Love the headline in a Financial Times piece, UK newspaper industry: Rewriting the story, a fact-filled account of the state of the media in the UK, and newspapers particularly. Distinct message: Let's stop making decisions based on the past.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Zhihao Zhang, a 2015 Columbia Journalism grad, and now a journalist in the People's Daily political writer for the Chinese magazine, Global People. Zhihao, who was in my class last spring semester, updated us on the state of the media in China today: apps everywhere, feverishly pace for new media start ups and, yes, the decline of print.
Here are some interesting items that I pick up here and there which give us reason to celebrate---regardless of what your favorite platform is.
One of my favorite projects ever, Die Zeit, the German intellectual newspaper, is turning 70. Gee, we are almost the same age, although I wish I had aged as Die Zeit has. Here is a piece I wrote as part of the celebrations, to be published in the celebration edition of Die Zeit.
I had to think a little before deciding whether this quarter and dull year financial report from The New York Times was good, bad or insignificant news.
On the way to extend your video presence, don’t neglect audio—that other important and efficient tool for storytelling.
Finally, one good thing about the never-ending coverage of Donald J. Trump and the fascination the media seems to have with him and all he says. This time, however, The New York Times has compiled the key to all of Trump's insults (it's a long one), and we get a journalism lesson in the proceess.
Readers of the blog know that I am an admirer of everything The Washington Post is doing as it merges a fabulously rich history with the essentials for survival in the journalism of the future. A new building signals a big push forward.
Nothing new about this rule: make type easy to read. Usually that is followed by a helpful tip: if using background colors on a page (or screen), please make sure that the type is legible. The rule was not applied for this New York Times page. Take a look.