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The market for paid news: does size really matter?

How much is the news worth? It’s a question that’s weighing on the minds of many news media execs these days as they grapple with the challenge of figuring out new business models.

Paid content looks to be a big part of those new business models, but there’s one question that still dogs execs: just how big is the market for paid news?

#balloonboy: when mainstream and social media both #fail

By now, you’ve probably heard of Falcon Heene, the six year-old Colorado boy who the world thought was trapped in a helium balloon that escaped into the sky last week. It turns out he really isn’t Balloon Boy, but it’s too late for that now.

Shortly after reports of Heene’s airborne adventure hit the newswire, Balloon Boy became a social media mega-meme. Individuals glued to their computer screens tweeted and blogged up a storm about the boy they thought was flying through the skies at 8,000 feet. The most creative quickly seized upon the opportunity.