January/February 2010 Issue

News Features

Detroit is, undoubtedly, among the cities hardest hit by the recession. The city's biggest employers have been under siege, and abandoned homes line the streets. Thanks to a $40-million deal with Houghton Mifflin Co., Detroit's public schools are now on the leading edge of a technological movement to replace printed textbooks with computer software. They aren't the only ones.
- Posted Jan 25, 2010

Featured Stories

Qualifying the value of something such as "community" is no easy task: What exactly is an online community worth? And how do you measure its effectiveness or know for certain that you are getting a return on your investment when you allocate resources for this purpose?
- Posted Jan 15, 2010
In September, The Washington Post's senior editor Milton Coleman published guidelines to the paper's staff members about their activities on the internet-while on and off the job. His email to staff said, in part: "Social networks ... can be valuable tools in gathering and disseminating news and information. They also create some potential hazards we need to recognize. When using social networking tools for reporting or for our personal lives, we must remember that Washington Post journalists are always Washington Post journalists." It was the "or for our personal lives" part that created a firestorm for The Washington Post. But its concern about what its staff members-particularly reporters-are saying online is understandable.
- Posted Jan 22, 2010
While tempting, it would be a mistake to write off the dire state of the news business as simply a reflection of the general decline in print readership since the rise of the internet or as just another casualty of the recession. The problems run deeper. And to make things worse, the newspaper industry finds itself in this sorry state just as a new generation enters the work force-one with less connection to traditional news media than ever before.
- Posted Feb 05, 2010


The 2009 shopping season will give the electronic publishing world its first indication of how consumers, schools, and businesses regard the wave of e-reader devices about to assault them.
- Posted Jan 29, 2010
By most people's measures and expectations, SharePoint in its 2010 guise will exceed all previous milestones and targets. As for me, I have my doubts.
- Posted Jan 27, 2010
I used to differentiate between the Old School of Research and the New School whereby one started a research project. Old School info pros like me still catch ourselves framing a research project around what databases we subscribe to. New School info pros head directly to the web.
- Posted Feb 03, 2010
Tara Hunt is on to something when, in her book The Whuffie Factor, she says that today Andy Warhol's saying "everyone will be famous for 15 minutes" has changed to "everyone will be famous to 15 people."
- Posted Jan 20, 2010
You can't read a story or watch a broadcast report about the news business without hearing dire predictions of how bad things are. Yet while so many people are focused on the bad news, both Politico.com and TMZ.com, in just a very short time, have built major media companies. So what makes these two upstarts so successful while stalwarts lay off staff and struggle to say in the black?
- Posted Jan 20, 2010

Faces of EContent

‘I spend most of my day working with faculty to help them both showcase and develop their research.'
- Posted Jan 25, 2010

Case Studies

In the spring of 2009, Anne Zafian, VP, deputy publisher, children's books, says Simon & Schuster found itself with a "bestselling paranormal young adult series, The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare, whose sales we wanted to support and grow into the summer and beyond." More important, Zafian had a specific target audience in mind: "This is a paranormal series with lots of crossover appeal to adults, and we wanted to specifically target that crossover audience and to incrementally build Cassandra's audience."
- Posted Jan 29, 2010