Recently found items:
- Increased funding to support local news expansion at HuffPo. Do you suppose stories like this one — reporting on a $15-million round of fund-raising — make newspaper publishers nuts? Related: Kaiser Family, Other Non-Profits Launching Independent Health News Services, which speaks of more change in the mediascape.
- Watching the Times struggle (and what you can learn). First, read this Seth Godin piece. Then read Howard Weaver (at least I think that’s who it is), rip it apart in, Media futures: where’s the critical thinking?
- Ken Edelstein, editor of Creative Loafing, fired. Apparently there was a difference in opinion, part of which was Edelstein asking why there were more newsroom layoffs while administration and sales staff remained untouched.
- I’m not a charity case. Are you? Why Pat Thornton isn’t going to join the Facebook group “Don’t let newspapers die.”
- Opinion: Can the newspaper survive with a smaller staff? Ah, there’s question of the moment, isn’t it. Or, better still, the question should be, How can newspapers survive with a smaller staff? I suspect we are in the middle of finding out.
- Two Weeks, Two Stories, Too Early For A Victory Dance. Dave Cohn updates us on the progress being made by Spot.us and ponders the issue of communities-driven news.
- Journalists are economical. I want to read the full piece, Journalists and the information-attention markets: Towards an economic theory of journalism, because Paul Bradshaw’s post about it, and his reactions to it, have definitely whetted my appetite.
- Local heroes who died to tell the world of the horrors at their door. The world can be a deadly place for journalists, particularly local and independent journos. A must-read.
- Finally, Good News for Newspapers. One of the big fears of the near future, that newsprint prices will continue to climb, has apparently been laid to rest.