More thoughts about the ‘death of the homepage’


About 10 days ago I featured a post about how the New York Times homepage is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the age of social media and people reading content that’s shared with them or recommended to them. Poynter has followed this up with some additional graphs and insight, which adds additional interesting points. Continue reading

The growing irrelevance of the news homepage


In the Internet’s early days, the homepage was king: Companies like Yahoo! fought to have the most relevant landing page for users. The hope was they’d make it their start page when opening their browser, and spend a long time on their sites, consuming content and features. Continue reading

Weaponized clickbait and why you click


Yesterday I noted how things like “pollen vortex” are driving news outlets because they get people to click.  Coincidentally, I then tripped across this article at The Verge about how many news outlets are increasingly relying on modules with titles like “You May Also Like” to get people to keep reading (either on their own site, or through others, where they’ll get money for the click). Continue reading

The real facts behind that McDonald’s coffee lawsuit

The McDonald’s spilled coffee story and lawsuit that came out in the 90s endures somehow, a prime example of a story going viral long before Twitter and Facebook existed.  Yet while some are lamenting the problems that the immediacy of social media brings and the major pitfalls we’re failing to avoid, it’s not an exclusively online problem, either. Continue reading

A new-ish tradition: Modern Christmas cards


Last year, I wrote about my efforts to have a bit of fun with the tradition of sending Christmas cards.  Two years ago, thanks to Charles Apple, I became aware of Red Letter Paper Co., the creation of Stephanie Hinderer, a former visual journalist who found herself frustrated with what was in stores and took her own spin on Christmas cards.  I’ve once again gravitated back to her store, as each year she refreshes the line with new choices and I never come away disappointed. Continue reading

Bad Metro-North reporting, bad handling of follow-up

Having worked at newspapers for a good chunk of my life, I certainly take the business of journalism seriously, and especially the slow and steady march to online journalism (although, having done page production, it makes me a bit sad that layout may go away at some point).

As a technologist, I applaud unique efforts on websites, and as a former copy editor I cringe at bad missteps.  Today, a series of steps led me to a cringe-worthy moment, and a potential ethical issue. Continue reading