To Eric Schmidt: What happened to ‘Don’t Be Evil’?

I’ve tried to make the case in the last couple of blog posts that it’s in Google’s interest to share ad revenues with news providers, by opening up Google News fully to advertising and offering a story-clickthrough-based rev-share program for participating publishers tracked by the service. Without throwing a good-sized financial bone at the news…

How can newspapers help Google?

What goes around, comes around. … Sometimes when you’re having trouble coming up with a solution to a difficult problem, it helps to turn things upside down and get a new perspective. I’d like to see the newspaper industry, especially the big metro dailies which are in the most trouble and closest to collapse, look…

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,…

Stephen Colbert vs. Newspaper Association of America

In case you missed it, Stephen Colbert interviewed NAA president John Sturm on Tuesday night’s Colbert Report. Enjoy! The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Better Know a Lobby – Newspaper Lobby comedycentral.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

Personalized newspapers in space in 2259!

Take heart, newspaper aficionados and media curmudgeons. You’ll still have the comfort of the printed newspaper as you travel in space in the year 2259! (Well, that assumes you’ll be getting cryogenically frozen and are revived in a couple centuries.) Credit my friend and colleague Christopher Ryan for spotting this look into the future. Chris…

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…

Stop it, already! Enough with mis-use of ‘hits’!

Increasingly of late, I’m seeing writers use the term “hits” when talking about webpage usage. I’ve lost count of how often this has assaulted my ex-copy editor eyes, but it happened again in this story. An excerpt: “Thousands of Seattlites will miss their morning ‘fish wrapper.’ But as other newspapers saw fewer web ‘hits’ after…

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…

The power of Craigslist: bringing people together

Last night I was reminded of the power that digital media have of bringing people together. My wife and I attended a birthday party for our friend, Bud, who chose the occasion to hold the debut public concert for his basement band, tentatively called “Doc Hollywood.” He rented the Altona Grange Hall north of Boulder…

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…

From Twitter to CJR’s blog: What the…?

This strikes me as so funny and unusual, I have to blog it. … So earlier today I posted this to Twitter: A short while later I notice that I’ve turned up on Columbia Journalism Review’s website on its “The Kicker” blog, where the (short) blog item is actually longer than my tweet! I’m not…