Findings: further fragmentation

Dave Morgan at Online Spin suggests newspaper companies should break apart to focus on different services: local news, distribution, printing, and ads and marketing. (Found via the Future of Newspapers blog.)

My friend David Cohn has earlier suggested that newspapers become less “products” and more “services.” Somewhat related is a post from ReadWriteWeb that suggested that turn around to some extent. They would help people not just find information, but also help them be found, such as with advice on attracting an audience for their videos.

Findings: E-Paper, BBC, etc.

Via Read/Write Web: The BBC plans a streaming version of its online video player. The Beeb also made a deal with a wi-fi hotspot vendor for free access to its site.

Via e-mail from the Media Giraffe Project: video on “The State of Citizen Journalism,” the opening session of Journalism That Matters — The DC Sessions.

Via Slashdot: the first in a series of interviews about e-paper. Nick Sheridon worked on e-paper at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, and he says Xerox flopped with innovation because it had little vision past its core business.

“Much has been written about the incredible myopia of Xerox executives of the time,” Sheridon said, “so I won’t go into that except to say that there were numerous other opportunities to enormously expand Xerox’s business that were similarly fumbled. Xerox had enough money to create an incredible research lab with top-notch people, but Xerox management could not shake off the copier mentality.”

Published in: on October 17, 2007 at 5:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Youngsters — Go for the O

Earlier, I noted how journalists’ jobs can be threatened by automation and lower-cost labor overseas.

How much this will continue, I have no idea.

But one way to protect ourselves is to be at least competent in activities that can only be done where the news is happening — such as shooting the photos or video and taping the audio.

Published in: on October 7, 2007 at 8:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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