Just came back from the office of Newsbreak Magazine in Ortigas to discuss details of the blogging/podcasting workshop I’ll be doing for them next month. I got the chance to chat with Carmela who wrote a piece on “Blogging About the Elections” and asked me to comment about the blogging atmosphere in the Philippines. (Check out the front page of their website for the story and a picture from our Christmas Meet-up last December.)
At the same time, I also got the news that Newsbreak (the magazine) will be finally put to rest next month:
Let me give you the bad news and good news in one blow. This is our second-to-the-last hard copy edition. Yes, what youâ€™re holding in your hands, our 179th issue, will soon be part of history. But we will continue our work online, the platform that is transforming journalism by opening the doors of our profession to citizens all over the world and, at the same time, forming tightly knit communities and audiences in cyberspace.
However, they will continue to exist as the online magazine (e-zine) as they try to find more funding to revive the print version. Maybe that’s why I was asked to help their staff familiarize with the online version as well as give focus on blogging and podcasting as new media tools to enhance their interaction with their readers.
As for the business model, well, there’s online advertising and paid subscription. And yes, it will be a huge challenge to go from print to RSS. :)