What I’ve been reading: The NY Times’ new CMS and local successes (and struggles)

Why, as an online journo, I take no joy in newspapers’ decline

“If the print business-model is broken in South Africa, the business model for online has yet to take off. It is very difficult to make sustainable money from online news sites, especially niche ones. “

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*Subsequent to the publication of the above story on http://www.grubstreet.co.za, Media24 issued a statement saying “all current operations will remain intact”.

The mobile majority: Engaging people on smartphones is the next big challenge to the news

“It would be an exaggeration to say that the rise of the smartphone is a shift on par with the rise of the web. But it wouldn’t be that much of one. Seven years after the iPhone, smartphones have moved from a tool of the tech elite to a handheld computer in everyone’s pocket. They’re radically changing how people are getting their news. And I fear that many news outlets still haven’t wrestled with how big a change they represent.”

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 “It goes both ways. Sure, born digital journalists have run into the same problems that newsrooms have always had: you have to move fast, you also have to be right.” – Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University.

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 “Unlike many commercial systems, Scoop does not render our website or provide community tools to our readers. Rather, it is a system for managing content and publishing data so that other applications can render the content across our platforms. This separation of functions gives development teams at The Times the freedom to build solutions on top of that data independently, allowing us to move faster than if Scoop was one monolithic system. “
 “So for instance, as newspapers lose some of their traditional physical touchpoints with readers, presumably due to dropped subscriptions and print sale interactions, Rapagna says there are openings to develop membership programs, massive distribution plays on special coverage, multimedia events and “digital-physical bridges” such as point-of-sale interactions tied to editorial content.”

 “It’s also about giving the reader the right content – the content that they need to make decisions about their lives, content about what’s happening in their own neighbourhoods. They can get national stories from anywhere. ””

Meet the man who wants to save journalism, one cent at a time

“Unlike current micropayment systems, which charge publishers up to 30 cents per transaction, the Nanotransaction model is envisaged to involve a charge of just one cent for an article with an access charge of up to nine cents.”

 “Media is a people business. How happy [our people] are affects how well they do. If you’ve got a load of disgruntled journalists they don’t write great stuff, so that worries me.”
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