from the ONA conference in Toronto… A coalition of small, niche community publications can become a premier source of news in Minnesota, says Jeremy Iggers, director of of the Twin Cities Media Alliance at TCDailyPlanet.com. The Twin Cities Daily … Continue reading

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ONA conference begins tomorrow

After a day of carousing about Toronto, being nearly attacked by really fat, hungry seagulls at Nathan Phillips Square and experiencing the tender mercies of “We Will Rock You” (featuring a performer flashing her maple leaf-clad underwear at the crowd), … Continue reading

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Smashing Magazine a must-read for online designers

If you’re big into CSS, Flash or just design in general, then mosey on over to Smashing Magazine. Though Smashing Magazine isn’t specifically geared toward the news industry, this is a treasure trove of insight for online news designers. I’ve … Continue reading

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Get yer free Ruby on Rails PDF book

Sitepoint.com is offering its 439-page book, “Build Your Own Ruby on Rails Web Applications,” for free as a downloadable PDF on its Web site. I got mine, and it’s fantastic (especially at the low price of $0)! Check it out … Continue reading

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