Reaping a temporary windfall

Submitted by yelvington on October 16, 2012 - 12:59pm

I'm cleaning out my office in prep for a move to Savannah, and finding stuff, as usual.

In the pile: A folder labeled "charging for content." And inside, printouts headlined "Web sites going free-to-fee," "Media General to charge for newspaper web sites; CEO calls free access 'dumb'," "Turning surfers into subscribers" and "If you post it, will they pay?"

The dates? 2000 and 2001.

Social media bad for newspapers? Waah

Submitted by yelvington on September 23, 2012 - 11:57am

I don't know whether to be appalled or just amused at the reported quote from AP's Liz Sidoti that social media is a "time suck" threatening young journalists' understanding of reporting basics.

I didn't hear it myself; I think that comment came while I was across the street from the Seigenthaler Center, in the parking lot dealing with Vanderbilt police about vandalism and burglary of my truck (which is another story).

Where does local media site traffic come from, anyway?

Submitted by yelvington on August 30, 2012 - 12:30pm

A group of German publishers is lobbying for a law that would require search engines to pay copyright fees to websites that are indexed. The general Internet cognoscenti reaction is "cut them off and let those arrogant fossils doom themselves," but it begs the question: How important is search traffic to news sites, anyway?

Vacation's over

Submitted by yelvington on August 28, 2012 - 2:29pm

I didn't actually intend to take such a long vacation from blogging, but it happened. Perhaps it was a good thing to spare the world from hearing me repeat myself. I took a real-world vacation, too, and spent a couple of weeks in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand, with my youngest daughter, now a high school senior. But the summer is over, the kids are back in school, and I intend to return to the keyboard.

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