The freedom of realizing it’s not a career - it’s actually a calling

…and realizing that a feedback loop doesn’t matter

Maybe if I’m honest with you, radically honest with you, I can learn how to be honest with myself. As a matter of self-image preservation, I tend to avoid that sort of awkwardness, but I’m thinking now that if the big dreams are to survive, reality has to be faced head on, if only in small doses at first. Continue reading

Why local journalism needs to build better audiences, not just newsrooms

So, I’m kind of in a weird place. As a  one-time newspaperman trying to work my way back into journalism, I read yesterday’s piece from Harvard University’s Nieman Lab with guarded enthusiasm:

A Boston Globe memo puts the spotlight on an emerging consensus on how to transform metro papers

The idea that seems to be catching on for metro papers is to place the news that readers want in front of their faces wherever they are and all the time. And I get that. These storied journals have finally accepted the fact that, eventually, the last buggy was going to break down, and no one was  going to want their whips ever again.
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