2014/10/31

VICE Media to launch $100m Canadian TV channel and production studio

Reuters :: Vice Media has partnered with Rogers Communications, one of the largest cable providers in Canada, for a CA$100 million deal to create a Toronto-based television network and production facility in 2015, Rogers announced in a press release on Thursday.

Read Jackson Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor threatens to shut down radio station critical of Putin

Reuters :: A Russian state watchdog has warned a radio station known for its critical reporting of President Vladimir Putin's government over a talk show it broadcast about the Ukraine conflict, the station said on its website on Friday.

Read Alexei Anishchuk, www.huffingtonpost.com

Vice holds talks with pay-TV services on plans for new networks

AdAge :: Vice Media, the online news organization that reports from remote corners of the globe, plans to create television networks in the U.S. and other markets in the next year.

Read Staff, Bloomberg News, adage.com

Production cost-cutting: How low can we go?

AdAge :: As marketers increasingly use video to engage with customers and work to keep a steady stream of relevant and engaging content in the marketplace, conversations about production costs are reaching a fever pitch.

Read Steve Humble, adage.com

Solange Lusiku Nsimire shows courage & strength as a female journalist in the Congo

IVOH ::Solange Lusiku Nsimire has had to exhibit great courage as a female journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Read Mallary Tenore, ivoh.org

BBC now has more staff outside London than in the capital

Guardian :: Corporation has hits target set in 2004, with 8,169 based in capital after relocation of more than 2,000 posts to Salford.

Read Chris Johnston, www.theguardian.com

Facebook announced it is now providing direct access to its service over the TOR network

VentureBeat :: In an early morning blog post, no doubt targeted at overseas users, Facebook is experimenting with providing direct access to it social network over TOR network.

Read Ruth Reader, venturebeat.com

'The Vow' and the Daily Record - creative journalism or political spin?

Guardian :: The crucial moment during the Scottish referendum campaign was the pledge made by the three English-based party leaders that, in return for voting No, further powers would be devolved to Scotland.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

'Paid Posts': Third quarter digital ad revenue was up 16.5% at The New York Times driven by native advertising

Medialife Magazine :: Boosts digital ad spending by 16.5 percent, though it can't balance out print struggles.

Read Staff, Medialife Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

Washington Post editor defends secret service report amid questions about source

Huffington Post :: Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron defended an Oct. 8 report suggesting the White House mishandled the investigation into a 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal after revelations this week raised questions about the credibility of a key source.

Read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

The Young Turks is running circles around news networks on YouTube

Digiday :: The Young Turks has amassed a massive YouTube following while others with bigger budgets have stumbled. Its founder told Digiday how.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

AOL and MCN to pilot programmatic marketplace for TV

Broadband TV News :: AOL Platforms and Australia’s media advertising company Multi Channel Network (MCN) will pilot the media industry’s first integrated programmatic private marketplace for television.

Read Robert Briel, www.broadbandtvnews.com

2014/10/30

LinkedIn ad revenue soars on strength of sponsored content

AdAge :: LinkedIn continued its tear in the third quarter, with revenue climbing 45% compared to last year to $568 million. That beats analysts' expectations of $557.5 million.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

Student Media Map reveals roughly 20% of college newspapers update daily online

College Media Matters :: In an era of print cutbacks and converged newsrooms within collegemediatopia, Bobby Blanchard has been curious about a single, increasingly significant question: How many student newspapers are actually publishing fresh content daily online?

Read Dan Reimold, www.collegemediamatters.com

Instagram launches video ads today

The Verge :: Starting today, Instagram is allowing advertisers to start running 15-second video ads that'll appear in your feed.

Read Jacob Kastrenakes, www.theverge.com

Telegraph launches 'Academy' for paid internships, apprenticeships and graduate scheme

Press Gazette :: Telegraph Media Group has launched an “Academy” offering paid internships, apprenticeships, a tutoring programme and promoting the 2015 editorial graduate scheme.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Guardian executive digital editor: 'The decline of print is an absolute given.'

The Media Briefing :: Despite all the signs to the contrary, many in the newspaper business still hold on to the idea that print will have a big role to play in the long-term future of news organisations.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

Guardian executive digital editor: 'The decline of print is an absolute given.'

Despite all the signs to the contrary, many in the newspaper business still hold on to the idea that print will have a big role to play in the long-term future of news organisations.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

How to...publish your podcast on different platforms

The Media Briefing :: Podcasts are becoming big business again, thanks to an increasingly tech-literate audience and variety of distribution platforms. But for many users finding podcasts is still difficult, so how do you actually get your podcast out to the widest possible audience?

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

Value in the media industry has moved to the edges, to specialized creators and to discovery platforms

GigaOM :: The internet has disrupted media in much the same way it has manufacturing of smartphones or the IT business, says Ben Thompson — value has moved to the edges, to specialized creators and to discovery platforms, leaving media companies in the middle.

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

Connected device streaming hits new high

Advanced TV :: Streaming films and television shows on Connected TV – including set-top boxes, game consoles and Smart TVs – is now the most satisfying and preferred viewing method, even before live TV.

Read Staff, Advanced TV , advanced-television.com

New Maori paper a mainstream first

The Newspaper Works :: New Zealand’s first Maori paper to collaborate with mainstream media has launched today in partnership with the Rotorua Daily Post.

Read Eliza Goetze, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

The best ways for publishers to build credibility through transparency

American Press Institute :: As so much in the world of news and information changes, the fundamental bond of trust between journalists and the communities they serve is one of the few things that doesn’t. In fact, its importance has grown.

Read Craig Silverman, www.americanpressinstitute.org

The 60-second interview: Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute

Capital New York :: You wrote about the media for The Los Angeles Times for nearly 12 years, until the mid 1990s. How has the job of a media reporter changed in the last 20 years? Do you think reporters/editors are becoming more or less willing to share information about their publications?

Read Staff, Capital New York, www.capitalnewyork.com

Australian Sky News boss admits they have ‘ripped the costs’ out of broadcasting

mUmBRELLA :: CEO of the Australian News Channel Angelos Frangopoulos has told a conference in Hong Kong how the broadcaster has “ripped the costs” out of its broadcasting operations by having journalists cut their own stories and employing a minimal number of editors.

Read Alex Hayes, mumbrella.com.au

2014/10/29

Rupert Murdoch urges media firms to unite to fight Amazon and Netflix

Guardian :: 21st Century Fox chairman says industry is ‘on the same page’ about need to come up with serious competitor to streaming video giants.

Read Dominic Rushe, www.theguardian.com

Theo Padnos, American Journalist, on being kidnapped, tortured and released in Syria

New York Times :: In 2012, Theo Padnos was kidnapped in Syria by the Nusra Front. After months of beatings and torture, he was certain he would be executed. Instead, he lived to tell this tale.

