Archive | January, 2010

The first shot in the iPad ebook war

30 Jan

While I’m obsessed with digital media, the smarter part of my household focuses on the world of book publishing. That world is agog this morning, because The World’s Largest Bookstore (registered trademark, etc.) yanked all the books published by the conglomerate MacMillan overnight. The reason: MacMillan wants its ebooks to appear first on Apple’s iPad, […]

Why the Newsday paywall is irrelevant

28 Jan

Much kerfuffle – and more derision than warranted – erupted earlier this week when the New York Observer reported that Newsday has sold only 35 online-access subscriptions since it walled off the site last October. There was astonishment at the low numbers: “Michael Amon, a social services reporter, asked for clarification. “I heard you say […]

Picking a CMS

21 Jan

I’ve ranted a couple of times already about how journopreneurs need to make smart, inexpensive choices – especially about technology. Over at the GrowthSpur blog, my colleague Dave Chase offers his thoughts (also live at OJR) about picking a good online content management system. Dave speaks from vast experience. He was on the launch team […]

Zenger, Woodstein – and Moore?

18 Jan

A snarky comment on Alan Mutter’s blog set me off the other day. Alan was reacting to Mark Potts’ excellent riff on the coming iSlate (not just a fanboi dream, but potentially a great leap forward). Predictably, some of the commenters were pining for 1994: “This smells a little like Google, which siphoned off $21 […]

Turning your site into a business

14 Jan

The gang at GrowthSpur, of which I proudly call myself a member, is having another of its introductory sessions for hyperlocal and niche site operators. We think journopreneurs – and people who just want to operate great local sites, whether or not they claim the “j” word – are one of the key parts of […]

The 5,000-buck hyperlocal design

9 Jan

It happened again: I heard a tale of a laid-off journalist who spotted an unmet need – a community that was no longer being covered the way it should be. So she decided to launch a neighborhood blog. Terrific! Then came the thud: She’s already hired someone to take care of all the technology and […]

Irony, thy name is “Blogger”

6 Jan

I started reading a new blog today – one launched by a handful of writers to continue the work they were doing at a now-defunct trade magazine. I commend them. They’re gamely carrying on in the face of the implosion of their publication, and they’re doing it without getting paid. But I’m not linking to […]

How easy is this stuff?

6 Jan

A self-deprecating aside from long ago: When I first ran a semi-big local website, sophisticated content-management systems were just becoming available. Big chunks of the site were programmed by hand, using HTML code written by producers. Those hand-coded pages were then shipped off to our distant web server by a direct-transfer process known as FTP. To make life […]

The essential digital-economics library

4 Jan

My older brother used to joke that when I wanted to learn to play baseball, I read a book. Mike’s style: Pick up the ball and throw it harder than seemed humanly possible. Hey, we all learn differently, right? So when friends – especially newsroom lifers – ask how they can catch up with the digital […]

A tale of two movies

3 Jan

Like an awful lot of Americans, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day gorging on filmed entertainment. In between fistfuls of unhealthy popcorn, I started to think about the lessons two of the movies — Avatar and Dr. Horrible — can teach entrepreneurial journalists.

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