Posts Tagged ‘free’

All bets are… on!

November 28th, 2008

Back in June I made this bet:

I’m willing to bet one of you 50 pounds that one of the major UK newspapers will go completely free within three years.

In fact, I’ll narrow it slightly to the following titles:

The Guardian
The Independent
The Times
The Daily Telegraph
Financial Times
The Sun
Daily Mail
Daily Express
Daily Mirror

So I bet fifty quid that one of the those papers goes free within three years. Anyone fancy a flutter?

And before the year’s out, it appears the Independent is edging ever closer to going online-only. Now, of course, I my bet wasn’t that they’d go online. Rather, it was that they’d have a free print edition. So it’s not quite there yet, but it’s interesting to note that amongst all the redundancies, relocations and cutbacks, humble freesheet Metro is having a makeover in time for Monday. It turns over a profit.

Nigel Barlow took me up on the bet.

And now that the Indy is moving to Northcliffe House — and sharing the same subs that put together the Mail, as well as being only two doors up from the aforementioned Metro — I reckon there’ll be a free print edition very soon. This time next year.

Anyone fancy taking me up on this bet?

June 3rd, 2008

I’m willing to bet one of you 50 pounds that one of the major UK newspapers will go completely free within three years.

In fact, I’ll narrow it slightly to the following titles:

The Guardian
The Independent
The Times
The Daily Telegraph
Financial Times
The Sun
Daily Mail
Daily Express
Daily Mirror

So I bet fifty quid that one of the those papers goes free within three years. Anyone fancy a flutter?

Can you make a great news website for free?

June 2nd, 2008

Assume you have a workforce. And premises. And equipment. Those are things you don’t have to worry about.

But imagine you cannot spend ANYTHING on your news website? Not a penny. Or, in this case, a cent. You see, I’m about to put the first stages of a news website for Whitireia Journalism School in New Zealand, where I am currently working as a tutor.

There will be a budget for a fully-fledged news site soon, but until then, I wanted to russle up something quick and easy — yet full featured and very interactive — to give our students a taste of online journalism.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

- CMS: Wordpress.
- Video content: Embedded in Wordpress using YouTube. Even if I had a big budget, I think I’d still use this method.
- Audio: Not completely set on this one, but I think Houndbite seems good for both short and podcast-length clips.
- Images: Flickr. No contest here. Offer readers a constant stream of our best photos? Bliss!

By using Wordpress we can use Google Maps, flash or any other exciting Web 2.0ish tools to get the job done.

What else should I be considering, and has anyone else done the same?