Read Theo Padnos, www.nytimes.com

BBB's online privacy watchdog faults Answers Corporation, Best Buy, BuzzFeed, Go.com, and Yelp

MediaPost :: Five Web companies -- Answers Corporation, Best Buy, BuzzFeed, Go.com, and Yelp -- have agreed to revise their sites in order to comply with the industry's self-regulatory privacy guidelines, a unit of the Better Business Bureau said this week.

Read Wendy Davis, www.mediapost.com

More Twitter exits: 2 key executives flying away

CNBC :: Twitter is planning yet another reorganization in its engineering department, and two respected managers plan to resign, CNBC has learned.

Read Jon Fortt, recode.net

Welcome to the new Guardian US!

Guardian :: About half of our traffic now comes from people using mobile devices, and so we want the act of reading or viewing the Guardian’s journalism to be consistent, familiar and pleasurable regardless of the size of screen being used.

Read Wolfgang Blau, www.theguardian.com

By the standards of 21st century media consumption: How new media and traditional archival can collide

Buzzfeed :: After companies shut down and collectors lose interest, the Library of Congress is supposed to keep our cultural history intact. But digital media has turned our understanding of preservation on its head.

Read Adi Robertson, www.theverge.com

IBM teams up with Twitter, adds Tweets to its cloud

Re|Code :: IBM announces its third big cloud-focused partnership in recent memory today, saying it will integrate the massive trove of data generated by Twitter into its cloud analytics applications.

Read Arik Hesseldahl, recode.net

What the aesthetics of images reveal about news events: Instagram and the social upheaval in the Ukraine

PBS Mediashift :: Twitter and Facebook have become default resources for journalists, newsrooms and ordinary citizens during news events, but where does Instagram fit into that picture?

Read Sonia Paul, www.pbs.org

2014/10/28

Fox News reporter Jana Winter leaving network

The Wrap :: FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter, who was facing a prison sentence in the last year over refusing to reveal sources, has left the network, she announced Monday.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

Journalists threatened, beaten and murdered: How can government make reporting safer?

Al Jazeera Stream :: Journalists threatened, beaten and murdered. Between 2004 and 2013, 370 men and women were killed because of their profession, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. But in less than 5% of those cases are the masterminds ever prosecuted.

Read Staff, Al Jazeera, stream.aljazeera.com

90% of journalists' killers are never punished, reports CPJ

Huffington Post :: One of the greatest impediments to press freedom around the world is impunity in the murder of journalists, according to a study released Tuesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Read Jackson Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com

'Space journalism': How ProPublica tells stories using satellite imagery

Journalism.co.uk :: Knight-Mozilla fellow and 'space journalist' Brian Jacobs explains how ProPublica tells the story of disappearing wetlands in Louisiana using NASA satellites.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

How to get students interested in data journalism

PBS Mediashift :: In the latest update to his e-text “Searchlights and Sunglasses,” author Eric Newton highlights important tools that help journalists mine public data. Here’s one way of introducing open data in the classroom.

Read Mallory Perryman, www.pbs.org

Sun-Times owner says it’s imitating BuzzFeed, Deadspin with national network of news sites

Poynter :: Are you ready for dc.suntimes.com? tampa.suntimes.com? newyork.suntimes.com? The Chicago paper’s owner, Wrapports LLC, announced a “mobile-first app network” Tuesday with local editions rolling out in 70 U.S. cities and, eventually, international editions.

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

RT to launch UK dedicated channel

Broadband TV News :: RT will launch a channel specifically aimed at viewers in the UK on Thursday, October 30.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Why Copyblogger is killing its Facebook page

Copyblogger :: Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time.

Read Erika Napoletano, www.copyblogger.com

Virtual reality storytelling is trending in Hollywood: Felix + Paul Studios latest to jump on Bandwagon

The Wrap :: Virtual Reality is the fastest-growing medium in entertainment and Hollywood studios are scrambling to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Read Jeff Sneider, www.thewrap.com

Why the new UK newspaper ad spend forecasts are a lot more depressing than they look

The Media Briefing :: The latest forecasts for UK ad spend from WARC seem to offer a chink of light for publishers, but you look back at previous forecasts, the picture looks a little less rosy.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

Susan Wojcicki wants to sell you YouTube video subscriptions

Re|code :: Wojcicki, who has been running YouTube for just over half a year, sees an ad-free option in YouTube's future -- but for a fee.

Read Lauren Goode, recode.net

About 50% of YouTube’s traffic is now from mobile

Re|code :: YouTube's mobile usage is on the rise.

Read Bonnie Cha, recode.net

2014/10/27

How Facebook is changing the way its users consume journalism

New York Times :: Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.

 

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

Is Google+ without authorship worth using?

Marketing Profs :: By now, everyone in the SEO world knows that Google canceled Authorship because "it isn't as useful to our users as we'd hoped." From now on, you'll never see an author's photo next to his or her articles in Google.

Read Will Mitchell, www.marketingprofs.com

UNESCO-commissioned study: "Is it possible to protect journalists' sources in the digital age?"

WAN-IFRA :: This is one of the key research questions underpinning a survey launched by the World Editors Forum today, as part of a global UNESCO-commissioned study into journalists' source protection.

Read Julie Posetti, blog.wan-ifra.org

Amazon just launched a crowdsourced publishing program

The Verge :: Amazon's new publishing program, dubbed Kindle Scout, launched today on the company's site, offering readers a new hand in the publishing process.

Read Russell Brandom, www.theverge.com

Four building blocks of restorative narrative: Ineptitude, misery, generosity & innovation

IVOH :: There’s nothing like a nutgraf to zero in on the heart of a story. If you ask me what my recent story about the Detroit water crisis is really about, in other words, I’d say something like: “Municipal ineptitude and human misery are converging with generosity and innovation.”

Read Mallary Tenore, ivoh.org

Egyptian media to limit criticism of government

New York Times :: A group of Egyptian newspaper editors pledged to limit their criticism of state institutions, after Egypt’s president warned of a “conspiracy” behind a militant attack last week.

Read David Kirkpatrick, www.nytimes.com

New York Times invests in Dutch pay-per-article startup Blendle

The Wrap :: The New York Times and Axel Springer Digital Ventures have agreed to invest 3 million euro ($3.8 million) in Series A financing in Dutch startup Blendle.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

What would a BBC video-sharing deal with publishers look like?

The Media Briefing :: Opening its video archive would allow the BBC to monetise content for which it neither has plans - or resources - to use, and provides those other publishers with access to a breadth of content to which they simply wouldn't have otherwise. But are there any case studies that can support the scheme?

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

Time-based metrics: a fad, or is this the future of digital ad buying?

Digiday :: Time-based metrics are having a moment. A small number of publishers have been getting attention for the idea of selling based on time readers spend on their sites rather than clicks, as a way of reversing the downward pressure on ad rates.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Moving at the speed of the screen

Adweek :: Marketers have long recognized the incredible power of video to sell a product, brand or service. Yet at an ever-increasing pace, consumers are shifting away from the No. 1 vehicle that connected video advertising to the public: television.

