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Paid Newspaper Aggregator Ongo Shuts Down

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Ongo, a newspaper-backed startup that tried to sell digital subscriptions to a variety of publications, is shuttering after less than two years. The New York Times, the Washington Post and Gannett each put a reported $4 million into the company, but it never got traction with subscribers. Nieman Journalism Lab...
Paid Newspaper Aggregator Ongo Shuts Down
New York Times launches 'Times Haiku' Tumblr, makes poetry out of front page articles
Checking in on the state of the "journo-programmer" with Source's Dan Sinker

Has Nick Denton really reinvented comments?

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Gawker Media and founder Nick Denton got a lot of attention earlier this year, including some from us at GigaOM, when the blog network launched a new commenting system called Kinja. At the time, Denton said he had grown dissatisfied with the state of comments — both at Gawker...
Has Nick Denton really reinvented comments?

The morning lowdown 5-22-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning… Kickstarted: My interview with Kickstarter founder Perry Chen (GigaOM) 14 amazing questions for BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith (Fast Company) E-mails reveal new details about Arianna’s role in HuffPo founding; “cover-up” alleged (paidContent) Forget reward points: AmEx gives users Farmville cash (GigaOM)...
The morning lowdown 5-22-12

Sound Familiar? Gawker’s New Commenting Threads are Called ‘Branches’

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Mr. Denton (flickr.com/scriptingnews) After a week of closed commenting sections, Gawker released its new commenting system today, and it's a doozy. Nieman Lab has a great rundown of the changes, including a computer algorithm that sifts through the comments and looks for ones to feature, as well as "a new inbox [that] focuses attention...
Sound Familiar? Gawker’s New Commenting Threads are Called ‘Branches’

Hal Varian is Right: Newspapers Need to Engage

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As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing hearings into the future of journalism, Google’s chief economist Hal Varian gave a presentation on newspapers and their financial problems that is well worth taking some time to read (or view). The slide deck is embedded below, and Martin Langeveld has...
Hal Varian is Right: Newspapers Need to Engage

New York Times Adapts Open Source Mini-Game For Some Meta-Journalism

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By now you've probably caught a link or two to the New York Times' layout-obliterating mini-game embedded in an article about so-called "stupid games". The article itself is an interesting (if slightly long-winded) history and mild (if slightly self-indulgent) condemnation of the "dark side" of hyperaddictive games from Tetris to...
New York Times Adapts Open Source Mini-Game For Some Meta-Journalism

Why focusing on 'time spent' with print misses the point about how the news works now

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According to some research from the consulting firm McKinsey and Co., so-called “legacy” publishing and broadcast platforms like newspapers and TV networks still account for more than 90 percent of the time that consumers spend getting their news. That’s a somewhat surprising figure — one that seems to suggest that...
Why focusing on 'time spent' with print misses the point about how the news works now
What Wikipedia can tell us about the future of news

When you're good enough for a Pulitzer, but not the App Store

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Filed under: App Store Mark Fiore made history on Monday when he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Though Pulitzers for political cartoons have been around since the 1920s, Fiore's award was historic because it's the first time the Pulitzer has been awarded to a political cartoonist whose cartoons...
When you're good enough for a Pulitzer, but not the App Store

How can we build a future of post-industrial journalism?

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There’s been a lot written over the past few years about the future of the news industry — how the rise of the web and social media have disrupted it, and how traditional players like the New York Times and others can recover from this disruption and repair their business...
How can we build a future of post-industrial journalism?

The billion-dollar question: What is journalism for?

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One of the things that publishers of all kinds love about online media is that it can be measured in a thousand different ways: every pageview and every click can be tracked, and the amount of time a user spends on the page can be quantified, as well as where...
The billion-dollar question: What is journalism for?
Jaron Lanier: Information doesn't want to be free, and ads are screwed
President of HBO Sports says HBO Go will stream live events by the end of this year

Degradation

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Degrading authorship is something the web already does spectacularly well. –Joshua Benton of Nieman Journalism Lab on how Medium renders authorship secondary...
Degradation

Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history?

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When it comes to the traditional media business, there is often a pervasive nostalgia for “the good old days,” when a handful of newspapers and TV networks ruled over the media landscape and profitability was so taken for granted that huge family dynasties with names like Sulzberger and Bancroft were...
Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history?

