Another voice explains why newspapers must move beyond the news

We’ve written about the need for newspapers to stop thinking about they physical product  and start acting like “information valets” for their users in an age where attention is at a premium — helping users to manage their “personas.”   We’ve co-authored a piece about efforts at the New London, Conn. Day newspaper. Now another voice is now … Continued

Pivot Point: Next steps

Last month, the Reynolds Journalism Institute convened 34 engineers, publishers, editors, researchers and academics in Chicago for a gathering entitled: “Pivot Point: Reinventing Community, Reinventing News in a Connected World.” In this post, we’ll report on why we gathered, what we did, and what should happen next. We’d like your suggestions. Please email, or … Continued

AUDIO: Are privacy, identity and trust building blocks for new news ecology? A discussion

BOSTON — Are privacy, identity and trust necessary building blocks for the new news ecosystem? Panel Q&A Topic: Privacy, identity, trust, commerce: Foundation blocks for 21st-century news? In this 85-minute session, experts discuss the idea during a New England Newspaper & Press Association panel recorded Feb. 11, 2012 at a Boston hotel. Speakers are Bill … Continued and Public Insight Network — nuancing support for civic journalism; exploring “persona”

The combination of crowd-source journalism payment pioneer with the non-profit Public Insight Network (PIN) — which is testing the waters of what could become a news-focused sharing service — is intriguing for the possibilities. Look to St. Paul, Minn.-based American Public Media — which owns PIN — to start innovating and testing. There are … Continued

Joplin paper editor finds tornado affirms mission of journalism

BRANSON, Mo. — Sandwiched between standing ovations before and after her 27-minute address, the daily editor from tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, offered a stirring endorsement of why newspapers matter. “If people are saying newspapers are dead they don’t really know what stuff we are made of,” Carol Stark told members of the Newspaper Association Managers gathered … Continued

A CALL TO ACTION: Time to make the marketplace for privacy, trust, identity and information commerce

“A non-profit collaboration to share technology, users and content could help news organizations find new revenues and become better at serving the public, according to a report from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.”— excerpt from Aug. 4 announcement. This week I’m relieved and grateful to report the publication of … Continued

From paper to persona

“From Paper to Persona: Managing Privacy and Information Overload; Sustaining Journalism in an Attention Age,” explains how a new public-benefit collaboration could help slow the shrinking of American journalism. Because of Internet technology, mass-market advertising and the news have come unglued. For the public, information is accessible, but not always trustworthy. Because it is abundant, … Continued