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The Post-Intelligencer’s last print edition was published March 17. The newspaper’s owner, The Hearst Corp., said the paper hadn’t been profitable since 2000 and showed no signs of turning around. The P-I continues as an online-only news outlet, but it employs just 20 of the 150 or so journalists who had worked for the paper. Seattlepostglobe.org has little money — about $3,000, with another $3,000 pledged. “We’re working as volunteers now,” Murakami said.
ProPublica | Eye on the Bailout. From pro to am, journalist to citizen journalist, here is a resource from the nonprofit ProPublica that puts transparency into the bailout process. From a widget that lets you see if your bank is getting money, to a timeline showing how got where we are now, to a searchable database of recipients of the aid. There is more. Head over, bookmark the site, and get busy checking to see if yours
I missed SXSW, but I have heard about lots of very interesting sessions. I like Mark Briggs’ take on how you could set up a news site with low overhead, charge like $10 for life, and use some tricks to make it seem “cool” and attract visitors. I have always said that if PUBLIC SCHOOLS just told parents they had to fill out an application form, and that their kid might not get admitted, even if they admitted everyone, the school would be better. Anyway, if you are thinking of going commericial, here is one suggestion. via Journalism 2.0 | Mark Briggs on how to survive and thrive in the digital age » Charging for news, but not for the money.
What will it take to get one of the remaining jobs in the all-digital newsroom? Certainly an understanding of, and probably enthusiasm for, new forms of media and storytelling. The transformed newsroom will be filled with multi-functional journalists who are comfortable carrying around a digital camera and tiny video camera; who make it part of their routine to record audio for possible use in podcasts or multimedia project sound clips; who are regular users of social networks and understand how to leverage them to communicate with and attract new readers, and share some personal information about themselves as well as promote their work; and who are comfortable and willing to put in the time to engage and communicate with their readers or viewers, including participating in reader comment threads accompanying their stories. via The All-Digital Newsroom of the Not-So-Distant Future. Steve Outing ponders what a digital newsroom will be like, including what those who work in one will need to do.
“Do You Ever Do Any Real Work? That’s a question I used to get all of the time in the early days of this blog. I don’t get it so much anymore. Because slowly but surely people are wising up to the fact that blogging is work and it’s a very valuable use of my time… the time and energy I’ve put into this blog for the past five years has built a unique and very sophisticated audience. You are connectors and hubs of influence.”
So, even with the NYTimes noting a move toward “slow blogging” I agree with Max Kalehoff and the guy he interviewed above (Fred Wilson) that whether you are a marketer, a journalist, a teacher, or a student, connections are key.