2014/06/30

Twitter scoops up AdTech firm Tap Commerce for around $100m

Re/code :: Twitter is in the process of acquiring Tap Commerce, a New York-based mobile advertising technology firm, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Read Ina Fried, recode.net

Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup

Pew Research :: About a quarter (24%) of those under 30 say they are closely following the World Cup – making it by far the story they express the most interest in.

Read Alec Tyson, www.pewresearch.org

Online news channel chosen to test YouTube’s ‘Fan Funding’

Poynter :: The Young Turks, a YouTube-based network that generates about 68 million views monthly, has begun to try out a fundraising platform, called Fan Funding.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Twitter rolls out app install and engagement ads, and new click pricing, globally

TechCrunch :: Social networking platform Twitter says its MoPub ad network now reaches more than 1 billion iOS and Android users every month, and so today it is making its latest move to build out that mobile advertising business with more products.

Read Ingrid Lunden, techcrunch.com

Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

Poynter :: The Truth Goggles launching today is a tool to enable anyone to annotate an existing piece of online content to raise and answer questions about what’s been reported/written. It can also be used to offer a layer of personalized commentary.

Read Craig Silverman, www.poynter.org

AP will use robots to write some business stories

Poynter :: AP will announce Monday that it plans to use automation technology from a company called Automated Insights to produce stories about earnings reports.

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

Secrecy concerns raised around appointment of new BBC Trust chairman

Press Gazette :: The Taxpayers’ Alliance and the BBC Radio Forum have jointly raised concerns about secrecy surrounding the appointment of a new BBC Trust chairman.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

BBC College of Journalism website is now open to the world

BBC :: All you have to do is click on the site to access the huge library of content we have built up: from using social media and verifying user-generated content to how to write for the web, how to package for TV, how to interview and how to work safely.

Read Matthew Eltringham, www.bbc.co.uk

Russian TV cameraman killed In Ukraine, Moscow protests

Reuters :: A Russian television cameraman was killed overnight in shooting in east Ukraine which Moscow said undermined faith in Kiev's desire to resolve weeks of conflict peacefully.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.huffingtonpost.com

Knight News funds new collaborative and verification projects

Journalism.co.uk :: Swarmize and Checkdesk win grants in latest news challenge round focusing on strengthening the internet 'for free expression and innovation'.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Independent titles slash losses by almost a third

Guardian :: Evgeny Lebedev’s publishing company boosted by digital and cut-price, as Evening Standard’s free strategy also pays off.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Former DPP: 'It isn’t healthy in the long term if there are continual prosecutions of journalists'

Press Gazette :: Speaking after the eight-month-long hacking trial came to an end last week, Starmer told LBC yesterday that the case had proved “journalists aren’t above the law”.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

How to build a viral publishing clone in just six months

Digiday :: PlayBuzz is the latest publisher to convert viral content into big traffic numbers.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Facebook explains why it briefly toyed with users' emotions

Engadget :: Ever since word got out that Facebook had briefly manipulated some users' News Feeds to see how their feelings changed, a number of questions have popped up: just why did the company feel compelled to experiment in the first place?

Read Jon Fingas, www.engadget.com

Australian film industry claims delayed release is rare but data shows otherwise

Guardian :: The average gap between films being released in the US and locally is 20 days, despite claims from Village Roadshow that delays are the 'exception'.

Read Nick Evershed, www.theguardian.com

Barnes & Noble tries again

Publishers Weekly :: Investors, as well as members of the book publishing industry who see the survival of Barnes & Noble as crucial to maintaining a healthy bookselling environment, were cheered last week when the retailer received board approval for separating its Retail and Nook Media businesses.

Read Jim Milliot , www.publishersweekly.com

Is Google getting into the native-advertising game?

Digiday :: The search giant is said to be running a small test with publishers of a widget that would include links to content and ads, say numerous industry insiders.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Verdens Gang creates device lab to deliver best mobile experience

INMA :: With so many devices, operating systems, screen sizes, and browsers to accommodate in the mobile space, how can publishers know if their content is optimised everywhere? They can do what Verdens Gang did — establish an in-house device lab.

Read Padraic Woods, www.inma.org

Delayed TV viewing continues to grow

Broadcasting Cable :: Even as consumers spend more time watching time-shifted TV programming, the amount of live programming they watch and the bulk of viewing activity remains constant.

Read Jon Lafayette, www.broadcastingcable.com

The new video ad viewability metric is drawing scrutiny

Adweek :: The Media Rating Council today is adopting a viewability metric, or “currency,” for online video ads that defines when viewable display impressions count. It’s the industry’s first attempt to address the problem of brands paying publishers for ads no one sees.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

2014/06/29

Time Inc. sells off its Mexican magazines to concentrate on U.S. and U.K.

AdAge :: Time Inc., the owner of People, Time and Sports Illustrated, said Thursday that it had sold Grupo Editorial Expansin, Mexico's second-largest magazine publisher, to the Latin-American private equity firm Southern Cross Group.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

CBC to cut at least 1,000 jobs in push for more digital news

Poynter :: The Canadian Broadcasting Company/Radio-Canada announced today that it plans to cut between 1,000 and 1,500 jobs by 2020 as it transitions to a digitally focused news strategy.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Time Inc’s M Scott Havens: ‘We want to build the next LinkedIn or Facebook’

Guardian :: Digital chief on rethinking the rules of journalism, shaking off the magazine group tag, and developing innovation.

Read Ben Cardew, www.theguardian.com

Former NBCU exec Lauren Zalaznick has new hobby with LZ Sunday Paper

Los Angeles Times :: Lauren Zalaznick's career has included stints as a movie producer, marketing executive and cable network president.

Read Joe Flint, www.latimes.com

LinkedIn slashes referral traffic to publishers

Buzzfeed :: In its bid to become a content platform in its own right, LinkedIn seems to have cut out some of the big publishers that rely on it for referral traffic.

Read Myles Tanzer, www.buzzfeed.com

Mike Bostock wants us to visualize algorithms, not just the data that feeds into them

 Nieman Lab :: Computers are sometimes conceptually divided between data structures and algorithms, and we usually visualize the data, while ignoring the processes that manipulate it. But Bostock argues that “visualization is more than a tool for finding patterns in data.

Read Liam Andrew, www.niemanlab.org

Bing positions itself as go-to destination for Twitter search

PC World :: Through its exclusive relationship with Twitter, Microsoft said its Bing search engine will provide a front door into Twitter’s timeline. It’s unclear, however, whether the company will be able to provide greater detail than what Twitter—or for that matter, Google—will provide.

Read Mark Hachman, www.pcworld.com

Sanaa Seif and a generation that protects the revolution

Mada Masr :: “Each one of us, after this experience of the revolution, has something to say,” said Sanaa Seif, on February 18, 2011, on Democracy Now, in response to a question by Sharif Abdel Koddous. 

