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Archive for January, 2009

How to Save The New York Times, Let’s Buy the Newsroom

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

On The New York Times op-ed pages yesterday there was an opinion piece about setting up a $5 billion endowment to perpetually provide the Times with a $200 million annual payout to support the newsroom. I have a better idea.
Right now the Times has approximately a circulation of about 1 million. To have it delivered [...]

One Man’s Plan for NY Times, Have Online Subscription Fee

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Henry Blodget at Silicon Valley Insider advances his Plan to Fix The New York Times in three steps:

Cut costs 40% by 2010.
Continue to raise print subscription prices
Explore charging an online subscription fee

I am most intrigued by the idea of no firewall but still a fee. Anyone can link to the stories and you can see [...]

Livestreaming from U of Missouri News Entrepreneurs TalkFest

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I am at the University of Missouri for the RJI News Collaboratory which bills itself as Entrepreneurial journalists in action.
The RJI News Collaboratory mission:
We work with entrepreneurial journalists, citizens and organizations to create strategies and tools for high-quality Web-based journalism.
Information is being livestreamed right now.

Rethinking Journalism Ethics in a Changed Media World

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Robert Niles at the the Online Journalism Review writes that it is time to rethink some of journalism’s traditional ethical assumptions, saying:
The central tenet of journalism ethics (in my opinion) remains: Do what’s best to empower your readers with truthful information. Everything we do ought to flow from that goal.
The practice of journalism is an [...]

Pew: 35% of Online USA Adults Have Social Network Profiles

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

“The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% now, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s December 2008 tracking survey.”
That’s from a Pew press release. Here is more:
Most [...]