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Worth a look: Once magazine

“It started with a simple realization: photographs look great on the iPad. And the problem? We couldn’t find any to look at.” -about Once magazine

The first issue of Once magazine has just launched and it looks great. Once is an iPad periodical focused on photojournalism. You can pick it up at iTunes. This issue, which costs $2.99, features the work of Bruno Masi, Matt Eich, and Munem Wasif. The pilot issue, which is free, featured Ivor Prickett, Kendrick Brinson, and Andrea Gjestvang. The team behind Once, who’ve recently been going through some of the motions of a technology startup, see the magazine as a way to change the method of funding and distribution of photojournalism. And while we’ve heard that before, Once has been the subject of considerable optimism of late. With the first two issues out of the gate and more on the way, the magazine joins the ranks of other photography-focused iPad publications.

It’s doubtful that this new strategy for publishing photography will be the savior of the industry, but it’s an exciting development. In an interview with Wired’s Raw File blog, Once‘s executive editor John Knight says that paying photographers for their work was a starting point for the magazine, rather than an afterthought. “When we realized we could know exactly how many subscribers we had on a given issue,” Knight told Wired, “it made it possible to calculate exactly how much each issue was making. The whole idea started as a way to pay photographers what they deserve for their work, and so splitting that revenue seemed obvious. Right now we only share that revenue with the photographers and we pay a fee to our writers. In the future we’d like to expand that model to include writers as well.”

By the way, if you click through our link to buy the app, we get a (very) small cut of the sale. It’s a way for us to keep the lights on here at dvafoto. Thanks to those of you who have clicked through us in the past!

World Press Photo releases iPad app of winning images

World Press Photo 2011 available on the iPad.

World Press Photo 2011 available on the iPad.

Hot on the heels of Christopher Anderson’s Capitolio iPad book (Finally got a chance to look through a physical copy at Dashwood Books last week, by the way. Beautiful book.), World Press Photo has released an iPad book of this year’s winning images. It costs $4.99. Right now, the app has the 350 winning images and an interactive map of locations of the pictures, in addition to captions, photographer biographies and camera information (which seems like a weird thing to include). In the coming weeks, the app will be updated to include interviews with photographers about their images. Having finally looked at pictures on an iPad last week while using one in portfolio meetings, I can say I’m a big fan of photography on the device. I’m excited to see more and more serious photography showing up in the App Store at affordable prices.

By the way, if you click through our link to buy the app, we get a (very) little cut of the sale. It’s a way for us to keep the lights on here at dvafoto.

(via Objective Reality Foundation / Фонд Объективная Реальность on twitter)

Asim Rafiqui on the iPad

“I cringe when I realize the price I must pay and I falter at the doorsteps of magazine editors, stutter during discussions of ‘hot’ and ‘popular’ stories that I think will sell, remain silent about the personally exciting ones that I know will be met with derision, trip over purchasing technical toys that can transport me into the world of the modern digital photographer. People see me as old-fashioned, somehow out of touch and intentionally difficult. But they are wrong. I crave not the trappings of modern possessions, but the possession of modern thoughts and ideas. The latter I can’t reveal on the slide show option of the iPad.” -Asim Rafiqui in “Condemned To Obscurity Or A Personal Perspective On The iPad

Asim Rafiqui has a nice perspective on the hubbub surrounding the media’s adoption of the iPad platform.

Magazines begin to show up on the iPad

iPad Magazine Art Direction from Brad Colbow on Vimeo.

Maybe you’ve already seen this, but it was new to me today. The reviewer takes a look at how Time (likely the issue featuring Daryl Peveto’s Tea Party coverage), GQ, and Popular Science, are using the iPad to showcase their content. Looks beautiful to my eyes, but I can only imagine that creating both pretty horizontal and vertical versions of content will increase design time and money. Even in the poorly shot video above, though, the photos look beautiful. Will it save the world? Journalism? Photography? The jury is still out. Photoshelter has corralled a few opinions about what the device means for photography, the New York Times has a wide-ranging set of opinion pieces, and there are many other reviews available.

The disconnect between Wired and Wired.com

There’s a great discussion over at Boing Boing Gadgets on the (dis)connection between Wired’s print magazine and Wired.com. Spurred by a New York Times report that Wired might die,former Wired.com contributor/architect Joel Johnson talks about the difficulties of marrying print content with online content, the separation of the newsrooms, and other goings-on behind the scenes. The comments are where it really gets interesting. Wired contributors Gary Wolf, Steve Silberman, editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, and a few anonymous Wired writers and Wired.com bloggers weigh in on everything from the magazine side’s liquor cabinet to the influence on content and decisions wielded by CondeNast and its proprietary content management system.

The Obama-meter

While a lot of the coverage of the new American administration is pretty similar between various media organizations, publications, and websites, there are a few projects that seem new and different. One such, the likes of which I’d not seen before, is the St. Petersburg Times’ Obama-Meter. A small army of staffers have sliced and diced all of the campaign promises, arguments, and factoids spit out by the Obama administration and other prominent government officials, and rendered them in easy to understand, but well-cited, snippets which are then judged on truth and follow-through. As of this writing, 5 of about 500 campaign promises have been kept, 14 are currently in the works, 1 has ended in compromise, 1 has been stalled, and none have been broken. Here’s the paper’s explanation of how the whole thing works. The Truth-o-Meter is a similar project, with 41 pages of American politicians’ statements rated for truth and accuracy, ranging from pants-on-fire style “felony cherry picking” on the part of a Republican Party of Florida anti-Obama mailer to the truth of McCain’s statement that “Obama’s no maverick”.

This seems like a perfect marriage between the internet audience’s demand for quick facts and newspaper journalism’s ability to leverage a large staff’s investigative wherewithal and institutional memory. What’s more, it’s great to see a newspaper stepping up as a political watchdog in such an accessible, easy-to-digest, and generally factual way. This is a welcome change to the past decade or so of punditry’s stranglehold on American political discourse. In my mind, the media should always occupy an adversarial role in political affairs, regardless of whether or not the politicians in question are generally liked or disliked. This role might even be more important with an overwhelming popular administration, in that positive media and public opinion might serve as distraction from pernicious political maneuvering going on behind the scenes, such as was the case directly after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

While we’re at it, New York magazine recently published an interesting behind-the-scenes feature on what goes into making some of the New York Times innovative web packages. Slashdot’s mention of that article also clued me in to a former New York Times staffer’s discussion of his work with the paper’s Cybertimes group in the mid-90s. All of this is especially interesting in light of Michael Hirschorn’s speculation in the Atlantic Monthly that the New York Times might cease operations as early as May 2009.

Typepad’s Journalism Bailout Program

Typepad, the blogging platform, has created a journalism bailout program. While getting a free blog and the possibility of revenue from advertisements won’t save journalism, it might get the wheels in motion for more than a few of the recently laid off. It’s a weird approach, and it probably won’t pay your rent for a long time if ever, but it’s worth a try. Here’s a (month-old) announcement on Six Apart’s blog (Six Apart runs Typepad) which talks about how and why the bailout was created and what the response has been so far. (via this AskMetafilter question)