Read Barry Frey, www.adweek.com

Citizen news hub: Those who tweet about the drug lords in Tamaulipas or post on Facebook are marked for death

The Daily Beast :: Felina was an administrator for Valor por Tamaulipas. She tweeted against the Mexican cartels. They tweeted her murder.

Read Jason McGahan, www.thedailybeast.com

2014/10/26

U.S. newspapers make $40bn less from ads today than in 2000

Adweek :: One of the piece's not-so-fun facts for print journalism fans: The Washington Post's profits of $120 million a year in the late 1990s have now evaporated, leaving the storied paper instead with a loss of $40 million last year.

Read David Griner, www.adweek.com

Tech takes the heat for destroying the news industry, but journalism is actually getting an upgrade

Open Standard :: Data journalist Noah Veltman would be happy for a robot to take the jobs of journalists. In fact, he’s actively campaigning for that.

Read Matt Rosenberg, openstandard.mozilla.org

Mozilla gets into publishing with The Open Standard

Digiday :: Mozilla hopes to woo readers and advertisers with The Open Standard, but can it satisfy both its marketing and money-making aims?

Read Chris Smith, digiday.com

Thomas Dandois, Valentine Bourrat, two French journalists sentenced to prison for illegal reporting

AP :: Two French television journalists were sentenced to two and a half months in jail Friday for illegal reporting in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.

Read Staff, AP, www.huffingtonpost.com

Twitter grants select researchers access to its public database

Washington Post :: A few months ago, Twitter received more than 1,000 applications from academic research groups vying for access to a coveted data set: the site’s cache of tweets, logged since the service’s founding.

Read Mohana Ravindranath, www.washingtonpost.com

From AIDS to Ebola: Journalism, disease, and the mentality of fear

Poynter :: I remember a day back in the 1980s when I first met a person who I thought had AIDS.  I was sitting at the front desk of the old storefront building of the Poynter Institute when a tall gaunt man entered through the glass doors and approached me with a question. I have forgotten his question, but I do remember being frightened by his appearance.

Read Roy Peter Clark, www.poynter.org

Whisper suspends some editorial staff following Guardian report

Re|code :: Whisper is conducting an internal investigation to see who shared what with the Guardian.

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

2014/10/25

Guardian launches open-source data journalism tool

Journalism.co.uk :: Swarmize enables journalists to tell new, collaborative stories by making use of real-time data collection and visualisation

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Bedtime stories: What Metro and BuzzFeed's stats tell us about mobile readership

The Media Briefing :: How unshackling an audience from desktop has radically changed consumption habits, and why planning for mobile is the same as planning for social.

Read Chris Sutcliffe , www.themediabriefing.com

Building trust in news

BuzzMachine :: In their Trust Project, Richard Gingras, head of Google News, and Sally Lehrman, a fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, argue the need to rebuild trust in news and they propose a set of practical tactics. I want to suggest further steps to support their campaign.

Read Jeff Jarvis, buzzmachine.com

Twitpic: "we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive" /@noaheverett

Twitpic blog :: Good news for a huge part of Twitter and our realtime web history.

Read Noah Everett, blog.twitpic.com

Vice is backing up its bombast with new launches and a compelling pitch

The Media Briefing :: For both its fans and critics VICE Media is defined by its brash, counter-culture attitude. Yet VICE’s pitch consists of a pretty powerful message. It’s got an audience few others are reaching, it’s delivering stories no one else is getting, and it feels like it understands online video in a way no one else does.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

Standards vs speed: Can the UK wait until 2016 for a new audience measurement system?

The Media Briefing :: Can an industry body Newsworks find a standard everyone agrees with quickly enough to keep up with changing habits?

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

RJI Online :: For years, the drumbeat among venture capitalists has been that content is expensive and is not worth their investment. But we’ve seen a turnaround, and the question is, why now? The answer may simply be optimism.

Read Nikki Usher, www.rjionline.org

Put a puppy on it: Tips for converting audiences into subscribers

The Media Briefing :: The subscriber economy is not a new idea, but as more and more publishers are converting to it are there ways and means to ensure your current consumers convert?

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

Global game: The internationalisation of UK newspaper audiences

The Media Briefing :: For many publishers, finding ways to expand into new territories isn't just a huge opportunity, it's absolutely necessary.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

Iranian photojournalist reportedly detained after covering protest against acid attacks

New York Times :: An Iranian photojournalist was reported to have been detained on Friday, two days after his images of protesters deploring acid attacks on women in the city of Isfahan were published by news organizations around the world.

Read Robert Mackey, www.nytimes.com

Contributoria and De Correspondent: New models for sustainable independent journalism?

The Media Briefing :: New projects like De Correspondent and Contributoria have the admirable aims of creating truly self-sustaining independent journalism models - but is the start of a trend or just a series of flukes?

Read Chris Sutcliffe , www.themediabriefing.com

Guardian CEO on openness, platform responsibilities and why the BBC should share its video

The Media Briefing :: The Guardian's ownership structure and may put it in an unusual position as a media company, but it's allowing the newspaper to build a an editorial and commercial model around principles better suited to the web than most of its competitors.

Read Jasper Jackson , www.themediabriefing.com

TV-Twitter integration: you'll never watch alone

The Media Briefing :: Microsoft has begun integrating Twitter feeds into its video-on-demand service on the latest versions of its home console, the Xbox One.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

2014/10/24

Snowden filmmaker Laura Poitras: ‘Facebook is a gift to intelligence agencies’ (washingtonpost.com)

Washington Post :: In January 2013, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras received an e-mail that would eventually change what the world knew about government surveillance.

Read Andrea Peterson, www.washingtonpost.com

Afghan newspapers blasphemy causes protests after rebuking Isis and Islam

Guardian :: Comment piece in Afghanistan Express launched ‘by technical error’ also attacked Taliban and said Islam is parochial religion.

Read Sune Engel Rasmussen, www.theguardian.com

BBC: we had a duty to make Rwandan genocide documentary

Guardian :: Corporation responds to resolution calling for its licence to be revoked and film-makers to be charged with genocide denial.

Read Dugald Baird, www.theguardian.com

James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

CJR :: The New York Times reporter and author discusses his new book, Pay Any Price.

Read David Uberti, www.cjr.org

Six fresh ideas for news design from a #SNDMakes designathon

Nieman Lab :: New media and legacy media came together at the second weekend-long “hackathon” hosted by the Society for News Design.

Read Caroline O’Donovan, www.niemanlab.org

Rebekah Brooks in New York, to work out her ‘professional future’

Capital New York :: Capital has learned that Rebekah Brooks, the global media conglomerate's former British newspaper boss who was charged but cleared in the U.K. phone-hacking scandal, has been around at News Corp.'s Sixth Avenue offices the past couple of days.

