2014/07/18

Fox launches new sports channels in Africa

Advanced TV :: Fox International Channels (FIC), a 21st Century Fox company, has confirmed the launch of the company’s flagship sports TV brand, Fox Sports, in sub-Saharan Africa.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Journalists cannot trust their employers to protect sources

Press Gazette :: It used to be the case that journalists would proudly go to prison rather than give up a source.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Did Ukrainian rebels really take credit for downing MH17?

VOX :: Many read a recent post as Strelkov taking credit for his separatist rebels shooting down MH17, killing the 295 people on board. But there are real reasons to doubt that the message was genuine.

Read Max Fisher, www.vox.com

How to check if that viral video is true

Columbia Journalism Review :: Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online.

Read Jihii Jolly, www.cjr.org

Publishers’ love-hate relationship with StumbleUpon

Digiday :: StumbleUpon has been a mainstay of native advertising. But it's lost some of its luster with the rise of Facebook and Twitter.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Betaworks CEO John Borthwick says there is still hope for deeper forms of content

GigaOM :: The future of online media may look like a bleak landscape filled with shallow clickbait and pageview-driven sharing by people who haven’t even read the entire article, but Betaworks CEO John Borthwick says there is still hope for deeper forms of content.

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

Twitter and Facebook see a bright future for in-the-moment spending

PC World :: If you’re an impulse buyer trying to reform your ways, Facebook and Twitter are not on your side.

Read Zach Miners, www.pcworld.com

China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil

Tech in Asia :: The Portuguese-language version of Baidu, dubbed Baidu Busca, currently covers web, images, and video searches.

Read Paul Bischoff, www.techinasia.com

Malone's Liberty to buy ITV stake

Wall Street Journal :: Liberty Global is buying British Sky Broadcasting's 6.4% stake in ITV, Britain's top commercial broadcaster, for $824 million.

Read Simon Zekaria, online.wsj.com

Under pressure, Twitter tries to resize itself

Wall Street Journal :: After a troubling start as a public company, Twitter Inc. plans to try out some new numbers on Wall Street.

Read Yoree Koh, online.wsj.com

Facebook is hoping its new Mentions app is a Twitter-killer

Venture Beat :: Today Facebook launches another stand-alone app, called Mentions. It's aimed exclusively at high-profile Facebook members and it's looking a whole lot like a Twitter alternative.

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

2014/07/17

Reporters caught in the middle as Israel invades Gaza

Huffington Post :: Journalists in Gaza faced a frightening situation on Thursday when they found themselves in the midst of an Israeli invasion of the territory.

Read Jack Mirkinson, www.huffingtonpost.com

Incentive auction threatens over-the-air public TV service, says CPB report

Current :: Though the FCC’s incentive auction next year might give a short-term financial boost to a handful of public TV stations, it could erode the field’s ability to provide over-the-air signals to all of the nation’s homes.

Read Mike Janssen, www.current.org

WNYC receives $1m grant for new health reporting unit

Current :: New York’s WNYC-FM has received a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a new reporting unit focused on health issues.

Read Benjamin Mook, www.current.org

Facebook plans to track TV show interest with Nielsen partnership

10TV :: When Facebook users check out the new television show lineup this fall on their smartphone or tablet, the social network will be keeping track.

Read Staff, 10TV, www.10tv.com

Malaysia Airlines crash: New York Times replaces grisly photo with ‘visually superior’ alternative

Washington Post :: Writing in the Atlantic, Megan Garber calls out the New York Times for publishing a troubling photo of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed near the Russia/Ukraine border.

Read Erik Wemple, goo.gl

Twitter buys mobile payment infrastructure CardSpring

VentureBeat :: Late Wednesday night, Twitter announced it acquired mobile payment system CardSpring. Twitter’s advertising team says CardSpring will fit nicely into the company’s framework.

Read Ruth Reader, venturebeat.com

NBC News pulls correspondent from Gaza after witnessing Israeli attack on children

The Intercept :: Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately.

Read Glenn Greenwald, firstlook.org

Copyright office denies Aereo request

WSJ :: Internet broadcast streaming company Aereo's long-shot chances of surviving a Supreme Court ruling against it by classifying itself as a cable system could be headed for a setback.

Read Keach Hagey, online.wsj.com

Germany is getting a data-centric nonprofit newsroom and hoping to build new models for news

Nieman Lab :: The new CORRECT!V is trying to find a place for foundation-supported media in Europe’s largest economy.

Read Caroline O'Donovan, www.niemanlab.org

John Sweeney loses job in cull of all Panorama's staff reporters: 'Management will gain more control'

Press Gazette :: Sweeney was among all four reporters for BBC current affairs flagship programme Panorama given notice of redundancy today. Head of BBC News James Harding announced 415 job losses across the division today.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

John Sweeney loses job in cull of all Panorama's staff reporters: 'Management will gain more control'

Press Gazette :: Sweeney was among all four reporters for BBC current affairs flagship programme Panorama given notice of redundancy today. Head of BBC News James Harding announced 415 job losses across the division today.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Robin Lustig: BBC cuts risk real damage to The World Tonight and Newshour

Press Gazette :: Long serving former BBC journalist Robin Lustig has spoken out about plans to merge the editing of  Radio 4’s nightly current affairs programme The World Tonight with the Newshour on The World Service.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

French blogger fined €1,500 for writing negative restaurant review

ars technica :: Google searches for the restaurant now feature stories about the lawsuit.

Read Eric Bangeman, arstechnica.com

'The newsroom will become a control room'

GEN :: The CEO of the Global Editors Network, Bertrand Pecquerie, tells us what he thinks are the biggest lessons learned at this year’s GEN Summit.

Read Sarah Toporoff, www.globaleditorsnetwork.org

Where do young people actually get their news?

PBS Mediashift :: Where do young people actually get their news? Our informal sampling on the streets of New York City suggests the answer may be “everywhere.”

Read Tatjana Darie, www.youtube.com

Policy Mic has an audience of 19m uniques per month packaging political news in non-traditional ways

PBS Mediashift :: Co-founder Jake Horowitz tells us that Mic’s success stems from letting go of stereotypes about young people

Read Reuben Stern, youtu.be

NowThis News' approach to reaching an audience of millennials

PBS Mediashift :: NowThis News targets young news consumers by delivering highly visual coverage via a continually expanding list of social platforms that includes Instagram, Vine and now Snapchat.

Read Reuben Stern, www.youtube.com

Gruner + Jahr Digital MD on mobile ads: 'It creates a consulting situation in daily work'

The Media Briefing :: As Gruner + Jahr's digital managing director Oliver von Wersch tells TheMediaBriefing, that requires new skills to overcome the challenges of fragmentation and take advantage of the room for more creative approaches to campaigns.

