Other People Said Interesting Things: June 6th

As I wander the web I find interesting things. I share:

  • Why OmniFocus?
    Evernote guru Brett Kelly explains why he uses OmniFocus for task management rather than keep his todo list in Evernote. Summary: use the tool that's most appropriate for the job.
  • Going Paper-Free for $220
    A system to automate going paper-free. Includes a scanner as well as a couple pieces of software.
  • Seal Teams
    Photographer Joe McNally shares a set of images he created while photographing the Navy SEAL "Hell Week" training. Great images; great story.
  • WordCamp San Francisco Call for Speakers
    I have yet to make it down to the biggest WordCamp, but if you're interested in speaking, they're looking…
  • Facebook comments should make Columbian.com friendlier
    The Columbian switches to Facebook-only comments. The article itself isn't too groundbreaking but it's interesting to read the first reactions in the comments.

What have you seen lately that’s interesting?

Other People Said Interesting Things: May 26th

As I wander the web I find interesting things. I share:

What have you seen lately that’s interesting?

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.