'Revisiting Virtual Communities: The Internet's Impact on Society and Politics'

Today, I’m at The Internet East and West: How Digital Technology is Transforming China and the nitd States at the Univrsity of California at Berkeley. The first panel today, Revisiting Virtual Communities: the Internet’s Impact on Society and Politics, is underway. Susan Mernit> of Five Consultancy and author of Navigating the Info Jungle weblog predicts that within a year the number of people who join online commuinties (Orkut, Friendster, etc.) as the numbrof peope who have today purchased anything online. Craig Newmark of the eponymous Craig List describes his service and how it was based upon his observations of online […]

Disrupting the News Industry

Disrupting the News Industry: Media Concentration and Participatory Journalism, is a panel next Friday morning at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Admission is free. Panelists are: Neil Chase, managing editor of CBS MarketWatch. Dan Gillmor, columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and author of the forthcoming book Making the News. Ken Sands, managing editor of online and new media at The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington. Bob Magnuson, lecturer at the graduate school and former CEO of InfoWorld, will moderate the panel. And me. If you’re interested in how the ‘barriers of entry’ (costs, equipment, etc.) […]

Good Use of Blog by NY Times' Kristof

In the printed and online editions, at the end of his opinion column about the North Korean nuclear weapons, The New York Times Nicholas D. Kristof adds: After my reports from Africa about ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region of Sudan, many readers have asked what they can do. I’ve put some possibilities on my blog, www.nytimes.com/kristofresponds, in Posting No. 344. That’s an excellent use of a blog by a newspaper.

'Restaurants Ranks Among Top Dining Spots', but for How Long?

Nielsen//Netratings reports that during March eight of the top 20 news Web sites or ‘groups’ in the U.S. were affiliated with newspapers. Yet isn’t this like reporting that eight of the top 20 dining spots were affiliated with restaurants? Why this news? Why does it warrant a story in Editor & Publisher magazine? I’ll tell you why. It’s news because online is one of the places where the newspaper industry is fighting for its life (the other places are on people’s doorsteps and on newsstands). Online has always been the newspaper industry’s medium to lose. I know for a fact […]

More Evidence That Europeans Lead

My American compatriots still won’t believe me when I say that the best online publications are European. I’ve been telling them that for years, but their their national pride makes them think that whatever was invented in America is still made there. (Oh, yeah? Just try finding an American manufacturer of television sets, radio sets, disc drives, or cameras.) The superiority of European online publications is nothing new to me. Back in November 2000, the French newspaper Lib&#233ration quoted me saying that the cutting edge in online publishing was no longer in America but in Europe. [The English translation of […]

Is Blogging Journalism? (Rounds 1 through 4)

In the foreground, Tom Regan of the Christian Science Monitor, the turned head of an attendee we don’t know, , and Gordon Joseloff of WestportNow.com and formerly of CBS News and UPI. That’s me near the clock, commenting to the What is Journalism? session at BloggerCon II. Photo courtesy of Werner Vogels (click to enlarge it.) Is blogging is journalism? What are the differences? If you want to know, don’t invite speakers from either side. Instead, invite speakers who each are are both bloggers and journalists. They’ll know the answers. Round 1: Last Spring, JupiterMedia’s ClickZ held a Weblog Business […]

BloggerCon II

Bloggers attending the BoggerCon II conference Saturday at Harvard University’s Law School voted that forming a trade association of bloggers and also giving advertisers better usage statistics about blogs are the two best paths toward generating revenues from blogging. During a session on Blogging as a Business, moderated by Jeff Jarvis, president of Advance Internet and author of the BuzzMachine blog, and attended by some hundred commercial bloggers or wanna-be’s, generated a quite comprehensive Wiki listing of ideas how to make money and what is needed to make money from blogging. (Related to providing advertisers better usage statistics, Rick Bruner […]

Will Attend BloggerCon

On Saturday, I’ll be attending BloggerCon at Harvard University Law School. Nearly 400 other people have registered to attend. I look forward to this conference’s sessions on What is Journalism?, Blogging in Business, Shirky’s Power Law, and Blogging as a Business. For those who can’t attend, there are currently some problems with BloggerCon implementing a live webcast; but I hope that changes.

A Global Complaint

I’m today watching the live webcast from the University of Texas‘ 5th International Symposium on Online Journalism. The first panel, Online Journalism in Asia, Europe and Latin America What is different and how does it compare with the U.S.?, featured speakers from Spain, Finland, Columbia, and Japan. All are journalists or professors of journalism. Nonetheless, each said that meetings within online newsrooms in their countries are dominated by the question of how to generate online revenues. No matter how journalistically successful their online media, continued unprofitability threatens not just the online operations but also their traditional media. “We are known […]

New York Times Digital Finally Generates Internet Profits

I’m glad to see that New York Times Digital‘s operating profit during the previous three months was (US) $8.4 million — an annualized yield of $34.6 million in profit. Why am I only now happy when NYTD has been reporting ‘profitability’ for two years? Because its figure have always been boosted by some $25 million in revenues that have had nothing to do with the Internet and that predate NYTD. So, if NYTD is now reporting more than $25 million in profits, then it finally has become truly profitable from its Internet operations. When NYTD was formed in the mid-1990s, […]

Switching Corporate Publications to Online

A publishing sector that could greatly benefit by switching from print to online is corporate communications. I had an interesting discussion today with the corporate communications editor of Akzo Nobel in the Netherlands. This 64,500-person pharmaceutical & chemicals company will soon switch to online publication of its internal corporate magazine, sent to employees in more 80 countries. For almost a century, Akzo Nobel has published its internal magazine in print, currently bi-monthly. But online has two advantages over print: The ability to publish or update in real-time, and not be locked into a printer’s weeks or months of lead-time. And […]

'Mac-in-the-Box' Narrowcasting

I’ve agreed to talk on Monday to the University of Missouri’s Online Journalism class. I spoke to them in person last October, but this time I’ll be video narrowcasting the talk from my office in Connecticut. A complication is that ‘Mizzou’ uses Macintoshes (not surprisingly, since Apple Computer sponsor the media lab there) and I use Windows (I had to switch from Macs in 1989 when I had joined Reuters). The video teleconferencing softwares of those two operating systems don’t talk to each other. To solve that, the university is shipping to me a ‘Mac-in-the-Box’ setup that plugs into my […]

Thanks for the Publicity in Europe

My thanks for three European articles this week that mentioned of my work: Eva Domínguez, writing in Barcelona’s La Vanguardia on the subject of an Observatorio de Prospective Technológica Industrial (OPTI) report about how new technology is going to affect Spanish media during the next fifteen years, devotes the final five paragraphs of her essay (here is the English-language version) to the recommendations I made for the survival of the newspaper industry. Meanwhilein Amsterdam, Leigh Phillips, commenting in Digital Media Europe.com about the future of newspapers in the Netherlands, writes about my analysis in Online Journalism Review about the U.S. […]

Transom.org Wins Major U.S. Journalism Award

Transom.org, a showcase and workshop for channeling public radio through the Internet, has won a Peabody Award — the first Web site ever to win a major American journalism award. The annual George Foster Peabody Awards were first awarded in 1941 for radio programs broadcast in 1940. The awards recognize “distinguished achievement and meritorious service by radio and television networks, stations, producing organizations, cable television organizations and individuals.” Here is what the Peabody jurors said about About Transom.org: “This online resource is the recipient of the first Peabody awarded exclusively to a Web site. TRANSOM.ORG provides clear guidance