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The model of the new media model

Posted on 03. Oct, 2009 by .

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Leo Laporte, creator of This Week in Tech and the TWiT network of podcasts, spoke before the Online News Association this week and presented the very model of the new media company: small, highly targeted, serving a highly engaged public, and profitable. (Full disclosure: I am a panelist on TWiT’s This Week in Google show.) […]

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Journalism as capitalism

Posted on 02. Oct, 2009 by .

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The only way that journalism is going to be sustainable is if it is profitable – and out of that market relationship comes many other benefits: accountability to the public it serves; independence from funders’ agendas; growth; innovation. This is the future for journalism we envisioned in the New Business Models for News Project. Not-for-profit, […]

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NewBizNews on MPR

Posted on 28. Sep, 2009 by .

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I joined Alan Mutter on Minnesota Public Radio this morning talking about new business models for news. Mentions of the project and the discussion at the Knight-Foundation-funded Aspen Institute presentation. Have a listen: /**/

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The X Prizes for news (and media)

Posted on 25. Sep, 2009 by .

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A conversation with our Knight Foundation friends at Aspen inspired me to think through what an X Prize for news could accomplish. Then this week’s report in the New York Times about the awarding of the NetFlix X Prize – and the far greater value it created, not just for NetFlix, but for its participants […]

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Did we ever pay for content?

Posted on 19. Sep, 2009 by .

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In an essay that, on first blush, ranks near to Clay Shirky’s seminal thinking-the-unthinkable think piece, Paul Graham argues that we never paid for content: In fact consumers never really were paying for content, and publishers weren’t really selling it either. If the content was what they were selling, why has the price of books […]

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Is journalism an industry?

Posted on 18. Sep, 2009 by .

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Journalism is a business – that is how it is going to sustain itself; that is a key precept of the New Business Models for News Project, funded by the Knight Foundation. But is it still an industry dominated by companies and employment? In the first part of his analysis of the news business, BusinessWeek […]

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NewBizNews in the Guardian

Posted on 13. Sep, 2009 by .

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In addition to the podcast (below), the New Business Models for News Project is the subject of my column in the Guardian’s media section. Here’s the full text: There is a future for news – a sustainable and once-again profitable future with the prospect of expanding and improving journalism by taking it deeper into our […]

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NewBizNews on the Guardian MediaTalkUSA podcast

Posted on 13. Sep, 2009 by .

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The latest edition of the Guardian MediaTalkUSA podcast, which I present, features the work of CUNY’s New Business Models for News Project and discussion with two folks who know hyperlocal: Deb Galant, founder of Baristanet, whom I crowned the queen of hyperlocal; and Jim Willse, editor of the Star-Ledger (who begins the podcast confessing that […]

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Local business help from Google

Posted on 05. Sep, 2009 by .

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Google just started a newsletter to help local businesses make better use of Google ads and tools. The first issue.

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NewBizNews on the BBC

Posted on 04. Sep, 2009 by .

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Peter Day, one of the best radio interviewers I know and the very best in business coverage, talks about media mayhem this week and I got a chance to discuss the New Business Models for News Project with him. (The New Business Models for News Project has been funded by the Knight Foundation.) Take a […]

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