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Another old-media stalwart goes online: This week's biggest story is a lot more interesting for media geeks than for those more on the tech side, but I think it does have some value as a sort of symbolic moment. Howard Kurtz, who's been The Washington Post's media writer for pretty much all of its recent history, jumped this week to The Daily Beast, Buy no prescription Diflucan online, an aggregation and news site run by former magazine star Tina Brown and media mogul Barry Diller. Kurtz will head the site's D.C. bureau and write about media and politics. He's about as traditional/insider Washington media as they come (he also hosts CNN's Reliable Sources), so seeing him move to an online-only operation that has little Beltway presence was surprising to a lot of media watchers.
So why'd he do it, Purchase Diflucan. In the announcement story at The Daily Beast, Kurtz said it was "the challenge of fast-paced online journalism" that drew him in. In interviews with TBD, Yahoo News and The New York Times, where can i find Diflucan online, Kurtz referred to himself as an "online entrepreneur" who hopes to find it easier to innovate at a two-year-old web publication than within a hulking institution like the Post. "If you want to get out there and invent something new, maybe it is better to try to do that at a young place that's still growing," he told TBD.
Kurtz has his critics, and while there are some (like the American Journalism Review's Rem Rieder) who saw this as a benchmark event for web journalism, Diflucan photos, several others didn't see The Daily Beast as the plucky, outsider startup Kurtz made it out to be. Purchase Diflucan, PaidContent's David Kaplan said that with folks like Brown and Diller involved, The Daily Beast has a lot of old media in its blood. (It may be partnered with Newsweek soon.) Salon's Alex Pareene made the point more sharply, saying he was going to work for his "rich friend's cheap-content farm" for a "fat check and a fancy title." As Rachel Sklar told Politico (in a much kinder take), for Kurtz, this is "risk, but padded risk."
Maybe the fact that this move isn't nearly as shockingly risky as it used to be is the main cultural shift we're seeing, argued Poynter's Steve Myers in the most thoughtful piece on this issue, buy Diflucan online cod. Kurtz is following a trail already blazed by innovators who have helped web journalism become financially mature enough to make this decision easy, Myers said. "Kurtz's move isn't risky or edgy; it's well-reasoned and practical -- which says more about the state of online media than it does about his own career path," Myers wrote. For his part, Kurtz said that his departure from the Post doesn't symbolize the death of print, but it does say something about the energy and excitement on the web. Get Diflucan, Of course, people immediately started drawing up lists of who should replace Kurtz at the Post, but the most worthwhile item on that front is the advice for Howard Kurtz's replacement by Clint Hendler of the Columbia Journalism Review. Hendler argued we'd be better off with a media critic than with another studiously balanced media writer, Purchase Diflucan. According to Hendler, that requires "someone who is willing to, as the case warrants, state opinions, poke fun, where can i order Diflucan without prescription, call sides, and make enemies."
A reporter and a newspaper chain's sad scandals: Two media scandals dominated the news about the news this week. First, Rick Sanchez up and got himself fired by CNN last Friday for a radio rant in which he called Jon Stewart a bigot and suggested that Jews run the news media and using it to keep him down. Sanchez apologized a few days later, and The Huffington Post's Chez Pazienza mined the incident for clues of what CNN/Rick Sanchez relations were like behind the scenes. Buy Diflucan from canada, There are a couple of minor angles to this that might interest future-of-news folks: Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice used the situation to point out that those in the news media are being targeted more severely by partisans on both sides. (We got better examples of this with the Dave Weigel Purchase Diflucan, , Octavia Nasr and Helen Thomas snafus this summer.) Also, Sanchez was one of the news industry's most popular figures on Twitter, and his account, @RickSanchezCNN, may die. Lost Remote said it's a reminder for journalists to create Twitter accounts in their own names, not just in their employers'.
Second, The New York Times' David Carr detailed a litany of examples of a frat-boy, shock-jock culture that's taken over the Tribune Co. since Sam Zell bought it in 2007. (Gawker and New York gave us punchy summaries of the revelations.) The Tribune is possibly the biggest and clearest example of the newspaper industry's disastrous decline over the past few years, low dose Diflucan, and this article simply adds more fuel to the fire. The Columbia Journalism Review's Ryan Chittum noted that the article also contains the first report of Zell directly intervening in news coverage to advance his own business interests, Purchase Diflucan. Meanwhile, the Tribune is slogging through bankruptcy, as mediation has broken down. Order Diflucan online c.o.d, —
The hyperlocal business model questioned: This week was a relatively slow one on the future-of-news front; most of the remaining stories are roundups of various interesting bits and pieces. I'll try to hit them as succinctly as possible and get you on your way. First, we talked a bit about hyperlocal news last week, and that conversation bled over into this week, as Alan Mutter talked to J-Lab's Jan Schaffer about her fantastic analysis of local news startups. Purchase Diflucan, Mutter quoted Schaffer as saying that community news sites are not a business, then went on to make the point that like many startups, many new news organizations go under within a few years. The money just isn't there, Mutter said, buy cheap Diflucan. (The Wall also has 10 takeaways from Schaffer's study.)
