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  • November « 2007 « Breaking News
    imagined last summer has come to pass to examine if the courses we built are serving the needs not just that we imagined or learned of in consultations but the needs that staff and managers who come to the course are expressing in real time now Click to continue reading November 20th 2007 Category Journalism News Comments are closed Death of the Subscription model By Bill on November 18th 2007 Is the news that even the Wall St Journal will be dropping its walled garden approach to its news in the hopes of generating more revenue via advertising the final death knell to the paid subscription model for newspapers online Don t tell The Globe and Mail that Their confusing array of subscription models seems specifically designed to frustrate and trip up readers But for most of the English speaking newspaper world the walls have tumbled or are crumbling rapidly The Washigton Post which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing it s free web site has a useful piece on the shift Continue reading Death of the Subscription model November 18th 2007 Category Advertising Journalism News Comments are closed How to write darn good headlines for the web Stop acting like a newspaper By Bill on November 7th 2007 Good headline writing anywhere is part poetry part Western Union the idea is to attract inform and maybe surprise the reader with very few words But the real goal is to get them to read the story And while the underlying principals are the same their application to print and web headlines should produce very different results In print we depend on the context the printed page lends to the story the photos the sidebars or pull quotes kickers and subheads all of these provide a wealth of contextual information for the headline itself Good print headlines are snappy Continue reading How to write darn good headlines for the web Stop acting like a newspaper November 7th 2007 Category Tips Comments are closed Personal Computer sales tanking in Japan By Bill on November 6th 2007 Home computer sales in gadget mad electronics crazy Japan have declined for 5 straight quarters Is this a sign that ubiquitous computing is finally coming That personal computer type processing power has now been embedded into so many things cell phones PDA s music players cameras gaming consoles hell even refrigerators that people don t need their high powered all in one do anything home computer anymore According to an AP story PC shipments fell 6 2 percent in 2006 Note it s not that the sales increases have been slowing the actual number of PCs being shipped and sold is declining And so far the numbers for 2007 Continue reading Personal Computer sales tanking in Japan November 6th 2007 Category News Tech Comments are closed Facebook Google driving to develop standardized ads and delivery methods By Bill on November 4th 2007 Maybe one of the things that s keeping online newspaper sites from

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  • October « 2007 « Breaking News
    hand especially if any of them are WebU grads Read the rest of the WebU Guide to Going Digital Without Going Broke after the jump Bill Dunphy Click to continue reading October 30th 2007 Category Journalism Tech Tips Comments are closed On line news readers read more words per story than print readers By Bill on October 28th 2007 I m not sure how I missed these results before A major eye tracking study has found that readers of online news actually read more words in those stories that catch their eye than do their print counterparts I ll try and dig up a link to that study but in the meantime here s an interview with Pegie Stark Adam co director of Eye Track 2007 Got it Clicking here will give you a pdf of the Poynter org s report Stark Adam says this study conducted July Nov 2006 with 600 people reading 4 US newspapers and 2 US online newspaper websites was a repeat of Continue reading On line news readers read more words per story than print readers October 28th 2007 Category Journalism News Comments are closed People s needs change daily so why don t we By Bill on October 20th 2007 Spending five days a week locked in a big glass walled room with a dozen or so newspaper people arguing our future you re bound to learn something new every day Today it came from Melanie Hennessey a reporter from the Milton Champion who as she was critiquing the Globe and Mail s website this morning we were examining how well the big boys deliver early morning breaking news the verdict not too well pointed to the left sidebar on the page that contained a handful of very attractive lifestyle type features or videos I don t like that If I go to their website Continue reading People s needs change daily so why don t we October 20th 2007 Category Journalism Comments are closed Doc Searls Thinks We Should All Get Wet By Bill on October 19th 2007 Doc Searls co author of the brilliant ClueTrain Manifesto thinks news is a river a living flowing moving thing that doesn t take well to being being bottled up and stored for an hour or six before being uncorked and consumed Here he says it better Future to Newspapers Jump in the river October 19 2007 in Future Journalism Here s the problem with most news it isn t It s olds It happened hours ago or last night or yesterday or last month or before whenever the deadline was in the news organization s current news cycle It s not now Unless Continue reading Doc Searls Thinks We Should All Get Wet October 19th 2007 Category Journalism News Comments are closed CurrentTV dropping the TV moving to a mixed social edited news and comment aggregator By Bill on October 14th 2007 CurrentTV Al Gore mixed cable internet news network that relies on user generated

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  • April « 2007 « Breaking News
    2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes What are YOU doing By Bill on April 2nd 2007 In case you wanted to know here s what the cool kids are up to on the net Twitter http twitter com A web site whose sole purpose seemingly is described this way A global community of friends and

