I’m trying out GetSocial on my posts now. Icons will appear across the bottom of new posts going forward — you can click on those to share the post across various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
If you missed the story a few week’s back, this is just cool. Mark Zuckerman, former Nats/MLB beat writer for The Washington Times, started a blog and then a campaign to raise funds to travel to and report on Nats spring training. He set a goal of $5,000 on February 8 and surpassed that in just over a day. As of this posting, he’s raised over $10,000.
At a time when paywalls and the future of journalism are hot topics, fundraising successes like Zuckerman’s bring up some questions:
Are people more likely to support a freelance reporter with funding than pay a news organization for online content?
Is a donate-only-if-you-want model something that could work for a traditional media outlet and not just a single writer?
Are there some local journalists (in DC or elsewhere) with a big enough following that they could consistently make more money through a self-employed Zuckerman-type model than they can working for their current employer?
What will the Nielsen rating be for today’s NHL on NBC game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals? Take the poll
For a look at ratings for other recent NHL on NBC games, check out this post on Sports Media Watch.
UPDATE: The ratings are in:
Two quick pieces of news…
From Tim Fitzpatrick with Comcast SportsNet comes news that Verizon is “launching CSN+ on FiOS in the Mid-Atlantic area in time for tomorrow’s Wizards game.” See this previous blog post for why this is good news for some FiOS customers.
And Friday’s Caps game against Atlanta has been moved to CSN, while the Wizards game vs. Orlando will now air on CSN+.
MORNING UPDATE (2/3/10): Heather Wilner with Verizon emailed me this morning with a link to this post from a Verizon representative, which says that “Starting today, FiOS TV customers in Maryland and Virginia will have Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus (CSN+), the CSN Mid-Atlantic overflow channel that gets you your Caps and Wizards games.” Verizon will “continue to offer the CSN+ content on FiOS1 in the D.C. metro area, and on channel 334 in the rest of the region.”