"Journalism schools could never have invented Google. Publishers and news executives could never have foreseen the power and spread of Google. Why? It’s because Google is the product of engineers. Brilliant engineers. ... Here at Newhouse we are hiring professors who understand the intricacies of algorithms, search patterns, social media, and new media business plans. These new faculty members are not only teaching our students, they are teaching the rest of the faculty."
"Walter Hussman of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ... has charged for access to its website since 2002. It imposes a $5.95 (£3.60) monthly "fee wall" on its digital content - not, Hussman stresses, to make money online, but simply to protect its sales on newsstands. ... Hussman has bucked industry practice in another way: classified ads in his paper are free, so long as they are placed by individuals and not companies. That has spiked the guns of listings websites such as Craigslist, which has a lower penetration in Little Rock than in comparable US cities."
"If you've heard of this, to clarify, it's craigslist doing it, not the Craigslist Foundation. Jim gets the credit, this is really smart, and I'm looking forward to see what happens."
James Vesely: "I see Craigslist as a negative-editorial product. Why? Because it claims the profits normally shifted to the newsroom. Without the obligations of journalism, e-commerce becomes the anti-newspaper." (via Romenesko)
"Probably the most heartening aspect of the online coverage is the way that mainstream media and individual citizen journalists have worked together."
PC Magazine has a slideshow of websites that are disaggregating the bundle of news that US metropolitan dailies used to provide. The situation's a bit different in the UK, but it's worth looking at.
"... in Britain ... [Jim] Buckmaster is preparing to relaunch the English version of Craigslist. ... Craigslist has yet to make a big impact in Britain – hence the relaunch plans."
"You don’t need millions of dollars or HD cameras or years of training to make it happen; all you need is the right frame of mind."
Derek Willis: "We cannot goad or guilt companies like Google into saving journalism when there is much about our own processes that we need to improve."
Speaking newspapers publishers, Craig Newmark "deftly mentioned newspapers' high profit margins ... as proof there is plenty of money to feed investigative journalism and the newsroom. 'I don't understand what the problem is, ' he said."
Scott Karp on Cragslist: "Sex-related content has lead every technological revolution in media. Why should classifieds be any different?" (Great intro, but the payoff is in the last paragraph!)