History at 11

Google at 11Google has a cute logo today celebrating its turning 11 (it was founded Sept 4, 1998).

It went public in 2004 so you can’t see the complete picture of the success the company has had in its stock chart, but nonetheless, its history is a phenomenal story.

Compare Google’s story with this chart of the newspaper industry that has been making the  rounds of Twitter and blogs.

Newspapers even had a head start on the Internet, but Google thrived while newspapers have seen their fortunes precipitously decline.

What will the next 11 years hold?

Webinar Series coming on “difficult online news issues”

(I am doing the first of these Webinars on Nov. 5. I hope you’ll be able to join us.)

Poynter’s NewsU and APME to Kick Off Online Credibility Webinar Series: New Approaches to Dealing With Difficult Online News Issues

The Poynter Institute’s News University (NewsU) today announced the launch of a new series of Webinars, presented in partnership with Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) and Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA), that introduces new approaches to difficult online news credibility issues. The Online Credibility Webinar Series begins on November 5, 2009, and runs through May 2010.

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) September 23, 2009 — The Poynter Institute’s News University (NewsU) today announced the launch of a new series of Webinars, presented in partnership with Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) and Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA), that introduces new approaches to difficult online news credibility issues. The Online Credibility Webinar Series begins on November 5, 2009, and runs through May 2010.

“One of our missions at APME is to be on the front line in helping newsrooms set ethical and journalistic standards,” said Bobbie Jo Buel, APME board president. “These Webinars will help journalists tackle the very real and very hard credibility and values issues that editors everywhere are wrestling with.”

“It’s an important discussion at an important time,” said Howard Finberg, director of interactive learning at Poynter and its e-learning project, News University. “Poynter is excited to partner with APME and CNA in this effort to strengthen the credibility and quality of online news. What will make this Webinar series special is the additional material participants will be able to access.”

The Webinars are the outcomes of projects undertaken by six newsrooms as part of APME’s Online Credibility Project and funded by grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and APME Foundation. Each newsroom explored a specific credibility issue through research of current practices and targeted interactions with the public and online users. The six issues covered by the project and to be featured in the Webinar series include:

• Taking the “mean” out of story comments – Jack Lail, director of news innovation at the Knoxville News Sentinel, discusses the role a community roundtable played in helping the newsroom implement new guidelines on story comments.

• Maintaining credibility while pursuing new revenue – Kathy Best, managing editor for digital news and innovation for seattletimes.com, talks about how the advertising and marketing departments of the Seattle Times collaborated to discover what impact contextual advertising has on news credibility – and vice versa.

• Creating the most credible user-generated and newsroom-generated content – The Victoria (Texas) Advocate conducted a market research study designed to assess the credibility of user-generated content with the help of Ken Fleming, director of the Center for Advanced Social Research at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Editor Chris Cobler talks about how this study will influence the decisions the newsroom makes regarding this content.

• Breaking news without breaking trust – The Sioux City Journal newsroom researched how best to handle breaking news in an online environment. Editor Mitch Pugh discusses the impact this research had on issues such as naming persons of interest, correcting information in real time and when to report “what we do not yet know.” PRWeb eBooks – Another online visibility tool from PRWeb

• Building Twitter and Facebook audiences from the ground up – Salemnews.com editor David Olson talks about new standards and practices at Salem News for putting its news on Facebook and Twitter.

• Creating fairness guidelines for archived content – Public Editor Kathy English of the Toronto Star reports on how newsrooms around North America are dealing with the issue of archived content, including requests to “unpublish” it.

Each Webinar will explain what was learned through the project, detail new policies or practices adopted as a result and provide the opportunity for Q&A. The cost is $27.95 for each Webinar with discounted tuition of $9.95 available to APME and CNA members. A key feature of Poynter’s NewsU Webinars is its interactive elements, including presentation, video and audio. Participants will be able to see the presentation and ask questions of the presenter.

About Poynter and News University

The Poynter Institute is dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter’s belief in the value of independent journalism. For more, visit www.poynter.org.

Begun in 2005 with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Poynter’s News University currently has more than 120,000 registered users, including 15 percent from outside North America. It is committed to providing interactive, inexpensive courses that appeal to journalists at all levels of experience and in all types of media. For more, visit www.newsu.org.

About Associated Press Managing Editors (APME)

APME is an association of editors at newspapers in the United States and Canada. It works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who will run multimedia newsrooms in the 21st Century. The association has held a multi-day conference every year since 1933 in various cities around the U.S. and Canada. Our elected officers serve as national leaders in speaking out on journalism issues. APME also provides feedback to the worldwide cooperative directly and through the Sounding Board. APME is a nonprofit, tax-exempt association under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. Any person who is the editor, executive editor or managing editor, or holds any other title that provides for senior responsibilities for the news, online or editorial staffs of a member newspaper, is eligible for membership. APME is on the front line in setting ethical and journalistic standards for newspapers and in the battle for freedom of information and the First Amendment. ###

Contact Information

Howard Finberg
The Poynter Institute

Elaine Kramer
Associated Press Managing Editors

At the fork in the road, take both

The newspaper of tomorrow is going to break down into two distinct paths and only one of them includes paper of any form. Local information is always of value and this is the form that printed versions will likely take.
The second path that newspapers will follow is that of a trusted, credible source for the news and related editorial that can be distributed through digital methods and syndicated wherever the reader might be.

