Welcome to my digital home

You've found my online profile and digital landing page. This site is primarily a place where I post samples of my work and links to personal media channels at Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.  

I am currently a freelance writer, consultant and digital content developer. For more than 30 years, I worked for The Courier-Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Louisville, Ky. I wrote the Gizmo column for the Courier-Journal and Gannett, reporting on gadgets, gear and electronic games. My columns appeared the Tech section of and other outlets including, The Detroit News and The Chicago Tribune.

I also held several news jobs including political writer, assistant city editor, bureau chief for the paper's Washington and Indiana offices, and business technology writer.

In 1996, I developed the newspaper's first official website and managed its growth into one of the leading digital operations in the Gannett family. I was the Online Production Manager in 2012 wh…

Our Woodstock photo album

During our three days at Woodstock, Jeannene and I took photos of friends, strangers and some of the many activities swirling around us.

Jeannene printed some of the photos when we returned to the Midwest, then the negatives were filed away until 2009 when I scanned them and cleaned the digital images as best as I could. Click the image here to see them in a Google Photos gallery.

Gizmo's 2007 Gadget Gift Guide

It was Black Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 when the Gizmo Editor hit the cover of The Courier-Journal's Scene section with my gadget gift guide.

Gizmo's Gift Guide 20017 by Ric Manning on Scribd

Gizmo Editor roams the Akihabara

In the fall of 1997 I joined a press tour to Japan sponsored by Sharp Electronics. The group included editors from PC Magazine, several trade magazines and freelance author Simson Garfinkle, who wrote Database Nation, a seminal work book on digital privacy.

We toured Sharp's new flat screen factory and were briefed by the company's top executives. But the highlight for many of us was the afternoon spent roaming Tokyo's Akihabara Disitrict, the home of large and small shops that sold all matter of electronic gadgets and gizmos. This is my report. It was p[ublished Oct. 18, 1997, in the Scene section of The Courier-Journal.

Gizmo Editor visits Tokyo's Akihabara District by Ric Manning on Scribd

20 years of gizmos

To mark 20 years of covering personal technology for The Courier-Journal and the Gannett newspaper chain, I wrote this look back at the previous two decades. The story includes the arrival of the cellular phone and the DVD as well as bombs like the Coleco computer and RCA's videodisk.

The story was published Feb. 15, 2003.

20 Years of Gizmo by Ric Manning on Scribd

The DVD makes its debut

It seems like DVD players have been around forever. They’re in our computers and our home stereos and you can pick one up for about $30 at Walmart or Target. But it was only 1997 when the first DVD players appeared carrying price tags of about $600.

It would be a few more years before movies on digital discs were as close as a Blockbuster store at the strip mall, a Netflix envelope in your mailbox or a red kiosk at the local McDonald's or convenience store.

I wrote about their debut in a cover story for Scene, the weekend entertainment tabloid published by The courier-Journal in Louisville, KY. This is a PDF version of that article.

DVD machines make their debut by Ric Manning on Scribd

Satellite radio brings music to earthlings

Radio channels beamed from orbiting satellites made their debut in early 2002 when XM and Sirius launched competing subscription services. This is my report for The Courier-Journal, published Feb. 16, 2002.

The launch of satellite radio by Ric Manning on Scribd