This Will be Big: Google Currents

In a product that’s definitely inspired by Flipboard, Google Currents allows a publisher to easily provide their work in a mobile-friendly view for Android, the iPhone, and iPad. Watch this video (less than two minutes) to learn more:

I’ve published this blog along with my latest photo gallery photos into an edition called Current Hockley. Curious to see how it looks? Grab Google Currents from either the Apple or Android app stores and search for Hockley.

College Newspapers: Still Teaching Obsolescence

In casual online conversation, I recently saw reference to a daily print newspaper at Oregon State University. At first I recalled stories of college papers, and then it hit me: why the hell are college newspapers still being printed on paper?

This guy is going, going... how long until this is but history?For years we’ve watched and talked about the implosion of traditional media outlets including the dead-tree newspaper. Whereas newspapers once served as the cornerstone of news both local and global, they’re now viewed as an ineffective means for delivering the news. The logistics of the print newspaper cycle, coupled with the economic realities of a world in which global news travels at the speed of the internet, make the traditional print distribution model obsolete and financially unsustainable.

Note that I differentiate between the print newspaper and journalism. Journalism is a practice; newspapers are a delivery mechanism.

Colleges ought to be focusing on teaching journalism and doing so in an appropriate manner which will best prepare students for life in the post-university “real world”. Teaching students how to produce a print newspaper is teaching them to be obsolete. Students should be learning electronic distribution through modern content management systems.

Future journalistic success won’t come from print newspapers; the reporters who will become notable will be those who can publish quality work rapidly through electronic means while using social media tools for two-way relationships with their audience. That is what should be taught at colleges.

The Story of #pdxtst

As we approach another winter in the usually-mild Pacific Northwest, it’s time to explain #pdxtst.

#pdxtst is a Twitter hashtag that stands for the Portland Twitter! Storm! Team!

Those exclamation points are important, because we’re actually making fun of the overreactions by local mainstream news media. I explain it further in this video recorded in early 2009:

I don’t recall if it was myself or Kelly Guimont (@verso) who first used the hashtag. The part that I love is that now all of the mainstream media folks now use the hashtag for local weather coverage. New media is fun!