The Fissures Are Growing for Papers
Between operational fiascos and flailing attempts to slash costs on the fly, it's clear that the print-newspaper business, which has been fretting over a looming crisis for the last 15 years, is struggling to stay afloat. There are smart people trying to innovate, and tons of great journalism is published daily, but the financial distress is more visible by the week.
Looking for the 'Local' and the 'News' in Local News
A series of recent news stories about local TV news and newspapers has reinforced what many of us have been observing for years -- the erosion of local news coupled with the exploding growth of corporate media profits.
My Adventures in Journatic's New Media Landscape of Outsourced Hyperlocal News
Ryan Smith went public about his experience at Journatic because he thought people should know how their local newspapers are being hollowed out.
Times-Picayune Reporter: I Can't Keep My Mouth Shut and Pretend Everything Is OK
New Orleans Times-Picayune weekend reporter Kari Dequine Harden has had it. "Sometimes I just want to scream about what is happening around me" at the newspaper, she writes.
SPARK Petitioned -- Seventeen Listened!
Back in April, 14-year old SPARK blogger Julia Bluhm launched a change.org petition asking Seventeen magazine "to commit to printing one unaltered -- real -- photo spread per month." Less than three months later, it did.
Paywalls Now Affect One-Third of Daily Newspaper Readers
About 16 percent of daily newspapers now charge for online access, but that covers twice as many readers.
Can't We All Get Along: Principles Over Policy; Ideas Over Ideology
It's been really fantastic to see what's happened since the Declaration of Internet Freedom was announced, leading to widespread discussion online. There was a ton of press coverage, and plenty of valuable feedback and thoughts. I did want to respond to one of the most common criticisms I've been seeing: Some are complaining that the principles are "too vague" and an awful lot of people seem upset that their specific policy goal isn't there.
Defining the 'We' in the Declaration of Internet Freedom
Left unsaid in a high-profile new document about the Internet's principles is whose interests it represents -- and how they'll be backed.
The Startup Alliance to Defend Internet Freedom (and Why It Needs to Exist)
A few questions have repeatedly emerged as the document, created by an alliance of public interest groups and startups in the wake of the SOPA protests, has been passed around online this week. First, "What's the point?" and second, "Is this thing too vague to be useful?" I asked Ben Huh, founder of Cheezburger and one of the declaration's "founding fathers," for some answers.
'Internet Freedom' Becomes Hot Cause for Politicians Across Political Spectrum
Advocacy groups and politicians from across the political spectrum have taken up "Internet freedom" as their rallying cry in recent months. Although many people eagerly declare their support for a free Internet and promise to protect privacy, the broad consensus breaks down when people begin discussing specific policies, such as Net Neutrality or cybersecurity.
More Demands on Cell Carriers in Surveillance
In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a startling 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.
MPAA/RIAA Lose Big As U.S. Backs Copyright 'Limitations'
As ACTA withers, the U.S. government learns that copyright maximalism won't work.
Is Google a Monopoly? Wrong Question
Google responded last week to European antitrust regulators investigating a long list of claims against the world's largest search engine. Whether or not the complaints against Google are valid, they may be looking backward. Increasingly, Google is not a search engine.
France Telecom Plans Compensation After Network Failure
France Telecom, the country's largest phone company, said it would compensate customers after a 10-hour failure on its wireless network prevented subscribers from making calls and sending messages on mobile phones.