AP News Alert: Disintermediation is here

Please pardon this disintermediation … we’re just changing all the rules.
Does the venerable Associated Press get disintermediation in its core business?
A couple E.W. Scripps executives I work with think not and made some provocative arguments in OJR last week. They envision a Napster model in which Internet technologies are used to open the system and drive down costs.

If AP had its collective head firmly inside the 21st Century, it already would be moving at least parts of its services in the Napster direction. But AP is like any business confronted with a disruptive technology. Its first inclination is self-preservation, not cannibalization.

Give it a read. If you want leave a comment on Bob Benz’sSuffering the Benz” blog.
The react from AP? Still trying to tell if the smoke was white or black or just resulted from spontaneous combustion. We still have a wire feed.

New Knoxnews

We launched a redesigned knoxnews.com last Thursday.
Long days, little sleep, lots of coffee = looks great.
The designers and programmers that made it happen on the corporate side did a great job.
It’s a radical departure from what we had and, to some, it’s moved away from what they think a newspaper site should look like.
See for yourself.
An update: Noticed a nice note on Jay Small’s site with some insightful comments.