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Big News of The Day: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post for $250M

Big News of The Day: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post for $250M | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Long-running political newspaper the Washington Post has been sold to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, the post announced today.
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Whoa!!!!

The big take-away is that Bezos says that this is completely separate from Amazon.

Ken's Question:  Will this affect CableONE, which is owned by The Washington Post?  How About Kaplan University?  Could they all be merged in some genious way with Amazon?

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Listening Post - Feature: Behind paywalls

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A nice review of the very recent history of newspaper publishing paywalls.  Clay Shirky and the quality Al Jazerra reporter do a good job in explaining this new game-changing practice.

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Jacek Utko designs to save newspapers | Video on TED.com

A very interesting 'look' at one designers view of the future of newspapers

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TED Talks Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper?

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Seth's Blog: Understanding local media

Seth's Blog: Understanding local media | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Local media was an essential business for a century, largely for three reasons: 1. Broadcast signals and newspaper trucks could only travel so far, so 'local' was the natural category. 2. Commerce (and thus advertising) was local.
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Ken's Key Takeaway:
Seth does a great job describing why local media used to be important and how new 'local media' will be focused on serving people who gather around a specific idea or interest instead of people who may gather at the same bar, grocery store, high school sports games, etc.

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The Washington Post Launches Platform for Crowdsourcing

The Washington Post Launches Platform for Crowdsourcing | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I worked for The Washington Post Company's CableOne Advertising, and I went to the same university where Rob Curley graduated.  Curley started pushing the Post in this direction a few years back, before he left the post.  He had some great ideas, but lacked resources and interns to make them happen. I appreciated his passion for local news and global news.

Ken

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Original post from Howard Rheingold:

If it is done right, this could be a collective intelligence platform as well as a crowdsourcing tool for journalists and an experiment in the public sphere. -- Howard

 

"The Washington Post today announced it has launched a new platform for crowdsourcing. “Crowd Sourced” is The Post’s special feature that allows Post journalists to ask questions about today’s concerns and begin a conversation about these issues. Users will be able to answer those questions and vote for the ideas they value most, so the most popular responses are surfaced on the page."

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