The third of ten pieces of advice that I give my consulting clients.
Dirck Halstead, editor and publisher of The Digital Journalist, wins lifetime achievement award.
The second of ten pieces of advice that I give my consulting clients.
Over the next days, I’ll tell the ten pieces of advice that I give my consulting clients. The need for ‘immediacy’ online is the first.
Today’s reading: An Adweek article about ‘Web. 2.0’ in traditional publications; Alan Rusbringer’s prediction that ‘We’re all doomed to be surprised;’ the AOPUK’s short list of winners; a directory of interactive maps about crime; the Wall Street Journal’s Carl Bialik describes how the very large number needed just to comprehend total the cash cost of the U.S. invasion of Iraq; Veterans Administration security officers detain a Syracuse journalism student who dared photograph a hospital from a public place; and what might North Korea do now that it has its own top-level domain on the Internet.
Today is my 5,000th day working full-time in new-media. Let me tell you what I’ve seen, and to restate why I’m in the news business.
I recommend Bill Moyers’ speech to the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communications conference last week. Moreover, is part of the problem in journalism schools that incoming students pre-decide that they want to be old media journalists?
Congratulations to Elan Lohmann of News24.com in South Africa, who will chair Ifra’s 15th World Digital Publishing Conference this year. On other topics: Traffic to newspaper web sites has declined this month; approximately 80 percent of the American consumers who use magazines’ websites don’t read the print editions; Veronis Suhler Stevenson says that American consumers last year used media less than in previous years, the first first time in recent memory that the amount of time consumers spend with media has declined; and The New York Times publishes a story about what happens when a company mistakenly tries to use a new medium as a mass medium.
The American Audit Bureau of Circulations’ attempt to combine print circulation and online traffic is sleight-of-hand; UK online journalist earn more money than their print compatriots; and Conde Nasté’s YouTube channels are laudable but examples of a changing media battlefield that the company is losing.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s decision to cut 100 of its 400 newsroom jobs is an act of suicide.
Geography disappears online, except for language and culture. More and more research indicates that one-third of the traffic to news sites based in Britain comes from America. Those sites had best advertise to this audience or else waste over one-third of their sites advertising potential.
Forget most financial reports from newspaper companies. The Dead Tree Digital Replacement Index calculates if a newspaper company’s digital revenue gains compensate for the company’s print edition revenue losses.
A parody of what Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal might be like; neither the current UPI nor Pan Am are real; funding doesn’t mean much except money; Abel Mutsakani is shot; and Reuter’s burning bad luck at the Tour de France.
Though Business Week’s Jon Fine speculates that some major newspapers will stop their presses and publish online only, that would only make their predicament worse and many will instead outsource their printing. Why stopping the presses would be financially devastating. About the mistaken presumptions about why all newspapers need to do in order to survive is publish online. And why the San Francisco Chronicle would be better off financially if it delivered cash rather than newspapers to its readers.
Why the Associated Press’s ASAP service made no sense and why the AP must revamp itself rather than perform side experiments like ASAP.
Why I’d not been blogging much this year.
Why news publications that withold some content from online, charge for ‘premium’ online content, or give access to some online content only to print subscribers are not only failing to stem their print circulation erosion but also reducing their sites’ online growth and potential.
Why I’ve volunteer to donate some of my consulting time to the Media Development Loan Foundation.
Why isn’t World Press Freedom Day commemorated by U.S. domestic media?
Times magazines redesigns its print edition to largely points to its website. And The New York Times’ woefully underperforming TimesSelect to let students in for free.
Reasons why there have been few posts here. Plus, what the main reason for newspapers’ readership declines is not. Plus, today’s observations
The speeches and background papers the ‘Conference on New Media and the Press Freedom Dimension,’ held last week in Paris by UNESCO, The World Association of Newspapers/World Editors Forum, and The World Press Freedom Committee, are available online.
NYTimes.com’s TimesSelect’s pyrrhic $11.5 million revenues demonstrate the One Percent conversion rule. The New York Times reports Schibsted’s online success. The Society for Newspaper Design names Äripev, El Economista, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, and Politiken as the ‘World’s Best Designed’ newspapers. American Journalism Review profiles Adrian Holovaty. And Dr. Piet Bakker tracks the rise of free printed daily newspapers.