Read Shady Zalat, Lina Attalah, www.madamasr.com

2014/06/28

Greste case overshadow persecution of Egypt's own journalists, exile says

Guardian :: The imprisonment of Australian journalist Peter Greste has overshadowed Egypts active persecution of at least 100 of its own journalists.

Read Oliver Milman, www.theguardian.com

Somaliland newspaper owner and editor jailed for three years

Guardian :: A newspaper owner in Somaliland and his editor-in-chief have been given three-year prison sentences on charges of spreading false information and defaming government officials.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Japanese startup receives $5m to increase Twitcasting in the US and Brazil

Tech in Asia :: Twitcasting now has 6.5 million global users - but only 20 percent are outside of Asia.

Read J.T. Quigley, www.techinasia.com

Facebook News Feeds experiment: How positive and negative effect travels through social networks

 The Verge :: According to new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Facebook altered the News Feeds for hundreds of thousands of users as part of a psychology experiment devised by the company's on-staff data scientist.

Read Russell Brandom, www.theverge.com

Aereo “pauses” service in light of Supreme Court defeat

Re|code :: Though you'd think the buck would stop with the Supreme Court, Kanojia said today, "Our journey is far from done."

Read Liz Gannes, recode.net

Rubicon’s Jay Sears: Programmatic is climbing up the chain

Beet.TV :: Use of so-called “programmatic” techniques for trading and controlling online ads may have started out with cheap ad slots, but has gradually risen to premium inventory, says one of the scene’s main tech outfits.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Rubicon’s Jay Sears: Programmatic is climbing up the chain

Beet.TV :: Use of so-called “programmatic” techniques for trading and controlling online ads may have started out with cheap ad slots, but has gradually risen to premium inventory, says one of the scene’s main tech outfits.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Mohamed Badr: This is what it’s like to be a journalist in an Egyptian prison

Matter :: According to an Al Jazeera cameraman who spent seven months locked up in one.

Read Mohamed Badr, medium.com

Six sports journalists reported to be leaving Telegraph, Times chief sports writer Simon Barnes also axed

Press Gazette :: According to the Sports Journalists’ Association, chief sports correspondent Ian Chadband is among those who are to leave the paper.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Apps now drive half of all time spent on digital

comScore :: May turned out to be a banner month for mobile as it delivered on some huge milestones which underscored just how impressive the medium’s ascendance has been in the past few years.

Read Andrew Lipsman, www.comscore.com

Knight Foundation commits $1.4m to improving DocumentCloud

Poynter :: Investigative Reporters and Editors announced today that the Knight Foundation has pledged $1.4 million to developing the document-hosting service DocumentCloud in order to make the platform “faster, easier to use and more robust.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Washington Post corrects headline about Irish mass grave

Poynter :: A June 4 Washington Post story about a former home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland, got a new headline on June 24: “Historian believes bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, are in a tank at Irish home for unwed mothers."

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

Jelli Shutters Social Radio To Focus On Programmatic

MediaPost :: After five years in operation, Jelli is shuttering its user-controlled social radio services and station apps and completing its reinvention as a programmatic ad platform for radio, the company announced this week.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

2014/06/27

Foursquare starts selling all that data

AdWeek :: Foursquare is charging developers to use location data, which a number of apps and Web services use for mapping needs. The New York tech company has tens of thousands of developers accessing its network daily, and the heaviest users have to pay if they pass a certain threshold, according to sources.

Read Garett Sloane, www.adweek.com

Fox moves to use Aereo ruling against Dish streaming service

Guardian :: Fox has cited Wednesday’s ruling – which found Aereo to be operating illegally – to bolster its claim against Dish.

Read Dominic Rushe, www.theguardian.com

World leaders vie for attention, connections and followers: Burson-Marsteller’s Twiplomacy study 2014

Burson-Marsteller :: World leaders vie for attention, connections and followers on Twitter, that’s the latest finding of Burson-Marsteller’s Twiplomacy study 2014, an annual global study looking at the use of Twitter by heads of state and government and ministers of foreign affairs.

Read Staff, Burson-Marsteller, twiplomacy.com

That Washington Post deal with local newspapers is generating decent numbers

Nieman Lab :: Back in March, we told you about one of my favorite new newspaper business ideas: The Washington Post’s effort to build its outside-D.C. audience through partnerships with local newspapers around the country.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

As social media grows, journalists urged to bridge 'understanding gap'

GMA News :: With the public getting easier access to news and being able to spread them just as fast, journalists are facing an increasing challenge of helping people make sense of the news instead of merely reporting events, according to a veteran journalist and co-founder of a pioneering investigative reporting outfit in the country.

Read Elizabeth Marcelo, www.gmanetwork.com

Vice News tells personal stories of journalists through illustrated series

Journalism.co.uk :: Illustrated documentary series Correspondent Confidential shows the private stories of international journalists that are often left out in conventional reporting.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Journalism academics under pressure in Fiji for torture comments

Guardian :: Journalism has been under pressure in Fiji ever since a military coup in 2006. The latest example has alarmed Amnesty International, which has called for an end to the harassment of journalists.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

French pass “anti-Amazon” law ending discounts + free shipping

Publishing Perspective :: Law that will end Amazon.com's ability to offer a combined 5% discount and free shipping on books.

Read Edward Nawotka, publishingperspectives.com

In an age of mobility, outdoor media is the second screen

AdWeek :: The purpose of advertising is to deliver a stimulus that produces an effect. The more powerful the effect is, the more likely it is that it will cause change in the attitudes or actions of its recipients.

Read Chris Forrester, www.mediaweek.co.uk

Publishers’ plug-in addiction can come back to haunt them

Digiday :: Publishers today have inked a Faustian pact with the third-party vendors that plug into their sites. While working with vendors gives publishers access to perks like analytics and free commenting systems, it also leaves them exposed to a host of security vulnerabilities.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

The newsonomics of European crowds, funding new news

Nieman Lab :: A comparison of De Correspondent and Krautreporter is highly instructive for all news startups, and others designing new digital strategies.

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org

2014/06/26

5 brands becoming news publishers in their own right

Digiday :: Five brands that are encroaching on established publishers' turf by starting their own content sites.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Can the New York Times kill its blogs without losing the soul of blogging in the process?

GigaOM :: The New York Times has said it is planning to shut down or absorb as many as half of its existing blogs, with the hope that those skills can become more widespread inside the newspaper as a whole — but will they?

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

CBC cuts will hit evening news, in-house production, jobs

Huffington Post :: The CBC is slashing 25 per cent of its workforce over the next five years, while cutting back evening newscasts and in-house production in a bid to shift its focus from radio and television to digital and mobile services.

