If you can’t beat ’em, or buy ’em, use the API

Newspapers should produce amazing local databases with great maps, ratings and reviews. A newspaper company should buy Yelp. Yelp now has an open API. Newspapers should stop trying to develop something better, and use the API to provide users with Yelp’s functionality on their own sites, applied to their local businesses. Apply that logic everywhere… Continue reading If you can’t beat ’em, or buy ’em, use the API

Every newspaper’s killer app is going to be different

This is pretty basic, but it’s something I’ve been trying to get at recently: Every newspaper’s push into online innovation (Multimedia, Interactivity, Data) is going to be different, based on its resources (time, money, staff) and community (size, age, attitude). That should be obvious enough, right? What might work for a national paper like the… Continue reading Every newspaper’s killer app is going to be different

How to juggle multimedia and Digg interactivity

In two back-channel online news discussions this week, folks have been debating how newspapers should be gathering video and how they should handle comment moderation. The video discussion among Howard Owens, Mindy McAdams, and others, is notable because the question is no longer IF newspapers should be running video online (Yes) or HOW they should… Continue reading How to juggle multimedia and Digg interactivity