Some completley unrelated observations:
- The Chatham House rule can be really, really infuriating.
- When you get a group of newspaper editors and executives around a large table, it is not unusual for those who also maintain blogs to make the most consistently sensible points.
- Even after hearing someone use “unbundling” and “reduced barriers to entry” in the same sentence, many newspaper executives find it difficult to contemplate media on anything other than a mass-market scale.
- In discussions among journalists, the phrase “citizen journalism” continues to be a red flag — and a red herring.
- Those under 20 don’t check their local paper for cinema listings — nor their local paper’s web site. See “unbundling” op cit.
- Those under 30 won’t “grow into” the habit of buying newspapers the way their parents did.
- If you think this has all suddenly happened in the last 12 months, you haven’t been paying attention for the last 12 years.
- If you think the Internet’s effect on the newspaper business is at its peak, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
- Paper remains a really cool medium. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be distributed the way it has been for the past four centuries. We don’t talk about distributed, digital on-demand printing enough ’round here.
- POLIS is a very cool institution.
That is all. Good night.
Update: Charlie Beckett has more details.
Update2: … And Shane Richmond.