Newspaper – Revenue or Journalism: Is It One or the Other?

August 15, 2010

Tweet If you were to ask an editor for a local newspaper what type of value local news provides, you would probably get an answer along the lines of: “Quality information is an intrinsic civic good whose value cannot ever be fully measured. Our constitution’s second amendment could not stand without the aid of this […]

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6 Ways that the LA Times Can Increase Its Revenue

July 19, 2010

Tweet I recently read an article over at sfnblog.com entitled “LA Times Adds E-Commerce Links, Revises Comment Policy.” When I first glanced at this headline, I thought: “Great! Finally some of these big newspaper people are realizing that they need to monetize their content.” But then, as I proceeded to read through the article, I […]

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Talk Radio Will Die Without Local Journalists

July 12, 2010

Tweet This is because journalists are the most important link in the news food chain. Let me explain: I had this realization a couple of days ago while I was listening to a talk radio program. Somehow, the topic of daily routines came up, and the talk show host decided to describe his own. Each […]

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Dear Corporate Newspaper, Paywalls Won’t Work.

June 13, 2010

Tweet I have a message for all of the corporate news organizations sitting in their ivory towers behind their mahogany desks: Quit trying to convince people to pay money for content that you’ve been giving them for free for years! No one who is used to getting the news for free online is going to […]

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Can Local Newspapers Afford to Report in Real Time?

May 19, 2010

Tweet Or rather, can they afford not to? People in the digital world expect information to be delivered right away, as soon as events happen. But local news papers are too strapped for resources to make this happen. What’s the solution? In order to deepen my understanding of the issues that we’re trying to tackle […]

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Should Newspapers Ditch Google News?

May 9, 2010

Tweet I noticed a post on April 23rd on EditorsWebBlog.org about the struggle that newspaper websites are going through right now over whether or not to continue giving their content to Google for free. The author, Maria Conde, cites the internet consultant Arnon Mishkin, who is a major proponent of payed content, and who has […]

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I Will Never Pay for “News Aggregation.” Would You?

April 27, 2010

Tweet A couple of days ago I realized why news organizations are having such a difficult time getting people to pay for news. It’s because, most of the time, what we are fed by the media isn’t real reporting, it’s just news aggregation. Let me explain: I was getting ready for work in the morning […]

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Email Is the New Snail Mail. What will Newspapers do?

April 20, 2010

Tweet I’m frustrated these days. Here’s why: My three sons—ages twenty-one, eighteen, and fifteen—don’t use email. I’ll send them emails about a family event a week ahead of time and not get a response until afterward. At first, I just thought that maybe my kids were blowing me off (this can happen to parents of […]

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You Can’t Do HyperLocal from the Corporate Ivory Tower!

April 12, 2010

Tweet Dear New York Times, I recently read a blog post over at editorsweblog.org about your “hyperlocal efforts.” It cites your recent collaboration with Fwix in order to conglomerate news about particular local areas into a massive “local” news database, all from the comfort of your corporate ivory tower. Using Fwix’s software, you would gather […]

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We Need Local News Now! Not a Week Later.

April 5, 2010

Tweet A few weekends ago, the Boston area where I live was pummeled with rain. We received twelve inches of rain in two days, about one third of our average yearly rain fall. As soon as the flood waters started to rise, I was desperate to get up to the minute accurate information. So I […]

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