Category Archives: Industry

A great conversation with Mashable’s Jim Roberts on digital journalism

Very enjoyable Q&A with Jim Roberts, executive editor of Mashable, at a Canadian Journalism Foundation event Monday night. If you’ve been in digital media for awhile,  you’ve heard the points he makes.  But you can’t hear them enough.  There is so much re-learning that has to happen in this industry, it’s important to immerse yourself into […]

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A reader-focused redesign: 10 good questions with the LA Times’ Jimmy Orr

[This article appeared on the American Press Institute site on May 9, 2014] The Los Angeles Times just redesigned their site with a focus on mobile and a goal of increasing reader engagement through pre-written tweets or “sharelines,” infinite scrolling, and a handful of other design specs. We talked with Jimmy Orr, managing editor of digital, […]

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February, 2013 biggest traffic month ever for Los Angeles Times

Here’s the memo I wrote discussing our record traffic month in February: Breaking news, Oscars drive record traffic to What a month. Great journalism and smart strategies for digital coverage continued in February, resulting in the biggest audience to in the history of the site. We also recorded a 125% increase in video […]

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HuffPost Live is a winner

Some people you watch more closely than others.  If they do something, based on their track record, you really pay attention.  They know something.  They’ve demonstrated an expertise.  They know something. We all know that video is booming in the digital space.  That ain’t new.  The BBC Olympic numbers only validate the boom.  Wow. But […]

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Google Hangouts: Reader engagement through live video chats

We’re doing more and more Google Hangouts at  Love it.  Smart.  A big differentiator. We’re building a place to have smart conversations.  A place where readers can go to not only better understand an issue but to interact with the reporters and the newsmakers. It’s also good because it shows our home page is […]

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Meteor Shower means NASA interactivity and reader engagement

Kudos to NASA.  Huge meteor shower tonight.  It’s the Perseids and the scientists at the space agency say it will probably be the best show of the year.  Up to 100 shooting stars an hour.  Great. So, how are they connecting with the public?  Live streaming of the sky (seriously) and they’re hosting an online […]

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The readers (and viewers) rule. We gotta go to them.

One of the things I constantly say is “we gotta go to where the readers are.”  The media isn’t just a push medium anymore.  Significant portion of it is pull. Our metrics are very clear about this.  Most people don’t find us by coming directly to our site.  They come from offsite locations.  Maybe it’s […]

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Shared responsibility is no responsibility

Sometimes there are articles that just nail it.  “Why Less is More in Teams” from the Harvard Business Review does exactly this. People get tired of me saying “Shared responsibility is no responsibility.”  I say it a lot.  I advocate for personal ownership whenever possible.  I do this because wherever I’ve worked I’ve seen the […]

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Promise of video was always there; now tech makes it rock

  It’s really no surprise that video is exploding in the digital space.  You give people quality content and they’ll engage. We’re seeing that at the Los Angeles Times.  Many of our live video discussions are highly-watched.  Google Hangouts gives us the ability to talk about the issues with reporters and the newsmakers quickly.  And […]

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Nolan Bushnell on learning and innovating

I’m a longtime fan of Nolan Bushnell. As someone who would spend every cent of my paper route money on Atari cartridges, I invested in Bushnell — the founder of Atari.  I was a diehard supporter. In 9th grade, everyone had to give an oral presentation on an American they admired.  You heard what you […]

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