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Study: Craigslist Hurt Local Newspapers

A new study by two business school professors (one from NYU and one from Harvard) reveals that when Craigslist hit the world wide web, it cut local newspapers out of billions of potential revenue from classified advertisements. The duo’s report also found that as a result of Craigslist, papers that relied on classifieds were unable to charge as much as they could before, and therefore saw a 20 percent drop in ad rates.

The findings support what many have said before: That Craigslist hurt small newspapers the most, and they never recovered from the damage inflicted. On the flip side, while papers were losing out, consumers were saving. The report found that because Craigslist offered such a cheap alternative to papers’ classifieds, consumers saved about $5 billion between 2000 and 2007.

Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, just recently told The New York Times that his site had no impact on newspapers classified advertising. “I’m still waiting to see any hard evidence for cause-and-effect,” Newmark said. “I’ve been paying attention for a long time.”

It appears that wait is over.

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Newspapers Only Slightly More Credible Than Cable News in the Public’s Eye

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark just published the results of a survey he commissioned on public trust of the media. The results are shocking. Not just the fact that only 22 percent of people find newspapers a “very credible” source of information. But that 21 percent of people somehow consider cable and network news “very credible.” People do realize that newspaper reporting is what drives the cable news cycle, right? That and useless celebrity ephemera.

Anyway, here’s Newmark’s credibility breakdown by political party, gender, race and age.

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Craigslist Founder Wants to Bring Fact Checking Back

Throughout the media industry, fact checking departments have been decimated by budget cuts, and it shows. Inaccuracies in news media are becoming increasingly common, and short of the financial windfalls needed to hire back professional fact checkers, there are no easy answers. But Craig Newmark has a few ideas.

The Craigslist founder outlined his ideas in a private email, which Jim Romenesko published with permission. They include “a network of networks of factcheckers” like those at politifact.com, factcheck.org, and sunlightFoundation.com, and a “widget or truth goggle” that could reference a database for previously fact checked information.

Both sound like valuable tools for any news organization, but can anything really compare to having paid fact checkers on staff? What do you think, dear readers? Will a widget bring accuracy back to the news media? And do you have any suggestions of your own?

UCLA Grad Hosts Fourth Season of The Valley Girl Show

Even though the numbers for Jesse Draper‘s web interview program The Valley Girl Show are modest, both her audience and guest list encompass a solid chunk of Silicon Valley movers and shakers. When the UCLA acting grad’s fourth season launches in November, she will be expanding her reach to fast food restaurants and additional mobile devices via partner Mediafly.

Per a nice write-up this weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle, Draper (pictured) seeded her web show with earnings from 2007-2009 acting work on Nickleodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band. The 25-year-old daughter of venture capitalist Tim Draper (and niece of actress Polly Draper) has managed, out of a donated studio in San Mateo, to cultivate a lot of fun, goofy moments:

She ate escargot with Tesla’s Elon Musk (in honor of the just-released S Car), smashed up a TV with Justin.tv founder Justin Kan, wrapped presents with M.C. Hammer, had clean-tech VC Vinod Khosla slather her with green paint and gave Craig Newmark a lava lamp she’d bought on Craigslist. Ted Turner, Mike Tyson, Eric Schmidt and Scott McNealy have also appeared.

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Craig Newmark Launches Craigconnects.org

When you think of Craig Newmark, the thought process usually goes something like this: “He’s the founder of Craigslist, right? Hmm… I wonder if anyone will buy my Snoopy lamp?” And if you ask him, that’s probably fine.

But now, by launching Craigconnects.org – a site aimed at helping organizations that are doing good in this world link up with each other – your way of thinking will most likely change.

In the media world, it’s sometimes difficult finding truly optimistic ventures, but that’s exactly what Craigconnects is. So while this might not be New York centric, it’s certainly worth telling you about.

Newmark tells FishbowlNY that the idea for the site came to him when he looked back on how often he’s lended a hand to various organizations. “Over maybe a decade, I’ve given a lot of nonprofits varying degrees of help, often social media expertise, web consulting, etc. I thought I’d helped maybe thirty, but it turned out to be around one hundred.”

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Meg Whitman and Craig Newmark to Testify in Ebay vs. Craigslist Showdown Suit

4815e9cc-00035-00709-400cb8e1.jpegThere’s a proprietary online commerce aspect to this story; mammoth Ebay suing ubiquitous Craigslist. We look at it and all we see is the California gubernatorial race. Lefty Craig Newmark vs. righty Meg Whitman.

Didn’t Meg Whitman testify for the competency of Sarah Palin on the presidential campaign trail in 2008?

Where’s our popcorn…this should be good.

