See this and other 2007 crime maps at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/special/violence/
I’m pretty passionate about the web allowing greater public affairs accountability journalism, not worse.
I was reminded of this while skulking around the Internet searching for a column I remember reading back in 2007.
Noted Philadelphia Inquirer scribe Tom Ferrick — who has since launched politics coverage site
— crunched the numbers on the shootings of young black men, a trend in all U.S. cities but one that was particularly timely amidst Metropolis one of the bloodiest years in the city’s history.
Though it was written just back in 2007, it was gone. I couldn’t quite find something that fit its point, so I reached out to Ferrick. He warmly shared some of the details of the now somewhat dated piece, as he said he’s working on revisiting the topic.
If for no other reason than for my own ability to link back to it in the future and to prove how valuable the web can be in making available so much powerful knowledge and information, below, with Ferrick’s permission, I share the notes he sent me.
Continue reading Shooting young black males, a column lost to the recycle bin
Last month, The New York Times Magazine had a big piece on the price of online journalism… or at least content of some kind. I only dug into it this weekend.
It was a big piece riddled with stories of a handful of struggling entrepreneurs and a few buzz-y sites that haven’t prospered, but three paragraphs interested me most.
Let me share them below.
Continue reading New York Times on the price of online journalism; broken pieces to return
The federal tax deadline is barreling toward us. I thought I’d share what little I know and what I’m reading about deducting home expenses for those of us who have done just that this fiscal year.
It’s a great way to keep your home costs down, but, of course, the rules are a bit more involved than they might seem. Some great reading below:
Continue reading Freelancers: the rules and tricks of deducting your home expenses on your taxes
If you’ve walked into 2010 with plans on becoming, remaining or sustaining a
hyperlocal news venture, there is lots you should already know and have already read.
Still, while thumbing through some links I thought were particularly important, I managed to find five stories from 2009 I think are most valuable.
by Keith Hopper A Brief History of Hyperlocal News
by Nieman Journalism Lab 10 new routines for a Hyperlocal news site
by Econsultancy Can the Grey Lady sell ads to hyperlocal businesses
by Jeff Jarvis for Guardian Let’s build an ecosystem around hyperlocal bloggers
by New York Times Ad shift throws blogs a business lifeline
And, if I could, I might, hesitantly and humbly, also suggest folks read my “
Hyperlocal news: a definition,” which argues that there is an important distinction between local and hyperlocal. Might be worth it.
What else might you add to this list?
I am surprised to say I’ve become something of a fan of marketing author Seth Godin.
I find his blog purposefully insightful, thought-provoking and strangely general. A person from just about any industry could take lessons away from his posts, which, of course, is likely his purpose.
It’s in that way that if, say, a fellow young journalist asked for a few blogs to follow, I’d suggest at least two that really don’t have any direct relationship to newspapers or even media. I’d certainly say Godin’s, and I’d also say
Mark Cuban‘s — but that’s for another post.
I have to fight an urge
to share very nearly everything they post.
Last month, though, I found a bit of a theme in Godin’s posts. It may have been because of my focus of
my own announcement of intentions to monetize Technically Philly, but no matter the reason, I think Godin offered a series of interesting thoughts on making sales, all of which correlated, I thought, to Web startups.
Continue reading Five sales lessons that I don't think Seth Godin meant to give last month
"I'll be honest: I have difficulty finding time to relax", freelancer Chris Hardwick says. (Photo by Sian Kennedy)
Chris Hardwick, a freelancer and contributor to Wired magazine, rocked out two popular self-help, time-management guides – the Four Hour Work Week and Never Check Your E-mail in the Morning – and broke it down for the average freelance journalist or writer.
Well, as a freelancer myself, I am often looking for
better methods to save time and accomplish more. So, when I saw another noted self-help guide, , I nabbed it and put it on Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was giving away a free audio-book my Zune.
I thought I could break down Stephen R. W. Covey’s 1988 cult hit for you freelancers out there.
Continue reading Seven habits of highly effective freelance journalists
The only proper way a journalist could celebrate Valentine’s Day 2009 is to look elsewhere, the past, namely.
It might have been hard to think in February 2008 that one year later would only look darker for newspapers. Let’s look back on those happier times with what was going on in
the blogosphere circa Cupid’s Day 2k8, via the archives of 10,000 Words. Thanks Mark.
For those of you pathetic souls alone and online searching today, something that can totally take away the pain is due up later this morning.
Image from Wikipedia.
In the past week or so I came across a number of interesting or at least interest-causing posts on newspaper revenue models and thought I’d share some.
Continue reading Online newspaper revenue model links
Today is Jan. 2, 2009.
Looks like you ought to find something new to read. For me, there are those books I can’t seem to put down, even if I’ve already read them and have a stack of new stories I hope to try.
In 2008, I returned to more old friends than I normally do. Below, see the five books to which I returned and why you should give them a go if you haven’t, or a second look if you can.
Continue reading Five books I reread in 2008 that you should try in 2009
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We already got the message. Twenty-somethings of today, I suspect, are already careful about their presences online. We were coming to professional age when we were first joining social networks.
But the conversations seems to be ongoing.
The , and, among their predictions, the U.K. politics magazine says Economist magazine has released its annual forecast for the coming year 2009 may be a year in which the social networking phenomenon will reach critical mass: hurting security, employability and socializing.
Hear their audio and my thoughts below.
Continue reading Your digital legacy: we know your wild past won't forget, but who doesn't?