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Rebooting The News podcast #12

Monday, June 08, 2009 by Dave Winer.

The latest Jay/Dave podcast, recorded last night at 7PM Pacific. Permalink to this paragraph

A little glimpse inside the news industry's mind: the recent recommendations of the American Press Institute. Charge for news, go after the aggregators, police fair use, look to consumers because the advertiser doesn't pay the bills anymore. A suicide pact, Dan Conover says. Permalink to this paragraph

The New York Times has a neighborhood blogging experiment, The Local. This week it extended an invitation to users: be the journalist. "Here is your first assignment: We're looking for someone to go to the 88th Precinct Community Council meeting next Wednesday, the 10th." Permalink to this paragraph

Three interlocking elements of a new system. The start of our kit for re-booting the news.  Permalink to this paragraph

1. The pro-am invitation: help The Local cover Ft. Greene. Help us investigate.  Permalink to this paragraph

2. Posted guidelines: how to cover a meeting for The Local; how to contribute to Chicago Now.  Permalink to this paragraph

3. Assignment desk: an organized online list of everything we would cover if we had complete coverage of... Permalink to this paragraph

The launch and logic of inberkeley.com, a new local news blog that Dave and Lance Knobel have started. "It may not end up being the Berkeley blog. It may be the other thing that starts because people hate what we're doing." Permalink to this paragraph

The coral reef method of getting things done online. The Wikipedia stub. Their equivalent in news. Permalink to this paragraph

"Why wouldn't you want to be the newspaper of record...?" (Dave) vs. The Era of Omniscience is Over (Jay).  Permalink to this paragraph

Sources of inspiration (Jay's turn this week.) Andrew Leonard's 1999 article in Salon, Open-source journalism. "This vision is alive." Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.

"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.

"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.


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