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  • "WSJ.com's overhaul isn't really aimed at the site's one million subs: It's designed to capitalize on the growing number of non-subscribers who visit the site (the redesign began last winter, after new owner Rupert Murdoch decided not to drop WSJ.com's pay wall). Non-subscribers will get a home page with an entirely different mix of stories, emphasizing general news, opinion pieces, style stories, etc — the kind of stuff that non-subscribers can read for free. The more specialized stuff the Journal is known for — actual business news and proprietary coverage — will be more clearly sectioned off, and marked with a little "key" icon."
  • "According to a panel discussion held at the University of Maryland-College Park, the journalists of the future will be less wedded to individual institutions like the New York Times and instead will operate in a world in which they must continuously market themselves to multiple news organizations.

    "Reporters will not only have to know how to interview sources and write stories for different media platforms, the panelists said, they will have to know basic business principles so that they can create individual brand names for themselves that can be used to build audience followings and create job opportunities.

  • "Citizen journalism works best when the citizens don’t have a voice. Interestingly, while the rest of the world talks about hyperlocal, AllVoices’ generic ‘global’ strategy may have something in it. Citizen journalism site OhMyNews was a massive success in South Korea, largely because of a homogenous press and a looming election; Pakistan appears to have similar conditions for ‘citizen media success’ – and AllVoices has been flexible enough to become a useful tool to that population at that time. Could it repeat the performance in other countries at similar periods? Possibly. But when OhMyNews hasn’t repeated its success internationally, this is clearly a tough nut to crack."
  • "New York Times Co. finalized its plans to shut down the Web site of sister paper International Herald Tribune and begin hosting news from the IHT on a co-branded "global edition" of NYTimes.com. The Times said the closure of the IHT site wasn't a cost-cutting move, although as part of the change the company will have to "reassign or relocate" IHT staffers, a spokeswoman for the IHT said.

    The IHT has been a money-loser for the Times since it purchased the Washington Post Co.'s 50% stake in 2003.

  • "The reality is that the TV stations were not using user-generated content to connect with viewers and develop their localism. Overall there was little opportunity for public commentary on the news, but more of an appeal for photos and video from the audience.

    "Baggerman concluded that TV stations are concerned about relinquishing control of their site, which reflects the findings of other studies – journalists are retaining a traditional gate-keeper role towards user-generated content."

  • ""We have to do better," he said in his talk, called "The Future of News," and said that it's time for the social news site that he founded in 2004 to to expand beyond the geek set and get some real-world relevance."

    "The impetus right now, he kept stressing, is to make a social news site personally relevant. Digg has a lot of data that it hasn't opened up yet, and that it will start rolling out to the public to make the site more relevant for average people. Pooling users into 'dynamic' groups by interest is paramount, as is customizing the site for people who might not want all those stories about iPhones and Barack Obama. Beyond that, there's more: Digg has used internal algorithms to identify what Rose calls 'prescient users,' or tastemakers who have a high probability of Digging something early on that will eventually become very popular."

  • "I'm now dealing legal, marketing, hosting, development, design, community building, and other aspects of Spot.Us – the likes of which I never planned on making a part of my livelihood (it wasn't long ago that I was a humble beat reporter).

    "I never would have expected dealing with these issues to be fun. But they are – because they all add up to creating digital poetry. I continue to love every minute of every day working on spot.us. I'm exhausted, yes – but loving it.

  • "Scaling back on the all-you-can-eat content buffet in favor of more exclusive material does not just appeal to a hardcore audience. People get their information from one another, not just through the direct consumption of media. Catering to the leadership audience, the well-educated news junkies and opinion leaders, will help spread your content in the long run."

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