Robert Freeman of the New York State Committee on Open Government has been nominated as a "Local Hero" as part of the Sunshine Week activities.Read more
The Journalism Accelerator is an online information exchange connecting publishers across news and information networks. The JA exposes new possibilities for financial sustainability in journalism, showcases promising experiments and provides practical information to help publishers work smarter. Through intentional, moderated conversations and crowdsourced resource listings, the JA connects people, ideas and experience across networks and expertise.
Among the folks who participated are Joe Bergantino, Diane Lund, Bob Buderi, Rusty Coats, Susan Mernit, David Hirschman, Joe Michaud, me and some other folks.
This is a bit more about the business side of hyperlocal sites. You can read more about here.Read more
Cablevision has sent out an email to customers warning them to expect television interference due to a phenomenon known as "sun outages" in the coming days. The say these outages occur twice a year, during the spring and fall.
This spring they will occur between March 1st and March 9th. Initially, interference will occur on a few stations for 5 to 6 minutes, starting on March 1st but then impact all stations, peaking at 11 to 12 minutes on March 5th then diminishing to 7 to 8 minutes on March 8th before ending on March 9th.Read more
Watch Don McLean: American Troubadour | Childhood Memories on PBS.Read more
The folks at the Journalism Accelerator have asked me to contribute to an online forum on "sustainable journalism" on day two of a conference that begins tomorrow.
On Wednesday, February 29th, Day Two of the JA forum on sustainable journalism highlights the practice of niche publishing, one name for specializing in a particular subject matter or a certain type of reporting. Their experiences reflect many common issues local publishers know well.
You try to eat healthy, carting home bags of fresh fruits and vegetables from your local market. On The Dr. Oz Show on Friday, Assistant Commissioner Peter DeLucia from the Westchester County Department of Health will show you how to leave bacteria behind when you go produce shopping.
The segment is set to air Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Fox 5. This is the fourth time the County Health Department has been invited to appear on the program.
“This was a great opportunity to bring a public health message into millions of homes in a fun and friendly way with Dr. Oz,” DeLucia said.
Did you ever wonder how many hands touched those ripe red apples from the time they were picked until you took your first bite? Dr. Oz and DeLucia estimate it could be well over a dozen. That’s why it’s important to wash fruits and vegetables in cold water, and to lightly scrub with a vegetable brush any tomatoes, cantaloupe, zucchini, tomatoes and other produce that can take it.Read more
William Launder is reporting on Gannett's future business plan in in the Wall Street Journal: Gannett Outlines Revitalization Plan
Gannett executives said they would begin charging for local, online news content through a new content management system. Readers will be able to view a limited number of articles before being requested to pay for content. In its print operations, Gannett said single copy prices would increase by 30% to 100%.
The new online fee structure is similar to that adopted by The New York Times.
Talk of the Sound Poll: Would you pay a fee to access LoHud.com?Read more
Bob Marrone may not be getting that invitation to Mayor Noam Bramson's holiday party come December after weighing in on the reality of crime in New Rochelle.
Despite his best efforts to sugarcoat the message, the message is clear. According to Marrone, New Rochelle residents are afraid and have good right to be: "residents are on edge…multiple armed attacks…denial…indicative of a reality we rarely talk about…tough, even dangerous, neighborhoods…do not yet give one the sense of security that we would like…inner city problems…gang activity."
Marrone posits several reasons why the recent spate of violent robberies in New Rochelle has gotten media attention over the past few weeks while ignoring the most obvious reason: Talk of the Sound.Read more