SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 5:35PM

Gawker steps up as GQ cowers

OK, old media defenders. Let's hear you on the case of Condé Nast trying to keep its own journalism out of Russia.

Let's hear about how long track records of publication, big, expensive newsrooms and stables of press-freedom-safeguarding lawyers serve as foundations for the difficult work… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 1:32PM

The man in charge of online news, 1981

We talked yesterday about the YouTube-classic 1981 TV news report about a primitive experiment with making newspapers available online, which at the time meant through the CompuServe service.

One of many amusing, ironic moments in the piece is when the guy in charge of the experiment at the San Fran… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 1:29PM

The man in charge of online news, 1981

We talked yesterday about the YouTube-classic 1981 TV news report about a primitive experiment with making newspapers available online, which at the time meant through the CompuServe service.

One of many amusing, ironic moments in the piece is when the guy in charge of the experiment at the San Fran… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 2:18AM

A look back at a primitive day: Today

It's hard to put yourself into the mind-set of another time, but if you can do it, you might get some insight into how you think about the present.

Do me a favor, give it a try and watch this 1981 KRON-TV report from San Francisco about people… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2009 2:40AM

"You get what you pay for" is bunk

Our guest on today's episode of "Newspaper Guys Whine About Money" is Benjamin J. Marrison, editor of the Columbus Dispatch, who wants you to know that "High-quality journalism isn't 'free.'"

The last guest, Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times, wanted Congress to allow newspapers to form a cartel… Read full post »

The comments thread on my post about Tim Rutten's Los Angeles Times column about antitrust and newspapers is plenty lively. When my reply to some of the letter writers went past 2,000 words, I decided to make it its own post.

Chris Rywalt: The problem is this: NoRead full post »

I spent a good part of the weekend avoiding this Los Angeles Times column by Tim Rutten headlined "Setting the price of a free press."

I have my blood pressure to think about. Here's the subhead: "If the 1st Amendment is to mean anything, Congress has to suspend antitrust… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2009 5:07PM

EveryBlock sale: Data goes mainstream

EveryBlock is one of the more exciting developments in Future of Journalism nerdland over the last couple of years so I was surprised at how many people close to me said they'd never heard of it before the announcement this week that it had been bought by MSNBC.com

Don't you… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2009 7:55PM

Changes

The Future of Journalism Blog is getting a makeover. I've taken over as the name on the door because Katharine Mieszkowski has decided not to continue writing here as she pursues her own future in journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @kmieszkowski.

The FoJ Blog is a… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2009 4:38PM

Test

Test

By King Kaufman

Are you on Twitter?

The hosts on C-Span have taken to asking the guests on their various shows some form of that question, and it turns out the answers are highly illuminating. This montage of them has been floating around since last week,… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2009 12:50PM

Let's be honest about J-school

By Patrick Thornton: It's time for me to be frank about why you should or should not attend journalism school and the reality of what J-schools represent.

Do not under any pretext attend journalism school -- undergrad or graduate -- with the mission of working for a large metro or… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2009 3:12AM

MLB.com: Corporate news that works

By King Kaufman: The Future of Journalism is going to involve the news coming at you from all sorts of directions, and one of the most interesting, to me, is news that's going to be coming from corporations.

I hear the squeals of outrage and indignation. That's not news,… Read full post »

By Patrick Thornton: Many news organizations have proclaimed that they will begin charging for news on their Web sites soon, but how many have thought of some of the hidden issues associated with pay walls and authentication schemes?  

For instance, yesterday I tried to access an ESPN Insider ar… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2009 6:40PM

A housekeeping note

By King Kaufman Katharine Mieszkowski is on vacation this week, so we're happy to have Patrick Thornton as a guest blogger.

Patrick is a new media journalist and Web developer who has been running the nonprofit journalism project Beat Blogging.org. He recently wrote two pieces about reader comRead full post »

AUGUST 10, 2009 3:09AM

Economics for CEO dummies

By King Kaufman: What is it about news and newspapers that makes big financial guys, CEOs and major investors, forget the most basic laws of economics, the kinds of things any kid with a lemonade stand gets implicitly?

In a long New York Times Magazine piece about Philadelphia newspapers,… Read full post »

By Katharine Mieszkowski Maybe we're asking all the wrong questions about the Future of Journalism. Maybe the real puzzle isn't where will we get our news 10 years from now and who will pay for it? But rather: How will we differentiate what's true and what's not from the flood of… Read full post »

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AUGUST 7, 2009 9:02AM

Holy conflict of interest, FTC!

By Katharine Mieszkowski The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, who is preparing a broad inquiry into the future of journalism in this country, is married to a columnist for the Washington Post, Ruth Marcus.

As I blogged about earlier this week, Jon Leibowitz, the FTC's chairman,… Read full post »

By King Kaufman A day after Future of Journalism nerds pondered the implications of "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul announcing her resignation from the show on Twitter -- the sources go direct! -- Twitter was crippled this morning by a denial of service attack.

In a post stamped "1… Read full post »

By King Kaufman Dear Chris Cillizza and Dana Milbank,

I am in receipt of your separate, not terribly sincere apologies for "Mouthpiece Theater," your Web video series on the Washington Post's Web site, which the Post has now killed.

I appreciate and accept the gestures, however wan, but… Read full post »

By Katharine Mieszkowski  The federal government is preparing to conduct a broad inquiry into the state of news and reporting in this country, according to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

Currently, antitrust laws prevent a company from buying up a city's local newspaper, local TV… Read full post »

By Katharine Mieszkowski  The federal government is preparing to conduct a broad inquiry into the state of news and reporting in this country, according to the chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

 

Currently, anti-trust laws prevent a company from buying up a city's local newspaper, lRead full post »

By Katharine Mieszkowski  The federal government is preparing to conduct a broad inquiry into the state of news and reporting in this country, according to the chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

 

Currently, anti-trust laws prevent a company from buying up a city's local newspaper, lRead full post »

Note: This post has been corrected since its original appearance. The earlier version mistakenly reported that Carpenter Co. is based in Stephenville.

By King Kaufman: I've been surprised by some of the fiercely negative reaction in the comments to Katharine Mieszkowski's post yesterday about a bedd… Read full post »