Dear Bill Keller

Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times, gave an interview to TIME magazine that showed a total lack of transparency, a fear that journalism itself was under attack, and a disturbing amount of the 'old media' mindset. This is a look at what he got wrong, and how to fix it.

Paid Content = Paid Wifi

Apologies for opening up the paid content can of crap again, but with the news the News Corp is planning to start charging for content in the next year, I got to thinking of the problem afresh.The problem comes down to this: will users pay for content that they can just wait for and get for free?

An Economist Approach to the Newspaper Industry

Sometimes it's good to get perspective. Approaching the newspaper business from the point of view of an economist is exceedingly interesting. In this post, I present a the thoughts of a college student economist and my summary reactions.

LINKS | Down with the AP?

There's been a growing feeling that the AP is not our friend in the media industry, but this week, that feeling seemed to bubble over. We've got some rough numbers to show that they're not helping us, and with the rise of ESPN local sites, the AP is rapidly loosing it's marketplace. I don't know if I'm ready to sign their death sentence yet, they do seem to have some smart people working for 'em (I look to the New Model for News study and their iPhone app). Yet, it's painfully obvious (after the youtube fiasco) that the AP is a classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing.

LIVE | NPPA Photo Workshop

I'll be livestreaming the Syracuse University NPPA photo workshop at 4:00pm EST. Click the link to watch here, or go straight to the Mogulus channel at

The Wall Street Journal has their iPhone App all Wrong

Mobile is the present and the future landscape for the media industry. In this part of the Nieman Labs series of excerpts from an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray talks about their new iPhone app.They've got it all wrong, by modeling their app after a print model, but I've got a better idea.

LINKS | Generation Y has Inherited the Media

“Maybe, just maybe, the existing model for generating, distributing and monetizing content could benefit from a Ctrl-Alt-Delete reboot.”- Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?It's been two weeks since my last one of these, which is in part due to laziness, and in part due to my wanting to get a good list going on a contentious topic: Generation Y needs to take over the media.I'm increasingly convinced that the 'old media' model is broken largely because the old folks just don't get it. Not to say that there aren't people in 30s-70s who don't get 'it,' just that there are too few, too few in a position of power, and too few who get 'it' enough.These are my links for March 29th through April 13th

BATTLE | Planning a Budget ‘New Media’ for Feature

The process of developing a story budget for The Daily Orange Feature Desk is mostly one of narrowing down broad ideas to make them relevant to the population the paper serves.This is just a mind dump of ideas that I shared with the Editor on how to make their content a bit more 'new media' friendly.

You can’t make abundancy scarce

I'm sick and tired of the mind-fuck that the 'old media' types try to pull on us. Charging for content, just because you decide it's valuable is asinine. We've got a choice: charge for a great user experience, or charge for fantastic content.

LINKS | Generation Y takes on the world

Last week has lead me this generalization: Generation Y fundamentally understands the internet, and therefore the current state of the world, in a way that older generations just never will. It's a generalization and not a maxim, because as folks like John Bryne, Bryan Murley, and even Steve Jobs remind me that us youngin's aren't the only ones who get it, we're just in the majority. This post contains my links for March 21st through March 27th.

rev2oh | Classifieds: Use a tiered selling strategy

RevenueTwoPointZero is a new group of very smart folks who are trying to rethink the business model behind journalism. After their conference last weekend, they've published a series of blog posts on their brainstorming sessions. I'll be responding to many (if not all of them) with the rev2oh slug.The one concern I had when reading the rev2oh plan for classifieds was the approach to selling premium content, which seems to follow a micro-payment model. Rather than nickel and diming the customers to death, I've got a better solution.… Read the rest of the post…

LINKS | Inspiration Only

This has been a really inspiring week for me. Everything from my talks with John Lowe, to activity at CoPress, to a phone conversation with Daniel about the future, to progress at The Daily Orange to this fantastic piece at Nieman Labs. With that in mind, I'm going to limit myself to links that inspire this week. (Also, it's been two weeks since I did one of these posts due to vacation. There's a lot of links.)

Newsflow: How Journalism Is and Will Be Generated

After taking a look at Steve Johnson's, co-founder of, speech from SXSW on the state of the news industry, I think this ideas are sound, but the details are too general.I've expanded on this thinking in a chart, Newsflow, to show the relationship between consumers, data, crowdsourcing and journalists.

