Do you know why we celebrate Patriots’ Day?

0 Comments 18 April 2014

Why do we celebrate Patriots’ Day? Well, the Massachusetts and Maine holiday commemorates the battle at Lexington and Concord when the very first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Just who fired that first shot is a matter of timeless debate, but the sound waves of that “shot heard ’round the world” continue to […]

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‘Local’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

0 Comments 06 March 2014

If there’s one catch word that everyone in marketing knows people love, it’s “local.” There’s something about it that just sounds so warm and personable. When Community Newspaper Company (now GateHouse) looked to reimagine its online presence for its 100-some weekly newspapers in the early 2000s it dumped it’s branding and becameWicked Local. When […]

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Social media burnout and the importance of unplugging from the beast

0 Comments 25 February 2014

I’m a paid addict. You can bemoan our society’s addiction to social media all you like, but when it’s your profession, being glued round the clock to Facebook, Twitter and a bevy of other social media platforms is excusable, but no less problematic. “Hang on, I’ll be there in a minute. I’ve just got to […]

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For much of your audience, social media is your new homepage

0 Comments 24 February 2014

If you see social media as an extension of your news website, you may want to take a closer look at how those social media users view you. Although we in the news business tend to see our print and web products as our primary platform for news (with social media as an outreach of […]

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Talking about the Telegram and covering news in Worcester

0 Comments 04 December 2013

Mike Benedetti of “508: A show about Worcester” invited me on today to gab about the Telegram & Gazette, what “deadline” means in the modern newsroom and the process of covering the Interstate 290 melee last weekend that involved more than 65 cars and the shutdown of the highway. RELATED: Dozens injured, two seriously, in […]

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Topless cyclist is challenging more than just the law

0 Comments 23 October 2013

By Noah R. Bombard TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF When Stacey Schnee took a bike ride from her Webster Square neighborhood, down Route 9 to Leicester earlier this month, heads turned. Drivers slowed down, stopped, leaned smartphones out the window to take pictures. Some honked. Some shouted that they were calling the police. It wasn’t anything […]

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42 Miles of Hell; The Story of the Worcester Tornado of ’53

0 Comments 06 June 2013

It’s out! “42 Miles of Hell; The Story of the Worcester Tornado of ’53′” is available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobleand iTunes. This is the second and latest ebook we’ve put together at the Telegram & Gazette and really marks a new venture and direction for us — thinking outside the day-to-day news production to publishing […]

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Bad source info in Boston Marathon bombing illustrates difficulty covering developing news

0 Comments 17 April 2013

How did erroneous reports of an arrest or suspect in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings become a reported fact? The first report appears to have come from a CNNtweet just before 1 p.m.  reporting an arrest had been made. The Associated Press tweeted around 1 p.m., citing law enforcement sources, that a suspect was in custody. […]

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Personal information of Vudu subscribers stolen

0 Comments 09 April 2013

Vudu, the online movie and video service,  has just announced hard drives containing the personal information of customers have been stolen from the company’s Santa Clara, Calif. office. Although full credit card numbers have not been compromised, thieves appear to have gotten their hands on a good amount of other information including full names, dates of […]

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Facebook likes for major New England newspapers

0 Comments 04 April 2013

I like to keep a running tab of the Facebook likes of some of the major (and a few minor) New England newspapers. Likes aren’t everything when it comes to a strong Facebook page, but it’s a number people can easily grasp. More interesting and more important is Facebook’s “talking about this” number. This is […]

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