Read Joe Pompeo, www.capitalnewyork.com

Why The New York Times built a tool for crowdsourced time travel

Nieman Lab :: Madison, a new tool that asks readers to help identify ads in the Times archives, is part of a new open source platform for crowdsourcing built by the company’s R&D Lab.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Fake news site National Report: ‘We’re doing a public service’

Digiday :: Is National Report a menace or a public good? Fake news publishers are taking advantage of how people read and share news. But National Report says its doing good work.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Being an entrepreneur as a journalist

Digiday :: Three journalists-turned-entrepreneurs share their mistakes and learnings.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/10/23

GMG boss calls on the BBC to open up its content to commercial rivals

Guardian :: Andrew Miller criticises the corporation’s Australia expansion and urges it to share video feeds of breaking news stories.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

James Montgomery on how the BBC looks at the online space

Business Standard :: James Montgomery, controller of digital and technology for BBC Global News, speaks to Vanita Kohli-Khandekar on how the BBC looks at the online space.

Read Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, www.business-standard.com

“Losing a piece of you”: The fragility of digital news archives

RJI Online :: In this video, Tom Warhover, executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian, discussed the devastating 2002 loss of more than 15 years worth of content at the Missourian.

Read Staff, RJI Online, www.rjionline.org

Facebook has launched Rooms -- a platform for people to connect based on similar interests

MediaPost :: Continuing to diversify its app offerings, Facebook just launched Rooms -- a platform for people to connect based on similar interests rather than social ties.

Read Gavin O'Malley, www.mediapost.com

Tumblr is making videos a lot more like GIFs

 The Verge :: Tumblr may be known for moving images, but by and large that's been the GIF — not videos. Tumblr is today trying to address that, changing what it's like to watch videos in its mobile apps and on the desktop.

Read Jacob Kastrenakes, www.theverge.com

Instagram has been blocked in China for a month. What will take its place?

Tech in Asia :: With the prospect of the country's favorite photo sharing app never making a comeback, what will fill the void?

Read Paul Bischoff, www.techinasia.com

Spot.im, Kinja: Publishers try to regain ownership on social conversations of their readers again

Digiday :: Facebook and Twitter are losing their communities to the big social networks. Here's how they're trying to get them back.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Inside Discovery's digital video journey

Digiday :: Discovery Digital Networks represents more than two years of construction, iteration and experimentation.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

The NYT loves native, not so much programmatic

Digiday :: New York Times CEO Mark Thompson talked Vice, HuffPo and why The Times is embracing is native, especially on mobile.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

2014/10/22

Forbes, Velocity launch under 30 digital channel aimed at millennial audiences

The Wrap :: Forbes Magazine and Velocity Global Group launched a new digital platform called UNDER 30 on Wednesday to coincide with the conclusion of Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia.

Read Ryan O'Connell, www.thewrap.com

Social Venture Fund: „Wir investieren nicht wie andere VCs in kopierte Technologien”

Gründerszene :: Der Münchner Social Venture Fonds Ananda Ventures beteiligt sich mit einer Million Euro an Insane Logic.

Read Lydia Skrabania, www.gruenderszene.de

ProSiebenSat.1 plans new German TV channel

Broadband TV News :: German commercial broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 wants to launch a new advertising-financed free-to-to air TV channel in Germany.

Read Jörn Krieger, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Inside Twitter's ambitious plan to kill the password

The Verge :: Twitter announced Digits in San Francisco. Instead of going through the tedious process of signing up with an email and password or using one of many different social logins, all you need is to enter in your number.

Read Nicole Lee, www.theverge.com

Worldwide subscription video-on-demand to grow nearly 30% in revenue in 2014

Mediapost :: Spending on subscription video-on-demand services will continue to climb at double-digit percentage gains in the coming years.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

Adobe, Nielsen team for cross-platform measurement

Advanced TV :: Digital experience expert Adobe and global information and measurement company Nielsen have formed a strategic alliance that is expected to deliver the industry’s first comprehensive, cross-platform system for measuring online TV, video and other digital content across the web and apps.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

User Generated Content: time to consider the ethical conundrums as well as the opportunities

WAN-IFRA :: "Local police confirm there is an active shooter situation in a shopping centre... User-generated content is going to be the only source of content before your crews can get there."

Read Julie Posetti, blog.wan-ifra.org

Local World takes on Johnston Press in Grantham with launch of new weekly title

Press Gazette :: Local World has announced plans to launch a new weekly newspaper to rival Johnston Press in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Inside Bloomberg Media’s digital video business

Digiday :: Bloomberg has placed video at the center of its digital efforts, a strategy that is beginning to pay off for the business publisher.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

From drones to floating smartphones: how technology is helping African journalists investigate

Index on Censorship :: Data journalist Raymond Joseph reports on how low-cost technology is helping African newsrooms get hold of information that they couldn't previously track.

Read Raymond Joseph, www.indexoncensorship.org

2014/10/21

Bloomberg hires Joseph Weisenthal, Business Insider’s executive editor

New York Times :: Joseph Weisenthal, the executive editor of the finance and technology news site Business Insider, will join Bloomberg to build a markets and finance news site and host a television show on the topic, the company said Tuesday.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

The Guardian overtakes New York Times in comScore traffic figures

Guardian :: theguardian.com becomes worlds second most popular English-language newspaper website, with 42.6m uniques in September.

Newsquest hardly gets a mention in Gannett's third quarter report

Guardian :: Newsquest, the publisher of 185 newspapers across Britain, gets very little mention in the latest earnings report by its US owner, Gannett.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Censored! The journalism they didn't want you to see

Guardian :: There’s an endless appetite among film buffs for the contents of the cutting-room floor. We’re forever being offered outtakes and alternative endings and “director’s cuts” of movies. But what do newspaper editors excise from raw copy destined for the printed page?

Read Andy Bodle, www.theguardian.com

The Guardian, The Telegraph learn the benefits of cooperation to attract digital budgets

Digiday :: The Guardian and The Telegraph are setting aside their rivalry to produce a tool advertisers can use to plan campaigns across both their print and digital properites.

Read Chris Smith, digiday.com

Online TV consumption up 388%

Advanced TV :: Key findings of the Adobe Digital Index report show that more people watched more TV online than ever before. TV consumption across devices grew 388 per cent year-over-year (YoY) and programmers saw broader use as unique monthly viewers increased by 146 per cent YoY across browsers and TV apps.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Where news audiences fit on the political spectrum

Journalism.co.uk :: A Pew Research Center study based on a representative online survey finds striking differences in news habits along the ideological spectrum.

