Several must-reads

Not just the usual bullets– These are all worthy of the PNMROTW* honors.

  • Jeff Jarvis riffing on Seth Godin: Small is the new big. (Follow every link)
  • Ari Soglin: Checkbook Citizen Journalism
  • Newspapers and newspapermen key Evelyn Rodriguez on saving ourselves from freezing: The Sun‘s first issue sold out immediately, and contained numerous "human interest" stories (a form practically invented by the Penny Press) that drew an audience of readers "starved for information about other people like themselves,
    distressed souls from other lands or from upstate farms – people
    marooned in a rapidly growing city that was often inscrutable,
    uncaring, or unintelligible

  • Vin Crosbie: Endgame for newspapersThe business model of newspapers — aggregating revenues from
    newsprint edition purchases and from classified advertising and display
    advertising — is obsolete and awry. Its classified advertising sector
    is certainly obsolete. There is much discussion within the newspaper
    industry about how to compete against sites such as Craig’s List, but most of that talk is about preserving
    the newspaper industry’s traditional business model of paid classified
    ads against the free classifieds advertising of Craig’s and other
    sites. The newspaper industry need to open its eyes to the fact that its traditional business model of paid classified advertising is dead. It is a Nineteenth Century business model that’s no longer relevant.

    Likewise, the newspaper industry’s display advertising business
    model is starting to crumble. Google and Yahoo! last year had combined
    advertising earnings of $4 billion in display advertising revenue —
    more than most U.S. media companies. Now that broadband permits
    targetted delivery of video and once sites like Google, Yahoo!, and
    Craig’s List begin local targeting of display advertising, this pilar
    of newspaper industry revenue will start to collapse. Give it five more

  • Chris Anderson: Why I prefer blogs to traditional journalism
  • John Robinson on transparency
  • Kurt Andersen says
    All newspapers are kind of f***ed.": He envisions a hybrid blog, whereby a journalist is paid to search out
    stories and blog about them, incorporating both traditional reporting
    and opinion. “So then it’s not just all like ‘Look at what this blogger
    said about this other blogger.’ It all becomes a bit of an echo
    chamber. The coffee gets pretty thin if you pour it through the grounds
    10 times.”

*Pegasus News Must Read of the Week

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.