HBits | Journalism, economics and storytelling

On my mind this week:


If you want to better understand what is happening to the news business, have a look at this: A digital journalism revolution with strings attached by Edward Wasserman.  (Via @SBMediaBiz via Miami Herald)

This is exactly why it’s imperative that you publish articles and blog posts regularly on your own and select outside turf while building your own targeted distribution channels (read: email list) in addition to cultivating alliances who will allow you to publish on their channels. If there ever was a magic press pill, it’s gone now, swallowed by a unicorn.

the economy

I know I said I was going to take a break from reading about the economy, but then I discovered @nouriel. Here’s a link to a NYT article about the white paper he wrote with two other learned fellows. Very interesting.

For even more perspective, watch this interview of Carlota Perez by Union Sq. Venture’s Fred Wilson . It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Spend the 26 minutes. First thought: OMG, Patagonia already gets it.


Downloaded: The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories For more information, visit artofimmersion.com. (Via Mitch Joel.)

The publishers of the “The Phantom Toll Booth” are celebrating its 50th anniversary. Never heard of it? Let’s fix that.  TPTB lovers can recount their cherished memories of the story for a chance to win a signed copy of the book.


My colleague,  Mark O’Brien’s book is out: A Website That Works. Mark is president of web development firm Newfangled. Newfangled helps advertising agencies build better websites for their clients.



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