Smart Money reports:

San Jose, Calif.-based eBay filed a lawsuit alleging that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Chief Executive Jim Buckmaster diluted eBay’s stake in online classified group to 24% from 28% through a “self-dealing” and secret scheme to issue more stock. EBay says the dilution caused the company to lose its right to elect a Craigslist board member.

San Francisco-based Craigslist has filed a countersuit alleging that eBay took advantage of its investment to steal confidential information that it used to create a competing classified service called Kijiji.com.

EBay and Craigslist have denied the allegations against them.

Via I Want Media

Denton, Newmark, Fuller, Twitter’s Dorsey And WSJ‘s Murray Talk Media’s Future

iwantmedia.pngWe interrupt coverage of Mediabistro Circus to bring you news of another media panel going on at New York University today as part of New York’s Internet Week.

I Want Media hosted a panel earlier today featuring former Star magazine editor Bonnie Fuller, Gawker chief Nick Denton, The Wall Street Journal‘s deputy managing editor Alan Murray (left), Craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

The discussion, which was supposed to center around the future of the media industry, centered mostly on Twitter. The panelists agreed that they rely on the microblogging site for a lot of their news aggregation.

“I get all of my Wall Street Journal stories from you,” Denton told Murray.

But is Twitter the future of media? Read on to find out what the panelists said.

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FBLA Exclusive: Dr. Stephen Kent on Wikipedia Banning Scientologist Editors

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Dr. Stephen Kent out of the University of Alberta is the world expert on Scientology:

He has published research on Scientology, the Children of God/The Family, fundamentalist Mormon polygamy, and other new and alternative religions operating in Canada, the United States, and around the world.

FBLA: What are your thoughts on the news that Wikipedia has banned Scientologists from editing their page on its site?

SK: My understanding is that the ban is not a blanket prohibition against all Scientologists, but instead bans edits coming from one IP address that goes to a particular Scientology building. People wanting to edit articles must register, which allows the Wiki editors to monitor their submissions and potentially ban them if their comments consistently prove to be disruptive.
Scientology must continue to remove critical material about it from the Internet, so this issue will continue.

FBLA: Why do they need to remove all critical material?

SK: Scientologists consider critical material about the organization to be what they call ‘entheta,’ and the organization’s policy is to remove entheta from the environment. The issue for Scientologists is not accuracy but rather negativity, and the group works tirelessly on its public relations presentation. The organization has fought a losing battle to keep ‘entheta’ off of the Internet. Undoubtedly that material kills interest on the part of many who otherwise might have explored the beliefs and practices. It also has helped some members read critical information and defect.

Interesting stuff. Who thinks Dr. Kent should dress up as Craig Newmark for Halloween?

Newmark, Sklar, Sullivan Talk Consumer Protection With Consumer Reports and Consumerist

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Last night’s panel (from left to right) Kevin McKean, Craig Newmark, Rachel Sklar, Ben Popken and Bob Sullivan

Last night, we hit a panel at 92Y Tribeca hosted by the Consumerist and Consumer Reports that focused on online media’s contribution to consumer protection.

The panel, moderated by Consumer Reports‘ editorial director Kevin McKean, featured Consumerist co-executive editor Ben Popken, Craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark, former Huffington Post contributor Rachel Sklar (who is currently working for Abrams Research) and consumer reporter Bob Sullivan, who writes MSNBC‘s the Red Tape Chronicles column.

Throughout the discussion, Sullivan represented a traditional media point of view while Popken commented on the differences a Web site like Consumerist can make in getting companies to recognize and react to consumer complaints. Newmark advocated social media and consumers’ individual responsibilities to speak up, while Sklar, quoting Ronald Reagan, warned consumers to “Trust, but verify,” their sources of information.

“Anybody who wants to can be an authority, can be a blog publisher, can make their opinion known, can make their experiences known, can join in a movement if they wish,” Sklar said.

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Mediabistro’s UGCCon Next Month – Sign Up Now

UGCX.jpgCraiglist’s Craig Newmark will be there, along with Fred Durham of Cafe Press, Bruce Livingstone and Kelly Thompson of iStockphoto and Guy Kawasaki of Garage Technology.

And our fearless leader – Laurel Touby will be making the rounds. Today is the last day to get the ‘early bird’ rate on the conference. But Laurel said she will hook you up with the special rate until the end of the week because you’re FBLA readers and you deserve it. Seriously.

From their site:
What’s UGCX all about?

User-generated content is a rapidly developing revolution in media. “Average Joe” internet users now wield power over online content, and new business models are emerging in response to this shift. UGCX is the first conference and expo organized to bring together content-trendsetters and business leaders in various fields to examine how these worlds collide and what the future holds. This new mediabistro.com event will unlock the knowledge businesses and non-profits need to respond to this shift.

The conference is Feb. 9-10 in San Jose. Register here.

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