Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This week they are focusing on Earth Week and tailoring most of their content to have an environmental spin on it, "UN to debate Nature's rights, Parliament of Fouls, veggie virginity, Mexican union victory, potash royalties, Libya as weapons showroom, defining NATO, and much more..."
Besides the World News section they are very focused on providing content for Canadians.
The reporter model is similar to Huffington Post where they have contributing writers and bloggers who provide most of the content. There are only three paid staff members including the publisher, editor and web master.
Their revenue comes from their 30 shareholders and paid subscriptions ranging from $15 to $95. Ads also attribute to their revenue and I like that they place them near the bottom or to one side. It doesn't distract a reader from the important content. They have ads promoting public works such as the United Steelworkers and Public Values.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Hip 2 Save is a coupon website. An the electronic version of the Sunday newspaper where homemakers can clip, or in this case print out, coupons. It's founder was a mother who started blogging to gain encouragement to be more frugal. With three kids and one income from her husband she decided to clip coupons and find ways to save. She started sharing the coupons online in 2008 and got a great response.
Monday, April 4, 2011
“A public museum in China is seldom about the past,” Hung Chang-Tai, a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said. “It is about the current image of the party and how the party wants itself to be seen.”
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Little White Lies: Truth and Movie is an independent bi-weekly magazine out of the UK featuring writing, illustration and photography about cinema. They say their mission is "to reshape the debate across the movie landscape."
The website features film's of the week, movie reviews, interviews with actors, and a digital version of the magazine. The graphic design art work is really interesting and captivating. Each cover is of a different actor of that weeks top movie. Articles inside are also illustrated with the same design feel.
The site also offers tv news packages, prints of the magazine's art work, blogs and current independent film DVDs.
They make money off of a yearly subscription of 40.00 Euros and selling the artwork from their magazine.
It offers a different take on film and gives a reader an artist look into creating cinema.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Sydney Morning Herald discusses Google's announcement to "uphold the principle of free access to information while obeying Chinese law." The chinese governement only wants to use the interent for business and education. It is concerned with pornographic and dissident voices. Since China is such a big market Google doesn't want to lose them. They are sacrificing objective information for revenue. And in turn silencing voices allowed to be heard by the company's home base country.
Less than four months ago I was in China traveling on a study abroad program. After our daily excursions I would attempt to log in to Facebook on my iphone and the page would keep trying to load without success. Other students encountered the same problem. As soon as anyone steps into China they are subject to the same censorship. I had never experienced anything like that before. It is scary to feel disconnected from information. There are terms, topics and events wiped clean from the internet. Searching Tiananmen Square 1989 results in one government fabricated lie after another. I even asked the tour guide about the riots and he said it was something no one discussed and wouldn't provide me with any addition information.
Censorship takes away a persons right to information, truth and justice.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
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Friday, March 25, 2011
An article discussing an incident at one of Oregon's executive sessions suggested there needs to a law which states the definition of media. A blogger wanted to be able to sit in on one of theses sessions with the rest of the press, but he was asked to leave.
New media has created outlets for everyone to be involved in creating news from someone sending in a photo of an event to submitting an opinion piece to a news website to just blogging about it. The article also addresses the issue "What is news?" They are right. Is a Tweet news? A Facebook status? And who decides this.
I think these are fair questions to ask, which will only get more complicated as the internet evolves. We need to address these issues and their implications now.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
It is the simplest concepts and rakes in a revenue of an estimated $6,240 a month. The site is a place where the bloggers post photos of celebrities and mock their clothes, make up and hair. The content is limitied to a few short sentances and then a poll for readers to interact. Yet, they have 3.5 million unique visitors a month.
The site itself is laid out like a blog — just one continuous stream of bad outfits and criticizing comments. The humorous photos themselves are what draws the viewer's attention and keeps them reading.
Advertisers fund the site including clothing, food, and beauty product ads.
The site's content isn't advocating for human rights, political issues, or other major issues facing our world, but it's a great idea with fun, interesting, engaging and creative content.
With an ever increasingly short attention spanned society who wants the cliff-notes to life, a site that can produce a simple and humorous outlet will come out on top. And for GoFugYourself this is what makes them so successful.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
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Monday, January 31, 2011
While The Onion stays true to their “entertainment news” style they could of given more of a punch by criticizing or commending a key issue of the President’s future goals for America.
The Colbert Report was able to address more of the issues or lack of issues the President talked about. Colbert felt the President should of spoke about climate change, gun control and the President’s plans to tackle the unemployment rate.
Even Colbert's guest Michael Waldman, author of My Fellow Americans, said the President had a good catch phrase, conveyed optimism, had a plan for the future of the economy, and drew some lines for the republicans to set up fights later on, but still it didn’t make the cut among the best inspirational speeches. Waldman said the President failed to mention the important issues our country is facing.