Read Jasper Jackson , www.themediabriefing.com

'It will be a testing time of uncertainty and change': James Harding announces 415 job cuts from BBC News

Press Gazette :: The BBC is to axe 415 jobs in its news division as part of its Delivering Quality First savings scheme.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Australia’s major publishers and suppliers are supporting a campaign to promote the strength of newsagencies

The Newspaper Works :: Using the slogan, “Your newsagent. We’re here”, the ANF campaign, along with the Amex Shop Small campaign, will centre on caring about local communities which newsagents serve.

Read Staff, The Newspaper Works, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

RTL Hungarian dispute deepens

Broadband TV News :: Dirk Gerkens, the chief executive of Magyar RTL, has accused the Hungarian government of stifling media freedom and trying to expropriate the company through a controversial new ad tax.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Instagram’s war against the click

Digiday :: Brands and publishers are "hacking" Instagram to share links on the popular app. So why doesn't Instagram allow users to click through?

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Chat app Chrends promises anonymous and untraceable free speech for people living under oppressive regimes

Tech in Asia :: According to Keeran Janin, co-founder and CEO of the new Brunei-based chat app Chrends, people living in Brunei are unlikely to discuss topics like homosexuality, political strife, or religious criticism in public. Janin claims citizens live in perpetual fear of legal and social consequences.

Read Leighton Cosseboom, www.techinasia.com

2014/07/16

Publishers' group largely backs FCC's neutrality proposal

Mediapost :: The Online Publishers Association is supporting a controversial proposal to allow Internet service providers to enter into "commercially reasonable" deals with content companies for fast delivery.

Read Wendy Davis, www.mediapost.com

Apple agrees to conditional $450m e-books antitrust accord

Reuters :: Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday.

Read Nate Raymond, Alison Frankel, www.reuters.com

Essay Hey, Publishers: Stop fooling us, and yourselves

Poynter :: For an industry built on a foundation of truth-telling, the newspaper business sure has trouble telling the truth about itself.

Read David Boardman, www.poynter.org

Can algorithms better engineer serendipity in research — or in journalism?

 Nieman Lab :: Some historical collections are aiming to enable serendipitous content discovery, peering beyond the current limitations of search to capture happy accidents.

Read Liam Andrew, www.niemanlab.org

Amazon is working on Kindle Unlimited, the ultimate subscription service for readers

The Verge :: Over 600,000 titles and 'thousands' of audiobooks for $9.99 each month.

Read Chris Welch, www.theverge.com

The debate on drones

PBS Mediashift :: Journalism needs to get “a seat at the table so that free press rights and free speech rights are part of the conversation” in evolving drone legislation, Matthew Waite, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab, recently told the World Editors Forum.

Read Sydney Pead, www.pbs.org

Julian Assange: Swedish judge rules on lifting of arrest warrant - live

The Guardian :: Live updates as court rules whether to cancel warrant that led to WikiLeaks founder spending two years in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition over sexual assault allegations.

Read Claire Phipps, www.theguardian.com

Rupert Murdoch said to have made offer for Time Warner

DealBook :: Twenty-First Century Fox, the media empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner but was rebuffed, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

Read Andrew Ross Sorkin, Michael J. De La Merced, dealbook.nytimes.com

Storyline offers readers to match a timeline of their life with a timeline of major news events

The Newspaper Works :: As The Australian celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, the newspaper has launched an online site that allows readers to match a timeline of their life with a timeline of major news events and national daily’s coverage of them.

Read Staff, The Newspaper Works, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

ABC and Magna reach programmatic buying deal

Medialife Magazine :: The agency has reached a deal with ABC for an eight-week trial of a programmatic buying program, starting this month and running through September.

Read Staff, Medialife Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

Step back from what you cover: Tech blogs are cheerleaders

TechCrunch :: I retain the hope that the publication I help run will, indeed, break the next PRISM story. It would be great if we could nurture our young reporters to be as hard-hitting as a Glen Greenwald or a Michael Arrington or a Kara Swisher even.

Read Alexia Tsotsis, techcrunch.com

Reporter short-circuits after interviewing robot

Correspondent :: I've met lots of robots. Not real ones. But countless automated athletes under strict instructions from grey-suited PR officers not to utter anything remotely controversial. So interviewing a wise-cracking humanoid robot called 'Pepper' would be a piece of cake. Right?

Read Alastair Himmer, blogs.afp.com

Aussie start-up Tablo, which is shaking up the publishing industry, secures $400,000 seed funding

Anthill Magazine :: Australian start-up Tablo, a cloud based e-book publishing platform and writing community, recently secured a $400,000 seed funding round from investors.

Read Gerald Ainomugisha, anthillonline.com

15 seconds or less: the creative constraint of short video ads

Digiday :: Agency execs dish on how the time constraints of shorter video ad formats are affecting their creative approaches.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Publishers have an updated evergreen strategy: Make the old new again

Digiday :: Here's an irony about the rise of the real-time Web: Sometimes what's new isn't always what performs best.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

What happens when free-speech engines like Twitter and Facebook become megaphones for violence?

GigaOM :: Political commentator Ronan Farrow says that social networks like Twitter and Facebook should do more to police violent content from terrorist groups — but who gets to draw the line between free speech and hate speech, or choose which content should disappear forever?

 

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

2014/07/15

VentureBeat launches marketplace for research reports

 Folio Magazine :: Platform banking on high-volume, moderately-priced analysis.

Read Bill Mickey, www.foliomag.com

Yahoo won’t buy AOL, Yahoo M&A chief says

Re/code :: As Kara Swisher reported yesterday, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong would love to merge with Yahoo, but Marissa Mayer does not “get” the deal.

Read Jason Del Rey, recode.net

Virgin Media defeats eighth Rovi patent claim

Advanced TV :: The High Court has delivered its judgment in an eighth patent claim brought by Rovi against Virgin Media. Mr John Baldwin QC, sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, comprehensively dismissed Rovi’s claim.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Jill Abramson to sit with Katie Couric

POLITICO :: Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson will sit down with Yahoo's Katie Couric this Thursday for one of her first interviews since her abrupt termination in May, a Yahoo spokesperson told POLITICO.

Read Dylan Byers, www.politico.com

Jim Brady's Brother.ly: The general philosophy is to monetize passions, not pageviews

Capital New York :: Jim Brady's escapades in digital news have been fraught.

Read Joe Pompeo, www.capitalnewyork.com

Kara Swisher is Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist. How does that work?

New York Magazine :: The technology journalist Kara Swisher likes to call herself Sherlock Homo, but on a spring evening in Austin, where she’d come for the SXSW Interactive conference, she wasn’t following any particular trail of clues.

