Real news costs money; paying to subscribe will aid ailing industry

These are tough times for the news biz. $50 million over five years toward newsrooms in “underserved” communities was promised in last week’s federal budget. It’s not enough - not a fraction of what News Media Canada and others had suggested for the beleaguered news business. Some argue it’s not … [Read more...]

Can the comments; laud the letters. The Atlantic makes the switch

Among the words of wisdom dispensed by Michelle Obama, speaking in Vancouver last week, were “don’t read the comments". Michelle and I are in agreement on this – it’s great advice for our times. Many news organizations have a similar view of the dubious value of comments. The Atlantic magazine … [Read more...]

Discourse Media charts new course; in-depth reporting, avenues for action

Longer stories, avoiding pack journalism, ideas for actions related to the issues covered – that’s the promise of Discourse Media.  Their promise and their product. In a media world where exactly the opposite is available now, it sounds enticing. I learned about this platform today in a … [Read more...]

The Guardian succeeds using “carrot not stick”; new approach to journalism

Some years ago, while researching direct mail, I was intrigued to learn that long letters often yield better results than short ones. People wanted details. They liked learning the background of the cause – sounds strange but the stats backed this up. I just read about another of these … [Read more...]

When do you listen to public radio? Likely not in your self-driving car

Will self-driving cars kill public radio? Or at least do it some serious harm? On a recent trip to Arizona I kept watching for a driverless car to sail by - but no luck. The state's straight roads and consistent, balmy weather have made it a natural choice for companies like Google, Intel and GM … [Read more...]