Google-lover Jeff Jarvis hasn’t been asked to speak (yet) before Sen. John Kerry’s hearing on failed newspapers. But if he were, he would say some very Jeff Jarvis-y things like:
- Newspapers and their proprietors – and, in many cases, their professionals – have had a generation to reinvent themselves and bring journalism forward into the next age: 20 years since the start of the web, 15 since the introduction of the commercial browser and craigslist, 10 since the invention of blogs and founding of Google.
- I would like to see our government follow the leads of the U.K. and Australian governments in making ubiquitous and open broadband connectivity a priority and a promise.
And, of course:
- Newspapers are going to die.
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From the “sensitivity during hard times” file, this Virginian-Pilot headline: Pilot to lay off 40, but executives say outlook is brighter.
As the opening graf of Philip Walzer’s article attests, the layoffs “will be the third wave of job cuts at The Pilot in the past six months.”
Nevertheless, The Pilot’s financial outlook is brightening, said Maurice Jones, the president and publisher.
Combined, the newspaper and its associated companies turned a profit in the first quarter of the year, said Jones, who declined to disclose figures. March was The Pilot’s most robust month in at least a year, he said, with every unit recording a profit.
But the profits, Jones said, still fall short of the company’s targets, required to pay taxes and other bills and equipment costs, including the modernization of its printing press. That, he said, triggered the latest cutbacks.
That’s what Pirate Bay’s IPREDator promises, so you can stay one step ahead of The Man:
With IPREDator’s VPN, you can stay anonymous on the net. Your internet traffic will be encrypted and protected – even beyond what a typical VPN offers. This way, law enforcement can’t catch you when you download the latest episode of your favorite TV show…or when you get involved in other criminal activity, for that matter.
Which means some smarty-pants is going to invent the IPREDator PREDATOR and spoil all the fun. Don’t do it, man! I just want to watch this working print of Wolverine — sonofa…
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Tagged anonymous Web surfing, illegal downloading, IPREDator, Pirate Bay, ReadWriteWeb, virtual private networking, VPN
Michelle Nicolosi, executive producer of the new SeattlePI, offers some great insight into the direction of the former Post-Intelligencer’s new online endeavor.
Nicolosi talks with Content Bridges about news sites that she goes to for inspiration (The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald), partner content for PI, it’s impressive resource of Reader Blogs, and much more. Here’s Nicolosi on:
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There’s a reason I just cited an article published at The Bygone Bureau — because the site won for best blog at the SXSW Interactive Web Awards last night.
Mashable has the complete list of SXSW winners.
The images of families returning to their decimated homes pop off the printed page in John Pendygraft’s article about a ruined Gaza neighborhood running in today’s St. Petersburg Times. Online however, the presentation represents a missed opportunity to engage readers.
The photos and text were clearly uploaded to the Web with little thought for aesthetics or reader-friendliness. It’s a shame, because Poynter Institute, which owns the Times, must have an abundance of examples of fine online photojournalism that could have served as a template – for instance, starting with a compelling main image and text above the fold, and offering thumbnails of other photos with text summaries and an optional slideshow with captions (along with audio of those interviewed) to draw in readers while also giving them interactive control of how they engage the story.