What happened to that world-record in journalism crowdfunding?

Medium :: Would we be able to become a valuable publication? Would our crowdfunding members like the way we executed the idea in which they had invested? Or would we go down in history as merely a crowdfunding success?

Read Ernst-Jan Pfauth, medium.com

"Selfie" is the sitcom we deserve, not the one we need

ReadWrite :: Selfie is a terrible name for a sitcom. On that, plenty of people on the Internet agree. But, like the show itself, it could be worse.

Read Helen A.S. Popkin, readwrite.com

Teaching journalists in Hong Kong during #OccupyHongKong

ABC Online :: Former host of Landline and ABC TV weekend newsreader in Qld, Anne Kruger is currently teaching journalism in Hong Kong.

Read Staff, ABC Online, blogs.abc.net.au

CBC’s effort to uncover bodies in an alleged 58-year-old triple murder

Poynter :: On Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship evening newscast dedicated 15-and-a-half minutes to a single jaw-dropping story.  It is the story of a horror that a woman said she witnessed 58 years ago and spent decades trying to get someone to care.

Read Al Tompkins, www.poynter.org

CNN’s big bet on original digital video

Digiday :: With a wealth of TV content, CNN is not short on video content, but the broadcaster is nevertheless making an aggressive push into original digital video.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com


Native advertising is growing at The New York Times

Nieman Lab :: Capital New York give us a look at The New York Times’ native advertising business in a profile of Meredith Kopit Levien, its executive vice president for advertising, and it appears to be growing.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

European Copyright Directive: Online mash-ups get EU seal of approval

Independent :: Writers and comedians have hailed a new European law being introduced to make it easier for comedians to use clips of films, TV shows and music in a humorous way, as “brilliant”. Currently anyone using copyrighted material without permission risks being sued.

Read Ian Johnston, www.independent.co.uk

The Guardian has a new format for liveblogs to make them more readable

Nieman Lab :: The Guardian has a new setup for its liveblogs that aims to fix some of their eternal problems — chief among them that they’re great for in-the-moment following along, but cryptic and unnavigable after the fact.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

L'Echo and De Tijd's Nicolas Becquet on digital tools and platforms

WAN-IFRA : In this interview, Amelia Loewensohn asks Becquet about the kit, mobile journalism and the implementation of digital tools in the newsroom.

Read Amelia Loewensohn, blog.wan-ifra.org

Programmatic to reach $21bn in 2014 , Magna says

Broadcasting Cable :: Programmatic buying will account for $21 billion worth of spending on digital media in 2014, up 52% from last year, according to a new forecast from Magna Global.

Read Jon Lafayette, www.broadcastingcable.com

Instagram reportedly blocked in China amid Hong Kong protests

Recode :: Users have been posting photos from the pro-democracy demonstrations.

Read Ryan Vlastelica, recode.net

Iran state TV accuses BBC of document theft from government archives

AP :: Claim on Iranian broadcasting companys website describes local attempt to steal artistic, historic and cultural documents.

Read Staff, Associated Press, www.theguardian.com

Magazines get a way to measure their reach across media platforms

New York Times :: Magazine Media 360, the new system being introduced by an industry group on Monday, will capture audience engagement with print and digital editions, as well as with video and social media.

Read Leslie Kaufman, www.nytimes.com


Trinity Mirror faces up to the financial fallout as phone-hacking claims mount

Guardian :: Analysts are confident that the publisher of the Daily Mirror could absorb more compensation payments.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Cenk Uygur's The Young Turks: This YouTube news bulletin is challenging the fogeys of US TV

Independent :: He might be the host and founder of the most-watched online news show in the world but Cenk Uygur certainly enjoys making enemies.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

The Guardian's Scottish independence coverage

Guardian :: By the end of the process the Guardian had deployed 14 journalists on the campaign trail but it was an editorial that drew most criticism not the reporting.

Read Chris Elliott, www.theguardian.com

Facebook targets publishers for mobile ad delivery with LiveRail acquisition

Beet.TV :: With its recent acquisition of  LiveRail, an enterprise software company that manages programmatic video ad sales for publishers, Facebook is embracing a big opportunity to service publishers.

