Journalistopia on Local6’s Flashpoint

A quick aside for a self-plug…

Yours truly appeared as a guest last Sunday on Flashpoint, a local-affairs discussion show on Local6 (CBS affiliate) to discuss how social media is influencing the 2008 election. We talked about the candidates’ outreach to younger voters and dissected the McCain and Obama campaigns’ Web sites on the air.

Check out the video (and skip ahead to 00:50 or you’ll see that blank TV screen). Video is HERE.

And now, back to Tropical Storm Fay here in Orlando…

Compilation of Newspaper Layoff Numbers

Media consultant Mark Potts, who recently did a stint at, has compiled information about newspaper layoffs into a database and published a PDF with the details.

Among his primary findings:

-Leading newspapers have cut approximately 6,300 staffers in the last year. The numbers are compiled from postings on Romenesko and various newspaper insider blogs.

-Nearly two-thirds of the 100 top newspapers have cut staff in the last year. And, Potts says, more are coming.

Visit Potts’ blog for more details about his findings, and make sure to check out Erica Smith’s excellent newspaper layoff tracker map as well.