Good News for Local Journalism — I Hope

by Tim Berry

This week what my local (Eugene, Oregon) newspaper is doing with an iPad app makes me feel better about the future of journalism in the new online age. I’ve got a newspaper habit. I begin my day with the local paper. While I make my coffee and gather a breakfast, a browse the headlines, and... Read More »

The Difference Between a Journalist and a Blogger

by Tim Berry

What’s the difference between a journalist and a blogger? I see this from both sides because I was mainstream journalist for 10 years in the 1970s, then entrepreneur and consultant, software guy, and lately I blog a lot. A real journalist tries to tell the objective truth, reports facts fairly, strives for balance, and discloses bias.... Read More »

Is Print Journalism Dead?

by Tim Berry

Is print journalism dead? I got the question overnight in email from a student working on a research paper. He’d seen this post on this blog about that. He asked me to answer these three questions.  So these are his questions with my answers. 1.) What are the factors that have led to falling sales? Start... Read More »

Is Objective Journalism Doomed?

by Tim Berry

Do you ever wonder what happened to objective journalism? I have a thought about that. Until the web changed everything, we got our news from a very few sources: There was a newspaper or two in every city. There were three major networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS, offering television and radio news. There were a few... Read More »

Missing the Bonding Agent of Mainstream News

by Tim Berry

What an irony: when we all depended on a very few quasi-monopoly mainstream news media, news was more fact and less opinion. Who would have predicted that? I suppose this is hard to believe, but when I was in Journalism grad school a few decades ago teachers, students, and even practicing journalists believed in news... Read More »

Business Journalism Problem: Good Advice is Boring

by Tim Berry

I posted here yesterday about a Jay Goltz’ “Cash is Not King” post on NYTimes. I said: So what’s up with this? Is it just man bites dog, good journalism because it’s surprising, reversing standard wisdom? Yes, it is: good journalism, not-so-good business writing, because it’s playing to a catchy headline. It surprises people. He... Read More »

Can Stories be True When They’re False?

by Tim Berry

So it turns out that Jenny whiteboard quitting was a hoax. The Jet Blue guy with the chute exit and the beer wasn’t. I posted about both of them here Wednesday. You can read in that post that I suspected Jenny was fiction. I said so then, and I hedged my bets. The two brothers... Read More »

Journalism and Blogging: Both Sides Now

by Tim Berry

Jolie O’Dell is a journalist who blogs. She cares about journalism, I gather, because of the way she writes about it in posts like How to Tell a journalist from a Blogger and Not all bloggers are journalists and not all journalists are jerks on her own blog. Most of the time, though, she’s a... Read More »

With or Without Paper, the News Lives On. I hope.

by Tim Berry

As the newspaper business seems to die slowly, I console myself with the idea that journalism isn’t dying with it. The Huffington Post is booming. The New York Times will bring in about $350 million this year. The new iPad shows us how we can spread the paper in front of us with coffee and... Read More »

On Twitter, A/B Analysis, and the Art of Headlines

by Tim Berry

Do you like my headline here, on this post? Can you write a better one? Headlines are critical. I’ve noted that, with some frustration (I’m not so good at headlines) on this blog before, here. Headlines come up today because being in New York last week to  judge the Forbes.com business plan contest gave me... Read More »