Longtime readers recall (as noted by my favorite commenters frequently, as recently as today in fact) that I spent some time in 2007 working on a book project called "The News Fix," which was in some ways an outgrowth of a 2006 conference that was held here in Philadelphia about a new kind of news organization called a "norg." The idea was to keep a role for journalists and journalism in 21st Century society, by ditching the traditional orientation toward newsprint first, and by strengthening ties with the local community and with engaged citizens. The book idea was exciting for two reasons -- a) the timing was surely right for a discussion about saving journalism as opposed to cataloguing what's wrong with it, which seems pretty well known at this point and b) the whole approach to publishing and marketing the book itself was a fairly experimental thing, working directly with progressive bloggers through an outfit they had launched called Vaster Books.
The word "experimental" connotes newness, excitement -- and the possibility of failure. The idea of bloggers publishing and using their social networks to market and sell books is a great concept -- but at this stage of 2008, it is still a concept, unproven. I hope it works some day, if not for Vaster then for someone else. So to make a long story short, "The News Fix" won't be published by Vaster. Obviously, I've known that for a while -- OK, a long while -- but I held off saying anything here on the blog until a had a better idea what would happen next, and now there is good news on a couple of fronts.