Clueless Newspaper Trying to Figure out the Web

This kind of thing might be attributed to simple ignorance in 2005, but in 2011 I can’t help but think this seems to be blatant disrespect for the web audience:

Shame on you, The Columbian, shame on you.

BarCampPortland Journalism Recap

Other than WordCamp, my favorite local geek event is BarCamp, because it brings together all sorts of people that are smarter than me to have great discussions on a variety of random subjects.

Last weekend there were a number of discussions related to journalism and “new” media, as well as the possibilities for knowledge transfer between traditional journalists and those with skills related to conversational media such as blogs and Twitter. As noted previously, Rick and I hosted a discussion on Saturday morning that focused on bloggers learning from journalists. The audio from that discussion is now available (approx 43mb, .mp3 format).

Following the first discussion, a related session led by three Columbian employees looked at the future of newspapers (timely, given that their paper had declared bankruptcy on Friday). I have a video of that session but need to figure out hosting options. John Hill (one of the Columbian folks) posted his thoughts on his blog.

We didn’t touch much on the conversation aspect of new media during the morning sessions, so some of us gathered for an afternoon talk about comments, Twitter, and the two-way nature of internet media as opposed to traditional (mostly) one-way media blasts. I posed a question, wondering if most newspaper and TV websites’ half-assed attempt at comment abilities were because the companies didn’t really care or want to hear the readers feedback and a couple of the journalists validated my hypothesis. That attitude will need to change. Tonight, @oregoniansteve linked to a piece suggesting that if newspapers aren’t going to do comments right, they shouldn’t do them at all. I wholeheartedly agree.

What’s next? Abraham Hyatt has announced Digital Journalism Camp Portland, to be held some time in August. Follow that link to find out more. The BarCamp discussions were a good start, but there is a LOT of conversation to happen in this area and I applaud Abraham for taking the next step to facilitate the learning.

Weird Al at Napavine Amphitheater – October 7, 2007

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing my third Weird Al concert, this time his “Straight Outta Lynnwood” tour as it came to Napavine, Washington and played at the Napavine “Amphitheater” — I use quotes because I didn’t realize that amphitheater was defined as “a gravel lot in the city park.”

Anyway, here was the set:

  • Polkarama!
  • American Idiot
  • Close But No Cigar
  • Why Does This Always Happen to Me
  • It’s All About the Pentiums
  • You’re Pitiful
  • Medley – Couch Potato, Do I Creep You Out, I’m in Love With the Skipper, Headline News (Britney Spears verse), Confessions Part 3, A Complicated Song, Ebay, Bedrock Anthem, Ode to a Superhero, Pretty Fly for a Rabbi, Trapped in the Drive Thru, Gump, Eat It
  • The Saga Begins
  • Yoda
  • Smells Like Nirvana
  • Amish Paradise
  • White and Nerdy
  • Fat
  • Albuquerque

[tags]weirdal, napavine, music[/tags]

Yahoo Radio Advertising for Sponsored Search

On my way to work this morning I heard a Yahoo advertisement on the radio, which isn’t that unusual except that it was an advertisement for sponsored search. Has the text link search industry hit a saturation point where new customers are needed and the source is traditional offline advertising to reach them?

[tags]yahoo, search, advertising[/tags]