Archive for February, 2011

Digital Journal data shows strong growth in user-generated media

February 24th, 2011

Digital JournalMy company Digital Journal, issued a press release today that is important for anyone following user-generated content and how it plays a role in media.

The press release is pasted below:

TORONTO, Feb. 24 – Digital Journal, a global digital media news network, released data today showing strong growth in its online and mobile divisions.

Regarded as a pioneer and leader in crowd-sourcing and user-generated content, Digital Journal has 30,000 professional and citizen journalists, bloggers, photographers and freelancers in 200 countries around the world.

Today, the company released the following information related to growth:

Mobile growth

  • Mobile website and smartphone apps attracting more than half-a-million pageviews per month and growing.
  • Smartphone apps launched in mid December 2010 for Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices in partnership with Polar Mobile.
  • Smartphone apps downloaded 35,000 times since launch, currently growing by more than 5,000 downloads per day.
  • Interactive mobile website allows anyone to post news, blogs, images and more from their smartphone.

Online growth

  • Attracting millions of readers, doubling year-over-year entirely by word of mouth.
  • Crowd-sourcing content from 30,000 members in 200 countries around the world.
  • Paid out more than $100,000 to outside contributors so far.
  • Digital Journal has published more than 100,000 news articles and 65,000 images from contributors in every major metropolis around the globe.
  • Editors make more than 200 appearances on national TV, radio and in print each year.

Future of Media events

  • Digital Journal is now running a semi-annual conference called Future of Media, a speaker series dedicated to discussing the future of media.
  • Past speakers include executives from Facebook, Global News, CBC, CTV and more.
  • Sponsors have included Dell, Rogers, Canada Newswire, Queensway Audi and more.
  • Every event has sold-out, hitting capacity before doors open.
  • Future of Media events widely regarded as must-see media events for executives in media, advertising and PR.

“Digital Journal is excited about its strong growth and global reach,” said Chris Hogg, CEO of Digital Journal, Inc. “With a content platform that is proprietary and automated, we’re currently looking at a number of potential strategic partnership opportunities.”

Digital Journal Platform & Technology

Digital Journal’s proprietary content platform enables qualified contributors to publish content such as news, blogs, images and video, as well as engage in discussions on important topics from their communities. The company’s platform enables content creation at scale, and ad revenue is shared with contributors based on how many pageviews and how much engagement their content attracts.

Digital Journal’s platform enables the company to scale from a hyperlocal focus to an international audience, with the ability to contact readers and contributors within 1 km (1/2 mile) of any geographic location in order to crowd-source content. That technology has been showcased in events such as the recent uprisings in the Middle East and Africa; when a massive earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand; and in order to mobilize citizens to cover their communities in metropolises such as Toronto, New York, Paris, London, Sydney and more.

Digital Journal publishes a variety of content ranging from on-the-ground news reports to more general interest stories on topics such as celebrities, business and food. Contributors and readers interact in a one-of-a-kind social news experience that blends news reportage with social communities and groups.

Digital Journal also consults news organizations on how to empower their audience to acquire content, drive revenue and increase engagement from digital media properties. For more information, visit

Google announces ‘One Pass’ subscription service for publishers

February 16th, 2011

Google One Pass

In a blog post today, Google announced it is rolling out Google One Pass, a subscription service designed to let publishers set prices to access digital content.

Google One Pass offers publishers a variety of subscription options, including auto-renewing subscriptions, day passes, metered access, pay-per-article or multi-issue packages.

Using a single sign-on, a reader can access content on multiple platforms, including Web and mobile, without having to subscribe to multiple feeds. It’s a “purchase-once, view-anywhere solution,” Google says.

“With Google One Pass, publishers can customize how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them — offering subscriptions, metered access, ‘freemium’ content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps,” writes Lee Shirani, director, business product management, Google Commerce. “The service also lets publishers give existing print subscribers free (or discounted) access to digital content. We take care of the rest, including payments technology handled via Google Checkout.”

