It is one thing to look at how adults are using media right now. It is another to look at the younger generation, to understand their lifestyle and expectations, and use this information to think about the future of media consumption. I am talking, of course, about Webkinz. Webkinz are those Beanie-Baby-like stuffed animals, which… Continue reading I Have Seen the Future, and It’s Fluffy
Michael Arrington looks at the new customizable homepage of NewsvVine.com, with the following prediction: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see the New York Times, USA Today and other sites allow users to create their own version of the newspaper, possibly even allowing outside RSS feeds in, in the next year or so. This builds intense… Continue reading Whose News Is It Anyway?
David Vaina at the Online Journalism Review compares newspapers and blogs, in the search for answers to these questions: Which media platform uses more sources? Which offers a more diverse range of sources? And which types of sources are more prevalent in each platform? His conclusion: “Much of the current debate in journalism that centers… Continue reading Sourcing in Newspapers vs. Blogs
Dave Evans of Forbes.com looks at why the form factor of newspapers is causing them so much trouble. How traditional media makes money: “The newspaper business has a simple model: charge advertisers for getting access to readers whom you attract with relevant content and cheap prices.” The problem: “Traditional media sell advertisers a pig in… Continue reading Why Online Advertising is More Compelling Than Print
There was a weird exchange between entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, and Wired magazine this week, that was picked up by quite a few blogs. (Read about it here, here, here, and here.) There was one piece of it that I found really interesting: some people feel they don’t need to talk to journalists in a way… Continue reading When Journalists’ Sources Have Direct Access to an Audience
Amidst an 81% drop in first-quarter earnings, the Chicago Tribune has just rolled out a hyperlocal citizen-journalism website called Triblocal.com. The site has an initial staff of four journalists, who will seed stories on this “largely unedited and self-policing [site]… designed to let citizens and organizations publish their own stories.” “The Tribune hopes to “reverse… Continue reading Chicago Tribune Sees 81% Drop in Q1 Revenue; Rolls Out Citizen Journalism Site
Here is a great video that explains what RSS is, and how to use it.
The Associated Press is courting younder readers with a new blog: Far and Wide. Journalism.co.uk reports: “Far And Wide provides signposts to the news stories flying across the AP’s global news wires, from the agency staff’s own perspective… [meant] to appeal to 18 to 34-year-olds raised increasingly on a diet of personalised, super-fast news snippets… Continue reading Associated Press Launches News Blog for 18-34 Year Olds
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org chats about the success of his site, and the state of the online news business. Some excerpts: Q: Is Craigslist a threat to newspapers, as people say? Newmark: Not in a significant way. We do drain some revenue from some papers that rely on ads. But I have spoken to… Continue reading Craig Newmark Sees Blurring of Professional & Citizen Journalism in Future
The Wall Street Journal reports that newspapers are experiencing softer online advertising growth this year than expected. Analysts are sharing their estimates of online ad growth: Media-research firm Borrell Associates says:”The growth rate in online ad spending in newspapers will likely fall to a percentage in the low 20s this year from 28% last year.”… Continue reading Newspapers Finding Softness in Online Ad Growth