Reuters grabbing business tweets and turning them into news
In Chicago, daily newspaper the Sun-Times is making its mobile push with a content-heavy smartphone and tablet app powered by Inergize Digital’s News Synergy. The app currently draws its revenue through exclusive sponsorship deals, but geotargeted display ads and deals could be on the horizon.
PIN asks sources - ordinary folk - to answer questions, tell stories in response to specific questions. Responders are asked if they’d agreed to be interviewed. Then responses go into a giant database for reporters to mine for context, anecdotes - reality.
PaidContent.org takes a look at the latest moves into this field by journalists and others
"I’m also uncertain whether it’s possible to show that the move from staff to freelance contributors will result, or has resulted, in a diminution in quality.
In truth, what’s happening to photographers is a precursor to what will happen on the writing side too - and that’s way before we cease to publish on newsprint.”
Sadly I think this is very true….
Making HyperLocal Pay
Former broadcaster Steve Brodbeck, inspired by the ill-fated TBD.com in nearby Washington, launched his own local news site serving Arlington and is making a living at it - with most of his initial advertisers finding HIM, rather than the other way around
Mastering this tool will make you happy. It will make your data happy. Probably, eventually, it will make your boss happy, too.
Bar none, the best post on doing online journalism I’ve read in years. If you come away without learning anything, without a dozen ideas spinning around inside your head, then stop reading this right now and go back to the funeral home for your viewing.
“Louis C.K. was aiming to cut the networks out of the equation when he announced he would release his latest special on his website only, and it appears he’s succeeded — and profited.
In a post on his site last night, the comedian and star of the FX series “Louie” reported he had raked in $500,000 from 110,000 purchases of “Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater” amounting to $200,000 in profit once production costs, website construction and fees to PayPal were subtracted. The hour-long special costs $5 for two downloads and two streams of the performance.”
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The makers of Read It Later analyzed the stories and authors theirs users were saving and came up with some interesting insights into what people find worth saving on the web.
The HuffPost also announced it was hiring Lisa Belkin from the New York Times to be a senior columnist covering parenting and family issues.
The latest hiring and purchase are part of a number of moves at the news and blog site, which has been frantically expanding its offerings since it was acquired by AOL.
That now includes four more sections launching this week — Huff/Post50; HuffPost Gay Voices; HuffPost Weddings; and HuffPost High School — bringing the grand total of new sites to 21 since the Huffington Post officially merged with AOL in March.
Conversation with a Guardian.co’s developer involved in the launch of their API: