Deconstructing the newspaper

Jeff Jarvis continues his series on "new news" with a strong foundational post on what needs to be done with the old crushed-tree product. It's a thorough rundown of the basics. My only issues with it are:
  • It doesn't go far enough.

Nostalgia for the New Century Network

Last week I heard someone refer to "NCN nostalgia." Just before the dot-boom, a bunch of newspaper companies got together and imagined an online future in which newspapers would be key players through something called New Century Network, which would be the definitive news resource on the Internet.

It all fell apart amid corporate bickering, and the inability of big media companies to cooperate was rightly blamed. But there was something else at work: technology was evolving faster than anyone's business vision.

Vive la difference

Metro International, the world's largest free-newspaper operation, is putting together a real Internet strategy and "The web will be completely different from the paper, says Sakari Pitkänen, editor in chief of Metro Sweden," according to the Swedish blog Media Culpa.

Newspaper blogging: Is Austin stumbling out of the gate?

The alternative weekly Austin Chronicle says its rival daily American-Statesman "blunders with bland blogging" and has failed to engage the public with its public blogs, which it says have "the communal energy of the Yarborough Branch library on free beer nuts night." It's the usual alt-media sniping but there are some points to be found.

Should TV sites have better video?

Lost Remote discovers that the New York Times has video and asks: "As television folks, shouldn’t our online video be better than that of our print brethren?"

Twelve miners (not) found alive

Pretty much every conventional U.S. daily newspaper published east of the Rocky Mountains has egg on its face this morning. So do some in the west. Contrary to what you may have found rolled up in your driveway this morning, 12 miners were not found alive in Tallmansville, W. Va. Between the time the presses rolled and the time the papers were delivered, the story took a tragic turn.

This isn't a new problem; I wrestled with it for years as a daily newspaper wire editor. But the world has moved on, and newspapers have not.

The practical side of local life

Here's something offered by too few local websites: a solid primer on "the basics" of local life from the Pocono Record in Pennsylvania.