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Walls Down Fortress

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Why do we bother hiding behind walls when the gate’s no longer there?

When the Gatekeepers were cast into the pit of irrelevancy and uselessness, news organizations, ofter gatekeepers themselves, still ran their operations as if they had a gate. As if they could control what went out, when it did, and why it did. They maintained that quasi-authority, fourth estate kind of power, even as the fourth estate dissovled into the crowd.

It dissolved when anyone with a notepad, laptop, smartphone and camera could to the paper’s job faster, and more efficiently that it could.

We can’t work like we’re still a type of institutional power. We’re storytellers, and not meant to be “quasi-governmental.” It’s time to open up. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Steven A. Fletcher

May 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

Tying Two Worlds

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Video in a print story? Impossible! …right?

Wrong. But only recently wrong. The Gloucester Times, and other Eagle Tribune newspapers started using a bit of technology derived from your local grocery store over the last few months. That’s right, bar codes. Read the rest of this entry »


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The City’s day-by-day walking, talking, and living marks only one part of the community. The other exists in the air, made up of locals who capitalized on the death of the gatekeeper. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

May 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

By Day or Week? Musing on the DCM

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The Divorced Content model applies itself best to weekly papers. The once-a-week print edition gives reporters time to produce worth-while long-form articles, and provide enough short form “daily” news during the week to keep readers interested.

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Written by Steven A. Fletcher

May 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

The Divorced Content Model

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News organizations craft one stream of news content. The Gloucester Times produces the Gloucester Times, the Salem News produces the Salem News. Redundant? Not quite.

Those organizations have an original content flow. They’re generally producing news, opinion, video, etc. that no one else produces. But that “content stream” looks a bit like a telephone wire. It’s one cable, encasing a bundle of individual wires. The Gloucester Times content flow provides readers with Cape Ann News, Fishing Industry News, Community Calendar information, Opinion articles, Arts and Life features …

You get the idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Platforms, Protocols, and how we read.

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The New Media aren’t the information world’s version of pac-man. A new medium will not consume the old medium. Writing did not consume talking, nor photography painting.

So, the web will not consume print in the news world either. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm


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An eighteen page newspaper’s just a bit too long for my taste.

The average morning paper contains a few front-page, leading stories, several local sports pieces, the community calendar, meeting agendas, and the occasional arts and life piece. All deal with the paper’s region.

I’ve read through the two major local papers on Cape Ann, the Salem Evening News, and the Gloucester Daily Times  and paused,  wondering if what I’m reading really needs to be there. Read the rest of this entry »