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More Details On Journalism Online’s Pay Wall Plans

For months, we’ve been hearing more and more about Journalism Online — a new company launched by Steven Brill and L. Gordon Crovitz in the hopes of offering a standard pay wall plan for a variety of different news outlets.

Today, The New York Times has even more info, including the names of some pubs that are hoping to launch Journalism Online’s system in the next few months.

Some of the outlets that are soon unveiling Journalism Online’s software, which they’re calling Press+, include The Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era in Lancaster, Penn., The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina and online news outlet Global Post. Each pub is taking Press+, adapting it to its own needs, and integrating it into its Web site, paying Journalism Online 20 percent of their pay wall earnings in the process.

For the Lancaster paper, adapting Press+ means only charging those outside of its local area for access to certain content, like obituaries. But Global Post’s use of the software may be more far reaching; the Web site is planning to make paying for content optional, but hopes to have “tens of thousands of paying readers by year’s end,” after a debut next month.

The upside for using Journalism Online’s pay wall product is that these publications don’t have to put the time and effort into developing their own system. If it doesn’t work, no harm, no foul. And if it pays off, a couple of a reporters get their salaries paid for by their readers. And if it all works out, that’s even better news for Brill and Crovitz, who will undoubtedly attract more business as their product’s visability goes up and its success becomes measurable. But the ultimate question on everyone’s mind — from Newsday to The New York Times — is now: will readers pay?

Read more: Some News Outlets Ready to Try Charging Online ReadersNew York Times

Previously: Journalism Online Offers Alternative To Pay Wall

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Jon Fine Says Goodbye

fine.jpgToday, BusinessWeek media columnist Jon Fine said his goodbyes before jetting off on a six-month sabbatical with his wife, founder Laurel Touby. Although he seemed excited about his adventures, Fine said he would miss his readers most of all:

“The biggest surprise to me about this whole taking-time-off thing is how hard it is to step away from the keyboard with the knowledge that it’s going to be a while before I come back and hang out here with you all again. Really. I can’t adequately convey how much I will miss your comments, your challenges, your wit, your exasperation with my lazier moments, and, more than anything, the attention that you’ve so kindly granted me. ‘Privilege’ is an overused word. But it’s also the only one that seems appropriate in this situation.”

Ron Grover and Tom Lowry will be updating Fine’s “Fine On Media” column while he is away. Lowry has already taken up the BusinessWeek sale beat, reporting yesterday that investment firm ZelnickMedia LLC and L. Gordon Crovitz, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal are in talks to make a play to buy the business mag.

It seems like every day there is news of another media reporter leaving the fray, so the loss of Fine will not go unnoticed. He may be missing out on some of the biggest stories in his career as he departs amid the BusinessWeek sale, but hopefully there will still be a magazine for him to come back to when he’s done globetrotting.

A Note Before I Dash Out The DoorBusinessWeek

Earlier: Mediabistro Founder Announces Sabbatical

Social Me This!: Social|Median Moves Toward Beta Phase With New Round of Investors

SocialMedian1.jpgHave you heard? Social networking is all the rave (along with tumblrs and twitters). The Times launched TimesPeople last month, and rumor has it that Wired‘s Chris Anderson has something in the works. But it doesn’t end there! The Deal is reporting that Social|Median, the social news service founded by former CEO Jason Goldberg may be one step closer to launching.

The site, currently in its alpha stage, is described as being a “new type of hyper-personalized social news service,” (perhaps a combination of Facebook and Digg?) and is hoping to go beta in the next few weeks. Over the last few months it has picked up a number of high profile media investors, including former Federal Communications Commission chairman Reed Hundt, Julius Genachowski, the co-founder of LaunchBox Digital, the Washington Post Co.’s Allen Morgan, and most recently L. Gordon Crovitz, who stepped down as publisher of The Wall Street Journal in January (maybe Bonnie Fuller‘s invite got lost in the mail?). Hopefully we’ll be able to give it a whirl and get back to you.

Rupe Street Journal: The Internal Memos

—–Original Message—–
From: Brauchli, Marcus
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 6:45 AM
Subject: On the News


Today’s news that a decisive proportion of Bancroft family trusts will vote in favor of News Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Dow Jones begins a process that will affect us all, but won’t change what we do in the newsroom.

As journalists at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, we have always focused on maintaining the high quality and integrity of our work, without regard to our ownership. We will continue to do so.

Our journalism defines the Journal. A change in ownership won’t change our understanding of what’s important; our ability to compellingly explain the world, politics and business; or our commitment to reporting that is accurate, honest and free of slant.

We know that a successful news organization’s first obligation is to its readers. We must serve them, recognizing that their interests and needs change constantly, and that we will have to change with them.

It is too early to know how or even whether News Corp. ownership might alter priorities or structures at Dow Jones. Our current and likely future owners have given formal assurances, however, that the newsroom will retain its independence.

An owner who values editorial independence is essential to the Journal’s success. Yet it is we who ultimately will ensure it, through the continued quality and integrity of our work.

