More on the emerging new journalism

A couple of followup links to my last post about new developments in online journalism and dying newspapers.

  • This article from the Sept./Oct. Columbia Journalism Review discusses the movement toward nonprofit funding for investigative and international reporting.
  • The New York Times likens newspapers’ current style of layoffs to the now bankrupt Circuit City’s policy of laying off the most experiences employees in their stores. What set Circuit City apart from other electronics retailers was their knowledgeable staff. In an effort to cut costs, they laid off the most senior employees in favor of hiring new staff at lower wages. The race to total bankruptcy took Circuit City a little less than 2 years. (apropos to this, I just heard about a 50,000 circ. paper that laid off their entire photo and local business departments…yeesh!)
  • Colin M. Lenton’s take on the Philadelphia Inquirer and other papers trying to get him to subscribe. This is where I found the above NYT article, and he makes a lot of sense. The value of the AP to individual newspapers is almost nothing once readers are online. If they can read the same story in countless places, or somewhere convenient like Google News, why would readers go to any particular newspaper. By focusing instead on original content, both local and international, newspapers other than the NYT or Washington Post could become relevant again.
  • Online Journalism Review’s series The State of Local News which includes this article about the profitability of local independent news sites.
  • Jeff Jarvis’ thoughts on emerging models of news online and sustainable models for journalism.
  • Summaries of three 2006 forums hosted by MIT called “Will Newspapers Survive”: The Emergence of Citizens’ Media (the New Yorker talks about how all of the citizen journalism is underwhelming), News, Information and the Wealth of Networks,and Do Newspapers Matter?.
  • An article about ChiTownDailyNews and other nonprofit online journalism outlets and how difficult it is to meet their bottom line.
  • Journalism That Matters
  • (many links via Metafilter)

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