Starting the week with these:

  • Interview: Tom Curley, CEO, Associated Press; Portals, Local Content—‘The Mother of all Battles. This has been held captive in my reader for too long and it’s time to set it free: a Paid Content interview with the head of AP. Notable, among other things, for this: “”If you’re running one of these local papers, you want to be the portal for the area — you want to be the gateway to the important content that people value in a particular area. We can do that pretty well, and actually, with our new database approach and the new things that we’re offering, people will have access to all the breaking news content within AP for the first time.”
  • World views on free press mixed. Interesting international poll from the BBC on the public support for a free press vs. the public desire for stability. Includes numbers that suggest that while Western countries highly value a free press, they don’t think that press is doing a particularly good job.
  • Are these the ten most popular journalism bloggers in America? Paul Bradshaw and gang at the Online Journalism Blog have parsed feedreader numbers to come up with a list of most-subscribed-to journalism blogs. Good stuff in the comments.
  • Tube passengers discard 9.5 tonnes of free papers a day. That’s in London, where the freesheet wars rage. It would be interesting to see stats from other cities: any environmentalists out there up to the challenge?
  • Paid Content on the Web Is Not Impossible, But It’s Hard. Scott Karp reacts to the recent publicity Consumer Reports got for its success as a subscriber-based web service. My take: the problem with those who think they can replicate the subscription success of the WSJ or Consumer Reports is that they don’t have a “blockbuster online brand” or content that’s so compelling that it has value beyond free.