Read Benjamin Wallace, nymag.com

Possibility of native ads on pubradio sparks concern

Current :: A public radio station’s foray into native advertising, which seamlessly integrates paid content into a website’s editorial fare, stirred strong opinions at a July 10 session at the annual Public Media Development & Marketing Conference.

Read Benjamin Mook, www.current.org

Possibility of native ads on pubradio sparks concern

Current :: A public radio station’s foray into native advertising, which seamlessly integrates paid content into a website’s editorial fare, stirred strong opinions at a July 10 session at the annual Public Media Development & Marketing Conference.

Read Benjamin Mook, www.current.org

Retargeting is flawed; the future is pretargeting

AdAge :: There is no time in my life I am less likely to buy some white pants, a toaster or a ight to Los Angeles than after I've just bought these items, yet that's precisely the time I see ads for these products or services.

Read Tom Goodwin, adage.com

Sale of pro-opposition newspaper, El Universal, in Venezuela raises fears on freedom

New York Times :: Secrecy surrounds the new ownership of a leading pro-opposition newspaper, El Universal, leading some to suspect the hand of government supporters in the deal.

Read William Neuman, www.nytimes.com

Younger viewers find online TV, video spots more invasive

MediaPost :: Younger viewers feel targeted online TV and video commercials are more intrusive than their older viewers -- also that online video messages are more annoying than traditional TV commercials.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

Why online audiences' mobile migration isn't all bad news for blogs

AdAge :: Online audiences are migrating to mobile. Yet to be resolved is whether those smaller-screen audiences will be as large as they were on desktop -- and as attentive.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

Tips for journalists using Google Search

Journalism.co.uk :: Dan Russell, über tech lead, Google Search Quality and User Experience Research, shares advanced Google search techniques for research, newsgathering and verification.

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

Condé Nast to offer private publishing service

What's New in Publishing :: A bespoke multi-media publishing service, Condé Nast Portrait will be launched by Condé Nast Britain's contract publishing division it was announced this week.

Read Staff, What's New in Publishing, www.whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk

Sports journalists cry foul amid suspicions Sun has become Newcastle United 'media partner'

Press Gazette :: Questions have been raised about the relationship between The Sun and Newcastle United, with rival journalists suggesting the two organisations have entered into a ‘media partnership’.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Editor of UK's top-selling regional daily says metered paywall is best website model

Press Gazette :: The UK’s biggest selling regional newspaper is looking into adopting a metered paywall for online readers.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Why are your favorite BuzzFeed posts disappearing?

Gawker :: Avid consumers of BuzzFeed’s entertaining and informative listicles have noticed something strange: Their favorite listicles are disappearing from BuzzFeed’s servers. Where did they go?

Read J.K. Trotter, gawker.com

How Buzzfeed makes it experience more uniform and high-quality across the site

Poynter :: Some senior Buzzfeed employees were given the option to review their old articles, edit them or delete them in cases where they didn’t live up to the company’s standards, Poynter has learned.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

2014/07/14

LinkedIn acquired Newsle, a service that delivers you information about which of your friends are in the news

ReadWrite :: Crucially, Newsle aggregates news not just from your LinkedIn contacts, but people you know from Facebook and Twitter as well.

Read Selena Larson, readwrite.com

New York Times names Arthur Gregg Sulzberger as Senior Editor for Strategy

Huffington Post :: New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet announced Monday that Arthur Gregg Sulzberger will become the newspaper's Senior Editor for Strategy.

Read Catherine Taibi, www.huffingtonpost.com

Data journalism won't save the news business

Fast Company :: Data visualizations and statistical analysis are enabling a renaissance of reporting. The industry might not survive it.

Read Alex Halperin, www.fastcompany.com

Headlines are hard to write, but they must be precise

The Globe and Mail :: The Middle East is a complex, complicated and very sensitive part of the world for news coverage. So news media must be careful to get the facts right and be cognizant of balance at all times.

Read Sylvia Stead, www.theglobeandmail.com

Tips for using Google Glass as a reporting tool

RJI Online :: Can Google Glass be an effective tool for journalists? This is the question a team of students at the Missouri School of Journalism explored last spring as they test-drove the wearable technology throughout a capstone class.

Read Staff, RJI Online, www.rjionline.org

Fox loses latest bid to halt Dish's place-shifting technology

The Hollywood Reporter :: The 9th Circuit affirms a district judge's conclusion that Fox hasn't demonstrated irreparable harm.

Read Eriq Gardner, www.hollywoodreporter.com

Amazon to test ‘binge’ model

Advanced TV :: The TV studio division of the online retailer will release all 10 episodes of its new comedy Transparent at the same time in September in a move that reflects the ‘binge’ model taken by many Netflix users. 

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Virgin Media defeats eighth Rovi patent claim

Advanced TV :: The High Court has delivered its judgment in an eighth patent claim brought by Rovi against Virgin Media. Mr John Baldwin QC, sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, comprehensively dismissed Rovi’s claim.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Axed Guardian Media Talk podcast producer takes less than a month to gather year-long funding

Press Gazette :: The producer of The Guardian’s weekly Media Talk podcast has taken less than a month to crowdfund his way to  £9,000 to keep the programme going for a year.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

News Corp calls for piracy crackdown in Australia

Guardian :: Rupert Murdoch company requests toughening of laws to force internet service providers to act on copyright theft.





Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Pakistan journalists' unions agree to reunite after 36 years

Guardian :: Journalists in Pakistan have agreed to reunite the three factions of their trades union, which separated some 36 years ago.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

News on mobile: better be a Danish publisher than a Japanese one

Monday Note :: Last week, we spoke about the preeminence of mobile applications. Not all readers agree, of course, but I found more data to support the finding; among many sources, the remarkable Reuters Institute Digital News Report.

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

Globe & Mail staff agree three-year deal, making the fence redundant

Guardian :: I wrote 10 days ago about a fence that had been erected around the Toronto offices of the leading Canadian newspaper, the Globe & Mail, in anticipation of a strike by staff.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

News.com.au reclaims top place in rankings as SMH and The Guardian numbers fall off

mUmBRELLA :: News.com.au has reclaimed the top spot in the latest Nielsen online news rankings after being toppled by smh.com.au in the May standings, while the local operation of The Guardian saw its traffic drop by 5 per cent.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

USA Today goes viral

New York Times :: As USA Today’s publisher, the veteran newsman Larry Kramer is hoping America’s largest-circulation newspaper will thrive in a world of social media and mobile platforms.

Read Leslie Kaufman, www.nytimes.com

How publishers make the most of casual encounters

Digiday :: Publishers have an engagement problem. Here's how some of them are making the best out of the situation and maximizing the drive-by session.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

ABC to lose 80 staff in Melbourne due to budget cuts, union confirms

Guardian :: Jobs to be axed will be across ABC International section, which runs Australia Network, to meet shortfall from 4% cut.