Read Staff, Pew Research Center, www.journalism.org

Where you get your news depends on where you stand on the issues

Nieman Lab :: Strong liberals and strong conservatives disagree on an awful lot — but there are a lot of ways they’re more like each other than they are like those closer to the middle.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

2014/10/20

The Daily Orange Editorial Board: Decision to disinvite photographer was fueled by Ebola hysteria

The Daily Orange :: The majority of The Daily Orange Editorial Board disagrees with S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications’ decision to disinvite a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer from its 2014 Fall Workshop. The school gave in to the hysteria surrounding Ebola and disinviting the photographer reflects poorly on Newhouse.

Read Staff, The Daily Orange Editorial Board, dailyorange.com

Should NBC News doctor who violated Ebola quarantine continue reporting?

AP :: The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor.

Read David Bauder, www.huffingtonpost.com

Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings

Guardian :: Promises new crackdown on some of the most notorious sites in effort to win over music and movie rightsholders

Read Stuart Dredge, www.theguardian.com

Iranian broadcaster raises suspicions about death of reporter on Syrian border

Guardian :: A journalist working for Press TV on the Turkish-Syrian border was killed on Sunday in what are claimed to be suspicious circumstances.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Europe's online video market poised for further growth

eMarketer :: As Netflix expands in Europe, avid consumers are watching more video than ever before, boosting associated revenues to new highs. Most of the revenue growth in Europe will be associated with online subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported video.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

This is how Conde Nast plans to make Epicurious the ultimate food resource

AdWeek :: An interview with new Food Innovation Group vp, publisher Pamela Drucker Mann.

Read Emma Bazilian, www.adweek.com

Twitter to offer new tools for app developers

Wall Street Journal :: Twitter has a proposition for app makers: Let’s start over.

Read Yoree Koh, online.wsj.com

2014/10/19

Now standard feature: Twitter is putting Tweets in your timeline from people you don't follow

Guardian :: ‘There are times when you might miss out on tweets we think you’d enjoy’ explains social network.

Read Stuart Dredge, www.theguardian.com

Zines that aren’t just for angry teens

New York Times :: Today, zines embrace different styles (pointillism, poetry) and subjects (gay goths, Italian dogs), but almost all are still self-published in limited runs.

Read Jonathan Griffin, tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com

How Facebook and Google Now Dominate Media Distribution

Monday Note :: The news media sector has become heavily dependent on traffic from Facebook and Google. A reliance now dangerously close to addiction.

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

Moving from news to product

Ulken.com :: Newsrooms are full of complex processes. They’re just so time-worn and embedded in the culture that it’s hard to identify them as processes at all. For journalists, they’re more like habits.

Read Eric Ulken, ulken.com

Layoffs, Reshuffling Begin at Conde Nast

AdAge :: Conde Nast began laying off employees of its corporate sales division this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The job cuts could number in the 70s, they said, confirming a Wall Street Journal report from earlier this week.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

Egyptian top state paper Al Ahram published a story that mistranslated portions of an earlier NYT article

Huffington Post :: A war of words seems to be brewing between Egypt's top state newspaper Al Ahram and The New York Times.

Read Sophia Jones, www.huffingtonpost.com

CNN pulls support from black journalists group after complaints over diversity

The Wrap :: CNN has withdrawn its financial support of the National Association of Black Journalists for the 2015 Convention and Career Fair. NABJ president Bob Butler made the announcement at the organization's Board of Directors meeting.

Read Jeff Sneider, www.thewrap.com

Brand pair-ups with publishers can drive key metrics, Maxus' Bahler

Beet.TV :: Working with a publisher partner can be a smart strategy for branded content, especially to drive awareness and visibility, says Spencer Bahler, Managing Director-Chicago at Maxus in an interview with Beet.TV.

Read Daisy Whitney, www.beet.tv

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb: No new laws for journalists or media professionals

Mada Masr :: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said that no new laws will be forced upon journalists during a meeting on Saturday with head of the Journalists Syndicate, Diaa Rashwan, and head of the Supreme Press Council, Galal Aref.

Read Staff, Mada Masr, www.madamasr.com

Check out Snapchat's first ad for Universal Pictures

AdWeek :: Snapchat's first sponsored message arrived today, and it was a video ad from Universal Pictures previewing its movie Ouja. The ad was sent to users' "Recent Updates" feed where messages from friends typically appear.

Read Garett Sloane, www.adweek.com

Student newspaper bans r-word, braces for First Amendment fight

Indian Country :: In October 2013, the staff of the Playwickian, the student newspaper of Neshaminy High School Redskins in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, became one of the first in the country to ban the use of the word “Redskins.”

Read Sheena Louise Roetman, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

Syracuse University bravely saves students from exposure to journalism

Washington Post :: The university’s decision was a little strange, when you consider that public-health experts have said over and over and over and over and over and over and over that it is not very easy to get Ebola. You need “direct contact,” they say.

Read Mark Berman, www.washingtonpost.com

2014/10/18

What’s wrong with Twitter’s latest experiment with broadcasting favorites

Medium :: Platforms like Twitter exist at the intersection of both the technical and the social, but for the users, it’s the social signals that drive the system.

Read Zeynep Tufekci, medium.com

The government wants to study 'social pollution' on Twitter

Washington Post :: The National Science Foundation , a federal agency whose mission is to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense,” is funding a project to collect and analyze your Twitter data.

Read Ajit Pai, www.washingtonpost.com

The rise of female business journalists in China

Huffington Post :: Women journalists in China are increasingly starting to work in the male-dominated field of business reporting. Their rise, however, is on a steep path, with many challenges along the way.

Read Yinan Che, www.huffingtonpost.com

Dallas Morning News publisher: Print and digital are like butter and a car

Washington Post :: The Dallas Morning News is doing some heavy rotation on the media-biz circuit today. The newspaper on Sunday will be the first U.S. publication to offer the New York Times’s International Weekly supplement to its print subscribers.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Vice News announces Australian expansion

mUmBRELLA :: One of the world’s leading youth media brands, Vice Media has announced an expansion of its Australian operation with plans to launch a local edition, with dedicated editorial and video staff.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

US programmatic ad spend tops $10bn this year, to double by 2016

eMarketer :: Automated ads will account for nearly 50% of US digital display market in 2014.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

You can now listen to a podcast in a tweet (and keep on scrolling)

Twitter :: With a single tap, the Twitter Audio Card lets you discover and listen to audio directly in your timeline on both iOS and Android devices. Throughout your listening experience, you can dock the Audio Card.

Read Richard Slatter, blog.twitter.com

How anonymity on Whisper can be compromised

Guardian :: Whisper, the app which claims to be “the first completely anonymous social media network”, has introduced major changes to its terms of service after learning that the Guardian planned to publish details about its business practices.

Read Paul Lewis, Dominic Rushe, www.theguardian.com

Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

The Guardian :: The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be “the safest place on the internet”, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

Read Paul Lewis, Dominic Rushe, www.theguardian.com

BuzzFeed now has editorial and product people in place for its forthcoming news app

Nieman Lab :: Stacy-Marie Ishmael, coming from the FT, will join Noah Chestnut on the new, newsroom-integrated team.