Looking behind this week’s stories that a ‘majority’ of Americans says bloggers are important to the future of American journalism and that an even greater ‘majority’ said citizen journalism will play a vital role
Besides the BBC’s ‘Story Fix,’ is there any other news organizations that are starting to create a truly unique podcasting format?
‘Citizen journalism’ is but one tool of many tools necessary to reverse declines in news usage. But it’s not a panacea, and its becoming a distraction for an industry that desperately needs to conceive, fabricate, and wield those other tools.
My hearty thanks to the staff of the
News websites should promote World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd.
Startup companies no longer seek access to major media to disseminate their content. The opposite is true.
After nearly ten years of trying to compete against the search engines for online advertising, most major American newspaper companies have surrendered to Google and Yahoo!
There are two people who have more knowledge than anyone else about how to revive the newspaper industry, and one of them is iMedia Joint Principal Jim Chisholm. As co-chairman and co-moderator of the 14th annual Beyond the Printed Word conference next…
“The most imporant thing to watch,” Mr. Mulally said, “is do the leaders have a view that’s different than the way’s it’s being done today. Because if they don’t, we are surely not going to get anywhere.” Alan R. Mulally, a former…
I criticized the American Press Institute‘s Newspaper Next project last month for wasting more than US$2 million and a year producing a “blueprint” to “transform the industry” that in reality turned out to be little more than advice that publishers should think…
What will be the future roles of newsstands, news agents, archives, and newsrooms?
I’ll be traveling during most of November, and I look forward to seeing friends and business acquaintances on these date and cities: Vienna, November 8-12, where I’ll be co-chairing & co-moderating Ifra’s 14th annual Beyond the Printed Word world electronic publishing conference…
Why I attended the New England New Media Association conference rather than ONA or AOPUK. Plus why NAA total readership numbers don’t add up.
It is ridiculous that most media companies’ entertainment or lifestyle guide sites aren’t useful from mobile phones.
Why operate different sites for each demographic when you can instead operate one that matches each user’s own demographic?
Today in Ad Age, Steve Rubell of Edelman’s Me2Revolution public relations practice and Micropersuation, takes newspapers to task for not adopting ‘Web 2.0’ collaboratation techniques. To thrive in the future, the newspaper will need to use the web to turn itself into…
The American Press Institue’s Newspaper Next project could have saved $2,497,000 of the $2,500,000 it spent.
It’s about more articulate distribution, stupid!
I’m proud of the speakers lineup for Ifra’s forthcoming ‘Beyond the Printed Word’ conference.
As the news industry dies, it’s undergoing Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ famous Five Stages of Grief. And the past two years have seen significant changes in its passage through those stages
WAN and FIPP disserve the newspaper industry by splitting from Ifra and scheduling their own new media conference immediately before the annual Beyond the Printed Word conference that all three organizations had developed.
If the Internet distributes information more efficiently and eliminates the middlemen, then why do so many owners and operators of traditional media who are the middlemen believe that they will make as much, if not more, money as the Internet becomes the primary means for distributing information?
Singapore River © Vin Crosbie During a BloggerCon conference a few years ago at Harvard University, Jeff Jarvis was lecturing about why businesses should blog. Knowing that this site had been blogging, he picked me out of the audience and…
Consumers will soon be able to buy songs as they listen to them on digital radio in the United Kingdom; the Internet’s market share of advertising in the U.K. reached 7.2 percent; New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell confuses the U.S. newspaper industry with the airline industry; Slates Jack Shafer writes about The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper (Companies); and El Pais launches editions for Sony’s Playstation Portable devices.
If any of you are in New England this week, I’ll be in Amherst at the University of Massachusetts, attending the four-day Media Giraffe conference about the future of journalism.
I’ll be in Singapore from July 11-13 and Kuala Lumpur from July 14-21. If anyone there who reads this blog wants to meet, please don’t hesitate to let me know
Annelies van den Belt and I will chair the ‘Beyond the Printed Word’ being organized this autumn in Vienna by the World Association of Newspapers, the International Federation of the Periodical Press, and Ifra.