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  • J's Notes | The Washington Post Is Afraid Of Change
    dismantling our news infrastructure especially at the state and local levels Someday people will wake up to the depletion of the press corps Gibson says I don t know if the result will be corruption or demagoguery but the interests of the people are not being represented anymore Which begs the question Which came first the declining subscription rates and income for the papers or the declining quality of product in the name of cost cutting and profit maximizing The title given Fisher s piece Bloggers Can t Fill the Gap Left by Shrinking Press Corps seems to want to take a shot at anyone who believes blogging will do the job But no one worth their salt is advocating blogs as being the new force to be reckoned with when it comes to covering the news nor should anyone believe this is the case Bloggasm recently surveyed the front pages of Technorati s top 10 blogs and found that original reporting only accounted for 13 of posts Bloggers rely upon newspapers and professional media for content Bloggers provide supplementary information to what the professionals quickly generate an overview of that is then presented as the whole story Not only that the ability of bloggers to gain access to press pools or have the time money or other resources to find the news in ways that journalists have been expected to in the past is severely limited Bloggers aren t granted the same privileges by associations and organization that don t view websites as legitimate news sources Certainly this may change over time but bloggers are still severely limited by their lack of resources support structure and yes training to be actual journalists Not that journalists are getting the best training these days Many are coming fresh out of school being taught to trust what they see on the web Email is a proper tool for interviewing sources now and hey if you need to describe an organization you can just check out the about page on their website Nevermind that emails can t replace actual face to face interactions you know the kind that verify the person behind the email address or that about pages don t tell the full story in an objective manner Many reporters and journalists are now expected to be a jack of all trades writing and copy editing their stories providing audio video supplementary coverage and needing to be able to edit and put it all on a website in a timely manner This lack of specialization in an effort to cut costs leads to a product of lower quality something that any reader could get for free from going to well a blog Newspapers and their websites have a higher expectation of quality associated with their product As that quality diminishes so does the ability to charge for it whether you re charging subscribers or advertisers Newspapers are afraid of the internet As they should be But that shouldn t make them get

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  • J's Notes | Newspapers: Adapt Or Die
    even hope to woo back the dollars they need to survive That involves a reevaluation of the way they do business whether it s changing how they measure the quality of their product based on actual quality of content as opposed to sales or whether it s changing direction Newsweek is trying this In a NYTimes article Newsweek editor Jon Meachum noted There s a phrase in the culture we need to take note of we need to weigh in on said Newsweek s editor Jon Meacham That s going away If we don t have something original to say we won t The drill of chasing the week s news to add a couple of hard fought new details is not sustainable Newsweek loses money and the consensus within its parent the Washington Post Company and among industry analysts is that it has to try something big The magazine is betting that the answer lies in changing both itself and its audience and getting the audience to pay more Newsweek is hoping that it s more opinionated and stylized take will create a fresh product that people may be willing to pay more While this isn t entirely new new for weeklies old for journals like Foreign Affairs and such it s different enough that it might work But it s change it s adaptation and it s an attempt to do something other than business as usual given that business has failed Specialization may be the key In a time when print is supposedly dying Politco has not only expanded its news operations but increased it s print circulation from 27 000 to 32 000 What Politico brings to the table isn t just fresh ideas and content but a targeted market that appreciates the quality of their

