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The Reality of Being a Black Journalist Covering Local D.C. News
“Some black people move through life without being conscious of their own racial makeup and how the world sees them, but I can’t do that.”
journalism  media  washington  writing  identity  news  newspapers  race  ethnicity  publishing 
6 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The pain and joy of the side hustle - Columbia Journalism Review
“Journalists are the most underpaid people in the knowledge economy, when you think about credentials and skills and people who can understand and analyze data, write stories, self-motivate, interview people, design,” Flood says.
journalism  work  jobs  writing  employment  career  publishing  media  newspapers 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Ben H. Bagdikian, Reporter of Broad Range and Conscience, Dies at 96 - The New York Times
“Never forget,” he told his students at the outset, “that your obligation is to the people. It is not, at heart, to those who pay you, or to your editor, or to your sources, or to your friends, or to the advancement of your career. It is to the public.”
journalism  obituaries  washington  publishing  corporations  power  reporting  writing 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
“We stepped in and started doing it”: How one woman built an award-winning news outlet from her dining room table » Nieman Journalism Lab
“We had to shift from the idea of ‘We’re a traditional newspaper that covers everything’ to ‘We’re a niche publication that is going to — that can only do things that we have a revenue model for.'”
journalism  publishing  canada  environment  vancouver  911 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Monocle's View From Nowhere | New Republic
Capital, and with it cultural capital, floods to the place where it can most efficiently reproduce itself, places that Monocle takes pains to identify and share.
magazines  marketing  business  economics  style  fashion  globalization  publishing 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Making culture for the internets—all of them — Editors' Picks — Medium
Whether we’re writing in English or German or Italian or Chinese, we should have the tools to reach the entire world at once.

We thought we already did; we thought it was the internet.

But they have been the internets all along.
twitter  internet  publishing  writing  creativity  language 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Pynchon Takes On Silicon Alley - NYTimes.com
Mr. Pynchon, the secretive and widely followed author, is set to publish a new book titled “Bleeding Edge” that has Manhattan’s Silicon Alley as its setting, the publisher, Penguin Press, announced on Monday. The release date is Sept. 17.

The novel, set in 2001, takes place in “the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11,” Penguin said in a release announcing its 2012 results.
nyc  technology  novels  writing  books  fiction  publishing  september11 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Jesse Thorn hits a Bullseye, moves his show to NPR » Nieman Journalism Lab
“One simple lesson is that audiences want comedy, that comedy works great in an audio format,” he said. “The truth is the radio industry has basically left that money on the table for the last 30 years.”
radio  comedy  podcasting  publishing  npr  media  business 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
A Dutch publisher talks about his new mobile app with subscriptions for individual writers — paidContent
“I’m quite certain we will lose money at the start, because everything you do in media tends to lose money at the start,” he said. “But I am optimistic that this could turn out to be a very significant business.”
reading  journalism  marketing  media  app  iphone  business  personal  subscription  publishing 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Culture magazine provides powerful brand extension for newspaper
I believe the lesson learned is that brand extension is not only about capitalising on your brand, but also about using the new product to strengthen the mother brand. If the brand extension does not support or strengthen the mother brand in any way, you should probably not launch the product. The target should therefore always be both gaining commercial success and strengthening the mother brand and your market position.
norway  business  marketing  publishing  magazines  media 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Content-focused iPad apps value form over function, study finds
Ultimately, the authors concluded that not every company needs to have an iPad app, and that far too many companies are putting out suboptimal versions of their content, seemingly just to get in on the platform. They stressed that iPad apps should not make users do more work than the actual websites, and are best received when geared toward the actions of repeat users who are already familiar with the brand. If a company can't create an app with added value, the authors said, they're better off just making their website more finger-friendly.
ipad  apple  business  technology  mobile  online  publishing  media  app 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Icon Roger Black: The iPad is Not a Magic Pony | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.
“We can’t produce with the money available the kind of hand-crafted stuff I used to do,” he noted patiently. “As the world gets more complicated, as the business models morph, we have to come up with ways to leverage our resources, so we don’t spend all our time doing stuff that doesn’t matter that much.”

