“Newspapers are the new startups”

Newspapers are the new startups . . . we’re starting to see a lot of great changes as technologies improve and cultures change.”
John Levitt, Director of Sales and Marketing, Parse.ly

Levitt’s is one of the most insightful takes on the publishing industry I’ve heard in a while. It’s going to take a lot of restructuring and a ground-up approach, but I’m excited to be a part of it as we embrace the start-up culture in Savannah.

Raw data as oxymoron

“Raw data is both an oxymoron and a bad idea; to the contrary, data should be cooked with care.”Geoffrey Bowker
Bowker was spot on in his comments made last week at Columbia Journalism School. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to make order out of chaos from “raw data,” i.e. unintelligible, inaccurate spreadsheets.

On the importance of localism

A decade before the rise of the Internet set in motion the disruption of legacy news business models, Kaniss foresaw the growing need for local and regional news to unite increasingly fragmented, suburbanized communities.

Aron Pilholfer at #doingdataj

Totally agree, but harbor the lurking suspicion that many traditional readers still like to read pretty narratives and don’t care as much if the facts back them up. In other words, it’s an audience problem just as much as it is an editorial one.