2014/12/31

New York Police Department takes to Twitter, Facebook to soften image

CBS News :: As city officials work to soften the New York Police Department's image and change how officers engage with citizens through reforms and training, part of the effort is happening online.

Read Andrew Burton, www.cbsnews.com

Looking for Philadelphia’s digital audience: How do you engage readers with local reporting?

Columbia Journalism Review :: Diana Lind discusses what she’s learned at Next City and what she hopes to bring to Philly.com.

Read Anna Clark, www.cjr.org

Sony cancels release of 'The Interview'

Wall Street Journal :: Sony Pictures canceled its planned release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened violence against theaters that played the film.

Read Ben Fritz, Erich Schwartzel, Devlin Barrett, online.wsj.com

2014/12/30

Turkish anchorwoman detained for tweet about corruption

Hurriyet Daily News :: Turkish journalist and anchorwoman Sedef Kabaş has been released on probation after being detained following her tweet in which she called on citizens not to forget the name of the judge who dropped the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption probe that involved high-profile, former Cabinet members.

Read İsmail Saymaz, www.hurriyetdailynews.com

Twitter ads make it seem like people follow brands, even if they don’t

Marketing Land :: Visa follows MasterCard? So it seemed. Twitter's expansion of ads into "Following" lists can make people seem to follow accounts, even if they don't.

Read Danny Sullivan, marketingland.com

Bezos-owned Washington Post offers technology to other publishers

Financial Times :: The Washington Post is looking to become a software provider to other news organisations to develop new revenue streams and raise its profile as a technology company.

Read Shannon Bond, www.ft.com

Four more members of The New Republic's masthead resigned this week

Politico :: Managing editor Linda Kinstler, deputy editor Amanda Silverman, assistant literary editor Becca Rothfeld and reporter Yishai Schwartz all submitted their resignations to the TNR leadership.

Read Dylan Byers, www.politico.com

Poetry in motion: mobile site brings new audience to African writers

Guardian :: Continent’s ancient oral tradition gets new hearing on pioneering mobile site Badilisha Poetry X-Change.

Read David Smith, www.theguardian.com

'Falling,' an essay about descending into poverty by William McPherson

Hedgehog Review :: The rich are all alike, to revise Tolstoy’s famous words, but the poor are poor in their own particular ways.

Read William McPherson, www.iasc-culture.org

Politician’s fingerprint reproduced using photos of her hands

Ars Technica :: At a Chaos Computer Club convention, hacker Starbug suggests notable people wear gloves.

Read Megan Geuss, arstechnica.com

Dragged into a bigger political dispute - Fate of Al-Jazeera English journalists jailed in Egypt still uncertain

Huffington Post :: A possible thaw in tensions between Egypt, and Qatar— where Al-Jazeera is based and is funded— has raised a glimmer of hope that the three journalists may be able to resume their lives.

Read Sarah El Deeb, www.huffingtonpost.com

2014/12/29

Copyright legislation: Is 'fair use' doing its job?

EFF :: Congress held a hearing on the state of fair use, as part of a year-long review of all things copyright that, in 2015, may lead to real legislative proposals. Among the witnesses was Professor Peter Jaszi, who had good news for the Committee: “[F]air use is working!”

Read Staff, EFF, www.eff.org

The Interview makes over $15 million online, beating movie theaters

 The Verge :: The Interview did far better online than it did in its limited theatrical release. Sony Pictures has revealed that the film pulled in over $15 million over the holiday weekend from online purchases and rentals alone in the US and Canada.

Read Dante D'Orazio, www.theverge.com

China Social Video Users to Reach 191M in 2014

China Internet Watch :: China social video market evolved from three areas: traditional online chat room, online video community and instant messenger on webpage.

Read Cecilia, www.chinainternetwatch.com

Seth Rogen and James Franco livetweeted The Interview just three days after release

 The Verge :: Seth Rogen and James Franco's tweet-a-long viewing of The Interview, held today at 2pm using the hashtag #TheInterview, is unprecedented. It's only three days since

Read Rich McCormick, www.theverge.com

2014/12/28

Amazon offers all-you-can-eat books. Self-published writers see a large and rapid decrease of their income

New York Times :: Some self-published writers say their income has seen a large and rapid decrease under Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, and argue that the system is unfair.






Read David Streitfeld, www.nytimes.com

The hyperdemocratization of news might be more than we are prepared to handle as a society

Baltimore Sun :: Changes in technology have led to a hyperdemocratization of news that might be more than we are prepared to handle as a society. It's certainly reached the point at which the journalistic profession can no longer reach any kind of consensus about standards for processing the flood of data.

