What Makes a Weblog a Weblog?

Perhaps no one knows the answer better than Dave Winer, pioneering technologist and manufacturer of one of the first and most popular blogging softwares. Winer is now on sabbatical as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, where he is evangelizing Webblogs and theorizing their impact upon society. He’s also trying to define just exactly what is a Weblog.. Meanwhile, writer Mark Fraunfelder this week writes in TheFeature (a wireless content strategies site that is funded by Nokia) about Moblogging and Audblogging. Mobloggers are people who use mobile phones, not personal computers, to […]

Few Japanese Online Publications Succeed at Paid Content

According to a story in the bulletin of the Nihon Shinbun Kyokai (The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association), few Japanese online publications are charging for content or have had success doing that. For instance, Asahi Shimbum on March 3rd began charging for access to a subsection of its Web site but has gained only 2,000 subscriptions. That might seem like a lot to U.S. online publishers, but remember that Asahi Shimbum‘s daily print circulation is 12.5 million! Moreover, that subsection has 230,000 registered users. So, Asahi Shimbum‘s paid online access conversion rate for that subsection after two months is […]

Lufthansa Adds In-Flight Internet Access

Literally a higher demographic audience, 95% of passengers who tried Internet access aboard a Lufthansa airlines Boeing 747 liked this service. In mid-January, Lufthansa equipped its Boeing 747-400 Sachsen Anhalt, which regularly flies between Frankfurt and Washington, D.C., with Internet access received from a satellite signal and delivered via laptop PCs that the cabin crew loaned to passengers during flights. Europemedia reports that a preliminary evaluation of a three-month trial of this service shows that an average of 50 to 80 passengers per flight used in-flight Internet access. Ninety-five percent of those passengers rated it as “good to excellent”. During […]

Van Dusseldorp Wins Vosko Award

Congratulations to Monique van Dusseldorp, founder and CEO of Van Dusseldorp & Partners in Amsterdam, and co-founder of Europemedia, who has won a Vosko Award for her long service to the digital media industry in the Netherlands. A veteran Internet consultant and analyst, Monique previously worked for the publishing and media company Wegener Arcade in Amsterdam and for the European Institute for the Media in Dusseldorf, Germany, and has been listed by Online Journalism Review as the “50 international names to know on the Internet”. She co-founded Europemedia five years with Robin Hunt and Norbert Specker, who initiated the idea; […]

Does Editing Make It 'Journalism'?

Last month, the (U.S.) Public Broadcasting Network’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer aired a good, short broadcast [transcript & video available] about blogging. But we do disagree with something that MSNBC.com Executive Producer Joan Connell said in it: “One of the values that we place on our own weblogs is that we edit our webloggers. Out there in the blogosphere, often it goes from the mind of the blogger to the mind of the reader, and there’s no backup. And I would submit that that editing function really is the factor that makes it journalism. Are you making a mistake here? […]

Another Example of Media Disintermediation

David Astor, syndication columnist for Editor & Publisher Magazine, has written a column [which unfortunately might by now be hidden behind VNU’s paid archive wall] about how My Comics Page gained 10,000 new paid subscribers this spring. MCP now serves 25,000 paid subscribers. This is yet an example of (a) daily and Sunday newspapers unwittingly having their contents disintermediated and (b) how the contents of newspapers are worth more apart than when packaged together as a whole.

Our Theory of New Media is Curriculae

We’re pleasantly surprised to discover that our Theory of New Media has become required reading in the University of Maine‘s Computer Game Design course. Although we wrote that theory to help explain to publishers what the differences are between Traditional and New Media. We’ve previously seen our theory taught at University of Oregon‘s Journalism School and Stamford University‘s Future of News in a Democracy course. But this is the first time academics have applied the theory to a non-journalistic discipline.

London Times and FT to Launch Digital Editions

The Times of London and the Daily Telegraph, competitors, are the latest UK dailies to begin publishing digital editions. What’s notable about these large (weekday print circulations ranging from 500,000 to 2 million) dailies publishing digital editions is that the Audit Bureau of Circulation in the UK & Ireland doesn’t yet audit or certify digital edition circulation. These large dailies nonetheless see positive business cases for launching digital editions. The UK Journalism says that The Guardian and the FT plan to begin retailing digital editions later this year. (Actually, those two newspapers have been wholesaling digital editions for several years […]

News in Any Format from Sdysvenska Daglbadet

Covering the IFRA Online Trend conference earlier this month in Amsterdam, our friend Rafat Ali notes the interesting ‘Instant News’ project by Sweden’s Sdysvenska Daglbadet newspaper. It involves instant delivery of news through whatever electronic media the user wants at any pre-designated time: “A user decides, when I’m online, send me breaking news through IM. Between 4 pm and 10 pm (after office and before I go to sleep), send me news on my mobile through SMS, and after that till I am online again in the morning, send the news through e-mail. The service is subscription based, and easy […]

SMS Increasingly Popular with Broadcasters

Covering the TV meets the Web conference in Amsterdam, theFeature notes how: “The overwhelming success of mobile voting and alert campaigns around popular television programming prove mobile is a natural extension of TV. The numbers speak volumes – literally. In Spain Operacion Triunfo, a TV talent show, made history as the country’s most ‘interactive event ever,’ reporting 2 million text interactions. In Ireland, a country with a population of 3 million, 1.3 million viewers interacted via mobile with the program, You’re a Star. In the UK, the reality show Big Brother 3 reported 10.7 million text interactions, and BBC’s Fame […]

Take the 'E-Bore Test'

“Do your friends nod off or walk away when you start talking about ASP, HTML or CPM? Is the local Starbucks still the only place you can properly brainstorm with your colleagues? Are you onto your 4th PDA?” asks E-Consultancy‘s E-Bore Test. If you think that you’ve been working too long on Internet media, you owe it to yourself (and to whichever media conglomerate owns you) to take this simple 20 question yes/no test. It’ll tell you if you’re very e-boring indeed or merely an e-fraud. No extra points are given for MBAs, PhDs, or knowledge of PHP. Take the […]