2014/11/24

Starcom MediaVest Group's Tracey Scheppach: ‘Addressable TV will take off in 2015′

Beet.TV :: In 2014, TV began learning the targeting tricks that digital media have deployed for years. In 2015, those techniques will kick in to high gear, says one ad agency exec.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt: 'We all knew public officials were being paid, I accept that'

Press Gazette :: Paying public officials for stories was an "open secret" throughout the newsroom at The Sun, a court heard today. 

Read Staff, Court News UK, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Rebekah Brooks lawyer: Prosecution 'fuelled by vitriol from outside the court door' risked 'miscarriage of justice'

Press Gazette :: Vitriolic media coverage which portrayed Rebekah Brooks as a “figure of hate” made it impossible for her to receive a fair trial, her lawyer Angus McBride has alleged.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Hard comparison: Legacy media vs. digital native

Monday Notes :: From valuations to management cultures, the gap between legacy media companies and digital natives ones seems to widen. The chart below maps the issues and shows where efforts should focus.

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

Malaysia's Home Ministry is planning to set up a firewall on websites, including YouTube

MalayMailOnline :: The Home Ministry is working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to set up a firewall on websites, including YouTube, to ensure content which does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board is not viewed by Malaysians.

Read Aizyl Azlee, www.themalaymailonline.com

Gannett’s full-service ad design group finds revenue in unexpected place

INMA :: Several years into its debut, Gannett Imaging and Ad Design Center found its revenue opportunity in non-Gannett media company ad production. Persistence, patience, and flexibility finally (and literally) paid off.

Read Connie McGarrah, www.inma.org

Fairfax partners with NYT to extend digital offering

The Newspaper Works :: Fairfax Media is offering subscribers to its Sydney and Melbourne mastheads free access to The New York Times website and mobile apps, as part of a collaboration between the publishers.

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

Newsy and the perils of building a distributed media brand

Digiday :: The vast majority of Newsy viewers have no idea what the company is -- a fact the video publisher intends to amend in the near future.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

GamerGate’s new approach: Attack Gawker’s ad tech

Digiday :: GamerGate is now urging members to complain to Gawker Media's ad tech providers in its effort to sink the publisher.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Platforms court journalists, but will the romance last?

Digiday :: Platforms from Google to Foursquare are flirting with creating their own editorial content. But are they in it for the long haul?

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/11/23

Native Advertising: does it 'cheapen' journalism?

WAN-IFRA :: News publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and newcomers like Buzzfeed are embracing native advertising. How do news publishers toe the line between 'church and state'?

Read Angelique Lu, blog.wan-ifra.org

Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool

Guardian :: Channel 4’s Alex Thomson filmed Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and shared the short videos on Twitter.

Read Frances Perraudin, www.theguardian.com

Buzzfeed international boss: Uber controversy ‘will change way people think about us’

mUmBRELLA :: The international head of Buzzfeed says the recent international media controversy around Uber demonstrates that the social viral content website can deliver hard news and break global stories.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

York newspaper launches campaign to save the city's pubs

Guardian :: Be vocal for your local, says The Press.




Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson wants to be a spokeswoman for “slow writing”

Quartz :: So, about that $100,000 fee that ousted New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson and her old boss Steven Brill plan to pay writers for articles at their digital journalism startup.

Read Heather Landy, qz.com

"Always go there, to never flinch, to never look away" - Bill Cosby and the rape allegations

The Atlantik :: I don't have many writing regrets. But this is one of them. I regret not saying what I thought of the accusations, and then pursuing those thoughts. I regret it because the lack of pursuit puts me in league with people who either looked away, or did not look hard enough.

You can challenge Google, cut staff … or just make print journalism work

Guardian :: Britain’s regional media chains are responding differently to the online challenge. One of them is still paying staff bonuses.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Affluent readers but a socially involved news agenda: Poverty is a hard sell for newspapers flogging braised endives

Guardian :: Leftwing papers have to strike an uneasy balance between the lure of aspirational advertising and their mission to report.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Local wants to challenge traditional newspapers

The Courier Journal :: CJ engagement editor Eric Burse is a Louisville native that has returned to his hometown as a multifaceted journalist specializing in multimedia content. Burse hopes to be an integral part of providing the best local digital content readers.

Read Eric Burse, www.courier-journal.com

Tony Abbott leads 'a government of censorship', Bill Shorten tells ABC rally

Guardian :: Labor leader says $300m cuts would rip at the heart of national institutions and cause the loss of jobs and local content.

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

2014/11/22

Egyptian President says release of Al Jazeera journalists is 'being discussed'

Reuters :: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday he was considering pardoning two of the three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in his country.

Read Stephen Kalin, Maggie Fick, Matt Siegel, www.huffingtonpost.com

Huffington Post is said to be in talks to host a Jill Abramson, Steven Brill journalism start-up

New York Times :: Ms. Abramson, a former executive editor of The New York Times, and the journalist Steven Brill are said to be in talks with Arianna Huffington.

Read Ravi Somaiya, David Carr, www.nytimes.com

ABC News says story Craigslist calls a ‘Hit Piece’ will be fair

Poynter :: Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster says ABC News plans a piece that “mischaracterizes our efforts to prevent free classified ads for recalled sale items by craigslist users, and falsely accuses us of not cooperating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

How Buzzfeed, Mashable and Quartz are adjusting their style for the British market

Digiday :: Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw famously characterized England and America as "two countries separated by a common language." Nowhere is that clearer than in the expansion of a number of leading U.S. publications to the U.K.

Read Chris Smith, digiday.com

Making journalists write native ads is a ‘mistake’ The Mandarin editor warns publishers

mUmBRELLA :: The editor of new online publication The Mandarin has argued at a forum in Sydney that allowing journalists to write branded content is a “massive mistake”, which runs the risk of undermining reader confidence in publications and mastheads across various segments.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Budget cuts could hasten decline of print advertising revenue, publishers are warned

mUmBRELLA :: Publishers have been warned that constantly cutting budgets could damage the quality of their titles and ultimately see advertising revenues sink even quicker.

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

The ‘social URL’: For BuzzFeed, Google isn’t a focus. It has engineered itself almost entirely for social sharing

Digiday :: In its never-ending quest to make its content more sharable, the viral publisher is putting a new spin on the lowly URL.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Appeal Court rules that anonymity for children in criminal cases should not extend beyond 18th birthday

Press Gazette :: The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to give young people caught up in legal proceedings, including victims and witnesses, lifelong anonymity.

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

$280m deal: New Media investment group to buy Halifax Media newspapers

Wall Street Journal :: New Media Investment Group Inc. said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to buy all of the newspapers owned by the Halifax Media Group for $280 million in a sign of further consolidation and retrenchment in the struggling newspaper business.