Read Laura Kane, www.huffingtonpost.ca

Quaker's claims its Twitter TV targeting campaign gets 16% engagement rate

Adweek :: Getting brands with television-heavy budgets to buy into social is tough, but Quaker is claiming that a program it ran with Twitter earlier this year effectively extended the reach of a TV spot.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

BBC turns down Scripps’ £500m UKTV offer

Advanced TV :: US pay-TV company Scripps has reportedly offered the BBC £500 million to take full control of UKTV – operator of channels including Gold, Dave and Watch.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Fliplingo launches Twitter translation service

Tech in Asia :: After months of beta testing, today Fliplingo goes live to the public with its human-powered Twitter translation service.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Journalism innovation lab may be 'game-changing'

USA Today :: In recent years, as the journalism industry has been thoroughly disrupted by the Internet and traditional news outlets have shrunk, the notion of journalism schools as teaching hospitals has gained traction.

Read Rem Rieder, www.usatoday.com

Journalism innovation lab may be 'game-changing'

USA Today :: In recent years, as the journalism industry has been thoroughly disrupted by the Internet and traditional news outlets have shrunk, the notion of journalism schools as teaching hospitals has gained traction.

Read Rem Rieder, www.usatoday.com

Journalism innovation lab may be 'game-changing'

USA Today :: In recent years, as the journalism industry has been thoroughly disrupted by the Internet and traditional news outlets have shrunk, the notion of journalism schools as teaching hospitals has gained traction.

Read Rem Rieder, www.usatoday.com

2014/06/25

Medium hires tech writer Steven Levy as it moves from platform to publisher

New York Times :: Mr. Levy is the highest-profile writer hired full time by the site, which began as a place where anyone can write but is adding more professionals.

Read David Carr, www.nytimes.com

When ‘reader engagement’ is more than a buzzword

CJR :: Journalistic investigations into prisons and jails are difficult. They’re hard because authorities often won’t cooperate and inmates often don’t have the freedom to. But most of all, as I’ve written before, they’re hard because a certain percentage of readers simply doesn’t care what happens to criminals.

Read Susannah Nesmith, www.cjr.org

With Supreme Court loss, Aereo investors may be out nearly $100m

Washington Post :: Television streaming start-up Aereo had a lot riding on Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling over whether it owed re-transmission fees to broadcasters.

Read Andrea Peterson, goo.gl

TV will be last to go programmatic

Beet.TV :: BBC Worldwide’s former advertising boss has seen the rise of programmatically-traded video advertising – but doesn’t think the established TV industry is about to go that way any time soon.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Can a free press flourish behind bars?

The Nation :: For 127 years, prison newspapers have struggled to speak truth to the outside world.

Read Wilbert Rideau, Linda LaBranche, www.thenation.com

How to build innovation clusters beyond California

Politico Magazine :: Policymakers shouldn’t be trying to copy Silicon Valley. Instead, they should be figuring out what domain is (or could be) specific to their region—and then removing the regulatory hurdles for that particular domain.

Read Marc Andreessen, www.politico.com

Gus Wenner promoted to head of digital for Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men's Journal

AdAge :: One year after taking over the website of Rolling Stone magazine, Gus Wenner has been named head of digital across Wenner Media, owner of Rolling Stone as well as Us Weekly and Men's Journal, the company said Wednesday.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

'My Lord, there's been a tweet': How Twitter, Lily Allen, Private Eye and GQ threatened to disrupt the hacking trial

Press Gazette :: Peter Jukes,who covered the whole eight-month-long hacking trial on Twitter, has revealed how tweets thought to be prejudicial were brought to the court’s attention on “most days”.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

U.S. top court rules against TV startup Aereo

Reuters :: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that online TV service Aereo Inc, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violates copyright law.

Read Lawrence Hurley, www.reuters.com

Facebook has 69 million active users in Indonesia, launches election tracker

Tech in Asia :: Facebook launched an election tracker called Facebook Suara Indonesia for one of its biggest nation user-bases on the planet.

Read Enricko Lukman, www.techinasia.com

Trends in Newsrooms: the urgent need to shield journalism in the age of surveillance

WAN-IFRA :: In the post-Snowden era, newsrooms are increasingly aware of state-sponsored breaches of privacy and the threat they pose to journalists and their sources.

Read Julie Posetti, blog.wan-ifra.org

Guardian: Met Police want to question Rupert Murdoch 'under caution'

Press Gazette :: Rupert Murdoch has been told Metropolitan Police officers want to interview him “under caution”, according to The Guardian.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Facebook's plan to take on Twitter's stream

TechCrunch :: Facebook’s VP Of Media Partnerships believes his company has two big advantages in the battle to be the digital water cooler: audience size and real identity.

Read Josh Constine, techcrunch.com

Meredith launching new Hispanic parenting title

Media Life Magazine :: Parents Latina, launching next year, gives publisher a bigger presence in the hot Spanish-language market.

Read Staff, Media Life Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

Debunking the myths of the attention Web

Digiday :: The attention web has recently arisen as a serious alternative to the click-driven web. It is built on a growing scientific consensus that the time and attention an ad accrues significantly affects recall and recognition.

Read Tony Haile, digiday.com

Publishers want in on the content-recommendation game

Digiday :: These content marketing platforms claim to offer a premium version of Outbrain, but can they really do quality at scale?

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Twitter is experimenting with a new way to retweet with comment

TechCrunch :: Twitter is experimenting with a new feature called “retweet with comment” that would better allow users to participate in a conversation, while also providing context and commentary that can otherwise get lost when using the standard Twitter “retweet” function or “quoted tweets.”

Read Sarah Perez, techcrunch.com

2014/06/24

Hachette near deal to buy Perseus Books Group

Wall Street Journal :: Hachette Book Group is near a deal to buy one of the biggest independent U.S. publishers, Perseus Books Group, beefing up its market share even as it is enmeshed in a bitter dispute with Amazon.com, said people familiar with the situation.

Read Jeffrey Trachtenberg, online.wsj.com

German book association demands investigation into Amazon’s publisher negotiations

GigaOM :: The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has asked the country's antitrust authorities to investigate Amazon's shipping delays on Bonnier titles.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, gigaom.com

Do hashtags count as activism?

Buzzfeed :: In a commencement speech earlier this month, Shonda Rhimes ruffled some feathers when she said, “A hashtag is not a movement.” Here’s what Twitter activists had to say in response.

Read Krystie Lee Yandoli, www.buzzfeed.com

40 journalists protest reported plans to close down documentary team at CBC

Canadian Media Guild :: There’s a broad concern that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and signals a broader intent to privatize more and more portions of the CB, and weaken it.

Read Staff, CMG, www.cmg.ca

After shuttering bureaus, news organizations revisit Iraq

Poynter :: When New York Times reporter Tim Arango arrived in Iraq in 2010, the eight-bedroom bureau was so crowded that he had to sleep on the couch.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Rebekah Brooks found not guilty in phone hacking case

New York Times :: In another dramatic turn in a case that has transfixed Britain, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper holdings in Britain, was acquitted on Tuesday of phone hacking and of other charges.

