news business model summary

I just made a new page with links to some of the posts we’ve had here that people have seemed to like. It’s there for people that are new to the blog to get a feel for some of the topics that we cover here, but also as a pointer to some of the more frequently needed posts for regular readers. It’s probably also worthwhile pointing out that while the main purpose of this blog is for us to share ideas, we are also very interested in conversations, so if you ever have comments that you’d like to make about a post, please don’t hesitate to do so.

The purpose of this particular post is to pull together links to all of the posts that I’ve done on the topic of new business models for journalism so that they are a bit easier to find. This is what we’ve had so far:

  • Free News?: This was the first post on journalism – the main issue here is a discussion of the impact that free news on the web has had on the business model for newspapers.
  • More News Business Models: looks at Steven Johnson’s diagram of the news ecosystem and talks about how to put together a unique mix of content in a news business model.
  • Regulate or Innovate: talks about how Australian newspapers have tried to deal with losing advertising revenue to the internet for house sales.
  • Aggregate, Filter and Connect: are three ways to generate revenue in digital knowledge-sharing markets – like news!
  • Business Models Summary: does something we probably should have done earlier, which is discuss what business models actually are, and discusses possible revenue generation mechanisms for news.
  • Business Models and the Three Horizons: uses a speech by John Temple – the former editor of the Rocky Mountain News to illustrate how using the three horizons framework might help to develop a new business model for news.
  • The News Value Proposition: does just what the title says – it looks at how to make a new value proposition for news.

So that’s a good summary of where we’ve gotten on this topic. It also highlights one of the difficulties on a blog – it’s hard to build a sustained argument across time and interspersed through other topics. And I’m not entirely convinced that tagging posts really gets around the problem – hence this summary post!

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