Read Lukas I. Alpert, online.wsj.com

The complexities of measuring newspapers in the digital age

The Media Briefing :: Presentations from the Guardian and News UK at the Media Research Group conference in Berlin highlighted just how complex measuring what a newspaper does in the digital age has become.

Read Neil Sharman, www.themediabriefing.com

Future Publishing reveals more than 400 jobs cut in statement revealing £35m (€44m|$54.8m) losses

Press Gazette :: Future Publishing cut its total staff number from 980 to 577 in the year to September. The US and UK-based company's results show its revenues fell from £82.6m in 2013 to £66m.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

TeamRock unveils online paywall for titles including Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog

Press Gazette :: TeamRock, which publishes Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog, has this month introduced paid-for content to its website.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Amazon to offer Washington Post app for free to Fire tablet owners

Guardian :: WaPo app will be pushed to all Amazon-branded tablets for free trial period before charging $1 a month for next six months.

Read Chris Johnston, www.theguardian.com

Libyan editor Amara al-Khatabi jailed for five years in defamation case

Guardian :: A Libyan newspaper editor has been sentenced to five years in jail for allegedly defaming public officials, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste ask Egypt's president to send their son home

Huffington Post :: The parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste, who is serving a seven-year sentence in Egypt for what have been widely denounced as false charges, appealed to Egypt’s president on Friday to send their son home before Christmas.

Read Sophia Jones, www.huffingtonpost.com

Met's journalist files include details of sexual orientation, childhood and family medical history

Press Gazette :: Jules Mattsson is one of six members of the NUJ to launch a legal challenge against the Metropolitan Police after finding that it keeps surveillance files on them in a database of Domestic Extremism.

Read Jules Mattsson, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Tesco hides newspaper covers to stop children seeing ‘sexualised pictures’ after pressury by campaign group

Guardian :: Supermarket to only show names and logos on stands after pressure by campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes.

Read Jamie Orme, www.theguardian.com

NYT edges closer to layoffs

Poynter :: A memo from Janet Elder says the news org may not have enough buyout applications to forgo layoffs. "Early efforts to handicap the outcome regrettably point to having to do some layoffs."

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

Aereo ends its fight to change TV ecosystem

AdAge :: Aereo was introduced in 2012 as an attempt to blow up the TV industry, or at least the traditional pay-TV package. But on Friday, the service, which allowed users stream and record broadcast TV sans a cable or satellite subscription, filed for bankruptcy protection.

Read Jeanine Poggi, adage.com

New York magazine creates ‘pop-up blogs’

Poynter :: Since May, New York magazine has launched an irregular series of “pop-up blogs” to expand its coverage on a variety of topics including relationships, the arts and travel.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Why Barnes & Noble is selling beer kits

Wall Street Journal :: Barnes & Noble is diversifying into gifts like popcorn makers and turntables for the holidays, part of a new merchandising strategy as it tries to reverse declines in store traffic and prepares to split up.

Read Jeffrey Trachtenberg, online.wsj.com

2014/11/21

From notebook to newsroom: getting ahead as a freelance journalist

Journalism.co.uk :: For this week's podcast we collect some expert advice for freelance journalists to mark National Freelance Day

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

What’s the right news experience on a phone? Stacy-Marie Ishmael and BuzzFeed are trying to figure it out

Nieman Lab :: BuzzFeed offers Ishmael the opportunity to explore an area she’s never taken on directly — general news.

Read Caroline O'Donovan, www.niemanlab.org

Chinese journalist Gao Yu accused of stealing state secrets affirms innocence at trial

New York Times :: Amid heavy security, Gao Yu, a journalist accused of stealing state secrets, went on trial in Beijing on Friday in a closely watched case analysts said was aimed at silencing a voice that gave the world rare glimpses into internal Communist Party politics.

Read Didi Kirsten Tatlow, www.nytimes.com

In St. Louis, high school journalists are telling their own stories about Ferguson

Poynter :: Jennifer Fowler watched news as it flowed out of Ferguson, Missouri, in August. She felt scared. She wanted to know what was real. And she wanted to tell the story herself.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

New content-driven ad network OnSport partners with Time Inc. and Meredith

AdWeek :: With the content marketing and native advertising scene getting increasingly crowded with tech players such as Outbrain, Sharethrough and Nativo, just to name a few, OneSpot thinks it's found an edge on those competitors.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

Media circus: Media members outnumber protesters in Ferguson

FOX Detroit :: Hundreds, maybe thousands, of reporters have converged on the St. Louis suburb to feed the news beast.

Read Staff, FOX Detroit, www.myfoxdetroit.com

Pro-independence daily paper the National to launch in Scotland

Guardian :: Pilot launch of new daily tabloid, from the same stable as the Sunday Herald, will cost 50p and have print run of 50,000.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Crowdfunding platforms for reporters, photographers, video journalists

Journalism.co.uk :: We all know Kickstarter, but what are some of the specialised platforms out there that could help journalists fund their projects?

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

New York Post makes valuable use of small spaces

Branding Magazine :: The Post, one of the oldest daily newspapers in the United States, has been in the market since 1801, but just last year it had a digital relaunch. The actual advertisement campaign is the newest in more than ten years.

Read Maiara Kososki, www.brandingmagazine.com

Google to help publishers make money by blocking ads

AdAge :: People Will Pay $1-$3 Per Month, With a Cut to Participating Sites Like Mashable.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

2014/11/20

Re/code has decided to remove the commenting function from the site

Re|Code :: The biggest change for some of you, however, will be that we have decided to remove the commenting function from the site.

Read Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher, recode.net

Public officials and flaks who stonewall reporters, beware: Your face might be the next added to this website

Poynter :: Public officials and flaks who stonewall reporters, beware: Your face might be the next added to this website.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Twitter data mining reveals surprising detail about socioeconomic indicators

MIT Technology Review :: Twitter data mining reveals surprising detail about socioeconomic indicators but at a fraction of the cost of traditional data-gathering methods, say computational sociologists.

Read Staff, MIT Technology Review, www.technologyreview.com

Jeff Bezos makes his mark on Washington Post with new Kindle app

New York Times :: It is the first formal collaboration between the newspaper and Amazon since Mr. Bezos, the online giant’s founder, bought The Post for $250 million last year.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

Quartz and The Economist on what makes a good media business today and tomorrow

The Media Briefing :: TheMediaBriefing talks to the presidents of The Economist and Quartz about what makes a good media business now, how to ensure you're able to adapt to change, and what a strong media business of the future looks like.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.themediabriefing.com

Here’s some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news stories

Nieman Lab :: How news sites think about social platforms changes with time. Five or six years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see the bottom of a blog post chicken-pocked with a gazillion tiny icons representing social networks familiar and seemingly imaginary.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

Facebook won't be at next year's NewFronts, but here's who will be

AdAge :: Facebook won't be presenting at next year's Digital Content NewFronts after all. The social network had been in initial talks with the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which manages the NewFronts, to get involved with the digital-video industry's premier event but has decided otherwise.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

Julian Assange’s appeal to lift arrest warrant is rejected by Swedish court

Guardian :: Ruling means WikiLeaks founder still faces extradition to Sweden if he leaves Ecuador embassy in London.

