Journalists' blogs and twitter feeds I recommend:
- Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at NYU, blogger at PressThink, twitters fascinating links several times a day to thousands of people here.
- Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism School, continuously updating page, "The Changing Media Landscape: Articles worth noting, names to know, stats you need."
MEDIA MAVERICKS: Christian Science Monitor shifts from daily to weekly print newspaper, plus constant web updates and "premium" content. A year after the shift, signs are positive. Jay Rosen: "The old media transformation I most admire has been the Christian Science Monitor's: go weekly plus web" http://jr.ly/zdkw
Ryan Thornburg: tweets talk by Alan Murray (Digital Editor, WSJ) at UNC: The newspaper biz never more "exciting", "vibrant", "filled with possibilities"...WSJ free audience from 8M to 20M uniques per month. Pay subscribers grow from 900K to 1.1M....Public won't be poorly served if number of DC reporters drops by 75%. As long as the remaining 25 don't do pack journalism..."I look at the Drudge Web site every day." ... "He's just a very good editor." EXACTLY!..."Every journalist today is in effect marketing his own copy."...“do what you do best, and link to the rest” ...Does #WSJ biz model work for local public affairs news? http://is.gd/qvik
Five tips on charging for content, from Alan Murray.
Jay Rosen: I don't get this attachment to print. When someone tells me he's a "print Journalist" I look at him like he has six heads. http://is.gd/6CVe
Tom Foremski has a list of 25 things newspapers can do to develop a new business model. Some of them are pretty sharp. http://is.gd/k7zQ
David Rothman: The trash factor: A big reason why newspapers are in trouble? And how can they cope with it? http://is.gd/luDN #solomonscandals
Dan Rather: "the center of gravity is shifting to new media." Watch: http://is.gd/6KjG
Future of Newspapers: Stay Local. A smaller, less frequently published version packed with analysis and investigative reporting and aimed at well-educated news junkies that may well be a smart survival strategy for the beleaguered old print product. By Philip Meyer
Kansas Media Company Banks on 'Convergence' and Media Innovations Newspapers Still Trying to Figure Out What to Do Online Newspapers Should Be Platform Neutral, Think of Themselves As Information Providers, in Many Forms. Embrace Interactivity
DEATH OF NEWSPAPERS
Newspaper have lost their role as social currency
Novel approach to sustaining investigative journalism using a community support model.
There’s a new group on Facebook called Newspaper Escape Plan
NORTH CAROLINA JOURNALISM
Good newspaper news (from Carrboro) http://is.gd/31kC
Really hating McClatchy. http://tinyurl.com/4f7q4p. Why N&O loses to WRAL. http://dunnreporter.com/?p=344. N&O whacks cartoonist and public editor. Powell and Vaden get the dead of small cuts, busted to .5 time. http://is.gd/3111 More N&O cuts (from Fiona): http://is.gd/31Ef How to give up first place http://gearino.com/?p=339.
The curtain pulled aside, http://gearino.com/?p=340
State of Things: Downsizing Newspapers: It seems like every week brings more news of d.. http://tinyurl.com/48tvkd NandO cuts the newsroom again 10% out the door Fiona has the story here http://is.gd/2YId
NEWSPAPER AD MODEL
Jon Talton at http://is.gd/2XiF described the newspaper's business model as "sending mini-skirted ad reps out to lecherous old car dealers."
The Wall Street Journal reports on the sliding market share of newspapers in their own local ad markets. “Internet companies like Google and Local.com, which collectively control 53.3% of the local online ad market, up from 25% in 2006. And they’ve done that with only 1,400 ad-sales reps,” says the Journal.
Internet Advertising will be relatively unscathed in the downturn (The Economist)
JOURNALISM AND POLITICS
Beat-Sweetners: Unreliable narrator's guide to Obama's new team. Flattering profiles of officials who've accomplished nothing yet (in order to keep sources happy)
Dan Gilmor: One reason why respect for pro journalists keeps withering -- press largely ignoring Obama abuses re civil liberties http://bit.ly/xgM1M
Stodgy old Associated Press gains a subjective voice, http://is.gd/4N4Y Can't we have voicelessness back?
"The reason ideological bias matters so little is that other biases matter so much more." - The editors of The Politico. http://is.gd/50Jq
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Constant Whining About Media Bias
MEDIA INFLUENCE ON CULTURE
Is Google Making Us Stupid? Atlantic Monthly
JOURNALISTIC HEROES AND VILLIANS
Judith Miller of the NYT: "Her series of exclusives about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq—courtesy of the now-notorious Ahmad Chalabi—helped the New York Times keep up with the competition and the Bush administration bolster the case for war. How the very same talents that caused her to get the story also caused her to get it wrong."
The No. 1 Secret of Great Blogs: They Lead a Tribe, by Seth Godin
"The number one reason why journalists should blog is that it tutors you in how the web works." From Jay Rosen http://is.gd/2OkW