Read Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv

Interactive digital ads are yielding viewer engagement

Rapid TV News :: Consumer preferences are leaning towards richer, more engaging ad formats, as brands continue to deploy interactive ad units as part of an overall digital marketing strategy.

Read Michelle Clancy, www.rapidtvnews.com

Authentic news reporting and corporate journalism are bound to compete

Quartz :: Corporations are tempted to take over journalism with increasingly better content. For the profession, this carries both dangers and hopes for new revenue streams.

Read Frédéric Filloux, qz.com

The growing pay gap between journalism and public relations

FactTank :: After years of grim news for the news industry marked by seemingly endless rounds of staff cutbacks, it’s not unusual for those thinking about a career in journalism or veterans trying to find a new job to look at options in related fields. One field outpacing journalism both in sheer numbers and in salary growth is public relations.

Read Alex T. Williams, www.pewresearch.org

They used to say 'print or digital'. But do we need to choose?

Guardian :: The rule two years ago was simple: transition to the web or die. But now it seems newsprint will be at least part of the future

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

End of an era as BBC hands over Television Centre to developers

Guardian :: Almost 1,000 new homes will be built on the site, but corporation will continue to use studios there.

Read Tara Conlan, www.theguardian.com

Advocates for news media to meet Turkish officials

New York Times :: An international delegation representing two leading press-freedom advocacy groups left Saturday for a weeklong visit to Turkey, where they plan to talk with Turkish officials, possibly including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Read Rick Gladstone, www.nytimes.com


A new Russian law will limit foreign ownership of Russian media holdings to 20

Reuters :: Russia's lower house of parliament passed a law on Friday aimed at limiting foreign ownership of Russian media holdings to 20 percent, in a move critics say will reinforce the dominance of Kremlin-backed media.

Read Thomas Grove, www.huffingtonpost.com

One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service

GigaOM :: Most traditional media outlets are used to thinking of journalism or news as something they create and then distribute to a waiting audience — but seeing it as a product or service instead can change the way you think about your job in some fundamental ways

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

Using Twitter and TV, Blake Shelton may be drafting a blueprint for music's future

Forbes :: While Shelton’s social media reach doesn’t compete with the likes of Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars, his saavy use of the medium, especially Twitter, separates him from his peers.

Read Jesse Lawrence, www.forbes.com

Ideo helps develop new designed-minded journalism degree

Co.Labs :: Journalism + Design, the latest program at the The New School in New York City is teaching journalists how to think like designers, and designers how to think like journalists.

Read Shaunacy Ferro, www.fastcodesign.com


In the real world people still torture and kill each other, all that’s changed is that they post it online

Guardian :: Who saw it coming – a future that reanimated a dystopian past?

Read Deborah Orr, www.theguardian.com

The acid test: Australian journalists must ask what agenda they serve

Guardian :: At the end of a week of much media hysteria about terrorism, the Senate passed arguably the most significant restraints on press freedom in this country outside of wartime.

Read Katharine Murphy, www.theguardian.com

'Kill the Messenger': Film review

Hollywood Reporter ::

Read Todd McCarthy , www.hollywoodreporter.com

The New York Times has struggled getting all of its staffers on board with new media

Buzzfeed :: While many Times reporters were early and influential adopters of the social network, the company has struggled getting all of its staffers on board with “new media,” as the company’s much-discussed innovation report revealed. The report noted numerous discrepancies with regard to the paper’s social strategies:

Read Charlie Warzel, www.buzzfeed.com

Twitter to target film advertising to users tweeting about related movies

Guardian :: Twitter is set to roll out a new targeted advertising scheme which monitors film-related tweets and sends users adverts according to their tastes.

Read Ben Beaumont-Thomas, www.theguardian.com

Investor blasts Yahoo! Over Tumblr strategy, calls for AOL merger

AdWeek :: Yahoo! is under pressure to merge with AOL as an activist Wall Street fund pushed today for big changes at the Internet advertising giant. The hedge fund, Starboard, wrote a letter to Yahoo!'s board with a list of demands to reinvigorate the business.