Read Staff, Australian Associated Press, www.theguardian.com

2014/07/13

Why the BBC has launched a Facebook-first news service in Thailand

Journalism.co.uk :: Using the Facebook Notes feature as a CMS, World Service journalists hope to provide news 'without fear or favour' to a population in political turmoil.

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

150 channels in Russia could close

Advanced TV :: Russia has gone ahead and its Federation Council has approved a highly-controversial law that bans advertising on most cable and satellite channels.

Read Chris Forrester, advanced-television.com

How to teach a robot to write

The Verge :: Automated writing programs are coming to journalism. Is it good news?

Read Russell Brandom, www.theverge.com

Online TV clips will require captions starting in 2016

The Verge :: The FCC is expanding its rules for closed captioning on the web.

Read Colin Lecher, www.theverge.com

What will the BBC TV production shake-up mean for the industry?

Guardian :: Our industry experts examine the impact of scrapping quotas and the spin-off of TV production.

Read John Plunkett, Maggie Brown, www.theguardian.com

Amazon, a friendly giant as long as it’s Fed

New York Times :: Vincent Zandri hails from the future. He is a novelist from the day after tomorrow, when Amazon has remade the worlds of writing, printing, selling and reading books so thoroughly that there is hardly anything left besides Amazon.

Read David Streitfeld, www.nytimes.com

New @congressedits Twitter account tracks anonymous Wikipedia updates

PC Magazine :: If you're looking for all kinds of crazy political scandal via anonymous Wikipedia edits from the Hill, we have some bad news to report.

Read David Murphy, www.pcmag.com

Chinese prosecutors abruptly detain top news anchor in corruption investigation

Reuters :: Prosecutors detained a top Chinese news anchor shortly before a nightly broadcast, state media reported.

Read Michael Martina, www.huffingtonpost.com

Do copy editors know the meaning of life? The radical power of David Zweig’s ‘Invisibles’

Flavor Wire :: What gives your work meaning? For the people profiled in David Zweig’s absorbing, quietly radical new book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion, meaning comes from within.

Read Elisabeth Donnelly, flavorwire.com

Verizon is Twitter-stalking competitors' angry customers

Forbes :: Verizon is monitoring Twitter better than the NSA monitors phone calls. All companies have become pseudo-stalkers on social media, their Twitter specialists leaping into @ction when they see people complaining about a late plane, poor service, or high fees.

Read Kashmir Hill, www.forbes.com

Verizon is Twitter-stalking competitors' angry customers

Forbes :: Verizon is monitoring Twitter better than the NSA monitors phone calls. All companies have become pseudo-stalkers on social media, their Twitter specialists leaping into @ction when they see people complaining about a late plane, poor service, or high fees.

Read Kashmir Hill, www.forbes.com

Hulu to Stream ‘South Park’ as more players jostle for online rights

New York Times :: A three-year deal will give Hulu exclusive rights to stream the huge back catalog of “South Park,” as well as the current season’s episodes.




Read David Carr, www.nytimes.com

If newspapers are dying, no one's told the Farnham Herald

Guardian :: Bottom lines are improving for broadsheets and some locals are thriving. Those who said digital would kill print aren't correct yet.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Made-up stories, old photos: behold a free press lifting the lid on scandal

Guardian :: The Mail shouts about a free press, but used that freedom to run two celebrity stories that were either false or pointless.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Smartphone journalism is a revolution too far for the BBC

Guardian :: The BBC says the rise of mobile news will transform the way it operates. But rivals are bound to bristle about over-reach again.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Sun-Herald raises cover price to $2.80

mUmBRELLA :: Fairfax Media today raised the cover price of its Sunday Sydney newspaper the Sun-Herald by 30c to $2.80. The latest rise sees the Sun-Herald now 40 per cent more expensive for readers than it was two year ago.

Read mumbrella, mumbrella.com.au

2014/07/12

People-powered radio: YouTube launches crowdsourced music program with SiriusXM

Venture Beat :: A new radio show on SiriusXM, programmed by YouTube fans, starts today.

Read Barry Levine, venturebeat.com

How 160,000 intercepted communications led to our latest NSA story

Washington Post :: NSA surveillance is a complex subject — legally, technically and operationally. We drafted the story carefully and stand by all of it.

Read Barton Gellman, goo.gl

Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public

CJR :: Just about every outlet that uses group chat is already comfortable with broadening the editorial decision-making process to include the entire newsroom. Gawker is taking it a step further, making the conversation-before-the-assignment phase public, too.

Read Ann Friedman, www.cjr.org

Google launches 'advisory council' page on right to be forgotten

Guardian :: Search engine formalising procedure to deal with more than 70,000 requests for links to be removed after EU ruling fallout.

Read Jemima Kiss, www.theguardian.com

Robert Bettmann worries about what will come of arts reporting as amateur criticism takes off on the Internet

It's All Journalism :: “When we think of arts writing, most of what people are thinking of is criticism,” said Bettmann, the managing editor of an arts magazine, Bourgeon. He is forever concerned about what will become of the arts writing profession, now that every twenty-something can start a blog.

Read Julia O’Donoghue, itsalljournalism.com

Media deals decrease in number, but rise in value to $49bn

Mediapost :: Dollar volume was up 9% to $49.8 billion -- with the number of deals shrinking 3% to 850 from 879, according to investment bank Berkery Noyes.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

Judge orders unmasking of Amazon.com “negative” reviewers

Ars Technica :: Decision broaches anonymous commenting versus unfair business practices.

Read David Kravets, arstechnica.com

How publishers can use probability to overcome the uncertainty of programmatic buying

AOP UK :: Ad viewability is one of the hot-button topics that advertisers and publishers are focused on these days. Ads that are not in view don't have the opportunity to influence the users' decision to buy a product or make them remember a brand. Technology allows buyers to bid on a specific likelihood of in-view impressions. But can anyone guarantee viewability of any ad before it is served?

Read Staff, AOP, www.ukaop.org.uk

WaPo CIO Shailesh Prakash on making the most of new tech: 'It's not a science, it's an art'

The Media Brief :: Predicting what, or more importantly when, new technology is going to have an impact on your business is nigh on impossible to get right all the time. But that doesn't mean you can't make sure you ride the wave effectively.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

WaPo CIO Shailesh Prakash on making the most of new tech: 'It's not a science, it's an art'

The Media Brief :: Predicting what, or more importantly when, new technology is going to have an impact on your business is nigh on impossible to get right all the time. But that doesn't mean you can't make sure you ride the wave effectively.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

SI’s LeBron scoop was a social media sensation. So, what now?

