Posted in Complete Community Connection, Entrepreneurial journalism, Journalism education, Mobile opportunities, Obituaries, TBD, tagged C3, mobile first, New Business Models for News, TBD on November 8, 2010 |
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Today I’m a discussion leader for the American Press Institute’s Digital Delivery seminar. The morning program I’m involved in is The Battle for Local: Crowded, Competitive, Hyperlocal. I’ll be mentioning several resources for the seminar participants, and I’ll share them here.
Of course, I’ll be discussing TBD at some length.
Of course, I will be talking about the Complete Community Connection. (more…)
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Posted in Government subsidies for journalism, tagged Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society, David Westphal, Geoffrey Cowan, Jeff Jarvis, John Nichols, Knight Foundation, New Business Models for News, Poynter Institute, Robert McChesney, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Death and Life of American Journalism, The Nation, Washington Post on February 8, 2010 |
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The weakness of the arguments for government subsidies for journalism can be seen in their inconsistency.
The advertising model that has supported journalism for more than a century has broken down, authors Robert McChesney and John Nichols argue in great detail in their book The Death and Life of American Journalism. They argue strongly for heavy government subsidies for journalism. And how would they finance the subsidies? One of the taxes they propose — and I’m pretty sure they were serious — is a tax on advertising.
After telling us emphatically that advertising is on its deathbed and can’t possibly support the journalism that our democracy needs to survive, they turn around without a hint of irony and insist that a tax on advertising is somehow going to help give new life to journalism. (more…)
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