Read David Crouch, www.theguardian.com

How network effects explain the future of Twitter

The Week :: According to economic logic, it's a safe bet that Twitter will only get bigger in the years to come.

Read Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, theweek.com

Do Startups Really Need PR? Yes, Especially If They're Uber

AdAge :: Uber General Manager Chris Nakutis decried PR this summer as a waste of money, at least as far his prior startup went. But as Uber showed spectacularly again this week, almost every growing company will need communications professionals eventually.

Read Alexandra Bruell, adage.com

Mail Online hits new record of 12m daily browsers and 193m per month

PressGazette :: Mail Online hit a new daily global traffic record of 12.1m daily unique browsers in October, according to ABC.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Jennifer Preston on leaving The New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms

Nieman Lab :: “I think most media companies large and small have embraced change. So it’s not as if we’re all starting in the smoke-filled press room.”

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Kensho real-time statistical computing: CNBC's analytics putting daily financial news into historical context

New York Times :: Boxes of financial statistics are appearing as NBCUniversal News Group announces a strategic investment in Kensho that includes a larger agreement specifically with CNBC.

Read Leslie Kaufman, www.nytimes.com

Jack Shafer says Reuters let him go

Poynter :: Reuters media critic Jack Shafer tells Poynter Reuters let him go. “I’m fine,” Shafer told Poynter. “My philosophy is that the job belongs to the employer,” he said. “When they want to do something else with the money, that’s their prerogative.

Read Ben Mullin, Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

Fairfax Media focuses on subscription business as source of revenue

mUmBRELLA :: Fairfax Media is turning to a subscriptions business as the media company looks to new revenue models following the decline in the print industry which has seen print publication circulation tumble, taking with it print advertising revenue.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Goodbye to shanzhai: China’s web has kicked its copycat habit

Tech in Asia :: China's internet was once known for carbon-copying popular services in other countries. But recently a Chinese government official said it has moved beyond that, and he's right.

Read C. Custer, www.techinasia.com

Tablet publishing fails to create habit with readers due to less frequent publishing rate

mUmBRELLA :: Publications on a tablet struggle to create a reading or viewing habit with readers due to it often being a weekly or monthly cycle of new content, ABC’s director of innovation Angela Clark has said.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Digital video in the UK: More TV-like content means more TV-like ads

eMarketer :: Digital video viewers in the UK, while still heavy consumers of short-form, YouTube-like content, are more predisposed to watching long-form, TV-like content online than their US cousins. Long-form ads, it seems, are porting to the digital realm as well.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Understanding is main obstacle to programmatic in Canada

eMarketer :: Do Canadian marketers understand programmatic? Many say they don't - and it's holding back spending. Other concerns include whether the content they would be advertising against was really premium.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

BBC licence fee: culture secretary rules out any change before general election

Guardian :: Sajid Javid tells backbench Tory MP that issue of corporation’s funding model will be part of charter renewal post-2015.

Read Tara Conlan, www.theguardian.com

Network news coverage of the Ebola virus abruptly and dramatically fell off following the midterm elections

Huffington Post :: Network news coverage of the Ebola virus abruptly and dramatically fell off following the midterm elections earlier this month, according to a new study by Media Matters.

 

Read Jackson Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com

2014/11/19

Pop Up Archive releases new audio transcription features

Poynter :: New podcasting initiatives, including “Serial”, “StartUp” and “Radiotopia” have lately attracted a lot of attention from reporters and investors. But with all this new audio being gathered and posted to the Web, how can journalists and their audiences parse it?

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

War journalists, targeted, silenced: Tina Carr warns of worst-ever conditions for freelance journalists

Guardian :: Freelance journalists are “being targeted and silenced more than ever” in warzones, according to the director of the organisation responsible for the Rory Peck awards, which celebrate their work.

Read Tara Conlan, www.theguardian.com

Condé Nast agrees to GroupM's tougher ad viewability standards

AdAge :: Cond Nast, the publisher of brands such as Vogue and Style.com, has agreed to GroupM's demand to pay only for online ads that are entirely viewable by consumers, a tougher standard than the industry has been pushing.

Read Alexandra Bruell, adage.com

How can we learn from what works online and on mobile to create journalism that’s deeply engaging and responsive to our communities’ needs?

Medium :: In an ideal world, journalism would have helped reveal the underlying faultlines in Ferguson before they had split wide open. But local journalism all over the country is in a moribund state

Read Andrew Haeg, medium.com

Ashton Kutcher defends Uber executive in favor of targeting journalists: ‘question the source’

The Wrap :: Ashton Kutcher doesn't think there's anything wrong with Uber “digging up dirt on shady journalist[s].”

Read Greg Gilman, www.thewrap.com

KPIX 5 TV reporter buys $600 worth of medical Marijuana for story

CBS Local :: It’s not every day that a TV station’s general manager has to sign an expense report for $600 in pot, but this is California, and this is 2014, and this is a serious consumer story.

Read Brandon Mercer, sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

The podcast enters a new golden age

Digiday :: Both of Eric Nuzum’s Tuesday morning meetings started with the same question: Has everyone heard the latest episode of “Serial”?

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

ABC and SBS funding to be cut by $308m over five years

Guardian :: Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition’s budget cuts to the public broadcasters should not affect what Australians see and hear.

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com

How brand extensions helped save the New York Times

WAN-IFRA :: NYT Licensing & Syndication VP, Alice Ting, explains this was remarkable turnaround was largely achieved by generating the NYT's brand extension. “We wanted to think more than just about our content. We own our logo, our trademark, but we also want to leverage our assets into brand extensions.”

Read Calum Stuart, blog.wan-ifra.org

ABC faces backlash over proposed axing of South Australian and local content

Guardian :: Nick Xenophon to introduce bill to strengthen public broadcaster’s charter as TV production in SA and state editions of 7.30 hang in the balance.

Read Gay Alcorn, www.theguardian.com

Is Trinity Mirror’s digital experiment in Reading the end for local papers?

Guardian :: Regional newspaper group has abandoned a market-leading print position in Berkshire to chase a low-cost online-only future.





Read Steve Dyson, www.theguardian.com

Should we introduce ‘Google Tax’ in the UK?

