Economics of blogging and other items from a busy week

It’s been a busy week in media world. Just a few notes to bring your attention to the latest moves.

AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post has brought forth a number of articles regarding the economics of blogging. Tim Rutten of the Los Angles Times characterized HuffPo’s business model as “a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates. The NYT’s David Carr writes about the “nation of serfs,” who are writing for free and what that means for the economics of online publishing. And Nate Silver puts some numbers together to test whether HuffPo is getting more hits from bloggers or journalists.

Meanwhile, Apple has followed up the introduction of the iPad app The Daily with a new policy on in-app subscriptions. The new policy is controversial. The US government and European regulators are looking into its potential anti-trust aspects of Apple’s plan. Meanwhile, Google announced its own answer for publishers to charge for content, called One Pass. Ken Doctor looks at the implications of all this for journalism outlets.

A couple of other items worth looking at: The Salt Lake Tribune claims that social media is driving readers to its pages. And, according to a new study, newspapers may be outdoing television when it comes to streaming video.

Finally, a discouraging post out of Missouri on declining job placements for journalism grads.


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