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Deputy technology editor David Gallagher of the New York Times is answering questions from readers this week, and the first question comes from a reader who wants to know how it competes against tech blogs.
Gallagher writes, “One of my favorite sites is Techmeme, which tracks the tech-related articles and posts that are generating the most chatter in blogland. It’s fascinating to watch the interplay there between blogs and more traditional news outlets.
“Blogs often turn up early word of things that become major stories. But they also generate a lot of noise. Our reporters could easily spend half their day chasing down rumors that surface on blogs. In the end, that’s not likely to benefit Times readers all that much. So we pick our battles, and we often choose to step back and spend time pursuing stories that give readers a wider understanding of technology and business. As blogs become a more important part of the news ecosystem, reporters covering subjects other than technology and politics will increasingly have to make similar decisions.
“This is not to say that we are bowing out of the blogging frenzy. The Bits blog, which all of our tech reporters contribute to, lets us do quick hits on breaking news or subjects that are perhaps too geeky for the average Times reader. And the comments from Bits readers are often intimidatingly astute.”
Read more here.
Iain Dey of The Times of London reports that Thomson Reuters is about to announce its acquisition of Breakingviews.com from founder Hugo Dixon for 10 million pounds, or about $16.2 million.
Dey writes, “”Mr Dixon, who ran the Lex column in the Financial Times for five years, has been in talks with Thomson Reuters since July. The Â£10 million price tag was agreed in recent days, according to sources inside Thomson Reuters, which has been seeking to expand the commentary and analysis available on its global news network for more than a year.
“The media company has recruited a number of commentators, including Jonathan Ford, who co-founded Breakingviews with Mr Dixon in 1999. Mr Ford no longer has any shares in the business, having left in 2007.
“The Breakingviews operation is likely to be left as a separate entity, with its own branding.
“The business has about 15,000 direct subscribers. Columns in a string of newspapers, including The New York Times, Le Monde, El Pais and Handelsblatt, have increased its readership to an estimated 4.5 million. It is profitable in Europe but continues to invest heavily in America and Asia.”
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Rob Pegoraro of The Washington Post celebrates writing his consumer technology column for a decade by explaining how his coverage has changed.
Pegoraro writes, “For another, my column has appeared on different days of the week–first on Fridays, then Sundays, then Thursdays, and now a hybrid schedule (online Friday, in print Sunday). For much of 2005 and 2006, I also wrote extra columns on breaking news topics; with the advent of my blog in 2007, I now address current events there, and sometimes we ‘reverse publish’ the results in print the next day.
“Most of all, my column has changed focus. At the start, with other reviews running next to my column, I felt like I could focus on some fuzzier topics of human-computer interaction — something I didn’t consistently succeed at for most of the first year. But as we cut back on those separate reviews, I started writing columns that focused closer on the ‘should you get this?’ question. I’ve also found myself focusing more on tech-policy issues, since so many of those policy discussions happen within a mile of my office — and those debates can seriously limit your choice of hardware, software and services down the line.
“If you’ve been reading my column since 1999, you may have noticed one other thing: I’ve yet to skip a week. That’s not something I set out to do at the start; I just knew that I didn’t want to make the paper run one of those ‘Rob Pegoraro is away; his column will resume when he returns’ notices in the first few months of my column’s existence, and after a while I just got into the habit of writing a column or two in advance to cover times when I’d be on vacation. I wish I could tell you that I’ve now set some Post record for continuous columnizing, but there’s no easy way to check for that sort of thing in our index. (Hope y’all don’t mind if I take a week off during my next vacation. This streak’s gotta end at some point; all streaks do.)”
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Marion Maneker of The Big Money examines the influence of Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon, previously of Portfolio.com.
Maneker writes, “In hiring Salmon, Reuters, one of the original one-way communications systems, has acknowledged the importance of fostering open-ended conversations. Salmonâ€™s ability to repackage, recontextualize and reorient the work of other writers is surely the thing of value he brings to the organization.
“‘I may, at times, disagree with Felix and his views,’ Roubini says today in between flights to his next speaking engagement, ‘but I have the greatest respect for his professional abilities: smart, sharp, witty, a great engaging writer. Also, he is intellectually honest and when he makes a mistake, he is willing to admit that without being defensive.’
“‘I have no equity in being right,’ Salmon told me, apropos his willingness to take the other side of an argument just to see where it goes. Salmonâ€™s genial engagement has been the secret of his success. Read Salmon’s take on any of the wide range of topics â€” from myriad credit issues to the economics of South Spanish wine to the travails of Annie Leibovitzâ€™s loan officer â€” and youâ€™ll see detailed reasoning, deliberate counterargument, and a matter-of-fact pronouncement of Salmonâ€™s own sometimes over-the-top views.”
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Paul Boutin writes on VentureBeat about the process of blogging for the New York Times business section’s Gadgetwise blog.
Boutin writes, “Gadgetwise is what about how to buy and use stuff, rather than tracking the tech industry as the Bits blog does. Or in industry jargon, service journalism rather than trade news. Iâ€™ve finally found my purpose in life: Teaching America how to use Twitter.
“Businesswise, the only competitor my editors talk about is The Wall Street Journal. And while theyâ€™re cool with me explaining how we process a post, Iâ€™m sworn not to blab traffic stats. Thatâ€™s the only part of the job that bugs me. Iâ€™m as much of a stats hound as anyone else with a blog.
