It is a Fascinating Time to be a Journalist!

Chris Anderson takes an in depth look at what it would mean to create a transparent magazine. In part 1, he looks at what has changed since Wired magazine’s website originally launched. My favorite: THEN: Media as Lecture: we create content, you read it. NOW: Media as Conversation: a total blur between traditional journalism, blogging… Continue reading It is a Fascinating Time to be a Journalist!

The State of Magazines Online

The Bivings report studied magazine websites for their use of web 2.0 elements. Some key findings: The most common online feature offered by magazines is RSS feeds (48 per cent). Message boards/forums are offered by 46 per cent of magazine websites. 38 per cent of the magazines require registration to view all of the site’s… Continue reading The State of Magazines Online

A Fundamental Shift in Journalism

Adrian Holovaty has a follow up to the recent Bivens report for Tips to Improve Newspaper Websites: “…more fundamental shifts need to happen for newspaper companies to remain essential sources of information for their communities. One of those important shifts is: Newspapers need to stop the story-centric worldview. Conditioned by decades of an established style… Continue reading A Fundamental Shift in Journalism

Web Trends

Two new reports out: Current demographics of internet users Online Classifieds Increase in Popularity; Category Visitation Surges 47 Percent in the Past Year Greg Sterling offers his thoughts on state of classsified: “Obviously newspapers have to make some bold moves online (beyond their existing vertical relationships) to build their destination consumer traffic and/or find additional… Continue reading Web Trends

Newspaper Battle for Online Marketshare

The BBC looks at people’s expectations when it comes to the words “news” and “free”: “This is a generation who grew up with the world wide web. They usually get their news delivered to them in their e-mail inboxes or at the click of a button. It is difficult to persuade young people that news… Continue reading Newspaper Battle for Online Marketshare

Innovation in Social Media

Facebook added some new features to its website. Some commentary on both sides. First the postive from Michael Arrington: “It’s interesting because Facebook clearly gets the idea of an attention metastream, where page views aren’t the currency that matters but rather how effectively the service allows users to communicate. Facebook users will now have a… Continue reading Innovation in Social Media

Newspapers & Links

Techdirt looks inside the debate that many old media companies go through when moving online: “A reporter at a paper in Missouri writes to Poynter Online, discussing an internal debate that her newspaper had over whether to include external links to stories in other publications. Ultimately, the higher ups decided against it on the view… Continue reading Newspapers & Links

Tips to Improve Newspaper Websites

The Bivings Report offers up 10 Ways for Newspapers to Improve Their Websites. On the list: Start Using Tags Provide Full Text RSS Feeds Work with External “Social” Websites Link to Relevant Blog Entries Get Rid of All Registration Partner with Local Bloggers Offer Alternative Views of Your Content Modernize Your Site’s Graphic Design Learn… Continue reading Tips to Improve Newspaper Websites