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  • March « 2007 « Breaking News
    reading Well they let me back in March 27th 2007 Category News Comments are closed New Blogger By Bill on March 27th 2007 As a way of introducing myself this is my first blog post at the advanced age of 47 Let try using some of the tools and connections mentioned by webman Bill Dunphy Suppose we start with a web link such as the strobist a photo site for creative use of your camera flashes If your looking for contemporary photo topics and issues check out PDN Shall we insert an email address as we learn more about the world according to blog Send all your opinions to me At this time I ll insert a photo onto the page from Continue reading New Blogger March 27th 2007 Category News Comments are closed My first WebU post By Bill on March 27th 2007 It s day two locked in this airless hellhole deep in enemy Go territory and I m alive I m pretty sure For a news guy like me it s damn tough being surrounded by so many people with smiles on their faces new products on their desks and celeberty gossip on their lips But actually all that s outside the WebU bunker arrayed around it like row upon row of green and friendly tank traps Inside WebU I feel a lot more at home People are hunched and scowling pounding their keyboards and screaming into phones at recalicitrant police officials and hapless bureaucrats Continue reading My first WebU post March 27th 2007 Category News Comments are closed A Waterloo Region visitor By Bill on March 26th 2007 And they ve got me working School shouldn t be work But seriously this is fun And the only way to learn and brush up on skills I m Karlo Berkovich associate editor online at The Record and I m here to pick up tips I ve learned a lot since I took my job moving over from being sports editor on Sept 5 06 I d been blogging before that and posting some breaking news so moving to the web fulltime as essentially a coordinator between the newsroom and the web centre techies seemed a natural fit I now do tons of breaking news Continue reading A Waterloo Region visitor March 26th 2007 Category News Comments are closed I ll be blogged By Bill on March 9th 2007 It was frustrating at times but at the end of a Web U week I ve created a blog that illustrates all the limits of the idea I had for it And perhaps some of the promise too Check it out bjohnston blogspot comIt was really useful to try to actually apply a concept for a blog The challenges were far more about a workable concept than about how technically to get it up and running How big or small a focus should this have Who might use it What would bring them to the site or bring them

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  • February « 2007 « Breaking News
    so a lot of factors affect how much you enjoy it are you happy or angry relaxed or tense tired or perky My honest answer for the wine I ve enjoyed best and still remember the experience some 25 years later is a restaurant carafe of Castelli Romani I ve had it numerous times since and it s always a useful and affordable restaurant carafe wine Continue reading The best wine ever February 28th 2007 Category Blogs blogging Comments are closed Web U scores a coup By Bill on February 9th 2007 We did a lot this week Most importantly we learned Roger s middle name No I won t Ask him The second most important thing that happened is the first week of Web U coincided with the highest ever traffic to our website Coincidence I think not That s the challenge for students to come Match those numbers They re posted on the bulletin board inthe Web U campus and the plan is to post them week to week to see how each class does We did video we did audio but for us the week was mostly about news and we did a lot Continue reading Web U scores a coup February 9th 2007 Category News Comments are closed How to Present Video By Bill on February 9th 2007 From the Poynter Org s E media blog comes a pointer to what looks to be a fabulous use of web tech to produce potentially engaging journalism at the WashingtonPost com One of the brains behind this is Rob Curley the guy who created Chicago Crime on his own merging Google Maps with police crime reports and if I recall right the Lawrence Kanasas family of sites LJ World etc before moving on to the Post http specials washingtonpost com onbeing This new subsite of the Post is well worth the visit if only to see the gorgeous useful interface they ve developed for presenting what is essentially Continue reading How to Present Video February 9th 2007 Category Journalism Comments are closed First Spec Web U blog By Bill on February 7th 2007 It s week one of Web U No hazing so far Although sending Roger Tahir and I out to the waterfront in 30 C weather to shoot video might qualify News now has never looked better although there was a small glitch when an overconfident student wiped out the entire contents No problem we had it back in no time Just another learning experience Bill is now going on about blogs Bill is now enlightening us in a witty and educational manner as per ususual Rick student Continue reading First Spec Web U blog February 7th 2007 Category News Comments are closed Promiscuous bookmarking By Bill on February 7th 2007 One of the most popular web innovations of the past year has been Social bookmarking Imagine you could free your web bookmarks from your browser and store them out on the web so you could

