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Will New Google Algorithm Punish ‘Alternative News?’

The new Google Algorithm is live.  Just over a month ago, Google announced that they were changing their algorithm in order to weaken the search engine rankings of sites they deem to be “content farmers. Read Google’s announcement here

Google Algorithm Changes May Hurt Alternative News Sites

“Whereas most of Google’s algorithm changes are barely noticeable,” Eric Blair & Michael Edwards write at Activist Post. “The current change that they have been working on since last January will affect 12% of U.S. searches.”

There has been much debate about what “content farming” is, and Google has done little to offer a clear explanation, simply stating, “low quality” or “shallow” sites would be affected. This is similar to the vague definition of pornography — you’ll know it when you see it.

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Will Entrepreneurial Journalism Change The World?

Rohit Bhargava a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy PR asks: What was the best article you read last year. Was it hard hitting, excellently researched, insightfully written article?  Now think about what it cost you to read it. Was it in a magazine you subscribe to? Or perhaps a website that you accessed and read for free?

For every conversation anyone starts about the future of journalism, the question that seems to follow closely behind is: what does the new business model for journalism needs to be in a world where the average citizen is increasingly expecting journalism to be a service provided for free (or at least, subsidized by someone else).

When it comes to today’s big questions about news and media, Bob Dylan sang it best: “The times they are a changing.”

From RohitBhargava.com

Over the past few years, every time I spoke at a gathering of local newspaper professionals at the American Press Institute (API) or participated in a journalist-centric event from an organization like the South Asian Journalism Association (SAJA), the signs of worry in the industry were clear. A solution has started to emerge that is not only making waves in the field of journalism today – but also has the potential to reinvent the way that we consume and share media with one another.

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Local Community Radio Act Passes!

FCC Low Power Radio BillWith the clock ticking toward the end of this year’s Congress, the Senate on Saturday passed a new law which will enable community groups, churches and schools across the country to establish new non-commercial, low-power FM radio stations in their cities and towns.

The Local Community Radio Act, which will allow the FCC to issue possibly thousands of new noncommercial LPFM radio licenses, earned broad, bipartisan support after some ten years of organizing by grassroots media democracy advocates from coast to coast. Backers of the bill included a stupefying range of civil rights groups, religious organizations, musicians, unions and garage-bound radio dreamers around the country.

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