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Last year it was paywalls, the free-versus-subscription argument that gripped newspapers worried about survival. But see how the moving finger flicks on. Welcome to the 2012 version of this debate, otherwise known by the unlovely name of "versioning".

The idea of paywalls, you'll recall, is that newspapers set some sort of tariff for reading their sites. The idea of versioning is pragmatic and simple. It says: here's a pile of news.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2012-01-04 09:42

One of the sessions at news:rewired - media in motion will look at how newsgames and gaming mechanics are being used in journalism.

Shannon Perkins, editor of interactive technologies at Wired.com and who created Cutthroat Capitalism, a game where the player puts themselves in the position of a Somali pirate, will be coming over from the US to speak at news:rewired. In a Journalism.co.uk podcast he said a reader should "develop a deeper sense of the underlying themes of a story" by playing a game.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-12-20 10:04

Here are some words of wisdom from John Meehan, former editor of the Hull Daily Mail, in an InPublishing article, Sustaining community journalism in the regions.

"The industry cannot be focused predominantly on print. The platform is not important - the content is...

Regional media businesses have spent years agonising over 'the internet'. What do we put on it? Who does it? How do we make money on it?

Continue reading on the Greenslade Blog

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-11-28 09:52

Mobile technology is pulling apart the centuries-old format of the article. News and analysis are getting a divorce.

On smartphones, through which the vast majority of the world's population will get their news, people love succinct and scannable information.

Continue reading on Business Insider

Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-06-06 13:06

Some early observers of Ongo.com may be missing the point.

The subscription site, which launched Jan. 25, is intent on being a great "personal news experience." While there are questions about readers' willingness to pay for their news, especially when it is free elsewhere, Ongo is not trying to sell content.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-03 17:57

TigerLogic Corporation is taking the concept of a personalised newspaper and applying it to the social networking world.

The data management and application solutions company announced today it is launching PostPost, a "real-time personal social newspaper that collects and curates posts shared by your Facebook friends into a familiar, easy-to-read tabloid layout," the company explained in a press release. The newspaper hopes to improve upon the Facebook News Feed, which it says "can quickly become cluttered and unmanageable."

"PostPost is a news aggregator for the social generation, and collates the articles, videos, and photos your friends have found interesting enough to post. It features advanced search technology powered by yolink where users can search deeply within all of their news articles across disparate sources," the PostPost website explained.

PostPost is similar to paper.li, which recently launched Facebook support for its product. However, with paper.il, there is more of an ability to customise news sources, Mashable's Christina Warren pointed out. It also is similar to the mobile app Pulse and the Flipboard iPad app; however, PostPost is accessible through Web browsers, she explained.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-07 22:04

Less than 1 percent of overall online newspaper views are made on an iPad, according to an infographic published on Monday by The Wall Street Journal, Editor & Publisher reported.

Ninety-seven percent of news readings are done through computers while only 2 percent come from mobiles, The Wall Street Journal revealed. Based on comScore data, the graph shows that iPads are mostly used early in the mornings or at night, which signals "that people use tablets during leisure times," Poynter.org's Damon Kiesow wrote.

Infographic source: The Wall Street Journal

Furthermore, users read news through the computer during working hours, whereas the usage of mobile devices rises in the morning. The graphic provides a valuable insight on the online newspaper consumption, Kiesow said.

"With smart phones, and especially tablets, readers may be more amenable to more focused, less rushed news experiences. So, while a reader may not have time watch a video, or read a long-form news story at work on their computer, they might while sitting on the couch that evening with a tablet."

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-22 17:12

Online content delivery network Akamai Technologies - the biggest in terms of market share - has filed a lawsuit against competitor, start-up Cotendo Inc., paidContent reported today. Massachusetts-based Akamai claims that Cotendo, which provides website acceleration and online content delivery services, is infringing on three of its patents, but Cotendo has said it will fight the allegations in court.

The California-based Cotendo said the lawsuit, filed by Akamai and MIT, has no merit and that it will "defend the suit vigorously," the Boston Globe reported. In the suit, the plaintiffs are asking the U.S. district court for an injunction to stop Cotendo from using "methods covered by the patents," the report stated.

"When competing companies use patents to battle each other, the most common pattern is small or defunct companies suing market leaders, looking to cash in their patents. But 'predatory' patent lawsuits such as Akamai's, brought by dominant players against smaller competitors, do happen as well," paidContent's Joe Mullin explained.

Akamai has a market cap of US$9.5 billion, according to an article by Israeli business news site Globes.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-12 20:07

UK publisher Trinity Mirror announced that it is finalising plans for its upcoming paywalls on mirror.co.uk (The Daily Mirror) and sundaymirror.co.uk (The Sunday Mirror), Brand Republic reported today. According to Marketing, the concluded plans will be available by the end of the year.

"Our view is that people will not pay for ubiquitous content that is free elsewhere. But there may be a willingness to pay for unique, high-value content," said Mark Hollinshead, the managing director for the group's nationals, Brand Republic reported.

The Daily mirror's general news will remain free while content from columnists (such as political journalist Paul Routledge or sports writer Oliver Holt) will constitute the paid-for initiative. According to MarketingWeek.co.uk, the publisher will be appealing to loyal audiences through social gaming. Trinity Mirror also has a mobile app for its sports feature Mirror Football, which comes with a £1.19 (US$1.87 or €1.35) download price tag, MarketingWeek.co.uk pointed out.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-19 16:39

China-based e-commerce company Alibaba Group has announced that it will launch a newssite aimed at covering e-commerce related events, Lenta.ru reported last week. The move is a response to the shut down of print publications covering the subject, a consequence of the global economic recession, the privately held company explained. The site, Alizila.com, will provide news and information about Alibaba Group products and services.

"Our intent is to provide coverage of developments at Alibaba that otherwise might go uncovered, and to do so with traditional journalistic rigor and skepticism," Alizila editor Jim Erickson stated in a press release. "Our hope is that our target audience - customers, industry analysts, and other journalists - will come to see us as a credible, useful news source."

Alizila will also cover events corresponding to the international online trade industry, according to the press release. Forbes reported that it would feature videos, blogs and online news. Alibaba Group Vice President John Spelich mentioned that the outlet was "an experiment" for corporations to employ the Internet.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-13 18:06

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