Subless n-ked journalism. The Age website has gone progressively from newsworthy, to sloppy, and now finally to funny (well at least it’s now entertaining again). Today’s story involves a naked Spanish tourist at the Japanese Imperial Palace, but hard to tell if the story is the n-ked rampage or the fact that according to The Age the “Spanish Police” now guard the palace.
— Crikey reader Garry Muratore
No cameraman, no guests, just straight talking news. Having no camera operator in its tiny Canberra studio is a significant cost saving for SkyNews. Apparently the ABC is very keen to adopt the model. Getting rid of expensive guests is just another sign of this rigorous drive for economy.
Mags tap into reader generated content Upon receiving the Henry Johnson Fisher Award from the Magazine Publishers of America in 2000, industry legend Don Logan noted the simplicity and ingenuity of the business model he helped perfect while he was overlord of Southern Progress Corp. The company’s goal was to convince readers to share their recipes, which would then be reprinted and sold back to them. — Magazines, The A List, AdAge
Google Mail goggles As mornings after go, there are few combinations more deadly than a computer, too much alcohol and a seething sense of indignation. But there could soon be a solution for people who cannot resist sending an ill-conceived drunken email to their boss or a former lover. An altruistic Google employee has come up with a system that will block — or at least make people reconsider sending — the type of message they will probably regret the next day. Mail Goggles, which can be set to spring into action late at night and at weekends, asks emailers to answer a series of short maths questions before sending a message. The basic addition and multiplication sums have to be completed within a time limit. — The Guardian
Arianna’s New Yorker moment For the past few weeks rumors have abounded that The New Yorker was preparing a “hit piece” on Arianna Huffington. Since the term “hit piece” is not something we normally associate with The New Yorker we had our suspicions as to how hard-hitting it was actually going to be. Still, word on the street was that New Yorker scribe Lauren Collins had been doing some digging, so who knew! Well turns out all the concern (anticipation?) was unnecessary. Collin’s profile is a mostly flattering one (Huffington is “one of the Anglophone world’s most nimble and ubiquitous communicators”), revealing very little about the woman behind the online media empire… — Fishbowl NY
The Beast is born Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast is up and open for business. She answers questions here. The site is named after the paper in Evelyn Waugh’s novel Scoop. And it’s not to be confused with the magazine Matt Taibbi started The Buffalo Beast. We emailed The Daily Beast to ask if they are using the Huffington Post model of not paying contributors. Huffpo has been called a ‘media plantation’ by Simon Dumenco. So, do they pay writers? Or just promote them? — Fishbowl LA