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  • Ad Age/Nat Ives: It's Back: 25 MORE Media People You Should Follow on Twitter
    25 media types worth following on Twitter.
  • Ad Age: Why So Many Media Companies Stumble Globally
    The few news brands that have succeeded, to greater or lesser degrees, arguably include CNN, Bloomberg, People, Thomson Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Economist. Other contenders are the Associated Press, the BBC, ABC, NBC, maybe CBS, National Public Radio, News Corp. and the top U.K. dailies, said Ken Doctor, the newspaper veteran who's now an analyst at Outsell. "If a news-media organization sees itself as covering the wider world, sees it as its foundation, that in and of itself differentiates it from all the local media -- newspapers, TV, radio -- out there," he said. "If, in addition, it has substantial reporting and editing resources, then it can play. The tough part is the part we're in: Who wins the race to ubiquity and can make it pay off?"
  • NYT: If The Globe Were Sold, What Price?
    “The best guesstimate of the real price: a buck. The best of an announced price: between $50 and $100 million,” he wrote in an e-mail message. The devil will be in the details of the obligations that a buyer would assume, he said, adding that “a buck essentially represents a gentleman’s agreement: I take a liability, headache and a distraction off your hands.” He said that the Times Company could hang on to some pension liabilities or other obligations in exchange for a higher purchase price, a number that would give the appearance that it was getting something for the more than $1 billion it paid 16 years ago. He added that no bank would be interested in financing a deal given how other deals have blown up, so “the owner’s own money is immediately at risk.”
  • Economist: It isn’t just newspapers: much of the established news industry is being blown away. Yet news is thriving
    Ken Doctor of Outsell, a research firm, reckons that the Kindle appeals to baby-boomers who would otherwise read a paper magazine or newspaper. The young prefer their iPhones and their aggregators. Indeed, the top four magazines on Kindle, according to Amazon’s website, are the New Yorker, Newsweek, Time and Reader’s Digest. Not much of a youth market there.
  • Forbes: San Diego News Shoot-Out
    "The Union-Tribune is cratering. That opens a hole in the market and the opportunity for some unconventional business models."
  • Journal Sentinel faces daunting choices
    “There’s no strategy – this is panic. What we’re likely to see this year (around the country) and what we’ll see in Milwaukee too is (publishers asking) how much they need to cut back and how much they can do to still hold their place in the market. For publishers, it’s about ‘How do we stay alive and stay profitable until we can get to some sort of breathing period?’ (Economic) recovery will not bring back their old business, but it will give them some breathing room.”
  • AP: Threat to shut Boston Globe shows no paper is saf
    The threat to close the paper "sends a very clear message to all employees and unions of surviving newspapers — that this is not business as usual. This is uncharted territory....Newspapers all "have a sword over their heads," said Doctor. If the industry wants to survive, he said, "everyone has to give some blood."
  • Guardian: Seattle mourns the last day of its venerable Post Intelligencer
    "There's a lot less reporting happening, on a national scale. For the 1,500 or so daily newspapers, it's just a matter of getting smaller and smaller."
  • Seattle Times: Seattle's oldest newspaper goes to press for the final time
    "They're bringing the full force of their national relationships and content to bear on Seattle. They [Hearst] could sustain this experiment indefinitely. If it makes a million or loses a million, that's nothing to a company like Hearst."
  • AP: Hearst hopes Web-only Seattle P-I will turn profit
    "It [online-only PI] definitely can make money. They have a head start in terms of the brand and (Web) traffic. They have to run like hell to create a new identity."

