February 4, 2009

Ecosystem for news video supports the experimental

,Beet.TV notes a recent event hosted by YouTube, "Broadcasting the World: The New Ecosystem for News Online," and a panel video from the event embedded below, "Reeling Them In: Building an Audience for News Video." Google may be picky on some level in choosing employees, but they sure fall flat in communications on the handling of video tech (note the aspect ratio on their own stuff).

Beet.TV also posted a nice discussion, along with back story, of Left Behind, an atmospheric five-minute documentary of sorts about poverty in Mumbai by Dai Sugano, a multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News.

Update: Cab Drollery adds fun to the already fun comments on an LA Times opinion column asking for an antitrust exemption for an extremely concentrated industry that wants to charge for the Web content that it's now giving away. They can charge if they want without government assistance. Since news staff has been cut for decades now (to keep profits at around 20% until recently), are most newspapers really producing good content or alerting society of problems? Even the "papers of record" need independent bloggers as watchdogs to unknot the spin. In calmer waters, Walter Isaacson has an idea for a standardized micropayment system (a la iTunes) over at The Huffington Post and Time magazine.

Update: Slate notes that iTunes really just sells iPods and 95% of us want free songs in Micro Economics: Why Steve Jobs and micropayments won't save the media.

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