For those in the local news business themselves, the Reynolds Journalism Institute's Joy Mayer provided some helpful tips and anecdotes from West Seattle Blog's Tracy Record, and the Online Journalism Review's Robert Niles put together an online news startup checklist. Meanwhile, the hyperlocal giant du jour, AOL's Patch, Purchase Diflucan, continued its expansion with a launch in Seattle, and dropped hints of a plan to get into newspapers. TBD's Steve Buttry assured local news orgs that they can compete and collaborate with Patch and other competitors at the same time.
The iPad's explosive growth: It's been a little while since we heard too much about the iPad, but we got some interesting pieces about it this week, Purchase Diflucan. CNBC informed us that the iPad has blown past the DVD player as the fastest-adopted non-phone product in U.S. history with 3 million units sold in its first 80 days and 4.5 million per quarter, well more than even the iPhone's 1 million in its first quarter. It's on pace to pass the entire industries of gaming hardware and non-smart cellphones in terms of sales by next year. The NPD Group also released a survey of iPad owners that found that early adopters are using their iPads for an average of 18 hours a week, buy cheap Diflucan no rx, and for a third of them, that number is increasing. Purchase Diflucan, When the iPad first came out, many people saw its users spending that time primarily consuming media, rather than creating it. But in an attempt to refute that idea, Business Insider put together an interesting list of 10 ways people are using the iPad to create content. And marketer Hutch Carpenter looked at the quality of various uses for the iPad and predicted that as Apple and app developers improve the user's experience, it will become a truly disruptive technology. Taking Diflucan, —
More defenses of social media's social activism: Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker piece questioning Twitter's capability of producing social change drew no shortage of criticism last week, and it continued to come in this week. Harvard scholar David Weinberger made several of the common critiques of the article, focusing on the idea that Gladwell is tearing down a straw man who believes that the web can topple tyrannies by itself. Other takes: Change Observer's Maria Popova argued Gladwell is defining activism too narrowly, and that online communities broaden our scope of empathy, which bridges the gap between awareness and action; The Guardian's Leo Mirani said that social media can quickly spread information from alternative viewpoints we might never see otherwise; and Clay Shirky, the target of much of Gladwell's broadside, seemed kind of amused by Gladwell's whole point, Purchase Diflucan.
The sharpest rebuttal this week (along with Weinberger's) came from Shea Bennett of Twittercism, who argued that change starts small and takes time, even with social media involved, but that doesn't mean it isn't happening. "As we all continue to refine and improve our online social communities, low dose Diflucan, this shift in power away from a privileged few to an increasingly organised collective that can be called at a moment’s notice [presents] a real threat to the status quo," he wrote.
Getting started with data journalism: A few cool resources on data journalism were published this week: British j-prof Paul Bradshaw wrote an invaluable guide to data journalism at The Guardian, taking you through everything from data collection to sorting to contextualizing to visualization. To Bradshaw, the craft comes down to four things: Finding data, Buy Diflucan no prescription, interrogating it, visualizing it, and mashing it. ReadWriteCloud's Alex Williams followed that post up with two posts making the case for data journalism and giving an overview of five data visualization tools. Purchase Diflucan, And if you needed some inspiration, PBS' MediaShift highlighted six incredible data visualization projects.
Reading roundup: A few more nifty things to check out this weekend:
— The bookmarking app Instapaper has become pretty popular with web/media geeks, and its founder, Marco Arment, just rolled out a paid subscription service. The Lab's Joshua Benton examined what this plan might mean for future web paywalls.
— Several mobile journalism tidbits: TBD's Steve Buttry made a case for the urgency of developing a mobile journalism plan in newsrooms, The Guardian reported on a survey looking at mobile device use and newspaper/magazine readership, and the Ryerson Review of Journalism gave an overview of Canadian news orgs' forays into mobile news.
— Northwestern j-prof Pablo Boczkowski gave a fascinating interview to the Lab's C.W. Anderson on conformity in online news, Purchase Diflucan. Must-reading for news nerds.
