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Why Warren Buffett is wrong about newspaper paywalls

Why Warren Buffett is wrong about newspaper paywalls | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

Buffett describes his argument: he says that newspapers are giving away their product while still trying to charge for it. But that assumes the “product” is the news, and that this is what newspapers are charging for — and I don’t think that’s really the case any more. For content companies of all kinds, the product is (and in many ways, always has been) the relationship that you can build with readers around your content. And the monetization of that now comes in many different forms.

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OECD examines the future of news and the Internet

OECD examines the future of news and the Internet | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

The future of news creation and distribution: Opportunities and challenges
The impacts of the changing media landscape on news are pulling in two opposite directions.

  1. One extreme is that online and other new forms of more decentralised news will liberate readers from partisan news monopolies which have tended to become more concentrated and to dominate the production and access to news.
  2. The other extreme is that the demise of the traditional news media is with us (partially caused by the rise of the Internet), and with it an important foundation for democratic societies is at risk
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Associated Press – Objective Subject

Associated Press – Objective Subject | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

Describing itself as gutsy, resourceful and connected, and with core values of integrity, action and independence, the AP engaged Objective Subject to develop a visual identity system reflective of a dynamic news organization competing in the digital age.We began the design process by interviewing key stakeholders to understand the critical issues with the existing system. Dominant feedback noted a lack of flexibility with the existing mark, a dated aesthetic and the impression of an overly-American feel.

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Are aggregation and curation journalism? Wrong question

Are aggregation and curation journalism? Wrong question | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of debate about whether a Forbes blog post that excerpted and summarized a New York Times story qualifies as journalism or not -- but to some extent that's a red herring.
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New Yorker Editor David Remnick Likes Technology, but He Loves Print: The Full Dive Into Media Interview

New Yorker Editor David Remnick Likes Technology, but He Loves Print: The Full Dive Into Media Interview | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

Remnick’s overwhelming priority is producing the best possible magazine each week, and he seems content with the notion that most people will read the print version.
“The New Yorker — you roll it up, you put it in your bag. It’s quite easy; it’s pretty good technology,” he told Kara Swisher at D: Dive Into Media last month.
Swisher and Remnick used to be colleagues at the Washington Post, and the two of them had a wide-ranging, entertaining chat. You can see the whole thing here; it’s well worth your 30 minutes:

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The Daily Show, 12 More News Outlets Join Facebook’s Media App Virality Bonanza

The Daily Show, 12 More News Outlets Join Facebook’s Media App Virality Bonanza | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
There's a referral traffic goldmine on Facebook, and today 13 more news outlets are staking their claim.
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The Washington Post, Recast for a Digital Future

The Washington Post, Recast for a Digital Future | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
The Washington Post, shrinking its scope as it looks to a digital future, is undergoing one of the most sweeping reorientations of any newspaper in the country.
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A Peek Inside the Design Process at Bloomberg Businessweek

A Peek Inside the Design Process at Bloomberg Businessweek | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

As magazines are going throughout this transition from print to digital, a cover has to serve multiple purposes. It has to sell on the newsstands, but newsstands isn't that significant a part of the business model anymore, so you have to leverage what you can. Wherever that content lands you have to drive people to it. One part of the cover is that it's on the printed magazine, but a more significant part is that it drives people to the website. It's just kind of a promotional tool, to generate publicity and interest.

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How Crowdsourcing Will Reshape Journalism In The Middle East

How Crowdsourcing Will Reshape Journalism In The Middle East | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
18 Days in Egypt -- an interactive documentary -- enables viewers to experience a revolution through content captured by thousands of protestors.
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When Traditional Media Fails To Understand New Media

Do I get paid to Blog? No. Does Blogging pay? Big time!

I contribute to The Huffington Post and Montreal Gazette for the same reason: to get my name out there in the hopes that it drives many new and powerful opportunities into Twist Image. And - in case you were wondering - so far, so good. If my sole income was based on me selling my words, I would not stop this process at all. In fact, I would recommend ratcheting it up. Why? The more I write for free, the more other media properties want to pay me to write. How strange is this: I have been offered more paid writing opportunities since starting this Blog and contributing to The Huffington Post than when I was a full-time freelance writer back in the nineties..

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TED: a model for open journalism?

TED's new crowd-sourcing initiative provides an interesting model for traditional news organisations (as Paul Lewis' lecture itself suggests!). The possibilities are striking in the context of this blogpost by Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President at Knight Foundation. Newton argues that journalists are finally asking themselves, "how can they go beyond just informing communities to actually engage them?" He calls the result "open journalism" and describes it as a "two-way networked system of communication", i.e. something very similar to the new TED project.

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Sh*t! Twitter is exciting - again!

Sh*t! Twitter is exciting - again! | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

Every epoch in the history of humanity had a raw resource that became the key to commercial success that time. Similar to companies that once sourced and refined silk to textiles, energy to electricity, or ore to steel, we now have companies that sourced and refined data to something useful. In the information age, data is the new steel and to find new forms to refine or apply it generates new opportunities for the whole market.

It is common knowledge that the next big opportunity is not in refining information in general but the manipulation of it in real-time. I first misunderstood this shift as just the “faster” version of working with information. But it is – at least in my humble opinion – far more than that. It is something new - it is a new phase of the information age - The real time information age.

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Sorry Dick, but Twitter is definitely a media entity

Sorry Dick, but Twitter is definitely a media entity | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said on Monday that the company is not a media entity, but in most of the ways that matter, it clearly is -- and that's why its recent decision to selectively censor content that flows through its network is so important.
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25 South by Southwest Interactive panels that journalists won’t want to miss

This year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference has more than 900 panels, meetups and mentor sessions, many of which would interest journalists.

