NPR joins tide of publishers getting rid of comments

Citing an ineffective experience that was not particularly well-used, NPR on Wednesday announced that it's getting rid of website comments in favor of other means of communication with listeners, including social media. Scott Montgomery, the managing editor for digital news at NPR, explained the decision in a blog post on (that drew no shortage of comments): NPR … Read More

Here are 27 ways to think about comments

About a year ago, I gathered some really smart people who don’t work in news together in a room. I set out some index cards and some beer and told them we were going to think about new ways to design a news homepage. Over the next few hours, the group came up with dozens of new ways to … Read More
POYNTER got 555 comments on an article about changes to comments

All was quiet in the comments section for a few hours on Monday after a piece about changes to's comments process went up on the site. And that made Erica Palan a little nervous. But the quiet didn't last for too long. By Tuesday afternoon, there were 555 comments in that article's comments section. Palan, audience … Read More

Why are so many news organizations still worried about retweets by staffers?

Here's our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup): — At Reuters, Jack Shafer picks up on my piece yesterday about how so many news organizations — with The New York Times being … Read More

Judge acknowledges racist, sexist Web comments, withdraws from race

Arkansas Times | Blue Hog Report Judge Mike Maggio withdrew from a race for the Arkansas Court of Appeals after acknowledging he'd posted sexist, racist and homophobic comments on a website, Max Brantley reported Wednesday. Maggio posted under the name "geauxjudge" on a message board called, sharing musings on topics like "rodeo sex," someone who was "black by injection" and "Why do two men get their weiners cut off to them date each other." Matt Campbell compiled a dossier of Maggio's postings, triangulating personal information he mentioned in his comments with facts about Maggio. In his statement acknowledging the postings, Maggio decried "the politics of personal destruction." Read More