Friday, September 16, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
AP PRESS RELEASE
NEW YORK -- asap is coming.
The Associated Press is set to launch its younger audience service Sept. 19. The news cooperative's Internet-embracing multimedia initiative is aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds."
SF Examiner and Independent end payola restaurant reviews
San Francisco newspapers The Examiner and the Independent agreed
Friday to label as advertising a regular restaurant news column the
newspapers had used to reward advertisers and solicit ads from eating
establishments. The announcement, by Executive Editor Vivienne
Sosnowski, came in response to queries by Grade the News about George
Habit, a dining columnist whose articles appeared several times each
week in the newspapers. Mr. Habit's columns were presented as news and
he was identified as a journalist under the byline "special to the
Examiner," or just "Independent Newspapers." In reality, Mr. Habit is
an ad salesman, not a journalist. His column, he said in an earlier
interview, is designed not to help consumers make informed dining
choices, but to reward advertisers and entice new business from
restaurants that have yet to sign an ad contract. "Yes, I use the
column as an initiative to get advertisers to run an ad," Mr. Habit
said. "The paper gives me a free rein." Source: John McManus, Grade
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
The next turn of the century is witnessing a similar development, an extension to the conversation. It is quickly becoming obvious that, print especially, news agencies are embracing citizen journalism as a supplement to their coverage. In fact, in order to keep an edge on the competition, even to take measures against the increasing threat to print obsolescence, newspapers are extending the conversation in real time on the Webface of their publications. It's only a matter of time until a newsblog, or blogitorial, is a standard feature. "
Monday, September 12, 2005
by Gavin O'Malley, Monday, Sep 12, 2005 6:00 AM EST
THE COX-OWNED AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN TODAY plans to launch a free community blogging service on its group of sites, www.statesman.com and the entertainment-centric www.austin360.com. Jim Debth, the American-Statesman's Internet general manager, said the paper hopes the addition of citizen journalists will supplement coverage of large, multifaceted stories, and eventually boost site traffic as well as ad revenue."
There's a dramatic revolution taking place in the news business today
and it isn't about TV-anchor changes, scandals at storied newspapers
or even the fierce tensions between government and the press. The
future course of news, the basic assumptions about how we consume news
and information and make decisions in a democratic society, are being
altered, perhaps irrevocably, by technologically savvy young people no
longer wedded to traditional news outlets or even accessing news in
traditional ways. While the news business is in the news more than
industry leaders might prefer, the most important issue they face
revolves around the news habits of today's news consumers, and, in
particular, those of young people. There's an inescapable conclusion
to be drawn from research I completed earlier this year for the
Carnegie Corp. of New York about the news habits of 18- to
34-year-olds. In short, the future of the U.S. news industry is
seriously threatened by the seemingly irrevocable move by young people
away from traditional sources of news.
Source: Merrill Brown, The Seattle Times
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Danah Boyd, a researcher for Yahoo!, maintains that online reaction to the July bombings was another landmark in the news revolution. If 9/11 showed the web to be a ready resource, by 7/7 it was the instinctive destination. In her blog (www.zephoria.org), Boyd explains that we no longer want the tradition of “packaged reports of terror on autorepeat”. Instead, we want details and real stories from real people, which can be found in plenty at www.technorati.com, the blog search engine that listed 1,300 posts about the London bombs by 10.15am, and saw a 45% increase in hits that morning; at www.flickr.com, where the photo-blog community posted pictures from the scene with breathtaking speed; and on the collaborative encyclopedia Wiki-pedia (en.wikipedia.org), where instant historians were writing their version of events."