This newspaper owner is doing OK

Times may be tough for some newspaper owners, but Santa Barbara News-Press co-publisher Wendy McCaw appears to be getting by just fine. Her helicopter-toting 193-foot motoryacht Calixe is in Toronto, drawing plenty of admiring looks. Ms McCaw and her fiancé, Arthur von Wiesenberger, are co-publishers of the News-Press, a newspaper she purchased in 2000 from […]

Washington Post redesigns mobile services

The Washington Post has launched a new selection of mobile services, including an iPhone-optimized site, a BlackBerry application, and other variations to work on cellphones. The services use a simplified navigation structure, comprising Politics, Business, Metro, Arts and Lifestyle, and Sports sections. MediaPost reports that the services were built in-house, and that two editors have […]

Washington Posts fires blogger, then dives for cover

It’s fascinating to compare these two accounts of the sacking of washingtonpost.com White House Watch blogger Dan Froomkin: From the Washington City Paper, full of juicy quotes from Post insiders From the Washington Post’s ombudsman, who got stonewalled by his own colleagues. Hat tip: Jay Rosen UPDATE July 7: Froomkin joins huffingtonpost.com as Washington DC […]

Online video viewing up 68%

Online video viewing has increased dramatically over the past year, according to US data from Nielsen Online. The Nielsen chart above shows an increase in the number of viewers, but even stronger growth in the number of minutes that each viewer spent, on average, watching online video. This made me wonder about the growth in […]

Twitter reschedules maintenance to keep Iran news flowing

From Anderson Cooper’s blog at CNN.com. …senior officials say the State Department asked Twitter to refrain for going down for periodic scheduled maintenance at this critical time to ensure the site continues to operate. Bureau’s and offices across the State Department, they say, are paying very close attention to Twitter and other sites to get […]

First report from The Local’s virtual assignment desk

Citizen journalist Elisabeth Donnelly was the first to have her work published as part of a new program on The Local, a community website operated by the New York Times. Responding to an invitation on The Local’s new Virtual Assignment Desk (see earlier blog post), Donnelly covered the 88th Precinct Community and Youth Council meeting […]