Media: Are you an owner, streamer or a tweener?

At last week’s gathering of Knight News Challenge winners, an intense debate broke out over the future of media. Yes, it was in a bar. No, it was not about the future of news, or the sustainability of particular platforms. It wasn’t even about innovating new platforms – although this round’s winners, focused on mobile, […]

Working in the intersections

Last week was an atypical one for me – no travel. My personal blogging and social media contributions have not been as substantial as my contributions to my Delta SkyMiles account (Platinum in July, thanks). But last week gave me enough time to take a bit of a balcony view of our work at C2C. […]

From Skype to Sneakernet

“The challenge in philanthropy – as in other sectors – is to find solutions that thread various communities. Sometimes it’s a tech solution; sometimes it’s a sticky note…” My latest blog post for The Patterson Foundation. Read it here.

Witnessing 9/11 through a mobile & social lens – in 2001

On the morning September 11, 2001, I was boarding a plane in Minneapolis, headed for Dallas to share online research at a Freedom Communications conference. I made it as far as the jetway when the gate agent halted boarding. For a few moments, we all stood in that soulless tunnel, figuring the delay was any […]

As traditional media revenues decline, digital dollars grow

The first quarter reports are slogging in, and for media companies, the numbers continue to paint a picture of ongoing decline. Today, McClatchy Co. posted that first-quarter revenue fell 10 percent, which included an 11 percent decline in newspaper advertising revenue and a 5 percent decline in circulation revenue. But digital-only revenue – not tied […]

One year after leaving corporate media: Focusing on fundamentals

Today marks one year since I left the E.W. Scripps company, resigning my post as Vice President of Content and Marketing. In my announcement – leaked in several places but most reliably here – I said my reasons for leaving were professional and personal: On the professional side, after more than 20 years with newspapers […]

AOL, Huffington Post and the value of sexy

A lot of smart online folks are weighing in about this morning’s joint announcement that AOL is purchasing The Huffington Post for $315 million. Arianna Huffington will join the AOL team as President and Editor of The Huffington Post Media Group. As such, she’ll lead all content on AOL, including In his announcement, AOL […]

Getting serious about games

Several recent projects have edged into the territory of games and how a gaming interface – or just the pedagogy behind gaming – might transform journalism, local communities, social causes and even philanthropy itself. Some of the impetus is personal. I love watching my daughters play Sims – they spend countless hours cultivating and enhancing […]

Touting audience or revenue

Comes now the latest report from the Newspaper Association of America, touting the supremacy of online newspapers in reaching the biggest and most affluent online audience. This is great news but, data-wise, a bit of Groundhog Day. The NAA has been saying this since 2002, when I did the Power Users study for them. I […]

Are we launched?

Thoughts on the eternal koan of interactive media: Are we launched?