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Carnival of Journalism deadline is Feb. 24!

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The Digital News Test Kitchen at CU-Boulder and I are hosting this month’s Carnival of Journalism, a monthly blogfest in which anyone can participate by answering the Question of the Month. I’d been wanting to play host to a Carnival, and got my wish for February, thanks to Carnival overseer David Cohn. Here’s the question:…

#photoaday with an iPhone4 … My rules explained

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(NOTE: I posted this at my Posterous blog, which I use exclusively for photos and for my iPhone Photo-a-Day project. Reposting here as few people have yet to discover http://steveouting.posterous.com!) So, I’ve made it 15 days straight so far with posting (to my¬†Posterous photo blog) a photograph a day, using only my iPhone4 and its…

Kachingle fires a blog salvo at NYTimes.com’s metered paywall

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This is an interesting case of what I guess would be termed “guerrilla marketing.” Kachingle, an online user-donation network that aims to financially support many websites and blogs, has begun a campaign to “STOP THE PAYWALL” at NYTimes.com. First, some quick background: NYTimes.com has announced that it will put up a “metered paywall” on the…

ThankThis: Donate $ without spending $

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I’ve been in touch with Twixa.com and its CEO, Kurt Huang, for some time while he and his team have been developing a new revenue widget for online publishers. You can see it on this post, next to the Tweetmeme (“Retweet”) button at right: ThankThis. Click on the button and you can financially support this…

@Anywhere … Is this thing on? Testing, testing…

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In an effort to integrate Twitter into my blog a bit better, I’m trying out Twitter’s @Anywhere, which adds a pop-up info box when you hover over an @ Twitter address (among other things). So, let’s see how this works with mention of a couple Twitter addresses… @steveouting @dmediakitchen It’s pretty easy to set up….

Your comments are starting to stink (moderate ‘em!)

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When comments come into this blog, I moderate them before they are published. Like most blogs (or any web publishing platform that accepts user comments), this one receives far more comment spam than legitimate comments. Comment anti-spam program Askimet catches, I’d guess, more than 99% of my incoming comment spam. In the last few months,…

A new way to comment: Like it? Don’t? …

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(Update: I’m finding this application to be buggy on my WordPress blog, so I’ve turned it off for now. I might try it again if the developers improve it.) I’m fond of trying out new technologies and digital services, and I’m often willing to use this blog as a sandbox. So today I’ve installed a…

Farewell, E&P: The last of my 14-1/2 years of columns

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After writing a column for Editor & Publisher Online for so long (it was my “Stop The Presses!” column that served as the website’s main original content at the very beginning), it feels weird to have the final one published. But it’s online, “Goodbye, for Now: Looking Foward.” (My editors rejected my apparently too-controversial suggested…

Kachingle beta goes live (Kachingle me, please!)

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One of my strongest interests this year has been news and content business models, and how to pay for content that’s given away free online. As a blogger (and my professional interest as a writer, researcher, and consultant on news business models), I’m especially interested in the wave of new solutions for websites and blogs…

Tracking cut-&-pastes is cool; attribution request too much

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A while back I installed Tracer on this (WordPress-based) blog, as an experiment to see what people were copying from my blog entries. It’s interesting information, but I regret setting Tracer up so that it would also include a customized link request that shows up whenever someone pastes words copied from my blog. The idea…

Ted Diadiun vs. John Kroll: Plain Dealer face-off

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Here’s the video promised by Cleveland Plain Dealer Impact Editor John Kroll (representing the paper’s online/digital side) having a follow-up debate with Reader Representative Ted Diadiun about some disparaging comments Diadiun made toward bloggers and Internet news sites during a previous video chat, which generated quite a bit of heat. (Original link on Cleveland.com.) This…