Tim Porter references Steve Outing and then has some comments of his own– here are 5 of them–go to his site for complete list:

  • Focus. Good blogs have distinct personalities and themes. The time is past for newspapers to be all things to all people.
  • Print the truth, not just the facts. The L.A. Times’ excellent series on a dysfunctional local hospital shows how powerful a point-of-view can be when it is based on sound reporting.
  • Get local, very local. Find ways, either in print or online, to get the chicken dinner and real people news published. Yes, institutions matter, but people matter more.
  • Give readers access to source material.
  • Add multiple RSS feeds to your web site.

Tim’s list–and his live links to examples–are very useful to everyone thinking about these issues–and looking for ways to educate colleagues.


Tim Porter references Steve Outing and then has some comments of his own– here are 5 of them–go to his site for complete list:

  • Focus. Good blogs have distinct personalities and themes. The time is past for newspapers to be all things to all people.
  • Print the truth, not just the facts. The L.A. Times’ excellent series on a dysfunctional local hospital shows how powerful a point-of-view can be when it is based on sound reporting.
  • Get local, very local. Find ways, either in print or online, to get the chicken dinner and real people news published. Yes, institutions matter, but people matter more.
  • Give readers access to source material.
  • Add multiple RSS feeds to your web site.

Tim’s list–and his live links to examples–are very useful to everyone thinking about these issues–and looking for ways to educate colleagues.