Read Alan Cowell, Katrin Bennhold, www.nytimes.com

The Guardian first to adopt Google Glass tech in the UK

The Drum :: The much hyped Google Glass eyewear has been given a low-key launch in the UK with prototypes of the Android-enabled spectacles going on sale for £1,000 to developers.

Read John Glenday, www.thedrum.com

Quartz, Business Insider and Forbes on different ad strategies for a global business audience

The Media Briefing :: This month two upstart business-focused digital publications, Quartz and Business Insider, ramped up their global expansion with hires and launches outside the US.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

Three NYC filmmakers are creating a 'TV series' exclusively for Instagram

Engadget :: Maybe cord-cutting has gone too far: three New York City filmmakers are publishing their new series exclusively on Instagram.

Read Sean Buckley, www.engadget.com

Social media crimes 'at least half' of front-line policing

BBC News :: Complaints originating from social media make up "at least half" of a front-line police officer's work, a senior officer has told the BBC.

Read Keith Moore, www.bbc.com

International New York Times builds its global brand with local bent

INMA :: Even The New York Times and its international incarnation find all marketing is local. Using audience data and currency- and language-specific marketing language, INYT increases digital engagement and subscriptions for its worldwide audience.

Read Tom Kulaga, www.inma.org

How Sports Illustrated is relaunching for the mobile era

Digiday :: The sports publisher is taking a mobile-first approach, with features and products that respond to the growth in second-screen viewing and social media use.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Publishing's brave new world

Vancouver Sun :: Almost a year ago, venerable Vancouver publisher Douglas & McIntyre filed for creditor protection, ultimately closing up shop after more than 40 years in business.

Read Tracy Sherlock, www.vancouversun.com

Auto publishers show how valuable data can be

Digiday :: Publishers like MotorTrend and Hearst's Jumpstart Automotive Group are using their reader data to offer up valuable insights to their ad partners.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2014/06/23

Russia wants Twitter to block or censor some “extremist” accounts

The Hill :: The head of the country’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, claimed to ask for 12 “extremist” accounts to be deleted or restricted in a meeting with the head of Twitter’s public policy division during the executive’s first official trip to Russia.

Read Julian Hattem, thehill.com

Coptic journalist sent to jail for reporting on sectarian violence

Mada Masr :: Journalist Mohamed Hegazy was sentenced to five years in prison by the Minya Misdemeanor Court on Monday, reported the state-owned news site Al-Ahram Gate.

Read Staff, Mada Masr, www.madamasr.com

CNN to study drone use in newsgathering

CNN Money :: Seeking to speed up government rule-making about the use of drones in newsgathering, CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology said Monday that they would jointly study how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) safely and effectively.

Read Brian Stelter, money.cnn.com

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sells community newspaper group

The Wrap :: The Brooklyn-headquartered division is a network of 11 community newspapers and web sites.

Read Tim Molloy, www.thewrap.com

The cultural divide between editorial and advertising was once unbridgeable. Not any more

Independent :: British newspapers have long had a snooty attitude towards this country’s £20bn-a-year advertising industry. Better to avoid mentioning it all than bite the hand that feeds, might be a summary of how most editors feel, despite the fact that advertising is something the Brits are good at.

Read Gideon Spanier, www.independent.co.uk

Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced by Egyptian court to at least 7 years in prison

Huffington Post | AP :: An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges, bringing widespread criticism that the verdict was a blow to freedom of expression.

Read Sarah El Deeb, www.huffingtonpost.com

Japanese news app Gunosy lands second $12m investment from KDDI in just 4 months

Tech in Asia :: KDDI is betting on the success of news curation app Gunosy after leading a second $12 million round of funding in just four months.

Read J.T. Quigley, www.techinasia.com

How Sports Illustrated is relaunching for the mobile era

Digiday :: The sports publisher is taking a mobile-first approach, with features and products that respond to the growth in second-screen viewing and social media use.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/06/22

LinkedIn acquires major fact checking patents

Poynter :: Lucas Myslinski was tired of having to fact check the questionable emails his father often forwarded to him.

Read Craig Silverman, www.poynter.org

Mail Online's new US CEO Steinberg: "We are going to grow massively"

Beet.TV ::  The conservative British mid-market tabloid is a gargantuan celebrity traffic driver online. Now it wants to both align and connect with a leading social messaging service.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Journalist quits Australia's Mail Online in protest at 'battery hen operation'

Guardian :: Further news of the bitter dispute between News Corp's Australian division and Mail Online's Australian outfit, which led to a clash in Cannes, as reported yesterday.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Shed Media becomes Warner Bros TV productions UK

Rapid TV News :: With the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Shed Media Group now complete, Warner Bros Television Group (WBTVG) has announced a new name and management team for its UK TV production operation.

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

Wimbledon goes digital with Twitter - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk :: This year is set to be the most social Wimbledon ever, with organisers of the tennis tournament using Twitter to bring fans closer to the action.

Read Sophie Curtis, www.telegraph.co.uk

TVE launches on Google Glass

Rapid TV News :: Spanish public network TVE is now broadcasting its four channels through Google Glass via an app designed by the network's interactive department in collaboration with the start-up Droiders.

Read Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, www.rapidtvnews.com

WhatsApp next? The digital media analysts are never quite sure

Guardian :: And, since young people are the future, the things they abandon are automatically doomed in the long run. The curse of the ticking clock.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Tony Abbott lobbies Egyptian president for release of journalist Peter Greste

Guardian | Australian Associated Press :: PM is trying to contact Abdul Fattah al-Sisi before court decides the fate of Australian TV journalist on Monday.

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

2014/06/21

Newsrooms school teachers on what students should learn

PBS Mediashift :: Journalism changes at a rapid speed, and universities struggle to keep pace.

Read Margaret Looney, www.pbs.org

Video in 65% of Google search results

Advanced TV :: Google delivers blended or Universal Search results for around 81 per cent of all searches according to a new study from pioneer and leading global, enterprise SEO platform provider, Searchmetrics.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

German publishers want an 11% cut of Google News

Ars Technica :: Several of Germany's largest newspaper and magazine publishers have instituted legal proceedings against Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

Read Joe Mullin, arstechnica.com

AP called kids ‘detainees’ because ‘We did not want to sugar-coat the facts’

Poynter :: Guardian assistant news editor Erin McCann says she “was apoplectic” when she saw AP’s captions for a story on immigrant children in Border Patrol facilities.

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

Nigerian military clamps down on newspapers in the name of “national security”

WAN-IFRA :: From the early hours of Friday 6 June, the Nigerian army began halting the distribution of major national newspapers in what it claimed was part of a security operation.

Read Jessica White, blog.wan-ifra.org

Rwandan editor released from prison after four years

WAN-IFRA :: After four years, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, editor of Umurabyo newspaper in Rwanda, has been released from prison.

