Join the NUJ? Why? | Dave Lee / jBlog – “If the NUJ is really out there to act as a service for all working journalists, it needs to wake up. It needs to get over its fascination with tradition. It needs to pull its head from the sand, stand up and come up with a plan to really help those in need.”
Paying for the news: A link-a-thon – “If you’re not interested in the debate over micropayments and whether that will help save the newspaper industry, you’re probably not going to be interested in this post. If you are interested — as I am — you can find plenty of food for discussion in the links that follow.” Yes you can.
Multimedia… but why? – Graphics work better online with some interactivity. So says Mark S. Luckie. I agree but part of me thinks that the increasing complexity of site design and graphic elements means that even the best online graphics can often be a weak signal in amongst the design noise. Perhaps adding interaction would make them stand out. But it could also raise the whole volume of the page.
One Week Without Virtual Newspapers Petition – This petition is doing the rounds (and getting a lot of comment) asking newspapers to shut their sites for a week to non-paying viewers. Why? “it is critical that all Americans understand that daily newspapers aren’t simply businesses, but an integral part of American Democracy” But closing a channel of information to all but those who can pay doesn’t seem very democratic does it