Driving to fly-over country

On Monday we drive to Columbia, Mo. where I am joining the Missouri School of Journalism faculty as a professor and Knight Chair in Digital Editing and Producing. The official announcement is here. I can’t begin to describe how exciting this opportunity is. Mizzou is the oldest journalism school in the country. (Also the best […]

The problem with personalization

The challenge of personalizing the news is the heterogeneity of our personal interests and the weakness of the signal we expose to the recommendation engine. As an example, below are four stories from around the country I was interested in today, for reasons ranging from ‘possibly obvious’ to ‘unknowable’ by an algorithm. And by ‘unknowable’ I mean how likely would […]

Product Management and proverbs

I can’t remember the first (or last time) I heard this proverb but I am convinced it is an allegory for product management and technical debt. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; For want of the shoe, the horse was lost; For want of the horse, the rider was lost; For want of the rider, the battle was lost; For want […]