Read Garett Sloane, www.adweek.com

Who's offering alternatives to war on the Sunday morning news shows? - They're selling us another war on television

Huffington Post :: As a Washington media strategist, people ask me, "Who's offering alternatives to war on the Sunday morning news shows?"

Read Joel Silberman, www.huffingtonpost.com

Why Time is expanding its circle of publisher friends

Digiday :: How does a brand like Time.com approach platform publishing? Cautiously.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

High court judge, UK: Confidential journalistic sources are 'fundamental' to free press

Guardian :: Reality TV star Chantelle Houghton failed in a bid to force a magazine to reveal its source for a story it planned to publish about her.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed

Sydney Morning Herald :: Australia's spy agency could soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet after new anti-terrorism laws passed the Senate on Thursday night.

Read Ben Grubb, www.smh.com.au

Australia: Journalists union denounces terror laws which could see reporters jailed

mUmBRELLA :: The union representing journalists has denounced proposed laws giving more powers to security agencies, but which allow journalists to be jailed for up to ten years, as an outrageous attack on press freedom in Australia.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au


Knight foundation restructures to encourage use of digital journalism tools

WAN-IFRA :: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is restructuring and expanding its journalism and media innovation staff in a bid to encourage the use and innovation of digital journalism tools in newsrooms.

Read Amelia Loewensohn, blog.wan-ifra.org

Chinese video app gets $50m funding to become China’s answer to Vine

Tech in Asia :: 10-second video app Miaopai has secured US$50 million in series C funding, according to Sina Tech. The investment for the Chinese Vine-like app comes from KPCB, Sina (NASDAQ:SINA), Redpoint Ventures, Ren Quan Ventures, and StarVC.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

The X Factor is most tweeted-about UK TV series, says Twitter

Guardian :: Elite top 30 shows, including Celebrity Big Brother and Britains Got Talent, account for 50% of all TV-related Twitter activity.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Story first - Publishing narrative longform journalism in digital environments

Abstract :: his essay analyses The Atavist and Long Play as examples of long - form nonfiction publications, and offers results from a small international survey of long - form publishers. The findings suggest that digital online environment provides narrative journalism with new possibilities.

Read Maria Lassila-Merisalo, aejmcmagazine.arizona.edu

Growing number of American high schools without student newspaper

Ann Arbor Independent :: Even the media capital of the world, New York, has fewer high schools publishing student newspapers.

Read Micaela Stevenson, www.a2indy.com

Somali pirates free journalist and claim £1m ransom was paid

Guardian :: Somali pirates who abducted a journalist and held him for ransom claim they were paid a $1.6m (£1m) to release him.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Social media as a pathway to news: Facebook leads the way

Pew Research :: Many of these digital organizations emphasize the importance of social media in storytelling and engaging their audiences. As journalists gather for the annual Online News Association conference, here are answers to five questions about social media and the news.

Read Monica Anderson, Andrea Caumont, www.pewresearch.org

Could a Bay Area news nonprofit take over some of its biggest newspapers?

Nieman Lab :: There are plenty of reasons for it not to happen. But news nonprofits could end up being vehicles for civic-minded locals to take over dailies as they continue to drop in value.

Read Steve Katz, www.niemanlab.org

Should journalists learn code?

American Journalism Review :: Lindsey Cook, a data reporter for U.S. News & World Report, would seem like an obvious advocate of teaching journalists to code.

Read Jackie Spinner, ajr.org

Newsprint waste management: Money saved on newsprint is money earned

WAN-IFRA :: Just in time for the inaugural World Printers Forum conference, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has released a new report on newsprint waste management.

Read Larry Kilman, www.wan-ifra.org

Threat to independent reporting in the U.S. could impact global standards

Committee to Protect Journalists :: With journalists around the world being killed, kidnapped, and murdered in record numbers why is the Committee to Protect Journalists launching a campaign targeting U.S. government policies?

Read Joel Simon, www.huffingtonpost.com


Oscar Pistorius trial a turning point for 'social journalism' in South Africa

WAN-IFRA :: Jessica Sparks analyses the data and the trends marked out in the #OscarPistorius social media story.

