The fact is, the idea that advertisers are constantly meddling in coverage is a myth. The truth is, the small business owner has much bigger worries than how you’re covering the next election, or whether you’re making life hard on the mayor. He wants to know first and foremost: are you helping to add a few more ting-a-lings to the ring of his cash register.
So, my bottom line: I believe that advertising supported journalism — especially for the small, independent operation — is the purest, cleanest, best way to fund local reporting.
— For-proft, non-profit and ??? | Howard Owens
"It isn’t about bloggers vs. media types. It’s about quality vs. shit, no matter the source."
— The Mainstream Media Is Above Unfounded Steroid Speculation - Lookout Landing
The way to fight print circulation declines isn’t to move away from good print journalism, but to embrace what makes print a great platform for great journalism.
My advice to publishers: Embrace the web as the web; celebrate print as print. Don’t try to transfer one mindset on the other.
— Newspapers: Don’t be the web | Howard Owens
"Do I trust WikiLeaks? Maybe not. But if the Times trusts them, perhaps I do."
People may be running to blogs and the internet over traditional news sources, but traditional news sources can still use their credibility to play kingmaker. (By the way: NYT, Der Spiegel and The Guardian have been mentioned almost as often as WikiLeaks in the coverage I’ve seen/read. That’s free branding.)
Poynter Online | How WikiLeaks is Changing the News Power Structure
"Apollo is quite similar to Pandora in that it uses an algorithm (using factors such as time spent on articles, sources favorited, articles liked/not-liked as well as social elements like Twitter and Facebook mentions and similar peoples’ tastes etc.) to help users discover the best content for them in a variety of categories (Top News, Business, Tech, Sports and so on)."
— Ex-Google News, Bing Engineers Set Out To Build ‘Newspaper Of The Future’
"Everyone’s waiting to see what will happen with the paywall – it’s the big question. But I think it will underperform. On a purely financial calculation, I don’t think the numbers add up.” But then, interestingly, he goes on, “Here’s what worries me about the paywall. When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them being critical for informing the public; we never say they’re critical for informing their customers. We assume that the value of the news ramifies outwards from the readership to society as a whole. OK, I buy that. But what Murdoch is signing up to do is to prevent that value from escaping. He wants to only inform his customers, he doesn’t want his stories to be shared and circulated widely. In fact, his ability to charge for the paywall is going to come down to his ability to lock the public out of the conversation convened by the Times."
— Clay Shirky: ‘Paywall will underperform – the numbers don’t add up’
"There’s no basis whatsoever for the B.S. charge that revealing a point of view of necessity compromises the integrity of the actual information purveyed."
— The Plum Line - A little message to Jeffrey Goldberg’s anonymous Post sources
…what we found is that newspapers all too often have more in common with a factory assembly line. When you’re trying to get a newspaper out, there’s intense pressure to meet deadlines every day. That makes it very hard for newspapers to innovate.”
To survive, newspapers must evolve into “the networked information provider of the future — the networked, entrepreneurial local information hub,” Benner said. That will allow them to expand their audiences and revenue sources.
— UC Davis News & Information :: UC Davis study predicts newspapers will survive
"My position is that there’s no such thing as objectivity in reporting, at all, period," says Matthew Cardinale, the 28-year-old news editor of the Atlanta Progressive News. "In fact, I think that it’s kind of arrogant to say that you can be the arbiter of what is reality."
— Bias Or Balance? Media Wrestle With Faltering Trust : NPR
…traditional media outlets don’t particularly want to hear what people have to say. They want to create content and have people consume it.
"Newspapers don’t like to hear the voice of people, and they are especially disturbed by the voice of assholes," [Jeff Jarvis says].
Often online, it seems like the voice of disgruntled users is the one that is the loudest, and becomes most prominent. Jarvis says this is only natural given the nature of most commenting systems.
"We allow comments only after we are done with what we’re doing. It’s inherently insulting. We finish our work or stories and say, "Now you can talk about them."
Jarvis thinks that feedback would be much more useful during the process of writing a story. Of course, many publications are using their comments to fuel new stories and continue the reporting process. But for Jarvis, that’s not good enough. He thinks that the crowd would be more influential during the process of creating stories.
— Jeff Jarvis: Online comments should be more like Twitter | Econsultancy
Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt addressed the American Society of News Editors yesterday in D.C. As part of an apparent strategy of mollifying the media, he insulted the integrity and professionalism of bloggers and the quality of blogs. You know. Like this one.
"There is an art to what you do," he said to the real journalists. "And if you’re ever confused as to the value of newspaper editors, look at the blog world. That’s all you need to see. So we understand how fundamental tradition and the things you care about are."
— What the hell is Eric Schmidt’s problem? (via ReadWriteWeb)