Getting caught up, so some of this will be old news to some of you. There may be more later.

  • More Pain For Newspapers: Walmart.com Testing Free Classifieds Powered By Oodle. Is Walmart another major threat to newspapers? Maybe not, but it’s about to become another competitor that newspapers really didn’t need (and really wouldn’t need to fear if they’d grasped the nature of the ‘net earlier). More on classifieds: Can newspapers rejuvenate or reinvent classified ads? (about Steve Outing’s latest venture), The pessimist: Bob Wyman says ‘It’s too late’ (from Steve Outing’s latest venture) and Classifieds agonistes, Doug Fisher’s reaction to the Wyman piece.
  • Free dailies: The one bright light in the newspaper industry. Chris Anderson muses on stats released by the World Association of Newspapers. But… Piet Bakker calls into question the figures WAN is reporting, and you just can’t ignore one of the realities of some of the freesheets: the 2007 annual report for Metro shows another loss, this time of $27.6 million.
  • Globe and Mail pay wall comes down. Another major newspaper gives up on the idea of linking some online content to subscriptions, as reality sinks in.
  • News fatigue. Short version of a study done for AP: young adults really do want in-depth journalism, they just have trouble finding the signal in all that noise. Alan Mutter hopes journalists don’t give much attention to the study.
  • WAN 2008: People will pay for web content, says Google. Interesting comments from the head of Google in Europe. His point is much more subtle than the headline suggests but I’m still only semi-convinced, at least when it comes to what, traditionally, has been newspaper content.
  • Part One: Streamlining the minutia of reporting. Zac Echola with the part one of what’s he’s calling The New Ideal Newsroom. It’s a list of online tools all journalists should be aware of for helping “to make mobile, Web-first reporting and editing more efficient.” Recommended highly.
  • Running the Numbers: They Aren’t Pretty. Paul Gillin’s latest round-up at Newspaper Deathwatch. No, the current numbers aren’t pretty, but by my back-of-the-envelope figuring, things will have at least started to settle down for a substantially reinvented newspaper industry within three to five years.
  • The ethic of the link layer on news. Jeff Jarvis makes so much sense in this post. There’s too much here for a quick summary, so I’ll just point and hope that you go read.
  • Michael Crichton, Vindicated. Well, when you read Jack Shafer’s piece at Slate, Crichton isn’t really vindicated, but it’s an interesting piece nonetheless, particularly the last third or so where attention turns to what stories media could be (but isn’t) covering. It reminds me there’s a post I need to write on explanatory journalism and why it’s likely as important to the future of newspapers as video, hyperlocal or any of the much-hyped memes.
  • Canadian newspaper revenue data released. Kirk LaPointe on recently released figures that show the Canadian newspaper industry is “holding its own.” The figures, though, say first quarter revenues are down almost three per cent.
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