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eMedia Vitals: Life Beyond Print

March 11, 2012 in Distribution, Revenue, Technology

eMedia Vitals is an ad-supported online publication that serves print media executives who are transitioning their business to emedia. Our management and editorial team are media industry veterans with extensive operating experience in companies such as IDG, Penton Media and About.com. Though we are often asked to consult on emedia strategy by magazine and newspaper companies, we are not a consulting firm.

With print advertising revenue dropping faster than it can be replaced by emedia, magazine and newspaper publishers need to accelerate the transition to digital. eMedia Vitals delivers a combination of filtered content from around the web with proprietary video, reference and how-to content, all focused on helping publishers grow their online business.

eMedia Vitals is published by Vital Business Media, a startup media company that is creating a new kind of targeted, online community for professionals in a variety of industries. By utilizing a unique, personalized approach to content and advertising, we offer a receptive and mutually beneficial environment for our readers and our marketing partners.” Source: eMedia Vitals

Block by Block

February 24, 2012 in Community, Experiments, Resources

Block by Block is a network for online pioneers who are creating sustainable models to provide community, neighborhood and local niche news.

With support from The Patterson Foundation, Block by Block is working with publishers and editors of independent local start ups, both for-profit and nonprofit. We want to help them share what they are learning and what they are struggling with, and to provide resources such as community management, training, mentoring and networking.” Source: Block by Block

CJR’s Guide to Online News Startups

February 24, 2012 in Community, Resources

The News Frontier Database is a searchable, living, and ongoing documentation of digital news outlets across the country. Featuring originally reported profiles and extensive data sets on each outlet, the NFDB is a tool for those who study or pursue online journalism, a window into that world for the uninitiated, and, like any journalistic product, a means by which to shed light on an important topic. We plan to build the NFDB into the most comprehensive resource of its kind.” Source: CJR’s Guide to Online News Startups

 

“‘Before we launched the database there was no comprehensive resource documenting the many online-only news sites, both national and local, that have emerged in recent years. It’s a big, highly diverse world — overwhelmingly so — and we wanted to help people get a sense of what’s out there. We’re not comprehensive yet in terms of the sheer number of sites we’ve documented — that will come — but we are comprehensive in the amount of data we collect on every site we profile.

Another major reason was that there’s a lot of talk about online news and online news business models, but very little reporting on how online news sites actually function — and that’s especially true for local news sites. We wanted our contribution to that conversation to be more fact-based, more rigorous.

We felt that news readers could use this type of resource to discover new sources of information, and we wanted people in the field of online journalism to have a resource through which they could look at what other sites were doing around the country and compare, contrast, do research, get ideas, hear war stories, etc.’” Source: 10,000 Words

Online Publishers Association

January 27, 2012 in Craft, Policy, Resources, Revenue

Founded in June 2001, the Online Publishers Association (OPA) is a not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to representing high-quality online content providers before the advertising community, the press, the government and the public.

Comprised of some of the most trusted and well-respected media brands, the OPA is committed to producing groundbreaking research into online advertising and media consumption with the goal of advancing the online publishing industry. Through credible research and ongoing communications, the OPA seeks to establish and promote the Internet as an effective advertising medium for marketers and a sustainable media business for publishers, thereby ensuring the continued availability of quality content for consumers worldwide.

Members of the OPA subscribe to the highest standards in Internet publishing with respect to editorial quality and integrity, credibility and accountability. By supporting publishing principles that reflect traditional values separating editorial and commercial messages, OPA members enhance the public trust in the Web as an increasingly important source of news, information and entertainment…

Mission

The mission of the Online Publishers Association is to advance the business interests of high-quality online content providers before the advertising community, the press, the government and the public. The OPA will serve to help its members fairly compete in the marketplace and will act as a voice so that advertisers, the press and the public clearly understand the benefits that quality content sites provide.” Source: Online Publishers Association

#wjchat

January 27, 2012 in Community, Craft, Education, Resources

#wjchat is a chat for web journalists on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. PDT. We talk about all things content, technology, ethics, & business of journalism on the web.” Source: @wjchat

 

What it is: Web Journalism Chat is a weekly chat around topics facing the online journalism world. Topics range from digital news design, to community engagement, to radical newsroom culture reinvention. Each week is a different topic and there’s always lots to learn.

How to get involved: Wednesdays at 5pm PST (8pm EST), get on Twitter and search for the hashtag #wjchat. Respond to the questions, submit your own questions, and walk away from the two hours knowing something new. If you think you’d be a good host for the chat, get in touch with Robert Hernandez.

Why you should do it: It’s a free way to tap into the collective minds of…bright web journalists on Twitter. It’s not often that there are so many people in the industry on Twitter at the same time watching the same hashtag…” Source: 10,000 Words

 

Pew Report: Non-Profit News: Assessing a New Landscape in Journalism

August 10, 2011 in Craft, Distribution, Resources, Revenue

A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism offers a detailed look at a portion of this new cohort of news providers-sites that cover state and national news. The study examines some four dozen sites across the country, all of them launched in 2005 or later, that offer coverage beyond the local level to state and national news. That group includes national news sites such as Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica, which receives money from more than a dozen foundations and has a staff of more than 30.[1]

It also includes lesser-known news sites such as Missouri News Horizon, whose funding is less clear and covers Missouri state government with a staff of three journalists. The study analyzes the funding, transparency and organizational structure of these sites, and also the nature of their news coverage. [2]Source: Journalism.org