Internet not responsible for dying newspapers, new study finds We all know that the Internet has killed the traditional newspaper trade, right? After all, until the general population started interacting with the web in the mid-90s, the newspaper business was thriving -- offering readers top notch journalism and pages of ads. But a recently-published study finds that we may be all wrong about the role of the Internet in the decline of newspapers. According to research by University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Matthew Gentzkow, assumptions about journalism are based on three false premises. In his new paper, "Trading Dollars for Dollars: The Price of Attention Online and Offline," which was published in the May issue of the American Economic Review, Gentzkow notes that the first fallacy is that online advertising revenues are naturally lower than print revenues, so traditional media must adopt a less profitable business model that cannot support paying real reporters.
Le labo médias de l'école de journalisme de Sciences Po Crédit: Flickr/CC/jakerust W.I.P. demande à des invités de donner leur point de vue. Ici, Michael Shapiro, professeur à l’Ecole de journalisme de Columbia, à New York, qui vient d’écrire un livre intitulé “Tales from the great disruption”, fait le point sur la “valeur” des informations à l’heure des paywalls. En anglais.
17 Unique Business Models Shaking Up the Marketplace There are 23 million small businesses in America, and 543,000 more are started every month. So if you've got a business idea and you want to stand out from the crowd and succeed, you better have a unique value proposition, diverse revenue streams and loads of creativity. To inspire you, we've rounded up 17 unique businesses that have proven their model works. From retail apps to fashion upstarts, these companies are rethinking revenue and creating compelling value for parties on both sides of the transaction. Tell us what you think is the most unique business model in the comments. The future of media isn’t about breaking news scoops, it’s about credibility and trust As I was nursing my 50th cappuccino in Perugia during the recent journalism conference there, a small bomb blew up in my Twitter feed thanks to a keynote presentation by Felix Salmon, in which the former Reuters blogger said that the journalistic obsession with scoops is a form of masturbation. Needless to say, there were some shocked reactions to this statement, but I think Felix is right -— even if the metaphor he chose is somewhat unappealing. As he describes in his own post about it, what Salmon said was that “breaking news is the most masturbatory thing journalists do. The reader couldn’t give a flying f*** who broke it.” In other words, the question of who breaks the news about a specific story is largely irrelevant to anyone other than the journalists involved.
OpenLeaks - LeakDirectory From LeakDirectory OpenLeaks.org is a current work in progress by former WikiLeaks.org people, including [Domscheit-Berg] with the intention of providing a whistleblowing infrastructure for local whistleblowers and the mainstream media and non-governmental organisations, without the controversy associated with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.org They should have much to contribute in terms of computer infrastructure security, anonymity and scalability experience, but their system, like that of Wikileaks.org / WikiLeaks.ch itself, is not currently accepting any whistleblower submissions. See Andy Greenberg's article: OpenLeaks Announces A Test Launch, Invites 3,000 Hackers To Attack It Domscheit-Berg argues that leaking sites’ security measures don’t need to be as tight as WikiLeaks were during Domscheit-Berg’s time with the group – they need to be tighter.
French case study in crowdfunding gets journalism closer to its audience Nice Matin, Var Matin and Corse Matin, a group of daily newspapers based in the South of France and in Corsica, have received much publicity after using Ulule, a European crowdfunding site, to launch a bid to buy their paper group. Their objective is to protect the jobs of those working for the paper in the context of recent financial difficulties that have resulted in the Matin group being put up for sale. With sales averaging over 250,000 copies each day, the company, owned by Groupe Hersant Media, is a leader on the French market.
Visual storytelling: 14 tools for journalists Credit: Image by TapiF on Flickr. Some rights reserved Over the past year here at Journalism.co.uk we have reported on a number of new tools and platforms which have been launched or updated, which offer journalists different ways of telling stories visually. Our news:rewired events have also highlighted a number of those tools, most recently in a dedicated session on visual storytelling at news:rewired - digital stories, which was held last Thursday (6 December). 100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hliziﬁkh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. But you won’t find these words in George R.
The New York Times' digital challenges, in 5 charts The New York Times’ internal Innovation report, leaked after the unexpected ouster of top editor Jill Abramson, brought to light a newsroom culture out of step with changing consumer reading habits. Here, five charts tell the story of the Times’ struggles as it tightens its embrace of digital media. Digital circulation has been a bright spot for the Times. News, insights and updates from the Adobe Primetime team on TV delivery and monetization across IP‐connected screens This week we spoke with Joel Espelien, Senior Analyst at TDG Research, a boutique market research and strategy consulting firm focused exclusively on the future of TV. Joel covers corporate strategy and positioning for companies across the OTT landscape. TDG Research is known for being ahead of the curve, so we used this talk with Joel to learn 7 insights that will help you be ahead of the curve, too. Here are 7 insights directly from Joel: 1. OTT is evolving to be a synonym for broadband video.
The Atlantic publishes then pulls sponsored content from Church of Scientology About 11 hours after it was published online, The Atlantic removed sponsored content about the Church of Scientology. The news organization apologized for the incident in a statement Tuesday: We screwed up. It shouldn’t have taken a wave of constructive criticism — but it has — to alert us that we’ve made a mistake, possibly several mistakes. We now realize that as we explored new forms of digital advertising, we failed to update the policies that must govern the decisions we make along the way.
Eurozone debt web: Who owes what to whom? The circle below shows the gross external, or foreign, debt of some of the main players in the eurozone as well as other big world economies. The arrows show how much money is owed by each country to banks in other nations. The arrows point from the debtor to the creditor and are proportional to the money owed as of the end of June 2011. The colours attributed to countries are a rough guide to how much trouble each economy is in.
About Our Mission A decade after the dot-com bust, it all seems like a hazy dream, doesn’t it? Like maybe it never really happened at all? 'BBC News should learn lessons from Buzzfeed in digital strategy' Buzzfeed has developed a bigger international audience than BBC News and BBC Worldwide BBC News should learn lessons from Buzzfeed to drive a digital presence that is "punching well below its weight", according to a report on the future of its output. The report, commissioned by BBC head of news James Harding from Sir Howard Stringer, also said that the BBC's web presence lacks "character and personality" compared with younger rivals such as Vice Media and Buzzfeed. Stringer, a BBC non-executive director, made the point that in just eight years Buzzfeed has developed a bigger audience than BBC News and BBC Worldwide manages internationally. "Given Buzzfeed, for example, was only founded in 2006, this raises the question of why the BBC's global digital reach is not more significant," said Stringer.