Random Unorganized Thoughts
Everyone approaches the media, and journalism in general, with a pre-conception of what it is and what it should do.
Journalism is often noted as, "The first draft of history". Chronicling the events as they happen, and providing the context for a society to remember itself through.
Eugene Meyer described a newspaper as a public trust, intended to serve the public in a democracy.
In a perfect world, a newspaper website would have a page within the physical paper daily (and vise versa).
Ads need to be assigned a "weight" based on the amount of interactivity, file size, and height/width.
The trend in ads is moving both bigger and smaller. By simply using Google's AdWords services, newpapers are missing out on a big upsell opportunity.
One of the problems with online advertising is that you're making the reader pay every time you put an ad on their screen.
RSS has emerged as the defacto method to passively monitor content online, it makes sense to offer this functionality within the classifieds sections.
Encouraging readers to leave your site for another site doesn't necessarily make economic sense. What if payment and reciprical links were offered as an incentive?
How can readers form trails through a media website for others to follow?
Entertainment is a tool, not a goal of journalism.
Crosswords are a personal challenge, but it is also often an inter-personal challenge.
Most hot button topics are far from black and white (abortion, death penalty, war, etc), this "game" would encourage readers to draw their own line in the sand.
I like the idea of a community map based on themes.
Communities exist through the communication ties between individuals.
Weblogs offer individuals the quickest method of becoming part of media's reality.
Newspapers should consider allowing users to build weblogs surrounding popular topics.
Online chatting should be treated similarly to offline chats, spontaneous and omnipresent.
The conversion of a printed story to be used online, needs to be thought of in a semantic context, not just a presentational context.
Hypergene's article "Amazoning the News" presents an interesting way to present the news. However, the recommendation algorithm would need to be figured out first.
Implicit personalization is a powerful tool, unfortunately, it rarely understands when I'm not acting like myself.
Everyone has something to say, however media sites should use karma-based methods to bring out the best their citizen writers.
Out of market audiences have different expectations then local audiences, deliver them the local "big picture" and leave out the national news.
Journalism schools would be wise to teach students the structures of writing in a real-time medium.
"We react too much and we anticipate too little. We struggle to be the first with the obvious."
New technologies gather their "personalities" through the interaction of three primary forces: the technology itself, the policy, and the use.
The established metaphor for chat applications is a conversation, which is completely blown apart when entering any chat room.
It is becoming increasingly important for media sites to bring together information that is associated, but not necessarily a part of the original story.
The best offline metaphor for message boards would be graffiti and graffiti walls.
"Connectors" should be actively sought by advertisers and to a news site's promotional department. Finding them online, should be a priority.
Chatbots are an interesting type of communication.
There's a business opportunity for a group to help keep dead newspaper links clean.
I hate full website redesigns. Was the previous design so egregious that a slow evolution couldn't fix it?
The knock-down drag out fight between the current heavy-weight champion email, and the scrappy contender RSS.
The difference between data, content, news, and journalism.
Each new medium has its own strengths and weaknesses (sometimes one and the same thing)
Media websites would be wise to strike a balance between the concrete and speculative value of their advertising inventory.
By using a newspaper's strength in the local market, and ebay's national reach, a partnership between the two could provide a great value to sellers.
A newspaper makes regularly makes connections between different articles, it is time to allow readers the same functionality.
The problem with hyperlinks is that it doesn't give you enough information to make the decision of "where to go from here".
Yet another rant against the use of frames, especially when used to link to outside sites.
As communications technologies and techniques grow, they have a balance they strike between reach and reciprocity.
Ideas and suggestions for building a successful/sustainable college website.
By seperating the casual and protected data into two different systems, the ease of use can remain high, without an increased risk of identity theft.
Are we in a transition between a text-based communication tradition, into a model that more closely resembles a oral tradition?
The traditional information hourglass is getting a wider neck through the increase in sources of information online.
Full stories and write-ups often pose too high of a barrier to entry. News websites should also facilitate user contributed content fragments that add to the whole.
The promise of the semantic web is still in its infancy, however that shouldn't limit a site from building it within their own structure.
Newspaper archivists and librarians are best positioned to bring about the next stage in news site publishing, however several skills are more important than others.
In any participatory system, where users are expected to come back over time, there needs to be a slope of trust.
We've been working our way back into the semantic web. From a presentational, to the logical, and then into the semantic layer.
A bottom-up strategy often leads down a trail of broken eggs that lead to the golden goose.
By monitoring the results of each delivery and recording the local variables for each click-thru, an ad system could be taught to optimize itself automatically.
Right now there are leaders and celebrities being established online on the national, regional, local, and topic levels. News sites would be wise to establish their own personalities in this space.
Each media site, needs to not only attact the best writers and reporters for employers, but as readers and contributors.
With digital photography, it shouldn't be a big deal to put all images taken during an event online.
There is something terrifying but natural about the roles of a traditional journalist being seperated.
Teasing a story package from the front page of a site using traditional html links is the equivalent of rubber-banding together a stack of pages. A better solution is needed to display their relationship.
You should place links to your newest and best content in the places a user is most likely to look in their daily workflow.
Every link is an editorial decision.
People rarely ask for, wish for, pray for what they really want or really need. Don't make miracles, be the miracle.