Vanity Fair, for when one interstitial is not enough

It’s kind of annoying when you click on a link and the first thing that happens is that an interstitial pops up that obscures your ability to read said page. But hey, we all have to pay the bills. But when said interstitial is then interrupted by an auto-playing video interstitial, you can see why …

Overcoming the wall of links on news homepages

Ask yourself this: What should I click on? Our homepage like most traditional journalism homepages is a wall test of links. Everywhere you look there are similar sized links to stories. It’s hard to make out individual stories to click on unless you really focus. And guess what? When users can’t find stories to focus on, …

Why The Washington Post uses WordPress (or why your CMS doesn’t have to suck)

“Ben Bradlee is 93 years old. Do you think he wants to use your crappy CMS?” The Washington Post’s Yuri Victor describes in the above video why The Post uses WordPress and why they are using it more often (you can read more about his thoughts here). Complaining about content management systems is one of …

2013 New Years resolutions pt. 1: Sound body

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. No I don’t plan on clogging up your gym for a month or two before I give up on my hopeless New Year’s resolutions in a fit of self loathing where I consume three pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in one sitting and cry myself to sleep. …

On paywalls and journalism as a public service

When Superstorm Sandy began ravaging New Jersey and New York, The New York Times and other publications took their paywalls down. The information was considered too vital to withhold. Would you really tell someone experiencing the worst natural disaster of his lifetime that you won’t tell him important information about what is going on or …

Getting the band back together

The Journalism Iconoclast is back. In 2009, after several years of daily blogging and success, I changed the concept of this blog and the name. And I changed it again and again. Nothing took. My heart was never in it, and this blog has largely died over the last three years. 2009 was a dark …