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Last year it was paywalls, the free-versus-subscription argument that gripped newspapers worried about survival. But see how the moving finger flicks on. Welcome to the 2012 version of this debate, otherwise known by the unlovely name of "versioning".

The idea of paywalls, you'll recall, is that newspapers set some sort of tariff for reading their sites. The idea of versioning is pragmatic and simple. It says: here's a pile of news.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2012-01-04 09:42

by Mathew Ingram

We've written many times about how journalism is changing in the age of social media, thanks to what Om has called the "democracy of distribution" provided by tools like Twitter -- and how everyone now has the opportunity to function as a journalist, even for a short time, during news events like the attack on Osama bin Laden's compound. A new study of the way information flowed during the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year paints a fascinating picture of how what some call "news as a process" works, and the roles bloggers, mainstream media and other actors play during a breaking news event. More than anything, it's a portrait of what the news looks like now.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-22 17:24

For years now, the line between the software business and the media business has been blurring. Software applications used to take the form of packaged goods, sold through retail outlets at set prices. Today, as a result of cloud computing and other advances, applications look more and more like media products. They're ad-supported, subscribed to, continually updated, and the content they incorporate is often as important as the functions they provide. As traditional media companies have moved to distribute their wares in digital form -- as code, in other words -- they've come to resemble software companies. They provide not only original content, but an array of online tools and functions that allow customers to view, manipulate, and add to the content in myriad ways.

Continue reading on Nieman Journalism Lab

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-20 17:44

by Jeff Jarvis

As I ponder the future of The New York Times, it occurred to me that its pay meter could be exactly reversed. I'll also tell you why this wouldn't work in a minute. But in any case, this is a way to illustrate how how media are valuing our readers/users/customers opposite how we should, rewarding the freeriders and taxing -- and perhaps turning away -- the valuable users.

So try this on for size: Imagine that you pay to get access to The Times. Everyone does. You pay for one article.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-20 17:40

One of the sessions at news:rewired - media in motion will look at how newsgames and gaming mechanics are being used in journalism.

Shannon Perkins, editor of interactive technologies at Wired.com and who created Cutthroat Capitalism, a game where the player puts themselves in the position of a Somali pirate, will be coming over from the US to speak at news:rewired. In a Journalism.co.uk podcast he said a reader should "develop a deeper sense of the underlying themes of a story" by playing a game.

Continue reading on journalism.co.uk

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-20 10:04

When it comes to cracking the digital media code, 2011 involved more testing than learning. Media companies seem to be locked in a feverish search mode. Their sense of urgency is reinforced by the continuous depletion of worldwide fundamentals: digital advertising's encephalogram remains flat (at best); and when audiences grow, revenues do not necessarily correlate. As for legacy media such as large quality newspapers which still draw 70-80% of their revenue from print, they are still caught in a double jeopardy: losing circulation plus looming downward price pressure on ads.

Continue reading on Monday Note

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-20 09:54

The concept of paywalls, which publishers continue to agonise over, is a by-product of our digital age. But, writes Ross Sturley, there are some valuable lessons to learn from an earlier wall-building exercise.

Back in the sixteenth century, there was a bit of a hoohah about 'enclosures'. Landowners were building walls around their land to keep the peasants off it. While the land had not been truly free for a long time, the peasants got upset as they felt some right of way or use was being taken away from them.

Continue reading on InPublishing

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-19 09:19

Theory alone won't change any business's fortunes. To succeed, you need the guts to put radical ideas into action. On this basis, perhaps we can all learn a thing or two from John Paton, the 54-year old Denver-based publisher who is trying to turn around America's second-largest regional newspaper chain.

When it comes to newspapers, strategists don't typically look to the struggling US industry for inspiration. Instead, they seek out innovation in Oslo, Mumbai or even London, where the Economist argues that Britain's national newspapers have become "exceptionally innovative".

Continue reading on TheMediaBriefing

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-15 17:23

Faster, cheaper, better. That is what our polls tell us consumers are demanding from products and services; in their airlines, insurance deals, smartphones and apparently in their information.

As news outlets take more steps to tighten their belts, cheaper but more enticing ways to source original content may thrive.

One of these is "data journalism", championed recently by The Guardian, the ABC and Fairfax Media, using data to make storytelling visual and interactive via websites.

Continue reading on smh.com.au

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-15 17:18

Ira Stoll is a man with a pretty unique idea -- putting media credibility into the hands of the online public. His weapon of choice: a new project he calls NewsTransparency.com -- a Wikipedia-style site that aims to help readers hold journalists accountable for their actions. The site is born partially out of Stoll's interest in media criticism and partially out of the wide disparity in the quality of journalistic copy he came across during his time as editor of the now defunct New York Sun.

Continue reading on memeburn

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-15 09:09

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