240 days later,┬áThe New York Times is still trying to implement Edit Flow/Assignment Desk for The Locals. Deploying WordPress plugins shouldn’t be this difficult.

Class: Entrepreneurial Journalism Technology Immersion, 3/21/11

From 6 to 7 pm this evening, I joined Selcen Onsan’s Tech Immersion class as a guest speaker. Tech Immersion is one of the five Entrepreneurial Journalism courses this spring. I want to write down a few thoughts on the session as a way of starting to iterate (and hopefully improve) my teaching methods. The […]

New kit: Fitbit

Ordered a Fitbit way back in August or September and it finally arrived today. Holy Moses. The device is sleek and brain-dead simple, and the website allows you to track everything under the sun in an elegant way. If it works well, this is the coolest thing I’ve come across in a while.

Truth: media companies need to become technology companies

Bora Zivkovic, A Farewell to Scienceblogs: the Changing Science Blogging Ecosystem: What Seed Media Group should be doing, what every media group should be doing, is become a tech-oriented company (one of the reasons PLoS is successful is that it is essentially a technology-rich publishing company, with an incredible and visionary IT/Web team working with […]

The importance of Google’s Living Stories

Google, in collaboration with The New York Times and The Washington Post, dropped a bombshell today in the battle for the future of news: Living Stories. The new project is described as “an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment,” and there are currently pages for eight different topics, including the […]

Covering Science and Technology: So you want to be a tech writer?

David Wolman and Marshall Kirkpatrick (@marshallk) led the conversation for the last panel this afternoon. Informational interviews are a key part of finding stories, David says. He consumes a lot of coffee, talks with people about what they’re working on, and then also asks about what else they’re working on. That secondary information can lead […]

Syncing contacts, Spanning Sync, and trust

My second attempt gets a B-. I’m a big fan of services that can reliably keep my data in sync across multiple computers. Dropbox is likely my all-time favorite, and allows me to effortlessly sync 50 GB of documents, code, and media between my laptop and my desktop (ahem, .Mac). CoPress has a folder we’ve […]

Backdoors in the interwebs

On Tuesday, July 21 around 11 pm Pacific, I stumbled across a serious information security flaw in DuckWeb, the University of Oregon’s student information portal. For some of the work I’ve been doing with Publish2, I’ve been paying close attention to the composition and beauty of URLs. When printing out my degree audit for a […]