The roll-out of Google One Pass comes one day after Apple announced a subscription model for iOS devices. As the Financial Times reports, Google will take a 10 percent cut of any revenue from One Pass, compared to Apple’s 30 percent take on subscriptions sold for iOS devices.

Google’s Eric Schmidt announced Google One Pass at Humboldt University in Berlin today. The company says its goal is to provide an open and flexible platform to support publishers and journalism.

The first partners include German publishers Axel Springer AG, Focus Online (Tomorrow Focus),, Media General, NouvelObs, Bonnier’s Popular Science, Prisa and Rust Communications.

Google One Pass is currently available in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. The company plans to expand to other geographies in the coming months.

The Google One Pass FAQ can be found here, and the company posted the following overview video for the product:

Yahoo announces digital newsstand for tablets and mobile

February 11th, 2011

Yahoo Livestand

Publishers seek to extend their reach with new technologies, and Yahoo has announced it is also getting in the game with the launch of Livestand, a digital newsstand designed for tablets and smartphones.

In an announcement made Thursday, Yahoo said Livestand will offer a steady stream of new content to consumers based on their interests. Livestand will be designed specifically for new tablets and mobile phones so articles, images, video and ads are optimized for the screen.

“Adoption of tablets and mobile phones is exploding, and digital media isn’t keeping up,” Blake Irving, executive vice president and chief product officer for Yahoo, said in a news release. “Consumers can’t find the publications they buy off the newsstand, and publishers and advertisers can’t reach the audiences they want to serve. We’re in a position to meet all of these needs. Livestand is an immersive environment that provides a dynamic and personalized experience for consumers, and a pipeline of fresh and active content for publishers and advertisers.”

Yahoo says content will be published from its vast content library, including Sports, News, Finance, Flickr, omg!, and the Yahoo Contributor Network.

“Livestand from Yahoo leverages Yahoo’s strengths in content and personalization and re-imagines them into a new kind of experience for the rapidly growing tablet and mobile phone categories,” a company press release touts.

Yahoo’s move to mobile and tablets comes on the heels its of research that showed 86 percent of people use mobile devices while watching TV. By bringing content to mobile and tablets, Yahoo hopes to capitalize on this expanding audience.

Yahoo says Livestand is designed to help people cut through the noise on the Web by personalizing content. Users can select content from specific sources and and factors such as time of day, location and a user’s personal interests will also be taken into consideration when content is published.

Speculation about a personalized news mobile experience surfaced earlier this week, as Yahoo already shows different content to visitors to Yahoo’s home page depending on what the company knows about their interests.

From a design perspective, Livestand promises to offer touch interaction, a sleek design and a “singular focus on content.” The platform will also leverage social interactions. From an advertising standpoint, the digital newsstand will offer targeting capabilities to specific devices and offer an interactive canvas that “brings magazine-style ads to the tablet.”

Livestand will be available for iPad and Android tablets in the first half of this year and mobile phones and browser experiences will follow after.

Video: Steve Jobs’ first TV appearance

February 9th, 2011

This video is really entertaining. The man famous for his composure is seen in this video (supposedly his first TV appearance) and he’s more nervous than you’ve ever seen him.

It’s from 1978 or so, so he would have been about 23 years old. The interview was done with KGO in San Fran. Check it out:

[HT Electric Pig]

Digital Journal announces next Future of Media event: April 6 in Toronto

February 4th, 2011

My company puts on an event twice per year called the Future of Media. Today we made announced the first Future of Media event for 2011 is scheduled to take place at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on April 6. Doors open at 7:30 and the event starts at 8 p.m.

We’ll be announcing more details about speakers, prizes and sponsors in the coming weeks, so save the date. As always, Future of Media events are free of charge and dedicated to following the evolution of journalism, news and media.

If you’re not familiar with Future of Media events, you can learn more on our About Us page, check out past speakers, or watch videos from past events here.

Based on very high demand we’ll be announcing details on how to RSVP for a guaranteed spot on our schedule page. You can bookmark that page, follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to be notified when this page is updated.

See you April 6th!