Ingram said the theme of his talk on online journalism ‘what’s different? What’s the same’ was really “the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” He wanted to start with the bad because… well… the bad is pretty bad.
Speaking at a Byward Market pub, Ingram showed a graph of newspaper revenue, which he called “The cliff of despair.”
The money just isn’t there anywhere, and newspapers are making a mistake in going to readers for revenue.
The paywall, growing more and more common in North America, isn’t a solution, Ingram said. Paywalls are only a sandbag strategy, Ingram said. They don’t generate a lot of new revenue or readers. “Paywalls don’t help you innovate,” Ingram said.
Media consultant Mario Garcia was at the Ottawa Citizen today to share his thoughts on a new wave in storytelling, in which four platforms (mobile, tablet, web and print) are considered at the conception of a story.
Thursday’s talk was a pared-down version of a course he’ll be teaching next term at the Columbia School of Journalism called ‘Storytelling in the age of the tablet.’
Multimedia storytelling is to be considered as a story is assigned, Garcia said, something all newsrooms should be doing, but they’re not, said Garcia.
“Multimedia is like sex in junior high,” Garcia said “Everybody says they’re doing it but nobody really is.”
(You don’t want to miss this)
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve heard that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has bought the Washington Post for a cool $250 million.
In his letter to Post employees, Bezos wrote:
The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment.”
Media analysts were stunned by this announcement. But they were quick to share their thoughts on the end of the Graham family’s reign on this newspaper empire.
I’ve compiled some of the most interesting thoughts here:
Recently I was contacted by a candidate who had been short-listed for the Ottawa Citizen’s year-long internship opportunities.
(Note: all our interns are paid positions. Understatement: This has become a hot topic recently.)
(Also to note: If you’re entering the newsroom as an intern this summer or fall, here are a few tips I blogged about last year.)
Okay, enough notes, back to the point of this post…
I’m not on the hiring committee for these positions, but I was impressed that this candidate was doing his homework and felt comfortable reaching out to me. This was, after all, the kind of ‘cold call’ he’d be required to do on the job should he be hired.
This person’s questions were simple, but direct: how had past candidates ‘wowed’ me in interviews? And what about the top interns, what sets them apart?