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Two Geeks and A vision

18 Feb

I did enjoy visiting Geek Wire. This is the type of business that I think is laying the foundation for the future of journalism. Their business model allows them to create relevant and valuable information for free or at low costs while creating a newsroom that interacts with their customers and readership both online and in person. They provide a product that people are willing to pay for in the form of their conferences. This is a very innovative ideas because they are not just holding generic events such as a cookout or free show and putting their name on a it like some news organizations may do, they are holding conferences that provide networking opportunities and valuable advice that they are able to demand a premium price for without limiting their audience.

– Robert Abel

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Tom Focoloro Response

18 Feb

It was interesting to meet Mr. Focoloro and learn about how he found a niche market for his bike blogs. Unfortunately I was sitting the furthest away from him so I wasn’t able to hear everything he was saying. But from what I did hear he is doing what he does purely from his passion of writing and I am happy that he is able to make a living doing that.

– Robert Abel

Seattle P.I. Response

18 Feb

Our trip to the Seattle P.I. was somewhat very depressing and gloomy. Not because of the presenters or our host, but because we visited a very large office space that at one time was fully functional that now is host to a lot of empty office space. This visit gave me a very grim outlook on the future of journalism as it this trip was somewhat of a fair representation of the reality of most newsrooms across the country. Journalists are being laid off at an alarming rate and it is becoming harder and harder to distinguish yourself as a good journalist because great journalists are being laid off across the board.

– Robert Abel

Seattle Times Visit

13 Feb

I enjoyed our visit to the Seattle Times. One of the things that stood out to me was it seemed to me that they were seriously down playing the potential of mobile applications. Just because a lot people currently go directly to the website for their news information doesn’t mean that it will always be that way in the future or that a better version of their mobile application wouldn’t change that. With more research and a focus on implementing the ease of a mobile application function of a website there could be a future in more application subscriptions as well as more online subscriptions. They were definitely searching for a business model that would support an online based news service but I think they could learn a lot from MSN News about investing more resources to online first media. 

– Robert Abel

Aggregate Visit

13 Feb

Originally I didn’t understand what it is that Aggregate.com does but after discussing this with my peers I understood how they are a marketing firm that specializes in working with non-profit organizations. I think this is interesting that there is a niche market of advertisers that specialize in working with companies that may not have the most money but may have innovated ideas to help better the world. I would like to figure work for a company like this in the future.

– Robert Abel

MSN News Revolutionizing Online Media

13 Feb

Our visit to MSN News was a great experience and my personal favorite part of the Seattle Trip. It was very impressive to see how MSN launched its own style of news so soon that already has its own unique signature and style. I’m not referring to the physical layout of the page that mirrored Windows latest software but their mentality of aggregating and relaying the news. I liked how they didn’t want to use content from the New York Times and other publications that had a certain stigma of long boring methods of telling stories in their opinion. They are trying to deliver content that gets the message across in the best method possible by aggregating news from the Associated Press and other news sources that they feel are more efficient with their story telling and they are using it to create their own brand of online news in a dying newspaper indstry.
I asked Steve what he felt would happen to all the reporters who were laid off from newspapers around the country and the answer I received was very innovative. He said that he felt that reporters may start banding together to cover certain regions of the country and specialize in providing local news coverage for larger companies such as MSN or Gannet Media. Or reporters may band together to cover niche markets that the AP or other wire services might not invest resources into.
I was shocked to learn that they do not consider Yahoo News to be the competition as they have been aggregating online news long before MSN News launched. Instead they choose to use examples of established newspapers such as USA Today as their competition. I guess they are trying to be the replacement of the modern print newspaper. If this is the case then they already have a head start on the market because they already have a business model that supports free prompt online news. Including my personal favorite, the Rumors section. This section acknowledges and reports trending topics online that have news as they surface and then seek to confirm it true or false. This is something that several news outlets across the board generally don’t do and I think this feature could help attract new audiences to MSN News.

– Robert Abel

Apples in the Amazon

13 Feb

One of the most memorable parts of Seattle Media Tour was our discussion with Kris Peterson with Amazon. The thing that stood out to me was when she talked about the interesting relationship between Amazon and Apple. At first I didn’t understand why Apple would offer the Amazon Kindle Application in its Ap Store when Apple has its own iBooks store. Peterson also stated that a lot of the people who own Amazon devices own them as a second tablet and are hardcore readers. Could it be that a large portion of Amazon tablet owners also own iPads? Ebooks purchased in the Amazon book store can be read on other tablets including iPads. This isn’t the case for ibooks purchased from Apple. So why does Apple carry the Kindle Application in its Ap Store. Is it because they figure that Kindle customers probably own iPads anyway and thus already purchase other things from the Apple Store? Is it to make it easier for their own users to continue their habits of using the Kindle reader and using the Amazon read anywhere features? But if that were the case then why doesn’t Apple try to woo them away with a read anywhere option for the iBooks Application? I am interested to see how the future of the relationship between Apple and Amazon

– Robert Abel