Craig says it’s a myth he hurt newspapers

The Seattle Times did a Q&A with Craig Newmark of San Francisco, the founder of Craigslist. Question: Speaking of emulation, newspapers are belatedly responding to competition from Craigslist. They are offering free merchandise listings, they’re trying to build community around their classifieds similar to what you did a decade ago. Are you seeing effects on your traffic from those efforts? Newmark: Can’t tell in terms of traffic, because we just get continuous slow growth. You know, it’s just slow but

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Craigslist funds New Media chair at Berkeley

Craigslist, founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark of San Francisco, has been blamed for crippling newspapers by taking their classified advertising revenues. Now Craigslist is donating $1.6 million to UC Berkeley to create the first endowed faculty chair in New Media (as in the Internet). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is putting up another $1.5 million to support research and scholarship at the newly created Berkeley Center for New Media. “When we were looking for a new chair, someone

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Which papers don’t rely on ads, Craig?

IWantMedia.com asked Craig Newmark, founder of the San Francisco-based Craiglist, if his Web site is a threat to newspapers. His response: “Not in a significant way. We do drain some revenue from some papers that rely on ads. …” Newmark didn’t say which newspapers don’t rely on ads. Of course, people outside of the newspaper business think subscriptions must amount to a lot of money because they’re used to paying for a paper, either by writing checks for a subscription

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Craigslist founder backs online news site

The founder of Craigslist, San Francisco resident Craig Newmark (left), is backing an online news venture to be called Daylife that is being set up by media writer Jeff Jarvis (right), according to TechWeb Technology News. The Web site will have a staff that gathers, analyzes and organizes the world’s news and it will also seek news from its readers through what they’re calling “open source journalism.” Daylife will also show whether Newmark is a one-trick pony or a visionary

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Craigslist CEO offers advice to newspapers

Jim Buckmaster, chief executive of Craigslist, tells Wall Street Journal writer Brian M. Carney that the “demise of the newspaper has been overstated.” In Buckmaster’s view, newspapers would be better off being a little more like Craigslist: Go private, eschew Wall Street’s demands for continually “goosing profitability” and give readers what they want. Another point Carney makes: Newspaper executives, angry at how many classifieds they’ve lost to Craigslist, question why Craigslist doesn’t charge for most of its ads (job ads

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Craig says legislation would destroy his firm

Craig Newmark of SF-based Craigslist says his company would be destroyed by legislation passed by the House Thursday that would allow Internet service providers to play favorites among different Web sites. In order to have people easily find your Web site, you’d have to pay the ISPs and telecoms millions. Here’s how Newmark explained it in a commentary posted on CNN’s news site: “Let’s say you call Joe’s Pizza and the first thing you hear is a message saying you’ll

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