The WikiLeaks Saga: Transparency without Judgment is Gossip, not Journalism

Everyone is talking about the WikiLeaks disclosure of confidential diplomatic cables revealing the oft prickly relationship nations have with each other. That this comes as a shock is almost as shocking as the messages themselves, which, stripped of the Bond/Bourne intrigue and hurt pride, amount to little more than high school gossip and in-fighting amongContinue reading “The WikiLeaks Saga: Transparency without Judgment is Gossip, not Journalism”

Two out of Three is Best for Online Journalism

You all know the rule. No, not the Golden Rule, which of course is never speak to John Hamm unless Hamm speaks to you first, no matter how handsome and inviting he looks. Seriously, Hamm is like Bieber for MILFs. I mean the “Pick Two” rule — cheap, fast, or good. Most people when hiringContinue reading “Two out of Three is Best for Online Journalism”

Cancer Can’t Kill What She Did for Modern Media

Five years ago, a young San Francisco Chronicle editor built a bridge from old mainstream media to the then new and largely untested digital frontier. She didn’t know that she was doing it at the time – all she knew was that she had cancer, and rather than cry in silence, she decided that ifContinue reading “Cancer Can’t Kill What She Did for Modern Media”

Newspapers: Making the Case for Free

(Originally posted at The future of newspapers may well be in Colorado, once home to the late “gonzo journalism” provocateur Hunter S. Thomson and today home to no less that 12 free dailies. All of these papers are very local, and perhaps more importantly, successful. This trend is even more interesting in light ofContinue reading “Newspapers: Making the Case for Free”

Where There is Journalism, There is Hope

(Note: The following is the final chapter from my forthcoming book, “The Last Newspaper.” It’s printed here with permission from, well, myself…) “The one thing most likely to make the public value newspapers is newspapers valuing the public.” — Paul Bradshaw, senior lecturer in online journalism at Birmingham City University THERE IS A POPULAR TWITTERContinue reading “Where There is Journalism, There is Hope”