— Netflix founder Reed Hastings gave a talk that Ken Doctor turned into six good lessons for news organizations.
— The real hot topic of the past week in the news/tech world was not any particular social network, but The Social Network, the movie about Facebook's founding released last weekend. I couldn't bring myself to dedicate a section of this week's review to a movie, but the Lab's Megan Garber did find a way to relate it to the future of news. Enjoy.
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AOL snaps up TechCrunch: The Internet giant of the '90s, AOL, has been aggressively trying to remake itself as a media company for the 2010s, and it made one of its biggest moves this week when it bought the influential tech blog TechCrunch. Get Bactrim, The deal was first reported by GigaOM and announced on stage Tuesday at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference. AOL also scooped up the web video company 5Min and Thing Labs, maker of the social media reader Brizzly on the same day, though it couldn't snatch the popular All Things Digital blogging crew away from The Wall Street Journal.
Given how central TechCrunch's founder, Michael Arrington, is to the blog's success, cheap Bactrim no rx, the first questions were twofold: Will Arrington be able to continue exercising his iconoclastic editorial voice with AOL, and can the blog remain strong if he leaves. Salon's Dan Gillmor was skeptical about the latter, and Fast Company and The Atlantic gave reason for similar doubts about the former, with a list of Arrington's past criticism of AOL and statements by the founder of Engadget, another blog purchased by AOL, that too many layers of management made the company difficult to work at, Bactrim Mg. (He said things have changed at AOL since then.) For his part, Arrington gave assurances to tech blogger Robert Scoble and TechCrunch's readers that he'll have complete editorial independence and has agreed to stay on for at least three years.
The bigger media issue, Buy Bactrim online cod, of course, is that this purchase signals AOL's deepening transformation into a full-on web media company. As a marketing exec told the New York Post's Keith Kelly, "Nobody gives AOL enough credit for the massive transformation that the brand has undertaken." AOL CEO Tim Armstrong explained the rationale behind the deal to Advertising Age and Bloomberg: TechCrunch's insider, consumer audience can garner premium ad rates, and the TechCrunch brand can give AOL some cred it couldn't necessarily get on its own. He also told GigaOM's Om Malik that he wants to begin developing platforms in communication, buy Bactrim without a prescription, content and advertising for other companies to build on, though he wouldn't go into details.
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Can social media produce real social change?: In a piece in this week's New Yorker, cultural critic Malcolm Gladwell challenged the idea that social media is an effective tool of social change and revolution, comparing it with the civil rights movement and other pre-social media large-scale social reform efforts. Gladwell argued that social media is built on weak social ties, which are good for encountering new information and amassing followers of a cause, Bactrim forum, but bad at inspiring collective action. "The evangelists of social media don’t understand this distinction; they seem to believe that a Facebook friend is the same as a real friend and that signing up for a donor registry in Silicon Valley today is activism in the same sense as sitting at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960," Gladwell wrote, Bactrim Mg.
Gladwell expounded helpfully on his points in a chat on the New Yorker website, in which he said, among other things, that he holds up the 2008 Obama presidential campaign as the "gold standard" for social media-fueled civic engagement. Bactrim long term, His piece generated some thoughtful disagreement: The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal said he liked the article overall but took issue with Gladwell's assertion that online networks don't have leadership or organization.
Others weren't quite so complimentary: In a video conversation, politics professor Henry Farrell and the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez agreed that social media's weak ties could make it easier to form the strong social ties that lead to significant action. A quasi-anonymous Economist correspondent made a similar arguments to both those points, saying that social media strengthens all social ties, and that networks' bottom-up nature make them particularly subversive. Jeff Sonderman made similar points as well Bactrim Mg, and pointed out that online and offline social networks tend to overlap, so they can't be treated as discrete entities.
There were plenty of other avenues (thoughtful and somewhat less so) down which critics took this debate — see this New York Times feature for six of them — but the most cogent points may have come from Expert Labs director Anil Dash, Bactrim alternatives, who argued that Gladwell is limited by his outmoded idea that the only type of revolutions that produce change are those that come in the form of chanting, sign-wielding masses. "There are revolutions, actual political and legal revolutions, that are being led online," Dash wrote. Buy Bactrim from mexico, "They're just happening in new ways, and taking subtle forms unrecognizable to those who still want a revolution to look like they did in 1965."
