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NSA Gathers 4x the Amount of Info than the Library of Congress, Daily
Every six hours one of our spy agencies gathers as much information as our most complete repository of literature contains. It is a mind-boggling amount of information, even in an age of big data.
data  information  government  technology  wtf 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times Film Review - The Daily Beast
Rossi captures this new-old-media struggle in his footage, most notably through Times TV reporter Brian Stelter, a former blogger who was hired when he was 21 (he’s now 25), and who is shown fuming over the fact that not all of his colleagues have Twitter accounts. Stelter laments that some of his peers “discover” stories that he’s read about hours ago on the social networking site.
omg  wtf  journalism  media  newspapers  documentary  film  cinema  movies 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
White conservatives say it's their turn for empowerment -- latimes.com
Last weekend, Cindy Wilkerson, a 44-year-old former social worker, helped organize three busloads of protesters who rode from Mississippi to Washington for the big protest targeting President Obama and his policies. The passengers, all white, wore T-shirts identifying themselves without irony as "Freedom Riders."
wtf  race  obama  protest  activism  white 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Denver - The Latest Word - Q&A with Dean Singleton, MediaNews Group CEO and Denver Post owner
When we look at why people quit buying the newspaper, it's overwhelmingly because "I can get it for free online." So what we need to do is to continue having a very vibrant free site that's full of user-generated copy and information about where to eat and shows that are available and other things. But we need it not to include all of our locally produced news. And that's kind of where we're trying to go. It's a combination of building a little bit more revenue through sale of content but preserving the revenue we have on our core products. I believe that when the economic recovery comes, that print advertising will lead us out of this thing. Because the bulk of the national and retail advertising in auto advertising and real estate advertising that we've lost was related to the economic downturn.
wtf  medianews 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: MediaNews Group's Interactive Strategy: 'Multi-Prong Approach'
MediaNews plans to borrow the pricing strategy currently used by the cable industry by offering varied subscription packages. Explained Lodovic: "Say you are a Sunday-only subscriber, you can add on an electronic version and online components for a few bucks a year. If you don't want to be a print subscriber, we will still give you breaking news and abbreviated stories. We don't want to lose the traffic we have. We might look at micropayments or a registration model. If you pay one dollar a month you can avoid the micropayments. It's going to be a combination of all the above."

"The audience is still growing ... but we are not really reaching a younger demographic. And we can't go after a younger audience by simply putting the same content online [as in print]. That is not a business model. The newspaper brand is not going to attract a younger audience. We still want to leverage the value by creating a separate brand."
medianews  wtf  news  newspapers  media  journalism  demography  aging  business  information  cable  marketing 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - Romenesko - MediaNews execs: We'll no longer give away all our print content to web users
We are not trying to invent new premium products, but instead tell our existing print readers that what they are buying has real value, and to our online audience (who don’t buy the print edition), that if you want access to all online content, you are going to have to register, and/or pay. If a non-subscriber wants the newspaper content in its entirety online, they will be directed to some sort of registration or pay vehicle (and if they are a print subscriber, they will have full access at no charge). To be clear, the brand value proposition to the consumer is that the newspaper is a product, whether in print or online, which must be paid for.
wtf  journalism  media  news  medianews  newspapers  business  corporations 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives - NYTimes.com
“I’m told researchers like to come and dig through my files, to see if anything interesting turns up,” Mr. Cheney said. “I want to wish them luck, but the files are pretty thin. I learned early on that if you don’t want your memos to get you in trouble some day, just don’t write any.”
cheney  data  information  politics  republicans  gop  wtf  research  history  government 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: How to save the newspaper industry
Now, here's my idea: The newspaper industry should ask the Justice Department for an antitrust exemption that would allow publishers to collaborate on a decision to begin charging for their Web sites. No paper would have to charge, and each paper could determine its own price. But if most papers in a region - San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, for example - began charging for Web access at more or less the same time, many readers would likely subscribe.
wtf  newspapers  media  journalism  sanfrancisco  oakland  sanjose  business  corporations 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Bryan Adams: Hit Was About Sex, Not 1969, Tells Maggie Rodriguez "Summer Of '69" Wasn't, As Many Assume, About Nostalgia - CBS News
"A lot of people think it's about the year, but actually, it's more about making love in the summertime. It's using '69 as a sexual reference."
wtf  songwriting  music  1980s  sex 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Gawker: Memos: CNN's New Rules for Personal Blogging
"MOST IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:

UNLESS GIVEN PERMISSION BY CNN MANAGEMENT, CNN EMPLOYEES ARE TO AVOID TAKING PUBLIC POSITIONS ON THE ISSUES AND PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS ON WHICH WE REPORT.

The best rule of thumb is, keep in mind whether what you are doing or saying is "in public." In most cases, what you write online is public or can be made public. [...]"
blogging  media  television  cable  news  wtf 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CBC.ca Arts - Winnie Mandela denied entry to Canada for arts gala
"Celebrities with criminal records can apply for a minister's permit and still get into the country, AS WAS THE CASE WITH MARTHA STEWART." (Caps mine. Ahem.)
canada  southafrica  art  dance  africa  crime  wtf 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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