Read Caroline O’Donovan, www.niemanlab.org

2014/10/17

Holiday Inn's digital only approach has generated 135m video views so far

AdWeek :: Holiday Inn is three months into its first digital-only campaign, dubbed Journey to Extraordinary, and the brand doesn't appear to have any regrets.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

Snapchat will roll out its first ad in the US this weekend

VentureBeat :: Snapchat today announced plans to roll out its first advertisement to its users this weekend. The ad will appear in “Recent Updates” and will only be sent to US users.

Read Emil Protalinski, venturebeat.com

TV viewing is combined with multitasking

MediaPost :: Multitasking around TV viewing continues to climb -- but those tasks are rarely related to TV viewing. TiVo says over half of its 856 survey respondents -- 51% -- say they multitask every time or almost every time they watch TV, this compared to just over one third, 36%, from a year ago.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

The Associated Press outlines the careful steps it is taking in covering the Ebola story

AP :: In an advisory to editors at member and customer news organizations, The Associated Press outlined the careful steps it is taking in covering the Ebola story.

Read Erin Madigan White, blog.ap.org

Will CNN have last laugh like ABC News?

The Wrap :: Lost in the flurry of news and chatter about CNN's widespread layoffs is what happened just four years ago a few blocks up the street in New York City.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

South Korea urged to drop libel charges against Japanese journalist

Guardian :: Press freedom organisations are calling on South Korea to drop charges against Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato, who has been charged with defamation.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

High Times magazine turns 40, hungry for Doritos and Pepsi Advertising

AdAge :: The magazine's web and mobile sites have also seen an explosion of traffic, with unique visitors reaching 1.2 million in September -- a 215% increase from the previous year, according to ComScore.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

A new challenge to books – stories that follow you into the real world

Guardian :: New technology makes simple ebooks look flat, but will new, immersive stories find favor with readers?

Read Jennifer Rankin, www.theguardian.com

French journalists face jail for reporting from Indonesia

Guardian :: Two French journalists who were detained by the Indonesian authorities on 6 August are to face trial on Monday (20 October) for "abusive use of entry visas".

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

How to make a great podcast?

BBC Academy :: Host Peter Curran and podcasters Helen Zaltzman, Roo Reynolds and Leila Johnston discuss how to develop a podcast, how to get funding and how podcasting differs from radio.

Read Nayeema Chowdhury, www.bbc.co.uk

How are publishers getting programmatic wrong?

Digiday :: Programmatic is here to stay. Here are the common ways publishers are hurting their chances of making it really big.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

How are journalists at risk of vicarious trauma from UGC?

Journalism.co.uk :: In newsrooms, social media teams and picture desks are faced with more graphic and disturbing imagery than ever before. A recent Journalism.co.uk survey examined how this can impact journalists' wellbeing.

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

2014/10/16

Shane Smith interview: Vice chief eyes TV news for Generation Y

Independent.co.uk :: Vice founder and chief executive Shane Smith said the rapidly expanding company wanted its own terrestrial TV channel to gain a larger share of the world’s advertising market.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

How Twitter tells the story of the 2014 campaign

Washington Post :: Since political candidates overlap with at least one of those categories, campaigns have similarly embraced the technology as a way of pushing out news and information (and calls for money and votes) over the 140-character medium.

Read Philip Bump, www.washingtonpost.com

CBS launches streaming service as more Americans switch to digital media

Guardian :: CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows.

Read Staff, Associated Press, www.theguardian.com

Snapchat's next Story is a live feed of college life

 The Verge :: There's one key difference between Campus Story and the company's previous series of Stories: only users present on campus can post and watch.

Read Ellis Hamburger, www.theverge.com

Akamai outlines how it will deliver broadcast-grade streaming TV

V-NET :: Akamai has been explaining how it intends to enable broadcast-grade television services across the Internet, including for 4k/UHD video, and support general IP traffic volumes as high as 20 times what we see today.

Read John Moulding, www.v-net.tv

Publishers want out of Apple’s Newsstand jail

Digiday :: Apple was supposed to save publishers, but nowadays it seems like publishers need to be saved from Apple.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Safestyle UK discovers the dangers of viral success

Digiday :: Things didn't go exactly to plan when the U.K.'s leading windows and doors brand Safestyle went viral.

Read Chris Smith, digiday.com

Where church-and-state divide doesn't exist: Mail Online’s edit staff moonlights as ad creators

Digiday :: At Mail Online, the digital arm of U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, journalists are regularly enlisted to create content on behalf of advertisers

Read Brian Morrissey, digiday.com

Tumblr, a social network or a place for media consumption?

Digiday :: Tumblr's new study says its the premier destination for users wanting for content marketing. But will it change media buyers' perceptions of the platform?

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Pageviews aren’t perfect, but ad buyers see flaws in attention measures

Digiday :: Premium publishers are pushing for ads to be measured on attention minutes -- or engaged time -- but there are real limitations to its adoption.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/10/15

Women’s interest publisher Meredith Corp. is launching a new native advertising platform, called “Buzz”

Mediapost :: Women's interest publisher Meredith Corp. is launching a new native advertising platform, called "Buzz," for its digital properties, beginning with the Web site for Fitness magazine.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

Who let the marketing folks into the newsroom?

RJI Online :: The changing world of journalism has forced reporters and editors to get more comfortable with different roles, which can include cooperating more with advertising and marketing departments.

Read Alecia Swasy, www.rjionline.org

How is Mashable generating revenue with 6-second videos?

RJI Online :: This week we explore examples of how two newsrooms are using the social platforms Vine and Snapchat.

Read Rachel Wise, Reuben Stern, www.rjionline.org

Is Politico a ‘post-traffic’ publication?

Washington Post :: Election season is high season for Politico. It covers the polls, the speeches, the analysis, the media coverage, the everything. Big traffic commonly results — except last month.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Why is 'mobile' so often still a silo in the newroom? How The New York Times, Aftonbladet try to solve this

WAN-IFRA :: In the U.S. and Europe, mobile growth is rapidly outstripping desktop. So why is it so often still a silo in the newroom? The New York Times and Aftonbladet have taken two very different approaches to solving this.

Read Nick Tjaardstra, blog.wan-ifra.org

Which is bigger? 19 percent or 40 million? Twitter use is huge

The Buttry Diary :: Numbers always demand context. Twitter is used by “only” 19 percent of Internet-using adults.

Read Steve Buttry, stevebuttry.wordpress.com

Time Warner to set HBO free, launch over-the-top service

Reuters :: Time Warner Inc plans to go head-to-head with Netflix Inc and launch a standalone option in 2015 for popular pay TV channel HBO.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.reuters.com

China’s system of web censorship today blocked all the BBC’s news websites

Tech in Asia :: China’s system of web censorship today blocked all the BBC’s news websites. Greatfire.org, which monitors the thousands of sites that get blocked in the country, noticed the development this afternoon.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Erosion of Linear TV: Millennials driving 'drastic' changes in TV viewing/

Rapid TV News :: As TV viewing becomes increasingly fragmented with a wider array of devices and content sources, the behaviours of Millennials and other tech-savvy groups are accelerating the rate of change in the industry says research firm comScore.

