Can comments withstand Google-scale communities?

After seeing a Longreads post about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ comment section, spoken of as Jay Rosen says, now mostly in the past tense, I wonder if comments can actually withstand the Google-scale audiences. Are there any strategies that can allow a single focus comment section to grow beyond its initial community by choice?

Local journalism: Business models that don’t rely on scale

Local print journalism is challenge right now for fairly obvious reasons. Print is declining, and while digital audiences are rising for many local outlets, a local audience does not reach the scale of the internet giants or digital news start-ups. We have to develop business models that don’t rely on scale.

On uncertainty, case studies and the Great Race to be Second

People behave in many different ways that when they are unsure what is expected of them, but one of the most common is to hang back and watch what others do. It’s often a smart tactic. It allows us to observe the behaviours and expectations of others, see how transgressors are dealt with and, in the light of that information, choose… Read more →

Five social media myths debunked

A lot of myths about social media have grown up over the last decade, many of them now so commonly repeated that they’ve passed into received wisdom. Here I tackle five of the most pernicious. 1. Social media is for youngsters The idea of the “digital native” is a pervasive one, telling us that young people somehow innately understand technology… Read more →

Sheboygan Press 107th Anniversary edition

A fun way to earn revenue with newspaper archives

The week before Christmas was the 107th anniversary for one of the papers I edit, the Sheboygan Press. We decided to create a vintage stye commemorative edition using stories from throughout more than century of history. It was fun and novel, and it was a big hit with readers and our advertisers.

Mobile kills the 24-hour-linear TV news channel

Last night, I sat in my newsroom, working with editors and reporters to put out two newspapers and keep our digital audiences up to date on desktop, social and mobile. We had CNN in the background. I’m old enough to remember a time when that seemed real-time, but cable TV felt ages behind alerts coming into my smartphone.

Facebook and co-opetition: I don’t fear reality but I want my reporters to eat

If Facebook and journalism had a relationship, it would be: It’s complicated. David Higgerson urged “journalism … to get over its fear of Facebook“. He wrote: Facebook is huge, and needs to remain huge. To do that, it needs to remain relevant to users. It needs to ensure it doesn’t alienate people. That, in turn, is good news for journalists… Read more →

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