“What matters is the words and the pictures,” he continued. “It’s crazy for a designer to end up saying this, but Ithink if nothing else, RSS feeds on the Web taught us that people just want us to give them the content and get out of the way.”
design  creativity  publishing  ipad  apple  rss  web  technology  mobile  media  journalism 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Dean Singleton interview about stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group - Denver News - The Latest Word
"The opportunity in new media is not really different than print was for the last hundred years. We talk about selling newspapers, but we never really got paid for content. We got paid for the paper and ink it was printed on, but we built large audiences and got paid by the advertisers who wanted to reach that audience. I don't think new media is going to be that much different, and I don't think we'll get a lot of money for that content. We never have and we probably never will. But the audience we're building will generate a lot of revenue, and the more focused and fine-tuned that audience is, the higher rate you can get for that audience. And we're learning to do that."
media  medianews  news  journalism  deansingleton  business  technology  publishing 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Curation And The Human Web... - SVW
Aggregation looks like curation but it's not.

I define curation as a person, or a group of people, engaged in choosing and presenting a collection of things related to a specific topic and context.

Aggregation employs software (algorithms) and machines (servers) to assemble a collection of things related to a specific topic and context.

Aggregation tools can be employed by curators but the human act of curation adds a layer of value that aggregation alone cannot provide.
media  social  web  publishing  socialmedia  curation  attention  journalism  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Media Companies Shouldn't Accept Apple's Subscription Plans (by @baekdal) #publishing
You are no longer selling newspapers; you are selling news. Content that cannot be limited to specific devices.

The job for media companies is to make highly valuable news articles, and monetized that in a way that doesn't limit, but enables.

For subscriptions that means; one subscription = use everywhere.

Not Apple's, "subscribe to an iPad only version, and give us 30%, loose direct contact with your audience."

My suggestion to the companies currently in talks with Apple is simple. If you cannot convince Apple to allow you to use your own subscription models, in your own apps, forget about the App store.

Create an amazing rich-media HTML5 web app instead, and use offline storage to allow people to read it on the go.
newspapers  media  magazines  ipad  apple  journalism  business  technology  marketing  attention  publishing 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tyler Brûlé, Media Maverick - BusinessWeek
"People are intrigued by how we manage to charge 50 percent more for subscriptions," he says. "Partly, the subscription gives people access to some Monocle extras, the website archive, and so on. But it is really based on the idea that people want to belong to something that says something about them. ... People will choose what denim they want to wear, and they will choose what newspaper they want to buy, and they want other people to be aware of that, too. Until an iPad is backlit, no one will have any idea that you read Der Spiegel or the Guardian or whatever."

To back this belief, Brûlé is planning a one-off newspaper in the summer full of essays and reportage, all printed on luxurious paper. "[...] Would you take an iPad to the beach? To the pool? No. It's too precious. You can leave your newspaper on your towel and no one will nick it. And the thing about good newsprint is that it actually gets more tactile with a bit of sun and moisture."
magazines  publishing  identity  ipad  newspapers  europe  media  marketing 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Karaoke industry may be facing the music - latimes.com
For what was supposed to have been a flash in the pan, the karaoke phenomenon has had a long run. Musician Inoue Daisuke created the karaoke machine in 1971 using a car stereo, a coin box and an amplifier; the first karaoke "box" venue opened in 1984 in a converted freight car in a Japanese rice field.

The 1990s brought a surge in popularity for karaoke, which means "empty orchestra" in Japanese, not "tone-deaf" as urban legends have it.