Read Sydney Pead, blog.wan-ifra.org

NPR interviews Jadaliyya co-editor Elliott Colla on ISIS and the media

Jadaliyya :: In this interview with NPR's Brooke Gladstone, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Elliott Colla discusses his essay "Watching ISIS on TV."

Read Staff, NPR, www.jadaliyya.com

What resonates? - Content choices, the stuff on which Yahoo’s future now depends

New York Times :: Choices — ranch dressing versus food history — are the stuff on which Yahoo’s future now depends.

Read Vindu Goel, www.nytimes.com

Media outlets love to use citizen journalism, but don’t like to say where they got it or how

GigaOM :: Many traditional news outlets are happy to have “user-generated content” or citizen journalism for their breaking news reports, a Tow Center study finds — but most do a poor job of identifying it as UGC, and don’t provide credit to the original creator

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

​What drives a spree killer? Don't ask Circa

Gawker :: Circa, a news app, has opinions about how news should be covered, and contributing editor Evan Buxbaum has taken to Medium to explain them.

Read Tom Scocca, gawker.com

Circa's proposal for improving coverage of mass shootings in America

Medium :: The raw tragedy of mass shootings warrant our attention. The perpetrators do not.

Read Evan Buxbaum, medium.com

The ‘Julian Assange factor’ that press freedom groups want to avoid at all costs

Venture Beat :: All editors and journalists could risk legal persecution just for doing their jobs if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t drop his four-year-old investigation into WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.

Read Shane Schick, venturebeat.com

2014/06/20

Time CEO Ripp: We’re not just a magazine company

Bloomberg :: Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp discusses publishing in the digital age with Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle on “Market Makers.”

Read Stephanie Ruhle, www.bloomberg.com

Are digital distractions monopolizing reading time?

Publishing Perspectives :: Books do furnish a room, but according to many in the publishing industry, the fear is that emails, online video texts and tweets will prevent them being read.

Read Roger Tagholm, publishingperspectives.com

BBC's global audience estimate rises to 265

Press Gazette :: The BBC says the audience for its international services has risen to a new high, with 265 million people around the world accessing its output each week.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

How we're inadvertently helping ISIS

National Journal :: There are no bad intentions. But by spreading ISIS' pictures, we're helping to disseminate their terror.

Read Matt Berman, www.nationaljournal.com

Los Angeles Times has updated its newsroom ethics guidelines

Los Angeles Times :: The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish news and information of the highest quality. This requires The Times, across its entire portfolio of editorial products, to be, above all else, a principled news organization. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member.

Read Deirdre Edgar, www.latimes.com

David Brock to launch journalism institute

Politico :: David Brock, the founder of Media Matters for America and public defender for Hillary Clinton, is set to launch an institute to fund journalism that exposes "the nexus of conservative power in Washington," according to an advance copy of his news release.

Read Dylan Byers, www.politico.com

Polygon's Brian Crecente is experimenting with livestreamed game journalism, and it's oddly compelling

Forbes :: At some point later today, Polygon will publish a comprehensive article about Nintendo’s Wii U console and the impact both first-party games and third party publishers like Warner Bros. and Ubisoft may have on their hardware sales.

Read Jason Evangelho, goo.gl

Americans' confidence in news media remains low

Gallup.com :: Americans' faith in each of three major news media platforms -- television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet -- is at or tied with record lows in Gallup's long-standing confidence in institutions trend.

Read Staff, Gallup, www.gallup.com

Chinese government tightens constraints on press freedom

New York Times :: China announced restrictions Wednesday requiring reporters to receive permission from employers for investigative work and banning personal websites.

Read Michael Forsythe, www.nytimes.com

Are publishing startup founders crazy?

Digiday :: Media startup founders didn't get that memo that now's a pretty bad time to be in the publishing business. Here's their reasoning.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2014/06/19

Polish authorities raid magazine office over leaked recordings

Al Jazeera :: Search of Wprost magazine sweeps Poland's social media as editor fends off law enforcement attempts to seize files.

Read Staff, Al Jazeera Stream, stream.aljazeera.com

The page view just won’t die

Buzzfeed :: Every few months media types seem to loop back to a familiar question: How to measure media beyond the page view.

Read Myles Tanzer , www.buzzfeed.com

BSkyB: Beware European copyright reform

Advanced TV :: Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar, Philip Pilcher, Head of European Policy at BSkyB, has questioned whether now is the right time for copyright reform in Europe.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Twitter boosts video push with SnappyTV buy

WSJ :: Twitter Inc. said Thursday it has reached a deal to buy SnappyTV, a service that helps edit and share video from television broadcasts.

Read Michael Calia, online.wsj.com

Mozilla, NYT, WaPo create an online community platform for reader comments and contributions

Press Release :: The New York Times and The Washington Post today announced that they are teaming up to build a new content and commenting platform that will allow audiences to more deeply engage with media coverage and help news organizations everywhere better manage user comments and contributions. The online community platform is supported by $3.89 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Read Press Release, www.nextlevelofnews.com

Premium publishers faster to programmatic in EU: AOD’s Bertozzi

Beet.TV :: It’s commonly thought that the European market is generally adopting so-called “programmatic” ad automation and trading techniques later than the US. But it looks like the quality publishers there are buying in with greater gusto.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Canada modernises copyright regime

Advanced TV :: The Canadian government has announced the coming into force of the Notice and Notice regime, the final step in implementing the Copyright Modernization Act.

Read Colin Mann, advanced-television.com

Axel Springer Digital Ventures is participating in French startup Qwant.com

Press Release :: Qwant.com provides users with a 360 degree overview about their search terms – including webpages, social media, news, products, pictures and videos. The results are arranged in different streams, allowing users to refine their search and explore each category.

Read Staff, Axel Springer Digital Ventures, www.axelspringer.de

Iranian film-maker jailed for five years for 'collaborating with the BBC'

Guardian :: Mahnaz Mohammadi, charged with collusion against Iran's national security, maintains innocence and fears sentence could be due to women's rights work.

Read Saeed Kamali Dehghan, www.theguardian.com

2014/06/18

Twitter, a powerful platform for ISIS to spread its message as much as to expose its vulnerabilities

The Daily Beast :: The terror group may be on a rampage in Iraq. But ISIS is being threatened from inside, it seems. And no one is sure who’s behind the tweets disclosing the group’s intimate details.

Read Jacob Siegel , www.thedailybeast.com

Telegraph plans breaking news team and a cross-functional team of journalists, engineers, designers

Guardian :: The Daily Telegraph has axed several prominent journalists, including former deputy editor Benedict Brogan, as part of a renewed shift towards digital at the title.

Read Roy Greenslade, Josh Halliday, www.theguardian.com

Telegraph announces creation of 40 new editorial jobs amid around a dozen departures

Press Gazette :: Telegraph Media Group today announced the creation of 40 new editorial jobs amid around a dozen departures.

