From the monthly archives:

March 2009

My apologies to regular readers for the scarcity of posts at this blog lately. Being "communities editor" at the Globe is taking up every minute I have and then some. I realize it's not much, but here's a recent post I wrote for the Nieman Journalism Lab As almost everyone is well aware by now,…

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There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the lineup at mesh '09 in April, but we are pleased to announce another very special one: a surprise appearance by Toronto mayor David Miller, who will be doing a one-on-one interview on April 8th, the second day of the conference (there's a full version of…

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The New York Times was the first major newspaper to take its cue from Google and open up its data via an API (which stands for application programming interface). In a nutshell, this allows developers to write programs that can automatically access the New York Times database, within certain limits, and use that data in…

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I'm on vacation at the moment, so blog posts -- which have been all too infrequent of late -- are likely to be even more infrequent, and may contain pictures of beaches and other non-work related content. In the interim, I've embedded in this post a clip of my recent appearance on The Agenda, the…

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A column by Judith Timson in the Globe and Mail this week got me thinking again (not like I ever really stop) about comments on blogs and news stories and other places, and the value that they bring. Judith's column was in many ways a lament for the death of civilized discourse, and a criticism…

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