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Have we hit rock bottom with local news yet?

While I’m usually on top of news-industry news, I confess to not spotting this until today (thanks to Journalism That Matters‘ latest newsletter): an indicator of the plummeting quality of some (maybe many) newspapers after years of cost-cutting. Can it get much worse than this?… On November 6, 2013, the day after Election Day, the…

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4 things that Jeff Bezos can do with the Washington Post

Since Amazon.com founder (and multi-billionaire) Jeff Bezos isn’t talking specifically about what he’ll do now that he’s agreed to purchase the Washington Post and related properties for $250 million, it’s fair game for media pundits to speculate. And have they! Like everyone else, not having the opportunity to pick Bezos’ brain directly about his plans,…

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In defense of fewer print editions

So much has been written about the New Orleans Times-Picayune cutting back to three days a week for print publication (and laying off a bunch of employees in the “digital-first” transition) that I hesitated adding to the word onslaught. But I haven’t seen many people defending the move, which results in the largest major U.S….

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It’s not a ‘paywall’ when it’s ‘freemium’

The word “paywall” as applied to news websites sucks. It’s a negative word. If a consumer hears that a favorite news site is putting up a “paywall,” the response is highly likely to be: avoid! Some news-site user monetization systems truly are “paywalls.” I’m fine with saying that The Times‘ (the UK one) website has…

Can good journalist + good capitalist = possible?

This month’s Carnival of Journalism, hosted by Michael Rosenbaum, asks the provocative question: “Can a good journalist also be a good capitalist?” I’ll probably open myself up to charges of being “ageist,” but here goes… Working at a university journalism program (University of Colorado Boulder), I’ve come to the conclusion that the next generation of…

My name is Steve, and I have failed #jcarn

I don’t want to break my record of contributing to all of the resurrected Carnivals of Journalism, but this month I’m just too darned busy. However, a few years ago, I did write up the lessons I learned from a start-up company where I was one of two co-founders: the Enthusiast Group. It was published…

Tomorrow’s the day: NYT ill-advised paywall debuts in U.S.

Monday marks the rollout of NYTimes.com’s “metered paywall,” which I wrote about (and criticized) here last week (before going on vacation for a week). Here are a few quick developments and additional thoughts about what is an important milestone in the digital-news space: What do you think of the NYT paywall? Tell Columbia researchers! Columbia…

NYTimes’ new pay model: They blew it!

If any non-niche, general-interest news organization could successfully pull off a digital “metered paywall” model, I thought it would be the New York Times. Alas, today the Times announced its plans and pricing, beginning March 28 in the U.S. (and being tested first in Canada). I’m disappointed. This is really a bad move that shows…

A few wishes for 2011 (media edition)

2010 was such an interesting, eventful year in the media business. But I expect that 2011 is going to bring even more change. Indeed, I hope for more change. Here are some of my wishes for the news and media worlds for the year ahead: I wish… for Murdoch to fail, quickly   I wish……

Newspapers’ ‘Original Sin’ will be shown to be BS

In American Journalism Review, long-time newspaper analyst John Morton yet again has trotted out the tired argument that the newspaper industry made a colossal mistake years ago by giving its news away free on the web. “So what should the nation’s dailies have done to combat the Internet onslaught? Erecting paywalls to protect their most…