Lisa Williams

by Lisa Williams

Where the journalists aren’t: the Marketplaces/Drilling Down on Local conference, a gathering of industry execs and venture investors. The “how do we make money on local” question that is generally the conversation ender at journalism confabs is the conversation beginner at this gathering, where the first panels are stocked with venture investors talking about what [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

Yesterday I got to go to the MIT Media Lab to sit in on a gathering of researchers and graduate students involved with the Center for Future Civic Media. It’s hard not to get all fangirl when going to the Media Lab. I mean, I used to read about this place in issues of Wired [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

Today, the New York Times is hosting TimesOPEN, their first developer conference. We’re now listening to tech book publisher Tim O’Reilly, but just a few minutes ago Janet Robinson, President and CEO of the New York Times Company, concluded her remarks. As a nonjournalist, I never developed the skill to take shorthand, but I did [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

You’ve heard about the housing bubble. And the dot-com bubble. I’m here to tell you about The Journalism Bubble. Anybody who’s paying attention to the state of journalism in the US is aware of the financial crisis facing the news industry. And there’s wide agreement on the cause of the crisis: advertising revenue for print [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

My friend and fellow citizen-journalism thinker Amy Gahran once asked, "Was Zapruder a journalist?" Zapruder’s home-movie camera captured the famous footage of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX. If your answer to that question is yes, then there were an untold number of journalists on the Oakland BART train platform [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

…it is hard to imagine what America would look like without the small and shrinking number of people who engage in painstaking, firsthand research in order to separate the truth from the body of supposed facts, and who keep the rest of us honest. That’s what David Samuels wrote about John Coster-Mullens, the author of [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

Now, I had something all ready to post, but I loved Chris O’Brien’s post on Mistakes I Made With The Next Newsroom Project that I’m going to do one of my own. I’ve been working on Placeblogger, a 2007 News Challenge Winner, with Tish Grier, over the past year and a half. Like a lot [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

[With apologies to Wallace Stevens.] If you decide to venture beyond talking about how your news organization’s site should work into actually changing how it does work, there’s one essential skill you’ll have to learn: how to talk to a programmer. Most nonprogrammers have no idea how to communicate their idea for a new feature [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

The web offers news organizations whole new ways to present complex stories to readers, but even the emergence of free tools hasn’t made online databases or Google Maps mashups a daily commonplace in your average news organization’s website. Often, that’s because the effort involved in building a rich, complex visualization is just too high for [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

Journalism is becoming a high tech industry, and that means that career norms for journalists are approaching those of high tech workers — shorter job tenures, working for smaller companies, and much more. Here are ten things that can help journalists survive Web 2.0 with their sanity intact: High tech is a boom and bust [...] more »