Martin Nisenholtz, CEO - New York Times Digital
Met Martin Nisenholtz and Catherine Levene of New York Times Digital yesterday. Martin is the CEO of NYTd and Catherine is the VP of Strategy & Business Development. Martin and Catherine are the two behind the NYT RSS feed for Userland. I was expecting to have to go through my usual song and dance about blogging, but I realized quickly that I was preaching to the choir and that they already "got it". We quickly switched gears to talking about what happens next. We talked about the impact of blogging on democracy and journalism as well as the technology of blogging. It was really a treat to talk to professional journalists who were thinking seriously about blogging. The New York Times is lucky to have these two and I hope they are successful in truly digitalizing the New York Times.

Won't it be great when media like the New York Times can work with bloggers and allow things that percolate up through the blogs make it into the New York Times? I think that a combination of real sources in some of the hard to reach areas of the world together with NGO bloggers and other caring enthusiasts could really help media like the New York Times reach out further and get around the resource constraint issues that Richard Smith of Newsweek talked about in Geneva. In addition, finding and pointing to voices like Salam Pax in other parts of the world can help people in attaching a personal perspective and maybe get people to care more about far away cultures.

Thanks for the intro Markoff!

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I think offline coverage of blogs/ wikis/ indymedia etc. will be a really important development.

In fact, uniteddiversity will be launching a 'blog magazine' in London UK early next year.

A TypePad-like service will offer:

- Share of pooled server space

- Zope based wikilogs

- WYSIWYG editing with HTMLArea

- real-time instant updates and recent changes with mod_pubsub

- Liquid Democracy and workflow implementation using open flow

The best blogs each day/week/month will be aggregated and printed, then sold in the shops.

I'm not so sure this is a good thing.... Way back when (the early 80's). the most popular computer conferencing system on the pre-internet devoted to techie stuff was BIX. It was owned by Byte Magazine, which in turn was owned by publishing giant McGraw Hill.

At some point, without too much fanfare, they started publishing the comments in the magazine concurrent with a change in their terms of service (which they did nothing to publicize!). The change: they declared all online postings in their conferences to be their copyrighted property. Soon an entire section of the magazine was lifted verbatim from their BIX Boards... essentially you lost title to your own words and BYTE magazine was able to fill pages and pages with copy without payment to the writers....

Be careful of what you wish for... you may get it!

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