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The copy editor and the message board…

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Angry journalist? Let it all out

Photo by Constantelevitation Do you ever get upset at the long hours, low pay, public contempt, pinheaded editors or any other tomfoolery that goes on in the newsroom? Well, now you can finally let it all out guilt-free (that is, … Continue reading

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Google has a free 411 service

I’d attempt to put an online journalism spin on this, but well … whatever. This is just an awesome service. Google has a free and well-done 411 service that lets you browse their listings via voice. For iPhone-less and Blackberry-less … Continue reading

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ComScore releases 2007 year in review

ComScore released its 2007 Internet Year in Review report and reports that Facebook, Craigslist, Wikipedia and AT&T have reaped some of the biggest benefits. Internet Broadcasting Systems (IBS) and WorldNow seem to be the only news-oriented properties in the top … Continue reading

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Zell’s opinion of Tribune’s site redesigns

New Tribune boss Sam Zell rolled into Hartford yesterday to dish about the future of Tribune. From the Hartford Courant: Tribune must find ways to more aggressively pursue sales and “attack the Internet area much better, in a much more … Continue reading

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Taking stock of your multimedia skills

January is the time for resolutions and goal-setting, so this might be a good time to take stock of your skills and get started on getting better at what you do. I came across a post today on Melissa Worden’s … Continue reading

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News sites on Facebook

Has your news site gotten down with Facebook yet? Facebook recently launched product pages, where businesses can create profiles to promote themselves. While this has, until recently, been the realm of marketers and club promoters, it’s also a great opportunity … Continue reading

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WebSpeak now available via RSS

Hey folks, just a quick heads-up that the new Poynter column WebSpeak is now being offered up via RSS. Woot! (And yes, “RSS” is in the queue.) WebSpeak is a regular feature in which my Orlando Sentinel co-worker Dana Eagles … Continue reading

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Eliminate the “Most E-Mailed” list? Bushwah!

My former competitor, the World’s Ugliest Dog Oh, the poor, frail egos of journalists. If low pay, the threat of a shrinking industry and malcontented, loudmouth editors won’t do their self-esteem in, then the most e-mailed lists on their Web … 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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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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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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