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Newspapers rush to video & newspaper video’s coming failure; 2 contests and 2 online journalism events


More fallout from poor newspaper earnings
“‘My sense is this is a real red flag for the industry. Rapid online growth appears to be dimming. That’s a big problem.’ Online ad growth has slowed significantly at Tribune (from 30 to 17 percent), Gannett (30 to 16 percent) and NYT Company (from 72 to 22 percent).”

Journalism & Media Discussion Forum: The End of Journalism?
Yeesh, things in the j-biz are bad… and if you thought you’d domain squat on “” for your retirement, you’re outa luck.

Nexpo is underway, newspapers are serious about video
“As usual, the show floor has lots of neat machines and it is a great place to shop for fun things like presses, inserters, editorial systems, and all that good stuff. This year, though, there are quite a few items on the agenda that pertain to online content, and especially video.” Speaking of video…

why I will read your blog but not watch your video
“Now, imagine throwing video into that mix. By the time I got the headphones on and the video downloaded, I’d be on to designing some new feature (or, more likely, answering more email). I’d only get to hear three words at a time, which just doesn’t seem very satisfying. I can sometimes have podcasts on the in the background, and those are easy to download and listen to at the gym. (I have a working shuffle! I can once again listen to things while I work out! And I can still do email at the same time.) But videos?” (Via) YES. YES. YES. As I’ve said several times before, I support the newspaper industry’s move to producing more video online but the rampant adoption of video as THE ONLY MODEL OF NEW MEDIA/MULTIMEDIA IS DANGEROUS. It’s the same linear format as 20-inch print news stories that is losing readership. It requires time and people to invest themselves, downloading, watching and listening. It doesn’t deliver facts quickly or offer great opportunities for community engagement. It’s great that photo departments around the country are finally getting involved in online, but we must keep in mind that it’s not a very efficient or nimble method of reporting information for both reporters/photographers and readers. Especially when everyone’s increasingly living with time-starved (or so they think) lives or when most newspapers are cutting back costs (yet buying new expensive video gear) and laying off hundreds of workers each quarter.

Battle of the Media Players
“While Adobe Media Player is clearly at least partially an attempt to compete head-to-head with Windows Media Player by offering downloadable content and DRM, the fact that it doesn’t impose Adobe’s brand on the player should create a user experience that is more in line with what consumers are demanding in the Web 2.0 world-access to content and the ability to interact with as few intermediaries as possible.”

E-paper won’t necessarily save the newspaper industry
“I applaud publishers for experimenting with these devices, but I think the best chance for success to is think of the reader/user/consumer first — what do they want, what problem can you solve for them, what job do they need to get done, and then design a content and revenue model that helps consumers first and foremost.”

‘Buying the War’ on PBS
“One of John Walcott’s favorite questions at news meetings is, “But is it true?” This show is a quite good reminder that we journalists, no matter how “slam-dunk” the assertion, must never fail to ask it.”

It is not journalism’s job to be safe
“It is not journalism’s job to be safe or to make the world safe for our consumption. It is journalism’s job to tell us uncomfortable truths.”

Are Janet Robinson and her business team the real problems for The New York Times?
“The real damage and danger comes from the business team. Perhaps they are incompetent, lazy, arrogant and the real problem in this company. The Sulzberger family is only culpable for not firing them.”

Soiled and blood soaked underwareSean Penn Tops Stephen Colbert in ‘Metaphor-Off’
Is this really news? Fake news commentary news? Why’s E&P covering this?

Dow Jones goes digital, digital, digtial
“Dow Jones aims to have less than half its revenue come from traditional print operations by 2009, its chief executive said on Wednesday.”

Dallas Morning News debuts
“Can these alleged community user content portals really replace actual original sites such as placeblogs — at least, the really good ones, already entrenched in their communities? Reminds me of the portal rush in the late ’90s. Most failed.” YES!

5 Quick Tips for Making Online Innovation Happen
“1. Think Small 2. Think Storytelling 3. Think Experiments 4. Think Collaboration 5. Think Workflow ” (via)

Craig Newmark: Craigslist Isn’t a Media Menace
“Maybe papers should focus on better Web sites, delivering the news better through the Net. Paper is just an expensive media. It’s expensive to buy the ink, print the paper and deliver it.” Via romensko

35 Designers x 5 Questions
Take half an hour and read all of this. And add Smashing Magazine to your RSS feeds so I can just assume you’re reading all their awesome articles.

Eight Google Apps in Your Future
“1. Presentation. 2. Project management. 3. Contact management. 4. File storage and sharing. 5. Online discussion groups. 6. Wiki. 7. Video chat. 8. Web meetings.”

2 events worth checking out:

  • ONA Regional Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on May 17. Great line up with Adrian Holovaty as the headliner (imho)
  • Drilling Down” in Seattle on May 4 with a hell of a line up.

2 contests to check out:

  • Want to Host a Public Radio Show?
    “Public Radio Talent Quest is giving away over $70,000 and a chance to host a new show on public radio via an online contest that allows the public to enter and to vote on their favorites.”

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