Laurent Haug has a really interesting post that explains how to maintain an effective online existence with very little effort. What is fascinating is how easy it is to create a site with frequently updated niche-focused content, with a small amount of effort from a few people – none of whose primary focus is the… Continue reading The Ease of Aggregation: A Threat to Resource Heavy Publishers
Steve Yelvington looks at “Why journalists don’t make ideal online community leaders.” It doesn’t start with your source list A healthy Web community leverages the passions of individuals and activists and chaotic self-organizers, and that’s a completely different world than you’re going to find reflected in your source list. Journalists don’t know how to ask… Continue reading Does the Online Community Structure Fit with that of Journalism?
A NY Times blog asks Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster, the founder and CEO, respectively, of Craigslist a few questions about why their company is so different. Here are some of the more interesting quotes that illustrate the unique nature of Craigslist: “It sounds old-fashioned, but we generally don’t view information submitted by our users… Continue reading Craigslist: The Anti-Company
Last Thursday, I linked to an article that discussed how news organizations are devoting more time and space to celebrity gossip, sidelining serious news. Today, the 14th most important story on CNN.com is: “Panda cub cries for mom during exam.” After clicking on the “story” and watching a 15 second commercial, I get to watch… Continue reading Since When is a Crying Panda Considered News?
Alan Mutter has been chatting with editors inside news organizations to get a sense of why some aren’t innovating quickly enough, as audiences move from print to digital delivery. While I can’t agree with all of what Alan talks about, he does have some interesting quotes from the front lines: “Management is more concerned about… Continue reading What Stands in the Way of Innovating Journalism?
In what will become a classic case study for “money CAN buy you anything,” the sale of the Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch seems to be going through. “The board of Dow Jones & Co. voted to approve News Corp.’s $5 billion bid for the company last night, with two directors abstaining from the… Continue reading Breaking News: Pigs Fly; Murdoch Buys Wall Street Journal