Kachingle fires a blog salvo at NYTimes.com’s metered paywall

This is an interesting case of what I guess would be termed “guerrilla marketing.” Kachingle, an online user-donation network that aims to financially support many websites and blogs, has begun a campaign to “STOP THE PAYWALL” at NYTimes.com. First, some quick background: NYTimes.com has announced that it will put up a “metered paywall” on the…

3 links that explain Editor & Publisher’s demise

(Disclaimer: I worked as a contract or freelance columnist for Editor & Publisher Online from 1995 till this week, covering for the site and sometimes E&P magazine the intersection of newspapers and the digital revolution. I do not have inside information about why Nielsen Co. shuttered E&P, and the words below are strictly my opinion.)…

User comments sway a trial’s change of venue

A long-running soap opera legal case here in Boulder involves the Midyettes, a couple whose 10-week-old baby died. Molly Midyette is serving a jail term for not preventing the death of her son, while Alex Midyette is set to stand trial for child abuse resulting in death. This week, Alex Midyette was granted a change…

Twittering reporters

WCNC-TV (Charlotte, North Carolina) web gal Kayla Castille wrote in today to report on a journalistic success with using Twitter: “I just wanted to update you on our Twitter coverage at WCNC. We did it for the primary yesterday, and it was incredibly successful. It was the 3rd most-viewed page on our site, right behind…

A new and improved blog

Since I needed to move this site to a new host, I figured I may as well incorporate a new design (since I was SO sick of the old one) at the same time. I think this is an improvement. At the least, it’s something NEW! Related to the move, I’ve also shut down GrowingYourNewsWebsite.com,…

A nice blog-aggregation presentation

Here’s an excellent new blog aggregator: Alltop.com. That’s the site’s main entry point, and here’s one of its aggregator sites: Journalism.Alltop.com. The concept is a simple one that we’ve seen before, though I think this is a nicely done implementation that’s worth a look. Alltop’s sites simply list the top 5 entries of a bunch…

Recruit ‘citizen reporters’ or leverage who’s out there already?

When some news people think about “citizen journalism,” the inclination is to think of encouraging (and perhaps teaching) non-journalists to act like journalists. For example, my hometown paper features something called MyTown, which announces: “Post news, events and photos. Blog, create your own groups, set up RSS feeds, and build your own communities and web…

When reporters reach out with social tactics, traffic happens

Today’s tip was spotted in a recent article by Robert Niles of Online Journalism Review, “Keeping Your Job in Journalism.” While the article is aimed at instructing journalists on how to keep their jobs in an era of downsizing and transition-of-the-business-model chaos, one recommendation helps not only the individual journalist, but his or her news…