Hybrid Journalism?

UPDATED: (My quest to become the dominant force in local hybrid journalism began with a troublesome link. Try this one instead.)

What the heck were those good folks at the North Coast Journal talking about when they mentioned “hybrid journalism?”

Maybe it was just a real fancy way of saying that they’re going to do more stuff on the internet, like blogging and Facebooking.

Speaking of Facebook, the McK Press now has its own Facebook page. Please “like” us. Here’s the LINK



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9 responses to “Hybrid Journalism?

  1. Got ya!
    Keep up the good work.

  2. It means we all drive to work in electric cars. And we’re supposed to be all over the Internets when we’re not working on the paper version of our ever-expanding media empire.
    BTW, not sure why, but when I clicked on the link to like your FB page, it just took me to my own FB home page. Any hybrids out there who can ‘splain that? I managed to find the page and join your growing circle of likeys anyway.

  3. jackdurham

    Hmmm. I’m not sure why that would happen. When I think of “hybrid,” I think of something like a Kona Dew hybrid bicycle. It’s beefier than a road bike, but not as beefy as a mountain bike. It’s something in between.

  4. Red Headed Beach Dawdler

    Jack, you crack me up!
    But where does the electric bike fit in all of this?

  5. AJ

    Hybrid journalism is a fancy word to describe something nobody understands. During the dot-com bubble, the big words were ‘merge’ and ‘convergence.’ Humboldt State started a merge media class whose first order of business was to delete The Lumberjack newspaper website in favor of a new merging/converging/hybrid journalism website whose claim to fame seemed to be that merge students had video cameras.

    The course disappeared a few years later, but the newspaper was still going strong. The Lumberjack had to build a new website from the ground up. A good 5 years of online news content from before the great convergence was lost, not to mention whatever the mergers had put on their new website.

    On the plus side, an embarrassing web photo featuring the back of my head is now lost to history. Odd factoid: the Lumberjack’s first online edition was delivered as text files to local Bulletin Board Systems and to alumni via Internet e-mail (yes, at the time there was more than one form of e-mail people used. I had one subscriber using Fidonet through my own BBS).

  6. jackdurham

    Maybe I should convert the McK Press into a BBS and make people read it using FirstClass Client?

  7. AJ

    Man, don’t even joke about First Class. Since time immortal, all BBSs could be accessed through a standard terminal client. Then some Canadian decided BBSs should have a GUI like Prodigy and he expected people to run his separate emulation client just to access one type of BBS.

    There we were, one big happy online world, drinking Coca-Cola and living in perfect harmony and then Mac users went and built themselves a gated community. Sure, there were attempts to assimilate DOS/Windows users into the collective, but come on, we know segregation when we see it. Separate, but equal. No thank you. You done gone ruined the world.

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