The Missourian’s change to a pay model is consistent with industry trends; its method, with everything free for the first 24 hours of publication, is experimental and reflects a core mission of this newspaper to test innovative practices for the news industry.Tom Warhover, executive editor of the Columbia, Mo. Missourian • Regarding the paper’s interesting take on paywalling its content — everything will be free for the first 24 hours, but after the one-day mark, you hit a paywall. (The model corresponds with a suite of new digital apps for the publication.) This is a relatively untried model — most outlets in recent years have preferred to, instead, follow the New York Times’ successful metered paywall model. But the Missourian, which is run by the University of Missouri and staffed by J-school students, is the perfect testbed for an experimental model. The paper was one of the first newspapers to go online, and has a long tradition of trying new things. So it’ll be interesting to see what they do.
rachelcstella says: Wait, this was only for the summer? You’re not going to continue? Oh, I wish you’d keep this feature going!
» SFB says: We like The Pitch, too, but we want to be careful to give features a chance to lay dormant, for fear of overexposure. (For example: We want to bring the Tumbl-zine back at some point.) We think that there’s a lot of opportunity to do things like The Pitch, but at the same time, we don’t want to have such a feature wear out its welcome. We may bring it back at some point based on time and reader demand for sure. We like doing it! :0 — Ernie @ SFB
I have exhausted my knowledge about this subject. Usually, when someone hands me a beer I don’t ask how it was made, I just drink it.White House Press Secretary Jay Carney • Responding to a reporter’s questions about the process and recipe used by the Obamas for the White House homebrew. Having become the Beltway’s most recent obsession, following confirmation of the homebrew’s existence earlier this month, Carney was apparently tasked with spilling the beans on the name (White House Honey Ale), taste (like honey), and varieties available (light and dark) for consumption by those in the White House. Clearly, he thought there were more important matters worth discussing. To be fair, while we did get an amusing quote, he was probably right. source (via • follow)