Margie Freivogel on Journalism's Transition to the Internet

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Margie Freivogel discusses her new online enterprise, the St. Louis Beacon, and her transition from print to online journalism. She expresses her enthusiasm for influencing the future of journalism and says, "I have never been happier in my work than I am now."  See Freivogel's Media Giraffe profile for more.

Take a brief online survey

PBS Engage has joined with the Knight Commission to conduct the first national survey about how people are getting their news in the digital age.  Go here to answer their five questions online.  The site also gives you the chance to ask Google's Marissa Mayer, a co-chair of the commission, questions about the project.

New giraffe profile up

We just put up a new giraffe profile for Justin Carder. Justin does the Capital Hill Seattle Blog, and is also working to start a new hosting platform for blogs like his (details on that are found in the "Read More" section at the end of his profile). For the profile, we relied on information from Jane Steven's journalism blog, Rejurno. She tracks new solutions for journalism and has been doing case studies on online news sites. You can check that out here.

According to Slate, YouTube draining money

There is an interesting article in Slate about how much Google is losing to keep YouTube running.  It quotes a report by Credit Suisse that Google will lose $470 million on it this year.  While user-generated sites like Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube are immensely popular--and get a lot of press--they've become, according to Slate, a "financial albatross."  Advertisers are less drawn to the content, and the company is stuck providing the bandwidth for the public to put up their pictures and videos:

Save the Date: May 27th Conference, "From Gatekeeper to Information Valet"

A CRITICAL CONVENING:
"From Gatekeeper to Information Valet:
Workplan for Sustaining Journalism"

ONE DAY: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The George Washington University
805 21st St. NW /  Washington, D.C.

Will you stand for achieving a sustainable future for journalism? If so, please join journalists, researchers, scholars, entrepreneurs, technologists, regulators and the public on Wednesday, May 27 at a critical summit in Washington, D.C.

Please go to http://www.journalismtrust.org to learn more, or download this two-page handout for a quick briefing: http://newshare.com/handout.pdf

Newspapers starting to pressure Google

As newspapers look for ways to make money online, they're grumbling about sites like Google that are making money off their news.  Newspapers don't want to pull their articles from Google searches and Google News (the links bring readers to newspaper websites) but rather force Google to start paying them something.  In what form (subscriptions, content deals) no one seems quite sure, though people are starting to apply pressure.  Murdoch

St. Louis Beacon and SeattleBulldog.org: both find a home in local television stations

This current.org article talks about the St. Louis Beacon (started by reporters laid off by the Post-Dispatch) and the newly minted SeattleBulldog.org, a recently founded (though not yet live) local online site started by employees of Seattle's now defunct Post-Intelligencer. What they have in common--

Jimmy Wales pulls plug on Wikia Search

Yesterday, giraffe prospect Jimmy Wales pulled the plug on Wikia Search, his open-sourced, collaborative search engine that he hoped would rival Google.  He wrote the postmortem on his blog:  

Two takes on the fate of newspapers


ESSAY: Two media reformers propose $200 tax break for newspaper subscribers; news literacy in schools.

I came across two articles this week about the fate of newspapers:  Clay Shirky's March 13th post, "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable," and John Nichols' and Robert McChesney's recent Nation article, "The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers."

They clumped together in my mind, not because of how similar they were,

Creating a film that keeps up with the news

Media Giraffe Prospect Robert Greenwald was in the news over the weekend for his latest film, "Rethink Afghanistan."  This New York Times article, "Released on Web, a Film Stays Fresh," talks about Greenwald's efforts to make his documentaries as real time as possible. With "Rethink Afghanistan," he is shrinking the gap between creation and the audience even further, posting the film (on rethinkafghanistan.com and

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