Helping hyperlocal news thrive: Many of the U.S.' hyperlocal-news pioneers gathered in Chicago late last week for the Block By Block Community News Summit hosted by the Knight Digital Media Center's Michele McLellan and NYU j-prof Jay Rosen. A variety of ideas, tips, anecdotes flew back and forth at the event, which was ably summarized by the Lab's Megan Garber as well as Lauren Kirchner of The Columbia Journalism Review and Polly Kreisman of the local-news blog Lost Remote. You can also check out videos of several of the sessions at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Bactrim results.
Garber listed several of the main themes of the gathering: Developing an intimate connection with a community (something of a throwback role for the news media, Garber said), building advertising and branding, and finding ways to share ideas with each other, Bactrim Mg. Kirchner noted the common strain among the participants' description of their own situations: "I’ve figured out how to do this, but I don’t know how to make it last." She also noted the general tension in the room caused by the presence of representatives from AOL and Yahoo, two media companies with large-scale hyperlocal news aspirations. (Elsewhere this week, AOL’s hyperlocal Patch initiative was called the WalMart of news and a potential steamroller of hyperlocal startups, Order Bactrim online c.o.d, though The Batavian’s Howard Owens gave some tips on beating Patch in your own neighborhood.) Afterward, McLellan took stock of what hyperlocal journalists need next. Afterward, McLellan took stock of what hyperlocal journalists need next.
That wasn't the only hyperlocal news resource to emerge this week. J-Lab released a report detailing what's worked and what hasn't in the the five years it's been funding community-news startups. One major conclusion in the report is that Bactrim Mg, hyperlocal news sites didn't replace the journalism of traditional news sources; they added something that hadn't been there before. (Some other key takeaways: Engagement, not just content; sweat equity is big; and the business model isn't there yet.) At Lost Remote, Bactrim treatment, Cory Bergman of Seattle's Next Door Media offered an endorsement of the report, adding that for his startup, "the biggest critical success factor for a neighborhood news site is a passionate editor." And at PBS Idea Lab, Martin Moore made the case for a bottom-up structure in local news sites.
Media trust hits a new low: Gallup released its annual poll on Americans' trust in the news media, Real brand Bactrim online, and in what's become a fairly regular occurrence, that trust is at an all-time low. MinnPost's David Brauer tried to square that finding with Pew's finding two weeks ago that people are spending more time with the news. (My guess: Gallup's survey measures feelings about the traditional news media, while Pew's finding of increased news consumption is attributable largely to new media sources.)
The Atlantic's Derek Thompson asked why trust is so low, and came up with an interesting hypothesis: The news media is telling us not to trust the news media. Citing Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart as examples, he concludes, "to consume opinion journalism ... is to consume a product that exists to tell you that the product is inherently rotten." As if on cue, the Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm rattled off a sarcastic litany of things the media has done to confirm people's belief that it's biased, Bactrim Mg.
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— The Boston Globe announced that it's planning on splitting its websites into free and paid versions late next year. (The Globe is owned by The New York Times Co., and The Times is also planning to charge for its website next year.) Media analyst Ken Doctor wrote a smart analysis on the Globe's strategy, calling it a plan to retain its print readers in the short run and convert them to (paid) tablet reading in the long run. The alt-weekly Boston Phoenix, Taking Bactrim, meanwhile, didn't waste time in writing Boston.com's obituary.
— Mayhill Fowler, who gave The Huffington Post one of its biggest-ever scoops in 2008 as a reporter for the Off the Bus citizen-journalism project, wrote a kiss-off post on her personal blog announcing she was leaving the site, essentially, because she was tired of writing for nothing. The Post fired back Bactrim Mg, , and Politico's Ben Smith used the incident to wonder if the opinion-oriented blogosphere is moving toward news judgment as the mainstream media makes the opposite transition.
— After Forbes bought his freelance blogging network True/Slant, Lewis D'Vorkin is planning on selling blog space to advertisers alongside the company's news blogs, Advertising Age reported. Reuters' Felix Salmon predicted the plan would spur a uprising along the lines of ScienceBlogs' PepsiGate this summer.
Now the three stray pieces you need to take a look at:
— The Awl's Nick Douglas wrote a great post explaining why online forums are so underrated as online culture-drivers, and why Reddit is becoming more important within that subculture.
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— And possibly the most essential piece of the week: Jonathan Stray's case for designing journalism from the user's perspective. "The news experience needs to become intensely personal," Stray wrote. "It must be easy for users to find and follow exactly their interests, no matter how arcane. Journalists need to get proficient at finding and engaging the audience for each story." A quote doesn't do it justice; go read the whole thing.
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