The ‘net is abuzz, but then when isn’t it?

  • Toward a new ecology of journalism. Doc Searls has another of his must-read posts on the eco-system, where it is, may be going and what it lacks. Solid, solid stuff for continuing the conversation.
  • Can free music downloads save newspapers? A CNET article, based on a local giveaway, answers the question with “I think they can.” I don’t find the argument persuasive; you might. Note: I was among the 27,000+ locals who downloaded the free music from the Vancouver Sun. It’s not the usual stuff I listen to, but I have a hard time passing on free stuff.
  • Newspapers Need to Get to the Point. Not sure if this is a letter to ye ed or what, but a Washington Post reader has taken journalists to task for the overuse of narrative storytelling when reporting hard news.
  • YouTube to the rescue of newspapers, publish their video news. Interesting, and perhaps unsettling, if true: a Korean newspaper reports Google-owned YouTube wants to partner with newspapers there to host their videos and share the ad revenue.
  • Messy Media Blog. Lloyd Shepherd, who I one read regularly, has a new company and a new blog on media which has been added to my feeds. I’m glad he’s back.
  • Time To Give Away Some More Consulting Advice. Vin Crosbie continues to give away advice for newspaper publishers, at the pace of an idea a day. The latest ones I’m catching up on are on multimedia and podcasting/vodcasting.
  • Dueling analysts? A couple of posts, both from the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper blog, whose somewhat at odds headlines give a pretty good picture of the times: Analyst: U.S. newspaper stocks underpriced and Analyst: U.S. Newspaper publishers expected decline.