Read Staff, Rapid TV News, www.rapidtvnews.com

Euronews launches two new YouTube channels: Euronews Discover and Euronews Business

Broadband TV News :: Euronews is launching two new thematic channels on YouTube, Euronews Discover and Euronews Business.

Read Robert Briel, www.broadbandtvnews.com

UK: Home Secretary Theresa May promises action to curb RIPA spying on journalists and extended periods on police bail

Press Gazette :: Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce a review today of whether to introduce a statutory time limit on how long people can be kept on police bail as well as action to curb police spying on journalists' phone records.

Read Staff, Press Gazette, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Twitter's top team starts to fly the nest - Financial Times

Financial Times :: Despite its eight-year history, Twitter still operates like a start-up. It might be valued at over $30bn but that is small for a technology company that is often wrongly compared to the giant that is Facebook, which has a market capitalisation that recently touched $200bn.

Read Hannah Kuchler, www.ft.com

How an IT guy stranded in Paris turned himself into the most powerful Apple publisher

Business Insider :: There’s one website that breaks more Apple news than any other –9to5Mac. Though its competitors are more experienced and better funded, 9to5Mac has established itself as the go-to website for Apple news.

Read Dave Smith, www.businessinsider.com.au

Washington Post’s partner program a success

The Newspaper Works :: After launching a partner program with other newspapers earlier this year, The Washington Post has released new research showing that the partnerships have benefited all parties.

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

How The New Yorker approached its redesign--and what other brands can learn

FastCoDesign :: Since the July relaunch, traffic on NewYorker.com is averaging 10.4 million monthly uniques, up 23% from a year ago.

Read John Brownlee, www.fastcodesign.com

The Local, a growing European network of English-language news sites, aims for the expat crowd

Nieman Lab :: With a large and growing audience, The Local is building scale across the continent.

Read Liam Andrew, www.niemanlab.org

2014/10/14

Meet Dao Nguyen. She helped BuzzFeed quintuple traffic in two years

Inc.com :: Dao Nguyen, the head of data and growth at BuzzFeed, eyes half a pie and narrates a brief history of the first part of her career. "I wanted to be part of the Internet revolution," she says, explaining her stint in the late-'90s New York startup scene.

Read Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, www.inc.com

BuzzFeed’s choice of publisher says a lot about how the site looks at media

GigaOM :: BuzzFeed’s new publisher is not a veteran media executive or an MBA with a business background, but someone who specializes in looking at how data can influence the way that media is created and shared — a crucial skill for the current media economy.

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

Imbibing startup culture at Telegraaf Media Group

WAN-IFRA :: De Telegraaf Media Group (TMG) of the Netherlands has decided the best way to imbue the company with startup culture is not just to invest in startups but also to house them in the headquarters of the publishing group.

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

CNN cuts Christiane Amanpour's staff

Mashable :: CNN has cut Christiane Amanpour's entire staff in New York as part of the cable news channel's restructuring, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Read Andy Fixmer, mashable.com

Building in the open - the Guardian's app philosophy

WAN-IFRA :: Around two years ago the Guardian reviewed their app portfolio but realised the issue lay deeper than a simple refresh. As Tom Grinsted, Group Product Manager for Mobile Devices, put it at today's Tablet & App Summit in Amsterdam, "We had highly engaged users, but they weren’t delivering the experience that either we or our users expected

Read Tom Grinsted, blog.wan-ifra.org

'RIPA should not be used to interfere with normal activities of journalists,' Blunkett tells MPs

Press Gazette :: Police should not use eavesdropping powers to interfere with the work of journalists, former home secretary David Blunkett (pictured, Reuters) - who first implemented the measures - has told an influential parliamentary committee.

Read Staff, PA Media Lawyer, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Can news organisations really 'make a story go viral'?

Journalism.co.uk :: Speakers from Quartz and Newswhip gave their thoughts on social sharing at the 13th International Newsroom Summit in Amsterdam

Google's biggest rival in search? Chairman Eric Schmidt: "our biggest search competitor is Amazon"

Re/code :: Google’s biggest rival in search isn’t another search company, it’s an e-commerce juggernaut. This according to company Chairman Eric Schmidt, who says like-for-like competition in tech isn’t a hard and fast rule.

Read John Paczkowski, recode.net

Warner Bros. partners with Shanghai Media, RatPac to create global entertainment Investment platform

The Wrap :: Warner Bros. has partnered with Shanghai Media Group, CMC Capital Partners, WPP and Brett Ratner‘s RatPac Entertainment to create an investment platform for investing in Chinese and international entertainment content opportunities.

Read Greg Gilman, www.thewrap.com

Aereo asks FCC to help it join race to provide over-the-top TV service

AdAge :: Communications Commission to change the definition of a provider of video services to help the startup find a way to resume operations.

Read Staff, Bloomberg News, adage.com

2014/10/11

Tips for multiplatform publishers

Journalism.co.uk :: Key figures from The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan share their approaches to content creation for today's multiplatform audience.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Nielsen admits error that may have impacted fall program ratings

AdAge :: Nielsen admitted to a software glitch Friday that has impacted its viewing estimates for TV shows this fall, but the problem is not expected to affect ratings focused on the shows' commercials, which have not yet been issued in the new season.

Read Jeanine Poggi, adage.com

2014/10/10

Guardian forms new editorial teams to enhance digital output

Journalism.co.uk :: Visual journalism, data journalism and audience development teams are all being restructured under plans from new executive editor for digital Aron Pilhofer

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

The future of engagement is Big Data plus big emotion

AdAge :: The marketing landscape has changed exponentially over the last decade as both marketers and consumers have become more sophisticated, technologically adept, price-smart and also conscious of the impact of having a good reputation.

Read Kevin Roberts, adage.com

How to save local journalism (and democracy) with a new funding initiative

Guardian :: It is hardly a secret that local newspapers are in crisis. I have written about it endlessly. Over the past decade, and longer, Press Gazette has detailed the gloomy drip-drip-drip of problems: the closures, mergers, cutbacks, declining sales, decreasing advertising and consequent reductions in journalistic coverage.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Twitter gives journalists freedom to experiment with new story formats (and rap a song or two)

RJI Online :: Journalists are using Twitter for more than promoting their work or finding sources. They are bending the professional norms about how to cover the news and tell stories.

Read Alecia Swasy , www.rjionline.org

News Corp unveils TV ads as multi-million dollar subscription campaign revs up

mUmBRELLA :: News Corp has unveiled the TV ads that will form a central pillar of its multi-million dollar ‘Extra Extra’ campaign to drive digital subscriptions.