Digiday :: It’s always hard for publishers to capitalize on breaking news. How Sports Illustrated tried to make the most out of its LeBron James scoop.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/07/11

Sebastian Coe winning support to succeed Lord Patten as BBC Trust chair

Guardian :: Lord Coe, the double Olympic gold medallist who played a key role in delivering the London 2012 Olympic Games, is winning strong support among senior ministers to succeed Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC Trust.

Read Nicholas Watt, www.theguardian.com

The Polish public broadcaster TVP makes HbbTV progress

Broadband TV News :: The Polish public broadcaster TVP will launch a virtual channel and tourist app on its hybrid platform later this month. Read the story »

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Google's chief legal officer admits 'right to be forgotten' removal mistakes have been made

PressGazette :: David Drummond, who is also the company’s senior vice-president for corporate development, said that it has received 70,000 take-down covering 250,000 web pages since May.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

This startup thinks people will pay for celeb news

Digiday :: Startup Flink is betting on celebrity super fans for its ad-free, reader-paid news site.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Rumor and leaks fill a void as Israel silences press over killings

International New York Times :: Israeli intelligence officials used gag orders in recent weeks to stifle reporting on the initial investigations into both the abduction and the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem.

Read Robert Mackey, www.nytimes.com

The latest tactics publishers use to get readers to stick around

Digiday :: One of the big challenges today is getting readers to not only click one article, but click again (and again) after they do.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2014/07/10

Chinese journalists warned not to work with foreign media

The International Times :: The Chinese government, which already maintains tight restrictions on the country’s media, has issued new warnings to local journalists not to cooperate with foreign news agencies.

Read Kiki Zhao, sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com

Jill Abramson: Being first on a story is a ‘point of pride’

Poynter :: At a talk at the Chautauqua Institution Wednesday, an audience member asked former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson why being first is “so important for the press.”

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Dallas Morning News will shut down paid website

Dallas News :: The Dallas Morning News on Thursday plans to shut down its paid website, an example of a nine-month experiment that didn’t work. The free version of dallasnews.com will remain.

Read Sheryl Jean, www.dallasnews.com

Academic journal retracts articles over 'peer review ring' with bogus scholars

Guardian :: Journal of Vibration and Control says 60 articles published over last four years cited academics with 'assumed identities'

Read Jon Swaine, www.theguardian.com

Some Google services unblocked in China after last month’s crackdown

Tech in Asia :: Today web users in mainland China are finding that some of Google’s sites and products are now unblocked and accessible.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Jay Rosen to journalists and editors: 'Facebook has all the power. You have almost none'

WAN-IFRA :: Amid growing calls for US and UK regulators to launch formal investigations into Facebook's disturbing mood manipulation research, leading US media scholar Jay Rosen has a reminder for journalists, editors and personal social media users alike: "Facebook has all the power. You have almost none."

Read Julie Posetti, blog.wan-ifra.org

Newspapers can’t merely dabble at digital

Newsosaur :: The New York Times wrote the story in 1853 about how Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery, but Gawker got most of the page views by publicizing the archived article when “12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture in 2014.

Read Alan D. Mutter, newsosaur.blogspot.de

Newspryng: Crowdfunding for independent journalism

Journalism.co.uk :: The platform, which already launched its beta version, aims to support journalists with donations from the audience.

Read Daniele Palumbo, www.journalism.co.uk

BBC rejects claim that climate sceptic Lord Lawson is being silenced

Guardian :: Former chancellor accuses broadcaster of 'outrageous behaviour' and trying to stifle debate on global warming.

Read Adam Vaughan, www.theguardian.com

BBC producers may make TV shows for rival broadcasters

Guardian :: DG Tony Hall to outline 'competition revolution' to allow in-house programme makers to produce shows for other UK and international channels.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

How Upworthy gets its branded content to outperform editorial

Digiday :: Publishers and brands struggling with the performance of their native ads could take a few lessons from Upworthy.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

ABC rebrands its main television channel using social media hashtag

Guardian :: It includes new on-air station identification material featuring everyday Australians and ABC personalities

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com

2014/07/09

The New Yorker alters its online strategy

New York Times :: The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

Guardian plotting English language launch in India

campaign :: The Guardian's open, digital journalism has plenty more room for growth, including plans to launch in India, according to deputy chief executive David Pemsel - just don't mention GQ's Michael Wolff.

Read Arif Durrani, www.campaignlive.co.uk

Barriers to newsroom collaborations lower than pubcasters think

Current.org :: Since 2009, CPB has provided approximately $23.2 million to establish more than 40 journalism partnerships at public broadcasting stations.

Read Sean Meehan, www.current.org

Ray Tindle reaffirms his faith in the future of local weekly newspapers

Guardian :: Ray Tindle, the grand old man of local newspaper publishing who remained bullish throughout the dark days of recession, is positively bubbling now.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Coming to terms with newsroom change

The Newspaper Works :: nnovation to modernise the newsroom ultimately requires quality leadership and cultural change, says Pit Gottschalk, the head of content management at German publisher Axel Springer.

Read Will Mumford, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

2014/07/08

New York Times adding deputy-level editors to each major news desk

Capital New York :: The New York Times is adding deputy-level editors assigned to increase the volume and quality of its digital product.

Read Jeremy Barr, www.capitalnewyork.com

B2B media revenues up 4.5%

MediaPost :: Business-to-business media and information companies posted modest gains in revenue in the first quarter of 2014.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

Amazon offers Hachette authors 100% cut of ebook sales as fight continues

The Verge :: Amazon says it's willing to give authors something more: a bigger cut of ebook sales.

Read Chris Welch, www.theverge.com

Journalism groups urge Obama to stop excessive controls on public information

NPPA :: Thirty-eight journalism and open government groups (including the National Press Photographers Association) today called on President Barack Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.

Read Staff, NPPA, nppa.org

CNN’s social news editor: Engagement doesn’t have to mean clickbait

Digiday :: CNN's new social media head talks about adapting the network's brand to social platforms without going the click bait route.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

How BroadcastAsia is fueling the social TV industry in Asia and beyond

LostRemote :: To learn more about television in the region and why BroadcastAsia has invested in the social TV industry we spoke with Lindy Wee the Director of PR & Conferences for Singapore Exhibition Services, the company that produces BroadcastAsia.

Read Natan Edelsburg, lostremote.com

New hope for Al-Jazeera three as Egypt's president criticises trial

Guardian :: Could the Al-Jazeera three be freed sooner than expected? Hopes of their release were prompted at the weekend after Egypt's president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, said he wished they were never put on trial.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Guardian and Observer narrow losses

Guardian :: Guardian News & Media reports loss of £30.6m in year to end of March, with print income stable and digital revenues up 24%.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Japan’s Viibar wants to turn underappreciated video producers into well-paid freelancers

Tech in Asia :: Viibar, a Tokyo-based startup, is on a mission to liberate technical professionals from the stifling world of industrial video production.

