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    Mediatwits #24: Non-Profit News Sites; iPhone 4S Boom; Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich

    by Mark Glaser
    October 21, 2011
    Chart shows the revenue breakdown for various non-profit news sites surveyed by Knight

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    The Mediatwits podcast is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

    Welcome to the 24th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and entrepreneur Rafat Ali. The hot topic is non-profit news sites and whether they can sustain themselves. A recent study was released from the Knight Foundation about the business health of some of these sites, and noted that they still need to experiment to find the right business model to survive. Special guests Mayur Patel from Knight and consultant Michele McLellan talked about their findings and bright spots at sites such as Texas Tribune and the St. Louis Beacon.

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    Also up for discussion was the amazing success of the iPhone 4S, with Apple selling 4 million of the phones in the first weekend on sale. With all that success, why did Wall Street knock Apple for last quarter’s earnings miss? Plus, Google strikes back in mobile with “Ice Cream Sandwich,” a new operating system that is sleeker, allows multi-tasking, and works the same on phones as tablets. Bonus futuristic feature: It can use face-recognition to unlock the phone.

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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Intro

    1:10: Gaddafi killed, Hillary Clinton’s reaction

    3:20: Kara Swisher hospitalized in Hong Kong

    4:00: Rundown of topics for show

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    Mayur Patel

    Knight report on non-profits

    5:10: Special guests Mayur Patel and Michele McLellan

    7:20: Diversifying revenue streams for non-profits

    10:20: McLellan: Texas Tribune had balanced team, including business and tech

    13:45: Patel: Investigative News Network trying to help get tax status for sites

    15:30: Secret of success for Texas Tribune?

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    Michele McLellan

    16:45: Patel: Not all non-profit sites see advertising as a potential windfall

    iPhone 4S selling like hotcakes

    18:00: Conundrum of iPhone 4S sales success, poor Apple earnings (according to Wall Street)

    20:30: Rafat has Siri-envy with fiancee’s iPhone 4S

    23:10: Post-Steve Jobs era yet?

    Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich

    24:10: Face-recognition can help unlock phone: really necessary?

    26:10: Unified OS between phone and tablet

    28:30: Mark still having success on Google+

    29:10: Rafat tries out new Chime.in social network from Ubermedia

    29:50: Next week’s podcast dedicated to all things Amazon

    More Reading

    Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability at Knight Foundation

    Why Non-Profit News Sites Need to Act More Like Digital Businesses at MediaShift

    New Knight study identifies 3 surprising keys to nonprofit news business success at Poynter

    Why Apple sold only 17.1 million iPhones at GigaOm

    Apple ‘Disappoints’? Blame Wall Street at WSJ

    AT&T celebrates more than 1 million iPhone 4S activations at ZDNet

    Ice Cream Sandwich debuted with Samsung Galaxy Nexus at the Washington Post

    Android Ice Cream Sandwich: The complete FAQ at ComputerWorld

    Ice Cream Sandwich: Say goodbye to bloatware at CNET

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    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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    The Mediatwits podcast is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

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