A few things from the reader. There may be more later, depending on how the day unwinds.

  • What to do when the online revenue comes in? Kirk Lapointe dives into the discussion that started with a report that LA Times online revenue now covers the cost of the online newsroom, with a somewhat detailed look at the realities of what newspapering costs. Compare and contrast to Jeff Jarvis’s Can the LA Times turn off its presses?
  • It Costs Digg $5 Million a Year to Run the Internet. Internet success story Digg, which relies heavily on the user community, is hardly a financial success story, according to this much-pointed-to ValleyWag post. Print-centric folk and their web-centric counterparts should feel free to spin that however they want.
  • Top Five Pet Peeves of 2008. I’m a sucker for grammar-related stuff, including this year-end list from Grammar Girl.
  • Interview with Clay Shirky, Part I. Man, this is good. It’s not about journalism, but almost everything in there applies or resonates. I’d offer a sample, but every graf is quotable. Add it to your must-read list and stay tuned for Monday’s second installment.
  • Your Guide to Alternative Business Models for Newspapers. Since I pointed to this Mark Glaser post a day or two ago, the discussion in the comments has grown significantly.
  • Register Closes Weeklies. Layoffs, reduced publication days, forced time off without pay and now outright closures of close-to-the-community weeklies and small dailies. It continues to be ugly out there. And, while much of the bad news continues to come from the States, I would be surprised if we don’t see some similar moves in Canada during 2009.
  • Newsrooms must get active to survive the economic meltdown. Robert Niles makes an eloquent plea for better journalism as one of the ways of turning the industry around.
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