Read Jessica Sparks, blog.wan-ifra.org

Visualizing the news: Harnessing the power of immersive, interactive storytelling

RJI Online :: While spending several years as a freelance graphic journalist, I watched the recurring trials and tribulations of editors wanting to bring innovation to their respective publications, whether it was through an animated segment or a piece of graphic journalism.

Read Dan Archer, www.rjionline.org

Amazon now lets you add items to a wish list

TechCrunch :: The company is expanding on its Twitter functionality with the introduction of a new hashtag, #AmazonWishList, which – as you can guess – will post a tweeted product to your Amazon Wish List.

Read Sarah Perez, techcrunch.com

ISIS in duel with Twitter and YouTube to spread extremist propaganda

Guardian :: Guardian investigation reveals subterfuge used by social media arm of Islamic State to hijack topics to spread jihadi views.

Read Shiv Malik, Sandra Laville, Elena Cresci, Aisha Gani , www.theguardian.com

Dataminr hunts for news: How CNN now does surveillance on a daily basis

New York Times :: The answer is Dataminr, a software tool aimed specifically at analyzing billions of Twitter postings for patterns that could indicate breaking news.

Read Leslie Kaufman, myaccount.nytimes.com

The secret to BuzzFeed’s video success: Data

Digiday :: Like the rest of BuzzFeed, the video department has centered the majority of its content around a cheerful, upbeat tone. That ethos, alongside a fairly unrestricted workplace, has helped BuzzFeed become one of the fastest-growing digital video publishers.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

Why 'positive' news matter

ivoh :: Some journalists cringe when they hear the term “positive stories” because it seems to go against what they’ve learned: to question authority, investigate wrongdoings, and shine a light on corruption. Wood explains, however, that positive stories don’t have to be fluffy, happy-go-lucky stories that lack depth.

Read Mallary Tenore, ivoh.org


Twitter study: Actors are a TV show's 'greatest asset'

Variety :: With the new fall television season underway, Twitter is stressing to networks that the castmembers of their shows are far more powerful as a marketing tool on social media than the feeds devoted to each individual series.

Read Marc Graser, variety.com

Google's Play Newsstand app replaces Current

The Verge :: Google's got support from "hundreds" of publishers covering news, sports, business, entertainment, and other topics, and you can also add in RSS feeds for any blogs or sites that don't yet have a dedicated Newsstand page.

Read Chris Welch, www.theverge.com

Los Angeles Register abruptly ceases publication

New York Times :: The fledgling newspaper, owned by Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications, started in April in defiance of the turmoil in the newspaper industry.

Read Christine Haughney, www.nytimes.com

BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

Independent :: The scene of countless moments that are hard-wired into the nation's heart is about to be handed over to developers.

Read Steve Boggan , www.independent.co.uk

Tuomas Kilpi: educational publishing in Finland and the transition from print to digital learning environments

Publishing Perspectives :: Tuomas Kilpi of Finn Lectura talks about educational publishing in Finland and the transition from print to digital learning environments.

Read Hannah Johnson, publishingperspectives.com

Social media and the referendum: There have been millions of posts, but have they actually changed people's minds?

The Drum :: The power of social to engage grassroots activists is nothing new – a cutting-edge digital operation was widely seen as a factor in Barack Obama’s 2008 election victory. But I think there’s an important distinction between activating existing supporters and changing the minds of the other side.

Read Jon Davie, www.thedrum.com

Downton Abbey as Metaphor for the Publishing Industry

Publishing Perspectives :: Amazon Kindle is now a 'proud sponsor' of Downton Abbey. And it suits, as the show's story arc reflects the current dynamic in the publishing business.

Read Roger Tagholm, publishingperspectives.com

Bauer Media’s digital strategy: slow and steady

Digiday :: Bauer Media may be a giant in the magazine world, but as of two years ago it barely had a digital footprint. Now, it's slowly turning that around.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com


Ousted editors, newsroom revolts, and government subsidies — welcome to French journalism’s battle for survival

Nieman Lab :: Ousted editors, newsroom revolts, and government subsidies — welcome to French journalism’s battle for survival.

