Tomorrow’s the day: NYT ill-advised paywall debuts in U.S.

Monday marks the rollout of NYTimes.com’s “metered paywall,” which I wrote about (and criticized) here last week (before going on vacation for a week). Here are a few quick developments and additional thoughts about what is an important milestone in the digital-news space: What do you think of the NYT paywall? Tell Columbia researchers! Columbia…

NYTimes’ new pay model: They blew it!

If any non-niche, general-interest news organization could successfully pull off a digital “metered paywall” model, I thought it would be the New York Times. Alas, today the Times announced its plans and pricing, beginning March 28 in the U.S. (and being tested first in Canada). I’m disappointed. This is really a bad move that shows…

Carnival talk: News sources? We’ve got your sources!

So, it’s Carnival of Journalism time of the month again, and ringmaster David Cohn this time has posed the question, “Considering your unique circumstances, what steps can be taken to increase the number of news sources?” OK, that’s an easy one when I apply my “unique circumstances,” which is that I live in Boulder, Colorado,…

What universities can do for journalism: Innovate!

Thanks to the enthusiasm of David Cohn, a.k.a DigiDave, the Carnival of Journalism has been resurrected. Somehow I missed participating the first time around several years ago, but with a name like that it must be fun, right? So I’m in this time. The Carnival revolves around a monthly topic, with a bunch of smart…

#photoaday with an iPhone4 … My rules explained

(NOTE: I posted this at my Posterous blog, which I use exclusively for photos and for my iPhone Photo-a-Day project. Reposting here as few people have yet to discover http://steveouting.posterous.com!) So, I’ve made it 15 days straight so far with posting (to my¬†Posterous photo blog) a photograph a day, using only my iPhone4 and its…

Boulder could now use a downtown news coffee shop

Here in Boulder, Colorado, our dominant newspaper is moving out of its long-time home in the heart of downtown. Next weekend, the Daily Camera is vacating its home at 11th and Pearl Streets — where it has been downtown’s longest-operating business — to an office in a business park in east Boulder. The Daily Camera…

A few wishes for 2011 (media edition)

2010 was such an interesting, eventful year in the media business. But I expect that 2011 is going to bring even more change. Indeed, I hope for more change. Here are some of my wishes for the news and media worlds for the year ahead: I wish… for Murdoch to fail, quickly   I wish……

How could journalists disagree with Assange?

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, during a Democracy Now interview: “We have clearly stated motives, but they are not antiwar motives. We are not pacifists. We are transparency activists who understand that transparent government tends to produce just government. And that is our sort of modus operandi behind our whole organization, is to get out suppressed…

Testing VYou… Is this on? Got a question?

I’m definitely intrigued by VYou.com, currently in beta, which allows you to set up your own video Q&A channel and have people ask you questions (short, in text) which you answer with a video response. In time, the system supposedly will automatically play responses from your archived video answers based on the question asked. If…

Newspapers’ ‘Original Sin’ will be shown to be BS

In American Journalism Review, long-time newspaper analyst John Morton yet again has trotted out the tired argument that the newspaper industry made a colossal mistake years ago by giving its news away free on the web. “So what should the nation’s dailies have done to combat the Internet onslaught? Erecting paywalls to protect their most…

Some interesting projects are on my plate

Unless your personal blog is your livelihood and brings in a decent amount of revenue, it’s sometimes difficult to keep it well fed. That’s my excuse for not having posted here in over a month. (Yikes!) … But I have been working on some fascinating news- and technology-related projects recently, so I share them here…

It’s on: Kachingle vs. NY Times Co.

As I noted yesterday, web donation network Kachingle has launched a good-natured guerrilla marketing campaign to allow Kachingle users to financially support any of NYTimes.com’s 50-plus bloggers. The theme is “Stop the Paywall!” (as in, NYTimes.com’s upcoming “metered paywall,” set to debut in early 2011) … “Keep the NYT Blogs you love in the open…

Kachingle fires a blog salvo at NYTimes.com’s metered paywall

This is an interesting case of what I guess would be termed “guerrilla marketing.” Kachingle, an online user-donation network that aims to financially support many websites and blogs, has begun a campaign to “STOP THE PAYWALL” at NYTimes.com. First, some quick background: NYTimes.com has announced that it will put up a “metered paywall” on the…