What is a journalist these days?

What is a journalist these days?

Here’s a thought experiment: What is a journalist? It used to be a pretty simple question. To be a journalist, you had to work for, well, a journal. A newspaper or magazine, certainly. Print people might grudgingly concede that television and radio journalists qualified. Everyone else? Not journalists. Well, maybe a freelancer or two. But … Continue reading

Why don’t newspapers hire meteorologists?

Why don’t newspapers hire meteorologists?

If you drive through downtown of my city on the interstate, you’ll see a big billboard for one of the local television stations touting its weather coverage. Many TV stations make weather the cornerstone of their coverage, and why not? It drives ratings, especially during bad weather. Here in Roanoke, the name of WDBJ’s chief … Continue reading

Arizona Republic goes mobile — and you should, too

Arizona Republic goes mobile — and you should, too

The Arizona Republic caused a stir this week when it told reporters with three community sections that they were getting laptops — and henceforth needed to work out public wi-fi centers instead of a formal newsroom. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the journalists were told to seek out Starbucks and McDonald’s as work locations. … Continue reading

Our community news sites make a couple’s dream come true

Our community news sites make a couple’s dream come true

Investigative reporters like to talk about the impact their stories have had — corruption exposed, laws changed, the sort of things that win Pulitzer Prizes. Community journalists like to talk about the impact their work has had, too. It’s just on a different scale. Here’s one neat example from today: Thanks to two of our … Continue reading

Were we the first to put journalists in coffeeshops?

Were we the first to put journalists in coffeeshops?

Over the years, I’ve seen chatter in the industry from time to time about the idea of stationing journalists in coffee shops. David Cohn, aka “digidave,” wrote about this concept in this 2009 blog post which envisions a newspaper that operates a coffee shop. The idea is to take journalists out from behind their downtown … Continue reading