Does Social Media Increase a Journalist’s Value?


A major newspaper is about to undergo another dreaded round of layoffs. After the first wave of buyouts, a tough choice has to be made been two journalists of equal talent and seniority. One journalist has a large following and active presence on … [Continue reading]

20+ Major News Sites Ranked by Domain Authority

When it comes to competing for search engine visibility, major news organizations tend to benefit from having strong, trusted domains. But just how strong are those domains? Using SEOmoz’s new Open Site Explorer I did a head-to-head comparison of … [Continue reading]

10 Quotes on the Apple iPad and the Business of News

Apple iPad

Now that the first wave in the Apple iPad crazy-a-thon has past, I thought I’d do a quick round-up of what people are saying about the iPad from the perspective of the news media. You can view this in the spirit of Robert Scoble’s To create or … [Continue reading]

Social Media Super Bowl: Which Team Has More Reach?

New Orleans Saints helmet

So the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints will meet in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. NFL analysts and sports writers now have two weeks to dissect the matchup, talk about players and schemes and come up with good storylines. But I’m here to look … [Continue reading]

Journalist Social Media Usage Increases, Concerns About Reliability of Information

Importance of Social Media - Cision Journalist Study

Yesterday Cision released the results of their Social Media and Online Usage Study, a survey of social media usage by print and Web journalists. Conducted with Don Bates of George Washington University, the study measures the journalists’ use of and … [Continue reading]

Top 10 Reasons The New York Times is Really Putting up a Paywall

Today The New York Times made it official that they will be introducing a metered model starting in 2011. There is additional information in the NYTco press release, and Jim Romenesko and others have published the staff memo. Since the NYT is … [Continue reading]

Alicia Keys Facebook Page: I’d Sign Up if She Asked Me All Cool

Alicia Keys Facebook Page - Mailing List Video

Want to use your Facebook Page to build out your mailing list? Alicia Keys knows how to do it. Users who go to the “Sign Up” tab on her Facebook Page get a personal appeal from Alicia Keys herself, extolling the virtues of her mailing list. Here's … [Continue reading]

Help Haiti: News Sites Promote Ways to Donate

As the devastation and human tragedy caused by the Haiti earthquake grows, people are flocking to the news media for information, and more importantly to learn ways that they can help. I’ve been impressed by how much attention the media has given … [Continue reading]

The Most Popular NBA Teams on Twitter and Facebook


NBA players, like many professional athletes, have taken social media by storm but what about their teams? Fans love hearing directly from players but they also identify strongly with the teams themselves. Twitter and Facebook offer a great … [Continue reading]

PEJ Study Shows Print Still Primary Source of Original News Reporting

PEJ Study of News Ecosystem

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study today of the modern news ecosystem, examining a week of news activity in Baltimore, MD. You can get the details from the study itself but I wanted to point out a couple … [Continue reading]