editor on the verge

Online musings from the newsroom and beyond . . . by Yoni Greenbaum

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Thanks for stopping by

November 17th, 2007 · No Comments

It’s my plan to blog Monday through Friday (holidays included). So I’m off for the weekend. You can continue to follow me via twitter, digg, pownce, etc. But in any case, make sure you check back for a new post Monday morning.

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Do you publish in 3-D?

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

I find one-dimensional articles disappointing; they cause newspapers to miss out on important opportunities to engage readers, to educate them and to keep them coming back for more. One-dimensional articles reek of laziness and, I would argue, can be the sign of an insecure newsroom.

NYTimes related link boxOne-dimensional articles do not provide related links, do not include access to referenced documents and do nothing to show readers how the reporting was completed and the piece written.

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All hail Digg the liberator!!!

November 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Digg LogoOn Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal announced a new program that will “enable its users to submit WSJ.com articles to Digg… and allow Digg users to view content currently available to WSJ.com subscribers.” After years of Journal content living behind a paid firewall, the reaction to the announcement has been expectedly euphoric.

Is Digg’s goal here just to beat Rupert Murdoch to the draw and free Journal content from it’s paid confines, or do they have an ulterior motive? After all, Journal content is not a complete stranger to Digg. A quick search reveals stories were being Dugg more then a year ago. And the inclusion of the Digg button on WSJ.com pages is far from revolutionary.

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Is CNN running out of material?

November 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments

When I work from home, I have a tendency to leave CNN on the TV as background noise. Why I don’t just listen to music, I don’t know. While there are many things about CNN that irk me, the one that frustrates me the most is the repetition.

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Try it some time and you’ll see what I mean. Start watching at say 7 or 8 a.m. and go through to even just noon and, barring MAJOR breaking news, you are bound to see the same story two or three times.

I understand that it takes time to produce live or prerecorded segments and that CNN’s anchors can’t just sit there and read news produced by the AP or other wire service. But recycling the same pieces; is there no new news they should be covering?

Sounds frustrating and annoying, doesn’t it?

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