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ONA Closes with Panel about News Innovations

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

ONA Closes with Panel about News Innovations

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The Online News Association continued with the theme of change and opportunity when it closed its annual conference with a panel that focused on innovation.

"Journalism Next: Impact of Aggregators, Blogging and Social Networking on the Industry" focused on what new technologies can add to the current state of online news. The panel was made up of Meredith Artley, executive editor of the latimes.com, Josh Cohen, the business product manager at Google News, Ian Clarke, founder of Thoof.net and Anil Dash of Six Apart.

One issue that came up was creating a new business model for the web. One example cited was how the rock group Radiohead asked listeners to pay what they wanted for their new album. After its release, the average price paid was between five and eight dollars and the band netted about $5 million.

Some on the panel weren't sure that this model would work for newspapers. Cohen at Google thought that experimenting was worth it, for any business, not just news. …

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