To Eric Schmidt: What happened to ‘Don’t Be Evil’?

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I’ve tried to make the case in the last couple of blog posts that it’s in Google’s interest to share ad revenues with news providers, by opening up Google News fully to advertising and offering a story-clickthrough-based rev-share program for participating publishers tracked by the service. Without throwing a good-sized financial bone at the news…

How can newspapers help Google?

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What goes around, comes around. … Sometimes when you’re having trouble coming up with a solution to a difficult problem, it helps to turn things upside down and get a new perspective. I’d like to see the newspaper industry, especially the big metro dailies which are in the most trouble and closest to collapse, look…

Google could come to the rescue, but won’t?

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I was disappointed in Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s keynote speech to the Newspaper Association of America today. (Audio here, courtesy of Bill Densmore. Transcript of Q&A portion of Schmidt’s session, thanks to Poynter.org.) Oh, it was a fine speech and Schmidt educated some of the backward-thinking publishers in the audience, no doubt, about what’s ahead….

Can ex-newspaper journos invent new news biz models?

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My latest (“March”) Editor & Publisher Online column was published today: Can Former Newspaper Employees Invent a Brave New News Model? This is actually my March column because I ran into an odd situation that held up publication till today. Mid-March, I interviewed Ron James, founder and publisher/executive editor of start-up San Diego News Network,…

Stephen Colbert vs. Newspaper Association of America

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In case you missed it, Stephen Colbert interviewed NAA president John Sturm on Tuesday night’s Colbert Report. Enjoy! The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Better Know a Lobby – Newspaper Lobby comedycentral.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

Personalized newspapers in space in 2259!

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Take heart, newspaper aficionados and media curmudgeons. You’ll still have the comfort of the printed newspaper as you travel in space in the year 2259! (Well, that assumes you’ll be getting cryogenically frozen and are revived in a couple centuries.) Credit my friend and colleague Christopher Ryan for spotting this look into the future. Chris…