Monthly Archives: November 2005

If Old Journalism Dies

Sydney Schanberg asks, "If Old Journalism Dies . . .Where will new media get the news?"

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Word by Word Author Interviews

Writer / radio host Jordan Rosenfeld has updated the archive of author interviews from her show Word by Word.

Bryant Park Skating (photos)

Harpers Ferry Store Window (photo)

Harpers Ferry Store Window

Repeat Record: Digital Rights Management

With the continued debate over digital rights management, a startup called Navio has risen "to help shift the balance of power back to the media companies," says an article in Business 2.0.

How? Imagine if you went to a music site to buy a single download for 99 cents, but instead you were offered the option to purchase the perpetual right to that song. With this right, you could download the song to your PC, your iPod, or your cell phone in whatever format was appropriate. And if you got a new computer, or if the digital-rights-management software protecting the file changed one day, you wouldn’t need to buy the song again. Your rights to the song would be stored online. Pay once, and it would be yours forever. If you lost it, you’d just download it again. Or you could share the song with a friend, or even resell it, depending on what rights you bought.

Jason Ball asks the question: how much should you charge for these rights? Meanwhile, Jeff Jarvis asks, why stop there?

Why not go a step further and offer future contracts on artists. For $30 I get the rights to every song or creative work that that artist produces over their career and I can use it unrestricted providing I don’t violate their copyright.

Doug Lansky Interview

Nana Chen interviews Doug Lansky (douglansky.com), editor of Scanorama and the author of The Last Trout in Venice.

Nana: What have you learned over the years about travel writing that you think would have made life a bit easier in the beginning, be it the business itself, the choice of topics or the actual writing?

Doug: Not to take it personally when you’re stuff gets lost or rejected. And you should have loads of different proposals going at once. There’s a tendency at the beginning to pitch an idea and wait for ages to see if it gets accepted. Better to put it out there and follow up, but also have a lot of others going so you don’t feel like you’re helplessly waiting for someone to make a decision.

Rolf Potts has also interviewed Doug.

Backstage at Magnum Photos

Martin Fuchs has posted a "behind the scenes" gallery of the people at Magnum Photos. Fuchs has served as an intern at the renown photo agency. Image No. 16 shows notes scribbled by Magnum printer Pablo on a photo by Chien-Chi Chang. "[Pablo] scribbles areas for different exposures, gradations, burning and
dodging on there, so that he knows how to do the print the next time he
has to." Martin has been profiled by Canon Europe.