As I read the panel descriptions, I was struck by the lack of mobile-related sessions, the repeated pairing of the words “sexy” and “data,” and the emphasis on how social media is changing the way we tell stories. I was also happy to see that several of this year’s presenters are women. SXSW has struggled to get female presenters, prompting discussions about the need for more women in technology. (When I asked SXSW’s Kelly Krause about this year’s speakers, she said she didn’t yet know the percentage of women.)

Below, I describe the 25 panels that I found most interesting for journalists. Given how many panels there are, I’m sure I’ve left out some good ones. If I’ve missed any that you think should be on this list, feel free to add them to the comments section.

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MediaShift . Introducing Collaboration Central, a New Website From MediaShift

MediaShift . Introducing Collaboration Central, a New Website From MediaShift | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

We don't expect this to be a soft-focus campfire scene with people singing "Kumbaya" and holding hands. Collaboration is a matter of survival for many journalistic organizations struggling to find a business model in the age of the Internet. The surge of non-profit journalism outlets has been a proving ground for collaboration, and as the Texas Tribune's CEO Evan Smith told me late last year:

"We're going to either hang separately or survive together."

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TechCrunch | Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program

TechCrunch | Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
If you're tired of seeing the same news as everyone else, The Washington Post is now experimenting with personalized headlines.
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How should large media organizations handle their blogs?

How should large media organizations handle their blogs? | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

A random sample shows that a large number of blogs doesn’t equate with great quality. Too many blogs hosted by large media brands seem loose or rarely updated. That’s why a few specialized outlets prefer to focus on a small number of blogs: the FT.com (only 14 blogs) or the Economist (23 blogs) have opted for a selective approach — which more often ensures a better execution overall.

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Infographic: How The iPhone Is Revolutionizing Journalism

Infographic: How The iPhone Is Revolutionizing Journalism | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

The infographic also highlights how the iPhone camera has surpassed the Canon Powershot as the is most popular point-and-shoot camera, in turn, revolutionizing and at the same time, threatening the art of photojournalism today.

To prove his point, Frugal Dad stated how CNN laid off 12 of its full-time photojournalists in mid-November 2011.

He went on to further cite how smartphones and social media were instrumental during the Arab Spring and Occupy movement as demonstrators took to Facebook to organize protests.

With the power of reporting now not only in the hands of the media, Frugal Dad then poses the question, “How will mass media and traditional photojournalists adapt and respond to this shift?

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The Guardian’s Immersive Travel App Lets You Explore Cites From Your Chair

The Guardian’s Immersive Travel App Lets You Explore Cites From Your Chair | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

Guardian travel writer Benji Lanyado told Nieman Journalism Lab that the 180-degree video guides were perfect in giving people “immersive, armchair travel.” Users can get a better sense of the locations, culture and attraction sites, where often words and photos aren’t enough to get a proper sense of the majesty of a scene


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How NPR drove traffic to a local station by geotargeting stories on Facebook

How NPR drove traffic to a local station by geotargeting stories on Facebook | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
When NPR shared links to KPLU stories on its Facebook page — only visible to people in the Seattle area — the station's website got record traffic.
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Of Social Media Editors and Twitter Monkeys

Of Social Media Editors and Twitter Monkeys | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

"Maybe my fears are silly, I do come from a long line of worriers. I just can’t help but wonder what will become of my generation of social editors. Will those who want to move on be given the chance, as I have? Will the Twitter Monkeys be able to throw off their chains and join the editor meetings a bit more often?

I said in 2008 – and I still believe – that if we as the designated social media types were doing our jobs well, we wouldn’t be necessary because everyone in the newsroom would be proficient at social media. That’s the best possible future I can imagine for the role of social media in our industry."

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The NYT Company Has 406,000 Paid Digital Subscribers

The NYT Company Has 406,000 Paid Digital Subscribers | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

The 406,000 figure includes the paywall at the New York Times but also subscribers to BostonGlobe.com as well as the International Herald Tribune. The Globe by itself, the Times company reported, is drawing about 16,000 digital subscribers.

It’s still unclear how many of those subscribers have paid an introductory rate, which at both BostonGlobe.com and NYTimes.com is 99 cents for the first four weeks. Personal experience shows that the Times digital circulation department is willing to extend those 99-cent promotional offers at least once.

Even still, if that means the paywall is bringing in $400,000 a month, that isn’t bad.

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HuffPost + AOL: The First Year in Numbers

HuffPost + AOL: The First Year in Numbers | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it

Unique visitors a month: 36.2 million (an increase of 47 percent)

Comments in the last month: 6 million

Comments on a single day: 253,331 (Jan 25, 2012)

New commenters signing up per day: 5,500

Social referrals in a month: 21.6 million (December 2011)

Facebook referrals in a day: 1.4 million (January 4, 2012)

International editions launched: 3 (Canada, UK, France)

Additional international editions scheduled in the next three months: 3 (Quebec, Spain, Italy)

Editors and reporters added: 170

New bloggers: 9,884

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Columbia and Stanford Creating $30 Million Institute to Bridge Journalism and Tech

Columbia and Stanford Creating $30 Million Institute to Bridge Journalism and Tech | Journalism and Internet | Scoop.it
Columbia's Journalism School and Stanford's School of Engineering are teaming up to create an Institute for Media Innovation that will bridge the gap between journalism and technology.
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