‘Cause some other stuff happened during the day:
- How to Save Newspapers–and Why. The idea of newspapers acting in concert to all at once start charging for their online content raises its head again, proving ideas don’t die no matter how outdated they are. Via Steve Outing, who writes: “… this author’s suggestion of newspaper publishers banding together and withholding news content unless consumers pay will just ACCELERATE the industry’s decline.”
- The internet is mad at AP. AP has announced it will decide what fair use of its news is. For a taste of the reaction, see Terry Heaton’s The A.P.’s unjustifiable risk, Scott Karp’s Associated Press Hands Local And National News Sites An Opportunity To Get Links And Traffic and Mary Hodder’s Associated Press C&Ds Rogers Cadenhead, Gets Boycotted by Bloggers.
- Good night, Online Journalism Review…Thank you, Robert Niles… The plug is pulled on a venerable (in web terms) institution. That should mean one less feed in the reader, but Niles is blogging elsehwere now and USC Annenberg has a new blog titled News Leadership 3.0, so it’s a net gain.
- MNI cuts may not be deep enough. McClatchey is trimming 10 per cent of its work force overall (and as much as 17 per cent at the Miami Herald: see D-Day at Miami Herald) but Alan Mutter says that might not be enough to offset the staggering drop in newspaper advertising. See also: Herald Outsources to Calcutta.
- If you’re curious about the future of magazines, HP Lab’s MagCloud may offer a clue. There is a lack of detail, but this is intrguing: a one-stop shop for on-demand magazines.
- A Week in the Life of the Canadian DMCA: Part One. It’s only the first day and already Michael Geist’s imaginary example Calgary family is in deep copyright doo-doo. I don’t mean to sound flip: this series of articles should be widely distributed so Canadians become fully aware of the insanity of the proposed new copyright laws.