Read Peter Gumbel, www.niemanlab.org

Old media is buying up the biggest YouTube networks

Buzzfeed :: AT&T’s deal to buy Fullscreen is the latest in big media companies snapping up YouTube networks.

Read Hillary Reinsberg, www.buzzfeed.com

Bjarne Tormodsgard, chief editor of Norway's Hallingdølen: 'Our goal was to stop the decline in circulation'

WAN-IFRA :: Hallingdølen has an overall staff of 40, 15 of whom work in editorial with 10 being journalists. The paper is published three times a week and has a print run of 9,320 copies.

Read Brian Veseling, blog.wan-ifra.org

Publications see Pinterest as key ally: A critical source of traffic for some magazines

Magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Self increasingly see the photo-sharing site as a critical source of traffic — and emerging trends to cover.

Read Christine Haughney, www.nytimes.com

Stay positive: Why publishers are chasing good news

Digiday :: The old line that "If it bleeds, it leads" might have helped publishers sell newspapers, but it's not making it easier for them to grow their digital audiences.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

News for the Minecraft generation: Gannett experiments with virtual reality

Poynter :: Screenshot from a video about Gannett’s experiment with virtual reality journalism in the Des Moines Register’s story Harvest of Change.

Read Adam Hochberg, www.poynter.org

Florida School engaging students through Twitter

WTSP 10 News :: In this pre-Advanced Placement English class, students share their thoughts in person and online via Twitter, a social media site where people post their thoughts in 140 characters or less.

Read Mackenzie Ryan, www.wtsp.com

Lateline and state-based 7.30 shows face cull in new round of ABC cuts

Guardian :: All eight state-based 7.30 shows, plus 10 specialist Radio National programs among programming targeted for cost-savings ahead of Coalition review

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com


CNN explains why network won't show latest ISIS video

Huffington Post :: A CNN executive said Sunday that the network won't be showing the latest video released by the Islamic State, which appears to show British journalist James Cantlie speaking in captivity. 

Read Catherine Taibi, www.huffingtonpost.com

BBC's Lyse Doucet on the human cost of the Syria and Gaza conflicts, and the dangers facing reporters

Guardian :: The BBC’s chief international correspondent on the human cost of the Syria and Gaza conflicts, and the dangers facing reporters.

Read Maggie Brown, www.theguardian.com

News Corp shouldn't blame Google for the medias woes

Guardian :: There are many reasons for the EU to much more robustly police Google, but newspaper websites’ troubles aren’t among them.

Read Emily Bell, www.theguardian.com

From free to fee: How U.S. dailies decide to use paywalls

American Press Institute :: Before charging for digital content, doing research seems like good business. It can help publishers learn how particular audiences will react to a transition from free content to paying for content. But a recent study shows that rarely do publishers report doing audience research before making the transition to a paywall.

Read Natalie Jomini Stroud, www.americanpressinstitute.org

ABC, AP, Breaking News, The Guardian, The New York Times take advantage of new features on iOS8

Nieman Lab :: As iPhone users frantically delete apps and photos from their phones to make space for the iOS 8 update, many news organizations are also taking advantage of Apple’s new mobile operating system to release new or updated apps that take advantage of its new features.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

Guide: Information Security for Journalists

cij :: This handbook is a very important practical tool for journalists and it is of particular importance to investigative reporters.

Read Silkie Carlo, Arjen Kamphuis, www.tcij.org

The invasion of corporate news

Financial Times :: The lines between journalism and PR are rapidly becoming blurred as business interests bypass traditional media to get their message across.

Read Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, www.ft.com

In-image ads can now be programmatic

Adweek :: GumGum, a company that offers ads appearing inside Web images, is partnering with Xaxis to sell its unusual inventory programmatically.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

Global news organisations urge inquiry into attack on BBC team in Russia

Guardian :: OSCE representative condemns growing violence against journalists as cameraman is assaulted and equipment smashed.

