“Trump bump” at the New York Times; readers embrace The Times in a post-truth era

Daily subscriptions to The New York Times have leapt up more than ten times since last month's election of Donald Trump. Some days as many as 10,000 new subscribers hit the buy button. This number was previously more like 600 a day. What's that all about? I have a few theories - listed … [Read more...]

Turn pages of rare Chaucer at UBC; valuable acquisition lends lustre to collection

It wasn’t what I expected. Not at all. When I set off last week to see a rare book I’d heard UBC had acquired I imagined I’d be peering at it under glass – possible from a great distance. Not so. I touched it. I examined the leather cover up close. I turned the pages and felt the texture of the … [Read more...]

We must communicate better about climate change; Hoggan says here’s how

People do a double take when they see the book I’m reading. It’s called I’m Right and You’re an Idiot.  Vancouver PR pro Jim Hoggan decided to investigate a question David Suzuki once asked him – why aren’t people demanding action on environmental issues like climate change, despite … [Read more...]

The How of delivering news in 2016; the value of video

Among the many challenges of running a news organization today is determining how to appeal to a mix of generations. I recently read an interview with Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the New York Times. As the guy in charge of a newspaper in a “post print” era, he wrestles with this regularly. … [Read more...]

HBO’s John Oliver rants about future of newspapers; his solution off-base

A memorable tirade about the future of newspapers and the dire state of journalism by HBO host and comedian John Oliver is worth 19 minutes if you can swing it. I like much of what Oliver said and especially loved his little vignette at the end on how things may go - riffing off the movie … [Read more...]