Someone once said the first rule of blogging is to do it regularly. The second is not to begin with an apology if you go silent without a heads up.
Screw the rules.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been asking a lot of people how news organizations can do a better job of providing and being a conduit for information and discussion while making enough money to sustain a business.
That last part is probably the most difficult question to answer. Most recently, media consultant Michael Rosenblum urged media companies to come up with a new business model for the realities of today.
Apparently, media CEOs were stymied. But there are examples out there:
David Cohn has proposed community-funded reporting and runs Spot.us, the live test. ProPublica uses the non-profit model to pay for investigative reporting. The Guardian in Britain is set up as a public trust.
So I ask you: what should we be doing to ensure there will be money to pay for the labor-intensive craft of news gathering?
Leave a comment below or send me your ideas. If the CEOs don’t know where to start, maybe we, the online collective can show the way.
I’ve been talking with people in social media, information visualization, grassroots reporting and news companies. I’ve wanted to talk with media buyers as well, but don’t have contacts. Do you?
Not related, but possibly useful to you: Thanks to the organizers of Capitolbeat, I was a conference panelist on a session about online fact checking with UNC assistant professor Andy Bechtel and staff reporter Taft Wireback of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. (You’ll find the links on my Delicious page.)
Photo: The (South Africa) Times newsroom by Gregor Rohrig/Flickr