Read Dominic Ponsford,

ASA rules against paid-for links service used by most UK national newspapers: 'Misleading'

Press Gazette :: The Advertising Standards Agency has called into question the widespread practice of providing recommended links to advertisers below online stories in a ruling against 'content discovery' platform Outbrain.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Twitter restores accounts and tweets previously blocked in Pakistan

Engadget :: Back in May, Pakistani authorities requested the removal of multiple tweets and Twitter accounts that were, according to them, blasphemous or unethical. Now, Twitter has now restored said content.

Read Mat Smith, www.engadget.com

TN Media positions itself as media, marketing solutions company — not just a newspaper

TN Media’s re-brand and launch campaign builds on its flagship print product, The Tennessean, highlighting its transformation with new logo, private event with regional business owners, and weekly — quite popular — blog

Read Staff, INMA, www.inma.org

Forbes readership spikes 20% in one year

Folio Mag :: Forbes Media has announced that it has expanded its magazine audience by more than 20 percent over the past year.

Read Staff, Folio Magazine, www.foliomag.com

Why the Oxford Mail is experimenting with WhatsApp

Journalism.co.uk :: The regional daily has received positive feedback for its WhatsApp service after experimenting with new ways to reach its audience more directly

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

News organizations are the new journalism schools

Columbia Journalism Review :: Politico and Condé Nast will soon be training rookies.

Read Edirin Oputu, www.cjr.org

YouTube confirms music service, will block holdout labels' videos within 'days'

Engadget :: The cat's (partly) out of the bag. After a string of rumors, YouTube has confirmed to theFinancial Times that it's launching a paid music service this summer.

Read Jon Fingas, www.engadget.com

Why mobile matters: iOS outpaces Android as smartphone video platform

Advanced TV :: Findings from the Q1 2014 Global Video Index from online video management, publishing, analytics and monetisation specialist Ooyala, suggest that mobile video continues to gain importance for publishers as smartphone and tablet consumption grows.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

How the Economist Group is retooling for programmatic

Digiday :: The rise of programmatic isn't just complicating the picture for publishers -- its also making things more difficult for their sales teams.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2014/06/17

Five New York pubcasters team up for CPB-backed regional newsroom

Current.org :: Five public media stations in New York will create a regional newsroom with a $375,000 grant from CPB, announced today.

Read Dru Sefton, www.current.org

Twitter struggles to remain the free-speech wing of the free-speech party as it suspends terrorist accounts

GigaOM :: Twitter has long maintained that it is the “free-speech wing of the free-speech party,” but its commitment to that principle has come under fire as it bans accounts setup by militant groups and blocks tweets in certain countries.

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

CNN and Tumblr team up for tonight’s Townhall with Hillary Clinton

LostRemote :: Tumblr embarks on its first news network partnership tonight, joining forces with CNN for Christiane Amanpour's live townhall interview with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Read Jordan Chariton, lostremote.com

How do journalists verify content they find in Social Networks?

Reveal Project :: How do journalists verify content they find in Social Networks? What are current challenges and requirements? Which solutions are already deployed? We wanted to find out! Hence we conducted a number of interviews with journalists. Here is one of them.

Read Jochen Spangenberg, revealproject.eu

Facebook Paper adds a trending section

Engadget :: Today, to celebrate version 1.2, Facebook is adding support for hashtags, a trending posts section and photo tagging.

Read Terrence O'Brien, www.engadget.com

New York Times morning meeting - A paper boat navigating a digital sea

New York Times :: 10 a.m. meeting in The Times’s third-floor conference room. The meeting, which until recently concentrated on the printed newspaper, now emphasizes a different discussion: journalism on the digital platforms.

Read Margaret Sullivan, www.nytimes.com

In the Netherlands, programmatic advertising is the norm

eMarketer :: Programmatic advertising adoption in the Netherlands is high—the highest in Europe.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Facebook dominates World Cup chat

eMarketer :: Don’t be surprised to see World Cup fever invading your newsfeed.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

How GroupM's exit from open ad exchanges shifts the power in ad tech

AdAge :: GroupM is looking to reset digital advertising's balance.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

Twitter is still an experiment for most of the advertisers

Re/code :: Hopefully for Twitter, which is actually performing relatively well in the marketing arena; it is going to do more than $1 billion in ad revenue this year, even with all the concern about its small user base.

Read Kara Swisher, recode.net

Google head of product partnerships on trends in mobile publishing

FIPP :: We asked Luca about trends in mobile publishing and how Google sees the future evolve.

Read Staff, FIPP, www.fipp.com

Egypt to release Al Jazeera's Abdullah Elshamy after 306 days on hunger strike

Al Jazeera :: Reporter to be freed on medical grounds after being held without charge for 306 days and protesting with hunger strike.

Read Staff, Al Jazeera, www.aljazeera.com

More than 180m hear network radio ads

Media Life Magazine :: That includes 68 percent of people age 12 and older, according to Nielsen.

Read Staff, Media Life Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

Apple settles e-book price-fixing lawsuit, avoiding potential $840M judgement

VentureBeat :: Apple has reportedly settled an e-book price-fixing lawsuit that could have exposed it to $840 million in potential damages.

Read Dylan Tweney, venturebeat.com

He's not alone. Edward Snowden and his team

Tagesspiegel (translated version) :: In New York, a team of activists and lawyers is working for Edward Snowden. And on the 19th floor of their office he is always there in the form of a robot with a camera “eye” which Snowden controls remotely from Moscow. Our reporter Julia Prosinger visited for a week – and the whistleblower helped her in an extraordinary situation.

Read Julia Prosinger, www.tagesspiegel.de

How the NY Times plans to monetize its Cooking site

Digiday :: Here's what you might get as a subscriber to The New York Times' forthcoming Cooking site.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/06/16

Window into Airbnb’s hidden impact on S.F.,

SF Chronicle :: How some 5,000 impromptu listings skirt the law, affect housing supply — yet find favor with travelers, hosts.

Read Carolyn Said, www.sfchronicle.com

Source: BuzzFeed is raising a massive $200M round

Venture Beat :: BuzzFeed may raise a $200 million funding round — its fifth to date — a source close to the matter claims.

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

Wikipedia now forcing editors to disclose any paid contributions

Venture Beat :: Wikipedia has tried tirelessly over the years to keep its online encyclopedia free from misinformation and bias by keeping those with vested interests from contributing to articles. As of today, that’s getting a slight update.

Read Tom Cheredar, venturebeat.com

Condé Nast Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox TV to team up

Folio Mag :: Condé Nast Entertainment has signed a first look agreement with Twentieth Century Fox TV. The deal is a new expansive venture for CNE, and one that further positions it as a multimedia company.