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  • The Gospel According to John Paton: Burn baby Burn « Breaking News
    of bankruptcy That John Paton is simply the salesman the pitchman the huckster If any newspaper publishers are foolish enough to believe the hype and think that these steps were somehow responsible for the apparent and remarkable turnarounds his papers are seeing if they believe that making everyone do video or dumping Word or Saxotech for Google Docs is some kind of blueprint for digital success they deserve the muck they ll soon find themselves mired in Much of the talk about Paton focuses on those gestures those jarring jumpstarts into the digital universe that he applied to the twitching JR corpse But in his candid presentation at last night Canadian Journalism Foundation forum he admitted those gestures were essentially symbolic He was giving them hope getting them ready to accept embrace change When it come to the digital world and the newsroom changes he s making at many of his papers he said quite blunty we re not very innovative I d disagree in this sense he has apparently managed to grab the attention of his entire chain s staff and management and focus them on the near future and the need to move where their audience lives into the digital world That may not be innovation but that s a huge accomplishment Which brings us to paying attention to what he s doing and what he did before at ImpreMedia the Spanish language media empire he built with Doug Knight His success there stood on two legs he says Slashing fixed print costs mostly by outsourcing and opening his newsrooms to the community Here s how he described his ImpreMedia success to Jeff Jarvis two years ago More than two thirds of any newspaper company s expenses are in support of the core business of content marketing and

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  • Print focus kills newspaper sites « Breaking News
    mapping Where s the location aware content Where s the location aware advertising Where s my personalized feed We all do some of that but inevitably it s hacked into our site we stretch and bend and break a structure whose true form and function is dedicated to the daily dump of print content Not surprisingly the vast majority of our newsroom staff is fully focused on print If you look at any truly native digital news source Huffington Post Reddit Twitter Facebook Google Techcrunch etc etc you ll find they all have a few things in common Their content runs in a stream an ever flowing river of embedded information moving from the present inexorably into the past The user the audience can move easily up and down this river backwards and forwards in time Each item each monad is a doorway a portal to a richer and deeper pool of related content The content comes from everywhere They re built this way because the web s openness and freedom has ensured a kind of Darwinian survival of the fittest services sites more or less that meet needs survive and prosper at least until something comes along that does it better We ve survived this long with our anti digital sites mostly because our monopoly presence in the analog world made us massively visible on the web That won t be good enough for much longer especially as we lock down access with the so called metered pay walls We need to build news services based on a central aggregation site that offer a continuous programmed stream of content over multiple channels Last time I suggested building our newspaper com site as a single river of news and information one that allows us to curate outside content and conversations and add them to that main current of our own news video images charts graphs and maps Research demonstrates clearly that people sip and graze information on the net increasingly using multiple access points phones and workplace desktops in the morning and afternoon phones and tablets in the evenings and weekends and that information needs change based on time of day day of week and increasingly location We need to programme our river think radio not newspapers I suggested that this river be free and open to all but that it fall off this page and into a paid archive one that offers a hierarchical arrangement of the news a la print after a short interval of say something like six hours We should ditch the damn banner and box ads and instead move them right into our river make all our ads inline text and video that takes its turn in the limelight and thus doesn t destroy the reading experience But all of that will fail unless we explode our newsrooms destroy those pipelines running from reporters to editors to print production and chart new paths The information pipelines should run directly from journalist out to the community

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  • Another brick in the wall – but maybe a doorway too « Breaking News
    that s no never mind enough of the market targeted by this metering will simply accept the cost and that makes it worth implementing In the short run The logic and it s borne out by research Brill is a smart guy is that since there is an admittedly small segment of our market 2 per cent 7 per cent willing to pay for the convenience and speed of digital delivery of basically our print product we should not leave that money sitting on the table Those willing to pay include real fans who see the cost as a donation to our journalism heavy users who simply see real value in the product and will pay to continue their digital access to it and institutional users who can afford the sub 100 annual bill Visitors to our site will get a warning and a sales pitch when they hit something like 35 articles in a single month and will get booted back to a non clickable version of the home page after their 50th monthly visit There is no doubt it will reduce our visitor page view counts But since we can t currently monetize all of our traffic in our case our audience is about twice as large as our advertisers want to pay for we can take the circulation hit without any real advertising loss In fact the Press folks say advertising revenue should rise in part because the audience is now more valuable ain t scarcity wonderful So why do I hate these systems and the folks who buy into them when I have nothing but admiration of the incredibly hard work I see our circulation department doing as they fight to maintain our critical print subscriber base Is it because the system will annoy and anger the some of the most loyal engaged and valuable part of our digital community Yes But it s more than that I hate it because as I said at the top it s trying to manufacture value by creating scarcity when we should be finding ways to manufacture more valuable information It s because at it s heart these metered pay walls are designed by people who regard the net as simply a different delivery platform as if overnight an immense system of pneumatic tubes had sprung into being and we d be fools not to use them to deliver the paper This is very much a backwards facing strategy and that doesn t sound like such a good idea in a time of systemic disruption But there is one small ray of light one opportunity I see The Press system is highly granular it can sing and dance and cook toast perfectly You can be very very selective about what s free and what s metered What if you simply set it to charge for ANY access to your archives period But here s the kicker your archives include everything printed in your paper once the paper s out

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