Rebooting the News #88

In Podcast on March 28, 2011 by Jay Rosen

Some of the items we found worth talking about this week:

Bill Kelller: WTF:

Has anyone actually seen James O’Keefe and Julian Assange together? Are we quite sure that the right-wing prankster who brought down the leadership of National Public Radio and the anarchic leaker aren’t split personalities of the same guy — sent by fate to mess with the heads of mainstream journalists?

Sure, one shoots from the left, the other from the right. One deals in genuine (albeit purloined) secrets; the other in “Candid Camera” stunts, most recently arranging for fake potential donors to entrap a foolish NPR executive into disclosing his scorn for Republicans and the Tea Party. Assange aims to enlist the media; O’Keefe aims to discredit us. But each, in his own guerrilla way, has sown his share of public doubt about whether the press can be trusted as an impartial bearer of news.

The New York Times paywall is here. Today it debuts in the U.S.

Social Camera and the $41 million that Color raised.

Explicating Dave’s post, An Internet inside an Internet. “…There’s a new kind of software coming online. Just beginning to see the outlines of it. This is the kind of work I live to do. This is exactly where I like to be. It feels like a new Internet is springing to life inside a corner of the Internet. It’s like opening a jewel box and finding a universe in there.”

Andy Carvin’s model of live curation via Twitter.

The Journal-Register Company’s open advisory board meeting in Torrington, CT.

John Paton, the “digital first” CEO of Journal Register, told the Newspaper Association of American convention (these are the publishers and executives) what time it is, and he did it in ten tweets. For example:

“The newspaper model is broken and can’t be fixed.”

“Newspapers will disappear in less than10 years unless their business model is changed now.”

“The new newspaper model must become digital first and print last.”

“Stop listening to print people and put the digital people in charge – of everything.”

“Newspapers must invest in content, sales and disruption – sell or outsource everything else.”

Bill Gates vs The Internet. Dave, blogging in 1994. “Once the users take control, they never give it back.”

Here’s the show, a little longer than the usual 45 minutes. Hope you enjoy it.


Rebooting the News #87

In Podcast on March 21, 2011 by Jay Rosen

Jay’s presentation at SXSW on the Twisted Psychology of Bloggers vs. Journalists: it worked! (The text, the audio.)

The big event in the Rebooting the News world this week was the debut of the paywall, or “pay fence,” or metered system at the New York Times.

Dave’s post on it really got around on the Net. “Wouldn’t it have been wise to, at this juncture, offer something to sweeten the deal. Something truly exciting and new that you get when you pay the money. Something that makes your palms sweat and your heart beat faster?”

Part of the Times own coverage: Media reporter Jeremy Peters, Times Online Pay Model Was Years in the MakingMany reporters and editors embraced the reach of the free site while others worried about further cuts if The Times could not tap a new source of revenue. “I believe that our journalism is very worth paying for,” said Jill Abramson, The Times’s managing editor for news. “In terms of ensuring our future success, it was important to put that to the test.”

David Carr of the New York Times on Twitter: What I think you should pay for the digital New York Times.

Jay on Twitter back to Carr: “Ever worry about that word, ‘should?'”

Carr’s post says… When I was in Austin, I would fall asleep each night to bad dreams, prompted by cable television ranting that the world was melting down, principally in Japan. And each morning I would wake up to reporting that described in very careful detail what was actually known, not feared, about the nuclear crisis in Japan… People, real actual people, went and reported that information, some of it at personal peril and certainly at gigantic institutional expense. So The Times is turning toward its customers to bear some of the cost.

Scripting News: What Twitter and the New York Times have in common. “Neither company has a way to sustain itself financially.”

Twitter’s announcement to developers at SXSW. Dave’s post: Twitter’s new developer roadmap.

A few words on NPR and its funding mess: Dave’s post on it. Jay’s post on it.

Jay had an interesting experience with: Anatomy of a Twitter Screw-up: My Own.

Here’s the show. Hope you get something good out of it.


Rebooting the News #86

In Podcast on March 15, 2011 by Dave Winer

Jay was on a plane flying back from the SXSW conference, so I did something new I’ve been wanting to do for a while, a call-in show.

The first caller was my old podcast partner Adam Curry, so we spent quite some time talking about blogging, podcasting and catching up.