Clarence Barron‘s heirs in the Bancroft family have been loyal and proud stewards of The Wall Street Journal for nearly 80 years. The Journal today, in print, online and in new media, in the U.S. and internationally, sets the highest journalistic standard thanks to their long support. I hope you share in my deep gratitude to them.


Brauchli, New York

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What You Think About The Resized Journal: From ‘I Can’t Stand It’ To ‘Awful’ With A Lonely Fan Or Two

crovitz_reactions.jpgYou’ve had roughly another 30 hours to digest the leaner, meaner Wall Street Journal. L. Gordon Crovitz [left] says he has already received hundreds of “overwhelmingly positive” e-mails about the new design.

Your unedited reactions:

  • “I can’t stand it! We’re dropping our home subscription and just keeping the online one. The old format was a pleasure to read and easy on the eyes.”

  • WSJ Old format withdraw! Simply, I hate it. The typeface, size, and overall look reminds me of the Courier-Post in South Jersey. I agree with previous postings citing harder to read typeface, and harder to fold on a story line, during my commute. The larger pillowy size will only make the piles of unread Journal’s pile higher, providing my wife with much more angst about the “home office.” When I heard the “real reason” for the switch, on the broadcast news — to save millions per year in costs — the lightbulb went off in my head. Bad idea guys.”
  • “The WSJ has been my “business partner” with well researched information and high standards for years. I do not like the new layout as the paper is uncomfortably sized-down and there are less good articles on marketing. I am very disappointed and am seriously looking to replace it.”
  • “Awful! They trimmed the width but not the height, so its now very cumbersome to handle. Also looks like a much lesser paper. Whats next…a cartoon page?”
  • “I actually like the new look of the Wall Street Journal. However, if I have to read yet another sappy promotion statement from L. Gordon Crovitz, with his photo planted in the middle, I will scream to high heaven.”
  • “The cost, though, is a lot of time invested now and in the future. She is riddled with fleas, a bit sad and very thin , but thats not the point =)”

  • What You Think About The Resized Journal: From ‘Fine’ To ‘Egads’
  • What Do You Really Think Of The Resized Journal?
  • What You Think About The Resized Journal: From ‘Fine’ To ‘Egads’

    crovitz_reactions.jpgYou’ve had roughly 30 hours to digest the leaner, meaner Wall Street Journal. L. Gordon Crovitz [left] says he has already received hundreds of “overwhelmingly positive” e-mails about the new design.

    Your unedited reactions:

  • “I don’t like the new typeface. It’s smaller and harder to read. The WSJ and other publications and websites need to be thinking about going to bigger type sizes for the aging eyes of the boomer audience, especially the WSJ as it likely skews much stronger to a 50-plus crowd.”

  • “Anything the WSJ does these days — narrower page size or wider, should it choose to do so — is fine with me. As long as it maintains its high journalistic standards. And that it has been doing so becomes more apparent to veteran journalists with each passing day, sad to say.”
  • “The new journal makes sense and at first glance I thought, thank God. Now it’s easier to read……I assumed of course that the content will remain just as relevant and important. After a few minutes though, I began to feel a bit less enamored: the Journal now looks and feels like any old local daily!!!!! Egads. Just goes to show you the power of design and SIZE. Perhaps a more intelligent move would be to launch a Berliner tab and just jump five to ten years ahead of themselves. (mark my words, they will be tab by 2015.) Bottom line: the Journal is a landmark, a behemoth in the print world and to now receive it in the same format as all the small fish…..well it’s a bit of a letdown really.”
  • “Nothing but one big sidebar.”
  • “It looks like a toy. They’ve made it so small, it’s actually hard to read and fold on the commute (their big selling point). Much less news. Much less focus. Too many graphics. I’m in my 40s, supposedly their target.”
  • “WSJ paper edition now looks to be in permanent decline. On a happier note, the online offerings, particularly,, are improved.

  • What Do You Really Think Of The Resized Journal?
  • What Do You Really Think Of The Resized Journal?


    Now, you’ve all had roughly 22 hours to get acquainted with what publisher L. Gordon Crovitz called a Journal that had changed “more than perhaps on any day in the Journal’s history.” Now we want to know what you think.

    Drop us a line (fishbowlny AT mediabistro DOT) com or in the box, and we’ll publish ‘em anonymously:

    Ford Death Takes Thunder Out Of Resized Wall Street Journal Debut

    wsj_resized_debut.jpgThe meaner, leaner Wall Street Journal makes its much-ballyhooed debut today. Funny little thing: Wall Street is closed — out of respect for President Ford‘s funeral.

    D’oh. (If you thought the rival Times would relish reporting this, well, check out the lede: “You know what they say about the best-laid plans. The Wall Street Journal is now an expert.”)

    Publisher L. Gordon Crovitz says he’s “girded for the letters of complaints written with quills on parchment.”

    Copies of the paper, it should be noted, are free at newsstands today, as is

  • New Journal Hits a Closed Market [NYT]