Cory Treffiletti 

Journalists running toward burning buildings as fast as they can

Rusty Coats at KSMAE.W. Scripps Vice President of Content Rusty Coats, speaking to the Knoxville Social Media Association on a humid Tuesday evening, talked about the future of journalism, social media and journalism and how Scripps is remaking itself in an reorganization announced less than a month ago.

Here how the listeners Twittered his speech outside at the Crown and Goose in Knoxville’s Old City.

The posts are not in time order, but rather are sorted alphabetically (so I could remove any duplicates I might have picked up). The “Tweet” stream (what was Tweeted and what commentary was added) is as interesting as the speech, one of his first to an external audience since the reorganization was announced.

  • “If a blogger has sources, then they’re a journalist” – Rusty Coats #knoxsocialmedia — PRNicoleV (Nicole VanScoten)
  • “Journalists fear we’re on the edge”-Rusty Coates #knoxsocialMedia — TexanAtHeart (Michael Torano)
  • “Journos are good at capturing who is on stage but not who is in the crowd” – that’s where social media comes in! — PRNicoleV (Nicole VanScoten)
  • “Mass media being replaced by media from the masses” #knoxsocialmedia — webkilledtv (Sobo)
  • “Prof journalism will never go away, just some journalism companies” #knoxsocialmedia — PRNicoleV (Nicole VanScoten)
  • “in 2009 you are either a multimedia editor, or you are an unemployed editor” Rusty Coates #knoxsocialMedia — TexanAtHeart (Michael Torano)
  • “we must build a new model from the new core” regarding journalism -Rusty Coates #knoxsocialMedia — TexanAtHeart (Michael Torano)
  • ‘bloggers are doing more verifiable journalism than ever before’ -rusty coats #knoxsocialmedia — reneegts (Renee Gates)
  • http://twitpic.com/ircm0 listening to @rcoats talk at #knoxsocialmedia event — CParizman (Chad Parizman)
  • @skweeds nah. i was perched on my bum drinkin a beer, listening to the great Rusty Coats #knoxsocialmedia — RandomChick (erin chapin)
  • Are bloggers journalists? Coates says, “Some are…Depends on whether you picked up a phone.” #knoxsocialmedia — radioman (Michael Grider)
  • Are bloggers journalists? #knoxsocialmedia. Yes, if they do their own research — DeaneneCatani (Deanene Catani)
  • At #knoxsocialmedia mixer, people use tweet deck like a police scanner. To have your ear to the ground. — trekkerlc (Lynsay Caylor)
  • Coats says there are 3 mobile devices for every computer o earth… That” s going to be important for traditional media #knoxsocialmedia –>radiomanmic (Michael Grider)
  • Coats: Scripps centering around content on all platforms and selling the hell out of it — webkilledtv (Sobo)
  • Create fundamentally good journalism. #knoxsocialmedia — jigsha (Jigsha Desai)
  • Dark and quiet now at crown and goose. The back crew of @tombrasinteractive has chilled. Coats talking about comments #knoxsocialmedia — gavinbaker (Gavin Baker)
  • Editors will be multimedia editors, provide actionable infor-cause journalism, sell the audience not the product #knoxsocialmedia — JessieVerino (Jessie Verino)
  • Enjoying listening to Rusty Coats at #knoxsocialmedia — DebSanderfur (Deborah)
  • Good content from Coats at #knoxsocialmedia and — gavinbaker (Gavin Baker)
  • Great #knoxsocialmedia gathering tonight. Inspiring words on future of journalism from @rcoats.– kgranju (katie allison granju)
  • Great turnout tonite @ #knoxsocialmedia Some wonderful insights from Rusty Coats, got to meet lots of folks and hear good discussion. — shanerhyne (Shane Rhyne)
  • Hi-tek here at KSMA w/the speaker at the podium for Rusty Coates; now I hear him ( — TexanAtHeart (Michael Torano)
  • I asked rusty why he doesn”t tweet. said he keeps social media in the family using skype and such with his kids. #knoxsocialmedia — jigsha (Jigsha Desai)
  • I don’t understand the concern and focus on online comments. Are you concerned about conversations at a cocktail party? #knoxsocialmedia — Grantham (Grantham)
  • I understand the need to delete potential libel and slander, but why be concerned over feelings expressed in comments? #knoxsocialmedia — Grantham (Grantham)
  • Just got home from #knoxsocialmedia event. Had a blast, met lots of new people, and Rusty Coats was an exceptional speaker. — JessieVerino (Jessie Verino)
  • Listening to Rusty Coates speak at KSMA; great info. Sorry you miss out! #knoxsocialmedia — lspegman (l_spegman)
  • Love hearing “Fubar” in a speech abt journalism #knoxsocialmedia — surgirly (Lauren S.)
