Borrowing Content Was Happening Long Before Blogging

I was reading Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam’s piece on his time at Newsweek in the 1970s and this passage caught my attention: For me, Newsweek was like an upside-down journalism school, where I learned an astonishing number of bad habits, e.g., having someone else check your facts. We poached material constantly, from newspapers, from […]

The Wrap, Newser and Content Aggregation: How Much Attribution is Enough?

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The cease and desist letter and the ensuing war of words between The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman and Newser’s Michael Wolff is getting a lot of industry attention this week. To me the real question is: when one site aggregates another’s content, how much attribution is enough? The value and legitimacy of content aggregation is a […]

AOL Newsroom: A Model for the Future or Shades of 2001?

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There is an interesting article in BusinessWeek on how AOL is utilizing software and analytics data in an effort to match content with user interests and monetize it more successfully. Are you sure you want to write that article, Dave?

10 Quotes on the Apple iPad and the Business of News

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Now that the first wave in the Apple iPad crazy-a-thon has past, I thought I’d do a quick round-up of what people are saying about the iPad from the perspective of the news media. You can view this in the spirit of Robert Scoble’s To create or curate?, or catch on that I’m on a […]

Top 10 Reasons The New York Times is Really Putting up a Paywall

Today The New York Times made it official that they will be introducing a metered model starting in 2011. There is additional information in the NYTco press release, and Jim Romenesko and others have published the staff memo. Since the NYT is giving themselves a year to work out the details before implementing the paid […]

Help Haiti: News Sites Promote Ways to Donate

As the devastation and human tragedy caused by the Haiti earthquake grows, people are flocking to the news media for information, and more importantly to learn ways that they can help. I’ve been impressed by how much attention the media has given to promoting ways that people can make donations. Aid organizations are racing against […]

PEJ Study Shows Print Still Primary Source of Original News Reporting

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The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study today of the modern news ecosystem, examining a week of news activity in Baltimore, MD. You can get the details from the study itself but I wanted to point out a couple things that caught my attention. Of the stories in Baltimore that […]

Hearst Skiff Reader Looks Cool

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Hearst’s Skiff Reader is being unveiled at CES this week. My professional, analytical opinion is it looks pretty darn good.

My Top 10 Posts of 2009 on News Media, SEO and Social Media

I was going to post this last week but then opted wisely for letting myself enjoy a holiday break. Also I’ve only been blogging here for about six months so I’m still building up momentum. But since all the cool kids have been sharing their top posts I wanted to join in, plus follow my […]