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Links for today | Links para hoje


After what was supposed to be a week off to rest and reset goals and actions (it was the worst week this year), here i return to the usual link recommendations.

Depois do que supostamente seria uma semana de descanso para repensar objectivos e estratégias (acabou por ser a pior semana do ano), cá ficam as sugestões do costume.

Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.
– John Keats

The Rocky Mountain News’ demise is more than sad. I wanted to point you to an emotional video produced by the Rocky about its own demise. It was begun Dec. 4, when parent company Scripps announced they were putting the Rocky for sale. It was finished overnight last night, hours after Scripps announced it was closing the newspaper after 149 years and 311 days in business.

In 1995 I wrote a piece that envisioned billions of websites, one for every person on the Internet. At the time this was considered unlikely by most experts, they believed the web would evolve to become like TV, with three major networks, Yahoo, Lycos and Alta Vista. Google wasn’t even born yet, yet many thought it was already over. Having been around the loop several times by then, I was sure the shakeout hadn’t happened. Today I am confident that there will be thousands of Twitters, maybe millions. Just as in 1995, there are arguments that say this is wrong. “Everyone’s on twitter.com,” seems to be the main one, and it’s a good argument. But let me argue with it.

The trend is unmistakable: Fewer Americans are reading print newspapers as more turn to the internet for their news. And while the percentage of people who read newspapers online is growing rapidly, especially among younger generations, that growth has not offset the decline in print readership.

In the Pew Research Center’s 2008 news media consumption survey, 39% said they read a newspaper yesterday — either print or online — down from 43% in 2006. The proportion reporting that they read just the print version of a newspaper fell by roughly a quarter, from 34% to 25% over the two-year period.

It’s with profound amusement that I read Newsday will attempt to “end the distribution of free web content.” (Next, Cablevision will try to charge us for its deeply boring News12 that no one watches.)

But it’s with profound sadness, exhaustion, exasperation, and deja vu that I read Hearst’s memo about its attempts to update – a memo that could and should have been written and tried out 12 years ago (I’m sure people in this company and others did write versions of it; I know I did). If these actions had been taken back then, there still would have been time to make change and survive. But that time is over. Now the memo comes off only as desperation as the company threatens to close its papers in San Francisco – its onetime center of gravity – and Seattle. Now it is too little, too late.

El “Documental Multimedia Redacciones On Line” es una investigación que analiza el presente y las perspectivas de futuro del periodismo digital en español. Vivimos tiempos de cambios constantes, la tecnología ha irrumpido en el trabajo periodístico y ha transformado su dinámica posibilitando crear nuevos formatos y llegar a lugares antes impensados.

Se levantan las voces alrededor de los periódicos del mundo en contra y a favor de la integración de redacciones, mientras se analizan sus posibilidades en concreto. Encontrarás aquí entrevistas en siete redacciones digitales de periódicos de habla hispana: abc.es (España), clarín.com (Argentina), críticadigital.com (Argentina), cronista.com (Argentina), elpaís.com (España), elmundo.es (España) y perfil.com (Argentina) .

Advertising revenue within the group has collapsed by almost 20% over the past two years, through a combination of the continuing challenge of the internet and recession. The company carries a debt burden of $1.1bn, yet has just $57m in ready cash.

Hence the appearance of Carlos Slim Helu, the world’s second richest man, who last month bailed out the Times with a loan of $250m. Having made most of his vast riches by grabbing Mexico’s privatised telecoms system, he is hardly a traditional white knight for the Sulzbergers.

But these are desperate times. Investment analysts, most recently Moody’s, have downgraded the company’s debt rating to junk status. Even more shockingly, the share price now stands at $3.98 – less than the cost of the paper on a Sunday.


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