Wayne MacPhail

Wayne MacPhail began in the industry as a magazine photographer, feature writer and editor. In 1983, he moved to the Hamilton Spectator where was a health, science and social services columnist, feature writer and editor. In 1991, he founded Southam InfoLab, a research and development lablooking into future information products for this Canadian national newspaper chain. After leaving Southam, he developed online content for most Canadian online networks. Wayne now heads up w8nc inc., helping non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, charitable organizations and associations develop and implement technology-based, marketing driven communications strategies. He also teaches online journalism at the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University. He serves on the board of "rabble.ca":http://rabble.ca/ where he founded the rabble podcast network and rabbletv. He's a regular tech columnist for the website and for mondoville.com.

by Wayne MacPhail

It’s natural to imagine our computers as devices that have screens and some sort of keyboard input, real or virtual. Those two design elements constrain the device’s form factor because the screens need to be big enough for us to see and the keyboards must make room for our fingers or thumbs. But a number [...] more »

by Wayne MacPhail

Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com. On a cold fall night about 20 years ago I was standing in a phone booth alongside the Welland Canal. [...] more »

by Wayne MacPhail

Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com. I am writing this article on an iPad which is tapped wirelessly into a coffee shop’s WiFi. The device knows [...] more »

by Wayne MacPhail

What does journalism cost? That’s a question that’s being batted around a lot lately as the economic case for and against traditional newsrooms gets made in the press, on the web, and certainly across well-polished boardroom tables. In an article on J-Source, Kirk LaPointe, managing editor of the Vancouver Sun, argued that when the cost [...] more »