Posts Tagged New York Times
One of the most exciting and entertaining element of online news, for me, is our ability to harness data and display it like never before.
The New York Times is another publication which produces some amazing multimedia work and today I came across this:
It invites readers to plot their reactions to two questions: How much of a turning point in the war on terror will Bin Laden’s death represent? and What is your emotional response? The former is gauged from significant to insignificant; the latter from positive to negative. It’s a really easy way to see people’s reactions – it’s well worth a look.
Information, particularly comment and opinion, can take on a whole new meaning when it can be turned into something visual and interactive – it’s so much easier to understand and even analyse and it’s a brilliant way of transforming the mundane into an issue worth further discussion.
Osama bin Laden’s death will be the talking point of many debates over the next few weeks and months. ‘A Safer World‘ a discussion held at The Front Line Club this evening on the ramifications for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West, sold out in hours and just earlier this afternoon I was listening to a podcast from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation discussing about the effects Osama’s death could have on Obama’s presidential campaign for the elections next year.
The NYT shows that this type of information could be valuable in determining how the public feel about these issues, not just the ‘experts’.
Interesting comment by Peter Preston on paywalls in The Observer online today: A new paywall doesn’t come for free
The New York Times is apparently spending $13m on advertising its new paywall.
Mashable.com published this last month on NYT’s readership pre and post-paywall. Here are the stats:
I thought this was a good point raised by Mashable:
“So here’s the big question: Is NYT‘s paywall a success or a failure? When it comes to this big-picture question, we still don’t have enough information to make a conclusion. The paywall simply hasn’t been around long enough and we don’t have the financial data to see whether the paywall has made up for the loss in advertising revenue. What do you think of the paywall? Is it the future of online news or will sites that use a paywall destined for a slow death?”
Information is a strange commodity – we expect it for free and yet it doesn’t come about for nothing. In my view, the paywall system is something we can’t yet analyse. The results won’t appear overnight. Or maybe even the next few years. I subscribe to The Economist as I find it’s easier for a copy to be delivered to my door than for me to remember to have to go and buy one every week. It’s cheaper too and I have access to their archives. Ease and convenience (and more/better information) is a strong point for paywalls for some of the world’s biggest news publications. I do think they’re strongly dependent on our use of technology and this is perhaps why we can’t quite garner their results. As devices such as the iPad become the norm, then maybe we’ll see that paywalls aren’t as doomed as some would suggest.