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Digital Media Workshop by Steve Buttry was enlightening, entertaining & inspiring

Buttry is Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media, the company that operates the newspaper and television properties of both Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. A veteran newspaper journalist who has embraced the new order of digital media, he knows a lot and shares a lot. The students and staff (very few faculty, unfortunately) at CU’s journalism program benefited from five hours with the man.

NYT's David Carr on the self-immolation of the newspaper industry

Yeah, it’s depressing to read, but Carr’s spot-on with his observations, and if journalist ignore this kind of coverage or merely wallow in denial and self-pity, they do it at their own risk.

San Diego Union-Tribune's digital first strategy: Story can run in print two weeks after it's online

Interesting new reality for companies. A story might run a day, two days or two weeks in print after it first appears online. 

News companies dropping Journatic for "outsourced" news content after fake bylines found

This story’s been brewing for some time — The Chicago Reader’s been on its for months. I heard this terrific piece on “This American Life” the other day on my local NPR station. Someone needs to hire Ryan Smith, the whistleblower who worked to bring the story to light. Looks like Journatic’s an interesting model, managed poorly and unethically.

Steve Outing defends decision to cut New Orleans Times-Picayune newspapers to 3 days/week.

I have to agree with Steve. It’s tragic that so many journalists will lose their jobs, but this is inevitable. Advance Newspapers is getting the spotlight for doing this in New Orleans and its Alabama papers because the company is among the first to take such drastic steps. But more and more newspapers will face this same transition in the next year or two. I’m afraid the news”paper” of the future will operate with very lean, multi-tasking staff who’ll need to produce a lot more content than the journalists of the past.

OJR: 10 reasons why online journalists are better journalists (in theory)

Food for thought. Whether you agree or disagree, online is certainly the future of journalism, so we’d better absorb at least some of this thinking.

A college newspaper goes digital first, and does it with a lot of strategic planning: U of Oregon’s Daily Emerald is remaking itself from a newspaper to a media company, dropping to two print editions a week and embracing all that is possible in the news media of the future.

When is a website not a website? For Talking Points Memo, the turning point was in 2012

Great thinking — drop your ideas of being platform-specific and think of your content as being available everywhere but especially mobile. For 15 years I’ve told journalists folks to stop thinking they work for a newspaper company, and to think website first. But the website is already eclipsed in many ways by the explosion of mobile use. For now, “digital first” should emphasize mobile first.

Cyberjouralist: Is online journalism shifting from text to video?

Yes, although solid writing will continue to have its place. I think newspaper websites will find themselves posting more and more original staff-produced video in addition to the text content produced by staff reporters.