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Local news is going mobile. | Pew Internet & American Life Project
One-quarter (24%) of mobile local news consumers report having an app that helps them get information or news about their local community. That equates to 13% of all device owners and 11% of the total American adult population. Thus while nearly 5 in 10 get local news on mobile devices, just 1 in 10 use apps to do so. Call it the app gap.

These mobile app users skew young and Hispanic. They are also much more active news consumers than other adults, using more sources regularly and “participating” in local news by doing such things as sharing or posting links to local stories, commenting on or tagging local news content, or contributing their own local content online.

Many news organizations are looking to mobile platforms to provide new ways to generate revenue in local markets. [...] Currently, only 10% of adults who use mobile apps to connect to local news and information pay for those apps. This amounts to just 1% of all adults.
mobile  local  news  journalism  games  information  location  technology  software  latino 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Foursquare Learns Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German and French -
“Why can’t you save art exhibits that you see on Tumblr to Foursquare,” he said. “The next time you’re in Boston, your phone can buzz and say, oh hey, here are five things you said you wanted to do.”

“Devices are getting smarter,” he said. “They’re changing the way we experience the world and our physical space.”
location  local  technology  twitter  geography  mapping  urban  attention  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Mobilizing for mobile before it's too late
1. People use mobile devices to find information, get directions, check prices, play games, listen to music, and, yes, sometimes even surf the news. Because consumers are not passive, successful apps must be engaging and transactional.

2. Mobile devices don't just put the user in control; they also enrich the experience by knowing exactly where consumers are - and, in the case of many apps, exactly who they are. Accordingly, successful apps must be customizable and geographically aware.

3. Community and self-expression are as elemental to the digital experience as the information the media dispense or the transactions they enable. Successful apps foster community and enable user control.
mobile  media  journalism  technology  apple  android  local  location  community  creativity  music 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: 'creepy' Facebook is biggest rival -
Q: You are starting a local news operation for San Francisco. Tell us about your plans to offer local information.

A: We all live in a place. You live in small communities, and you are very interested in what happens in those communities from police blotters to what happened in the city council or the neighborhood watch. It is interesting to the consumer.

And it is interesting to the advertiser because it is the ultimate target. Statistics are 95% of our purchases are (made) within 2 miles of our house, 5 miles of our house.
media  local  journalism  yahoo  technology  mobile  marketing  information  news  sanfrancisco  bayarea  community  facebook  social 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Patch vs. MediaNews: One Little, Instructive Story | Newsonomics
The story quality is one thing; the ability to SEO and draw community comment may be another. That’s an emerging gulf worth paying attention to.
journalism  local  search  media  medianews  danville  newspapers  attention  patch  contracostatimes 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
7 Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare
With all the recent hype, journalists and media companies are itching to find their own ways to use location-sharing apps to bolster their trade. You can get started with the following seven tips, then share your own ideas in the comments.
social  journalism  media  local  socialmedia  location  newspapers  reporting  geolocation  twitter 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
TechCrunch: Skout Studies What Happens When Dating Goes Mobile
The company surveyed 1000 of its users 20-30 years old, with an even gender split. While everyone surveyed was a Skout user, the questions pertained to any mobile dating service. Now, obviously these stats don’t readily apply to the general public — everyone surveyed is already a Skout user, so they’re more likely than average to be inclined to use a mobile dating site. Here are some of the conclusions Skout came up with
dating  relationships  mobile  local  love  sex  polyamory  technology 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Philip Anschutz, what is he looking for? - Michael Calderone -
Asked why his friend of 20 years is investing in publications that have never made money (the Standard) or have little hope of making any (the Examiner), Dean Singleton, chief executive of MediaNews, replied: “I really don’t know.”
medianews  media  colorado  journalism  magazines  local  washington  business 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rescuing The Reporters « Clay Shirky
For people who see newspapers as whole institutions that need to be saved, their size (and not the just the dozens and dozens of people on the masthead, but everyone in business and operations as well) makes ideas like Coll’s seems like non-starters — we’re talking about a total workforce in the hundreds, so non-profit conversion seems crazy.

[I]f you start not from total head count but from a list of the people necessary for the production of Jones’ “iron core of news,” a list that, in the Columbia Daily Tribune’s case, would be something like a dozen. (To put this in perspective, KBIA, Columbia’s NPR affiliate, lists a staff of 20.)

Seen in that light, what’s needed for a non-profit news plan to work isn’t an institutional conversion, it’s a rescue operation. There are dozen or so reporters and editors in Columbia, Missouri, whose daily and public work is critical to the orderly functioning of that town, and those people are trapped inside a burning business model.
journalism  media  newspapers  business  news  work  culture  economics  local  future  reporting  writing  nonprofit  corporations  cities 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Growth of city neighborhoods
San Francisco may have a reputation as a world-class city, but it is also one of the biggest small towns you can find anywhere. According to the city's official Web site, San Francisco has more than 40 individual neighborhoods. The Chamber of Commerce counts 48, and any San Franciscan can tell you there are more than that, from the famous to the obscure.

The best-known neighborhoods - Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro - are known everywhere. A lot of San Franciscans couldn't locate Little Hollywood or the Sherwood Forest on a map.

It turns out, however, that San Francisco was always divided into neighborhoods, even back before the place was called San Francisco.
sanfrancisco  cities  urban  california  local  identity  development  transit 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
WordPress, Twitter, the Elks Club: 10 new routines at a news startup » Nieman Journalism Lab
“I wouldn’t trade this job for anything,” he said. “Mary and I were both reflecting the other day on the fact that if there were an opportunity to become an employee of another entity doing pretty much the same thing, there would be no way.”