Read David Zurawik, www.baltimoresun.com

Court allows Aereo to auction TV streaming technology assets

Recode :: Under the agreement, Aereo will allow the broadcasters -- including CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox -- to attend the auction of the assets.

Read Ankit Ajmera, recode.net

Subjective, raw, and intensely personal: Citizen journalism has altered the style of journalism

The Conversation :: The style of journalism has altered as well. Citizen journalism by its nature tends to be subjective, raw, and intensely personal; this has started to influence the way mainstream media has reported events.

Read Glenda Cooper, theconversation.com

Where's Medium heading? - Ev Williams: give thoughtfulness a more reasonable chance; be more human curated

Inc :: In a long Q&A, the Blogger and Twitter co-founder shares the big vision for his third act.

Read Jeff Bercovici , www.inc.com

How rumours about the Sydney siege spread on social media

Reportr :: It has become one of the hallmarks of the news now. Whenever there is a dramatic event, social media instantly comes alive with comment and conjecture as facts vie for attention with fiction. Alongside the chatter on social media are journalists rushing to report on the news as it happens, seizing on any tidbit of information.

Read Alfred Hermida, www.reportr.net

2014/12/27

After WikiLeaks and Snowden a future alliance between journalists, whistleblowers, and IT experts?

LSE :: Polis Intern Jessica Di Paolo (@JessDiPaolo) reports on a gathering of investigative journalism at the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Logan Symposium

Read Jessica Di Paolo, blogs.lse.ac.uk

Liberian reporters covering Ebola up close get boost from On the Media

Current.org :: A story about reporters in Liberia risking their lives to cover the Ebola outbreak prompted a visit from a public radio show and unexpected help from an inspired listener.

Read Tyler Falk, www.current.org

On Friday, Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram from $19bn to $35bn

Wired :: Instagram, everyone's favourite little social network, isn't so little any more.

Read Davey Alba, www.wired.co.uk

'Citizenfour' producers sued over Edward Snowden leaks

Hollywood Reporter :: The lawsuit filed on behalf of the American people wishes to hold The Weinstein Co., Participant Media and others liable for aiding and abetting Snowden.

Read Eriq Gardner, www.hollywoodreporter.com

Company creates Twitter-controlled Christmas tree

USA Today :: If controlling your own light display just isn't enough for you this holiday season, you're in luck. Oxford Communications, a communications agency in Lambertville, N.J., created a tree, menorah, Christmas village and miniature train.

Read Lori Grisham, www.usatoday.com

Researchers' latest weapon in the fight against mental illness? Twitter

Washington Post :: Researchers say language cues in tweets are providing new insights into mental health disorders.

Read Jason Millman, www.washingtonpost.com

Fake journalist arrested

Assam Tribune :: A fake lady journalist named Richa Sarma from Rajgarh, Guwahati was arrested at Dhemaji recently by the Dhemaji Police.

Read Staff, Assam Tribune, www.assamtribune.com

Open science journalism and the elitism/anti-elitism question

Michael Eisen Blog :: In 2005 I submitted an essay about science publishing to a political magazine. I got a polite reply back saying that the article was interesting and the issue important but that my approach wasn’t right for them. My piece was too straightforward. Too persuasive. They preferred articles that had a simple “hook” and, most importantly, were “counterintuitive”.

Read Michael Eisen, www.michaeleisen.org

2014/12/26

Mauritania condemns man to death for 'insulting the prophet'

Reuters :: Mauritania on Thursday condemned a man to death for "insulting the prophet", a human rights group said, a day after the country opened the trial of an anti-slavery activist.

Read Kissima Diagana, www.reuters.com

Aereo can auction TV technology

Wall Street Journal :: A bankruptcy judge said Aereo can auction its TV streaming technology after the company struck a deal with broadcasters over the sale process.

Read Patrick Fitzgerald, online.wsj.com

Measuring depth: Twitter co-founder Evan Williams shares plans for Medium

Value Walk :: In an hour-long interview, with USA Today, Williams discussed his vision for Medium, a blogging site he co-founded.

Read Aman Jain, www.valuewalk.com

'Coptalk ' Can a podcast spark the dialogue police and black communities need?

The Verge :: The gulf between people and police is widening, and comedian W. Kamau Bell is podcasting about it.

