It is with giddy, bouncing-off-the-walls excitement that I am announcing I’ll be joining Vox Media in 2014 as product manager for The Verge. Vox is the perfect next home for me, having first been with a start-up that was trying to change the industry from the outside, then to a newspaper to reinvent from within Read More
Part of me can’t believe we’re still asking this question. It comes from Patrick Thorton: Student news organizations have traditionally existed to give students experience before entering the workforce. The kinds of journalism jobs and journalism companies have changed considerably in the past 10 years, and most student news organizations are set up to mimic Read More
I’ve learned a lot since I started as the news applications editor in November. And I’m still learning every day. But I know that it’s hard, and that people at places smaller than The Seattle Times have to fight even harder cultural battles. Well, change is hard. We all know that. But something about being in Read More
Rewind to my middle school and high school years. We had Xanga and Myspace and LiveJournal and Photobucket and DeviantArt. Most sites didn’t take privacy seriously yet, and options for making a page private were sparse. Digital cameras were just starting to become affordable. The adults weren’t on social media yet — hell, even most Read More
I’m honored and thrilled to announce that today is my first day in a new role at The Seattle Times: the company’s first news applications editor! It’s no secret that this is the direction I was headed. Though I’ve been working for about a year and a half at The Times as a homepage producer, Read More
Newspapers have one brand that really matters: The centuries’-old name at the top of the masthead. Anything that falls beneath that logo is held to a high standard of credibility. Secondarily, the byline attached to each published piece can hold its own allegiances — and those bylines are also important. But I’d love to see a Read More
Had a great time on the water last night with a few members of The Seattle Times crew for our second-annual lake cruise.
The boyfriend and I took a quick vacation to escape the gloom that is Seattle in June (i.e. still 50 degrees and raining — not something that bodes well with this California girl). Here are a few highlights from the trip.
Today Chartbeat had some login problems. None of our producers or editors could log in. Our Google TV that usually displays realtime stats for the newsroom was blank. And we weren’t alone at The Seattle Times, as evidenced by mass freakout on Twitter. But Chartbeat pulled through… and also bought beer for The Seattle Times. Read More
The concept of “measuring impact” in journalism is one that’s been on my mind a lot lately. I think about it daily in my role as a homepage producer at The Seattle Times, it was the prompt from Greg Linch for this month’s Carnival of Journalism, and now as I prepare for tomorrow’s TechRaking conference: What’s Read More
Can a journalist be a capitalist? It’s the question asked by Michael Rosenblum as he describes the current state of the journalist: We are the perpetual groveling employees, beggaring for a few crumbs and generally seeing our jobs and incomes slashed as the web and new digital technologies roll over the old. And why is Read More
I hate going to conferences or speaking to classes and getting the question, “So, is ‘Michell’ your maiden name?” No, actually. It’s my middle name (pronounced ‘Michelle’) and I was stupid to start using that for my global username from the start. So I just changed my Twitter handle to @laurenrabaino. Yes, it’s a few Read More
Tools come and go. We blog about them all the time as they crop up. We poke around, make accounts that quickly expire. We wait for platforms to fall out of beta, but forget about them by the time they go public. We claim that some tools are the “future of [fill in the blank]” Read More
Predicting the future of anything is tough, especially in online journalism and certainly when it comes to video. I remember a time when “multimedia” was everything at conferences and in j-school classrooms. Those days faded and were replaced with “social media.” Now it’s all about data and applications. My point is that discussion about the Read More
This morning I ventured into the Seattle Times “press room,” which I expected to be a room for press conferences. But, nope. It was the other kind of press room, where they actually printed the paper years ago. The whole experience was like entering a time capsule back to 1994. Everything was untouched, as though Read More