What's On My Netvibes

  • Steve Goldstein
    Fellow KR alumnus Steve Goldstein understands the research/info needs of end-use enterprise customers, and he's built a company that is helping satisfy them.
  • Peter Krasilovsky
    Centered on e-commerce of all kinds from Yellow Pages through classifieds and new ad models.
  • Mark Potts
    Mark Potts is an experienced journalist, observer of Internet journalism and an alumnus of the Backfence experiment.
  • John Blossom
    Thoughtful views on a wide-ranging mix of media change.
  • Jay Rosen
    Jay Rosen is a provocateur in the best sense, an NYU journalism professor deeply committed to keeping the press accountable and vibrant in the digital age.
  • David Meerman Scott
    David Scott understands web marketing of digital content. Check out his site and his new book, "Cashing In With Content"
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While doing research at my internship, I came across this post, and love this idea. First of all, I'm 25 (three years out of college) and interning because I can't find a job, and now this show is being shut down as well. I've tossed around a ton of ideas in my head...go back to school for a Masters? Peace Corps? Teach for America? I KNOW that I am meant to be a journalist and a teacher, but I am struggling with the thought of joining the mainstream media and its definition of "news." I've done a handful of things with my degree, but I'm having a hard time figuring out where I fit in. Something like a "News Corps" would be right up my alley. How do we do this??

Maria Minno

WHAT???? You have totally missed the boat! Look at YouTube, Indymedia, and all the millions of blogs young people are putting out, not to mention 'zines and podcasts. Why would they want to join the conventional news industry that is manufacturing lies and industrial viewpoints, when they can have free speech and self-publish in whatever medium they choose?! Even teeny tiny radio stations are popping up all over the place. What planet are you on????????

Steve Katz

Ken - apologies for the long cut and paste, but here's an excerpt from Free Press' book on Changing Media ( - more than relevant to your proposal, and more to the point: actionable.

Journalism Jobs Program
The final proposal for a short-term remedy to the journalism crisis is an attempt to
support veteran, qualified reporters and simultaneously to engage young people
in journalism. One of the biggest problems with the collapsing business model
of print newspapers is the possibility that tens of thousands of highly trained and
experienced reporters will dissipate into other sectors of the economy, and tens of
thousands of talented young people will be dissuaded from becoming journalists
in the first place.

With the recent expansion of AmeriCorps’ existing domestic service program,
now would be an opportune moment to include journalistic activities as part of
its mission. “The Serve America Act,” which Congress approved in March, will
dramatically increase service and paid volunteer jobs from 75,000 to 250,000
positions. The New York Times reports that full-time and part-time service volunteers
would work for “new programs focused on special areas like strengthening schools,
improving health care for low-income communities, boosting energy effi ciency and
cleaning up parks.” The AmeriCorps expansion — which will cost approximately
$6 billion over five years — also provides for a Social Innovation Fund to expand
on proven initiatives while supplying seed funding for experimental programs.
Volunteers would receive minimal living expenses and a modest educational
stipend of $5,350 after their year of service. There are also special fellowships for
people 55 and older, as well as summer positions for middle- and high-school

Building on Eric Klinenberg’s idea, a small percentage of these AmeriCorps jobs
could go to journalism positions, fellowships, or even to journalism projects
to report on the new initiatives being created through this act. These also could
provide a much-needed service if combined with or subsumed under university
media literacy programs. A promising model has been implemented recently
by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-backed initiative at Stony Brook
University. The school has hired 50 laid-off journalists to undergo summer
training with the goal of joining dozens of universities in the fall to teach “news
literacy” to non-journalism majors.

A similar program could be established to
hire journalists to teach media literacy and help launch journalistic endeavors at
all levels of education. The media literacy program could be expanded to include
many more universities through the creation of formal Department of Education
grants that might be leveraged using foundation support.

There are other direct avenues for federal government programs to aid in job
creation in this industry. The Department of Labor could design a program
aimed at keeping reporters employed at existing news organizations or at new
outlets. Such a job-creation program would stimulate the economy and offset
unemployment payments that might otherwise go to out-of-work reporters. The
structure and administration of such a program requires further study, but the
basic cost-benefi t analysis is promising. If the government were to subsidize 5,000
reporters at $50,000 per year, the cost would be $250 million annually, a relatively
modest sum given the billions coming out of Washington. Drawing on Ed Baker’s
ideas for subsidizing journalists and from the New Deal-era Federal Writers Project,
this injection of resources would serve as a bridge to help keep reporters on the
beat in local communities as the industry transitions to new business models and
new media forms.


