Archive for June 2010

Missouri Historical Review Online

June 29, 2010

The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to make past issues of the Missouri Historical Review –from 1906 through 2001—available online: http://shs.umsystem.edu

This award-winning scholarly journal is published quarterly and has been the cornerstone of the Society’s publication division for over one hundred years.  Richly illustrated and featuring contemporary scholarship on all facets of state and regional history, the journal also contains reviews of recently published books and offers notes and short pieces on local culture and Missouri life.  Users will find within each issue a wealth of information on significant events and persons in Missouri history as authors have explored the political culture of antebellum days, Civil War battles and politics, religious and ethnic heritage in the state, and a wide variety of other topics.

Researchers can search the online Missouri Historical Review by keyword or browse through pages for more general findings.  Volumes are added to the online database once they are ten years old.   Researchers needing information or articles in issues dating from 2001 to the present should contact the Society at (573) 882-7083.

The State Historical Society of Missouri was established in 1898 and is located on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.  Its mission is to collect, preserve, make accessible, and publish the history of Missouri.  The Missouri Historical Review is a benefit of membership in the Society.

Columbia Tribune joins digital news project

June 18, 2010

Test initiative focuses on ‘hyper-local’ data.

By DANIEL CAILLER
Published June 17, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.
Updated June 17, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.
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The Tribune has been chosen as one of two newspapers in a pilot program to develop software that will deliver “hyper-local” news.

The John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation announced today a grant award of $458,625 to be shared by the Tribune, the Boston Globe and New York not-for-profit software company OpenPlans.

The funds will be used for three related projects that aim to make it easier for news organizations to present local data by neighborhood — even block by block — using web-based technology. The grant money includes $235,000 for OpenPlans, $90,500 for the Tribune and $133,125 for the Globe.

The project, called OpenBlock, stems from a previous Knight-funded project, EveryBlock.com, developed in 2008. EveryBlock is a website offering geographically relevant news feeds on public records, articles, blogs and photographs for 16 cities in the United States. Users can browse data for a specific area of their city or neighborhood.

“The digital age is turning journalism upside down and inside out,” said Eric Newton, vice president of journalism for the Knight Foundation. Civic data “is the clay from which the bricks of news are made, and software that media organizations everywhere can use to display it is the goal of the OpenBlock initiative.”

OpenBlock will use open source code, meaning anyone can download, install and customize it. EveryBlock comes as is, not allowing users to cater it to their needs.

Nick Grossman, OpenPlans director of civic works, said one reason the Tribune and the Globe are involved with the pilot project is “to make sure the tool is relevant and can be used in both large and small contexts.”

The project will begin in July, Grossman said. OpenPlans programmers will work with staff at each newspaper to install the program and, over about nine months, develop new features.

Andy Waters, Tribune vice president for interactive media, said he has been trying to figure out how to get public data online for years. When the software for EveryBlock was released last summer, he said the coding was “too huge and complex” to use.

Waters expressed his concerns to the president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, Alberto Ibargüen, when Ibargüen visited Stephens College in October. That got the ball rolling on the Tribune’s grant applications.

Waters said when complete, the OpenBlock software will be incorporated into the Tribune’s website to provide more personal news delivery. “Now we will be able to put that raw data online for people to see in a user-friendly format,” he said.

Grossman said OpenPlans will incorporate software innovations from the pilot into one core package, which it will offer free to all news organizations.

Although the software will compile and deliver data, Grossman said he doesn’t see it as being in competition with traditional newspapers.

“I believe that to make meaning out of that data, journalists will really play an important role,” he said. “I’m excited to see how news organizations can integrate automated, data-driven news into websites, then look at it, interpret it and make a deeper meaning for their readers.”

Dianne Lynch, the president of Stephens College, is a member of the Journalism Advisory Council for the Knight Foundation. “This program is what we call a game changer,” she said. “It will replace the stenographic function of the reporter” and open up their time “to do more meaningful work, more analysis of the data.”

Consumers will pay for online subscriptions

June 9, 2010

(MediaBuyerPlanner) — Consumers said in a survey conducted by the Boston Consulting Group they would pay between $2 and $4 for a magazine — many magazine publishers are currently charging $4.99 per issue — and between $5 and $10 for a monthly newspaper subscription. While the price consumers are willing to pay for digital newspapers is less than their print counterparts, the digital version is cheaper to produce, the research points out.

Consumers are willing to pay only $5 to $10 for digital books, which is less than what book publishers are targeting.

More than 80% of those who plan to purchase an e-reader over the next three years said they would use it to read the online versions of magazines and newspapers.

E-readers and tablets could become established consumer products, alongside TVs, PCs, and mobile handsets such as the BlackBerry and iPhone.

However, mass acceptance of e-readers and tablets is not guaranteed unless prices drop dramatically. In the United States, consumers are only willing to spend up to $200 for a multipurpose device, far below the $499 entry price of the iPad.

iAd platform to launch July 1

June 9, 2010

NEW YORK — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs said Monday that the company’s iAd platform, its mobile advertising network, will go live on July 1. The mobile market is expected to bring a new wave of upheaval in advertising and marketing as devices like Apple’s iPhone and iPad proliferate.

Among marketers already on board the iAd bandwagon, according to announcements at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, are AT&T, Unilever, Best Buy, Walt Disney and Target. The commitments for this year total more than $60 million.

The iAd platform will face off against the Google mobile ad platform, AdMob.

Mid America Newspaper Conference celebrates 50th

June 9, 2010

The 50th Annual Mid America Newspaper Conference, a meeting about production, will be held Sept. 17-18 at The Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark.

Get information at http://www.midamericanewspaper.com/about.html.

Inland Ad Execs Conference June 15-16

June 9, 2010

Inland Press Association’s Advertising Executives Conference 2010 will be held June 15-16 at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago in Arlington Heights, Ill. For complete information go to http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=850422.

Newsprint price rising as demand continues decline

June 9, 2010

(Newspapers & Technology Magazine) — U.S. newsprint consumption declined at a reduced rate in April, but prices, which have risen 14 percent this year, are still well below what Canadian mills need to make a profit, according to a report posted last week on followthemedia.com.

The website said that the cost for 30-pound newsprint would have to rise by at least another $100 per metric ton before mills could operate profitably. As of June 1, the price for 30-pound newsprint was set at $581 per metric ton, according to Foex Industries. Followthemedia.com said that mills are expecting to increase prices by another $25 per metric ton this month.

The maneuvering over newsprint pricing comes as newsprint consumption by U.S. newspapers fell by 8.9 percent in April, according to the Pulp and Paper Products Council. That was the smallest percentage decline in more than three years, followthemedia.com said in its report.