Google could come to the rescue, but won’t?

I was disappointed in Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s keynote speech to the Newspaper Association of America today. (Audio here, courtesy of Bill Densmore. Transcript of Q&A portion of Schmidt’s session, thanks to Poynter.org.) Oh, it was a fine speech and Schmidt educated some of the backward-thinking publishers in the audience, no doubt, about what’s ahead….

Can ex-newspaper journos invent new news biz models?

My latest (“March”) Editor & Publisher Online column was published today: Can Former Newspaper Employees Invent a Brave New News Model? This is actually my March column because I ran into an odd situation that held up publication till today. Mid-March, I interviewed Ron James, founder and publisher/executive editor of start-up San Diego News Network,…

Can InDenverTimes pull in $3 million? Doubtful

Hmmm. InDenverTimes, the digital-only “replacement” for the dearly departed Rocky Mountain News, to be staffed by about 35 former Rocky journalists and funded by three non-publisher entrepreneurs, wants to get by on paid subscriptions (at least initially). If 50,000 noble people sign up for monthly subscriptions by April 23 (which would have been the 150th…

Classifieds 2.0: A Manifesto

Over at ReinventingClassifieds.com, we have not given up on newspapers turning those downward-and-steepening revenue trend lines back upward. Christopher Ryan, president of FutureofNews.com, and I have written a Classifieds Manifesto with some solid solutions for revolutionizing newspaper classifieds. If you are involved in newspaper classifieds, are in a position of power or influence in your…

Rocky’s farewell video

A poignant video goodbye from Rocky Mountain News staff. If you love(d) newspapers, or grew up reading the Rocky as I did, it’ll bring a tear to your eye. The staff did a great job on it. Personally, I’m feeling a combination of sadness and anger. The latter is because this didn’t have to happen….

Can newspapers be like mega-churches?

No, this post is not about religion, it’s about media and how to pay for online news. So the debate rages on about “micropayments” for news and other techniques to get Internet users to pay for news content, so that newspapers and other news entities get a nice supplemental revenue stream and don’t go out…

A few more thoughts on voluntary monthly content payments

My recent E&P column, “Forget Micropayments — Here’s a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content,” generated a ton of conversation, blog items, and mentions in news articles around the world. I’m pleased with that, because a wave had been building of (mostly older) prominent journalists and publishers recommending that news organizations start charging for their…

Why I dislike news micropayments, and a better idea

My latest column is up at EditorandPublisher.com, and I suspect it will cause some debate: Forget Micropayments — Here’s a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content If you follow the media biz, you’ve surely seen the brouhaha over new calls from prominent journalists like Walter Isaacson and Steven Brill for news publishers to start charging…

Yet another rebuttal to Carr’s iTunes-for-news notion

Plenty of people have commented on David Carr’s piece in the New York Times, “Let’s Make an iTunes Model for News.” I’ll try not to repeat arguments already well made by others. (Rich Gordon has done a nice job refuting Carr’s ideas on Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits; also see Mathew Ingram’s trashing of Carr’s idea.) Carr’s…

E&P column: It’s about the money

My latest Editor & Publisher Online column is up: “Need to Make Profits Online? It CAN Be Done.” It’s a follow-up to my previous E&P column, which advised newspaper CEOs on 11 key strategies to reinvent their enterprises. But since I didn’t focus so much on the money angle in that column, this time I…

VC journalism: An outsider’s view of news

One of my new favorite bloggers, Martin Langeveld, mentioned one of his favorite new bloggers, John Thornton and his Insomniactive, where the Texas venture capitalist spouts off smart opinion and analysis of the newspaper industry. Great stuff; add Insomniactive to your RSS reader if you care about newspapers. I was wondering how Thornton’s blog could…

Your predictions for Detroit and Denver

OK, so yesterday I tossed up a 100% unscientific poll to see what you thought would happen with the Detroit and Denver newspaper situations. Since we now know what the Detroit decision was (Thurs-Fri-Sun home delivery with papers for sale on newsstands only on other days), here are the current results. (Denver’s situation is in…

Detroit goes with the Thurs-Fri-Sun print-edition model

The speculation ended quickly enough. Detroit newspaper executives announced today their plan to (they hope) survive the industry crisis with two newspapers intact by implementing the following in spring 2009: Print the Detroit Free Press (Gannett-owned) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Print the Detroit News (MediaNews Group-owned) on Thursdays and Fridays. Paid digital-replica subscription service…