How to resurrect journalism's standing among young people:

1. Spend less time talking about yourselves.

2. Spend more time focusing on societal problems (or: less time obsessing over access and V.I.P.s).

3. Drop the fetish for so-called 'top' people "fresh out of journalism school or Ivy League colleges." The current state of affairs was ushered in by members of just such a surge in the '70s.

You could enlist an entire Harvard graduating class, but until you prioritize integrity and independent thinking, journalism's rep won't see a miraculous turnaround.

Doug Cumming, Ph.D.

You're right. In 1989, when we needed a sharp young hire for a monthly magazine launch, I drove up to Cambridge to interview a couple of graduating Crimonsites. They both wanted the job, but we could only hire one. One's now with the NYT, the other an editor at W.

The problem now is not so much "reinventing" journalism, but finding patronage. The digital, interactive, multi-media reinvention is unstoppable, and pretty neat. It's the revenue model that needs reinventing (and I assume some smart people, young and older, have been hard at work on that).

Meanwhile, the apprecticeship system that transmited the accumulated wisdom of journalism (or, let's call it good "reporting")is disappearing. That's why we need something like you idea of a News Corp. I think I have a better name for it. I actually wrote this four months. People would think I stole the idea from you -- but here it is, verbatim, from January 2009:
Create and train a corps of top-notch, idealistic young reporters
fresh out of journalism school or Ivy League colleges (with at least
some experience on the campus paper) the way Teach for America does
for hard-case teaching jobs. An endowed foundation would pay for
terrific award-winning news veterans (who are also good, enthusiastic
teachers) to give these recruits intensive summer-long training – again, following the Teach for America model. And like Teach for America, these recruits would be selected
carefully, and sent only where they are needed (small-town newspapers
willing to take on aggressive, independent young reporters). Call it “Reporters Without Borders.”

spencer soper

35K? Ken, where were guys like you when I graduated? My first journalism job was part-time, at a weekly, for $7 an hour. Cut grass, carried golf bags and scrubbed urinals on the side. Or, I should say I cut grass, carried golf bags and scrubbed urinals, and wrote news stories on the side. First daily job paid $16.5K a year, or about $22K in today's bucks, and that was after I had already learned my way around a bit. But I went to state school, not Harvard.


Good post - want to see the news corps already in action? Missouri School of Journalism partners with

Steve Collins

I love this idea, but it'll never happen. The money, of course, is the main reason.
The other thing -- and this is no small thing -- is that the $35,000 annual pay you propose is probably about the average salary of journalists across America. It's more at large papers, naturally, but it's a whole lot less at many little ones. And since it's the smaller and mid-size papers that are hanging on best, I'm not sure you want to have trainees coming in at a pay scale they'll never see again.
Personally, as a founder of Youth Journalism Internation and The Tattoo teen newspaper (, I've had the pleasure of working with hundreds of young journalists over the past 15 years. I know they have great ideas and lots of energy. But to unleash it, we need to do more than provide them a temporary job. We need to provide the places that succor them the funds to let them show us a way toward a better future. It doesn't do much good to say we can try these nifty multimedia, online experiments and then add there's no money for them.

Betty Medsger

What happening at the Crimson is not what's happening elsewhere. There also have been stories that report that applications for the best journalism schools have hit record highs. Students are inspired to enter journalism, apparently seeing this as an exciting time to create something new.


Hey, I know. Have them all keep a journal of the stuff they see and learn about. Maybe don't call 'em journals, though. Sounds like the name of a newspaper.

How about we call 'em "logs" like Captian's Log on Star Trek.

Oh, and then they could have the logs be on the Internet instead of paper.

Logs on the web.

Web logs.

I dunno. I'm not all that good with words...


Considering the current state of journalism, perhaps a few fewer Harvardians in the mix might not be the worst thing.

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