A character blog comes a little closer

The fact that I don’t object to the concept of a character blog doesn’t mean I’ve seen one yet that doesn’t suck. Frank Willis’s blog comes a bit closer than the rest.

There is no Frank Willis, of course. He was invented for an advertising campaign for Ipswitch, maker of a collaboration suite for small and mid-sized businesses. You won’t see the ads in mainstream publications, but rather in the likes of Network World and other IT trade rags. Willis is a clueless IT manager who, in the space of a few months, gets hired by a fictional meat company, plays it safe instead of implementing the Ipswitch Collaboration Suite, and gets fired.

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Newspapers launch podcasts

I’ve said for years—and I’ve said it here—that new media do not kill old media. Instead, it forces the old media to adapt. Television didn’t kill radio, but radio stopped broadcasting the kind of content that was better suited to television and began presenting material that was better served by an audio-only format.

So I don’t believe for a minute that newspapers are on their way out. Yes, readership is down, particularly among younger audiences. Yes, revenues are down as customers find better results for their classifieds at Craig’s List than they ever did in the pages of their hometown daily. Newspaper publishers are being… Read More »

Are vloggers journalists?

Amidst all the hot air being expended on both sides of the “are-bloggers-journalists” debate, vlogs—video blogs—could sneak in under the radar offering a new kind of journalism that manages to elude the controversy.

Rocketboom is my new favorite daily pleasure. A daily three-minute video, Rocketboom includes all the elements of a blog, including comments (which pop up so you can review them while watching the video), archives, and hyperlinks. “Anchor” Amanda Congdon—a New York-based performer—handles most of the reporting, although a team of correspondents from across the US pitch in to report on local happenings, such as the Cinco de… Read More »

I’m back

It’s been over a week since I posted anything here other than “For Immediate Release” production show notes. The road can be a killer when it comes to the time needed to research and post. Still, not blogging for a week is like going without coffee for a few days. My hands are trembling. But I’m back in the office with only a single overnighter planned next week, so things should get back to some semblance of normal.

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #30: May 5, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on the Paris Hilton podcast, Adam Curry’s and Ron Bloom’s strategy cast, how podcasts can keep you from getting a traffic ticket, saving shows on a dedicated hard disk, the Business Week blogging cover story—from Business Week—and “corporate vs. blogs vs. trade media); downloading sound clips from the Net, new numbers from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, blogging in English, uploading Les Blogs photos to FLickr, Hugh McLeod t-shirts, blocking employee access to blogs, Business Week and Forbes podcasts, ScienceCast.net, the US Forest Service shift from internal to external PR… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #29: May 2, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on communication strategy, measurement, champagne and tea “from our Australian correspondent”; on communication impact of blogs; podcasting at Les Blogs; identifing a blog author; equipment for mobile podcasting); Doc Searls at Les Blogs; Business Week’s cover story on blogs; lots of developments with podcasting; upcoming interviews in May; suggestions for co-hosts and panel discussions; blogging conference in New York.

Show notes for May 2, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, an 81-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and almost live… Read More »

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