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New York Times media columnist David Carr shares some thoughts in a recent column about journalists moving to the Web, and the disappearing divide between online and print media. He highlights some of the struggles media companies continue to face and shares some of his own experiences walking the line. * “More and more, media…

A Disappearing Divide

New York Times media columnist David Carr shares some thoughts in a recent column about journalists moving to the Web, and the disappearing divide between online and print media. He highlights some of the struggles media companies continue to face and shares some of his own experiences walking the line.

* “More and more, media outlets are becoming a federation of individual brands like Mr. Kurtz. Journalism is starting to look like sports, where a cast of role players serves as a platform and context for highly paid, high-impact players. And those who cross over, after years of pushing copy through the print apparatus, will experience the allure of knocking some copy into WordPress and sending it out into the world to fend for itself.”

* “It was clear back then [a decade ago] that the Web, with its low-cost, friction-free distribution, was a remarkable way to publish. But 10 years later, paying for reporting on the Web remains daunting. The reason that newspapers put all the white paper out on the street is that we get a lot of green paper back in return. Put out all the pixels you want, even ones that render scoops, and you will still receive pennies in return.”

* “On a journalistic level, the new playing field is more even. Many people see the news in aggregated form on the Web, and when they notice a link that interests them, they click on it with nary a thought about the news organization behind it. Information stands or falls on its magnetism, with brand pedigree becoming secondary.

“More and more, the dichotomy between mainstream media and digital media is a false one. Formerly clear bright lines are being erased all over the place. Open up Gawker, CNN, NPR and The Wall Street Journal on an iPad and tell me without looking at the name which is a blog, a television brand, a radio network, a newspaper. They all have text, links, video and pictures. The new frame around content is changing how people see and interact with the picture in the middle.”

Posted by Joel on October 24 2010 • Multimedia

Pocket Notebooks

I followed a link recently and found this interesting blog post at The Art of Manliness. It explores the ways that twenty famous men used pocket notebooks-perhaps the equivalent of today’s ubiquitous smartphone. The use of such notebooks at one time was very common, according to the post. For the bibliophile, the list looks at how a few well-known authors used theirs, including Mark Twain.

From the post: “Twain’s first pocket notebooks were purchased in 1857 at the age of 21 during his training to become the “cub” pilot of a steamboat on the Mississippi River. He felt confident that the job would be fairly easy to learn but found he could not remember the instructions his teacher, Horace Bixby, imparted to him. Bixby advised Clemens, “My boy, you must get a little memorandum-book, and every time I tell you a thing, put it down right away. There’s only one way to be a pilot, and that is to get this entire river by heart. You have to know it just like A B C.” Clemens accepted Bixby’s advice and thus began a lifelong relationship with the pocket notebook.”

Twain kept between 40 and 50 notebooks in his lifetime, often starting a new one before leaving on a trip. They are filled with pithy sentences and unique observations. Check out the rest of the notebooks featured in this post.

I can’t resist highlighting another notebook from the post. This includes the notebook that General George S. Patton began in 1921, where he began to collect and form his ideas about what made a good soldier and a good leader, including these observations:

“War means fighting. Fighting means killing, not digging trenches.”
“Find the enemy, attack him, invade his land, raise hell while you’re at it.”
“Officers must be made to care for their men. That is the Sole Duty of All Officers.”

Posted by Joel on October 24 2010 • Multimedia

The World's Largest Book

An interesting bit of blblio news from ABC News: “The world’s biggest book fair in Frankfurt is used to seeing some big book launches, but none came larger than a six-by-nine-foot (two-by-three-metre) Atlas unveiled on Wednesday.

“Yours for a cool 100,000 dollars, Australian publisher Gordon Cheers said that the last book even close in size to his 128-page volume was the Klencke Atlas, produced in 1660 as a gift for Charles II of England ... The book contains maps of whole continents, as well as sharp images of famous sites collaged together from 1,000 individual pictures.”

Posted by Joel on October 10 2010 • Books

Association of Magazine Media

The trade association for consumber magazine publishers has a new name. To reflect changes in how publishers interact with readers (if you call them that anymore), the Magazine Publishers of America now calls itself MPA-the Association of Magazine Media. From the press release:

“Reflecting the growing ways – online and offline – that magazine content reaches consumers, industry leaders today unveiled a new name, tagline and logo for their trade group: MPA —The Association of Magazine Media. By adopting the well-established initials, MPA, as the organization’s formal name and dropping “publishers” from its tagline, MPA is underscoring the fact that magazine media content engages consumers across multiple platforms, including websites, tablets, smartphones, books, live events and more.  MPA will officially launch its new name and logo to its membership at the annual American Magazine Conference (AMC) on Monday, October 4, in Chicago.”

The new logo replaces the classic one depicting pages turning in a magazine; instead, the squares are meant to evoke “ multiple ways through which magazine media are being experienced and enjoyed today.” Read more about the change at the New York Times, here. The Times points out that the name change only marks the second time the association has changed its name. Founded in 1919 as the Magazine Publishers Association, the group changed its name in 1987 to Magazine Publishers of America. Writes Stuart Elliott of the Times, “The 1987 renaming took place a week before the Black Monday stock market crash of Oct. 19, so investors who are magazine readers — and vice versa — might want to re-examine their portfolios in coming days.”

Part of the new campaign includes videos, called Magazine Media Minute, published on YouTube highlighting some of the latest developments in magazine publishing, er, media. Here’s an example:

Posted by Joel on October 03 2010 • Multimedia