Read Kwame Opam, www.theverge.com

What does it mean to run “product” in a news organization? Hayley Nelson’s big challenge at Wired

Nieman Lab :: Wired hired Nelson as director of product management almost two years ago; soon, she’ll launch a major redesign for the magazine.

Read Caroline O'Donovan, www.niemanlab.org

Turkish journalist on arrest of colleagues: ‘After awhile it starts to feel like a Kafka novel’

Poynter :: After days of detainment, Ekrem Dumanli, editor of the Turkish newspaper Zaman, was released from prison today for lack of evidence.

Read Deniz Ergürel, www.poynter.org

What defines a healthy newsroom culture?

Poynter :: Earlier this month, I had the honor of conducting a writing workshop in Washington, D.C., for the writers and editors of National Geographic. It was a kick for me to work with a publication that I had read as a boy, one that, in 1963, had published a photo of my father, a U.S. Customs officer, pasting a sticker on the wooden crate that contained the Mona Lisa as she made her way on a tour of America.

Read Roy Peter Clark, www.poynter.org

BBC iPlayer tops list of corporation downloads

Guardian :: Application downloaded 30m times since launch in 2012, with news taking second spot in top 10, followed by weather and radio apps.

Read Stuart Kemp, www.theguardian.com<

YouTube's 1%: How Adam Dahlberg, Rubén Doblas Gundersen, Joey Graceffa got to the top

Digiday :: Adam Dahlberg, Rubén Doblas Gundersen and Joey Graceffa are three of the most popular creators on YouTube. Here's how they got to the top.

Read Eric Blattberg, www.digiday.com

Page Monitor, Digg Reader, oTranscribe: Reporting tools you won’t learn in class

Poynter :: It doesn’t matter where you went — no journalism school can fully prepare you for the grind of daily journalism.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

2014/12/25

Slate publisher sees ‘huge business’ potential in podcasts

Beet.TV :: For many, it is a forgotten medium that never quite fulfilled its promise. But podcast publishers who have done well tend to have done really well.

Read/watch Robert Andrews, Beet.tv

Ex-World Service boss Sir John Tusa: Significant “strategic errors”, BBC wrong to end broadcasting to Russia

Guardian Sir John Tusa claims 2011 decision has allowed Kremlin-funded propaganda to grow unchecked in eastern Europe.

Read Josh Halliday, www.theguardian.com

Even with new fact-checking tools, journalists still need a dose of skepticism

RJI Online :: Making — and acknowledging — corrections when errors happen is important, but when information is scrolling across phone screens at a rapid pace, how often will that correction be missed? The best practice is to make sure it’s correct first.

Read Gerri Berendzen, rjionline.de

2014/12/24

Australia Post caught out over use of paid Instagrammer endorsements

mUmBRELLA :: Postal service Australia Post appears to have been caught out over its use social media influencers, after it emerged it was paying people without disclosing that their endorsements/posts were being paid for.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

32% of the people globally only share through dark social (chat/ messaging apps, IM, email)

Digiday :: People have become increasingly aware of dark social — the under-the-radar sharing that takes place on chat, messaging apps, IM and in email, outside the social network ecosystem (and, it’s believed, within it in some cases). Such dark traffic accounts for an estimated one-third of publishers’ article page visits.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Watch out, YouTube: Brands have discovered Facebook video

Digiday :: Native Facebook videos have performed increasingly well for brands vs posts featuring YouTube videos

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

2014/12/23

News Corp, Columbia, NYU collaborate on data-visualization tools for journos

Mediabistro.com :: Consider a new partnership among News Corps and two academic institutions an early Christmas present to journalists who enjoy tinkering with data but may not possess lots of technical knowledge.

Read Angela Washeck, www.mediabistro.com

The BBC World Service is not an arm of the Foreign Office

Guardian :: It is a bit late in the day for Peter Horrocks to complain about BBC World Service underfunding in the face of ratcheted-up competition from Moscow and Beijing.

Read John Tusa, www.theguardian.com

Uniques across desktop, mobile devices was 107m in Nov: Time Inc.'s digital audience now larger than print

AdAge :: TIme Inc., the nation's largest magazine company, has crossed an important threshold in its quest to reinvent itself as more than just a print publisher.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

Wael Ghonim, famous Egyptian protester, quits Google Ventures for startup life

Venture Beat :: The activist, credited with helping to spark the Egyptian revolution in 2011, was at Google Ventures since last year.

