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Innovation's more than a chip shot

I love this line of reasoning from Jeffrey Phillips. He remarks how his four-times-a-year golf game belies very low expectations of performance, then this: “The comparison I want to make to my very part-time golf game is to the part-time efforts most firms put into innovation. If you want to be good at golf, you'll […]

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Must be redesign season in newsland

I often say a key goal of any Web site redesign should be to make the next redesign easier. Given the rapid pace of redesign launches among newspaper.com sites in recent weeks, it appears some last-generation design work was aimed toward that goal. The latest projects launched on the heels of Scripps' (my day job) […]

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Video: MBA impressions from new grad

Here is my last project for my last MBA course: a video to share my experiences in the Georgia WebMBA program. Now that I graduated, in case any of you wonder what it's like working on a master's in a virtual program, while your spouse is attending the same program, and while holding a full-time […]

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Site 4: Rise of the Neapolitans

OK, if you count niche brands, naplesnews.com represents maybe site 6 or 7 in Scripps' redesign rollout. But it is our fourth newspaper market to get the new look and underpinnings, as of last evening. And the first in a market where we could legitimately ghost a palm tree and pier into the background.

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Innovation at newspapers: What direction?

Don't let Steve Yelvington's excellent rebuttal (started to say “analysis,” but it's more direct than that) to the American Press Institute “Newspaper Economic Action Plan” pass without due consideration. The API plan points the newspaper industry toward paid or subsidized online content, with assumptions such as, “Consumers perceive that content produced by news organizations is […]

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Borrell: Local online ads beat forecast

Gordon Borrell says local online advertising outperformed his Borrell Associates forecast by a fair piece: “We may have been far too conservative earlier this year when we projected that local online advertising would grow 8% in 2009. At the end of the first quarter, the increase looked closer to 11%. When we finish collecting our […]

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Photojournalism can be strategic

After wrapping up his 10-part series on what local newspapers should do to survive (he rolled up all the recommendations in one post), John Temple posted a wise reply to questions I asked him by e-mail last week. My questions, in a nutshell: What about photojournalism? Can it be considered a strategic asset for local […]

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More on SND: Time to think bigger

Charles Apple, one of the primo bloggers at Visual Editors, picked up the discussion about the future of design at newspapers and the troubled Society for News Design, in particular. In Apple's post, he channels Dean Lockwood of the San Antonio Express-News: “One of the realities we are facing in the industry is that the […]

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Site 2 in Scripps' new UX rollout

While I joined my son yesterday on a college campus visit (yes, he's that old, meaning yes, I'm that old), our gang at Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group rolled out the second site in our latest cycle of user experience upgrades: redding.com, site of the Redding Record-Searchlight in northern California. As with Site 1, courierpress.com of […]