Bloggers hit the mainstream: LexisNexis

LexisNexis, a leading news and information database service, has announced that it’s adding blog content into its database for professional researchers. That’s significant news, folks. You could argue, What took them so long? But finally, the mainstream is acknowledging that content from (some) bloggers is credible and worthy of being included in the mainstream. LexisNexis…

The airwaves are falling! The airwaves are falling!

There’s no shortage of fretting about the future of the newspaper industry. But how about broadcast radio? Sure, I’d be worried about my long-term future if I was still working for a newspaper. But I’d be sending out my resumes if I worked in commercial radio. Here’s a story about Merrill Lynch downgrading its 1Q…

Dream job?

I’m happy toiling away at my (still under the radar for a little longer) start-up company, the Enthusiast Group. But if that weren’t the case, I’d be thinking seriously about applying for this job at the New York Times Co.: futurist for its new Research & Development group. Job requirements: “The ideal candidate will be…

User registration: About half comply

A short while back I mentioned a Pew study about online news, on which I’d gotten a partial preview that included information about website user-registration habits. The full report came out last week, so I plucked out what little additional data there was about registration. Overall, 45% of Internet users say they have filled out…

Just add the links, already!

Old-media thinking drives me nuts. Case in point: I just read an article that’ll run in Sunday’s New York Times, “Cubicle Dwellers’ Funniest Home Video.” (Here’s the link to the story, but you’ll need a TimesSelect paid account to read it before Sunday.) The piece talks about all the fun viral videos floating around the…

New West, new financing

New West has announced a new round of financing, and leading it is a name familiar in the world of television but less so in the Internet world: Maury Povich. TV celebrity Povich is a landowner in Montana, and New West, an online media operation with presences in towns throughout the Rocky Mountain West, is…

More local news at Yahoo! News

Yahoo! News has improved its previously meager offerings under the “Local News” tab, increasing coverage from 30 to around 400 markets in the U.S., and increasing the number of media outlets where it pulls headlines from one per market to up to ten. If you don’t see a media outlet (or blog, for that matter)…

I’m anti-walled garden (E&P)

My monthly column, Stop the Presses!, just posted over at Editor & Publisher Online. This month’s topic: “Getting Over the Walled-Garden Approach to News Websites: Newspaper websites must make it easier for readers/users to share online content with them and each other.”

New features: We want them NOW!

My business partner, Derek, turned me on to a great new voice: Kathy Sierra. Derek heard her speak last week at the South by Southwest conference, and she’s got a blog called Creating Passionate Users (co-written with two other authors in a book series she’s doing for O’Reilly). Our business (the Enthusiast Group) is about…

54% of online users have never registered

One of my biggest pet peeves (well, within the topic of media) is media websites that demand user registration in order to view content beyond their homepages. I think that’s a nutty strategy in cases where the content is free to view, and I much prefer voluntary user registration and providing incentives for people to…

Trend booster: NYT dumps stock tables

So, on April 4, the New York Times will cease publishing stock tables on Tuesdays through Saturdays and beef up its online stocks service. It will run two pages of market and economic information in the print edition. NYT’s decision follows a number of other newspapers dropping or severely trimming stock tables (including Tribune Co.’s…

A judge’s gripes about photos, videos

Whew! I’ve finished my annual volunteer judging duties for the EPpy Awards for best work in online news media. (The competition is run by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek, and results will be announced in May. … I have a long history with the awards, having been the original organizer back in the dark ages…

Leave Google alone

Here’s an important piece by Jeff Jarvis published in The Guardian that every newspaper publisher needs to read. He’s not saying anything particularly new, but his message for newspapers to embrace Google and not fear and fight it apparently still needs to be spread. That the World Association of Newspapers is threatening legal action against…

Evolving new-media business models

The NY Times has a couple of important media stories today (both especially relevant to me, as co-founder of a new citizen-media-based Internet start-up): Hungry Media Companies Find a Meager Menu of Web Sites to Buy Online Auteurs Hardly Need to Be Famous (That second headline is a bit obscure. The story is about the…