Monthly Archives: January 2012

Clay Shirky channels David Cohn in comparing NYT paywall to NPR

By Steve Myers: In an extended interview on “Talk of the Nation,” Clay Shirky explained why the newspaper industry’s paywall experiments represent a shift from the product-based business model to a donation system like NPR’s. Sound familiar? Here’s Spot.Us founder David Cohn’s take on the Times’ paywall in April:

Poynter: Clay Shirky channels David Cohn in comparing NYT paywall to NPR

Top three reasons NOT to do a local + online startup (and what to do instead)

By CHRIS DEVORE: Entrepreneurship is all about passion: if you’ve decided that selling to local SMBs is your life’s work, I celebrate your choice. This post is for all the entrepreneurs who are currently evaluating local / hyperlocal business ideas, but might be just as happy doing something else.

Crash Dev: Top three reasons NOT to do a local + online startup (and what to do instead)

What news projects are community foundations funding? Here are 10 examples

By Michele McLellan: Local foundations are becoming key players in the emerging local news ecosystem by funding news and information projects or creating their own. Here’s a look at some of the projects that have attracted community foundation support through the Knight Community Information Challenge.

News Leadership 3.0: What news projects are community foundations funding? Here are 10 examples

Case study: netzpolitik.org (Germany)

The name of the publication and / or company

netzpolitik.org

Established

2004

Web Address

netzpolitik.org

Form of the company

Part of Newthinking Communications GmbH (LLC)

Describe your site or business in few words.

Netzpolitik is a (German) blog about how the internet changes politics and how politics changes the internet. Themes that interest us are for example data privacy, copyright law and other issues dealing with internet policy. On the other hand we advocate for more transparency and citizen participation so that people can better influence and change political processes.

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Poynter: Cheap & useful tools that can help entrepreneurial journalists be more efficient

By Jeremy Caplan: When it comes to tools, entrepreneurial journalists have the advantage of being free. Free of the obligation to use a news organization’s clunky software packages. Free from layers of tech bureaucracy. And free from having to get approval to try new tools.

Poynter: Cheap & useful tools that can help entrepreneurial journalists be more efficient

How a tightly paywalled, social-media-ignoring, anti-copy-paste, gossipy news site became a dominant force in Nova Scotia

By Tim Currie: AllNovaScotia charges $360 a year and seemingly breaks all the “rules” for online news. So why does it have the ear of the most powerful people in the province — and make a profit?

Nieman Lab: How a tightly paywalled, social-media-ignoring, anti-copy-paste, gossipy news site became a dominant force in Nova Scotia