Guardian :: The Spanish copyright ‘tax’ on Google News’ sharing of journalism restricts a remarkable service and is doomed to fail.





Read Harry Jupp, www.theguardian.com

2014/11/18

The quality paradox: When shorter content is better

Mobile Media Memo :: Imagine you can get the nugget of a 2-minute video in a 24-second clip, or 80% of the value in 20% of the time

Read Cory Bergman, mobilemediamemo.com

Twitter now lets you search for any Tweet ever sent

Wired :: Originally, Twitter built its search engine to provide quick access to what people are tweeting right now—not to what they’ve tweeted in the past—and that meant removing every tweet from its search index after a week or so. But Burstein also knew this wasn’t ideal.

Read Cade Metz, www.wired.com

Advice for trainees in the newsroom from BBC and the Guardian

Journalism.co.uk :: How can you get your foot in the door when you're competing with thousands of others, and what should you do once you're in?

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Solutions in Seattle: A partnership has helped The Seattle Times rethink its education coverage

Nieman Lab :: The newspaper partnered with the Solutions Journalism Network to launch Education Lab, which aims to get beyond the problems to potential ways to fix them.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

Thai radio host Kathawut Boonpitak sentenced to five years in prison for insulting monarch

AP :: A Thai Web radio host was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday, in the first verdict by a military court in cases involving alleged defamation of the country's monarchy.

Read Staff, AP, www.huffingtonpost.com

NYT investigation: MSNBC’s Sharpton runs ‘delinquent’ nonprofit organization

New York Times :: Mr. Sharpton’s influence and visibility have reached new heights this year, fueled by his close relationships with the mayor and the president.

Read Russ Buettner, www.nytimes.com

The key to a greater digital audience might be simpler than most think

WAN-IFRA :: When a Norwegian newspaper found an answer so simple everyone had overlooked it.

Read Calum Stuart, blog.wan-ifra.org

Chat apps: making news a two-way exchange?

WAN-IFRA :: Messaging services have greater potential for news sharing and audience interaction than many might think.

Read Calum Stuart, blog.wan-ifra.org

Facebook: LinkedIn’s next B2B advertising rival?

Digiday :: Facebook at Work could help Facebook finally compete with LinkedIn for the growing B2B content marketing industry.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Say Media’s post content plan: Sell a CMS

Digiday :: Say Media the media company may be dying, but Say Media the tech company lives on.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Inside the HuffPost Live video-generating boiler room

Digiday :: HuffPost Live is not necessarily about live streaming: It's about cheaply producing 400 clips a week to distribute and sell to advertisers.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

Facebook is testing ‘Facebook At Work’, separately hosted version to roll out in a few months

TechCrunch :: This afternoon an industry source confirmed for me that Facebook is indeed piloting ‘Facebook at Work’ a product aimed at enterprise collaboration and the source told me such a product will be rolled out in a few months.

Read Ron Miller, techcrunch.com

Emil Michael of Uber proposes digging into journalists’ private lives

Bits :: On Monday evening, BuzzFeed News reported that an Uber executive detailed a plan to “hire four top opposition researchers and four journalists” to act as a sort of defense against what he saw as a wave of recent antagonistic press coverage.

Read Mike Isaac, bits.blogs.nytimes.com

2014/11/17

Is consumer tracking the new advertising?

AdAge :: Has the ad industry finally reached the point where it's no longer necessary for marketers to motivate consumers to buy their products?

Read Rance Crain, adage.com

Victoria Harker is hard at work preparing the spin-off of Gannett’s newspaper business

CFO :: Harker, 49, is no stranger to business transformation. Before coming to Gannett in July 2012, she was CFO at AES, where she oversaw a restructuring of the power company’s capital structure and financial reporting.

Read Edward Teach, ww2.cfo.com

It’s small touches that can make a difference in New York’s layouts

Nieman Lab :: In a recent long New York magazine interview with Jon Stewart, the Daily Show host made an offhand reference to a man named Conrad Murray, whom many likely recognized as the doctor who was convicted of manslaughter for prescribing the pills to Michael Jackson that eventually led to the singer’s death.

Read Simon Owens, www.niemanlab.org

Australian TV anchor wears same suit every day for a year to prove sexism is going strong

HAustralian newscaster Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit every day for a year to draw attention to an all too common form of sexism.

Read Lily Karlin, www.huffingtonpost.com

Is investigative journalism still feasible in the face of 21st century industry upheaval?

WAN-IFRA :: As media bodies move to other revenue funding models, it's often at the expense of investigative journalism. Investigative Impact is a new project by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) which demonstrates the social impact of investigative reporting. Using high profile case studies, like Watergate, the project website aims to help investigative journalists sell the importance of their work to would-be funders.

Read Angelique Lu, blog.wan-ifra.org

ISIS in the news: Lessons for coverage from CNN, Al Jazeera and France 24

Journalism.co.uk :: Following the release of another video by the terrorist organisation, how can news outlets cover the brutalities of this conflict without playing into the hands of propaganda?

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

Twitter aims to turn fly-by-nighters into users

AdAge :: Twitter's got a plan to convert casual visitors into registered members -- and to count them as users even if they never sign on.

Read Mark Bergen, adage.com

O.C. Register asks reporters to help deliver its newspapers

Los Angeles Times :: Amid continued problems with newspaper deliveries, the paper is offering employees up to $150 in Visa gift cards to deliver hundreds of newspapers on Sundays and Thanksgiving, according to a sign-up form contained in an email to employees Thursday.

Read Andrew Khouri, www.latimes.com

Airbnb Introducing Print Magazine, Pineapple

New York Times :: The quarterly publication, whose debut issue contains no advertising, will be distributed to the company’s hosts, people who rent rooms to travelers.

Read Jane L. Levere, www.nytimes.com

Three magazine publishers winning at Instagram

Digiday :: Instagram as a platform may not be the biggest traffic driver, but magazines publishers finding unique ways of using it to push their brands.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

This woman is Hearst Magazines’ secret digital weapon

Digiday :: Kate Lewis is a print veteran, but she may be Hearst's savior in its bid to boost its digital business.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Australia:: Ad bookings tumble in October amid ‘soft conditions’ in print and TV

mUmBRELLA :: Australia’s advertising market tumbled almost $23m in October with TV, newspapers and magazines all showing sharp declines, according to latest industry figures.

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

Local papers cautious as BBC courts them with free content

Guardian :: Offer from head of news comes in wake of home secretarys criticism that corporation is destroying local journalism

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Vice Media joins with Live Nation to launch digital music network

Variety:: Live Nation Entertainment and Vice Media have formed a joint venture to produce and distribute original music programming.

Read Marc Graser, variety.com

MSNBC undergoes reorganization to unify TV and digital teams in one newsroom

Huffington Post :: Beginning next week, MSNBC will reorganize its TV and digital teams, uniting the two into a single newsroom termed "The Bridge."

