The next 11 days

A bit of travel coming up over the next 11 days: Today I’m flying to NYC to meet a few new members of the Fusion team in person. Tomorrow we have a hack day on the theme of personalization. Friday evening I’m taking the train to Philly for Saturday’s BCNI. I fly back to Portland […]


Off to Philly for BCNI. It’s been a couple of years, and I’m looking forward to seeing the crew again.

BCNI Philly: GitHub for news

Greg Linch led a 3 pm session in room 4 on applying GitHub (and Git) to news. Andrew Spittle and I collaborated on live Google Doc notes. Here’s Greg’s previous blog post on the topic.

BCNI Philly: Creating thriving communities where your readers are happy

Andrew Spittle and Andrew Nacin led a 1 pm session on lessons to be learned from developing software. Both worked on their college newspapers. Spittle now works for, a service offered by Automattic, and Nacin works on, an open-source software project. Two different types of communities involved: centralized and decentralized.


Window seat on Amtrak 651 Keystone Service to Philadelphia for my third BarCamp NewsInnovation Philly tomorrow. Stoked to hang out with Andrew, Andrew, Marc, Sean, Greg, and everyone else. Michelle arrives tomorrow night after her Yelp event. We’re staying at the Penn View Hotel, and then will enjoy a tourist day on Sunday.

BCNI Philly: APM’s Public Insight Network

Drew Geraets led a session this morning on American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, an initiative and tool to bring their audience deeper into the reporting process. Funded by the Knight Foundation, they’re currently doing a complete rebuild of their CRM for journalism to produce a fully open source project and expand usage beyond the […]

BCNI Philly: Peer News, emerging news hybrid in Hawaii

“What is the atomic unit of journalism?” Howard Weaver asks as he discusses the pre-launch philosophies of Peer News. This is an important question because the news startup doesn’t want to brand itself as a news site. Doing so will lock your community into thinking about you with a particular paradigm. Instead, Peer News wants […]

Measuring journalism

Steven Johnson, with “The Glass Box and The Commonplace Book” (emphasis mine): But they have underestimated the textual productivity of organizations that are incentivized to connect, not protect, their words. A single piece of information designed to flow through the entire ecosystem of news will create more value than a piece of information sealed up […]