Foreign correspondents expected to file more stories than ever before: The role of the fixer in foreign news

EJO :: In modern foreign news reporting a ‘fixer’ is becoming as essential to the journalistic process as a foreign correspondent. Without a fixer – a local person hired to help with logistics, contacts and translation – the correspondent may fail to access the people, places, events or new information required to produce news reports.

Read Jørgen Skrubbeltrang , en.ejo.ch

Can robots do public interest journalism? - The potential of news bots

EJO :: Whether bots can do accountability journalism in a wide variety of domains still remains to be seen though. 

Read Nicholas Diakopoulos, en.ejo.ch

Weak Tribune Publishing and Scripps earnings make the case for spinning off newspapers

Poynter :: Tribune Publishing and E.W. Scripps this morning reported disappointing fourth quarter revenues from newspaper operations, matching the pattern established by other public companies

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

BBC director general says funding debate to take place after election

Guardian :: Tony Hall told The Media Show it is vital to have ‘informed’ discussion over consequences of cutting funding to the public-service broadcaster.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Instagram unveils new features for advertisers, from carousel-style photos to web links

AdWeek :: Instagram ads are getting the carousel treatment along with links, the photo-sharing app announced today. These crucial new ad features signal a maturing Instagram, which has been slowly increasing its marketing sophistication.

Read Garett Sloane, www.adweek.com

Automated television buying is the future- Changing TV industry leads Nielsen to acquire Exelate

AdAge :: Nielsen has acquired data management player Exelate. The deal price was approximately $200 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, adage.com

The Real World Isn't Mobile-First -- It's People-First

AdAge :: Marketers need to build experiences for life, not for machines.

Read David Sable, adage.com