Good night Pajamas Media.
Good morning Open Source Media.
Starting today there's a new confederacy of bloggers.
Originally to be called Pajamas Media, appropriated from a swipe a CNN exec leveled at the riff raff who snipe from home in states of relative undress, it's now Open Source Media, as in an invitation for citizen contributors. A press conference is taking place now. Headline-grabbing Judith Miller is to speak.
Protein Wisdom is liveblogging the event. A taste:
My cab pulled up outside the W a little before 9 PM New York time, and after checking in and dropping my suitcase on the bed, I immediately made my way to the hotel bar, where I found Tim Blair, Roger Simon, and Ed Driscoll bunched around a small table near the restrooms. Ed and Roger were nursing Gibsons, while Tim (who at 51" is much shorter than I thought hed be) was drinking what looked to be IPA out of a pilsner glass inscribed with the legend, "Bloggers Do It In Their Pajamas."
UPDATE: He is virtually liveblogging it. Meaning, he is doing it imaginatively.
(Here's my own mini liveblog - I'm listening to a stream of the conference now:
10:10 a.m. Andrew Breitbart starts things off. Says how he worked with Drudge, then helped launch the Huffington Post. Now has his own news service, and is helping Open Source Media. Old media doesn't cross-promote that way, he says.
Says what OSM has done is "they've gone on a shipping spree and compiled at least 50 of my favorite bookmarks and put them into one."
Simon is talking now. Reads a somewhat boilerplate speech about the bloggery. Says his crew is doing polling too, and has found that 43 percent of Americans bristle at being labeled liberal, conservative or even moderate. OSM will be for those.
Keeps talking about old media, etc. But then why does he make a ref to the Lakers-Celtics rivalry? Sounds pretty geezerly.
Larry Kudlow on blogging: "It's cheaper than therapy and easier than jogging around Cental Park."
Back to this post, which was already in progress.)
The name change already has its critics: "I cant imagine a less distinctive name. Its almost as if Al Gore himself dreamed it up," wrote Scott Ferguson at The Classless Society.
Seventy cyberscribes, from Glenn Reynolds of the right-of-center Instapundit to David Corn and Marc Cooper, of the left-of-center Nation, will write at one place. And bloggers will get paid, based on the traffic they generate.
It will carry articles from the new Newstex project, which is fed by Knight Ridder (us - interested? How interested? Want to buy us?) The Tribune Company, the Associated Press, and others. Its bigger guns include co-founders Roger L. Simon, the screenwriter/blogger, and Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs.
An AP article says the following about OSM's plans:
Many details of OSM remain unsettled. For example, OSM wants to create a mechanism for citizen journalists, including bloggers, to submit original news during natural disasters, civil unrest and other newsworthy events. Simon said organizers still have to come up with ways to check submissions for accuracy.
Initially, OSM will create blog-like discussion panels surrounding major news events, with three or four bloggers and non-blogging experts chosen to contribute.
This summer I interviewed Simon, before his group had raised $3.5 million from venture capitalists. He made similar noises:
Pajama Media's Roger L. Simon, who wrote Woody Allen's Scenes from a Mall and the Moses Wine detective series, named his new organization after a remark by CNN's U.S. president Jonathan Klein, who derided the typical blogger as a guy "sitting in his living room in his pajamas."
With 290 affiliates signed up in two dozen countries so far, Pajamas Media will deliver more than a million monthly readers to advertisers, Simon says. If organized, bloggers are in position to beat understaffed news organizations that suffer from lack of language skills and local context, he says.
From headquarters in Los Angeles, he's trying to create an Associated Press of the blogosphere.
"When something of consequence happens on the ground, like [political change in] Beirut or Ukraine, the bloggers will already be on the ground. We'll send a video camera from Los Angeles, then upload the interviews, repackage them and sell that material. There will be blog correspondents everywhere in the globe."
"NBC would never promote something that CBS did, but in the realm of the blogosphere, we're al friends."