Read David Corbin, www.techinasia.com

Clickable Paper makes print a hotspot

Print21 :: For the latest installment of her Verdigris blog, Laurel Brunner looks at the increasing links between print and the internet. After barcodes and QR codes comes Ricoh with its Clickable Paper.

Read Laurel Brunner, print21.com.au

You’re not hallucinating: Ads are getting more intrusive

Digiday :: You're not imagining it: Data show publishers are running more takeover, pushdown and interstitial ads on their sites.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/07/07

YouTube’s revenue hit $3.5bn in 2013,, report says

Venture Beat :: YouTube was profitable off $3.5 billion in revenue generated in 2013, according to a report from The Information. Google owns YouTube, but the company has never specified the streaming service’s revenue figures.





Read Tom Cheredar, venturebeat.com

Zero-rate deals spur adoption - Twitter's global growth strategy: Subsidized data

AdAge :: Twitter is desperate to grow globally. Its international user growth, 27% last quarter, is outpacing the rate at home, which at 19% is slowing and projected to keep declining.

Read Mark Bergen, adage.com

Google opposes authors guild's attempt to revive book-digitization fight

MediaPost :: The authors who are suing Google for digitizing their books haven't been harmed by the company's initiative, Google argues in new court papers.

Read Wendy Davis, www.mediapost.com

Investing in media companies: Q&A with venture capitalist Vincent Tang

MediaPost :: Vincent Tangs current company, Canrock Ventures, is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in media technology companies.

Read Charlene Weisler, www.mediapost.com

Rolling Stone names new publisher

AdWeek :: Following last week’s spate of executive departures, Rolling Stone has named a replacement for publisher Chris McLoughlin, who resigned after less than a year on the job.

Read Emma Bazilian, www.adweek.com

Russian TV airs media death threats

BBC :: The Russian media is witnessing a new and extremely disturbing phenomenon: death threats against journalists and media organisations uttered with apparent impunity on national television.

 

Read Stephen Ennis, www.bbc.co.uk

How j-schools are tackling the demand for data journalism skills

Mediashift :: The rise of data journalism – which is often tied to the meteoric rise of analytical news ventures – has pushed journalism educators to innovate.

Read Katherine Krueger, www.pbs.org

Google and ABC build a programmatic ad exchange that only buys mastheads

AdWeek :: Google's private programmatic exchanges can now book premium ad space like mastheads for brands. It is working with ABC to promote the new show Rising Star using an exchange that only places ads in prominent positions.






Read Garett Sloane, www.adweek.com

Embedded With Adidas' Social Media Team at the World Cup in Rio

AdAge :: It's the biggest day yet at the month-long World Cup, and of Adidas' months-long preparation to do real-time marketing on a sustained global scale.

Read Julie Ruvolo, adage.com

Tweetminster chief exec Alberto Nardelli lands journalism role as Guardian data editor

Press Gazette :: The Guardian has named Tweetminster co-founder Alberto Nardelli as its new data editor.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

The questions surrounding video viewability standards

Digiday :: Last week, the Media Ratings Council gave the green light for buyers and sellers to transact on viewable video ads, which it defines as those that are 50 percent visible on a user’s screen for at least two seconds.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Shift from traditional advertising to native set to accelerate

mUmBRELLA :: Spend on traditional media advertising will continue to slide as companies direct more of their marketing budgets online, including their own internal direct-to-consumer channels, PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted.

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

ROI of a tweet is $10.90, claims digital platform Eventbrite

mUmBRELLA :: Twitter delivers up to four times more revenue and page views for companies than any other form of social media, according to research published by online event ticketing service, Eventbrite.

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

Native ad grudge match: Wired vs. The New York Times

Digiday :: Ad measurement company Nudge evaluated Netflix's recent high-profile ads that ran on the NY Times and Wired. Read on to see which one performed best.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Baidu’s new interactive map predicts the spread of influenza, hepatitis, and STIs all across China

Tech in Asia :: Baidu Trends, China’s nearest equivalent to Google Trends, has launched an interactive nationwide map that predicts the spread of disease.

Read Paul Bischoff, www.techinasia.com

2014/07/06

Byliner gone bad and the business of longform journalism on the web

GigaOM :: Byliner was a promising startup with an admirable goal. So what happened?

Read Laura Hazard Owen, gigaom.com

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

Boing Boing :: The NSA says it only banks the communications of "targeted" individuals. Guess what? If you follow a search-engine link to Boing Boing's articles about Tor and Tails, you've been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA's deep packet inspection rules.

Read Staff, Boing Boing, boingboing.net

From Android Auto to OnLive: How video is becoming the secret glue of connected devices

GigaOM :: There’s a video playing on your car’s dashboard, and it looks like an Android app: Android Auto is just one of a growing number of platforms using video streams to virtualize apps.

Read Janko Roettgers, gigaom.com

What impact does social media have on journalism?

The Express Tribune :: Not so long ago, there were only a select number of news communication and news transmission mediums present; be it newspapers or television based news channels. Especially speaking about the former, newspapers were constrained, time bound, and limited in terms of what to report and how to report it.

Read Salman Junejo, blogs.tribune.com.pk

The BBC: how the voice of an empire became part of an evolving world | Charlotte Higgins

Guardian :: In the sixth of our in-depth eight-part series on the past, present and future of the corporation, Charlotte Higgins looks at how it became a news outlet that was trusted internationally but now faces fundamental questions about its purpose

Read Charlotte Higgins, www.theguardian.com

German publisher Matthias Döpfner taking the fight to Google

Guardian :: Matthias Döpfner is a man on a mission. The motives behind the mission need to be scrutinised, but when so many of old media's authority figures seem at sea in a changing environment, it's a spectacle to behold.

Read Philip Oltermann, www.theguardian.com

RTL looks to European justice

Broadband TV News :: RTL is planning to contest Hungary’s controversial new ad tax law in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, according to Andreas Rudas, VP, regional operations & business development CEE and Asia, RTL Group.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Rebooting newsroom strategy as mobile surpasses desktop and wearables hit the market

WAN-IFRA :: Social media overall is rated by Comscore as the number one category in terms of “overall digital engagement” with 70% of content now generated via mobile.

Read Julie Posetti, blog.wan-ifra.org

How popular are the internet and apps for news consumption?

Guardian :: 41% of UK adults get their news from the internet or apps according to Ofcom research, inching ahead of those who do so through newspaperse

Read Ami Sedghi, www.theguardian.com

Why venture capital is flowing to Latin American media

MediaShift :: Venture capitalists in Latin America are looking for digital media startups with rapid growth, a plan for monetization, and international potential.

