Thursday, September 3, 2009

Friday New Media News Roundup

It's Friday, and I'm glad to see the end of the week. And I'll end this week with the usual news roundup. There's a lot to cover this week, so here we go.

From the Social Media Biz blog, Cali Lewis, the host of offers 7 great tips for those of you wanting to jump into the wonderful world of podcasting.

Don't we all get tired of bad news about the gloom and doom in the media industry? That's why I was glad to see this article in Media News on five media outlets that actually work in this economy: Family Circle, MSLO, Clear Channel, Gawker and HBO.

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam writes about all the things that were supposed to be the future of journalism -- but ended up not quite making it. Does Knight-Ridder's VuText ring a bell?

Having worked on the journalism and public relations/corporate communications sides of the business, this article in the Agency Spy blog caught my eye. It reported that ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky has hired USA Today advertising reporter Theresa Howard. She answered an ad for the job. Interesting...

Ladies and Gentlemen: it is now time for your Journalism Online LLC update. You can see past posts from me on the concept here and here. The Techdirt blog is reporting that one of the venture's founders, Steven Brill, is now predicting "10% to 15%" of online readers will pay for a subscription to Journalism Online. That is up from the 5% to 10% when the venture was first announced.

Mashable writer Leah Betancourt offers tips on how journalists can use YouTube to upload and share news. "News videos fall into three categories: rebroadcasts of current material; original videos and distribution of news; and archive of older video footage. Media companies, indie news organizations, and even citizen journalists are putting YouTube’s voluminous video database to work in all three ways, and the lines between these three uses tend to blur and overlap," she wrote.

The Nieman Journalism Lab blog has an interesting post about how four local neighborhood papers that use editors to train volunteer reporters.

And finally, Popular Science magazine has dumped the paid model for its digital ezine, reports Media Week. Using Zinio, the publisher "hoped to get 900,000 downloads for the first four issues combined. But the first issue, priced at 99 cents, sold just over 5,000," said Media Week.

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