Newspapers: Redefine the ‘news’ you offer

By Steve Outing

My latest column is up over at Editor & Publisher Online: “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.”

I’m very curious to see the reaction to this one, as I think I’m hitting some significant new ground. And if anyone can point me to examples of the global-to-micro-personal news service that I’m imagining, please do.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

2 Responses to "Newspapers: Redefine the ‘news’ you offer"

  1. albert
    albert 9 years ago .Reply

    Interesting, but it sounds like the kind of platform that could much more easily be built by Facebook or Google. A “newspaper” has no comparative advantage in offering this kind of product because the only access they have to user’s personal content is what Facebook/Twitter will let them get through their API. On the flip side, everything on a news website already is organized into feeds.

    I’d basically have this wonder-site if I just combined by feed reader and Facebook news feed into one window.

  2. John Zhu
    John Zhu 9 years ago .Reply

    Steve, regarding this passage below:

    As a subscriber to a news Web site, you’ll be able to configure your account to the type of news you wish to receive. The content will come from a variety of sources (listed here from global sources at the top down to micro-personal ones at the bottom):

    * Wire services and syndicates with which the newspaper already has contractual agreements.
    * Unaffiliated news Web sites. (Bring in their feeds; think Google News or Topix-like functionality.)
    * Unaffiliated blogs. (Ditto; think Technorati or Google Blogsearch-like functionality.)
    * Newspaper staff and freelance content. (Local and national. Text, photos, audio, video, multimedia.)
    * Staff and freelance blogs.
    * Citizen-/user-contributed content.
    * User comments and interaction on all content.
    * Discussion forums.
    * Personalized news based on user preference. (Topic selection and/or keyword searches.)
    * Micro-personal news from a user’s social networks, filtered from external sites by capturing user’s log-in data for those services.

    It sounds like you’re basically describing a My Yahoo! or iGoogle setup, which comes equipped with standard news feeds and allows me to add basically anything that has an RSS feed. My question is how many such services can the marketplace support, and with giants like Yahoo! and Google in the game, can your local community paper or even a medium size regional paper really compete in that sphere.

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