The Age’s pre-emptive piece of Heath’s Academy Award revealed. Oops.
Ayone for tennis? I know it’s not a big deal, but when the Sydney Morning Herald can’t get a photo of Australia’s number one female tennis player in a tournament in Sydney correct, then we know there’s a problem. The signs of the world’s best sports photographers (Tim Clayton and Craig Golding) taking redundancy packages last year are showing.
The original story is here. The accompanying photo is incorrect. Not even close. Dellacqua is left handed. — Crikey reader George Perry
What iTunes for news would really look like. This morning, David Carr of The New York Times begged the people who know how to actually make stuff (not journalists, obviously) to come up with an iTunes-like business model for daily journalism. Or something. What an idea! Only trouble is, the kind of stuff Americans are willing to pay for could prove awfully disappointing to the world’s self-important reporters and editors. In the interest of lending a helping hand to our sister industry, VF Daily imagined what an iTunes for news might really look like. — Vanity Fair
Dying for free speech in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is considered the second most dangerous country in the world for journalists (Iraq being the first). The Leader, which Lasantha Wickrematunge founded with his brother in 1994, was one of the strongest — if not the strongest — liberal, democratic voices in Sri Lanka, speaking out against the war but also against corruption, terrorism, organised crime and human rights violations. As a result, Lasantha and his staff were frequently attacked. — The Guardian
GlobalPost tries to save the endangered foreign correspondent. As the newspaper industry continues to spiral into the abyss, one casualty will be the expensive foreign correspondent. Gathering on-the-ground reporting from far-flung locales does not come cheap. But GlobalPost, a new foreign news site that launched today, is applying a Web business model to international news. The company plans to make money from advertising (good luck with that one — foreign news is always a tough sell), syndication fees to traditional newspapers and media sites, and $199 “Passport” memberships. The Passport service will give subscribers access to detailed country reports, monthly conference calls with the foreign correspondents, and priority in suggesting new story ideas. — TechCrunch
NYT responds to Atlantic‘s “End Times” piece. We fully recognize that our industry is undergoing unprecedented change as technology alters the habits of our readers and advertisers. At the same time, the cyclical downturn in the U.S. economy has exacerbated advertising declines. But The New York Times Company is in a better position than many others in the newspaper industry because of the steps we have taken to improve our performance. — Poynter Online
3D ad aims for Super Bowl score. Holy promotional stunt. About 150 million 3D glasses will be given away so Super Bowl viewers can watch a 90-second 3D sneak preview of the big-screen animated feature Monsters vs. Aliens during the big game Feb. 1. DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg tells the Associated Press it’s “perhaps the biggest media-advertising event in history” and “involves tens of millions of dollars.” — Freep
Broadcast thinking will be the heart of successful print models: New year convictions. Broadcast has always been good at recognising the need to bring in expertise. Originally it was about employing the talent, keeping it in house. But later, in the multi-platform world, it would be about commissioning that talent; People who had the knowledge and contacts to create the best content. Opening up their model to a more transparent broadcast commissioning style of content creation is the biggest opportunity for those changing their model. They have to develop from the model of owning the talent to commissioning talent. Those that embrace that approach can benefit from having the best people and the audience they attract. — Andy Dickinson