What happens when newspapers die

April 7, 2009

newspapersFrom Bob Jacobs, Acting Associate Administrator for NASA public affairs, in a note to public affairs directors and news chiefs today on what happens when newspapers go away according to The Nation:

Interesting reading … the takeaway line I saw was “… when print and television newsrooms dry up, the internet will implode into a sinkhole of unedited opinion, hypothesis, rumor, and supposition…” Yep, that’s our new world in which we’ll need to navigate.

To read the essay referenced here go to http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090406/nichols_mcchesney. It’s titled “The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers.”


Astro_Mike tweets from space

April 6, 2009

massimino-thumbnailNASA News Release — Astronaut Mike Massimino is using Twitter to provide a unique, behind the scenes peek at the last weeks of his training for the fifth and final shuttle servicing mission to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Massimino, whose Twitter username is Astro_Mike (@Astro_Mike), will fly aboard space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist and spacewalker during the STS-125 mission, targeted to launch May 12. Atlantis’ 11-day flight will include five spacewalks to refurbish and upgrade Hubble with state-of-the-art science instruments. After the astronaut’s visit, Hubble’s capabilities will be expanded and its lifetime extended through at least 2014.

This will be Massimino’s second trip to space. He first flew on the STS-109 mission to Hubble in 2002. During that flight, he performed two spacewalks.

Along with Massimino, the crew of Atlantis includes Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Gregory C. Johnson and Mission Specialists Andrew Feustel, Michael Good, John Grunsfeld and Megan McArthur.

To follow Massimino’s Twitter, visit:


That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

March 26, 2009

fcw_logoThe General Services Administration has signed agreements with Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo and blip.tv that make it possible for federal agencies to use new-media tools while meeting their legal requirements, GSA officials announced today. Read more here.

How can we take advantage of this? Are we already?

NASA.gov cited as a best example of breadcrumbs in web design

March 18, 2009

It’s always nice to see the work of friends cited as a positive “textbook example”. If you are interested in making sure your web communications are clear and that users find what they need to find, this article may be of interest.


T. Allen

‘State of the News Media’ report

March 16, 2009

logoPew Research Center today released its annual ‘State of the News Media’ report for 2009 and in the organization’s words it’s “chilling.”

Ad revenues continue to plummet, people are being laid off … the only good news is that cable news “flourished.”

Thank the exploding web and the imploding economy. You’ve heard it all before, but if you’re into details and charts, check it out.

NASAsphere findings report

March 12, 2009

Recently, NASA JPL released a public version of the NASAsphere findings report. NASAsphere is the pilot internal social networking site that was up a few months ago last year, in case you don’t know.

You can find a copy at http://www.scribd.com/doc/12759868/NASAsphere-Pilot-Report-2008-Public

Communication 2.0 by Rich Antcliff

March 10, 2009

master109_image002Folks, Rich gave a presentation “Communication 2.0” at NASA Langley’s Center Leadership Council retreat last week at Wallops Flight Facility. It’s really good, and it’s posted here. There are two documents, one the Power Point presentation comm20, the other a Word document with lots of links to check out at communication2

Enjoy. – Mike F.

Just for Fun

February 26, 2009

A friend of mine linked me this commentary on the current New Media phenomena:


Google pulls the plug on products

February 19, 2009

15idea2_190I’m reading Jeff Jarvis’s new book “What Would Google Do?” in an attempt to immerse myself in a culture with which I’m largely unfamiliar. Apparently the New York Times is trying to help its readers also better understand that culture with this brief inside look at “How Google decides to pull the plug.” It’s a good read and will broaden your knowledge of new language (not just new media.) Here’s an example … “dog-fooding.”    Kathy B.

Some new numbers on social network usage

February 18, 2009

There are some new social media usage numbers from compete.com online at this site:

I try to stay on top of current trends, but I’ll admit that I’ve visited only about 2/3 of these listed. Even of the ones I have visited, I’d say I’m not a repeat visitor of most.
Any thoughts or analysis on the trends shown here and how these stats might influence our new media efforts?

-Timothy Allen