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The New York Times—and all other media—are in search of good bloggers

I met recently with an editor of a national newsmagazine and asked a simple question: If you were to create a new section, how many reporters would you hire?

“Reporters!”, he responded. “I would hire a handful of bloggers, steal from other parts of the magazine, and put out the section online.”

Investment: minimal.

The New York Times announced today that it is partnering with a Web company called FWIX to launch the equivalent of a whole bunch of extremely local special sections on nytimes.com. FWIX uses powerful software to gather links to news and blogs from more than 160 communities in six countries.

Investment for the Times? No telling, but it is safe to say, significantly less than staffing reporters in 160 cities!

Want news from Akron, Ohio, where…

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Social media soared, newspapers were gored, and the news, well it roared

From the hilarious to the sobering, here are some perspectives helping us look back on the events that dominated the news and the media in 2009.

Google Wave and the newsroom from Leah Betancourt of Mashable: Newsrooms are experimenting with this melding of real time reporting and social media platforms.

Uncle Jay explains: Jay Gilbert, a longtime Cincinnati radio personality, offers a creative and funny take on the year’s events. Uncle Jay is always worth a laugh.

Reflections of a Newsosaur reflects on mass newspaper closings: Alan Mutter, businessman, journalist and consultant, details the closings of more than 140 papers, but then ends with a section titled, “The irrepressible optimism of publishers.”

More reflecting, this time on what people talked…

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The shifting power within journalism is more than a new stripe on the same court

First of all, the stripe metaphor was Tom Curley’s deal. The CEO of the Associated Press, speaking at the World Media Summit in Beijing this week, talked of sweeping change in the world of journalism. He compared it to the first time someone placed a three-point line on a college basketball court.

“The NCAA painted an arc on the basketball courts…..The game changed immediately….Strategies changed….The court, though finite, suddenly was expanded.”

Curley argued that the AP and the world of journalism need to maintain their fundamental values, while becoming far more interesting—and aggressive.

“The choices are harder than ever. The culture and the economy have changed along with the technology of the digital age,” he said.

“From all visible signs, (the world) is…

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Print your own magazine, complete with ads

The old saying went: “Never argue with anyone who buys ink by the barrel.”

Pretty soon it will be: “Never argue with anyone who wants to print their own magazine.”

One of my favorite business reporters these days is Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times. Recently, she wrote an article about a Web site called, Printcasting, which allows would-be journalists to self-publish their own magazine.

Printcasting also allows people to be their own news aggregators (see previous posts on aggregators) and compile interesting information on the topics of their choice.

Seems that as popular as online news is, some advertisers wish to reach potential customers through print. Thus, Printcasters was created in March.

Can newspapers make this model work? I guess we’ll see.…

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New aggregators are more than enemies of newspapers

Newspapers and news aggregators are mutual enemies, right? After all, newspapers are sick and tired of paying their journalists to produce news coverage, only to have search engines steal it away.

Or is this all bad? After all, with the growing amount of information on the Web, we all need help finding the information we want. Isn’t there an opportunity for news organizations to be content provider and news aggregator?

Something to consider as you review the amazing array of aggregators available on the Internet. Here is one that never fails to amaze me with some interesting tidbit.

You can find mainstream articles such as this one on whales from the New York Times or read about the default state of the human brain. All from the same aggregator.

This aggregator…

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