Back from Galway, clutching Jim Carroll’s Blog Award..
…for best blog by a journalist. Thanks to Damien and all his elves for putting on such a great show in Galway. And I’m particularly delighted that Jim, who has led the way in blogging on irishtimes.com, has got his just reward after three years. I might even hand over the trophy when he gets back from his American jaunt.
Back on terra firma, lots of reaction, the majority of it negative, to our replacement of Today’s Paper by the epaper. Have been assimilating it and will come back with a more considered response within the next couple of days. There’s quite a range of interesting points across a wide span of issues, and I’ll try to deal with them all.
Elsewhere, News Corp’s long-awaited announcement of how its Times and Sunday Times paywall will work has received a lot of attention. It looks pretty crude to me at first sight, but be sure of one thing: newspapers around the world will be scrutinising this project with intense interest for anything useful they might learn. Rupert Murdoch has devised the global media’s biggest lab rat, and a lot of people will be quietly grateful to him for that. Mind you, you know what happens to most lab rats…