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Do newspapers matter? ex-LA Times editor John Carroll says yes -- and explains why

The excellent Nieman Watchdog site at Harvard University posted April 28 a annotated text of former Los Angeles Times Editor John Carroll's speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In it, according to the Nieman site: "Caroll says the full value of newspapers is lost on today�s readers (who think they aren�t needed in the Internet age) and today�s owners (who just see their capacity for making money). The solution: Explain to the public why journalism is essential to a self-governing nation -- and find owners who recognize the valuable role newspapers play in their communities."

MediaShift columnists dscribes a half dozen news personalization sites

MediaShift columnist Mark Glaser analyzes the most prominent news-customization web stes. ---- >

"Wisdom of Crowds" author says newspapers should invest in quality local news, skipping stock tables and wire stories

James Suroweicki, a writer for The New Yorker magazine who usually focuses on business topics, gained fame in 2004 with his book, "The Wisdom of Crowds," which argued that the collected intelligence of the masses, now easily and quickly compiled and analyzed with Internet technology, generally reaches better decisions than small groups of experts. Now he's giving some advice to the newspaper industry, in a short "Talk of the Town" column in the current New Yorker. He argues newspapers, still fabulously profitable despite gradual readership loss, can extend their life by reinvesting in quality local-news reporting and dispensing with things like stock tables and wire-service reports. (ALTERNATE LINK) --- >

As costly journalism is diminished, what are implications on society, Singapore editor asks

AsiaMedia, a project of the International Institute at UCLA, has posted a perceptive commentary on financing journalism's future by Cheong Yip Seng, an editor at Singapore Press Holdings. Writing originally in the Straits Times, Yip Seng asks what the implications are of a less well-informed society. "How will the man in the street cope with the rapid changes in the global economy? Will they fully understand why painful restructuring is the only meaningful response to the rise of China and India?"

Jack Shafer: What newspaper history says about newspaper future

Lessons about the future of newspapers taken from the industry's past is the subject of Jan. 28, 2006, essay by Jack Shafer, Slate's editor-at-large. He says newspapers must add compelling new services which compete successful for attention with blogs and Internet multimedia. He refers to a 1996 study on newspaper consolidation to describe how electornic typesetting, the decline of unions and estate taxes set the stage for a properous three decades for newspapers. Now they must reinvent again. Read his piece ---- >

Harvard professor, consultant, offer "innovator's dilemma" change advice to newspapers

The newspaper industry's "Newspaper Next" coping-with-change initiative is in full swing. In an article in the January edition of Presstime,, the trade magazine of the Newspaper Association of America, Harvard Business School professor Clark Gilbert and consultant Scott Anthony, describe the steps newspapers must take to cope with so-called "disruptive change." Key points: Experiment widely and frequently, focusing on customer service needs rather than products.

NEWSPAPERS: Zollman summarizes three views on the proper tone for the future of newspapers

At the Poynter Institute site, newspaper-industry consultant peter Zollman analyzes three recent articles about dailies, expressing the view that "sky is falling" analysis may be overblown given the continued solid profits despite many negative trends. The point -- newspapers have time to morph if they are strategic about it.

Seven things newspapers can do to create viable online businesses

Last week's announcement that the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain might be sold produced useful insight from Rich Gordon, a Medill School of Journalism professor who was formerly new-media editor at the Miami Herald. In an essay at the Poynter online website, Gordon ticks off seven things newspapers should be doing right now to create viable business models for electronic distribution. Visit the Poynter website to learn what they are.

Poynter analysis considers how newspapers are reacting to blogs, and what will pay for "citizen journalism"

At the Poynter Institute website, ex-Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Rick Edmonds provides a thorough overview of the the rise of news-oriented blogs and how the mainstream media is reacting to them. The essay includes many useful links to other resources. A sidebar by former San Francisco Examiner editor Steve Outing examines whether local-news websites will find a way to support the paying of citizens to do reporting -- something which Outing forecast will be necessary to the survival of the new genre.

Report suggests newspapers struggling to adapt to customers abandonment of print for web

This report by a columnist for the St. Petersburg, Fla., Times, is a thorough roundup of thinking about the challenge U.S. daily newspapers faces in adapting to the changing information needs of their customers. It quotes key thinkers and cites recent data on layoffs, profits and revenues in the industry. The messages seems to be that newspapers are struggling to adapt as their readers migrate away from paper and toward online.
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