“In many ways, the Timesâ€™ blogs are no different from anyone elseâ€™s. But thereâ€™s one organizational trick they employ very effectively: Division of Labor. Times bloggers donâ€™t work on their own. They donâ€™t handle every aspect of their blogs. Who does what is divided up to bring specific expertise to bear on different parts of each post. The result is I can crank out more posts, and those posts are better overall, than if we writers did everything ourselves. I know, not everyone wants to have other people involved in their blogging. But thereâ€™s a reason people work in teams.”
Read more here. Boutin walks you through the process of how a post makes it on the Web, including the fact that NYT blogs are edited.
Dennis Howlett of ZDNet reports that the British courts have ruled against TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington in a libel case because he did not show up to defend himself.
Howlett writes, “In other words, both Arrington/Interserve attempted to move the case from Sethiâ€™s home ground to another jurisdiction. The UK courts thought differently.
“It is my understanding that neither Arrington nor Interserve chose to defend the case in the UK courts and having given notice that they would not do so are precluded from raising a viable appeal. This means that under UK law, Arrington/Interserve are liable for any final monetary damages and costs the court chooses to award. Sethi tells me that his costs are of the order of Â£30,000 and the plaint calls for monetary damages of up to Â£50,000.
“Further since this will constitute a debt to the court, should Arrington attempt to enter the UK without first having settled the matter, he might be liable to immediate arrest and incarceration. That has yet to be tested but represents a risk that Arrington will need to consider for the future.”
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The (Raleigh) News & Observer has launched a new blog called .BizÂ for its business news department.
A short item in Wednesday’s paper states, “A blog compiled by The News & Observer’s Business reporters and editors, .Biz, features the latest news plus the inside scoop on deals and personalities that make this region’s industries and companies compelling.
“The site includes useful information on the area’s business leaders and companies — just click on the ‘people’ and ‘companies’ links.”
Assistant business editor Alan Wolf will be the primary writer for the blog, but it will have contributions from the rest of the staff as well.
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Breaking Media, publisher of business-to-business blogs Above The Law, Dealbreaker and Fashionista, is taking on the accounting and business finance industries, launching Going Concern.
â€œDue in part to the recent economic turmoil and massive frauds like the Bernie Madoff and Stanford Financial Group Ponzi schemes, accountants and business finance professionals are now more in demand that ever,â€ said David Lat, managing editor of Breaking Media, in a statement. â€œGoing Concern is launching at a historical moment when there is an increased call for accountability to protect businesses and when financial laws and corporate governance regulations are in a state of flux.â€
In terms of potential audience, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2006 there were 1,274,000 accountants and auditors in the U.S. — and that number is expected to grow 18 percentÂ by 2016, exceeding the average growth rate for all occupations. Â
Caleb Newquist has joinedÂ Going Concern as founding editor. Â Newquist formerly worked as an auditor and tax accountant for KPMG LLP in New York and Denver, and has been blogging about the accounting profession at The 10-Key Tramp since 2008. Â Newquist will report to Lat. Â Francine McKenna, founder of re: The Auditors, will also contribute to Going Concern.
Berr writes, “The commentator is like those starlets in Hollywood who complain about the paparazzi until no one cares enough to follow them. Blogs are only savaging Kneale because he is on national TV and occasionally deserves it. Lashing out at critics will only serve to embolden them.
“Ranting about mean bloggers is like complaining about the blue sky. The internet is a mean place. I get more than my share of insults. None of them killed me.
“Some Wall Street pundits are backing Kneale. ‘Frankly, if you haven’t got the cajones to put your name on your work, I can’t take you seriously,’ writes Tim Lindmark on Wall Street Pit. This writer is, of course, correct. Nonetheless, it seems as though Kneale is trying to have it both ways. There probably is plenty of anonymous praise for the CNBC anchor as well: He makes for good entertainment.”
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Fortune launched ThursdayÂ a new technology site, Brainstorm Tech, offering reporting, commentary and in-depth stories on the latest technology news and trends fromÂ the magazine’sÂ technology team.
Contributors willÂ include Stephanie Mehta, Jon Fortt, Adam Lashinsky, Jessi Hempel, Michael Copeland and Jeffrey Oâ€™Brien, among others.
Brainstorm Tech hopes to combine theÂ Fortime brand with a marketplace of smart ideas fueled by “brainstorming” with some of the best technology writers and thinkers in the field.
The new site will include:
- “Guest Brainstorms” — Contributions from influential names in the tech industry such as Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Brightcove; John Chen, CEO of Sybase; and Iqbal Quadir, founder of Grameen Phone.
- Apple 2.0 â€“- Phil Elmer-Dewittâ€™s up-to-the-minute commentary on all things Apple.
- Footage and live blogging from theÂ Fortune conferences where readers can watch footage of speeches and panel discussions and read up-to-the minute commentary fromÂ Fortune writers at the events.
- Other sections include: Mobile, Tech@Work, Cool Companies, Big Tech and Infotech 40.
Rafat Ali of PaidContent.org writes that the site is Fortune’s attempt to compete with AllThingsD, the Wall Street Journal’s tech site.