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Comments on: AP Flips Rebel Members the Bird Chronicling the Decline of Newspapers and the Rebirth of Journalism Tue, 16 Sep 2008 22:22:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: Paul Gillin Tue, 16 Sep 2008 22:22:08 +0000 I’m overstating the case a bit in saying information is free, but I don’t think it’s a secret that information producers are under increasing pressure from citizen and amateur journalists who give away useful information. Just tune in to any Twitter feed from a conference to see an example of people willingly “covering” an event at no charge. Services like Youcastr let people “broadcast” sporting events. Amateur videographers are challenging TV news organizations and people “tweet” about natural disasters hours before the news hits mainstream media.

Chris Anderson is writing a book about this. I think he’s on the money.

By: kern Tue, 16 Sep 2008 21:11:23 +0000 information is becoming free? What world do you live in? Producing content costs money — unless you’re matt drudge and flat-out ripping off the content produced and reported by other organizations and then making money off it yourself. What you’re going to see is that Drudge no longer has content to report or headlines to put on his page if no one is producing them and getting paid to do it. Which means, if Drudge had to report his own content each day, you’d have about 1 to 2 news stories on his web site each month. I’m just saying. Something’s out of whack in that last comment or two on the AP.

By: Dave Fri, 12 Sep 2008 18:42:54 +0000 Really great post, and I love your blog — it’s almost comically tragic watching newspaper desperately tweak their existing business models (laying off staff, changing ad sales rates, etc) instead of developing new business models and revenue streams.

“Because the story lacked a time stamp, Google News automatically assigned that day’s date to it (note to Google: you might want to revisit this policy)”

Google says, with photo support, that’s not quite what happened:

“The article failed to include a standard newspaper article dateline, but the Sun-Sentinel page had a fresh date above the article on the top of the page of “September 7, 2008″ (Eastern)”

Web usability dictates that it’s silly to automatically display today’s date on every page of your website, because it serves almost zero purpose, misleads readers in thinking that out-of-date content is fresh, duplicates info that most people also have available in a preferred method (desktop widget or physical desktop calendar), and wastes cognition time by being prominently located near the top of the page. (Web usability is sort of like a writing style guide. You can build a website without it, but professional-quality web developers know that it’s a key requirement to be useful to your community and taken seriously in general).

By: Bryan Thu, 11 Sep 2008 23:35:33 +0000 It is the San Diego UNION-Tribune , not San Diego News-Tribune