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Lauren Rich Fine on Newspapers Charging for Content

Former newspaper analyst for Merrill Lynch, Lauren Rich Fine gives her take on the state of newspapers and online content.

“Twitter is like a mall that forgot to charge rent,” says Fine.

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Huffington Post–Are the Paid Bloggers Subsidizing the Punters?

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Arianna Huffington, who’s now taken very seriously according to John Cusack, has hired announced Katie Lee Joel as the HuffPost’s cooking columnist. Fortune magazine’s Richard Siklos thinks the Katiebot’s winsome, but Top Chef viewers know better.

Co-founder Kenny Lerer, a former America Online executive, was similarly dazzled by Arianna’s phone technique:

Lerer visited Huffington at her Los Angeles home and was struck by her magnetic pull and how feverishly she worked the phones to reach out to people for causes she was championing or articles she was writing.

He was probably so dazzled because he’d never seen anyone actually working before. The Huffington Post attracts semi-bold name bloggers because posting’s made so easy for them, and most of them are rich enough not to want money, or think complaining about the lack of pay will make them look grubby. Willow Bay hardly needs the cash.

But who reads HuffPo for Lauren Rich Fine or indeed, any of the lonely Living Now bloggers?

The HuffPo should have site meters on every blog–most of those semi-celebrities are kidding themselves if they think they’re getting bigger numbers than Rachel Sklar.

News War: The LA Times vs. Tribune and Readers Lose

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KCET broadcast Frontline’s series News War last night, as counter programming for American Idol, never guessing that someone could actually want to watch both. This episode, What’s Happening to the News, which examimes the struggles of the LA Times, will repeat this Friday and the website has the whole series.

The producers interviewed all the right people for the series, and all but five of them are men.

In this episode, Amanda Congdon is presented twice–once in her Rocketboom days, and now as the fresh new face on ABC.com. She even gets an extended section on the website–the only woman with such a segment. (Maybe she’s supposed to help David Westin get a reasonable return.) Other than a woman in the LAT’s Baghdad bureau (in a burkha!) and Lauren Rich Fine from Merrill Lynch, women aren’t talking about the news business. And judging by the credits, women aren’t working in it either, at least not on this episode. (The first two episodes were written, produced, and directed by Raney Aronson-Rath.)

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