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Advice for German media

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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I have an op-ed in today’s Welt Kompakt newspaper in Germany giving my advice to a German mediasphere that I see becoming more protectionist. It’s not online (ironically) but so you can see the play, a PDF of it is here and here. This is my original English text: * * * At the M√ľncher […]

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The balance shifts

Posted on 12. Nov, 2009 by .

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At yesterday’s New Business Models for (Local) News summit at CUNY, I ran what I called a reverse panel with big media folks – NY Times, Washington Post, Gannett, Star-Ledger, Impremedia, Politico – sitting up front but ordered to listen to the wishes and needs of the people in the room. I threatened to cover […]

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The future of business is in ecosystems

Posted on 12. Nov, 2009 by .

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Last week, I said that the future of news is entrepreneurial (not institutional). Today, a sequel: The future of business is in ecosystems (not conglomerates or industries). At the Foursquare conference last week, I was struck by the miss-by-a-mile worldviews held by the chiefs of big, old conglomerates and the entrepreneurs starting new, nimble companies. […]

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Tough love for news media

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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Here’s video version of the talk I keynote talk I linked below for the Munich Media Days conference a week ago. I gave them tough love, saying I was concerned about the protectionist talk I’ve heard from Germany media, not unlike one what can here in the U.S. and elsewhere. I also talked about the […]

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A checklist

Posted on 03. Nov, 2009 by .

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Robert Niles at the Online Journalism Review provides a good checklist for people starting their own news sites.

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The future of news is entrepreneurial

Posted on 02. Nov, 2009 by .

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The future of news is entrepreneurial. There’s a lot in that statement. It says: The future of news is not institutional… The news of tomorrow has yet to be built…. The structure – the ecosystem – of news will not be dominated by a few corporations but likely will be made up of networks of […]

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Giving up on the news business

Posted on 19. Oct, 2009 by .

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Before reaching their dangerous conclusion – recommending government supported journalism in a report called the Reconstruction of American Journalism – former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie and Columbia journalism prof Michael Schudson make some basic and, I believe, profoundly mistaken assumptions, namely: “That journalism is now at risk, along with the advertising-supported economic foundations of […]

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Hyperlocal Boston

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by .

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Now that The New York Times Company has decided not to sell the Boston Globe, DailyDeal.com wonders whether the company should convert Boston to a hyperlocal-based business. Well, our Knight Foundation-funded New Business Models for News can be a roadmap. Indeed, the 5-million-person hypothetical market we worked on looks an awful lot like Boston (because, […]

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Call for local bloggers for a NewBizNews event

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .

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I’m putting out a call for local bloggers within traveling distance from New York – and for journalists who’ve left their jobs or are thinking about leaving to start local news blogs – to attend a series of workshops at CUNY on Nov. 11. The first half of the day, we’ll be presenting and discussing […]

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NewBizNews on All Things Considered

Posted on 07. Oct, 2009 by .

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NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik came to CUNY to report on the effort to find new business models for news, including our Knight Foundation funded presentation at the Aspen Institute:

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