Feb 202012

Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn claims to be raising its wages and cutting overtime, and it seems fair to attribute at least some of that to NYT’s excellent coverage of Apple’s manufacturing there, which put some pressure on them. Elsewhere on the internet Jeff Jarvis explains why he insists that news become profitable, rather than relying on

Jan 232012

Via a terrific Felix Salmon post on media as technology “stack” I stumbled on this post of his from 2010 which contained a paragraph I just couldn’t help but post: Dean has a very old-fashioned view of what journalism is and should be: “the corest of core” values, he says, at any news organization, are

Jul 182011

In a lengthy new post, Clay Shirky hits on a point that I think doesn’t get mentioned enough: Here’s what the newspaper business sounds like: the modestly talented son of the founder can generate double-digit margins based on little more than the happy accident that there are people who like football and buy cars living

Mar 172011
The NYT's Unsustainable Paywall

The New York Times has finally released the details of their paywall, and they confirm that the model is not sustainable. I have a short post up at The Atlantic Tech saying as much. Here’s the basic point: Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social media like Facebook and

Jan 222011
Paying ProPublica to read The New York Times

2011 is the year The New York Times will finally erect its much discussed paywall.  The Times will charge “less than $20 a month” for full access to its site; non-paying users will have access to an unspecified number of articles outside the paywall. As a heavy reader of the Times – exclusively online –

Dec 172010
My parents' coffee table, online

Growing up I remember my parents subscribing to three magazines: The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper’s.  Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen updates on how each is faring online.  Results vary.  A lot. Let’s start with the worst… Harper’s It wasn’t all that long ago that I was considering subscribing to Harper’s. 

Apr 202010
Just ask nicely

Despite being a huge fan of the New York Times, I’m reluctant to subscribe when the paper institutes its paywall. There are a couple of reasons for that, but in this post I’ll focus on just one: I’d rather be asked to support good journalism than forced to pay for it. Being asked to support

Feb 082010

I may not own an NBA team, but since everyone and their grandmother seems to be weighing in on the future of news and journalism, I figured I’d share some thoughts.  That’s a big part of what this blog is supposed to be about, after all. It’s not intended to be a unified theory and