US Archive

  • Content farmers’ harvest proves hard to collect

    Content farmers’ harvest proves hard to collect

    Analysis by Tim Dawson “When you pay nothing, you are the product” goes the saying.  As a truism it might pre-date the internet, but it is a sentiment whose perfect expression occurs in the relationship between content farms and their users. Cheaply-generated material on search-engine-optimized pages, surrounded by advertisements seemed, a year ago, as though [...]

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  • Patch takes on the ‘hood’

    Patch takes on the ‘hood’

    Case study by Tim Dawson. When Alex Trebek, the host of US tv show Jeopardy fell chasing a burglar last week he gave Patch.com one of their biggest stories of the year.  The San Francisco site of the national hyperlocal news network got the story.  News of the silver-haired 71 year old taking up chase [...]

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  • Back to the future with Huffington Post UK

    Back to the future with Huffington Post UK

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. The much-heralded Huffington Post UK last week appeared amid a fanfare as quiet as, well, the one that greets a New Model Journalism launch. Even before the announcement of the death of the News of the World stole its thunder, the response on Twitter (#Huffpouk) consisted of a few cheerfully self-promoting [...]

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  • IPC’s cautious embrace of digital

    IPC’s cautious embrace of digital

    Case study by Tim Dawson. As publishers fall over themselves to unveil iPad editions, IPC has the quiet satisfaction of being well ahead of the game.  The magazine publisher has been offering online subscriptions through Zinio for seven years.  Today nearly all of its 60 titles are available through the multi-platform American distributor. “Initially we [...]

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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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  • Foundation funding reveals murky world of farm subsidies

    Foundation funding reveals murky world of farm subsidies

    Case study by Tim Dawson. Michael Heseltine always enjoyed being considered one of the ‘big beasts’ of British politics.  Less well known, until recently, is that he has long been a recipient of around £90,000 of annual funding from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  Lord Hesseltine, who founded the magazine company Haymarket, is thought [...]

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  • Is it payback time for the free culture?

    Is it payback time for the free culture?

    By Alex Klaushofer. Signs of a growing backlash against the journalism-for-free culture come from – yes, you’ve guessed it – the States. Like many others who have been supplying the Huffington Post with free material, Visual Art Source is disaffected with the translation of their goodwill into the $315 million that the sale of the [...]

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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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  • 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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