The unbundling of telecom resulted in free-ing of last mile, which in tandem with rise of Internet resulted in destruction of the voice-minute economy. The Media landscape is going through similar unbundling, thanks to the Internet, which takes away controls over distribution networks.
Why Does Journalism Matter? The National Press Foundation is launching their “Why Journalism Matters” Twitter contest today. “Tell us why journalism matters – for democracy, for personal and social freedom, or for any other reason,” the website says.
You can tag tweets with the hashtag #journalismmatters to enter the contest.
Every day “The Daily” features a new crossword puzzle and sudoku game. The interface is the best I have seen for any crossword puzzle on the iPad, and the puzzles are challenging but still fun. In short, for many people the crossword and sudoku puzzles alone may be worth the $0.14 a day.
The Daily, the first news "publication" created expressly for Apple Inc.'s hot-selling iPad tablets, is due to be unveiled Wednesday — and with it a bold bet that consumers are willing to pay for news and information via the Internet that they have long expected to get for free.
His YouTube channel has developed into an online network of news, progressive opinion, even sports, and as been viewed more than 27 million times with total uploads across the Web topping 386 million. “We beat almost every show on CNN,” he told the crowd at NATPE, with a disclaimer that his shows can be viewed multiple times by the same person over a longer period of time. Still, the site claims to be “The Largest Online News Show in the World,” and Uygur says his added MSNBC duties will not get in the way of more growth. “We’re not going to let our audience down. We want to deliver the best to our TYT audience and we’re not going to sacrifice that.”
“We have a whole team of people working on our Twitter feed,” Jim Frederick, managing editor of Time.com and executive editor of Time, said. “There’s an art and science to Twitter.”
Frederick said that while Time holds a “bimonthly steer meeting” with top managers to share ideas for how to approach social media, the Time editorial team “has the final say.”
The 150-year-old Atlantic magazine, on the other hand, has just one person in charge of its social media initiatives: Jared Keller, a recent college grad. “I guess they trust my millennial judgment or something,” he said.
Columbia Journalism Review is embarking on a project to document digital news outlets throughout the United States, posting the first 50 in The News Frontier Database with plans to continue expanding it.
Some publishers, associations and academics who met Thursday to discuss new subscription plans from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) say they want the platforms to end censorship, work with them transparently, give them direct customer relationships and offer fairer business terms.
The Hard Rock Cafe has a new competitor in Rolling Stone. With a restaurant on the way and a new deal signed with IMG, the magazine plans to extend its licensing business into new categories, including electronics and gaming and fashion-based products that are inspired by the magazine’s rock ’n’ roll roots.
With the death of many magazines and the ones that have managed to survive lessening their pages, it's hard for journalists to find a place for their in-depth articles which often run upwards of 10,000 words.
Sam Spratt is a freelance artist, but thanks to journalists, not a starving one. Since graduating from college in July, the illustrator has done hundreds pieces for Gawker Media, three print covers for Game Informer, and a gigantic tour bus for two renowned photographers. He makes commissioned web-res portraits and sells limited-edition posters, too, showing that, even in an online journalism world that seems oriented to text, “artist” doesn’t have to mean “poor.”
So here’s an odd thing. Since TechCrunch was acquired by AOL, there has been a slight but appreciable uptick in the number of stories we’ve run about our new parent company. In the last month alone, we’ve reported their Q1 goals, three new content partnerships, their new SVP of technologies and even their latest billboard.
Stop listening to newspaper people. We have had nearly 15 years to figure out the Web and as an industry we newspaper people are no good at it. No good at it at all. Want to get good at it? Then stop listening to the newspaper people and start listening to the rest of the world. And, I would point out, as we have done at JRC — put the digital people in charge — of everything.
The most telling change, though, is as much about philosophy as it is about design. On the re-launched site, “we put less of the magazine online than we used to,” Eskin says. It’s a choice that will likely become more common as The New Yorker’s fellow outlets make key decisions about paid content. “Especially now that ‘Information wants to be free’ is no longer an article of faith — we wanted to tell our paying subscribers that they can access everything,” he says. “And to tell our non-paying visitors that there’s a lot that they’re missing.”
Unlike the digitized razzle-dazzle of many competing e-reading experiences, The Atavist was designed for one thing and one thing only: reading. But The Atavist's creators took pains to add digital features into each story that enhance the reading experience in ways that paper never could -- like "smart" timelines that help keep you oriented in the narrative but don't spoil future plot twists, or built-in audio versions read by the authors.
You might say, justifiably, that none of this matters. The movies are only a bit of fun, after all. That's true, but look at it this way: portraying newspapers as in rude health, unaware of the internet, is a bit like portraying the automotive industry as the lifeblood of modern Detroit, or showing war as something fought in large part between battleships and fighter planes. The world has changed irrevocably. You wouldn't stand for it: it's just silly, parallel universe stuff.