One year on, nytimes sticking with charges

Almost a year ago I sat down with the editor-in-chief of at his office in New York to compare notes on running an online news service. One of the things I most wanted to talk with Len Apcar about was his site’s recent introduction of Times Select or – to put it less euphemistically – “paid content”.

Coincidentally, and (where I work) introduced very similar systems of charging visitors to read some of their content within a few days of each other in September 2005. Neither of us could know where it would lead but I was reassured that nzherald was taking this bold step in very good company.

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What’s hot – just for fun!

There are several ways to use the web to find out which of two items is more popular.

Take this weekend’s Tri-Nations match between Australia and South Africa. From the 49-0 thrashing they received in their last encounter with Australia, you could be forgiven for thinking the Springboks are down and out. Let’s see…

According to Googlefight, there are 2,770,000 search results on Google for Wallabies, with the Springboks slightly ahead on 2,930,000.

FlickrTagFight shows there are 302 pictures on Flickr tagged “Wallabies” and a mere 60 tagged “Springboks”.

And Technorati reveals 9654 blog postings that mention “Wallabies” and only 3032 mentioning “Springboks”.

Hard to tell from this. May have to watch the game. [Results may have changed, of course, by the time you view this.]

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DIY journalists must pass the trust test

Feeling frustrated that the news media don’t give enough coverage to topics that interest you? Want to do something about it? Sounds like you could be a citizen journalist in the making.

Citizen journalism (“citJ”) is one of the hottest topics among online publishers. Maybe you’ve noticed how many news websites are asking you to post your pictures, add your comments to stories or even write an article.

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