Read James Breiner, www.pbs.org

2014/07/05

How to search Twitter like a pro

CNET :: Twitter's search operators and advanced search can help you cut through the blather to find what it is you are looking for.

Read Matt Elliott, www.cnet.com

Improved benchmarking tool provides newspaper execs with better insights, more metrics to make informed decisions

RJI Online :: The Inland Press Association’s revamped benchmarking tool, renamed Publisher Benchmarks, now allows newspaper executives to compare their operations to other papers by region, expenses, business model and other categories.

Read Jennifer Nelson, www.rjionline.org

As mobile ad revenue continues to soar, newspapers still struggle to catch the wave

Poynter :: There was a double dose of good news in eMarketer’s mid-year ad forecast released today. Ad spending will grow more than 5 percent in 2014 for the first time in 10 years.

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

Walt Mossberg of Re/code: Reimagining tech journalism

Content Standard :: A chat with Mossberg about Re/code’s place in today’s technology journalism industry and where he thinks the site could be headed

Read Robert Israel, www.skyword.com

Amazon goes to the WSJ to defend itself

Publishing Perspectives :: As Amazon’s dispute with Hachette reached its third month, a senior executive from Amazon “defended the company against criticism that it is using its growing clout in electronic books to bully a major publisher into onerous contractual terms” in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, arguing that Amazon is simply working to get better prices for its customers.

Read Dennis Abrams, publishingperspectives.com

An explanation for the New York Times’s de-blogging initiative

Washington Post :: Journalism circles have accorded a great deal of attention to the decision by the New York Times to fold a bunch of its blogs.


Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Gambian journalist arrested for his story on human trafficking

Guardian :: A Gambian journalist who wrote about the problems the country's police face in investigating human trafficking was arrested and accused of spreading false news.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Yahoo to delete thousands of articles and axe hundreds of writers with closure of Contributor Network

Press Gazette :: Yahoo is closing its Contributor Network website, resulting in articles by hundreds of writers from over the last two-and-a-half years being deleted from the internet.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Re-building Haiti: using newsgames for complex issues

Journalism.co.uk :: The recently published interactive uses a mixture of longform journalism, multimedia and gaming elements to help readers understand the problems facing Haiti after the 2010 earthquake

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

2014/07/04

Four tech innovations that might save the life of a journalist

WAN-IFRA :: Mobile personal security apps and devices are enabling journalists to instantly alert human rights groups and their own networks about physical threats of abduction, unlawful arrest and violence.

Read Sydney Pead, blog.wan-ifra.org

Lebedevs pump almost £100m (€126.2m) into Independent titles and Standard

Guardian :: Accounts give strong warning over newspapers’ dependence on funding by father and son media magnates.

Read Tara Conlan, Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Google restores links to some news articles after outcry

Reuters | Huffington Post :: Google on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain's Guardian newspaper, underscoring the difficulty the search engine is having implementing Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Read Alexei Oreskovic, Aurindom Mukherjee, www.huffingtonpost.com

Guardian Australia: lessons in launching an online-only publication

Journalism.co.uk :: Just over a year after Guardian Australia's one-year anniversary, outgoing editor-in-chief Katharine Viner shares some of the lessons learned in launching an online-only publication in another country

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

How NPR built its Civil Rights Act interactive

Poynter :: Journalists usually try to cover current events, keep excess quotes to a minimum and remove their notes from the final draft. On Wednesday, journalists at NPR threw out these rules.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Former News of the World reporter Bethany Usher reflects on the hacking trial

Press Gazette :: Former News of the World reporter Bethany Usher (who was herself arrested and then quickly cleared) reflects on the phone-hacking scandal after the sentencing today of four of her former colleagues. Usher is now a journalism lecturer at Teesside University

Read Bethany Usher, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Weibo announced new mobile ad format for advertisers

China Internet Watch :: This new type of ad is displayed in full screen format when users launch the apps, lasting for three seconds and displaying no more than once per day on each unique visitor’s device. 

Read Staff, China Internet Watch, www.chinainternetwatch.com

Canadian newspaper office fenced off as journalists reject pay offer

Guardian :: In what looks like a throwback to 1970s-80s Britain a fence has been erected around the offices of a Canadian newspaper ahead of expected industrial action.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones

Guardian :: The disgraced former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months for plotting to hack phones while he was in charge of the News of the World.

Read Lisa O'Carroll, feeds.theguardian.com

UK news organisations criticise Google over implementation of new law

Guardian :: Google has come under fire for its "clumsy" approach to obeying Europe's new "right to be forgotten" law, after it began blocking some name-based searches to articles on the websites of UK news organisations.

Read Charles Arthur, www.theguardian.com

Pakistani TV journalist suffers third bomb attack in four months

Guardian :: A Pakistani journalist escaped unhurt when a bomb exploded outside their home in Peshawar on Wednesday (2 July). It was the third attack on Jamshed Baghwan, the bureau chief of Express News, in four months.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

CPMs for online video inventory are falling. What can publishers do to stay ahead of the competition?

Whats New In Publishing :: The rise of online video has exceeded all expectations. Recent research from Visible Measures shows that the total number of branded video ad views in 2013 totalled just over 19 billion compared to just under 11 billion in 2012. However, this rapid expansion also introduces some drawbacks for publishers.

 

Read Jez Walters, www.whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk

Social media increasingly influencing TV viewing

Advanced TV :: Findings from the latest YouView study census into national television habits for 2014 suggest that social media interaction with Facebook and Twitter are influencing TV viewing habits but risk ruining shows.

Read Editor, advanced-television.com

After success with WeChat, here’s how Tencent is building up the rest of its online media empire

While everyone’s talking about Tencent’s recent social media success with WeChat, the 16-year-old internet giant still has a vast web empire it’s building up.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

2014/07/03

Citizen journalism pioneer Brown Moses is launching a site for crowdsourced reporting

GigaOM :: British blogger Eliot Higgins, who has become a self-taught expert in the crowdsourced verification of news under his alias Brown Moses, is planning to launch a site called Bellingcat that will bring together other citizen journalists and also offer tools for those who want to learn how to do what he does

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

Kantar acquires Guardian Digital Agency in the UK

WPP :: WPP announces that Kantar, its wholly-owned data investment management arm, has acquired the Guardian Digital Agency ("GDA"), a specialist data visualisation, site design and interactive development agency, previously part of Guardian News and Media Group.

Read Feona McEwan, Chris Wade, www.wpp.com

News UK, Mail Newspapers, Telegraph, Guardian and ESI Media to fund cross-industry automated transaction system

The Drum :: National news publishers News UK, Mail Newspapers, Telegraph Media Group, Guardian Media Group and ESI Media have joined together to launch an automated system to simplify the transactions process between publishers and agencies.