Read Daniel Terdiman, venturebeat.com

Sony’s ‘The Interview’ will come to some theaters after all

New York Times :: Sony Pictures said on Tuesday that it had secured a limited theatrical release for “The Interview” on Christmas Day.

Read Brooks Barnes, Michael Cieply, www.nytimes.com

Rupert Murdoch and his family have doubled their wealth since the phone-hacking scandal. How?

The Economist :: The Murdoch clan’s resilience points to an overlooked reality in business: sometimes a loss can turn into an unexpected win.

Read Staff, The Economist, www.economist.com

CIA report - New York Times editorial board: Prosecute torturers and their bosses

New York Times :: Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Read Staff, New York Times Editorial Board , www.nytimes.com

Sony hack: Clooney says movie is about Snowden, not journalism

The Intercept :: As curious journalists, tabloid writers, and Hollywood watchers pore over the massive trove of hacked Sony data, the public is being given a rare glimpse into the complicated world of Hollywood and politics.

Read Natasha Vargas-Cooper, firstlook.org

New calling: Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth taking part in a internship at the Huffington Post

Washington Post :: Donte Stallworth was on his morning commute last month, a five-block morning ritual in this attempt at a new life, when he walked past the White House’s north lawn. He smiled as he recalled an old memory.

Read Kent Babb, www.washingtonpost.com

Qatar suspends news channel critical of Egyptian government

New York Times :: Bowing to pressure from its neighbors, Qatar is suspending its broadcast of a satellite news channel sharply critical of Egypt’s military-led government.

Read David D. Kirkpatrick, www.nytimes.com

Being critical with a constructive mindset: constructive journalism can boost audiences

Guardian :: Encouraging collaboration between politicians is one way journalism could improve lives and empower audiences.

Read Cathrine Gyldensted, www.theguardian.com

Being critical with a constructive mindset: constructive journalism can boost audiences

Guardian :: Encouraging collaboration between politicians is one way journalism could improve lives and empower audiences.

Read Cathrine Gyldensted, www.theguardian.com

2014/12/22

North Korea has massive Internet outage as Obama considers putting country back on terror list

VICE :: North Korea's internet suffered a massive outage today in the midst of escalating tensions between the country and the United States over the Sony hacking scandal.

Read Jordan Robertson, news.vice.com

Rolling Stone asks Columbia journalism school to review gang rape story/ @KT_thomps

Talking Points Memo :: Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner announced Monday that the magazine has asked the Columbia Journalism School to conduct an independent review of its disputed magazine story on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia.

Read Catherine Thompson, talkingpointsmemo.com

Fake 'Syrian hero boy' footage received thousands of pounds in government funding - Learning? Check the facts

Daily Mail :: A video that appeared to show a young Syrian boy running through sniper fire to rescue a young girl is a fake, it has emerged.

Read Stephanie Linning, www.dailymail.co.uk

An epidemic of false video footage swamped big news stories in 2014

PBS Mediashift :: The instinct to believe what we see has made video a driving force in news coverage, but it has also been exploited as a powerful tool for manipulation.

Read Madeleine Bair, www.pbs.org

Demand-driven ad pricing: Microsoft and BP bought Financial Times' ads charged by the hour (not impressions)

AdAge :: The world of digital-advertising sales was turned upside down nearly three months ago, when the Financial Times began selling ads based on time rather than impressions.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

German media authorities want to regulate TV channel listings

Broadband TV News :: The German media authorities want to prevent that the financially strongest broadcasters secure the top positions in the TV channel listings of TV sets and set-top-boxes while smaller and local players end up with less favourable slots.

Read Jörn Krieger, www.broadbandtvnews.com

FCC proposes rules for online video services providers which allow them to compete with cable and satellite

Wall Stret Journal :: The FCC proposed new regulations on companies that provide subscription video services over the Internet, a move to give the companies access to more TV programming and allow them to compete with cable and satellite.

Read Gautham Nagesh, online.wsj.com

How a 1920s Chicago journalist captured the zeitgeist and what we can learn as Twitter, Instagram users today

The Guardian :: Social media give us the power to create a real-time portrait of our age, just as pioneering journalist Ben Hecht documented his own era.

Read Paul Mason, www.theguardian.com

Sony aims to release 'The Interview,' but how?

The aborted release of “The Interview” has led to follow-up questions for Sony Pictures Entertainment, as the Hollywood studio’s outside attorney insisted the film “will be distributed.” The chief hurdle: how?

