Tag: journalists

A four question financial/current events quiz

Rhetorical, so you can’t fail:

Mark Fletcher’s 10 Commandments are my 10 Mistakes

The Bloglines and Yahoo Groups creator has some strong opinions on dealing with marketing types. I think I’ve made every mistake along those lines, and wish Fletcher had posted this stuff years ago.

My favorite tidbits within:

  • “Don’t believe what you read” – No kidding
  • “‘The Press’ is no longer the most important source of coverage” – Or their circulation/viewership wouldn’t be plummeting
  • “Traditional PR firms only marginally ‘get’ the blogosphere” – Yep, and if you still don’t believe it, ask Mike Masnick
  • “Unless you have true Wall Street Journal worthy news, or are stupid, don’t bother paying $20,000 a month for an ineffective PR agency” – No offense intended
  • “You do keep track of what people are saying about your company, right?” – You should keep track about what people are saying about you, too
  • Do these commandments apply to “public relations” efforts outside of tech company promotion?

    Don’t be a prima donna – show a little class

    Yesterday, the TypePad blogging service suffered an outage. I read quotes from so called “professional bloggers” pissing and moaning and calling Six Apart “ridiculous.” I am not even going to link back to the bullshit, because bad publicity is still publicity for you. You know who you are. You missed your four 50 cent ad clicks yesterday, and now you are pissed. I’ve got some news for you, Gods o’ Blogs…

    The tables have turned on rag media

    Up until recently, bloggers were viewed as the scourge of journalistic integrity (as if there ever was any).

    I may still think blogging doesn’t have a viable business model, outside of selling a network of so-so sites tied to a couple of really good ones, but traditional journalists are surely on their heals if they are stealing blog content.

    When the blogging community nabs a writer pinching their content and using it as their own, that’s one thing. When the bloggers start offering the Press Plagiarist of the Year Award, you can bet magazine and newspaper staffs are going to be a lot more careful from here on out.


    A newspaper’s problems, read graphically. Is journalism somehow losing value, or are people just getting wiser?