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After jumping through enough ad hoops, a paywalled circus begins

Advertisers don’t want to advertise to women in their 50s, and that was a problem for online startup The Hoopla. Now the business will shift to a risky revenue model derived from the audience.

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Hustling for your journalism: Beacon offers hope — and challenges

Beacon has hit on a low-cost model to fund high quality, specialised journalism. For freelancers, it’s a way to get funds up-front to do the investigative work they want to do. But it also offers new challenges.

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Hold the front page: News Corp issues blogger with takedown notice

News Corporation lawyers have ordered a Canberra-based blogger to stop reproducing their front pages, or pay a licensing fee. There’s a double standard at play, according to one expert.

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Brave News World: instant gratification, but better informed?

The pace of news delivery increases as our attention spans decrease. But are we better informed? Gideon Haigh reports in the fifth chapter of his investigative special for Crikey on the future of the media.

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Meet the hipster savant guiding News Ltd to digital glory

Kim Williams has seen the future — and it’s got a tattoo, a handlebar moustache and a CV long enough to stretch from one end of Holt Street to another.

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Do infographics add info or just confuse?

Many media outlets now illustrate their articles with pretty infographics, but unfortunately most don’t do a very good job of informing. Technical wizardry seems to triumph good communication, writes Alan Davies.

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New Kid on the Block: it’s the Renew kid on the block

RenewEconomy is an online-only niche publication that has as its tagline “tracking the next industrial revolution”. It’s the latest New Kid on the Block.

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Online news: the Year of the Dwarf Penis

Internet journalism isn’t just sex, gore and photoshopped galleries of celebrities as fruit. Think of the Iran protests and the WikiLeaks Collateral Murder video, says Crikey editor Sophie Black, in a defence of online news.

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Journalism isn’t dying, just being redirected

While traditional news organisations continue to downsize their staff and struggle to stay afloat, some newsrooms - particularly online newsrooms - are actually expanding. Companies like Yahoo and AOL are hiring, not firing, writes Scott Rosenberg.

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What are words worth on the web?

A look at the complex economics of online media: “Opinions posted on blogs are cheap. Great journalism is expensive.” So should online media editors prize hits over high-quality content? And what are words on the internet actually worth?

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Can you create a magazine in 48 hours?

That’s the question the folks behind 48 Hour magazine are trying to answer. After they unveil the each issue’s theme, writers have 24 hours to produce and submit content, then the production team have 24 hours to stick it all together.

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