Read Ryan Grenoble, www.huffingtonpost.com

2014/11/16

New York Times editor on China visa problem: ‘We’re a little bit hostages’

Washington Post :: The troubles of the New York Times in getting China visas for its personnel flashed on the international stage during a Wednesday joint news conference with President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

NBC tops all networks in prime time

MediaPost :: With nearly two months of the TV season complete, NBC still leads all TV networks when it comes to prime-time programming.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

Comcast says Time Warner Cable deal moving 'full steam ahead'

Huffington Post :: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is moving "full steam ahead" with the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable despite the uncertainty raised by President Barack Obama's call for tougher regulations on high-speed Internet service providers.

Read Michael Liedtke, www.huffingtonpost.com

Publishers sell sponsored content made for Instagram, Snapchat

AdAge :: Wired magazine has tapped a male-female duo famous on Instagram for their alluring photography to anchor an ad campaign for apparel and accessories brand Victorinox. The ads are appearing on Instagram, in Wired and on Wired's website.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

'A sad day for the people of Reading' says rival editor as industry mourns loss of seven Trinity Mirror newspapers

Press Gazette :: The editor of the Reading Chronicle has expressed sadness after the announced closure of the titles Trinity Mirror closures.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

'A sad day for the people of Reading' says rival editor as industry mourns loss of seven Trinity Mirror newspapers

Press Gazette :: The editor of the Reading Chronicle has expressed sadness after the announced closure of the titles Trinity Mirror closures.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Constructive News: The next mega trend in journalism?

WAN-IFRA :: "We - publishers, editors, reporters and other members of the press – have been asked just about every time we happen to talk to normal people outside our profession: Why are you always so negative?".

Read Ulrik Haagerup, blog.wan-ifra.org

Fake sheikh report makes case for investment in investigation at BBC

Guardian :: Panorama programme on Mahzer Mahmood should strengthen the case for BBC to have the resources it needs to dig deep.





Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Press freedom is a human right too ask Strasbourg

Guardian :: The European court of human rights has safeguarded newspapers’ freedoms for decades. Would Sajid Javid’s ‘British bill of rights’ do the same?

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Siobhan McCarthy: Imposing a TV business model on web doesn’t work

StreamDaily.TV :: Producer Siobhan McCarthy reflects on Robert Tercek's keynote address at the Merging Media 5 conference.

Read Siobhan McCarthy, streamdaily.tv

We need to know what they’re saying in Russia today

Guardian :: RT’s coverage may be flawed. But our grasp of the crisis is improved by hearing the Putin line, as broadcast to a nation

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

2014/11/15

Al Jazeera English on 'contradicting the mainstream narrative'

Journalism.co.uk :: In a session at the News Xchange conference in Prague, Kelly Jarrett, executive producer at Al Jazeera English, spoke about challenging mainstream views

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

WHO agrees to start working with BuzzFeed again

Poynter :: The World Health Organization has “never blocked or banned anyone from joining our media list,” its spokesperson Fadéla Chaib told Poynter.

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

Say what? Technology-infused publishing is good business

Re|Code :: The trouble with the term platisher is that it suggests that any combination of technology and content is like a duck with a beaver tail, or maybe a beaver with a duck bill — nonsensical. What is, in fact, nonsense is to liken Say Media to Vox, Business Insider or any modern media company whose business relies on purpose-built technology.

Read Jason Kint, recode.net

'Rosewater' subject details the 'worst kind psychological torture' one can face in jail

Huffington Post :: Few will likely ever comprehend the horrors of the Iranian prison system. For journalist Maziar Bahari, this was his reality for 118 days.

Read Rahel Gebreyes, www.huffingtonpost.com

Daily Mail faces £3m (€3.75m) bill after libel battle with businessman Andy Miller

Guardian :: The Daily Mail faces a potential legal bill that could be as high as £3m, believed to be among the highest since controversial no-win, no-fee agreements were introduced, after libelling a businessman.

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

Russia to create its own Wikipedia because current one isn't 'reliable' enough

Reuters :: Russia plans to create its own "Wikipedia" to ensure its citizens have access to more "detailed and reliable" information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday.

Read Thomas Grove, www.huffingtonpost.com

Condé Nast pays interns $5.8m to settle low-pay lawsuit

Guardian :: Publishing giant to pay more than 7,000 interns between $700 and $1,900 after lawsuit said some had been paid less than a dollar an hour.

Read Alan Yuhas, www.theguardian.com

Facebook cuts brands' reach once again

AdAge :: Facebook announced Friday afternoon that it would begin curtailing the reach of brands' unpaid, or organic, posts that the social network's algorithms consider "overly promotional."

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

NBC launches programmatic division across properties

Beet.TV :: NBC Universal recently launched a programmatic initiative called NBCUx as part of an effort to enable data-centric buying across its properties.

Read Daisy Whitney, www.beet.tv

Ex-Bertelsmann chief Thomas Middelhoff gets three-year prison sentence

Wall Street Journal :: Former Bertelsmann chief Thomas Middelhoff, who sat on the board at New York Times Co., received a three-year prison sentence for misuse of funds while heading retailer Arcandor.

Read Chase Gummer, Ellen Emmerentze Jervell, online.wsj.com

2014/11/14

Facebook courts publishers in looming YouTube battle

Digiday :: Facebook wants to compete with YouTube in the premium video space, so it's asking for a little help from its media company friends -- and even a few YouTube stars.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Local Media Consortium taps DistroScale for native

MediaPost :: The Local Media Consortium, representing around 1,200 local news outlets across the country, has struck a deal with native content and advertising platform DistroScale, giving LMC members access to DistroScale's native content marketplace.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

Poynter signs letter of intent to sell surplus land to USF for $6.2 million

Poynter :: The Poynter Institute is closing in on a deal to sell nearly four acres of surplus land to the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg for $6.2 million.

Read Seth Liss, www.poynter.org

ReadWrite, Fashionista, Remodelista up for sale: Say Media gives up on publishing

Digiday :: The technology-turned-media company is going back to its tech roots. Here's why the marriage of technology and media is breaking up.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2014/11/13

Egypt decree could lead to release of jailed Australian al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Guardian :: Edict on deportation of foreign prisoners raises hopes that Peter Greste could be freed before the end of his sentence.

Read Patrick Kingsley, www.theguardian.com

The inside of Twitter's ad business

AdAge :: Yesterday, Twitter made a lengthy case to analysts that it is far larger than it appears. The pitch involved the introduction of several features to the platform and product.

Read Mark Bergen, adage.com

News UK finds tablet ads as memorable as print

MediaWeek :: The content and advertising in tablet editions of newspapers are processed by readers in a way far closer to the print experience than previously thought, according to the results of a neuroscience study led by News UK.

