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Interesting advice about convergence

Interesting advice about convergence

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Understanding how to move toward a more convergent web presence is always tricky. Here is some points to ponder from Andy Dickinson, while he attended the World Editor’s Forum, talking about barriers.
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Study shows traditional media most credible for Canadians

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A study by
APEX PR conducted by Leger Marketing has shown that traditional media
outlets remain the most credible sources to Canadians.

During
the survey, which was conducted between September 7 and 18, 2007, 1,517
adults across Canada were polled about their media usage. Dubbed the
Influencer Report, the survey found that half of Canadians read local
community newspapers to keep up to date with local and world events.

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Who owns the web?

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A really good discussion on who is pulling strings when it comes to the development of the web in Canada and the future role of large media by Steve Anderson. Will there be a place for small, independent media?

“The web belongs to everyone, not just mega-corporations. But you
wouldn’t know it reading the business pages these days. It’s time for
citizens to ask if their needs in a democratic society are being
overshadowed by the drive for new media profits.”

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Some conflicting lessons on journalism ethics re: forums, social networks, mailing lists and blogs

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Here is something community newspapers may not consider when dealing with online materials from Online Journalism blog:

“A recent discussion on the NUJ New Media mailing list prompted me to jot down some thoughts on the current private-public confusion thrown up by online communication channels. I think some education is required here on both sides.”
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Three lessons about Twitter/microblogging

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Amy Gahran is learning about microblogging the Total Community Coverage in Cyberspace
(some interesting reflections – well worth reading), which gave me a
perfect reminder to finally publish a post I wrote in draft form a
month or so back. So, for what it’s worth, here are three lessons I’ve
learned about Twittering:…

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End of an era for the Indy

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The Independent’s 34-year run as a truly independent newspaper ended last Friday with the paper’s acquisition by Metroland Media Group, a division of the Torstar publishing empire that also owns the Toronto Star.
The Independent serves East Northumberland County with a readership of 19,050 copies every week.
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Taking On Big Media in Canada

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Progressive-minded Canadians have long been concerned that private media concentration threatens democratic values. In June, 2006, even the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications Report on the Canadian News Media warned that there are “areas where the concentration of ownership has reached levels that few other countries would consider acceptable.”
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Newspaper Websites Getting More Visitors for Longer Periods of Time

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CNET  had an interesting blurb a couple of days ago about newspaper websites–more people are using them!
“The number of people visiting U.S. newspaper Web sites rose 3.7 percent year over year during the third quarter, even as their print editions reported lower advertising sales.
More than 59 million people, or 37.1 percent of all active Internet users, visited the papers’ Web sites during the quarter, up from 56.9 million a year ago, the Newspaper Association said, citing data supplied by Nielsen/NetRatings.”
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BC community papers get linked to VanNet

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Canwest has linked 13 of its community newspapers in B.C. in to a Van Net website giving access to each of the papers. Each community paper has its own site. Some are using video and they are interactive. The community can send in information about coming events and such things as sports scores.
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CanWest acquires three publication groups in Ontario’s Windsor-Essex County

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CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. is increasing its presence in the southern Ontario market by acquiring three publication groups in Windsor-Essex County for an undisclosed price, the company announced in November.
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