Must do this again sometime sooon! 🙂


Rebooting the News #85

In Podcast on March 13, 2011 by Jay Rosen

Minimal blogging suite ‘o tools: an update, and why Dave’s doing this.

Why bloggers vs. journalists is still with us: Jay’s upcoming presentation at SXSW.

And more! Didn’t have time for more extensive show notes..

Here’s the program (recorded March 7, 2011), hope you like it:


Rebooting the News #84

In Podcast on February 28, 2011 by Jay Rosen

Tweeting while watching the Academy Awards. Connecting up and across at the same time. An example of Audience Atomization Overcome.

Dave and Jay discuss the minimal blogging tool, along with the rebooting of RSS, the effort to get beyond the corporate blogging silos and why everyone needs to be able to run his or her own server.

Good question from Nieman Lab. What does it look like for a quality news organization to focus on making journalism that is more (inherently) sharable?

An idea for election coverage 2012. A coalition of bloggers, journalists, J-schools and news organizations who leave the horse race to the savvy and take a citizen’s agenda approach.

Andy Carvin was innovating live on Twitter while curating coverage of the uprisings in the Middle East.

Here’s the program; we hope you like it.


Rebooting the News #83

In Podcast on February 21, 2011 by Rex Hammock

[This post is from Rex Hammock, ceo/founder of the media company, Hammock Inc. and longtime blogger at where it is cross-posted.]

This morning, I spent an hour chatting with Dave Winer on the podcast he typically records with Jay Rosen. To me, getting invited to spend an hour with Dave Winer on a podcast is like getting to spend an hour with Guglielmo Marconi on a radio show. (If I have to explain it, this 2009 RexBlog post may help connect the dots.)

On the podcast, we discussed these topics:

Why Twitter, the service, is too vital for Twitter, a company, to control exclusively. [Background]

The New York Times rehash of the “death of blogging” story, a meme dating back to a week after people stopped writing the stories about “blogs are never going to be born.” Like Dave, I believe Facebook and Twitter are blogging platforms, so, well, I don’t get it. [A long post about my thoughts regarding online identity. NYTimes story: “Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter”]

Apple’s subscription plan and my outrage at their ban on in-app links to purchasing alternatives available via the browser. [Background on my opinion.]

Why I think magazine publishers are missing the mark on early generation magazine apps — and the real opportunity of the iPad. How the iPad (and Kindle) change notions of what is readable on a screen. [My reviews of The Daily app and Virgin’s Project app.]

My opinion on Wikileaks, which I have no link to point to, so, in short it’s this: I’m an advocate of transparency and openness and probably would, if push came to shove, be supportive of Wikileaks. That said, I prefer diplomacy over war and don’t want Wikileaks to be in charge of judging what the consequences of their actions are going to lead to.


Rebooting the News #82

In Podcast on February 14, 2011 by Jay Rosen

Today on Rebooting the News #82 we discussed:

Jay quit Quora over the weekend. One more corporate blogging silo (a phrase that’s getting traction) was a bridge too far.

Dave at “We’ll do much better if there are a million personal blogging silos instead of one or two huge corporate blogging silos. The corporate ones are too easy for governments to control without the people knowing they’re being controlled. In the case of Twitter, the freedom-loving founders will eventually leave, and the new management will likely care more about return on investment than All The News That’s Fit To Tweet. And Facebook has never been about freedom. They desperately want to get into China, as does Google (again) and that’s going to involve compromise, at least on behalf of the Chinese populace. What they learn about control can and probably already is being applied around the world, including the US.”

Dave’s post: Find me stuff I’m interested in. Where the personalization of news hasn’t gone yet.

“It’s important that people learn to manage their own infrastructure. It’s going to happen, we can do it. We can make servers much easier to set up and maintain, and do more stuff that’s meaningful to people like the people in Egypt fighting for freedom. By spreading out we’re harder to stop.”

Jay’s post, The “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” Article: a genre analysis. “What’s the appeal? … here’s a guess: almost everyone who cares about such a discussion is excited about the Internet. Almost everyone is a little wary of being fooled by The Amazing and getting carried away. When we nod along with Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators we’re assuring ourselves that our excitement is contained, that we’re being realistic, mature, grown-up about it.”

“Some day an historian is going to write a fine book on how American journalism came to see calling out lies as taking sides.” Link.

Here’s the show; hope you like it.