“I’m not a very good cog,” Askins went on. “If we had to apply for jobs, I wouldn’t hire me. I would say, ‘That guy’s tasted what it feels like to be his own boss.’”
journalism  media  marketing  newspapers  online  news  local  innovation  leadership  michigan  annarbor 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Can Anyone Actually Tap the $100 Billion Potential of Hyperlocal News? | Page 2 | Fast Company
The future of hyperlocal -- according to the people who have studied, lived, and championed it -- seems to be in convincing others that hyperlocal is the future. "Someday soon, somebody will make [hyperlocal] work and turn it into a successful business," wrote hyperlocal pioneer Mark Potts after his company Backfence folded in 2007. "If there's anything I've learned, it's that the power and potential of local communities still is waiting to be tapped." And so it remains.
journalism  media  newspapers  community  local  online  business  attention  marketing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates - Advertising Age - DigitalNext
Advertisers -- both local and national -- would be smart to start thinking about their "location" strategies while there's still a relatively open playing field. By taking advantage of mobile platforms like Foursquare, ones that engage and offer incentives to consumers within the proverbial "last 50 feet," businesses can bring all the advantages of the social web to their front door.
marketing  social  online  mobile  business  local  location  socialnetworking 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Introducing GrowthSpur - Recovering Journalist
There’s no upfront cost to local sites for a GrowthSpur partnership. Our revenue model is a service fee on the advertising revenue we help you with. In other words, we make money if you make money.

How much money? We believe, based on our research and experience, that a well-run, sophisticated local site can bring in more than $100,000 a year in revenue from advertising, e-commerce and other sources. GrowthSpur exists to help local entrepreneurs achieve that level of success—and more.
journalism  business  news  media  entrepreneurs  local  online  blogging  marketing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Post Globe: Confessions of a former online producer
I, like most bloggers and formerly employed journalists, am now writing for free, and that is not a sustainable social model for finding, investigating and sharing information about the powerful, the greedy and the downtrodden.

Unless local users conscientiously seek and support local substantive journalism with money, real local news will continue to be spotty at best, barely afloat in a sea of nearly-naked celebs.
newspapers  postpaper  afterpaper  seattle  washingtonstate  online  celebrity  local  media  journalism 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: Newspapers: There is No Magic Bullet
They reflect the thinking of executives and journalists who don't really understand the business of journalism, the reality of the new Internet-driven world, or what consumers are looking for these days. Mostly, they're defensive maneuvers, tired attempts to salvage a print-centric business model that is close to long gone.
newspapers  journalism  media  news  public  social  local  location  mobile  marketing  business  internet 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Advertising - Newspapers’ Web Revenue Is Stalling -
"[...] Large papers like The Washington Post or The New York Times can sell premium ad space on, for example, a newspaper’s home page, for $15 to $50 for every thousand impressions. But these and other papers of all sizes have increasingly relied on middlemen — known as ad networks — to sell less desirable space, typically for around $1 for every thousand impressions. The networks usually charge advertisers double that or higher, industry insiders said.

While some publishers rely on ad networks, others are devising strategies to avoid them. [...]"
newspapers  business  corporations  marketing  media  online  blogging  local  nytimes 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mainstream News Outlets Start Linking to Other Sites -
"It’s a change in mindset. We’re looking at the fragmented local market and saying, ‘We’re going to provide a destination where you can come and search across different segments.’ ”
newspapers  media  journalism  usa  blogging  web  online  news  attention  reputation  local  aesthetics 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: What Will Happen When the Presses Go Silent?
"[...] Sure. It will still have its various corporate headquarters, beautiful architecture and parks, international airport, pro sports teams, a thriving music scene, opera, theater, good restaurants, great neighborhoods and all of the other things that make up a major city. It just won't have its old-fashioned daily newspaper. [...]"
newspapers  journalism  media  business  news  web  economics  local  economy  future  cities 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Elizabeth Royte
"[...] I urge people to learn about the real social and environmental impacts of bottled water, and to learn what's going on with their own water supply. Don't just assume that it's bad. Test the water if you have any doubts, find out if there are any contaminants, and if you have concerns get a good filter, on-tap or under the sink. And get a good reusable bottle.

If there isn't public support for municipal water supplies, it will be difficult to ask people to accept rate increases or support bond offers to maintain them. People will feel like, I'm not drinking from it. Why should my tax dollars go there? That will only result in deterioration of our water supplies. Only those people who can afford to drink good water, in hygienically sealed plastic bottles, will have access. Everyone else will be left to drink increasingly inferior public water supplies."
water  environment  politics  books  writing  nonfiction  local  taxes  social 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: Living La Vida Local
"Somebody is going to figure out how to make it work and make a business out of it, and when that happens, newspapers and local broadcasters lose their last unique offering."
web  publishing  newspapers  news  location  local  journalism  media  business 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cover Story: 8 Trends to Track in ’08 - Newspaper Association of America: Advancing Newspaper Media for the 21st Century
“If a copy editor doesn’t know the local community, the potential to look stupid—putting Broadway Avenue rather than Broadway Street—is presumably higher."
web  online  newspapers  news  local  journalism  internet  business  2008  corporations  walnutcreek  contracosta  contracostatimes  medianews 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Local Papers' Web Scramble -
"Newspapers are tied too closely to defending their print products and have not seen the Internet as an innovative and competitive tool to go out and compete."
newspapers  business  media  marketing  local  public  journalism  internet  gutenberg  mcluhan 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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