Tag Archives: Journalism

Stupid Tricks Don’t Bring the Clicks

Using data from the most popular newspapers out there, a group called Perfect Market is saying that while stupid articles about trash personalities such as Lindsay Lohan generate traffic, they don’t bring in the money for the websites involved. Perhaps while this is a fantasy for the newspapers publishing the piece (I read about it in The New York Times), I still believe it.

After all, when I read that crap, I parachute in, and then feel filthy for it. I bail as quickly as possible and rarely forward it.

Will Bad Newsgathering Outlast Good Papers?

Newsonomics has a piece on its blog comparing Patch.com news report with one in the Contra Costa Times. Contra Costa has better reporting. But Patch had more interaction with its readers. It also had better SEO and was listed higher in Google.

The start-ups will have to improve their reporting, because bad reporting is wallpaper. Boring wallpaper. But the news organizations are going to have to figure out this thing called SEO. Or they will die.

Ran across this posting: poor SEO may be what killed thelondonpaper.com (but as the comments to the posting say, that might be pushing it, as a thing to say. Ironically, the writer was going for some good SEO, and thereby misstated things).

Still Working on This Site

It’s a slow process, but I’m putting PDFs of my clips onto this site.

Click on “Editorial Clips” for my freelance writing/journalism and “Copywriter” for my ad-driven writing. Eventually, I’ll also have my all of my fiction up, and information on readings and events.

Right now, clips are also available here: http://www.mediabistro.com/MeakinArmstrong

Rocky Mountain News films its own death


Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.

Sad film made by the very people who’d just gotten laid-off.

Seattle Post Intelligencer
is probably going the same route. Houston Chronicle is having major layoffs. The New York Daily News is going down, they say. But supposedly most Americans don’t care.

Update: the Seattle P-I was given a heartless send-off by management.

Another update: Is the Graham family dumping the Washington Post?