"In the beginning, karaoke was kind of a gimmicky thing," said Peter Parker, publisher of Karaoke Scene Magazine. "But it's worked its way into all the cracks in the culture."
karaoke  music  drinking  losangeles  ritual  public  alcohol  entertainment  leisure  recession  publishing 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The iPad business model for news: Strategies publishers must embrace » Nieman Journalism Lab
One thing is for sure: No retailer, no marketing executive, no ad agency anywhere is looking to spend more money in any part of any newspaper. (Well, maybe you could find a few.) By and large, they’re looking to build more direct connections with consumers on digital platforms. And they see the iPad as the Next Big Thing.
news  journalism  newspapers  marketing  mobile  apple  publishing  media  social 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Gordon Crovitz: Media Moguls and Creative Destruction - WSJ.com
"The Internet may be somebody's friend—most notably, the consumers of media—but it is not the friend of incumbent media companies," they assert. "For the incumbent, any benefits from the Internet on either the cost or new revenue opportunity side are overwhelmed by the damage done by the lowering of barriers to entry" by technology. "Digital media systematically lowers the cost of entry into most markets—it's far easier to start a local Web site than a newspaper."s
newspapers  media  journalism  online  web  publishing  digital  business  corporations  capitalism 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Post-Medium Publishing
The reason I've been writing about existing forms is that I don't know what new forms will appear. But though I can't predict specific winners, I can offer a recipe for recognizing them. When you see something that's taking advantage of new technology to give people something they want that they couldn't have before, you're probably looking at a winner. And when you see something that's merely reacting to new technology in an attempt to preserve some existing source of revenue, you're probably looking at a loser.
journalism  media  newspapers  television  movies  publishing 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Story Is Dead. Long Live the Story. « CRASHING INTO MEDIA
In his New York Tribune editorial of 1865, Horace Greeley famously advised: “Go West, young man, and grow up with your country.”

If Greeley were around today, I think this is what he would tell publishers, journalists and other story-tellers of all ages:

Go digital, and grow up with your fellow citizens.
digital  story  journalism  media  photography  video  publishing  newspapers 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
We get our breaking news from blogs, we make spotty long-distance calls on Skype, we watch video on small computer screens rather than TVs, and more and more of us are carrying around dinky, low-power netbook computers that are just good enough to meet our surfing and emailing needs. The low end has never been riding higher.
marketing  business  technology  economics  video  publishing  society  photography  computers  email  news  media  journalism 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Sheryl Crow Sells Music Catalog for About $10 Million - Deal Journal - WSJ
Part of the attraction of Crow is that she performs concerts, a big source of revenue for the music industry, says Geordie Manolas, co-head of First State Media Group, and which increases the likelihood that radio stations and others will keep playing her music and thus generating royalties. In addition to Crow’s collection of previously-released music, the fund also has acquired the rights to songs from her next two albums and has a roster of writers who will work with Crow on new material, including scores for film productions.

Manolas added that music-publishing generally is attractive for its diverse income stream that has little correlation with other types of assets and long-term cash flows. The copyright owner can collect royalties for up to 90 years after the death of the song writer.
music  business  songwriting  money  publishing  writing  australia  film  bank 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
James Wolcott on Cultural Snobbery | vanityfair.com
In my bohemian days (the exotic reek of incense haunts me still), I owned a jukebox—a huge honker, a neon-trimmed sarcophagus—which I studiously stocked with 45s to showcase the catholicity of my pop sensibility, from the Supremes’ “Up the Ladder to the Roof” to Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” to Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” to the Clash’s “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.” I was fond of that machine, despite the mockery it inspired, because it was like having a custom-built twin. “Male record collectors seek mastery over a body of music, almost always as a way of establishing a masculine identity,” Krin Gabbard argues in his psychosocial study “Hipsters and Nerds.” (Oh, so that’s what I was doing.) “The collector makes conscious and unconscious connections to the masculine codes in the music, but he also works at acquiring a commanding knowledge that can be carefully deployed in the right surroundings.”
music  social  business  books  technology  culture  pop  movies  publishing  literature  aesthetics  identity  fashion  gender 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Thought Leadership drives local media revenue
Businesses of many shapes and sizes should think of themselves as mini-publishers around their field of expertise. A lightweight version of what we do as publishers is germane to them whether it is how to come up with an editorial plan (e.g., they may send out weekly/monthly e-newsletters) to how we use tools like Twitter and Facebook to how we look at analytics to measure our success.
business  publishing  media 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
9 Ways People Respond to Your Content Online | Lateral Action
Use your creativity to generate content that will inspire and transform the lives of the audience in a positive way. Remember that it costs time (and indirectly – money) for your audience to read what you write. And, they expect a good return for that investment.