Read Tara Conlan, www.theguardian.com

Tiny news team at Lakeland Public Television fills gap left by commercial TV

Current.org :: Station managers who worry they can’t afford to do news and public affairs have only to look at Lakeland Public Television in Bemidji, Minn., for inspiration. Since 1998, the station has produced a full half-hour weeknight news program. It currently operates on a yearly budget of just $375,000 to $400,000.

Read Mike Janssen, www.current.org

A former Marine-turned-journalist Josh Rushing

here & now :: Josh Rushing is a former Marine-turned-journalist who served in Iraq, and he just returned from a reporting trip to the front lines of fighting against the extremist group, ISIS, in northern Iraq.

Read Staff, Here And Now, hereandnow.wbur.org

U.S. criticizes efforts to intimidate Times reporter in Turkey

New York Times :: Having spent most of his youth as a drug addict in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Turkey’s capital, Can did not think he had much to lose when he was smuggled into Syria with 10 of his childhood friends to join the world’s most extreme jihadist group.

Read Rick Gladstone, www.nytimes.com


Yahoo evolves branded content approach with Tumblr

Beet.TV :: Yahoo has been involved in branded content for many years, but its strategy has evolved in recent months to become more tailored and also tumblr-centric, says Patrick Albano, VP and Head of Advertising Solutions at Yahoo EMEA.

Read Daisy Whitney, www.beet.tv

Journalist detained for 7 months released on bail

Mada Masr :: Talbeya police station implemented a South Giza court’s decision to release journalist Hosseiny Sobhy with a LE10,000 bail, on September 18, his lawyer said.

Read Staff, Mada Masr, www.madamasr.com

Should immersive storytelling with interactive features be part of all content production?

Cision :: John Crowley, digital editor, EMEA at WSJ.com, was a panelist at the ‘immersive storytelling and production’ session at Journalism.co.uk’s News:rewired conference held on 20 February in London. Cision caught up with John after the discussion to find out what role PRs can play in helping make content interactive.

Read Priyanka Dayal, www.cision.com

Twitter releases how to tweet guide for politicians

Twitter :: Every day, politicians and government officials all over the world use Twitter to connect with constituents in creative ways that enrich public discourse.

Read Bridget Coyne, philadelphia.cbslocal.com

Man got permission to use Facebook to serve his ex-wife legal notice

New York Post :: In a groundbreaking court ruling, a Staten Island man got permission to use Facebook to serve his ex-wife legal notice that he doesn’t want to pay any more child support.

Read Julia Marsh, Reuven Fenton, Bruce Golding, nypost.com

Hearst heads for mobile, online video

Rapid TV News :: Broadcaster and media juggernaut Hearst Corp is investing in its mobile and online distribution strategies with the formation of a new Silicon Valley digital product development group.

Read Michelle Clancy, www.rapidtvnews.com

Telegraph, Mail and Express journalists 'barred' from Alex Salmond's resignation press conference

Press Gazette :: Daily Telegraph journalists have told how they and colleagues from the Daily Mail and Daily Express were "barred" from Alex Salmond's first press conference after the Scottish independence referendum.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Turkish president’s allies increasing pressure on Times and reporter

New York Times :: Turkey’s president and his supporters have been denouncing The New York Times and one of its Istanbul correspondents with growing furor for the past three days, reacting to an article and photograph about the recruitment of fighters in Turkey by the Islamic State

Read Rick Gladstone, www.nytimes.com


YouTube will invest in original content from top video creators

The Wrap :: YouTube will invest in original content by some of its most popular stars, giving top video creators an even bigger bump in the online space.

Read Gina Hall, www.thewrap.com

Time Inc. seeks power to ship edit jobs abroad, newspaper guild alleges

AdAge :: Time Inc. wants the ability to outsource nearly 200 editorial jobs overseas, according to the Newspaper Guild of New York, which has been locked in an 18-month-long contract negotiation with the nation's largest magazine publisher.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

Three journalists killed in Guinea while covering Ebola outbreak

Freemedia :: Journalists were accompanying health officials informing residents on safety measures to prevent further spread of the virus disease.

