Web vs print story recall: Can social media play a role?

In its 2009 website redesign, the Globe and Mail got rid of a link on the front page that listed all of the stories contained in the print version of the paper that day. Of all the changes to the website, that was the one that affected me most. It always seemed that the beefiest […]


Creating ‘spreadable’ news content

The Neiman Lab’s interview with Henry Jenkins’ on the subject of “spreadable media” is a must-read. Jenkins, a journalism and cinematic arts professor at the University of Southern California, makes a blunt statement about the relevance of news in the social media age: “If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead.” Obvious? Perhaps. His point is that news […]


Stronger communities, better comments

The Halifax Chronicle Herald signalled today it’s going to beef up its commenting system to improve the level of discourse on its site. Good to hear. Much of what passes for comment on news websites continues to be the lowest possible level of name-calling and uninformed bravado. The Herald’s director of news content Dan Leger […]


Google’s Living Stories promises leap in usability

There was a torrent of announcements from Google this week — among them Living Stories, which has intriguing prospects for journalists. As Dan Gillmor suggests, a better name would probably be Living Topics. The service, which is an amazing technological feat, groups news stories and deconstructs them for better online viewing. Google says the automated initiative, […]


T-J debacle: Opportunity to improve corrections policy

The firing of the Telegraph-Journal’s editor today and the departure of its publisher is truly astonishing news. Shakeups such as this don’t happen often — especially when they are related to publication of a single story. (That said, the T-J, under editor Shawna Richer, made a number of questionable moves in recent months.) The New […]