Read Caysey Welton, www.foliomag.com

UNESCO call to editors: report more on the killing of journalists

WAN-IFRA :: UNESCO’s Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger, has urged editors to plan coverage on journalists' safety to coincide with the UN’s new International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

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

Good journalism will change you

The Hindu :: This is a convocation speech delivered by Ms. Suhasini Haidar at the 9.9 School of Communication, June 6, 2014.

Read Suhasini Haidar, www.thehindu.com

BBC hosts conference to consider the state, and future, of local journalism

Guardian :: The BBC is to host a conference next week about the state of local journalism and its possible future.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

How Indian government is using Twitter

Times of India :: Social media, especially Twitter, is becoming the vehicle of information dissemination of the new government — beginning with prime minister Narendra Modi himself, who has two Twitter handles that are a constant source of information.

Read Staff, Times of India, timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Eric Cantor’s defeat exposed a beltway journalism blind spot

New York Times :: The provincialism of Washington, D.C., is now multiplied by the diminution of nonnational newspapers.

Read David Carr, www.nytimes.com

Japan’s CyberAgent Ventures goes big with new $50M fund for Asian startups

Tech in Asia :: CyberAgent Ventures announces $50 million fund for seed and early stage funding.

Read J.T. Quigley, www.techinasia.com

Senior News Corp journalist Anne Markey to lead Yahoo7 audience push

mUmBRELLA :: Yahoo7 has appointed senior News Corp journalist Anne Markey into the newly created role of head of editorial.

Read Staff, mUmBRELLA, mumbrella.com.au

Forbes magazine hits highest readership in 97-year history

The Wrap :: Forbes magazine seems to be bucking the downward trend for print magazines, with the near-century-old publication hitting its highest readership level ever in the U.S.

Read Tony Maglio, www.thewrap.com

Business Insider sketches out its European expansion

Digiday :: Business Insider's European strategy is coming into focus.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

‘Employee of the future’: Bridging media’s church-state divide

Digiday :: And as the wall between church and state becomes more porous, a new breed of cross-departmental employee has evolved at publishers across the country.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Soccer and economic improvement drive ad revenue growth, forecast says

AdAge :: Global ad revenue is expected to expand more in 2014 than in any year since 2010, driven by strengthening economies and major events like the World Cup and the Winter Olympics, according to a new forecast by Magna Global. part of Interpublic Group of Cos.' Mediabrands.

Read Ashley Rodriguez, Max Willens, adage.com

2014/06/15

How collaboration helped La Nación to a data project award

Journalism.co.uk :: La Nación's Florencia Coelho reveals how the outlet's award-winning data project aims to enable transparency in a country where Freedom of Information laws do not yet exist

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

Trends in social media verification

WAN-IFRA :: Verification has long been one of the guiding principles of journalism and is even more essential today in the age of Photoshop-altered photos, social media hoaxes and “astroturfing,” a panel of digital media accuracy experts at the World Editors Forum asserted.

Read Julie Posetti, blog.wan-ifra.org

Weather-targeted ads in Twitter's forecast

mashable :: When temperatures rise this summer, expect to see more promoted posts on Twitter for iced tea recipes and other ways to beat the heat.

Read Andy Fixmer, mashable.com

Broadcast hack to news agency: We want your green puppy pictures. Money? We don't pay for content that's gone viral

Press Gazette :: Austria-based agency CEN Europics has had some excuses from media companies that want to re-use its hard-work for free,  but this one from a US TV show takes the biscuit.

Read Axegrinder, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Former BuzzFeed COO Jon Steinberg lands at Daily Mail’s web site

Re/code :: Jon Steinberg, the former COO of BuzzFeed, has a new job: He is running the American version of the UK-based Daily Mail’s enormous Web site, formally known as MailOnline.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Tribune pushes more debt on newspapers ahead of spinoff

MediaPost :: With Tribune Co.'s planned spinoff of its newspapers as an independent company coming up in the third quarter of 2014, the parent company is pushing more debt onto Tribune Publishing, as the new company will be known.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

2014/06/14

Back to Baghdad for TV News Crews

Mediabistro :: Foreign network news correspondents continue to make their way into Iraq as terror group ISIS marches toward Baghdad.

Read Chris Ariens, www.mediabistro.com

The secret weapon behind ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘The Soup’

The Wrap :: How Snapstream,  a technology that searches closed captions, leads to your favorite montages.

Read Tony Maglio, www.thewrap.com

How three 20-somethings built Elite Daily, a site with 40m readers, with $60,000

Business Insider :: Elite Daily, a news website with 55 employees and 40 million monthly uniques, just raised a $1.5 million convertible note.

Read Alyson Shontell, www.businessinsider.com

What media innovations could a roomful of journalists and programmers build in 37 hours?

RJI Online :: new concepts for tools, business models and information services aimed at improving real-time social journalism across digital platforms.

Read Reuben Stern, Travis McMillen, www.rjionline.org

Al Jazeera just soft-launched its AJ+ online video network

GigaOM :: Al Jazeera just lifted the curtain on AJ+, its online news network for people who don’t watch cable news anymore.

Read Janko Roettgers, gigaom.com

Innovation SWAT teams must be integrated quickly into newsrooms

RJI Online :: Risk and reward. Success and failure. Progress and lethargy. Too often in our newsrooms we see things in such black and white terms, failing to see the opportunities that lie before our very eyes.

Read Staff, RJI Online, www.rjionline.org

The co-founder of Turkey's 140journos on building a citizen-sustained news agency from scratch

Nieman Lab :: Serdar Akinan did what journalists throughout Turkey all too often refuse to do: report a story that might cast the government in a bad light. Sometimes, the prime minister tells the media not to cover certain stories. Sometimes, the media censors itself.

Read Engin Onder, www.nieman.harvard.edu

9 best practices for publishing provocative opinions in a polarized world (Kelly McBride/Poynter)

Poynter :: Clashes between professional provocateurs and the masses, like the recent criticism that rained down on Washington Post columnist George F. Will over  #survivorprivilege, are on the rise.

Read Kelly McBride, www.poynter.org

Colorado papers form digital syndicate

NetNews Check :: How do you create more, higher quality content with a smaller, busier staff? Aimee Heckel explains how three Colorado newspapers banded feature stories in a unique content-sharing experiment to produce regional, digitally-focused pieces whose production rotates between the different newspapers.  

Read Aimee Heckel, www.netnewscheck.com

BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith on the challenge of competing with every other piece of content on the Web

Nieman Lab :: Over the past two years, Buzzfeed hired more than 150 reporters and editors; the site now covers politics and business and has an investigative reporting team. It now attracts 130 million monthly unique visitors.

Read Ben Smith, www.nieman.harvard.edu

2014/06/13

Four tends for the future of digital news

Journalism.co.uk :: Digital strategist Amy Webb shared her vision of the how news organisation should go about their work in the future at the Global Editors Network Summit in Barcelona.

