1. I’ve been away: catching up on blogging useful links for ease of future reference

  2. Before 1950, journalism in [the US] was lots of competing organizations in every city… when William Seward left Auburn, New York, population 10,000, there were 11 daily newspapers. Why were there 11 daily newspapers? Because they were being printed one sheet at a time, and each newspaper was tailored to a different audience. … There were a hundred daily newspapers started and closed in Washington during the 19th century. They came and they went, and they were almost all voices or mouthpieces of political organizations and powerful people. And they all competed vigorously, and people tended to read what they were interested in—much as they now watch Fox News and MSNBC today, depending on their views. That was the norm until the middle of the 20th century, when the technologies had adapted to the point where you could run a printing press really fast… The 18th-century norm has become the 21st-century norm. The fragmentation, the niche audiences
  3. the Pew Center now says that an average of 16 dollars in print revenue is lost for every dollar of digital revenue gained.
  4. Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet in Superman #13 — and he doesn’t go quietly. He resigns in front of the whole staff, reports Brian Truitt, “and rails on how journalism has given way to entertainment.”
  6. FT says that digital subscriptions grew by 31%, and now number over 300,000, while print subscriptions are now at 299,000
  7. Lengthy but good roundup with lots of links about the problems facing journalism and the news industry

  8. We’ve moved from an era in which a reporter writes a story and goes home and that’s the story written. I think that we’re living in the world at the moment where the moment you press send on your story, the responses start coming in. And so I think journalists have to work out what to do about those responses: How do you incorporate those responses? And in this world, in which as a news reporter you’re going to — if you go along with open journalism — you’re going to be open to other sources, other than what can be created in your own newsroom, you’re going to incorporate those responses. The Three Little Pigs was an attempt at explaining the benefits of open journalism to the reader — that you get a more complete version of the truth — and to explain to them this idea of a newspaper company is changing very, very fast.
  9. By now, readers understand that the definitive “copy” of any article is no longer the one on paper but the online copy, precisely because it’s the version that’s been read and mauled and annotated by readers. (If a book isn’t read until it’s written in — as I was always told — then maybe an article is not published until it’s been commented upon.)
  10. Six years ago it was unthinkable that the bastion of conservatism in handing out prizes for American journalism would be writing citations for the Huffington Post; now it is hard to imagine that in the next six years the line-up of winners will not be dominated by the most deft adopters of new practices and technologies in the pursuit of journalism
  11. Narrative Science, a Chicago-based startup, has developed an innovative platform that writes reported articles in eerily humanlike cadence. Their early work focused on niche markets, clients with repetitive storylines and loads of numeric data—sports stories, say, or financial reports… One high-profile client, Forbes magazine, uses the platform to create what Forbes writer Lewis Dvorkin calls “computer-generated company earnings previews.” Each day, the platform sorts through recent stock data to profile a notably performing company. Another client is The Big Ten Network, which uses Narrative Science to create automatic sports recaps based on box scores and player data.
  12. 1947 vocational film from the Your Life’s Work series, courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, encourages young people to find jobs in printing. “The printing industry needs young men and women in its composing rooms, where thoughts and ideas are fashioned into type; it needs mechanically minded young men in its press rooms, to operate the intricate machinery; it is a growing industry, high on the list of those offering stability of wages and employment
  13. Recently, the venerable news organization started experimenting with how to use Pinterest and created a Quotes board. Its description partially reads: “Editors are pinning memorable quotes appearing in The Wall Street Journal.” Each pin is an image of a quote from a recent WSJ story shown floating over a column of blurred out text, much like pull-quotes do in an actual story. A short description accompanies each pin, allowing the quote to stand alone. By clicking on an individual quote, readers/pinners are taken to the original story it was published in.
  14. Britain’s new world champion (Mail Online)… rejects any form of print and online integration. It runs its online operation under an editor – Martin Clarke – who’s free to produce a digital version that, by the end of a working day, bears almost no similarity to what Paul Dacre ordains for print….

    The mothership Mail Online office in Kensington has only 25 seats and terminals. In New York, there are 20 staff people, nine in Los Angeles (most of them buying celebrity pictures). … Mail Online, even before its current American surge, made £15m profit last year.

  15. The Daily Mail, an omniverous middle-market British tabloid, has quietly unseated the New York Times to become the newspaper with the biggest online reach in the world, according to figures from the online tracking service comScore.
    The figures show Mail Online reached 45.3 million people last December, to the Times’s 44.8 million.