You will know whether you are succeeding in influencing your audience in a positive way because the audience will tell you. No, maybe not directly but by the way they respond to your content.
online  attention  communication  news  writing  publishing  media 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online | PBS
"Because you're now web only, and you're not beholden to print deadlines, your number one competitor is the football club's own website," he explained. "Each and every one of our sports clubs became a publisher, assuming they opened their own website, and because they own the players, the head coach, etc... they own that particular piece of news. For official news, or whatever, nine times out of 10 the official site will be first. So clearly the rules of the game have changed fundamentally the minute the sports clubs opened their own websites. It's just a matter of realigning ourselves in terms of content and analysis, using your brand and your experience to provide the kind of sticky content that a football fan wants."
publishing  sports  media  newspapers  journalism  business  identity  uk 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine, Newspaper Readers Aging at Accelerated Rate - Advertising Age - MediaWorks
"If advertisers could have their pick, they would like youth vs. household income," Mr. Leckey said. "Getting them earlier than later might translate into more potential. I'm sure my daughter at 17 would be more willing to accept a new product than her father, who is much older than 17."
aging  newspapers  media  magazines  publishing  death  business  marketing  journalism  identity  demographics 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Warren Hellman to unveil new journalism model - San Francisco Business Times:
When you look under the hood of daily journalism, and the changes that have undermined newspapers’ classic print-advertising model, “I began to understand that we needed to put together a team to answer some basic questions,” including: “Is there a viable model anywhere in the world for us to emulate here in San Francisco?” “If there is not, how do we develop one?” “(H)ow would this model function in terms of news gathering and editorial content?”
journalism  media  newspapers  sanfrancisco  business  corporations  marketing  publishing  news  public  entrepreneurs 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The future of the book turns a page | csmonitor.com
These are but a few of the possibilities of “books” in the digital era, says Virginia Kuhn, Associate Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.

A professor who uses film as a classroom textbook and embedded video in her doctoral thesis, Ms. Kuhn is working with a new digital authoring tool dubbed Sophie (sophieproject.org).

The open source software was developed at the Institute for the Future of the Book, but the 2.0 version is under construction at USC with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In a Sophie-created “book,” says Kuhn, think of the pages as being “thick,” or full of information sources. These might include video clips, music, narration, or a wide range of textual sources. The tools allow readers to go as far into the potentially unlimited additional material as they want to go.
books  publishing  media  education  academia  research  information  data 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Content Bridges: In Desperation, Detroit Papers Flip the Switch
As Lou Mleczko, president of the Detroit Newspaper Guild Local 22, reported:

"And [Detroit Media Partnership CEO David] Hunke said, if we don't do this, the current model is unsustainable. So he'd rather take the calculated risk of going to a new format -- rather than sit back and do incremental cutbacks."
journalism  media  newspapers  medianews  business  news  internet  publishing  detroit  michigan  unions 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Q&A, Rufus Griscom, CEO of Nerve: "Nerve: The First Ten Years" | Salon Life
"I think NSFW warnings are fantastic. There are probably very few combinations of four letters that generate clicks more consistently than NSFW."
nsfw  sex  writing  publishing  books  media  magazines  interviews 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Columnist - Typing Without a Clue - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
There was a time when I wanted to be like Sting, the singer, belting out, “Roxanne ...” I guess that’s why we have karaoke, for fantasy night. If only there was such a thing for failed plumbers, politicians or celebrities who think they can write.
writing  books  language  publishing  mccain  politics  music  celebrity  culture  business 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Money | n+1
"There are four ways to survive as a writer in the US in 2006: the university; journalism; odd jobs; and independent wealth. I have tried the first three. Each has its costs."
academia  jobs  magazines  money  publishing  reading  writers  writing  novels  journalism  editing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Paul Krugman - Bits, Bands and Books, Paying for Creativity in a Digital World - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
"[E]verything that can be digitized will be digitized, making intellectual property ever easier to copy and ever harder to sell for more than a nominal price. And we’ll have to find business and economic models that take this reality into account."
business  internet  media  publishing  nytimes  economics 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Are Newspapers Doomed? (Do We Care?): Newspapers & the Net Forum -Britannica Blog
"Lively debate will occur along the way, and we welcome your input, your comments and perspectives, and encourage your participation in these discussions."
publishing  online  newspapers  media  toread  journalism  blog  blogging  uk 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How I have used the print edition, historically speaking » Invisible Inkling
"When people talk about e-paper not replacing print anytime soon [...] I think what they’re really talking about is turning the pages to get to their favorite feature, whether it’s the horoscope or Ann Landers or the Jumble."
newspapers  media  journalism  publishing 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Rising Prices Hit Newsprint Publishers - WSJ.com
"We keep thinking that at some point things are going to get better. Newspapers have gone to narrower pages, lighter-basis-weight paper, and we keep thinking that those sorts of declines will run their course or at least decelerate. [...]"
newspapers  journalism  publishing  environment  business  media 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | Hot Type | The Rust Belt Reader: Could a regional newspaper improve the midwest’s prospects?
"Today’s newspaper racks offer a mix of national newspapers that the elites read and hyperlocal papers strong on obituaries and chicken dinners. The trouble is, those national newspapers don’t focus on the special problems of the midwest."
midwest  newspapers  media  journalism  publishing  location  chicago  iowa  illinois  michigan  minnesota 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Lies and consequences | ajc.com
"How is the reading public to trust us as storytellers, historical and cultural documenters, reporters and opinion-shapers if we, the publishing industry, continue to appear unable to distinguish between fact and fiction, truth and mendacity?"
story  publishing  books  journalism  media  writing  fiction  nonfiction  history  culture  reading 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
E&P: Newspaper Web Sites Plugging Print Gap
"The good news is at least there is growth and that is not happening on the print side. The key is that Web site audience is slowing the erosion."
online  journalism  media  newspapers  publishing  corporations 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low - Advertising Age - News
"Newspapers, TV and radio all cut staffing last year. The only media sectors to add jobs: magazines (up a meager 400 jobs) and internet media companies (up 9,200)."
work  publishing  news  media  marketing  labor  jobs  economics  career  journalism  corporations  newspapers 
february 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
Powells.com From the Author - Not a Memoir: Shalom Auslander
"Respect muttered, climbed out the window and said, 'You're wasting your time.' Rage opened my laptop, pressed the power button and said, 'Write.' And so I did."
memory  writing  nonfiction  fiction  books  publishing  creativity  history  judaism  religion  parenting 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Recut, Reframe, Recycle -- Publications -- Center for Social Media at American University
"The study points to a wide variety of practices—satire, parody, negative and positive commentary, discussion-triggers, illustration, diaries, archiving and of course, pastiche or collage (remixes and mashups)—all of which could be legal [...]"
usa  social  publishing  politics  podcasting  online  law  culture  copyright  blogs  audio  art  creativity  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Twilight of the Books: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker
"[T]he N.E.A. reports that readers are more likely than non-readers to play sports, exercise, visit art museums, attend theatre, paint, go to music events, take photographs, and volunteer. Proficient readers are also more likely to vote."
books  culture  education  literature  newyorker  reading  television  usa  society  science  publishing  psychology  history  toread 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Machinist: Why I Miss The Dead-Tree Newspaper
"On the Web, in order to determine if a piece is important, you've got to click on it -- and the more clicking you're doing, the less skimming."
newspapers  media  information  aesthetics  news  journalism  attention  gtd  nytimes  publishing 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Brain drain
"As if the mainstream media didn’t have enough trouble navigating the uncharted realm of digital innovation, they are losing many of the young, technologically astute employees who could be their guides." You don't say ...
blog  media  news  newspapers  publishing  technology  web 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Analyzing the Websites of American Magazines » The Bivings Report
"In general, we have found that magazines are slower at adopting Web 2.0 trends than newspapers. We can hypothesize that this is due to the differing cultures surrounding the two types of print media [...]"
business  internet  publishing  web  newspapers  magazines  media  blogging 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Goodbye to Newspapers? - The New York Review of Books
"Nobody phones the paper expecting to find a hero anymore. Anyone who did would probably get a recorded message on a computerized phone-answering machine system, as Henry did at several papers he called at random."
blogging  books  business  economics  iraq  journalism  media  newspapers  politics  publishing  reviews 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
LA Observed: Goldstein's killed column
"[T]he piece was spiked on high after sailing through the desk. The banned column fell into our hands and runs in full after the jump [...]"
marketing  media  music  prince  publishing  newspapers  business  writing  losangeles 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Books by Felicia Pride: Her Story | 4/25/2007
"Most history is white history. Most black history is black males' history."
books  baltimore  maryland  black  publishing  women  diy 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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