industry news

links for 2009-05-22

  • Just because it's interesting info for a Friday. via @Chronotope on Twitter
  • "What's more, the very same technology – the Internet – that is making global communication so pervasive – is simultaneously undermining the financial model of the traditional press, as we've known it. Ironically, and unfortunately, at the very moment when we want and need more serious study of and reporting on global issues, we are getting less and less of it." – maybe if we spent less on Bill O'Reilly (or Keith Olbermann) it would pay for a few of those foreign journos. via @jay_rosen on Twitter
  • MAPLight.org performs original research on supporting and opposing interests for legislative bills. Combined with other databases (e.g., OpenSecrets.org from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), FollowTheMoney.org from the National Institute on Money in State Politics (NIMSP), Thomas via GovTrack.us, OpenCongress API) MAPLight.org’s Bill Positions API provides a powerful tool that illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes. It can also be mashed up with other databases that contain information about bills (e.g., GOP.gov Anywhere API) or politically-active organizations (e.g., Project Vote Smart) in unforeseen ways.
  • "Three important figures from across the US landscape of journalism ceded that there's likely no feasible business model that will save newspapers, but what is important is that the investigative spirit from the newsroom remains as online news develops." I'm glad we have "important figures" to tell us what many already suspect.
  • "When I decided to go into the news business, we took a vow of poverty, or at least acknowledged that we’d never be rich. I chose not to go to law school and instead transferred to j-school and did so in the full awareness that I’d never be well-paid." – Jeff Jarvis. Why do I bristle when NY media pundits lecture the rest of the journo world about their economic prospects?

    Wrong. I ended up being very well-paid because I worked in news in the last gasp of its century-longer monopoly bubble, which ironically came to a climax at the same time as the short-lived tech bubble.

  • "Actually, journalists deserve low pay. Wages are compensation for value creation. And journalists simply aren't creating much value these days." – Unlike, say, bankers?