Read Arif Durrani, www.mediaweek.co.uk

SkreensTV aims to put every possible show on your TV at once

The Verge :: For better or for worse (but mostly worse), this has become a first-world problem, one with many solutions. If someone wants to watch something you don't, you can pretty much tune out while still being there.

Read Josh Lowensohn, www.theverge.com

Where academic research and industry experimentation converge: The Media Innovation Hub explained

WAN-IFRA :: The recently launched Media Innovation Hub aims to “create a community, an ecosystem for innovation in news media,” according to the Hub's project Director Stephen Fozard. He says the WAN-IFRA initiative is designed to propel experimentation in the media industry by connecting publishers to academia through research and technology.

Read Ashleigh Tullis, blog.wan-ifra.org

Googles French arm faces daily 1,000 fines over links to defamatory article

Guardian :: Paris court orders parent company to remove links across global network, following right to be forgotten online ruling.

Read Owen Bowcott, Kim Willsher, www.theguardian.com

ABCs: Sunday papers post double digit print declines, digital growth slows

mUmBRELLA :: New figures on newspaper sales show half of Australia’s Sunday newspapers, including the Canberra Times, Sun-Herald, Sunday Territorian, Sunday Age and Sunday Times, have posted double digit declines in their print circulations.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

News doesn't make money at BuzzFeed, but it's all part of the social strategy

Speaking at the Festival of Marketing 2014, BuzzFeed Philip Byrne outlined how its approach to news content will help it break out of its existing association with cats.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

GroupM global digital boss says Xaxis ‘completely transparent’ and defends content sharing play

mUmBRELLA :: GroupM’s chief digital officer Rob Norman has told a forum of members of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) that its agency trading desk is “completely transparent”.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

First time China’s leader, Xi Jinping, appeared to draw a link between unfavorable coverage and access for reporters

New York Times :: For years, Western news organizations had tried to interpret the Chinese government’s position toward critical press coverage, sensing that Beijing would punish journalists for reports it did not like by miring visa requests in bureaucracy, or simply declining them.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

Al Jazeera English chief says more must be done for journalists in Egypt jail

Guardian :: Al Anstey calls for stronger protest against imprisonment of Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com

2014/11/12

Dow Jones to cut jobs, eliminating certain local-language news products in Germany and Turkey

Wall Street Journal :: News Corp’s Dow Jones unit announced Wednesday that it would eliminate certain local-language news products in Germany and Turkey, a radio broadcasting unit and a Sunday insert in partner newspapers.

Read Lukas I. Alpert, online.wsj.com

Ray Tindle gives his 700 newspaper staff a pre-Christmas bonus

Guardian :: Ray Tindle, the newspaper publisher who likes to reward his staff, is to pay a "chairman's bonus" to his company's 700 staff ahead of Christmas.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Mail Online appoints 'commercial editor' to oversee native advertising

Press Gazette :: In September, the site revealed plans to charge up to £65,000 for single sponsored articles in the UK.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

CTC Media has become the first company in Russia to make its own second screen app for a Russian TV series

Broadband TV News :: Modern Times Group (MTG)-backed CTC Media has become the first company in Russia to make its own second screen app for a Russian TV series.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Loophole for accessing journalists phone records must be closed

Guardian :: Lawyer criticises government for not doing more to protect freedom of the press and says Ripa powers are being misused.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

WeChat growth slows right down as it reaches 468 million monthly active users

Tech in Asia :: The newest data from Tencent, China’s social media web giant, shows that its WeChat messaging app now has 468.1 million active users (MAUs) in Q3 2014.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Small labels and YouTube Enter deal on licensing

New York Times :: Ending a monthslong dispute, YouTube has signed a licensing deal with independent record companies, a move that clears the way for YouTube to introduce a long-planned subscription feature to compete with online music outlets like Spotify and Rhapsody.

Read Ben Sisario, www.nytimes.com

'Australian TV first' approach: ABC to offer its content on iTunes once the ”catch up window” has expired

mUmBRELLA :: The ABC is set to offer consumers the ability to access their favourite programs to buy on iTunes once the”catch up window” has expired on its iView service, from next year.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Quartz rethinks the newsroom for the digital age

Digiday :: With a penchant for polymaths, the mobile news startup has taken a distinct approach to hiring to match its editorial strategy.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

The New Yorker’s data-driven approach to paywalls

Digiday :: “If you publish good stuff and let people read it, they’ll subscribe," says The New Yorker's online editor. A new paywall is about to put that to the test.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

How Web video pioneer IGN gets its game on

Digiday :: In the last 18 years, IGN has built a huge digital video business, with early bets on original content and emerging distribution methods.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

2014/11/11

ABC has ‘not had confirmation’ on $200m cuts as unions start week of action in protest

mUmBRELLA :: The ABC’s director of television Richard Finlayson says that the ABC and SBS have not been informed of the size of proposed federal government cuts which could strip $200m-$300m from the public broadcasters over five years.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Reuters wants to convince young people to embrace TV news on their phones

Quartz :: Reuters TV, which the company showed off at an event in New York last night, is intended to be a new kind of TV news for a generation that largely gets its news elsewhere.

Read Gideon Lichfield, qz.com

Met Police holds more than 2,000 records relating to journalists, photographers on an anti-terrorism database

Press Gazette :: The Metropolitan Police holds more than 2,000 records relating to journalists and photographers on a confidential anti-extemist database, it has been reported today.

Read Dominic Ponsford, William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Feedback loops: Making social media metrics work for the newsroom

The Media Briefing :: Without analysis, social media metrics are little more than numbers.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

BBC mulls paying local newspapers for content and fund to pay for court reporting

Press Gazette :: BBC head of news James Harding said the corporation is investigating buying content from local newspapers and setting up a fund to pay for court reporting.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Why organic reach on Facebook is not dead yet

Digiday :: Despite decreasing significantly over the past two years, organic reach still plays a major role in how brands behave on Facebook.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

2014/11/10

Facebook app poses a dilemma for publishers

Guardian :: The social network seems to have decided to host content itself rather than send users to other websites.

Read Felix Salmon, www.theguardian.com

John Battelle’s programmatic platform for mid-tail publishers is reaching scale

Beet.TV :: When John Battelle sold Federated Media earlier this year, he kept control of the company’s programmatic publishing SSP which he named sovrn. Sovrn provides programmatic sales operations for many long and mid-tail publishers who want to sell programmatically.

Read Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv

BBC under pressure to rethink TV election debates

Guardian :: Greens, Plaid Cymru and SNP call on corporation to include them alongisde Ukip in televised leaders’ debates.

