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Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Digital Newspaper of 1981, and The Last 8 Years

There is a wonderful 1981 television report from KRON in San Francisco on the beginning of computerized newspapers that photographer Giovanni Del Brenna told me about (it’s also on the blog A Photo Editor). Before images or sounds were transmitted onto computers, eight newspapers were experimenting with the idea of having people read the newspaper text on [...]

Consumer Reports WebWatch on Image Integrity

Working with Consumer Reports WebWatch I have authored a downloadable report that attempts to help the Web viewer understand and interpret the different kinds of digital imagery that appear online (retouched, computer-generated, staged, etc. It also deals with the standards that many journalistic publications use in deciding how far to go in their manipulations, as [...]

Endow the News?

In a sign of how bad things are for the news business, today’s New York Times carries an Op-Ed piece arguing that the news business essentially needs a bailout that will turn some of the press into non-profits. “Today, we are dangerously close to having a government without newspapers,” the article states. Running the New York [...]

Last Chance?

I have been having discussion after discussion with people terrified that the “newspaper of record,” The New York Times, might cease to exist in a meaningful way. How will we know what is going on in the world? What will replace it as a daily report that we can share and discuss? And, underneath all [...]

The Exhaustion of Icons

The Obama Inauguration was quite beautiful. It had its enormous crowds in the cold (Steven Spielberg, who was on the podium, when asked about his emotional state suggested that he would not have been able to afford to stage such a scene for one of his movies), a phalanx of political leaders and military guards, [...]