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#JCARN: Journalism innovation needs direction, not desperation

Knight and Reynolds are in unique positions to drive innovation. Their focus on journalism as central to a democracy will ensure that whatever innovations they sponsor will serve communities. But they must go beyond simply funding projects. They need to drive innovation by drawing upon their vast experience and resources to suggest the course innovation will take.

I learned this lesson the hard way as an educator. It’s not enough for me to hand my students a toolbox without telling them what I expect them to build.

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Newspapers, magazines should realize it’s worth it to subscribe through iTunes

What would news organizations give for a system that would handle subscriptions for them effortlessly? Is it worth 30 % of revenue?
That’s what Apple seems to be asking right now from big media house such as Time Inc. who want to sell iPad magazine subscriptions. I admit I don’t know all the details. I also understand the need to access and mine subscriber data. I know Apple can be a control freak that isn’t willing to compromise.
But I still have to ask if publishers shouldn’t be willing to give a little to get something invaluable.

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iPad magazines should connect, not strand us

Even as I struggle to keep up with all my social media accounts, I know what Khoi Vihn is saying about iPad magazines is true. The power of the Web and Web-enabled devices such as the iPad isn’t in distributing content. It’s in connecting us to each other. Our idea to create a class that teaches online publishing isn’t a bad one. We just need to make sure that it’s not about creating a publication first, and a community second. It should be about delivering news in the ways people want it and the ways that allow them to bond with it and each other.

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Replacing your cell phone with an iPad

I’m going to test if modern man can live without a cell phone in the age of Twitter, Facebook, voicemail forwarded to email and a little doohickey called an iPad. I present my game plan for how I’m going to make it work.

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iTunes hacks, OU experiment, MU Direct summer class

I’m glad I got it resolved, and I’m not too worried about getting my money back from the credit card company. I’m just disappointed with Apple on this process. It’s got to be pretty obvious to them that these applications aren’t on any of the devices associated with my account. You’d think they’d just be able to credit and refund them. However, their solution is to let the credit card companies deal with it.

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ABC could determine iPad’s impact on magazines, newspapers

I echo the comments of price on the Daily Tech story: Why do I have to pay $1.99 each issue when I can get a paper subscription for $12. I’m not even going to go into whether it costs the companies any more to create an iPad edition than a print one. What I’d like to focus on instead is what might be stopping the industry, and based on my newspaper experience I have to think its as simple as ABC.

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