Every week we round up media news you may have missed.
Quick links for the holiday weekend:
- New York Times CEO calls digital pay model “most successful” decision in years.
- Meet the man who writes weekly letters to Warren Buffett with ideas on how to save the newspaper industry.
- Erik Wemple on what the media can learn from drug dealers.
- “The people who plant the seed are often forgotten through history.” A look at the original tumblelogs that inspired Tumblr.
- Mark Armstrong says print is still subsidizing the web’s golden age of storytelling.
- Ken Doctor asks whether readers who are unwilling to pay for a digital subscription might be willing to answer survey questions in return for digital access.
- Anthony De Rosa wants you to stop “matching” other news orgs: “Newsrooms are low on resources, apply those resources efficiently. Your 500 word re-write of the same article your ‘competitor,’ as you call them, is un-necessary and a total waste of time.”
- Why local media should build search products to take on the web giants.
- Advice to a young freelancer.
- And finally, Choire Sicha wants you to stop trying to make “Snow Fall” happen. It’s not going to happen! The New York Times story project, while spectacular, required a massive amount of resources and isn’t a realistic model for other news orgs to follow.
He says, “We all like Snow Fall, we’re just tired of having to hear about it at conference after conference and panel after panel. Besides: not made like that it won’t ‘save journalism.'”