Read Staff, International Press Institute, www.freemedia.at


AFP says it will no longer accept work from journalists who travel to Syria

Huffington Post :: With the horrific killings of American freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State militant group in recent weeks, news organizations are faced with the difficult task of re-evaluating their relationship with freelancers and the high-risk work that they do.

Read Catherine Taibi, www.huffingtonpost.com

Warner Bros. Offers Details on Coming Layoffs

The Wrap :: Warner Bros. is planning “substantial” budget cuts but hasn't settled on a number of layoffs, a company spokesperson told TheWrap on Wednesday.

Read Linda Ge, Gina Hall, www.thewrap.com

The Next Web signs exclusive deal with Tencent to republish articles in Chinese

Tech in Asia :: The partnership shows a step in the right direction away from the status quo of directly translating content without permission or attribution.

Read Paul Bischoff, www.techinasia.com

Who’s really to blame for ad fraud?

Digiday :: A hint: Everyone.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Why publishers want attention to replace the impression

Digiday :: The Economist Group joins The FT in announcing ways to buy ads based on time spent and attention, but what's behind these moves?

Read Chris Smith, digiday.com

Is HBO ready to cut the cord?

Digiday :: While the direct-to-consumer model is appealing, HBO will also have to grapple with plenty of challenges if it opted to bypass the cable companies. Here are the pros and cons facing HBO as it decides whether to cut the cord.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

Malcolm Turnbull: ABC can cut $200m from budget and still maintain quality

Guardian :: Communications minister does not deny Coalition is considering cutting an additional $100m from ABCs funding.

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com


Tracking consumers across platforms is key to mobile ad revenue

WAN-IFRA :: To grow their mobile business, publishers need beautiful apps and good data – but above all they need a reliable way to follow each user along his/her daily digital journey.

Read Staff, WAN-IFRA, blog.wan-ifra.org

Tracking consumers across platforms is key to mobile ad revenue

WAN-IFRA :: To grow their mobile business, publishers need beautiful apps and good data – but above all they need a reliable way to follow each user along his/her daily digital journey.

Read Staff, WAN-IFRA, blog.wan-ifra.org

Alison Gow: 'We get hung up on platforms - but understanding our audiences is more important'

WAN-IFRA :: Alison Gow is a journalist and blogger who has worked in the UK regional press for more than 20 years. As former editor of Wales on Sunday and the Daily Post, and now Editor of Digital Innovation at Trinity Mirror Regionals, she has led the charge in developing online journalism and innovative ways to tell stories in newsrooms.

Read Jessica Sparks, blog.wan-ifra.org

Egypt begins surveillance of Facebook, Twitter, Skype on unprecedented scale

Buzzfeed :: We are looking at any conversation, any interaction, we might find worrying or would want to keep a closer eye on.” Sheera Frenkel reports from Jerusalem and Maged Atef from Cairo for BuzzFeed News.

Read Sheera Frenkel, Maged Atef , www.buzzfeed.com

Athlon acquires 'Parade,' consolidates newspaper-distributed magazine market

MediaPost :: "Parade" magazine, one of the oldest and largest-circulation magazines in America, has been sold to Athlon Media Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Read Joe Mandese, www.mediapost.com

How BBC’s social news team serves an audience of millions

BBC Academy :: By delivering fast, accurate breaking news on Twitter, encouraging debate and discourse on Facebook and providing in-depth analysis for Google+, the BBC’s social news team serves an audience of millions.

Read Mark Frankel, www.bbc.co.uk

Advertising watchdog bans three 'copycats' of government websites

Guardian :: Users on unofficial sites had to pay premiums for health insurance cards, passports and birth certificates.

