Thursday, June 06, 2002

Bob Stepno's Other Journalism Weblog

The link above goes to my Userland Radio site, which I put most of my energy into in 2002 (and beyond?).

Thursday, April 18, 2002

Wired 10.05: Must Read (Sullivan) and Weblogs to outrank the Times by 2007
The sidebar is a point-counterpoint between Dave Winer of and Martin Nisenholtz of NYT Digital. Meanwhile,
Andrew Sullivan, who has written for The New Republic and The New York Times, says blogging is "a publishing revolution more profound than anything since the printing press. Blogger could be to words what Napster was to music - except this time, it'll really work."

Sunday, March 31, 2002

The FuzzyStuff Weblog

This weblog interpersonal hypertextuality just keeps going... Scott Johnson fell into one of my browser windows today and the name rang a bell.

It only took a few clicks to get to his log -- which confirms that he's the guy I met when I was writing about hypertext in 1987. That was before many people could spell it! Small world made of bits, isn't it?

Thursday, March 28, 2002

OJR has new look
USC Annenberg's Online Journalism Review has been redesigned, does not have some of the "usability" problems of earlier versions, and includes a new "the future of news" feature worth taking a look at.

Saturday, March 23, 2002

MIT's Henry Jenkins on blogs

From MIT's Technology Review magazine... Blogs are "more private and personal than traditional journalism, more public than diaries."
Reinventing Photojournalism by Tom Kennedy - The State of Photojournalism - The Digital Journalist

The Washington Post is not a television station, but its Tom Kennedy won this year's NPA award for video photojournalism, "broadcasting" on the paper's Web site. -

Steve Yelvington has been around news publishing on the Web as long as I have -- 1994-95 or so -- but he's been working at it full-time, and his stuff looks it.

Saturday, February 23, 2002

Man Stabbed with Swordfish

"We don't see this kind of thing very often," is the quote of the day from the sheriff's office, via Reuters at Yahoo. Not exactly man-bites-dog, but offbeat -- and a good example of a second-day lead for my students.

Friday, February 15, 2002

Hats of Meat

Sorry, I got the name wrong in that last note -- "meathats" just takes you to RocketSearch. Comments Thingee (115999)

My friend Thomas just sent me something about, which got me wondering whether anyone is doing sushi hats... But I'm not going to spend some of my insomniac hours looking.

Instead I wrote Thomas this note about a couple of other sites, and decided it's worth sharing here:

Speaking of online humor, have your students FARKed? Or caught the FARK vs. SomethingAwful rivalry?

That's and

In addition to the bloggish (,, site-sharing at fark, the virtual community of visual lampoon, satire and tastelessness at fark can be a hoot. On the other hand, I think tries too hard to live up to its name and gets too ugly.

To see what I mean at fark, pop open the home page in a windoid next to this one... notice the column of thin, half-inch-wide banner icons that say things like "amusing," "cool," "stupid" and "boobies"? Scan down until you find one of those that says "Photoshop" -- with a text field next to it that says something like "Photoshop this Brazilian carnival succubus (hard)," and a number in the right column, like f'rinstance "133"

That means that someone has suggested an image to be hacked with Photoshop, and that 133 people have either hacked it and posted the hack, or posted a comment on the hack.

I haven't looked at "Photoshop this Brazilian carnival succubus (hard)" yet--not only because I'm afraid "hard" means "terribly disgusting," but because I'm on my modem connection at the moment, and one document with 133 images will grind my iBook to a halt.

The real "communal CMC visual speech deconstructionist academic researcher" in me might find something conference-paperish to say about the self-referential (in-joke) dialogue going on among fark users -- in that an element from a particularly amusing farked photo from last month will reappear being farked into a new photo this week, etc. (A pretty girl in a purple wig and a Diamondbacks T-shirt holding up a sign was one... Osama and his gang in front of a cave was another.)

Sunday, February 10, 2002

NPR tunes in to multimedia reporting - Tech News - Good overview by Jim Hu of CNET on how NPR's radio reporters add digital cameras to shoot for their Web site -- and document stories the way only images can.

Saturday, February 09, 2002 Whenever I have enough bandwidth, I try to catch up on what Keith is doing... not to be confused with catching up with Keith. This week it's a fisheye lens. He sent me my 12/31/99 to 01/01/00 "Happy new year" greeting from a party in Hong Kong, using his first wireless Palm Pilot... which is what finally got me to buy a PDA.
GardenWeb - The Internet's Garden Community

My thumb is about as green as... well, I can't think of anything not-green enough. However, I stumbled on somehow and was impressed with the organization and the use of reader-forums, including photo albums of antique roses, and some evidence that regular users have some of that "virtual community" feeling.

NewsForge: Open Source News

I've met some interesting people doing open source software, so I've started reading this news site, which uses the Slash system to collect stories from readers.