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New Matilda near death, but saviours are sniffing around

Online news and comment publication New Matilda is on its last legs after editor and owner Marni Cordell pulled the plug. But there’s been interest in another revival.

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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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Super site: Guthrie’s secret publication revealed

The new online publication of former Age editor Bruce Guthrie has broken cover, with backing from superannuation firms. Crikey can reveal the details.

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The unbearable dullness of being Lord Justice Leveson

Lord Justice Leveson gave a speech in Melbourne last night, but the real action has been at off-the-record lunches and dinners. Crikey tails the Australian tour of one of the world’s most talked-about media figures this year.

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New Kid on the Block: a Broadsheet approach to lifestyle online

Broadsheet aims to be THE guide to “where to go out on a date, where to buy a pair of jeans, where to eat well and have good coffee” in Sydney and Melbourne. It’s another media New Kid on the Block.

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Crikey says: the age of pragmatism

We forgive News Limited’s Richard Freudenstein for using the word “freemium” at least half a dozen times in a speech delivered this morning at the Mumbrella 360 conference.

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The rise and rise of LinkedIn … but devil’s in the detail

LinkedIn’s float on the New York Stock Exchange has blown away expectations, delivering the company a valuation of about $US10 billion, writes Charis Palmer.

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New media v old media: a question of moderation

The question of pre-moderation vs post-moderation of reader comments on a publisher website is a fascinating one. It’s also increasingly integral to modern news outlets, writes Jonathon Oake at blog The Spongeist.

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The internet vs. the world part 1: gatekeepers lose control as we connect

From WikiLeaks to Underbelly, the common theme of the rise of the internet is that it connects people. And interconnectedness threatens the powerful.

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McClelland’s sensitive information debate, circa 1985

If McClelland thinks there is a debate to be had over media handling of national security information, he should throw it open to the media most likely to offer the sort of coverage he appears concerned about.

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Note to The Australian: Twitter is not a newspaper

When Oz editor Chris Mitchell complains that Julie Posetti didn’t contact him to get his side of the story before tweeting, he completely misses the point.

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Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?

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Bartholomeusz: Fairfax strategy not crazy or brave

Anyone expecting something radical or brave from Fairfax Media’s long-awaited strategy update today would have been under-whelmed.

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Latest newspaper circulation figures: not a nice set of numbers

Only a fool would say that circulation figures don’t lie, given all we have learned in recent times. But even so, these numbers tell us the dead tree ship is sinking.

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How online media humanizes Middle Eastern people

While western mainstream media coverage continues to perpetuate myths and stereotypes about the Middle East, online media - particularly blogs - have emerged as powerful tools to show the faces and personalities of everyday people, writes Daz Chandler.

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Pimply? Angry? Drunk? Yawn.

Most citizen journalism strikes me as nothing to do with journalism at all.” Are we still using this old argument?

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The new New Matilda

Online commentary website New Matilda is reopening its virtual doors once more, after a well-publicised closure in June. It’ll return as a paid subscriber site, and expects to be back to full publishing capacity in 2011.

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Real Andrew Bolt is wrong, says Fake Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt has charged that I am too close to his writing and not parodic enough, perhaps not realising that this reflects worse on him than it does on me, writes Fake Andrew Bolt.

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When online media outlets pay peanuts, they get monkeys

Freelancers are increasingly waking up to realise that if their work is good enough for a commercial outlet, they deserve to be paid.

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The regulator and the regulated: sorry, but the internet won’t play that game

Stephen Conroy rants at Google and Facebook. But he hasn’t worked out that they don’t play that game, and aren’t that interested in what governments think.

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The death of New Matilda is bad news for everyone

Today Australian online news and commentary site New Matilda announced it’s calling it quits. This is bad news for everyone.

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New media may challenge Berlusconi’s grip on power

Technological improvement may be shaping the Italian media landscape in such way as to undermine Silvio Berlusconi’s future grip on national media. Crikey intern — and proud Italian — Patrick Tombola reports.

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Just how big is the Facebook economy?

Investors are putting more and more money into businesses building Facebook games, apps and services, and the Guardian wants to know just how much: is Facebook the next big economy, or a bubble waiting to burst? Help them find out.

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Margaret Simons: Crikey still meeting the challenge

Crikey has what so many traditional publishers want — the hybrid model whereby some content is paid for by the viewer, and other content is free.

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The science behind the NYT “most emailed” list

University researchers have been studying the “most emailed” New York Times articles to see what kind of news people like to share — and why. The results are not what you might expect.

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