Why news personalization has flopped with users, media

Photo by samplediz Theories on the Internet’s effect on news consumption generally follow one of two themes. The first is that it frees users to find the news of interest and consequence for them — personalized news — without the constrictions of time, editor-gatekeepers and journalistic agendas. The second is that the Internet is aContinue reading “Why news personalization has flopped with users, media”

Value-added editing

I try to describe myself as a “value-added” copy editor, and editor in general. “Value-added” is a buzz phrase, but it has meaning if only because the term “copy editor” has lost much of its meaning. Copy editors are often unemployed and copy editing no longer a full job description. Their value — always difficultContinue reading “Value-added editing”

Editing is smarter when it’s collective, collaborative

This is a post about current events, but the idea is really timeless: Sharing what we know to maximize its utility. Oil, as it always does, is a key player in any discussion of world affairs, this time because of the unrest in Egypt and, now, Libya. Predictably, the futures contracts have moved upward. ThisContinue reading “Editing is smarter when it’s collective, collaborative”

Editors: Not famous, but ready for new media

Copy editors, paginators and Web editors, aggregators and bloggers can all experience the rush of breaking news, of chaos and upheaval, but it’s (generally) at least one step removed. We may be hearing of the event, watching it unfold TV or online, or even tracking it through a reporter or friend at the scene, butContinue reading “Editors: Not famous, but ready for new media”