Welcome to Joe Think. I’m Joe, an online news web developer (and former producer) at a daily newspaper in Denver. I think a lot.
In the course of this blog I plan to start conversations about online news processes and practice (because I’d like to think I’m good at what I do) and online news ‘theory’ (because I like to think).
I’m going to write about how online news organizations (mostly newspapers, but some of this applies to television and radio) can make local information relevant to its readers in new and awesome ways, and about other ways that local online storytelling rocks / will rock.
Here are some details on what I will write about in this blog:
Practice: Strategy for successful online news content that I’ve seen work. Some nitty-gritty on what I like, what’s good and what could get better in the day-to-day production work of an online news site. There’s a lot of workflow stuff newspapers don’t get yet, which hurts the product and wastes time and cash.
Theory: What online news is, where it’s going, and ideas about how we get there. I’m going to write about storytelling and how it’s evolving, technology, what information architecture means to journalists, and the many levels of participation possible on local news sites. Here are a few ideas to kick it off with.
- Journalism is community storytelling.
- Good storytelling invites participation.
- News shares the events and ideas relevant (and entertaining) to a community.
- Blogs are not the big fix (though they are part of the plan), and if newspapers don’t get their act together their blogs will be looked at as just another in a series of semi-blind trendjumps.
- Local newspapers and their online news operations are sitting on a goldmine.
The idea behind this site is that these conversations will refine and move ideas forward, and probably stimulate new thoughts as well. There’s plenty worth discussing on the topics of relevance, local, journalism, storytelling, and the internet. I don’t think many people would disagree that news web sites have leagues to go before they figure out the internet.
So, welcome. Got a question? A thought? Fire away.