Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday New Media News Roundup

The Economist is testing a cellphone-based delivery service in New York City, reports Subscribers will get a text message with stories in the next issue, including a link to order. You have until 9 in the evening to have delivery by 6 in the morning, even beating the newsstand. Response to a similar test in the UK was “moderate,” said the web site.

Online magazine pioneer Salon is mulling a revamp of its current form from longer magazine pieces to shorter, more real-time posts, reports

The Almighty Link blog offers up the top 10 journalism links on Delicious. I’m happy to say I’ve read 6 of the top 10 links. My favorite? “Top 10 Lies Newspaper Execs are Telling Themselves,” from the SimsBlog.

Patrick LaForge, an editor at the New York Times, offers up his list of third-party apps he uses on his iPhone at his Palafo blog. The ones on his list that I use on my iPod Touch are: Google, Might Docs, Facebook, TextPlus, Yelp, Urbanspoon, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR News, Pandora, ITv and Midomi.

If you’re not subscribed to Mindy McAdams’ Teaching Online Journalism blog, you really need to be. Her latest post offers up the Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, a step-by-step guide giving you the tools to teach you all the tools and tricks.

Kudos to St. Petersburg Times TV/media critic Eric Deggans on his The Feed blog post calling out the Tampa Tribune for using others blog posts without paying for them. He outlines the case of LA-based writer Tina Dupuy, who made her case on YouTube and got the newspaper to cough up $75 for her submission.

I file this under “don’t hate the player, hate the game.” Jeff Jarvis’s Buzz Machine blog blasts two reporters for dumping on the use of Twitter as a reporting tool. Put me down as in favor of Twitter.

Writing headlines and subheads has always been the bane of my existence. That’s why I was thrilled to see this post on Copyblogger covering 5 Sure-Fire Sources for Headline Inspiration.

Journalism Online now plans on charging a 20% commission on subscription fees from members who join the pay-for-news venture founded by Steven Brill and 2 other partners, reports the Nieman Journalism Lab blog.

And speaking of pay for news, the Mashable blog reports that the Google has submitted a plan to the Newspaper Association of America on a micropayment system to charge for news based on its Google Checkout model.

The Internet Manifesto has published 17 declarations on how journalism works today. Numbers 5, 6 and 25 are my personal favorites.

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