My Horsesass.org post on a neighborhood meeting last night best described as a quiet riot:
Several representatives of what we ’60s types like to call The Youth of Today were there and gave the board an earful. Why were they holding a “public” meeting when they couldn’t represent the views of the public in their decision-making? What would it take to get the project shut down?
“We’re saying we don’t want this thing,” one high-schooler said. “We’d like you to tell us how to make it go away.”
City Club luncheon, Friday Feb. 20: “The Newspaper Business: Sunset or a New Dawn?”
I’ll go with “sunset” for newspapers, “a new dawn” for journalism.
University of Washington, Wed. Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.: “Journalism on the Brink: Can Digital Save It?”
Journalism isn’t on the brink. The news business is. The issue is whether digital can come up with a pay model to support journalism, which done well costs actual money.
I’ve blogged on this over the years. Here are some previous posts at Horsesass.org, and my original “Who Are Your Gatekeepers?” post nearly eight years ago.
A Penny A Click
A Penny A Click (con’t)
Who Are Your Gatekeepers?
TechFlash gets online journalism
TechFlash, started by John Cook and Todd Bishop, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporters, is a rarity: Professional journalists who truly get the Web. I’ve admired John’s and Todd’s work for years of course and was intrigued and surprised when they launched, given that most projos have resisted throwing their fates (and healthy salaries) to the vast ether of online journalism. But they quickly established that they know what they’re doing. When Todd asked if I’d be interested in contributing a guest post, I jumped at the chance.
My ultimate hope remains a Seattle-based, locally focused version of Huffington Post. The technology slice of such a publication would look a lot like what TechFlash is already doing.
My guest post looks at where Microsoft is headed with its foray into retail stores.