Read Patrick Wintour, www.theguardian.com

BBC under pressure to rethink TV election debates

Guardian :: Greens, Plaid Cymru and SNP call on corporation to include them alongisde Ukip in televised leaders’ debates.

Read Patrick Wintour, www.theguardian.com

CNN stops broadcasting in Russia as Putin tightens media reins

Bloomberg News:: CNN, the cable news channel owned by Time Warner, will stop broadcasting in Russia after a new law was passed that limits foreign ownership in media companies.

Read Staff, Bloomberg News, adage.com

Russia Today threatened with Ofcom sanctions due to bias

Guardian :: Kremlin-backed news channel found guilty of breaching UK broadcasting regulations in coverage of Ukraine crisis.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Trinity Mirror hit with 12% drop in print advertising/ @MarkSweney

Guardian :: Publisher of Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People sees share price fall as supermarkets cut ad spending.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

BBC warns of China's 'direct threat' to the future of the World Service

Independent.co.uk :: The BBC has warned that China poses a “direct threat” to its global reach by paying incentives to local broadcast companies to prioritise its state-funded CCTV service over other international networks.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

Does corporate ownership lead to media bias? At least not in movie reviews, study says

Nieman Lab :: Interesting new study (PDF) from Stefano DellaVigna of UC Berkeley and Johannes Hermle of the University of Bonn. From the abstract (emphasis mine): Media outlets are increasingly owned by conglomerates, inducing a conflict of interest: a media outlet can bias its coverage to benefit companies in the same group. We test for bias by examining...

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

Russia launches global media organization to help fight 'propaganda war' with West

Huffington Post :: Russia launched on Monday a state-of-the-art media organization with hundreds of journalists abroad intended to wean the world off what it called aggressive Western propaganda - dubbing it with echoes of the Cold War, Sputnik.

Read Jackson Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com

Mark Zuckerberg's pitch: Why Facebook has entrusted its future to the CEO of PayPal

Wired :: The company that controls messaging will control the future of the way we interact with people.

Read Jessi Hempel, www.wired.com

Al Jazeera offers fresh input to UK election coverage

Independent :: A late and unexpected arrival to the televised general election debates arrives from the east in the shape of the Qatari-owned network Al Jazeera English.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

Most social broadcast network U.S.: ABC has generated more than 5.3m tweets in primetime

Lost Remote :: ABC is most social broadcast network (based on regular, non-sports programming). ABC has generated more than 5.3 million tweets in primetime

Read Adam Flomenbaum, lostremote.com

Obama urges FCC to adopt strict rules on net neutrality

New York Times :: President Obama on Monday put the full weight of his administration behind an open and free internet, calling for a strict policy of “net neutrality” and formally opposing deals in which content providers like Netflix would pay huge sums to broadband companies for faster access to their customers.

Read Michael D. Shear, www.nytimes.com

IPSO chair Sir Alan Moses: 'A fearless press can also be a fair press'

Press Gazette :: We do not want a boring defensive press: we want a free fair and unruly press ruled only by an independent regulator IPSO who will support you and encourage you to remain so.

Read Sir Alan Moses, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE adds radio function to smart TV app

Rapid TV News :: Spanish public broadcaster RTVE is incorporating the country's national DTT radio channels into its interactive app Botón Rojo thus enabling viewers to listen to the radio stations on-demand and through connected devices.

Read Staff, RapidTVNews, www.rapidtvnews.com

Reedsy: A publishing services startup offering editorial services to self-published authors

Publishing Perspectives :: It took the digital revolution and the rise of self-publishing to create the need for a start-up like Reedsy, dedicated to providing professional editorial services to self-published authors.

Read Claude Nougat, publishingperspectives.com

Deborah Emin: Publishing’s complicated relationship with technology

Publishing Perspectives :: Deborah Emin of Sullivan Street Press argues that the rapid change from print to digital publishing is hurting readers, writers, and the next generation.

Read Guest Contributor, publishingperspectives.com

Google News: still a major traffic driver

Digiday :: Publishers may increasingly focus their traffic growth on optimizing content for social networks, but the influence of Google News is still hard to deny.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

The many different ways publishers define ‘clickbait’

Digiday :: If you ask ten people what clickbait means, chances are you’re going to get ten different answers.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2014/11/09

Why Twitter is opening a Hong Kong office despite being blocked in China

AdAge :: Despite the fact that China's government prevents internet users from accessing Twitter, the social-media company is setting up an office in Hong Kong to tap into advertising demand from Chinese companies looking to reach a global audience.

Read Angela Doland, Mark Bergen, adage.com

TV news startup Watchup has raised a new $2.75m funding round, led by Tribune Media

Rapid TV News :: The infusion Watchup’s total amount raised to $4.25 million. The McClatchy Company and existing investors Knight Enterprise Fund, Stanford-StartX Fund, Ned Lamont, Gordon Crovitz and Jim Friedlich also participated.

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

Video is no longer New York Times’ “helper medium”

Stream Daily News :: Sometimes a bigger video player is just a bigger video player. But when the New York Times more than quadrupled the size of its video player on its home page last week, it not only dramatically expanded the stage to display its visual wares, it also revealed a dramatic shift in the way the Gray Lady thinks about the medium.

Read Todd Longwell, streamdaily.tv

App seeks to halt spread of fake war photos on social media

Deseret News ::Lens 42, is one of a number of new ventures launched to help halt the spread of false information on social media — a problem that’s particularly pressing now that 30 percent of U.S. adults report consuming news on Facebook.

Read Elizabeth Stuart, national.deseretnews.com

Twitter is considering topic-based timelines, says CEO Dick Costolo

Digital Trends :: Now there’s music and analytics and adverts and buy buttons and popular tweets from people you’ve never heard of. The next new feature could be timelines based around a particular topic, according to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.

Read David Nield, www.digitaltrends.com

2014/11/08

Twitter's future: How high can it fly?

The Economist :: For all its success so far, the social-media firm may not achieve the scale many investors hope for.

Read Staff, The Economist, www.economist.com

Internet of Things: Individual physical products can become their own media platform

AdAge :: Last week at Ad Age's Data Conference, global brands from Loreál to Coca-Cola converged to discuss how IoT-based data (data flowing from and between connectable products, devices, people and brands) can help them build deeper relationships with consumers. While early adopters are now experimenting with creative ways to leverage IoT as a conduit for deeper audience engagement, IoT hasn't reached critical mass yet.

Read Niall Murphy, adage.com

9 pain-free ways to encourage your colleagues to create more content

ExploreB2B :: It’s likely your colleagues are already creating content, but just don’t realize it. I once worked with a client who had never published an eBook or Whitepaper, but had written several without even realizing it. Their sales team continually-improved a massive, shared document that contained all of their most-common customer questions.