  • Most tweeted comment so far RT @TexanAtHeart “you are either a multimedia editor,or you are an unemployed editor” R. Coates #knoxsocialMedia — ckrapp (CatherineMarlerRapp)
  • One loud bird is competing with rusty’s speech in decibles #knoxsocialmedia — jigsha (Jigsha Desai)
  • Paid content model: This has a lot to do with wishful thinking. – Rusty Coats #knoxsocialmedia — jacklail (Jack Lail)
  • Professional Journalists are ppl who run TOWARDS a burning building, says Rusty Coats #knoxsocialmedia — jenmcclurg (Jen McClurg-Roth)
  • Redefining who is a journalist will be central debate of immediate future says Coats @ #knoxsocialmedia — shanerhyne (Shane Rhyne)
  • Reporting, data, grass roots, watchdog (iron core) plus social media are pilars to our biz (rusty costs) #knoxsocialmedia — sugirly (Lauren S.)
  • Rusty Coats from Scripps on journalism online: with great freedom comes great responsibility. Nice twist on Spiderman! #knoxsocialmedia — velviscali (David Jacobs)
  • Rusty Coats from Scripps on print media: we will serve our communities and not stand over own graves and weep. #knoxsocialmedia — velviscali (David Jacobs)
  • Rusty Coats from Scripps: there are 3 mobile phones for every PC. #knoxsocialmedia — velviscali (David Jacobs)
  • Rusty Coats, VP Content from Scripps just solved the audio issue by suggesting we remove the poster covering the speaker #knoxsocialmedia — jenmcclurg (Jen McClurg-Roth)
  • Rusty Coats: Scripps editors will be multimedia editors or unemployed. #knoxsocialmedia — jacklail (Jack Lail)
  • Rusty Coats: Social Media allows journalists to transcend self-selecting voices #knoxsocialmedia — KnoxSocialMedia (KSMA)
  • Rusty Coats: data is king and mobile is the future in the new journalism model #knoxsocialmedia — KnoxSocialMedia (KSMA)
  • Rusty Coats: if newspaper touches posted comments on any way, the newspaper open to liability #knoxsocialmedia — KnoxSocialMedia (KSMA)
  • Rusty Coats: journalism is only biz specifically mentioned in U.S. Constitution #knoxsocialmedia — KnoxSocialMedia (KSMA)
  • Rusty Coats: social media in teen stage, believes everyone yearning for opinion #knoxsocialmedia — KnoxSocialMedia (KSMA)
  • Rusty coats at #knoxsocialmedia event “you don’t develop an audience by being shrill” — trekkerlc (Lynsay Caylor)
  • Rusty talked about 21st century business model for journalism, 1st cousin to digital book publishing. Radical changes ahead #knoxsocialmedia — JessieVerino (Jessie Verino)
  • Scripps products in Knoxville (KNS, MetroPulse, GoVolsExtra, etc) reaches 7 out of 9 people #knoxsocialmedia — knoxgirl75 (Carly Harrington)
  • Scripps restructuring will mean putting audience interaction at core of newsroom #knoxsocialmedia — knoxgirl75 (Carly Harrington)
  • Scripps was smart to give #rustrycoats authority…he can see where the media ia heaed, with insight and confidence. #knoxsocialmedia — MikeSCohen (MikeSCohen)
  • Sell the crap out of great content! #Knoxsocialmedia — jigsha (Jigsha Desai)
  • Social media gives journalist ‘raw reaction from their community’ #knoxsocialmedia — webkilledtv (Sobo)
  • Some candid discussion about online comments @ #knoxsocialmedia — shanerhyne (Shane Rhyne)
  • Terrific q and a with Rusty Coats at #knoxsocialmedia event — KnoxSocialMedia (KSMA)
  • That’s how I use hootsuite! RT @gavinbaker: Coats says he uses tweetdeck like an old school police scanner. #knoxsocialmedia — ckrapp (CatherineMarlerRapp)
  • There is a huge Scripps contigent at the mixer to hear Rusty Coats speak. Our publisher Hartmann is here too! #knoxsocialmedia — jigsha (Jigsha Desai)
  • Watching the thumbs fly as everyone live-tweets for #knoxsocialmedia — webkilledtv (Sobo)
  • We’ve turned the data collection, inside out for readers to build their own narratives — TexanAtHeart (Michael Torano)
  • While newsroom struggle with web-first the world has moved to mobile #knoxsocialmedia — webkilledtv (Sobo)
  • With social media, everyone writes the news – Rusty Coats #knoxsocialmedia — PRNicoleV (Nicole VanScoten)
  • Wow! Coats: You’re a multimedia editor or an unemployed editor at Scripps #knoxsocialmedia — webkilledtv (Sobo)

Knox County campaign contributions are to get a lot clearer

This is a major step toward greater transparency in local campaign finance.

An online, searchable database of local candidates’ campaign finances
could be up and running for public use in time for the August 2010
county primary election, said officials with the Knox County Election

The initiative is a positive, forward-thinking move by the Knox County Election Commission and may bring at least the level of detail available for state and federal races to the local level.