The arrogance of mainstream media, QR codes a new business model?, and all the tools you’ll ever need

January 6, 2009 by  
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  • Deconstructing the “real journalism” argument
    Terry Heaton takes a shot at the unending “woe, the internetz!” cries of mainstream media.
    “we’d get a lot further in the reinvention of professional journalism if we could get away from the belief that its an entitlement, one that’s necessary for the survival of the species […]
    “Who do we think we are? Surely our hubris has blinded us, for professional journalism never was God’s gift to culture […] We have done some good things, but our arrogance was our undoing. That arrogance is behind the notions that ‘real journalism’ can’t be practiced outside the paradigm of contemporary professional news.”
    (tags: online mediaindustry journalism media)
  • Why media companies are hosed
    “Wal-Mart is a media site in that it sells its reach to advertisers, a reach that vastly exceeds two of the top newspaper sites in the world. This is why I keep harping on everybody that the future for local media companies lies beyond their own walled garden websites, and those who refuse to hear that (like, everybody) are sprinting to the tar pits.”

    And an interesting viewpoint in the comments, suggesting QR codes could be the way of the future for cut-sized newspapers, providing direct mobile links to the full content.

    “Sooner or later, some newspaper people are going to figure out that the way to go is a 16- 24 page paper that mostly serves as a table of contents for info on the web.”
    (tags: mediaindustry future mobile qrcodes)

  • Tools for News
    A huge collection of “Tool kits” for everything you need for online content creation, whether you call yourself a digital journalist, online journalist, or you create content for family, friends or any other community you’re a part of.
    Check it out and get creative.
    (tags: digital howto newmedia tools reporting tutorial)

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6 Responses to “The arrogance of mainstream media, QR codes a new business model?, and all the tools you’ll ever need”
  1. Dave Earley says:

    @Hannah Same question as Michael :) Specifically, do you find your own phone can read the QR code on your business card?  I’m almost certain my phone wouldn’t be able to – it has focus issues if it’s too close, but then can’t read the QR code if it’s a bit further away!

    Thanks to both of you for commenting!

  2. Michael J says:

    Hannah,Anything you can share about any experience with the b card to website. How long? How many hits? Customer experience? Anything at all might the canary in the mine that I keep looking for.

  3. Hannah says:

    I have a QR code pointing to my website on my business card.  It will come – one step at a time.

  4. Michael J says:

    Dave,I blame the follow-up on my Google RSS reader. I agree that QR is still to come. But given what’s happening with cell phones, I can’t see how it doesn’t scale. The first three versions will be sub optimal, then someone is going to get it right. My bet is Google, but we’ll see.My favorite so far is in the UK, when they did public service posters for kids (I think) it seemed to work okish. But can you imagine using that functionality for health care? Meanwhile, wouldn’t it be cool if newspaper folks could look beyond today’s “sky is falling” narrative to look at what’s coming next?  But then most of them are also trapped by being blind to the value of Print, even though it’s evolved over 500 years, supplied big stable profits since the turn of the century and is still their defensible advantage.Sooner of later they’ll get it. When they do they’ll be able to return to an easy way to make money. And stop focusing on trying to do things, they’re not expert at.Meanwhile, this is a great site. Much easier than search blogs, get the feed, read in RSS, and go from there.  Adding to Google blog search is a real help.

  5. Michael J says:

    That was me on the QR codes. It’s been very lonely out here for a  baby boomer Print Evangelist. Thanks for the company.

    • Dave Earley says:

      @Michael J, Thanks for making the return trip! That Terry Heaton post was a good month ago now, so really keeping on top of your online mentions to track back to here ;)

      I guess you have to have the combination of quality camera phones with mobile web surfing saturation.

      For example, in Australia I’ve only personally seen QR codes twice. Only once in print where I could actually try to access it, but it was impossible for my Nokia6300 camera to focus on the QR code to process it…

      There’s definitely potential :)

      Thanks for stopping by Michael.

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