A source for story ideas

In the first iteration of the Don Middleberg-Steven Ross “Media in Cyberspace” study several years ago, reporters and editors said they used newsgroups (message board, bulletin boards, forums) for story fodder. Most often they visited the boards for information about a story they were already covering, but some trolled message boards looking for story ideas.

Heath Row from FastCompany magazine (the guy behind the magazine’s blog—the first blog in a business magazine—says he finds blogs to be useful for finding story ideas today. He also says that blogs provide him the opportunity to write about topics that don’t meet the requirements… Read More »

Marrying RSS and social networking

One of the key benefits of RSS is the ability to get all the content in which you might be interested delivered to a single aggregator. Rather than visit 200 Web sites every day, you visit your single aggregator which has collected items from those 200 sites. I use FeedDemon, and I’m happy with it. But I still spend a lot of time dismissing stories the news reader has captured about which I just don’t care.

An article in the February issue of Technology Review introduces a new Web-based aggregator from San Francisco-based Rojo (pronounced like “mojo”) that adds a twist to the concept.

...in addition to RSS feeds, Rojo includes a social…

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Instant Messaging: The sleeping giant

Gartner has called Instant Messaging “the sleeping giant of the Internet.” The tech analysis company expects 70% of employees will use IM for personal communication this year. Already, business communications account for one-third of the 1 billion instant messages sent daily. What will spur the growth of IM, though, is the introduction of new technologies that transform the technology for a simple communication tool to a front end for business applications.

India’s Express Computer magazine reports that more mobile devices will be able to access IM and a host of business applications are ready for unveiling. It’s not so much instant… Read More »

Journalists are Webified

A lot of people apparently never got the word that the blog-vs.-journalism debate was over. I’m reading more commentaries by journalists now than I was before the end of the issue was proclaimed. The latest comes from Slate editor-at-large Jack Shafer, published in today’s National Post. Shafer has no issue with bloggers, only the notion that somehow they represent the end of traditional journalism.

Shafer notes that all new media are additive. Radio didn’t kill newspapers and television didn’t spell the end of radio. The only news delivery channel that hasn’t survived is the movie theater newsreel, he writes. Further, he adds,… Read More »

Is NIRI membership a prerequisite for US communicators?

Andy Lark just suggested that communicators in the US need to join NIRI (the National Investor Relations Institute) and take SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) training, because communicators representing public companies are subject to laws bloggers are not. Question: Do communicators need to join an investor relations association or do communications associations like IABC need to provide communications-specific SOX training?

The Hobson and Holtz Report—Jeremy Wright interview

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Welcome to a the second Special Edition of the Hobson & Holtz Report, a 30-minute conversation with Jeremy Wright recorded live at the New Communications Forum 2005 in Napa, California, USA, on January 27, 2005.

Jeremy WrightA high-profile business blogger, Jeremy authors the Ensight blog and is now focused on building his new venture, Inside Blogging. He gained signficant blogosphere and media attention in recent months related to his being auctioned on eBay, being fired by his employer for blogging and his plans for starting a book on business blogging. In this show, listen to Jeremy’s thoughts and views about his book, his new venture (with… Read More »

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