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

Who owns the copyright on a quote? Probably not the newspaper publishing it, according to media law experts

Crikey :: News Corp is accusing the Mail Online, the Australian branch of British tabloid the Daily Mail, of pinching its stories, and has served the website’s parent company with a legal letter listing 10 instances where it accuses the rival tabloid of doing so.

Read Myriam Robin , www.crikey.com.au

Online journalism is suffering print's fate

A study suggest, that paid search advertisers may be getting nothing for their money

Read Megan McArdle, www.bloombergview.com

Reddit's live thread platform: at the forefront of the real-time news movement

Mashable :: Armed with a new live thread system built by Reddit engineers, a group of volunteer moderators have elevated Reddit to the forefront of the real-time news movement.

Read Jason Abbruzzese, mashable.com

Tribune Publishing to carry $350 million in debt in spinoff (Robert Channick/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune :: Tribune Publishing will carry $350 million of debt when it spins off as a stand-alone company, $25 million higher than previously stated.

Read Robert Channick, www.chicagotribune.com

FT managing editor says Candy Crush now a competitor as survey says a third of Britons access news on mobiles

Press Gazette :: The managing editor of the Financial Times has revealed that he sees Candy Crush (pictured, Reuters) and other smartphone applications as a new form of competition.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Is viral clickbait okay if it brings attention to something worthwhile?

GigaOM :: Upworthy often gets lumped in with creators of cheap clickbait content like ViralNova, but the company’s editorial director says it is driven by a different mission: to use social tools to get content about socially important topics in front of as many people as possible.

Read Mathew Ingram, goo.gl

ITV studio attacked by anti-World Cup protesters during Brazil v Croatia

Guardian :: During a turbulent opening day on and off the pitch in Brazil, anti-World Cup protesters turned their attention to the ITV studio on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, pelting it with rocks.

Read Stuart Goodwin, www.theguardian.com

It's time to be entrepreneurial in digital news and break the shackles of print

Guardian :: A leading voice in European media says print and digital can't work together – but are publishers prepared to take that risk?

Read Paul Hill, www.theguardian.com

World Cup fans over-index on multiscreen video behaviours

Rapid TV News :: World Cup fans will be watching the 2014 games across multiple devices, often simultaneously, according to an analysis from Experian Marketing Services.

Read Michelle Clancy, www.rapidtvnews.com

TV advertising spends still trump digital video

Rapid TV News :: Digital video advertising in the US is increasing at an exponential rate, but, says eMarketer, TV will add more new dollars this year — $2.19 billion more than 2013, compared with a $1.76 billion increase in digital video ad spending,

Read Michelle Clancy, www.rapidtvnews.com

Twitter Media Head Chloe Sladden Leaves

Broadcasting Cable :: Twitter media head Chloe Sladden, who had been overseeing the company’s widespread alliances with media and TV companies, has left the company on June 12 after tweeting that “now it’s time for my next chapter.”

Read George Winslow, www.broadcastingcable.com

Guardian confirms masterclass line up for Australia

mUmBRELLA :: The Guardian has released the line up for its masterclass series which started this month in Australia.

Read Staff, mUmBRELLA, mumbrella.com.au

Hearst’s new approach to digital news

Digiday :: The publisher is hoping to boost its social traffic with a centralized news desk that will serve its 18 magazines including Cosmopolitan and Esquire.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/06/12

The notification knows where you are: Breaking News debuts news alerts tied to your location

Nieman Lab ::  In the quest for smarter news notifications, NBC News Digital’s Breaking News app will now send alerts specific to where readers — and their phones — are located.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Advice for 'adaptive storytelling' from the Washington Post

Journalism.co.uk :: The Washington Post's Cory Haik shared key considerations behind the outlet's digital strategy at the Global Editors Network Summit in Barcelona.

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

Sky news head: 'Golden era for journalism'

News Sky :: In a speech to the Royal Society of Arts, John Ryley argued that technology was helping both newsgathering and production.

Read Tom Cheshire, news.sky.com

Jill Abramson to teach at Harvard

New York Times :: Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, will teach undergraduate courses in narrative nonfiction at Harvard University this fall, the university announced Thursday.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

How European newspapers search for ways to survive digital revolution

Guardian :: From paywalls to web-only brands, media across the continent are belatedly looking at ways to make money as print sales plummet.

Read Anne Penketh, Philip Oltermann, Stephen Burgen, www.theguardian.com

Media seeks Senate vote on shield law

Politico :: In the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to take up a case involving a New York Times reporters refusal to identify his sources, a coalition of more than 70 news organizations and press freedom groups is urging the Senate to take prompt action to pass a shield law that would make it easier for journalists to protect their sources.

Read Josh Gerstein, www.politico.com

Why social engagement matters

BBC Academy :: Every day we have conversations about life, family, sport or politics. Maybe a colleague or friend will be the expert, but the fact that everyone has an opinion makes the conversation richer.

Read David Cuen, www.bbc.co.uk

Sky News boss criticises press influence on television newsrooms

Guardian :: John Ryley says his newsroom tries not to follow the agenda of newspapers such as the Daily Mail.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger is one of three seen as top contenders for Times succession (Joe Pompeo/Capital New York)

Capital New York :: As the 33-year-old son of New York Times publisher and company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., whose family has steered the institution since 1896, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger is one in a handful of heir presumptives within one of the world's last great newspaper dynasties.

Read Joe Pompeo, www.capitalnewyork.com

Reuters taps Variety as its syndication partner for entertainment news

Variety :: Penske Media Corporation has signed a wide-ranging syndication deal with Reuters that will make Variety its partner for entertainment news, the companies announced Thursday.

Read Staff, Variety, variety.com

Insights about digital news consumption

Reuters' Institute :: Digital disruption, smartphone as agent of change and the rise of WhatsApp - just some of the key findings of our 2014 report

Read Staff, Reuters Institute, www.youtube.com

Insights about digital news consumption

Reuters' Institute :: Digital disruption, smartphone as agent of change and the rise of WhatsApp - just some of the key findings of our 2014 report

Read Staff, Reuters Institute, www.youtube.com

Objectivity and impartiality in digital news coverage

Guardian :: The former director of BBC News asks whether traditional journalistic disciplines are relevant in a digital environment.

Read Richard Sambrook, www.theguardian.com

New press standards body to hold first meeting

Hold The Frontpage :: The new independent press regulator is to hold its first public meeting later this month in Edinburgh. The public are being invited to give their views on the new Independent Press Standards Organisation at a debate organised by Edinburgh Napier University.

Read Paul Linford, www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk

Penelope Muse Abernathy on how community newspapers can face the digital transition

Nieman Lab :: In her new book, Abernathy examines the divide between metro papers and rural or ethnic papers as they deal with digital competition, ownership changes, and the search for new revenue.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org