The function of a newsroom in the future is to coordinate the voices of the world to produce a coherent news product. That job will be done in very much the model that Tumblr is doing it. You could have started with a blogging community or you could have started with a news organization, but they’re both heading to the same place.
The Times of course has the best newsroom. So why don’t they evolve a blogging platform like Tumblr’s? They should have. I’ve been begging them to do it since the mid-90s. There’s still time to gather some of the leftover energy in the web, and to be prepared to catch some of the deserters when Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter et al stumble at growing into the space formerly occupied exclusively by the Times, Wash Post, etc.
But less time remains all the time.
Dave Winer — NYT growing the wrong way.
New York Times releases code to help journalists collaborate on WordPress, other platforms. Track changes within the WordPress editor. Code is available on Github; it would be awesome to see this support realtime collaborative editing too. (via Steve Myers)
Sunday’s New York Times editorializes in favor of Do Not Track and other privacy legislation going through Congress and the Federal Trade Commission. Yet The New York Times itself makes much use of personal, private, and tracking information itself. Indeed, it requires tracking.
Jeff Jarvis — Do-not-track hypocrisy
My NYTimes Wishlist. Four ideas from a post-NY Times Michael Donohoe. Make the website an application that knows everything you’ve read, and allow content to flow to where readers want to consume it.
240 days later, The New York Times is still trying to implement Edit Flow/Assignment Desk for The Locals. Deploying WordPress plugins shouldn’t be this difficult.
From earlier today at the J-School. Stephen Farrell was one of four New York Times reporters taken captive in Libya and released only a few days ago. Before being welcomed back to the newsroom, he stopped by and talked a bit about his experience in front of a packed house. Money quote: working in a war zone is “big boy’s game, big boy’s rules.”
1) Use a different browser.
2) Clear your cache.
… whichever is most convenient for you. Tada!
I’ve figured it out: the payfence is the printies’ last stand.
What the NYT Pay Wall Really Costs. 18 months or more of lost innovation in a highly-competitive marketplace.