Read Rebecca Smithers, www.theguardian.com

#liquidnews - The future of news is liquid. The societal dialogue happens somewhere inbetween

It was 2010, in one of my first Tweets, when I used the term #liquidnews the first time, to describe a new way of thinking about "news" as an information piece of its own. I had spent years to help driving traffic to sites, and it took some time to observe my own behaviour and how it had changed over the years - maybe it was never different.
When I started to curate the news to post single pieces of content or #liquidnews via my Twitter account @stkonrath I recognized how much of the information of the web is copy paste and I tried to follow the path to their original sources. I never stick to one news site. The Liquid Newsroom delivers the news related to journalism and media from any source, which might have something interesting to contribute.
But if I do not have a favorite news site to which I surf regularely, why should news be located on ONE site or platform alone? Can a news service exist without having a factual place for the news piece itself?
It was scary, believe me. It sounded like a huge contradiction to what I did over the years. Pushing traffic to a site, to drive the business side of news.

Didn't we learn that we find news on TV, broadcasted via radio or you can read it in the papers, print and online? But what if that's no longer the case? - So it became a habit to test how a news world would behave without a fixed channel to host the news for me.
The Liquid Newsroom, which is a technical platform, found its mission: explore new ways to utilize news, neglect the channel, and also the format; publish news in a way which adjusts to each channel's needs, but focus on the message and the impact it has, when it reaches an audience.

A fascinating thing happened: I received feedback from the same person on different channels, sometimes minutes after pushing content to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. The "Leitmedium" (newspaper of record), the platform for discourse was no longer print. It was not even located on ONE channel, it was just happening somewhere inbetween.

If "Leitmedium" is the place where societal dialogue takes place, than I have to admit, that - based on my daily reality when I curate news - the new Leitmedium is independent from available channels, independent from form factors, it's the space where the reactions to the message itself happens. It's anywhere. It can take shape in multiple ways. It's ubiquitous.

That's why the Liquid Newsroom stores reaction, structure, behavioral patterns (of how news travels, how fast it is, how long it takes, the best route to spread news, and about information demand).

Publishers still have a lot of work to do to effectively label their native ads

Digiday :: While publishers are producing and running sponsored content in greater numbers, one thing they haven’t figured out is how to effectively label their output.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

How Intel doubled its blog traffic in less than a year

Digiday :: Paying to promote editorial stories may still be a taboo among publishers, but Intel's paid strategy has doubled traffic to its tech blog.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Arianna Huffington on the right content mix

Digiday :: The founder of The Huffington Post says that "good news" is an important revenue driver, but she's still committed to investigative news.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com


Tribune invests in marketing content creator, Contend

The Wrap :: The Tribune Publishing Company has partnered with marketing content creator Contend in order to increase engagement with readers across all platforms.

Read Greg Gilman, www.thewrap.com

IDG outlines plans following restructuring

Folio Mag :: The dust is still settling on a major overhaul of IDG's U.S. portfolio—a collection of consumer and B2B brands, a burgeoning ad network, more than 100 events and a nascent video unit, chief among its holdings—but its new top exec, Peter Longo, says the company is now better positioned to take advantage of its strengths.

Read Michael Rondon, www.foliomag.com

Do you want to take a free Y Combinator startup course online?

Wired :: On Tuesday, Y Combinator president Sam Altman announced that the Mountain View-based accelerator is launching a free online course on how to start a startup, which will feature lessons from the likes of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, big-name venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen, and Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham himself.

Read Issie Lapowsky, www.wired.com

Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism

Poynter :: Plagiarism is a serious charge. If true, it has the potential to upend a career and mar a journalist’s reputation for life. And yet, in today’s world of aggregated news, plagiarism is an imprecise word that stands for a spectrum of offenses related to unoriginal work.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org


Content app uses data to predict what people want to read

AdWeek :: Usually writers and editors depend on their wealth of knowledge and instincts when it comes to picking what to write about. InboundWriter, however, believes that the fine art of story selection can be made more accurate with its special algorithms that mine social media data and other Web traffic analytics.

Read Michelle Castillo, www.adweek.com

Twitter analysis suggests best and worst airlines, Virgin America wins

Forbes :: Twitter and Facebook have become a favorite repository for complaints against the travel industry. Usually, however, the complaints and comments go unnoticed.

Read Grant Martin, www.forbes.com

TabletTV UK launch by end of 2014?

Advanced TV :: Tablet TV – the television service specifically designed for tablets – could launch in the UK by the end of the year.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com