The new divide: Walled v. open

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I have not been paying a lot of attention to Jeff Jarvis lately – but his recent post hit home.  Maybe it was the friendly objection via a co-workers tweet to my re-tweet, but either way – this is a good read.

Here are a few of the better quotes IMO:

The momentum is toward including ever more data. But now come Murdoch and Microsoft, threatening to take their balls and go home.

But I would hate to see walls go up just as we are tearing them down.

Rusbridger reminds us that advertising freed newspapers from ownership and control by political parties and special interests who exercised that control via patronage. Advertising gave journalism independence. Advertising also subsidized news and reduced its cost so more people could get it.

There are many more – check it out, and good news.  It’s free to read and free to be commented on!  :)

The new divide: Walled v. open

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The TenXFactor: He who owns the Data Wins

Emergency Exit: Semantic Web (White on Green)
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The TenXFactor: He who owns the Data Wins.

This is a great blog post which backs up what Jason and I have been trying to get across at our company – The Gazette.  Please – some read this and decide that it is true, great post.


As I had discussed in a post last year, He who owns the data Wins. What is critical with any media company whose primary asset is content is to leverage the deep silos of content. But this is NOT happening. What is happening is that the industry is turning all reporters into bloggers and/or targeting vertical market segments to increase the advertising reach. Lets stop there. There is no intrinsic value. You are reducing your assets to the lowest common denominator. Very few blog posts have a long shelf life. Stickiness (which drives market reach) is driven by the community, not by the merits of journalism and as the universe as demonstrated, anyone can run a blog.

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DigiDave | Communication is Key

DigiDave | Communication is Key: Collaboration is Queen…..

DigiDave does it again.  I really like Dave’s articles, but this one really hit home.  He brings up some brilliant points.

Scoops have the half-life of a link.

  • No website is an island.
  • The best things happen when you freely reveal your ideas.
  • How do you expect to grow a community if you don’t include them in the planning of how they will be reported?
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The AP are idiots! "Locking Up the News Sites"

For Subscribers Only: Locking Up the News Sites – BusinessWeek.

These guys cannot be serious.  I mean really – stick you stinkin’ head out of the sand for 3 seconds and realize that the year 2000 is done and it didn’t work.

The company I work for (Gazette Communications) tried this is 2000 and, I swear, people still think we charge.

Wow – and we wonder why newspapers are folding. It’s not about content any more – it’s about audiance.

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