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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 »


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 »


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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 »


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Each medium highlights different aspects of the way people understand a story.

If a narrative requires thought, generally a long-form, print piece that readers can look over quickly, and frequently, works best. If the story’s visual, colorful, and exciting, print doesn’t work. It feels to distant, and academic.

Video does these well. But, video lacks the depth, and potential for review, that print media has.

To each their own. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Into the Air

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Quiet falls over the Internet tonight. An odd stillness, sanity, and calm from a city known for a hedonistic addiction to flashing lights. Pause… something’s not right.

You’re in a dead zone, where the lights haven’t flickered, where a web presence hasn’t been, and where silence, at least in that corner of our digital world, rules with an iron scepter. Welcome to my town. Read the rest of this entry »

Minor Leagues –

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I have a mild love affair with minor league baseball.

Minor league games pack all the excitement of Fenway Park into a smaller, less polished price tag. The minor leagues don’t try to be the majors. They’re community baseball teams, playing against cities, rather than states.

City and Town papers play that kind of small ball. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Internet Context

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Facebook brought  context into a Gloucester Times story on Rockport’s late IGA. The store closed last week, and residents have hounded grocers from Trader Joe’s to Crosby’s Marketplace, a small chain out of Manchester.

We crowdsourced. That is, we listened to a lot of people talk at the same time, at the same place.  A bit like an inverse press conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm