Can You Earn a Living Through Blogging?

The Christian Science Monitor digs into the publishing revolution, and how easy it can be to earn money online through your writing, videos, or other media. Some excerpts: “The rise of what’s known as contextual advertising has created a 21st-century version of royalties that’s reaching deep into the ranks of amateurs and hobbyists. It points… Continue reading Can You Earn a Living Through Blogging?

Hyper-Local Getting Hyper-Exposed

Hyper-local content seems to be all the rage now-a-days, with reports from all over the web: Search Engine Watch reports on Yahoo’s focus on local, which includes the addition of “social” functionality to its web untilities: “The data supports the idea that local is going to become a very active space. People are eager and… Continue reading Hyper-Local Getting Hyper-Exposed

Mobile Journalists Deliver Hyper-Local Coverage

The Fort Myers News-Press is utilizing mobile journalists to focus on hyper-local news coverage: “They spend their time on the road looking for stories, filing several a day for the newspaper’s Web site, and often for the print edition, too. Their guiding principle: A constantly updated stream of intensely local, fresh Web content — regardless… Continue reading Mobile Journalists Deliver Hyper-Local Coverage

Yahoo and Reuters Ask You to Become a Photojournalist

Some user-generated media and citizen journalist news: “Hoping to turn the millions of people with digital cameras and camera phones into photojournalists, Yahoo and Reuters are introducing a new effort to showcase photographs and video of news events submitted by the public.” The offer also seems to apply to video, and includes a print component:… Continue reading Yahoo and Reuters Ask You to Become a Photojournalist

Will the Editorial Process be Replaced by Readers?

Will the editorial process be replaced by readers? Its an interesting concept, that CNET briefly touches upon: “With regard to both facts and style, many blogs are largely self-checking due to sizable reader bases that can comment on posts at will.”

BBC Misses User Generated Media Opportunity

The BBC is now soliciting user generated content. They are offering to pay for material that is “particularly editorially important or unique.” But then, aren’t they missing the point? Trying to control user generated media – becoming the editors for the world, is simply a missed opportunity for a giant tiptoeing into a vast ocean… Continue reading BBC Misses User Generated Media Opportunity

Journalists Confront News Aggregation

A recent conference brought journalists face to face with the man behind Google News – the aggregation service that has sent chills through the media industry. There are two perspectives on this matter. The first: “For some publishers — watching covetously as Google earns billions from contextual advertising — the search engine’s success rests on… Continue reading Journalists Confront News Aggregation

Newspaper Restructuring in Four Easy Steps

Wired reports on massive changes within Gannett, as they restructure their newsrooms. Their four goals: Prioritize local news over national news Publish more user-generated content Cecome 24-7 news operations, in which the newspapers do less and the websites do much more Use crowdsourcing methods to put readers to work as watchdogs, whistle-blowers and researchers in… Continue reading Newspaper Restructuring in Four Easy Steps

Big Media = Big Brother?

The New York Times has an interesting article today titled “For Music’s Sake.” The writer took the stance of being mildly incredulous about the idea of pursing a hobby just for the sake of it, without any earnings potential. I, of course, brought this line of thinking back into the ‘established media’/’citizen media’ debate, and… Continue reading Big Media = Big Brother?