Read Oleksandra Zinevych, exploreb2b.com

Reuters ends comments on news stories

Reuters :: During the past few years, much has changed about how readers interact with news. They find coverage in diverse places and in new ways. They watch video, use graphics and calculators and relate to content far differently than in the past.

Read Dan Colarusso, blogs.reuters.com

Sales of The Sun drop below two million, Times only title to grow sales in October

Press Gazette :: Print sales of The Sun dipped below two million a day for the first time in its modern history last month.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

New York Times launches digital subs for schools

MediaPost :: The New York Times is looking to expand its distribution and reach more young readers through a new group digital subscription offering for schools around the world.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

New sports channel for Italy

Broadband TV News :: Milan-based RCS Media Group plans to spend up to €60 million over five years on a new sports channel.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Under new publisher, Washington Post prepares to increase the number of radio and television hits for staffers

Washington Post :: Barely a month after Ryan’s arrival, Post editors and communications staff are preparing to increase the number of radio and television hits for staffers. Communications staff will conduct a fresh round of media-training sessions this month.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

What Facebook’s new unfollow feature means for brands, publishers

Digiday :: Facebook is making it easier for users to unfollow brand and publisher pages, which will have a polarizing effect on distribution.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Prominent editor Ed Park’s exit is setback for Amazon publishing unit

New York Times :: When Amazon hired the novelist Ed Park as a senior editor in its New York publishing office in 2011, it seemed an unlikely match. The incongruity was precisely the point.

Read Alexandra Alter, www.nytimes.com

DirecTV seeks the right to terminate a news channel that's not the type it signed up to get

Hollywod Reporter :: After a judge slams the parties over a heavily-redacted filing, it's finally revealed that DirecTV seeks the right to terminate a news channel that's not the type it signed up to get

Read Eriq Gardner, www.hollywoodreporter.com

2014/11/07

Press watchdog chairman Sir Alan Moses wants more power for victims

Independent :: Victims of press intrusion should be given greater powers to complain to the new industry watchdog, according to Sir Alan Moses, the body’s chairman.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

Twitter launches new tool that lets women report harassment

Wired :: Twitter has been taking an active approach against harassment and inappropriate content this year, and now, the social media site is using yet another weapon in its fight against online trolls and bullies.

Read Issie Lapowsky, www.wired.com

Facebook has a new tool for tweaking your NewsFeed

Buzzfeed :: The company is rolling out a change to News Feed, and more specifically, a change to how users control what does and doesn’t appear in it. When users choose to hide posts in their News Feed, they will now be asked a few extra questions about whether to outright unfollow posts from friends and pages, or just see them less. If the user dives a little deeper into the News Feed option, they will be able to see whose posts they see the most and who they have unfollowed.

Read Matthew Lynley, www.buzzfeed.com

Essay attention, engagement on Medium starts to drop off for anything longer than a 7min read

Percolate :: The average person now consumes twelve hours of media, checks their phone close to 110 times and sees an estimated 5,000 marketing messages each day. When most of us also regularly put in 8+ hours on the job, it’s no wonder our collective attention span is more taxed than ever.

Read Chris Bolman, blog.percolate.com

Serve with cats first, quality content will follow

DRadio Wissen :: First cats, then quality. Buzzfeed Germany takes their profits to invest into longform articles. A contradiction? Interview with editor-in-chief Juliane Leopold.

Read Daniel Fiene, Herr Pähler , dradiowissen.de

News Corp results: The value of diversification and the decline of the core

The Media Briefing :: News Corp's results demonstrate that it managed to increase its revenue year on year - but as circulation and advertising revenues continue to fall, what has offset that loss?

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

FBI admits an agent impersonated reporter, writing fake article during criminal investigation

AP :: FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility.

Read Chris Grygiel, www.huffingtonpost.com

Twitter, Facebook serve different purposes in Canada

eMarketer :: Research from Canada conducted by Abacus Data and Full Duplex indicates just how stark the divide is in user perceptions of why they use the social networks.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

2014/11/06

Comic strips to help spreading key messages in Ghana

Cardiff :: Young people in West Africa illustrate key messages for communities

Read Staff, Cardiff, www.cardiff.ac.uk

CBS News launches 'CBSN,' live digital streaming network

AP :: CBS News has expanded its reach to a digital streaming network that features live, anchored coverage 15 hours each weekday.

Read Frazier Moore, www.huffingtonpost.com

Icelandic journalists face jail for making a mistake

Guardian :: Lawyers acting for an Icelandic interior ministry official are asking for two journalists to be jailed because they mistakenly named her as a target in a police investigation.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

News Corp feared corporate charge over payments could 'kill company' and risk 46,000 jobs

Press Gazette :: A corporate charge against News International over making payments to public officials could have destroyed the company, a court heard yesterday.

Read Staff, Court News UK, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Twitter explains why 'soggy fries' may be key to its big data future

Venture Beat :: While advertising gets the most public attention, Bain seemed particularly excited about Twitter’s ability to grow the revenue it gets from licensing data generated by the 500 million tweets people generate every day.

Read Chris O'Brien, venturebeat.com

Fairfax Media chairman Roger Corbett renews attack over lack of media law reform

The Newspaper Works :: Fairfax Media chairman Roger Corbett used the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday to continue his tirade against the Australian government’s inaction over media law reform.

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

Interesting for news publishers: WhatsApp update shows read receipts

9to5Mac :: WhatsApp is now sporting a nifty new feature that—although small—might make a big difference in how users of the messaging app stay in touch with their friends.

Read Stephen Hall, thenextweb.com

The ad industry’s new low-tech fix to ad fraud

Digiday :: The ad industry has a new strategy for fixing its fraud problem: less tech, more systematic changes.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2014/11/05

German publisher caves to Google News after massive traffic drop

The Verge :: After a two-week run, Axel Springer will let Google put portions of articles in search results.

Read Colin Lecher, www.theverge.com

Publishing world: Resistance to reason in the face of actual facts

WNIP :: There is an odd form of delusion in the publishing world, characterized by a resistance to reason in the face of actual facts. This inability to recognize modern business trends is easy for most Millennials to understand, but hard for many magazine traditionalists to reconcile.

Read Bo Sacks, www.whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk

Xiaomi to invest $1bn in online video content

TechCrunch :: Xiaomi just announced on its official Weibo account that it plans to invest $1 billion in online video content to support its smart television ecosystem.

Read Catherine Shu, techcrunch.com

Time Warner takes charges for programming, severance

Broadcasting Cable :: Time Warner’s third-quarter earnings were hurt by charges for programming and severance pay as revenues rose. Net income was $967 million, or $1.11 a share, compared to $1.2 billion, or $1.26, a year ago.

Read Jon Lafayette, www.broadcastingcable.com