LINKS | The Rocky Dies and the Daily Emerald Strikes

So, I'll be on vacation (woot!) for the coming week which means a couple of things: I'll have limited Internet access, so don't expect a my LINKS post to be very long/exist next week. I'll have limited Internet access and don't plan on being able to get any work done. At all. Not too sure how I feel about that. My Thursday resolution to try out TweetDeck for twitter is gonna have to wait a while.On a similar note, if any of you have any requests on how to better lay this post out or better formating or etc… lemme know.Here we go: these are my links for February 26th through March 5th.

Lightroom or Aperture?

This gets filed under the old news category, but I thought I'd share a demo I did on Lightroom several months ago. (oh, and that's my first submission to slideshare!)

LINKS | Google's Church

Since I've decided to start giving my links rankings, starting next week, I will only be posting links with a 3 star or greater ranking.Lots of links on journalism this week (not unusual). There's a very long article from The New Republic that's very long, but exceedingly good. Also, check out my post on newspapers as a platform – I promise it's shorter :)

Rank your links! A publish2 community proposition

From now on, I’ll be adding asterisks to my tags in publish2, as a way to star rank the quality of the post on a scale of 1-5. Just like iTunes. Just as easy to do.I invite you to join me in this endeavor. If we all start doing this, it will become an effective way of raising the best links to the top of the pile.I've created a Get Satisfaction feature request, please weigh in there.

LINKS | Micropayments don't work, but everyone has a better idea

Somehow, I missed the links from the latter part of last week, and have been bookmarking like crazy this last week. So, ya'll get a ton of links. Apologies for the long, long list, but I've broken it up with some good videos — and I've edited down! These are the cream of the crop from February 10th through February 20th.

How Newhouse can become relevant again

This post is in part a response to Lauren Rabaino’s post on how to change the Cal Poly journalism program in part an answer to the #collegejourn call for posts on how to improve college journalism education.

Micropayments lead to Piracy

If micropayments take hold, the news information business will likely see the same sort of piracy that has affected the music, movie, software, and video game industries.

LINKS | Newspapers don't need micropayments

These are my links for February 6th through February 8th, covering a wrap-up of the TIME magazine article on How to save newspapers. Including a look at a variety of different possible business models and some Tech and Photography links.

BATTLE | What we need, is infastructure

As a follow up to my BATTLE post, What we need, is a plan, I'd like to share some the continued converstation between myself, and the ever skeptical (and it's a good thing to be skeptical), staff of The Daily Orange .Read on to see 8 reasons why College Publisher, the advantages of moving off CP, and how why infrastructure for the move matters.

Newspapers Oughta Sell Their New Expertise

To adapt to the Internet, newspapers have been forced to evolve, some have become experts in ‘new media.’ Why not sell this expertise to ad clients as a package to get them online in a fast, convenient way. Both parties would benefit.

BATTLE | What we need, is a plan

The Daily Orange has no roadmap for moving online in a meaningful way. Despite publishing online for the last 7 years, the site design is awful, all content is shovelware, and there is no clear way to get out of the rut.This post presents a plan to move forward.

The Internet Broke the Economy

Douglas Rushkoff of NYU has completely blown my mind. It's not often that one finds a completely, world-upside-down, mind-altering … anything. But this is it. The thesis: The internet has turned the world on it’s head because because it destroys the traditional definition of economy: “rational actors maximizing their value through the acquisition/distribution of scarce resources.”

Hear Hear

Old media doesn't know how to do new media, and I don't think that talking about it is going to help

War in Georgia

When I first looked at TIME's collection of photos my first reaction was: "meh, more war photographs." Once you get past your seven-year familiarity with war photos, these photos reflect their own importance.

War Photographer: Aftermath

"I thought I'd put photojournalism and war behind me four and a half years ago when I traded in the dusty battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan for law school in Miami. But those words reminded me that you never truly leave the battlefield behind."

How to Save Afghanistan

TIME has a great article on how to fix Afghanistan. The bad news: We suck, and no one (including Obama and McCain) know how to fix it. The good news? We can do better by doing less.

ooooo shiny!

"Try not to pick up every shiny object that comes your way, sometimes, it's a chainsaw." (this post is a rant)

Audio Slideshow: Afghanistan's Ongoing War

Some great photos and a really good script for the narration. Zalmai does a decent narration, but her voice lacks some of the emphasis that a good narrator requires. Well worth the watch, and worth hearing the story.

MobileMe Reviewed

I've just gotten my hands on a full MobileMe account and I thought I'd take the opportunity to compliment and complain. Spoiler: I'm impressed with the flashiness, but think there is a lot to work on.