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  • Want to profit from internet journalism? Here are three golden rules

    Want to profit from internet journalism? Here are three golden rules

    In Practice by Tim Dawson. For the past six months, I have been teaching a course entitled Making Internet Journalism Pay.  After the last session that I delivered, I received some of the most complimentary notes of thanks of my professional career – and they came from over half the people taking the course.  It […]

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  • Old model for new journalism – weekly paper proves sustainable

    Old model for new journalism – weekly paper proves sustainable

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. You could call it the new traditionalism. The Cleethorpes Chronicle is a rare beast – a weekly local newspaper, a start-up bucking the trend of the decline of print, launched in the teeth of recession and funded by advertising. The paper was founded in March 2008 by editor Nigel Lowther […]

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  • Hyperlocalism – the next landgrab?

    Hyperlocalism – the next landgrab?

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. If the rhetoric is to be believed, hyperlocalism is the most promising trend the digital age has brought journalism. There are now hundreds of websites around the country, bringing local communities unprecedented levels of news gathered by newly-empowered citizen journalists. With their scrutiny of the local and celebration of the particular, […]

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  • US hyperlocal fails to monetise

    US hyperlocal fails to monetise

    By Alex Klaushofer. Leading US hyperlocal TBD is downsizing, slashing its staff and dumping its news coverage in favour of local entertainment and lifestyle content. The decision by the Washington-based site will come as a disappointment to watchers of the hyperlocal model. Launched last summer as a pioneering model for local newsgathering, the site quickly […]

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  • Sheridan Trial Blog is a ratings hit for court reporting

    Sheridan Trial Blog is a ratings hit for court reporting

    The trial and jailing of the former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party for perjury has provided some of the most dramatic legal scenes in recent history. It has also spawned a new form of journalism that has generated an unprecedented level of interest for a short-lived publishing phenomenon. Started by former SSP activist, James Doleman, […]

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  • Jury out on Twitter- consultation about court reporting launched

    Jury out on Twitter- consultation about court reporting launched

    A consultation on the use of Twitter in court reporting has been launched this week. The consultation is primarily concerned with the risk of prejudice to a case posed by live reporting from court. ‘The use of live, text‐based communications from court may fuel the potential for jurors, whether accidentally or otherwise, to encounter prejudicial […]

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  • Has the Huffington Post hit the big time?

    Has the Huffington Post hit the big time?

    Is the surprise sale of the Huffington Post to AOL a sign that blogs can make the big time? Or is it more a case that comely newcomer of modest means hopes that getting hitched to a struggling media tycoon will help her to face an uncertain digital future? Following the money leads to no […]

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  • Murdoch’s Daily doesn’t cross the pond

    Murdoch’s Daily doesn’t cross the pond

    Much as we would love to bring you a review of Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper The Daily, we cannot.  It is not available in the UK app store, nor is there any indication that it will be.  There is a cheat to get hold of a copy – detailed here, but we are not going […]

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  • First iPad newspaper launches in New York

    First iPad newspaper launches in New York

    Today, Murdoch bets an estimated $30 million on his hunch that a new generation of iPad users will pay for an online newspaper. The Daily, a digital newspaper made exclusively for iPad by News Corp, is available to readers prepared to pay 62 p a week for a daily dose of US-focused news and entertainment. […]

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  • Not on my Patch

    Not on my Patch

    A detailed long-term analysis of AOL’s Patch local news sites appears today at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.  It tracks the company’s attempt to create a national network of hyperlocal news sites, via a $50m investment that has now spawned 700 sites across the USA.  In an encounter with Patch editor in chief,  author Robert Hernandez […]

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