Read Angela Haggerty, www.thedrum.com

Swedish court sets date for Julian Assange rape case hearing

Guardian :: 16 July hearing is first legal battle in the case since WikiLeaks founder sought asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Read David Crouch, www.theguardian.com

One year after launch, Guardian Australia on track to turn a profit

Guardian :: Just over a year after launch The Guardian claims its Australia edition is on course to turn a profit.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Google 'forgets' stories on BBC, UK newspaper sites

Yahoo News :: BBC economics editor Robert Peston complained that Google had "killed this example of my journalism" after being informed that a 2007 posting about former Merrill Lynch chairman Stan O'Neal had been removed from certain searches in Europe.

Read Alice Ritchie, news.yahoo.com

Russia forcing websites to store personal data within the country

Engadget :: In other words, Russians will only be able to use Facebook, Google, Twitter and most online services if these companies decide to build or rent infrastructure in the country for their sake.

Read Mariella Moon, www.engadget.com

Understanding and combating link farming in the Twitter social network

Research Paper :: Like the Web, Twitter has become a target for link farming , where users, especially spammers, try to acquire large numbers of follower links in the social network.

Read Saptarshi Ghosh, Bimal Viswanath, Farshad Kooti, Naveen K. Sharma, Gautam Korlam, Fabricio Benevenuto, Niloy Ganguly, Krishna P. Gummadi, www.mpi-sws.org

Identifying the community roles of social capitalists in the Twitter network

Research Paper :: In the context of Twitter, social capitalists are specific users trying to increase their number of followers and interactions by any means. These users are not healthy for the Twitter network since they flaw notions of influence and visibility.

Read Vincent Labatut, Nicolas Dugué, Anthony Perez, arxiv.org

Facebook conducted hundreds of psychological experiments with few boundaries

Wall Street Journal :: Facebook's Data Science team is a group of about three dozen researchers with unique access to one of the world's richest data troves: the movements, musings and emotions of Facebook's 1.3 billion users.

Read Reed Albergotti,

In content-marketing era, agencies tap publishers for expertise

Digiday :: When it comes to content and the Web, publishers know what agencies don't -- and agencies know it.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

How Hearst learned to play with emotions to drive Facebook traffic game

Digiday :: The publisher, which has seen its Facebook traffic grow more than 500 percent in the past year, shares the secrets to its success.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/07/02

Long-form journalism cooperative Deca: Publish only one story that takes “about an hour to read”

Forbes :: Meet Deca, a new long-form journalism cooperative made up of nine award-winning, best-seller-writing, globally-scattered freelance journalists.

Read Naomi Shavin, www.forbes.com

Is open data living up to the hype? One data journalist weighs in - opensource.com

OpenSource.com :: In this interview, Kayser-Bril discusses why open source is the right choice for journalism organizations, how being open has benefited his clients, and why open data may not be the boon that it seems to be.

Read Scott Nesbitt, opensource.com

New This American Life podcast will serialize investigative stories

Current.org :: This American Life announced today that it will launch a new podcast this fall, titled Serial. TAL host Ira Glass said on the show’s blog that the weekly podcast will feature longform investigative stories broken into chapters.

Read Benjamin Mook, www.current.org

Layoffs at Wall Street Journal as part of newsroom re-evaluation

New York Times :: The layoffs, said to total between 20 and 40, have come in the last week and have not yet been announced to the staff.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

Denver Post owner Digital First Media accused of dumping employees, lying about plans

Denver Westword Blog :: On Monday, we reported about layoffs at Denver Post owner Digital First Media, as well as the firm's refusal to discuss them -- a strategy that grew heavy-handed when a DFM attorney sent media blogger Jim Romenesko a legal threat for posting a graphic from an internal document listing those on the pink-slip list.

Read Michael Roberts, blogs.westword.com

The psychology of data visualisation: beyond the numbers

Journalism.co.uk :: Knowing the process behind memory retention is useful when visualising data for a story, so here are three areas to consider to make your visualisations more memorable.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.journalism.co.uk

Planning a set piece: How The New York Times approaches its coverage of the World Cup

Nieman Lab :: Using the Olympics as a template, the Times aims to draw in all types of readers with its coverage, sports editor Jason Stallman says.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

India now has 243.2m internet users and 106m active social media users

Tech in Asia :: India now has 243.2 million internet users and 106 million active social media users, according to the newest numbers available for mid-way through 2014.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

UK data regulator probes Facebook over psychological experiment

Financial Times :: A UK data regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on users of the social network.

Read Hannah Kuchler , www.ft.com

Fox TV Stations Group re-signs with Nielsen after all

Medialife Magazine :: There had been speculation it would allow its agreement to lapse and start using Rentrak.

Read Staff, Medialife Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

New magazine launches outnumber closures

Media Life Magazine :: Ninety-three launched and 30 closed during first half of 2014, according to MediaFinder.com.

Read Staff, Medialife Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

Newspaper travel sections inspire

The Newspaper Works :: Travel journalism represents pleasurable escapism for readers who, according to emma figures, are avid travellers.

Read Adrian Fernandes, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

How The Weather Channel hunts for innovation

Digiday :: With Weather Channel Labs, the publisher is focused on developing products that extend its core competency of weather data to new experiences and audiences.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2014/07/01

Reality TV work: Thankless and dangerous

Gawker :: Yesterday, we brought you true stories of people who work behind the scenes in reality (or "nonfiction") television. Since then, we've been flooded with more emails from industry insiders, detailing poor working conditions.

Read Hamilton Nolan, gawker.com

One the most important people at Tumblr — Derek Gottfrid — is out of the company

Business Insider :: A key Tumblr employee is out of the company. Derek Gottfrid, who joined from the New York Times in 2010, is leaving, according to a memo David Karp sent to the staff.

Read Jay Yarow, www.businessinsider.com

In Philadelphia, the Internet Archive is assembling a new way to monitor campaigns on TV

Nieman Lab :: Anyone who’s spent time in politics knows the power of television to push messages and shape minds. But measuring its impact can require access to information that can be hard to find outside certain political circles.

Read Caroline O’Donovan, www.niemanlab.org

BBC Radio 5 Live stars including Richard Bacon to leave station

Guardian :: Victoria Derbyshire and Shelagh Fogarty also set to depart with new daytime line-up tipped to include presenter Tony Livesey.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Gannett shares 5 lessons learned by asking advertisers what they want

INMA :: Gannett asked more than 1,000 decision makers at small- to medium-sized businesses across its national markets what they wanted from a media company. Their responses? 

Read Michelle Krans, www.inma.org

Tech journo Steven Levy on his move to Medium

Digiday :: With the news of his move to Medium, Wired’s Steven Levy became the latest journalist to leave the security of the media establishment for an online startup.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Inside Atlantic Media’s twist on an agency business