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Jarvis at CUNY's New Biz Models for Local News

Jarvis at CUNY's New Biz Models for Local News

Over the last week, I've attended two lively and inspiring gatherings: a meeting of the Navigating Change Media Think Tank in Connecticut, and the New Business Models for (Local) News Hyper Camp at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism. In both places, I heard the same question: "how can we help you?"

There is a generosity among those of us who are inspired, rather than terrified, by the changes in journalism and media. None of us have this thing figured out, and while there's certainly money to be made for the first ones to get the "answer," it's also simply a time of heightened brain activity. And people want to help. You've got a wild idea? What do you need from us?

Media Big Brain Jeff Jarvis sees the balance shifting, as he writes on his Buzz Machine blog: "the room was filled with people who were, each in his or her own way, building that future and they all recognized that they have to work together to do so. The future of news is also an ecosystem. That’s what became apparent yesterday and that, for me, was the highlight of the event."

And so it is.  Rupert Murdoch may want to unplug from Google (best of luck on that), but for the rest of us, the invitations to plug in and connect are limitless.  Some of us have ideas, some have connections, some have money.  And at Navigating Change and the CUNY Hyper Camp, the cards were exchanged and the ideas were brainstormed.  If you're not already in on this, get in on it.  If you don't know how, ask me.

How can we help you?

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A Jolt of Digital Inspiration: LocalNewser's On the Links

OntheLinksYep, we love us our links.

Too much going on right now in this scary, thrilling time to write about all of it myself. So I'll hit the links that I find worthy of recommending to you. Unlike other link lineups, you won't be finding a list of stories about a mid-market anchor signing off or a weatherman who got a DUI.

I'd like to bring you a collection of stories that can spur some ideas--get your pulse pumping at the thought of the next big thing and how you can be right in the thick of it.

We can sit here and bitch about the old media companies and their cost-cutting and soul-crushing ways, or we can start turning our attention to what will be replacing those companies.  It's an innovation revolution out there, don't miss it!

Times are tough for newspaper and broadcast companies.  But times are intensely exciting for journalists.

On the Links, you'll find some inspiration, and food for thought.

Brian Stelter at the Times has a great read today on how journalism rules are challenged by Twitter-reporting and iReport vide0 posts:  Journalism Rules Are Bent in News Coverage From Iran.

BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis is working a CUNY project aimed at supporting, studying, and helping spread hyperlocal news projects across the country.  They're looking for your input on what works, and what doesn't:  Help Us Help Hyperlocal News.

Julie Posetti at MediaShift also takes up the important questions about Twitter that have grown out of the Iran story, and she's interviewed journalists worldwide to determine how journos and news operations are using the Tweet: Rules of Engagement for Journalists on Twitter.

The AP's Michael Liedtke reports a web news startup, Journalism Online, predicts it will hit a target of one in ten users paying for content: News Startup Expects 10 Percent of Web Readers to Pay.

See a good story?  Send a link:  [email protected]

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Jeff Jarvis to "Old Media" Bosses: You Blew It. You Get No Sympathy Now. In Fact, Just Get Out of the Damn Way.

Jeff Jarvis, Director of Interactive Journalism, CUNY

Jeff Jarvis, Director of Interactive Journalism, CUNY

Jeff Jarvis is hardly crying over collapsing business models for newspapers and broadcasters.  In fact, he's kneeling down beside the media moguls' battered bodies and whispering in their blood-spattered ears:  "you idiots should've seen this beat-down coming years ago--and you could've prevented it!"

Jarvis' message to the Newspaper Association of America is simple, and very, very tough love: 

"You blew it.

You’ve had 20 years since the start of the web, 15 years since the creation of the commercial browser and craigslist, a decade since the birth of blogs and Google to understand the changes in the media economy and the new behaviors of the next generation of - as you call them, Mr. Murdoch - net natives. You’ve had all that time to reinvent your products, services, and organizations for this new world, to take advantage of new opportunities and efficiencies, to retrain not only your staff but your readers and advertisers, to use the power of your megaphones while you still had it to build what would come next. But you didn’t.

You blew it. "

Jarvis, writing on his BuzzMachine blog, takes is a step further.  The people who should be angry aren't the media bosses who sat on their rear ends in the face of an oncoming digital tidal wave and culture shift, but the news consumer, who got served the same stuff, year after year by companies who now argue that Google's the bad guy, and journalists (and newspapers and television newsrooms) have to go to save journalism, if you can follow that logic.

Who You Calling an Angry Old White Man?  Murdoch:  What, Me Worry?

Who You Calling an Angry Old White Man? Murdoch: What, Me Worry?

"And now you’re angry. Well, gentlemen - and that’s pretty much all I see before me: angry, old, white men - you have no right to anger. Instead, you are the proper objects of anger. The public should be angry with you for the poor stewardship you have exercised over the press and its service to society. Your journalists are angry at you for losing their jobs. Your pressmen and drivers and classified-ad takers are angry at you for the same reason (and at the journalists for paying attention only to their own plight). Your advertisers were angry at you for using your monopolistic power to overcharge them and for providing inefficient platforms and bad service for so long. But they’re not angry anymore because they left you for better advertising vehicles and better prices in a competitive marketplace.

But you’re the ones who are acting angry. "

It's hot stuff, and I imagine it'll get a lot of attention among forward-thinking journalists this week, as more jobs teeter on the edge of extinction, and more journalists working for old media companies tell polsters they have fully lost confidence in the people running their companies.

So Mr. Murdoch, whatcha got to say to old Jarvis here?

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