Dictamus I Must

April 25, 2010


One of my favorite iPhone apps is now performing a starring role in producing the type of collaborative journalism I am now practicing. Called Dictamus, the app is a recorder which will email resulting sound files. Teamed with my virtual assistant in Manila, transcribers around the world, and my writers (in New Zealand, India and the Philippines), my content system produces well-written, accurate editorial content quickly and at low cost.

Posted in: Documentation


April 25, 2010


One of my favorite stories focuses on how we scooped the local newspaper in reporting the identity of our city’s new schools superintendent before his identity was officially announced, and how we landed great photographs for the story, too. It started with a mention in a Northern California newspaper that their schools superintendent had just […]

Posted in: Case Study

What Web Editors Should Learn from the Photogs

January 5, 2010


All of us in the business have witnessed the following scenario (or one just like it): a law enforcement press briefing is announced and shortly before it starts, the local beat reporter comes in, heads for the coffee and donuts, and then starts to chat with the PIO or any other departmental contact he knows. […]

Posted in: Observation

Now, A Penny for My Thoughts

November 30, 2008


Maureen Dowd’s column about me and my outsourcing concepts was published in this Sunday’s New York Times (“A Penny for My Thoughts?“).  I only wish her column’s format permitted greater detail. Its brevity has bred misunderstanding. The most important point not included in her column is that I simply do not believe in or practice […]

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The Reason for Being

November 28, 2008


I have started this blog to document techniques, describe experiments and foster communication – hopefully, constructive communication –  on the topic of outsourcing in journalism.  Why? Because American media are sinking fast in financial quicksand. Creative new business models must be tried which produce editorial content of high integrity but at lower cost. As publisher […]

Posted in: Outsourcing