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The Future of Journalism is in question. Is micropayments the answer? Are there alternative forms of sustainable economics to keep this vital industry going?
The Daily Show: End Times (June 10th, 2009)
Jason Jones visits the offices of the New York Times to find out why the last of a dying breed prefer aged news to real news.
Reuters' Handbook of Journalism
Future of Journalism
The latest from the Guardian's Future of Journalism conference, in which expert speakers examine the influence the internet is having on journalism
Jeff Jarvis: Deconstructing and auditing journalism (4th Feb 2009)
ChristianeSchulzki-Haddouti (auf Deutsch) broke down the basic functions of journalism into five here (please correct my translation, German friends):(1) Research (reporting) and monitoring,(2) The simple presentation of complex issues,(3) Identification of trends, visualizing them, and giving them context,(4) Dialogue and moderation,(5) Generating attention.
The Printed Blog
ThePrinted Blog seeks to change the way people share and interact with news from the world around them. We hope to play a pivotal role in reversing the fortunes of the sinking newspaper industry with this new media project. But we can't do it alone! Since our emphasis is on user-generated content rather than top-down reporting, this website is designed to function as YOUR HUB for connecting us with blogs, articles, photography, music, events and other content that YOU deem worthy of sharing with your own community.
NY Times: You Can’t Sell News by the Slice (9th Feb 2009)
Somewhere at Microsoft, there is a closet packed with leftover Slate umbrellas — a monument to the folly of asking people to pay for what they read on the Internet. These umbrellas — a $20 value! — were the premium we offered to people who would pay $19 for a year’s subscription to Slate, the Microsoft-owned online magazine (later purchased by The Washington Post). We were quite self-righteous about the alleged principle that “content” should not be free. The word itself was an insult — as if we were just making Jell-O salad in order to sell Tupperware.
Forget Micropayments -- Here's a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content by Steve Outing (10th Feb 2009)
WhileTime magazine and others claim the answer lies in asking readers to pay in small increments, that model will only hasten newspapers' death spiral. Instead, consider what may prove to be the solution: a California start-up called Kachingle.
Nicholas Carr: The writing is on the paywall (10th Feb 2009)
"Still, I don't see micropayments working for news. Most news stories, for one thing, are transitory, disposable things. That makes them very different from songs, which we buy because we want to "own" them, to have the ability to play them over and over again. We don't want to own news stories; we just want to read them or glance over them."
The Economist: With newspapers in crisis, newswires may learn to live without them (12th Feb 2009)
"But if newswires are thriving and newspapers are making ever more use of wire copy, why don’t the wire services supply news direct to the consumer? The risk that newspapers will be disintermediated is noted in a new report by, of all people, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. In some ways, it is already happening. Reuters and Bloomberg offer their top stories direct to consumers on advertising-financed websites."
Tina Brown and the fight to save journalism (13th Feb 2009)
"If you're a writer, get out of your comfort zone. If you're an editor, surround yourself with writers.And if you're starting an online publication, do so with conviction. It will work.Eventually." - Tina Brown (Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, and now The Daily Beast)
The New Republic: Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption) by Paul Starr (4th Mar 2009)
We take newspapers for granted. They have been so integral a part of daily life in America, so central to politics and culture and business, and so powerful and profitable in their own right, that it is easy to forget what a remarkable historical invention they are. Public goods are notoriously under-produced in the marketplace, and news is a public good--and yet, since the mid-nineteenth century, newspapers have produced news in abundance at a cheap price to readers and without need of direct subsidy. More than any other medium, newspapers have been our eyes on the state, our check on private abuses, our civic alarm systems. It is true that they have often failed to perform those functions as well as they should have done. But whether they can continue to perform them at all is now in doubt.
Rocky Mountain News: The death throes of my newspaper (March 3, 2009
Most of us journalists at the Rocky ignored all the marketing efforts that were meant to save the paper. We shrugged off the "Ford" brand, Convergence and the rest of the gimmicks, even those annoying folding tables. If there is a "brand" that we embraced, it was embodied in the instructions that were once posted in our managing editor's office. Three simple rules, not produced by a focus group: Get the news. Tell the truth. Don't be dull. I'd like to believe we did all three. ― Nancy Mitchell
Where does Twitter fit in the newspaper equation?
: Old/New dichotomy aside, twitter adds to newspaper's portfolio of products. Unique chance to share & co-create stories.
New Twitter newspaper to feature best stories of the week (Jan 30, 2009)
Snapshots: Twittering the News - by Beth Lawton (Newspaper Association of America)
The Twitter Conundrum By paulgillin | May 27, 2009
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Social Journalism: Curate the Real-Time Web
by Scott Karp · July 27th, 2009
What’s Social Journalism?
It’s what you do when you gather information in social media channels and then report it to your readers. Watching a Twitter
for posts related to a critical local issue or big event, then publishing them in a roundup or sidebar on your news site? That’s Social Journalism. Scanning YouTube for the latest video from a protest, county fair, or city council meeting? That’s Social Journalism.
Why is Social Journalism a huge opportunity for journalists and news orgs?
As watershed events like
have demonstrated, Twitter, YouTube and other social media are now a tremendous source of on-the-scene reporting and real-time information, but there is also a tremendous amount of noise obscuring the signal.
12 Things Newspapers Should Do to Survive
August 14th, 2009 by Vadim Lavrusik
1. Putting web first and reporting from multiple platforms
2. Go niche
3. Offer unique content in print
4. Journalists as curators and contextualizers
5. Real-time reporting integration
6. Internal culture: Startup vs. corporate
7. Encourage innovation
8. Charging for quotes is not the answer
9. Investing in mobile: E-Readers or smartphones?
10. Communicating with readers
11. Building community
12. To pay wall or not to pay wall – that is the question
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