Gone fishin’

News Atoms is on hiatus for a while.

I’ll be fishing in another class, mashing words and data. (Math is fun!)

I’m also tending Wired Journalists, a social networking site “to help journalists who have few resources on hand other than their own desire to make a difference and help journalism grow into its new 21st century role.” It was started by Howard Owens, Ryan Sholin, and Zac Echola. I hope you’ll join us.

I’m stirring some other pots; we’ll see which one cooks first.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 1:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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Liberia, and my class project

I finished my class with Philip Meyer.  The final project was required to be a proposal for a new medium.

Ideas for a new medium are easy. It was more difficult to think of something that is doable for me and combines the values and lessons of the class — such as serving low-end customers or nonconsumers, and putting a priority on people’s “jobs to be done” and their priorities (making it easy for people to do what they want to do, in the way they want to do it), while still making it journalism (well-rounded meals).

The obvious nonconsumer market is youth. Much is already marketed to 15-35-year-olds. It’s smarter to think younger.

But the same lessons can be applied to just individuals but larger markets — such as underdeveloped countries. So I poked around and found a model for expansion, by Alfred Sirleaf, in Monrovia, Liberia. Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times wrote about him, so I wrote to her to see if she knows how I might be able to contact him. 

In the meantime, here’s part of my class paper.


Published in: on December 16, 2007 at 6:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Book report: ‘The Innovator’s Solution’

This is my homework for my “Saving Journalism” class.

       The Innovator’s Solution” explains how grooves become ruts – and how to climb out of the holes.


Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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