– It’s almost blasphemous, but a New York anchor has decided to drop the tie during nightly newscasts. “I don’t think it’s a secret for any news organization, that we’re trying to hold onto viewers,” said Saturday night anchor for WNBC-TV David Ushery to the New York Times. “We think they still want information, still want news, still want credible presentation of it. I kind of had this idea for it, shooting it in a different style and giving it a little more relaxed feel.” What’s next, no hair gel? This can’t continue.
– The New York Times/New York University collaboration launched today. The Local East Village will use NYT and NYU journalism resources to tell hyperlocal news from the famed New York City area. But this is also a partnership with the local community, despite what bloggers say. “This had to be pro-am journalism or it wasn’t worth doing” wrote NYU professor Jay Rosen. “We quickly settled on an ambitious goal: as soon as we could get there, at least half the material should come from people who live in the East Village. That means half the posts authored by the community and half the ideas for what to cover coming from the community.” See, nothing to fear East Village bloggers.
– Speaking of two sides not getting along, feel lucky you don’t have commenters like Ben Smith. The Daily Beast’s Brian Ries has claimed the Politico blogger has the meanest, most willing to throw a low-blow commenters on the Web. “Smith has been called a ‘weasel,’ a ‘flaming liberal,’ a ‘Journolister,’ a ‘liberal hack,’ an ‘establishment politico’ who will be eaten by Sarah Palin for lunch, a ‘first grader,’ ‘a basketball player with no jump shot,’ a ‘piece of snot,’ a ‘3 year old transexual, wanker,’ and a ‘commie,'” writes Ries. Jeez, hopefully Smith has thick skin.
– And finally, social media managers finally got the Dilbert treatment today, and the writers of the comic strip nailed many Twitter savants’ experience in the corporate culture.