posts about or somewhat related to ‘chris anderson’

When I’ve got to get some writing done, I turn on my Strict Pomodoro plug-in in Chrome. It shuts off all internet distractions, such as email, for 20 minutes, then sounds a bell and lets me back at them for 5 minutes. I can spend a whole day like this: 20-5, 20-5… When I really need to concentrate, it’s the only thing that works for me.

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, in Lifehacker’s series, This Is How I Work.


Chris announced that he’s stepping down to focus on his robotics manufacturing startup, 3D Robotics. While manning the helm at Wired, Chris authored three books that turned him into a leading voice across schools of economics, technology, and DIY design: The Long TailFree, and his latest, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. (He also lead the magazine in nearly doubling its readership, racked up too many awards to count, and landed on the Time100.) 

FJP: The series is quite fantastic. Something like The Atlantic’s What I Read, Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work is a collection of the personal, quirky, productivity habits and idiosyncrasies of great techies, entrepreneurs, writers and more. Some of our favorites:

Journalists and Linking

Linking: it’s a simple concept, sure, but it’s also a controversial one. Why don’t more traditional newsrooms link out to their sources and to other sites? It’s the best way to remain transparent. It’s the immediate bibliography and lifeblood of the net.

In this video, CUNY Professor CW Anderson offers a few guesses as to why news sites are so hesitant. He also suggests that our appreciation of online content may be shifting, and that the lines between our online and physical lives are blurring.

For more additional videos and topics with Chris, see here.

Alternative Funding for New Journalism

In this video, CUNY professor CW Anderson talks about two alternative ways to fund journalism, stressing that help can come from all different directions. His first suggestion is government funding — there’s no reason to be hesitant about it, he says, so long as monetary allocation is transparent.

The second is through foundation processes. Anderson cites the Knight Foundation, a major supporter of journalism innovation, as a good example of his vision. But private funding on a national scale is not enough — local foundations should support newsrooms and new projects in their communities and cities.

For more of Chris’s good ideas, see his other videos.

Teaching Entrepreneurial Journalism

Thinking about j-school? This video is a good example of what the more progressive programs are beginning to teach.

Here, CUNY Professor CW Anderson tells us about his Entrepreneurial Journalism course, where his students study new (and theoretical) business models, meet industry people, and then pitch then their own “journalism business.” The first class was a mixed bunch, he told us, just like any handful of people would be — some were excited by the challenge, others found it off-putting. But almost all of them, he said, had to grapple with the realization that getting a job at a daily might not be the best out-of-college move anymore.

For more from Chris, see these FJP videos and look for his book, Networking the News: The Struggle to Rebuild Metropolitan Journalism, 1997-2011 later this year from Temple University Press.

Journalism and Democracy

In this video, CUNY Professor CW Anderson imagines the future of journalism and its changing place in democracy. Partisan reporting, Anderson says, will thrive alongside some big names from today – like, say, the New York Times – to serve as news for the educated and the upper class. Will this reflect itself the democracy we live in? Anderson conjures up images of old torchlight parades and globalization, the Clinton impeachment and political apathy to remind us that democracy isn’t unchanging but is influenced by its press, its time, and what its citizens think of themselves.

FJP: Heavy stuff! See our first video with Chris here, and expect more from our interview with him soon.