Read Erich Schwartzel, www.wsj.com

Not satisfied with just improving photo quality, Google+ will now automatically enhance videos

Digital Journal :: Not satisfied with just improving photo quality, Google+ will now automatically enhance videos added to Google's social platform.

Read Brenton Currie, www.digitaljournal.com

2014/12/21

Australian Radio Network has acquired Fairfax’s 96FM in Perth to complete five capital city offering

mUmBRELLA :: Australian Radio Network has acquired Fairfax’s 96FM in Perth which will be integrated into ARN’s Kiis network completing the network’s five capital city offering.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Juergen Todenhoefer, 74, spent 10 days in Isis-controlled territory: what he discovered

Independent.co.uk :: The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realises.

Read Adam Withnall, www.independent.co.uk

Juergen Todenhoefer, 74, spent 10 days in Isis-controlled territory: what he discovered

Independent.co.uk :: The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realises.

Read Adam Withnall, www.independent.co.uk

Twitter ventures into ad sales in Russia

AdAge :: Twitter has started to sell advertising in Russia, shrugging off regulatory hurdles and a slowing economy as part of a push to add revenue outside the U.S.

Read Staff, Bloomberg News, adage.com

No tragedy if Wimbledon is served up by pay TV instead of BBC

Guardian :: Real tennis fans already have to wander the cable byways of ITV and Eurosport to get proper television coverage of the tennis grand slams. Would it make any difference if one more championship crossed the road - except for finals weekend?

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Although it recorded a much-trumpeted operating profit of £1.7m, the Times still made a pre-tax loss

Guardian :: The shrunken version of News Corp turns out to be in a £3.5m operating-loss hole that is a little too deep for comfort.



Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Tumblr on Tumblr's video posts: Authenticity wins fans

eMarketer :: Yahoo set off to make social media platform Tumblr a more viable destination for video advertising in October 2014 with the launch of an upgraded video player.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

The teens behind EarthPix and other viral Twitter feeds go legit

GigaOM :: Earlier this year, a piece in The Atlantic disclosed the names of the geniuses behind a series of massively-popular Twitter accounts, including Earth Pics and History In Pics — each with over a million followers. Were they former journalists, or staffers at a science magazine? No. They were teenagers.

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

2014/12/20

How can you make a nearly $100k journalism masters degree worthwhile in the post-grad world? Teach data science

Re/code :: Columbia students are wrapping up their first semester at a new data journalism certification course called the Lede Program, a radical initiative to teach reporters how to code and graph.

Read Nellie Bowles, recode.net

How a form of activist journalism following the crumbs of data anonymous trolls leave put a cost to trolling

MIT Technology Review :: Chen's feature describes one controversial approach in Sweden, where “a group of volunteer researchers called Researchgruppen, or Research Group, has pioneered a form of activist journalism based on following the crumbs of data.

Read Jason Pontin, www.technologyreview.com

Business model that destroy user experience? Online newspapers, often an UX disaster

Placeit Blog :: Provide a great UX or make money? Businesses can (and have) find themselves in a mental quandary over whether to prioritize business objectives or UX goals.

Read Spencer Grover, blog.placeit.net

The Financial Times builds up its semantic publishing infrastructure

Semantic Web :: The former lead architect at the BBC who handled its semantic publishing projects, such as its FIFA World Cup 2010, 2012 Olympics and redesigned BBC Sports Site, today is building up the semantic infrastructure at another media might, The Financial Times Jem Rayfield.

Read Jennifer Zaino, www.semanticweb.com

Sarah Koenig on 'Serial': 'I think something went wrong with this case'

NPR :: On Thursday's All Things Considered, creator — and sudden celebrity of a very particular kind — Sarah Koenig talks to Audie Cornish. Koenig says that she doesn't regret being as open as she was about her own reactions to people in the case, despite the fact that journalists, like anyone, can be manipulated.

Read Linda Holmes, www.npr.org

Why New York magazine isn’t changing its bogus headline

Poynter :: New York magazine ran with a too-good-to-be-true tale Sunday featuring a teen who managed to score millions on the stock market before getting his high school diploma.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

A PR perspective - The Sony hack, shooting the messenger in a time of crisis

Huffington Post :: There are a few good reasons as to why Sony's latest approach violates traditional rules of crisis communications.