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  • J's Notes | Tiananmen At Twenty
    back into power in 1974 at the urging of then Premier Zhou Enlai Zhou was a reformer regularly running at odds to leaders within the CCP including Mao himself When Zhou passed away in 1976 public displays of mourning were brutally put down in the Tiananmen Incident Deng would again be removed put under house arrest But with Mao s death in 1976 Deng was able to solidify his backing within the CCP and rise once again within the party and China With Deng s rise came economic reforms that pulled China out of the economic gutter and led to it becoming what it is today an powerhouse on the world stage Deng s reforms were able to tap into the nation s natural resources in ways Mao had never been able to But with the loosening of economic restrictions came pushing from both sides Hardliners saw a weakening of the central authority of the CCP Reformists saw an opportunity for political change in Beijing Deng proposed Four Modernizations Agriculture Industry Technology Defense In 1978 Wei Jingsheng tacked The Fifth Modernization to a wall in Beijing calling for greater individual freedoms Democracy Wall lasted a year before the CCP felt individual expression had gone too far in criticizing the Party But not everyone within party leadership was cracking down on demonstrations and individual expression Hu Yaobang was another Long Marcher but also one who believed in Deng s reforms He was made Party Chairman in 1981 but was forced to resign in 1987 after being considered too tolerant of student demonstrations by leaders within the CCP It would be his death on April 15 1989 that would lead to Tiananmen Crowds gathered and the Party got nervous Deng Xiaopeng thought to be sympathetic to the student protesters had his hand forced and on May 4th the CCP cracked down on demonstrators The rest as they say is history But not in China The Chinese government viewed the Tiananmen Protest as anti revolutionary and a threat to their power While some attempts have been made to rehabilitate Hu s image at no point has the Party ever entertained reevaluating what happened at Tiananmen Chinese youth are not taught what happened it s passed over in favor of lessons on economy and globalization Yet in this era of the Internet and access to information world wide in an instant China is having a hard time rewriting its history as it used to Now it is not just a simple matter of burning all old histories in the Forbidden City and writing new ones Information is now in the hands of everyone no matter how big the Great Firewall of China may get But does it matter Bao Tong worked for Zhou Ziyang reform minded CCP General Secretary who was forced to resign in the wake of Tiananmen Mr Bao believes that an official reassessment of Tiananmen is crucial for China s long term stability You have to say it clearly It s

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  • J's Notes | Wrap-up
    process 11 years of material some years busier than others but it s kinda nice to go back and see what I used to talk about It ll probably get weirder the further back I go but there are a few gems in here In 2009 it seems I had a lot to say about newspapers and the mainstream media as one might call it The Washington Post is Afraid of Change 3 1 09 Newspapers Adapt Or Die 3 2 09 Fair Use Fair Game 4 13 09 The Buzz Bin Newspapers Are Like Department Stores 5 8 09 Sensationalist Headlines and Chicken Egg Arguments 9 21 09 June 4 2009 marked the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests which got me to go off with my limited knowledge of Chinese history In the wake of the BP oil spill in June 2010 I went off on how the gamification of social media isn t exactly the best public relations push in all cases And a post written in August 2007 that for some reason never got posted until July 2010 still rings somewhat true when talking about where the Right of Center political movement stands online though

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  • J's Notes | Affordable Housing Awareness Week April 23rd – 28th
    housing is connected to jobs transportation education and entrepreneurship The event is open to the public but RSVPs are required to attend If you re in the area please join us Tuesday at noon in downtown Richmond If you can t attend you can still help While the panel will address many issues and angles that impact housing you can offer your thoughts on a couple questions and I ll

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  • J's Notes | Personal
    and me The panel will discuss how housing is connected to jobs transportation education and entrepreneurship The event is open to the public but RSVPs are required to attend If you re in the area please join us Tuesday at noon in downtown Richmond If you can t attend you can still help While the panel will address many issues and angles that impact housing you can offer your thoughts on a couple questions and I ll work to incorporate them into the discussion All thoughts are welcome as this is a topic relevant not just to Richmond or only one side of the political spectrum The more voices we can include in the conversation the more we ll have to work with to help find solutions 1 How can we help the market be more responsive to housing needs 2 Housing jobs and transportation are very inter related What do we need to look at in terms of aligning these three Personal housing RVA Everything Old Is New Again Comment Hey where s J s Notes Here it is Kinda See J s Notes got to be kinda a mess Not just because it had over ten years serving up some J since 2001 of junk but because at some point in the past it d been hacked attacked and otherwise just messed up with pharma bots spam bots skynet bots and just any bot you can name It was like a magnet for bots I blame the coolness It was just too cool for the internet All of that said having such a mess of a backend that required clean up was as good an excuse as any to just say fine let s reboot this baby and sally forth The old stuff isn t completely gone It

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  • J's Notes | housing
    area bloggers and me The panel will discuss how housing is connected to jobs transportation education and entrepreneurship The event is open to the public but RSVPs are required to attend If you re in the area please join us Tuesday at noon in downtown Richmond If you can t attend you can still help While the panel will address many issues and angles that impact housing you can offer

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  • J's Notes | Everything Old Is New Again
    name It was like a magnet for bots I blame the coolness It was just too cool for the internet All of that said having such a mess of a backend that required clean up was as good an excuse as any to just say fine let s reboot this baby and sally forth The old stuff isn t completely gone It s tucked away in the database waiting for

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