Monday, July 20th, 2009

Journalism: in whose interest?

Some interesting points have been made in the comments to my post about Why Paid Journalism is in Trouble. Crucially, they falls into the trap of conflating the interests of readers with those of journalists. It’s worth looking at this in a bit more depth. (Quite a bit more depth actually. Sorry if I ramble […]

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

iPhone – the saviour of journalism

Inspired by the thoughts of blogger Soilman, my post on Why journalism may become software development struck a chord with a few readers. I’m now pleased to say it seems to be coming true (though not because of me, you understand). Media Industry Newsletter web site Min Online suggests 5 online content models worth watching – […]

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Why paid journalism is in trouble

As a coda to my post on why journalists can’t afford to be purist about their trade anymore, Eat Sleep Publish sums up exactly why the paid journalism model is in such trouble. Former P-I staffer Curt Milton runs theEastlake Ave blog. He keeps a part time job, makes tons of local connections, writes his posts, edits […]

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Journalists can't afford to be purist about their trade anymore

There’s a nice rant over at Fleet Street Blues decrying the media’s current seeming obsession with the delivery of media content over its practice. The best thing about journalism isn’t blogging, or Twittering, or finding innovative multimeeja ways to tell a story, or even asking someone difficult questions Paxman-style. It’s about finding something out that no one […]

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Financial meltdown – a headline montage

I’ve been meaning to put this together for a while. They’re more or less sequential and all in chronological order. Sadly a whole pile of papers I was collecting got ditched when I turned my back, but this crop pretty much reeks of the fear and loathing that infected the City at the end of […]

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The future of digital publishing – a conversation

Today I’ve invited another blogger to join me in a discussion about the future of web journalism and the economics of publishing in a rapidly digitising world. Blogging about the world of amateur horticulture under the name Soilman (well, it’s nice to have a hobby), he also has wide experience in journalism and editorial training. […]

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Can a donation model fund web content?

Media owners and publishers are, to say the least, anxious about the financial viability of journalism, given the web’s capacity for undermining the usual business model for content (buying stuff) by, basically, giving it away free. The UK government is even thinking about annexing part of the BBC licence fee to support regional news on […]

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

More on the demise of the professional journalist

Here’s a good essay from Dan Tynan on the pressure faced by “real” journalists (ie those who spend time doing original research, rather than regurgitating other people’s material verbatim and claiming credit for it). He contrasts the effort required to produced a thoroughly researched and well-written 2,500 word article with the instant traffic generated for […]

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Do professional media standards matter?

I suggested earlier that structural change is irrevocably changing the media model.  Reader Bill Bennett is sceptical. He comments: The acid test: Can an average 14-year-old create a TV network that anyone would consider worth watching? The answer is “probably not”. Substitute ‘average 14-year-old’ with “team of experienced professional TV network executives” and ask the same question. […]

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Why the old media model is utterly broken

A very good piece by Bob Garfield in Advertising Age explains why not only print is dead, but the rest of the media as well.  The key is this quote from Randall Rothenberg:  “Today the average 14-year-old can create a global television network with applications that are built into her laptop. So from a very […]