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The News Frontier

The Sun Chronicle Puts its Comments Behind a Paywall

But it’s not about the money

Thanks to this Guardian blog for identifying a new twist in the development of online news paywalls. The Sun Chronicle,... More

Don’t Get Your Printing Advice From a Printer Manufacturer

And other tips for small-run publications

A blogger on ZDNet wrote last week about changes in inkjet printing technology that could make offset printing obsolete. The... More

What it’s Like to Be The Wall Street Journal’s Friend

Taking the Journal’s Foursquare layer for a test ride

The Wall Street Journal is getting a bit of press about its partnership with Foursquare. For the uninitiated, Foursquare is... More

On Hyperlocals, Hyper-hiring, and Hype

MainStreetConnect has big plans for the future

Carll Tucker, founder of hyperlocal news organization MainStreetConnect, was profiled on Wednesday on Journalism.co.uk, and his claims about the company’s... More

This Paywall is Sorry for Your Loss

Poynter’s Bill Mitchell reports on the first online news site to go public with “Press+,” the metered paywall system by... More

E-readers: Quick with Apps, Slow for Brains

A new study by Web usability researcher Jakob Nielsen, meant to compare reading comprehension across various media has found that... More

A New Direction for Patch?

Patch.com, AOL’s golden child, is still expanding quickly, working hard to spend its parent company’s 50 million investment this year.... More

Can This Headline Save the News?

The perils of the bait-and-switch headline

Headlines have always tended to the hysterical, and ledes have always had to be snappy. In the online era, with... More

Twitter + Diplomacy = Danger: Stray Voltage!

Two State Department staff members leading a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Syria have learned that social media and... More

Look at Us!

Lessons from the response to the David Weigel flap

It’s been three days since David Weigel, the reporter and blogger best known for his coverage of the conservative movement,... More

The Man Who Imagined Tablets and E-Readers

An interview with Roger Fidler of the RJI Digital Publishing Alliance

In 1981, Roger Fidler wrote a visionary essay on the emergence of mobile reading devices like the Apple iPad and... More

2010 Knight News Challenge Winners Announced

Some clever ideas in the Sisyphean struggle to Save Journalism

The latest Knight News Challenge has been closed and the winners are in, just announced earlier today. First, the bad... More

The Man on the Street

So a citizen journalist walks into a journalism school …

Lots of people walk through the doors of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism every day. Just this past month,... More

Making News Pay

Is it possible to design a paywall that’s both permeable and profitable?

After years in which discussion of getting readers to pay for news was out of fashion, momentum seems to be... More

How Blogs and Social Media Agendas Relate To Traditional, Oh To Hell With It

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released another of their comprehensive and fascinating research reports on... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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