Doc Searls, the insightful Internet veteran, posts a typically shrewd note on the struggle news organizations are having with finding the right way to price their digital and print offerings. His idea: price them the same, charge for the news, and give away anything older than a day online free. He thinks the apps should be less complicated and fettered by welcome pages. And he believes there should be no charge for archival access: it's a waste of effort to charge and gets peanuts in return.
Clay Shirky, another insightful Internet veteran, contributes an essay to Politico on what the splintering of television has done to politics. The array of offerings in the cable/satellite age vanquished "reasonable" debate and gave rise to more radical camps. Television treats the audience as targets, not participants, and new tools are emerging that campaigns would be wise to enlist to corral committed voters to spread the word.
The American Press Institute site features a question-and-answer session with Angie Drobnic Holan, the top editor at PolitiFact, the fact-checking/finger-wagging service from the Tampa Bay Times. She argues that fact-checking is, or at least ought to be, at the core of every organization. There is no secret about the approach, just a consistent effort.