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Catch a preview of what your newspaper’s web site will look like in, oh, about five years by checking out the redesigned LJWorld.com today. Metaphysical conundrum: If a newspaper.com isn’t jam-packed with clutter — hundreds of links, dozens of thumbnail pics, etc. — is it really a newspaper.com?
(Via Ryan Sholin)
Credit to Mindy McAdams for wading through her reading backlog and finding this gem: Media Convergence: ‘Just Do It’
“Darwin explained that the species that are the best at adapting to change will survive. It won’t necessarily be the biggest news organization (remember the dinosaurs), nor the newspaper that now has the highest circulation or has the editors and reporters earning the highest salary. It will be the news entity that learns how to adapt fast to the changing media habits of those it serves, and newspapers have been notoriously slow in doing this.
But as they say in Northern Jutland: Stop just talking about it. Just do it!“
You already know about the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s IbisEye, but have you seen Stormpulse.com? (I found it via the Florida GIS Data blog, which spotted it at GISuser.com.) There’s a Stormpulse blog, too, where the developers are revealed to be “Matt and Brad.” And it says Matt lives in West Palm Beach. Matt, get in touch! I’m right down the street.
>This is the Year of the PS2, Not the Wii, PS3 or 360 (CrunchGear)
The PlayStation 2 remains the top-selling console, and that makes me and my two-year-old copy of NCAA Football, the only game I still play, awesome. Also, I’m awarding myself bonus awesome points for still playing my SNES.
>FAS-FAX Preview: Circ Numbers To Take Another Big Hit (E&P)
Bad news due Monday, as if you couldn’t have seen it coming a mile away. Sure, you got your cutbacks to junk third-party sales, but it’s still ugly. Better pick up the pace, people. If you don’t already feel the urgent need for radical change, let me know how you feel after seeing the numbers next week.
>Hearst Paid $1M Per Year for Right to Buy ‘Seattle Times’ First (AP via E&P)
Hearst has been paying $1 million a year since 1999 for the right of first refusal should the Blethens put The Seattle Times up for sale.
If anyone is interested in entering a similar arrangement with me, by the way, I’m open to negotiation. Have you ever wanted to own a lightly trafficked web site? For the right amount, I’ll guarantee you the privilege of being first up to bat if I decide to sell this one here. Let’s start the bidding at $1. Serious inquires only, please.