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

Mobile, idealism, more mobile: What UK publishers worry they’re not worried enough about

Digiday :: Some of the U.K.’s leading premium publishers gathered together for the Association of Online Publishers’ Autumn conference on Thursday in London. Top of the agenda was the issue of cross-platform publishing and the challenges publishers face in a complex, fragmented media environment.

Read Chris Smith, digiday.com

No joke: Funny or Die tries to make serious news entertaining

Digiday :: Funny or Die may be one of the sites most unqualified to start a news vertical.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Why Facebook’s app strategy is flailing

Digiday :: Facebook is planning yet another standalone app. Will it be another failure, or compete with other anonymity-based apps.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

ABC Breakfast's Virginia Trioli laughs off calls for a youthful makeover

Guardian :: Host shares viewers letter criticising her stragly hair and accusing her of buying her clothes from charity shops.

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com

2014/10/09

Snapchat ads are coming soon, says CEO Spiegel

AdAge :: Snapchat, the startup that raised money this year at around a $10 billion valuation without any revenue, will start making money from advertising soon.

Read Staff, Bloomberg News, adage.com

Nine in ten publishers are looking to design responsive websites that work across a variety of devices

Journalism.co.uk :: Nine in ten publishers are looking to design responsive websites that work across a variety of devices, reveals research by the Association of Online Publishers

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

First court date set in case to ban Facebook, Twitter in Egypt

Mada Masr :: The Cairo Administrative Court will hear the first session in the case to ban Facebook and Twitter in Egypt on November 18, the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported on Thursday.

Read Staff, Mada Masr, www.madamasr.com

Fueled by Hong Kong protests, FireChat rolls out verified users

VentureBeat :: Two weeks ago we reported that mobile chat app FireChat would add verified users as well as encryption. Today, FireChat is starting to verify certain accounts.

Read Ruth Reader, venturebeat.com

Why Future are no longer a publisher but 'a content creator'

Journalism.co.uk :: Chief executive officer Zillah Byng-Maddick says Future thinks about content in terms of the 'connected devices' the audience uses to access it.

Read Catalina Albeanu, rss.feedsportal.com

The New York Times has used newsroom cutbacks to reshape as much as to shrink

Nieman Lab :: The New York Times newsroom is less downsizing than it is “recalibrating,” to use a phrase from Huffington Post media reporter Michael Calderone.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

The Weather Channel's secret: less weather, more clickbait

Business Week :: The writers and editors at the Weather Channel’s weather.com don’t often talk about the weather. They’re not meteorologists. They don’t mention the forecast or debate whether New York’s overcast sky means it’s going to rain.

Read Claire Suddath, www.businessweek.com

Programmatic buying to grow 52%, Magna’s Rayapareddi explains

Beet.TV :: Look for a myriad of new ad tech tools to come to the marketplace in the year ahead, says Veena Rayapareddi, VP at Magna Global/Cadreon in an interview with Beet.TV.

Read Daisy Whitney, www.beet.tv

Building brands and products at Vox Media

 RJI Online :: How Vox Media combines content, technology and advertising to reach a mass audience via its seven digital brands, including The Verge, SB Nation and Vox.com.

Read Reuben Stern, www.pbs.org

13 freelance photographers told work is no longer needed by Manchester Evening News

Press Gazette :: The Manchester Evening News has told 13 freelance photographers there is no more work for them on the paper.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Social media, the new press release

The Atlantic :: In The New York Times's new live news feed, tweets and updates from official sources trump those from ordinary people.

Read Robinson Meyer, www.theatlantic.com

Dean Baquet: Beware creating a new journalism ‘priesthood’

The Buttry Diary :: New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet has responded to last week’s post which criticized top editors who aren’t using Twitter actively, including Baquet.

Read Steve Buttry, stevebuttry.wordpress.com

Editors who don’t use Twitter undercut their pleas to innovate

The Buttry Diary :: Editors who aren’t active on Twitter tell their newsrooms that we don’t all have to change. Journalists who aren’t active on Twitter choose to remain or fall behind.

Read Steve Buttry, stevebuttry.wordpress.com

Vivian Schiller resigns as Twitter head of news

Guardian :: Former NBC and NPR executive quits as incoming boss of social networks media division makes changes.

Read Dominic Rushe, www.theguardian.com

Two Pakistani journalists killed, taking murder tally this year to 13

Guardian :: Two Pakistani journalists have been murdered in two separate incidents in the Punjabi province city of Hafizabad.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

2014/10/08

The hot news doctrine lives (and earns Dow Jones a $5 million ruling)

Nieman Lab :: Back in January, we told you about a lawsuit Dow Jones had filed against Ransquawk, a London-based news service that delivers real-time updates on financial markets, for allegedly lifting Dow Jones’ news.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

The Isis propaganda war: a hi-tech media jihad

Guardian :: Isis is using techniques plundered from movies, video games and news channels to spread its message. Who is masterminding the operation – and what is the best way to counter it?

Read Steve Rose, www.theguardian.com

Why new journalism ethics have to be public, not personal

PBS Mediashift :: How should we reconstruct journalism ethics now that a media revolution has left a pre-digital, professional consensus in fragments?

Read Stephen J. A. Ward, www.pbs.org

Digital needs to be at centre of business, says top publisher

The Newspaper Works :: Newspaper publishers need to ensure that they are placing the growth of digital revenues at the centre of their business, says Pit Gottschalk, director of content at German publisher Axel Springer.

Read Will Mumford, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

Instagram claims users still ‘have control’ as adverts begin to appear in Australian feeds

mUmBRELLA :: Adverts will start to appear in Instagram feeds across Australia from today in a move that could run the risk of antagonising users of the previously ad-free photo sharing business.

Read Staff, mUmBRELLA, mumbrella.com.au

2014/10/07

Twitter's indirect user base: more than twice as many logged-out people as registered

Quartz :: Today, Deutsche Bank said there could more than twice as many logged-out people who view tweets each month as there are registered, active Twitter users.

Read Staff, Quartz, qz.com

BBC ramps up Australia operation in response to Mail Online and Guardian launches

Press Gazette :: The BBC is said to be expanding its Australian operation in response to the growing presence of The Guardian and Mail Online in the country.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Telegraph to use digital content as backbone of paper

Guardian :: Editor-in-chief Jason Seiken unveils plan to mostly treat online content as a buffet to fill the paper.





Read Mark Sweney, feeds.theguardian.com

Should publishers take Web design cues from print?

Digiday :: Bloomberg may be building its digital footprint, but it's still taking some design cues from print.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Any secrets to hide? The transparent journalist: your private story can be purchased

New York Times :: It was my birthday the other day, and, along with the usual private greetings from family and friends, I noticed a couple of public salutations about it on Twitter from entities I didn’t recognize.

Read Natasha Singer, www.nytimes.com

Google’s “In The News” box now lists more than traditional news sites