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A truly daily tablet publication: Seems almost every other week we have a new entry into the tablet news market; this week it's AOL, which launched its daily tablet magazine Editions this week. All Things Digital and Poynter have good overviews of what the new publication is: Notably, generic Flagyl, it's delivered to your tablet just once a day (at the time of your choosing), with a set ending page, and without any updates. It's big on personalization, tailoring news to each user a bit like Pandora, and it also includes some local news and, as Poynter noted, primarily aims to recreate the print experience (a fake mailing label, even!), Flagyl Mg.
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Reading roundup: Several things journalists and educators might find useful this week:
— Some smaller papers in the Lee Enterprises chain are going to be trying out metered-model online pay plans, which include a small charge for the website even for print subscribers. Poynter's Rick Edmonds explained why. And at the Lab, buy generic Flagyl, Ken Doctor looked at how the economics of circulation and advertising are moving online.
— There are still a few places where print is still king — among the wealthy, for instance, as data from this Ad Age survey show.
— A few great how-to's and suggestions: Journalism.co.uk's SEO primer for journalists; Florida j-prof Mindy McAdams' six proposals for journalism education; and a quick guide to data journalism from the Guardian. Flagyl dangers, — Finally, media analyst Alan Mutter made a strong case for why newspapers' business model will never stabilize and urged them to begin "intelligently, and speedily, de-stabilizing their enterprises." It's a case that's been made many times before, but one that probably needs to be heard again.
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An uneasy move into the world of web metrics: As CUNY j-prof C.W. Anderson declared on Twitter, this was "obviously the week of news metrics," so it's probably best to start there. Australia, uk, us, usa, The discussion was kicked off Monday by a New York Times feature on traditional news organizations beginning to pay more attention to their online traffic numbers — something most other websites have been doing religiously for years, but a relative novelty for traditionally one-way institutions such as the Times and The Washington Post. The Times' Jeremy Peters painted a picture of the Post's newsroom that didn't look all that different from Gawker Media in this respect: Traffic data gets displayed on a screen in the newsroom, emailed daily to staff members, and has played a role in staff-cutting decisions.
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Google Instant's impact on search: This week, Google unveiled another tool that might eventually have a significant effect on that web traffic: Google Instant, a change to its web search function (though it's coming to browsers soon) that allows users to see results for predicted searches as they type. Essentially, it takes Google's autocomplete feature and shows the results of those possible searches as well as the search terms themselves. Here, let Search Engine Land explain it to you — they're good at this, and they have pictures, Tramadol For Sale.
Google is selling this feature on the idea that it makes searching faster, though like Scott Rosenberg, Tramadol overnight, I'm not too interested in that aspect. (As TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld pointed out, the bigger change is in the volume of search results you'll be processing, not the speed with which you'll get them.) The more significant issue is what this might do to industry of search-engine optimization. Google noted that websites and keyword ads will see some fluctuations in the number of impressions they get, Tramadol without prescription, and The Guardian has asuperb explanation of how SEO works and what Google Instant might do to it.
PR expert Steve Rubel was the first to speculate that Google Instant could kill SEO, arguing that it will serve as feedback that allows people to change their searches in real-time, rejecting inadequate search results and personalizing the web for themselves. "Google Instant means no one will see the same web anymore, making optimizing it virtually impossible," he said. (The Guardian Tramadol For Sale, also noted that if users are signed into their Google account, their results will also be personalized based on their web history.)
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A couple of people made the interesting case that Google Instant will actually reduce the individuality in web search: Searchers will stop once they see results for a popular search that's close enough to what they were looking for, the argument goes. Web entrepreneur Bob Warfield put the point well: "Instant Search will substitute popular searches for those individually created. More people will be driven off the back roads search trails and onto the superhighways that lead to whomever controls the first few search results connected to the Instant Searches Google is recommending at the time." It's a possibility that could have damaging implications for serendipity in finding alternative news voices online, too. Tramadol pics, —
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Apple's app police and news: Apple issued revised guidelines for its App Store this week, summarized nicely at Daring Fireball and a little more comically at TechCrunch. You can find plenty of commentary Tramadol For Sale, on this from the developers' perspective, but there's a significant journalistic angle to this as well, as Apple's app store policies have generated a little bit of consternation in the past year.
Apple is using the "we'll know it when we see it" approach to determining what's inappropriate content, which Scott Rosenberg saw as pretty problematic for a platform that Apple's billing as the New Newsstand, Tramadol price, coupon. After running down excerpts from the guidelines in which Apple threatens imposing new rules on the spot and retaliating against developers who give them bad press, Rosenberg wrote, "Now read these questions from the perspective of a writer or journalist or publisher, not a software developer, and tell me they don’t give you the willies."
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Reading roundup: Lots of interesting smaller discussions to poke around in this week. Here's a sampling:
— Two must-read pieces of advice for new journalists and journalism students: Jay Rosen's adaptation of his lecture last week (also linked to here last week) on the new users of journalism and how to serve them best, and Mark Briggs' case for studying journalism right now, Tramadol australia, uk, us, usa.
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— New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. urged media companies to be risk-takers in charging for content and finding sustainable business models online. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, meanwhile, said he sees much more of a future in paid mobile apps than in online news paywalls.
— Finally, two longer pieces to spend some time with this weekend: The Lab published a version of Kimberley Isbell's fabulously helpful primer on aggregation and copyright law, and TechCrunch's Paul Carr wrote an ode to Adam Penenberg's hybrid breaking-news/long-form journalism on Twitter. Great stuff, both.
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