Dish Toots Its Own Horn, Since CBS Won't

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Maybe the Dish/CBS/Cnet imbroglio will fade away. But not if Charlie Ergen and company can help it. And the New York Times’ ad department is happy to help. Here, via  Nieman Journalism Lab’s Justin Ellis, is the full-page thumb-in-the-eye Dish ran in the Times’ Sunday “A” section today. As Ellis notes,...
Dish Toots Its Own Horn, Since CBS Won't

Morning lowdown: WWDC 2012, the rules of viral, $150 answers

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning… What happened at WWDC 2012: iOS 6, new MacBooks (GigaOM) Sainsbury supermarket buys HMV’s aNobii stake (for £1) to enter e-books (paidContent) Broadcast moves beyond the TV set as 17% of consumers get content on multiple screens (Poynter.) What will the...
Morning lowdown: WWDC 2012, the rules of viral, $150 answers

Clay Christensen, newspapers and the cliff of despair

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When it comes to digital disruption of traditional industries, Clay Christensen is a bit like the Oracle at Delphi, in the sense that the Harvard business professor and author predicted much of what we are seeing now in the media business and in fact throughout the technology industry. But even...
Clay Christensen, newspapers and the cliff of despair

From falling Facebook figures to corrupt Kentucky cops, here’s the week’s media news in review

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It’s Sunday today…this means there has been a whole six days of media news to catch up on. What do you do…take to your RSS feeds and Twitter streams in search for all the tidbits you missed? Or read on here to see a selection of the week’s most notable...
From falling Facebook figures to corrupt Kentucky cops, here’s the week’s media news in review

The morning lowdown June 27, 2012

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning… Chicago Tribune gives readers Economist, Forbes under new paywall plan (paidContent) Nora Ephron, wry woman of letters, is dead at 71 (NYT) News Corp. decision on split due this week (paidContent) The newsonomics of the News Corp. split (Nieman Journalism...
The morning lowdown June 27, 2012

Paywall site Ongo, backed by NYT and Wapo, folds

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Paywall solutions are having a bad month. Google folded One Pass at the end of April. Now paywall and news aggregation site Ongo, which launched in January 2011 with $12 million in funding from the New York Times, Washington Post and Gannett, is closing, Nieman Journalism Lab reports. Ongo, which...
Paywall site Ongo, backed by NYT and Wapo, folds

Boost your journalism career with the 2013 Google Journalism Fellowship

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If you’re a student journalist looking to harness the power of technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways, then the first ever Google Journalism Fellowship could help make the summer of 2013 one to remember. We recognize the value that quality journalism plays in a functioning society and...
Boost your journalism career with the 2013 Google Journalism Fellowship

Murdoch's 'Daily' is done: iPad newspaper to shut down

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News Corp.’s attempt at an iPad newspaper will officially end Dec. 15, as Rupert Murdoch’s company announced today it will “cease standalone publication” of its short-lived e-newspaper, The Daily. For the past 22 months, significant effort and money went toward Murdoch’s experiment, the first iPad daily publication that refreshed every...
Murdoch's 'Daily' is done: iPad newspaper to shut down

Booting Up: Blame Intuit (in Part) for Your Complicated Tax Return

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Ms. Mayer. Part of the reason your tax return makes you want to cry is that Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, lobbied against a simpler option. [ProPublica] Breaking: Hashtags are useless and, more importantly, ugly. [Nieman Journalism Lab] Why would Marissa Mayer want Dailymotion? Because it would let Yahoo sell...
Booting Up: Blame Intuit (in Part) for Your Complicated Tax Return
BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: As Mobile Matures, Are You Being Left Behind?

Why scoops and objectivity matter less and less -- because context is everything

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We’ve argued before that the life-span of a breaking-news alert or scoop is declining rapidly, thanks in part to the rise of social-news platforms like Twitter and Facebook — and also that a ruthless commitment to objectivity is becoming less of a strength and more of a hindrance for news...
Why scoops and objectivity matter less and less -- because context is everything
Is Reddit broken?

The biggest roadblock to media success? A traditional culture of journalistic hubris

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There have been plenty of post-mortems written on the traditional newspaper industry, and there are likely more in the works — and many portray the problem as a classic version of Clay Christensen’s “innovator’s dilemma,” one in which the main players see the storm of disruption approaching, and yet still...
The biggest roadblock to media success? A traditional culture of journalistic hubris
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