Chatting about new news business models: Here’s the transcript

Here’s the CoverItLive archived version of today’s ASNE online chat about new news business models. The event was hosted by Steve Buttry, with panelists Mark Briggs, Charlotte Anne Lucas, Dan Conover, and me. Did we solve the news industry’s problems? (Umm, I doubt it. But some good ideas were tossed around.) Other Business Models (I’m…

Oh, good grief, Tim Rutten!

You usually don’t have to look too far to see an outrageously backward suggestion for “saving newspapers.” This weekend’s most ridiculous opinion column on the topic without a doubt would be Tim Rutten’s, writing for the Los Angeles Times: “Setting the price of a free press.” Here’s a taste of Rutten’s nonsense: “Congress needs to…

Feeling a bit better after Aspen conference

This week I was lucky enough to participate in an Aspen Institute conference, “Of the Press: Models for Preserving American Journalism.” The participants were an all-star bunch, including Madeleine Albright (a journalist before becoming a diplomat) for day 1, Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli, Marissa Mayer of Google, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Federal Trade…

Paid news content presentation from Aspen

My time to speak at the Aspen Institute’s FOCAS conference, running through Wednesday, got squished, so I had to skip slides and make other adjustments (ugh). The talk was on “Paying for Digital News: The Future or Folly.” A bunch of folks asked that I posted the presentation slides, so here they are in PDF…

Yet another donation option: Sprinklepenny

Whether traditional news publishers believe that user/reader donations represent a viable revenue stream or not, entrepreneurs are hot on the idea, judging by the number of variations of solutions under development for getting people to voluntarily give money to support websites and blogs. I’ve begun using this, my personal blog, to try out the early…

Attributor: Will it be used for good or evil?

I’m not sure anyone outside the Associated Press’ top leadership truly understands its intentions regarding use and re-use of its content outside officially licensed deals. But over at Poynter.org’s E-Media Tidbits, Megan Taylor makes a brave attempt at sorting through the muck: “How AP’s News Registry Will (and Won’t) Work.” Much of the AP’s saber-rattling…

NYT membership ideas: I hope there’s more than this

If you follow the news industry like a good media geek, you’ll already know that the New York Times is pondering its future online business model. Reportedly, the main choices under consideration are 1) a “metered” pay wall (i.e., a site visitor can view “X” number of stories before a request to sign up for…

Micropatronage with ads, no cash

I’ve got yet another “micropatronage” service to tell you about. But while the other ones I’ve written about in recent months have the online user voluntarily ponying up some cash to support the websites and blogs that they visit or like, or the articles they value most — Kachingle, Contenture, Inamoon, Payyattention — this one…

Ted Diadiun vs. John Kroll: Plain Dealer face-off

Here’s the video promised by Cleveland Plain Dealer Impact Editor John Kroll (representing the paper’s online/digital side) having a follow-up debate with Reader Representative Ted Diadiun about some disparaging comments Diadiun made toward bloggers and Internet news sites during a previous video chat, which generated quite a bit of heat. (Original link on Cleveland.com.) This…

Ted Diadiun will respond on Monday

In my previous blog item, I piled on to the large number of critics of Cleveland Plain Dealer “Reader Rep” Ted Diadiun, who sounded quite curmudgeonly during a video interview posted earlier this week. An old-media guy calling bloggers “a bunch of pipsqueaks” tends to get the blogosphere riled up. Plain Dealer “News Impact Editor”…

How can newspapers get this completely friggin’ backward?!!

(I know I’m piling on here, but I can’t help it. This requires lots of rebuttals.) The video below is of Cleveland Plain Dealer “reader representative” Ted Diadiun commenting on the controversy created by one of the paper’s columnists advocating rewriting copyright law to protect newspapers from those who might “steal” (a.k.a., link and publish…