Starting the week with these:

  • Prestes Maia Exhibition. I really wish I could in in LA on Aug. 9 for the opening Tatiana Cardeal’s photo exhibit on Prestes Maia, an abandoned clothing factory that has become home to almost 500 families. I’ll have to be satisfied with her Flickr set.
  • Newspapers that Twitter: July numbers. Elaine Erica Smith (sorry, Erica) has an invaluable report on the American newspapers that use Twitter and what the traffic is like. If I get time today, I may try to track down what Canadian newspapers are doing with Twitter.
  • Even Worseness: The Even-Worsening. Sadly, No! outs Amy Chozick of the Wall Street Journal for some rather questionable research tactics done for her “news story” on whether Barack Obama is too thin to be president. Seriously.
  • Newspapers Could Be Bargains, but Few Are Buying. This NY Times piece sheds more light on the current situation in newspaper-dom but seems to miss what to me is an essential point: yes, newspaper stocks are ‘way down, and, yes, there are bargains, but most of those companies are carrying huge debts, making them even more unattractive. Related: Alan Mutter’s post, Chilling sign: Private publisher exit plans and Lucas Grindley’s Newspapers hear the fat lady warming up her voice.
  • Trendspotting – Finding Opportunity in Career Uncertainty. What’s interesting about this is the accompanying graph that shows a steep rise for jobs in “social media” and a gradually declining line for TV News jobs. There’s a lot more to Jim Long’s post, of course, much of it optimistic.
  • The Top Ten tips for newsaper video from the UK broadsheets. Andy Dickinson spent part of last week exploring British broadsheets and their use of video, and figuring out what lessons can be learned. One of the big ones is to keep text and video together.
  • What’s Really Killing Newspapers. Jack Shafer says it’s the loss of place at the centre of the conversation. Social currency, he writes, is no longer the exclusive domain of the newspaper. (My own interpretation: newspapers and other mass media were once at the centre of the mediascape, now it’s the user in the centre.) Shafer makes sense, but what do newspapers replace their loss with? Does hyperlocal return them to the centre?
  • What local media could learn from yellow pages. Local directories may be handling the transition to the ‘net better than local newspapers and TV. I’ve long thought that the directory business has some built-in advantages on the web, particualrly when it comes to carefully targetted — through search — advertising. Local media need to be more aggressive here. (The attention of the media blogosphere seems to be increasingly turning to the business side of things, which is a Very Good Thing.)
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