A news business-models primer (+ Denver: ground zero)

Yesterday in Denver felt like ground zero of the Future of Journalism and the News Crisis. Not only did HuffingtonPost launch its Denver edition (with 22-year-old Ethan Axelrod as editor and sole employee), but last night SavetheNews.org held a well-attended community forum at the Colorado History Museum; the event drew a mixture of working and…

Newspapers’ digital content is worth zero: Discuss

My latest Editor & Publisher column was posted today. I think you’ll find it provocative. Your News Content Is Worth Zero to Digital Consumers Admittedly, the headline overstates things a bit (hey, just trying to get you to pay attention!), but my main point is that whether online or on mobile devices, news publishers need…

Phone app lets news readers be extraordinarily helpful

On the latest Journalism Now Podcast (where I’m one of the regulars), we interviewed Jacob Colker, founder of a very cool “micro-volunteering” service using the iPhone (and the web). The Extraordinaries is a brilliant concept in empowering the crowd to do good things. Foremost, the idea is to allow people to use the little bits…

Statistical evidence: many newspaper execs not seeing reality

The American Press Institute’s invitation-only “Newsmedia Economic Action Plan Conference” this morning included a presentation by Greg Harmon of Belden Interactive and Greg Swanson of ITZ Publishering, showing the results of a survey of 2,400 U.S. newspaper executives. (You can see the full 80-slide presentation here.) I find much evidence that newspaper leaders remain delusional…

O’Reilly may be an idiot, but his team gets membership concept

Disclaimer: I think Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly is a big-mouth wingnut who spouts dangerous ideas. (Yes, Glenn Beck is worse.) I never thought I’d compliment O’Reilly, but I’ve been pondering voluntary membership models for news websites lately, and I like what O’Reilly and his team have created with the BillOreilly.com Premium Membership. Overlook the…

What Knight wants if you want News Challenge $

Gary Kebbel and Jose Zamora of the Knight Foundation explain what they’re looking for and how to craft a proposal for the 2010 Knight News Challenge that stands the best chance of winning some of the $5 million in grants. Application Tips for the 2010 Knight News Challenge from Knight Foundation on Vimeo. This is…

Jimmy the Bartender has an iPhone app; where’s Dear Abby’s?

A while back I noted that a new iPhone app from Men’s Health magazine broke some new ground by selling add-on content within the app itself, beyond the initial price ($1.99). Now the magazine is trying again, this time by taking one of its regular features, the “Jimmy the Bartender” advice column, and turning it…

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…

Tracking cut-&-pastes is cool; attribution request too much

A while back I installed Tracer on this (WordPress-based) blog, as an experiment to see what people were copying from my blog entries. It’s interesting information, but I regret setting Tracer up so that it would also include a customized link request that shows up whenever someone pastes words copied from my blog. The idea…

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…