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What must SND become?

I am reposting here, with only a few edits for style, comments I posted in a heated thread about the recent resignations of the president and executive director of the Society for News Design. As background, my own long history with SND includes several years on its board of directors, putting on its 1996 annual […]

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More straight talk from Temple

John Temple's “what newspapers should do” essays make a lot of sense. Looks like he has plenty more where these came from, too, so stay tuned. That is all.

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Enough! Moving to Google Reader

Bloglines beta site remains down this morning, victim of an expired and apparently neglected security certificate. Meanwhile, “classic” Bloglines still exhibits the classic problems that led me to try the beta months ago: Item refresh counts out of whack Showing thousands of old items as new Too many visits by the “Bloglines plumber” (outages) No […]

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Another great new Bloglines beta feature!

Along with the impressively frequent “Loading…” and “There appears to be a server communication problem…” dialogs, the long-running beta of Bloglines sported a lean, mean new home page this morning. I know installing and renewing SSL security certificates can be tedious and time-consuming; however, if you force your beta project traffic through an SSL connection […]

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Advertising as failure, or as caulk?

Jeff Jarvis discusses the notion of advertising as failure: “The ideal relationship a company should have with its customer is that it produces a great product the customer loves and talks about and thus sells; there is no need for advertising there. It’s only in the case of failing at that idea that one needs […]

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Link bucket: Just weeding and pruning

Links with enough dust on them to prove how far behind I became in reading and blogging: Design and UX stuff Introducing Typekit: Taking advantage of emerging markup/style practices that allow fonts other than the overexposed “Web-safe” selections, this service appears to be the most meaningful development for better Web typography in a long time. […]

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Scripps' latest Web UX arrives today

Watch Evansville's courierpress.com site today — and not just for the likelihood of more severe weather in the southern Ohio Valley, though they get plenty. No, I refer to a major site redesign; with it, a new user experience architecture. Barring unforeseen delays, it launches today. Update: It went live about 2 p.m. Eastern time. […]

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Nielsen: Low retention caps Twitter growth

I chatted up a piece of new analysis from Nielsen around the office a good bit today. In the analysis, David Martin, vice president of primary research for Nielsen Online, described an uphill battle that Twitter, the oh-so-buzzy status network, may face growing Internet market share while its user retention rates languish around 40 percent. […]

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From America East: 'Engaging loyal readers'

I promised several folks I'd share the slides from my presentation Tuesday at America East in bucolic Hershey, Pa. Done. Update (10:28 a.m. ET 5/1/09): Apologies to anyone who tried to download the presentation up to now — I messed up a permission setting such that you could not see the link. It should be […]

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On unifying print, online organizations

I commend to you Steve Yelvington's detailed roundup of lessons learned and organizational advice from mergers of print-focused and online-focused content organizations. One of many key points: “Done right, it's a big win. 'Convergence is, overall, a huge help to innovation,' said one online producer. A senior editor agreed: 'It's a monster plus. Convergence puts […]