Paying the contributor

John Battelle points to a story about Google’s new AdSense API which will enable user driven content sites (UDC – to use the acronym πŸ™‚ – to distributed AdWords revenue to contributors. As he points out, UDC sites are usually driven by everything but money, but nevertheless this points to an interesting future where payments is distributed down the chain and follows the page views. Pay-for-performance publishing is here.

Who’s best on Comment is Free?

The Guardian has launched a competition to find the best commentator on its Comment is Free site – competition details here. The winner will join the ranks of regular bloggers on the site.

Editor Georgina Henry says: “Prompted by those of you who have argued that not only is the debate on most of the threads not as bad as I sometimes make out, but that in many cases is of higher quality than the posts by some “professionals”, we are now seeking nominations for the best commenters on the site, one of whom will officially join us as a regular blogger.

This person should:

– be well informed
– write well
– provoke debate
– keep the standard of debate high
– engage with readers
– be witty”

Citizen journalists win one over Apple

Apple has been trying to force a blogger to reveal his sources and Jeff Jarvis reports on the court ruling which threw out the request. β€œIn no relevant respect do they appear to differ from a reporter or editor for a traditional business-oriented periodical who solicits or otherwise comes into possession of confidential internal information about a company,” Justice Conrad Rushing of the 6th District Court of Appeal wrote, according to Jarvis.