Rock Star Treatment

John Seigenthaler, cell phone photo, at the First Amendment Center John Seigenthaler got a standing ovation during an impromptu visit to students and faculty attending the Center for Innovation in College Media’s workshop on online media.
The 80-year-old Seigenthaler said he wished he was the age of the students because it’s one of the most exciting times for journalism. Course, at 80, Seigenthaler is getting more done right now than most college students — or people in general.
Gannett exec Jennifer Carroll had just finished mapping out the chain’s bold plan to remake newsrooms and revamp content. I did a roundup of react in November, but it was fascinating to hear it outlined by a top exec and to hear about some of the successes. I think the speech was recorded and a video interview was done later. Looking forward to finding those on CICM Web site. They’ll be worth listening to or watching.
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Tool Up or Take it to the House

Headed to the Center for Innovation in College Media’s spring workshop (The Future of Journalism: Tool Up or Take it to the House) in Nashville tomorrow. The sessions are Friday and Saturday at the really nice First Amendment Center on the Vanderbilt campus.
Jennifer Carroll, vice president of new media content for Gannett, gives the keynote.
The center describes itself as “a non-profit think-tank that was created to help college student media adapt and flourish in the new media environment.” Way cool. I can’t think of anything that’s needed more in young people hoping to have careers in journalism than the ability to adapt and to be adept with the varied tools of new media.
I hope the folks I talk to come away feeling like they got a lot from the sessions. It sounds like fun.
The center has a nice blog as well here.
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Heard among the din

Some quotes to think about in the din on the death of newspapering:

Remember, it’s not raining on us; it’s just raining.

Howard Weaver

I don’t think its quite in the same boat as, say, the telegraph.

Deep Jive Interests

Industrial grade paper just isn’t the medium of choice for news anymore and reporters aren’t the only people who can cover events and provide informed perspectives.

Susan Mernit

There’s no question that the paper part of the business is decreasing in importance, and news may no longer be primarily distributed on smashed-up trees. Does that change the nature of the business? Definitely.

Mathew Ingram

If only it were that easy. You don’t just flick a switch and turn this stuff on. It requires learning, training and a shift in culture. It requires planning, investment and, most of all, time.

Shane Ricmond, online for the Telegraph, talking about how to build a successful newspaper online product. (via Matthrew Ingram)
The latest round of death of newpapers, sparked by Tim O’Reilly’s post last weekend, has been well covered by some very thoughful people. These were just of the recent ones that struck a chord with me.
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Smack down with Craigslist on the Streets of Bakersfield

Howard Owens tells about his personal experiences using Craigslist and the local paper to sell his house.
His experience somewhat mirrors what Classified Intelligence found in its January 2007 report on Craigslist and newspapers (via subscription only I believe). During Classified Intelligence’s 18-month study, 12 new Craigslist communities were studied. The bottomline of the study was that newspapers can effectively combat Craigslist — if they aggressively go after the business.
Howard Owens’ assessment:

For all of the buzz around craigslist, it isn’t the category killer some pretend it is, nor is Monster, nor any of the dot com auto or real estate verticals.

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