Lisa Williams

by Lisa Williams

Massive layoffs with no end in sight. Wave after wave of acquisitions and mergers fueled by the excesses of artificially cheap capital. Widespread fear that an entire industry and its contributions will stall or simply stop. This describes the news industry today, but it also described the high tech industry in the late eighties and [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

How can technology improve on even the best journalistic work and help journalists hold officials to account? In the first of the News Is Code series, we take a look at the recent Pulitzer won by Dana Priest and Anne Hull of the Washington Post for their series on conditions at the Walter Reed Army [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

“People misunderstood what we mean by innovative — they looked at what won last year and applied it to a kind, cute, delightful new content area that made us just cry when we had to reject it.” — Gary Kebbel, Knight Foundation, speaking at the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society about the process [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

Debbie Galant of Baristanet has launched the Baristanet Book Club, opening with an author interview conducted by Jay McInerney: So, why is Jay McInerney writing for Baristanet? It starts with the precipitous decline in book reviewing by mainstream media, a trend documented here and much fretted about by authors, reviewers, and publishers. As an author, [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

Placeblogger launched on January 1, 2007. Done on a shoestring budget using open source tools, Placeblogger let people find and see the large and growing number of placeblogs — weblogs devoted to a particular geographic community. Placeblogger’s origins can be traced back to a lunch in an Italian restaurant in San Francisco, in June of [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

“Is the Zapruder film citizen journalism?” Amy Gahran, 2005 To paraphrase Dave Winer, “You’ll make more money because of your blog than from your blog.” But read the whole thing. The net rewards narrow comprehensiveness — “ everything about something. Listen to Brewster Kahle, who runs the Internet Archive. more »

by Lisa Williams

Hello World! Seems fitting to open this new space with this traditional greeting, used by humans upon first interaction with a new computing environment. My name is Lisa Williams, and along with 23 others writing on this blog, I am one of the winners of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge. I pause here, because [...] more »