Read Katie Chodosh, www.huffingtonpost.com

Politico editor Susan Glasser: We’re in a ‘period of growth and rising ambition’

Washington Post :: Since the start of 2014, about 40 reporters, editors and producers have left Politico.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Tip: How to make images on your blog work on social media

Journalism.co.uk :: Find out what sizes work best and what data you need to add when uploading images to Wordpress

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

2014/12/19

Kenya goes after Al Jazeera as government expands powers

Huffington Post :: Kenya's government is going after the global news network Al Jazeera for running a documentary that exposes widespread government-sponsored violence.

Read Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Ryan Grim, www.huffingtonpost.com

New York Times to set up digital hub in London

Guardian :: US newspaper plans to move 100 staff into refurbished UK headquarters.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Gawker's diagonal strategy: Publishing stories to a set of beat-focused sub-blogs

Poynter :: On Friday, Gawker’s Editor-in-Chief Max Read posted a memo about his plans for 2015 at Gawker. The way Gawker’s homepage is set up has been frustrating, Read wrote. And so they’re going diagonal.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

Learning from mobile-first markets

Nieman Lab :: Predictions for news in 2015: First: A push to target global audiences. Second: Product lessons from “mobile-first” markets. My first prediction doubles as advice for publishers. Growth is an obsession for all new media companies, and...

Read Dayo Olopade, www.niemanlab.org

ABC creates in-house creative agency led by ABC TV marketing boss

mUmBRELLA :: The ABC has announced it is creating a yet to be named in-house creative agency set to be headed up by Di Costantini, the former head of marketing for ABC Television.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Could a Journalist Rescue Fund take threatened reporters out of harm’s way?

Nieman Lab :: Over the past 22 years, 1,059 journalists have been killed. Worldwide, some 430 journalists are in exile from their home countries. Hundreds more are injured, persecuted, muzzled, and threatened, mostly by governments and sometimes by influential non-governmental forces, all interested in stifling a free, fearless press.

Read Raju Narisetti, www.niemanlab.org

Los Angeles is the content future

Nieman Lab :: For me, 2015 is the year technology empowers content — whether creation or consumption. It’s not the year of technology — it’s the year of the content made on the technology.

Read Robert Hernandez, www.niemanlab.org

Playback TV viewing on the rise as live TV hours drop in third quarter

mUmbRELLA :: The average time per month people spent watching broadcast TV dropped in the third quarter of the year according to the latest Australian Multi-Screen Report.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Courier Mail assistant editor tweeted London bus bomb picture with #illridewithyou hashtag

mUmBRELLA :: The Courier Mail’s assistant editor Des Houghton tweeted a picture of a London bus destroyed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in 2005 along with the hashtag #illridewithyou.

Read Miranda Ward, Alex Hayes, mumbrella.com.au

How Vessel will fare in a YouTube-dominated world

Digiday :: Flush with $75 million in venture capital funding, Vessel, the video startup led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, poses a direct challenge to YouTube.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

2014/12/18

The AP creates team of statehouse reporting specialists

Poynter :: The Associated Press announced Thursday it will create “a team of state government specialists” in an effort to bolster coverage of statehouses across America.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

NBC offers social media guarantees to advertisers

AdAge :: NBC Universal is offering advertisers guarantees of impressions on social media, elevating the role of social in ad deals and trying to attract advertisers who are increasingly thinking digital-first.

Read Jeanine Poggi, adage.com

The fall and rise of the news bundle

Nieman Lab :: The bundle is dead; long live the bundle. But this isn’t the familiar 20th-century package of paper and ink. It’s a bundle that lives as code, often assembled by other bits of code, and almost invariably run by people who write code, not words.

Read Alfred Hermida, www.niemanlab.org

The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune enter into a new reporting partnership

Nieman Lab :: The Texas Tribune is taking its split with The New York Times pretty well. Two months ago the Times ended its story-sharing agreement with the Austin-based news nonprofit after four years. 

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

The New York Times has been translating its Cuba editorials into Spanish

Poynter :: In advance of Wednesday’s news that the United States and Cuba are establishing full relations, The New York Times was publishing Spanish versions of its editorials advocating freer diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Sony Pictures cancels holiday release of ‘The Interview’ after threats

New York Times :: The studio made its decision after multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America said they would not show the film.

Read Brooks Barnes, Michael Cieply, www.nytimes.com

2014/12/17

State of the Art: Amazon not as unstoppable as it may appear

New York Times :: Despite growing fears of its invincibility, Amazon could be threatened as smartphones transform the way Americans shop and goods are delivered.

Read Farhad Manjoo, www.nytimes.com

The rise of digital India

Nieman Lab :: It will have the world’s highest smartphone user growth rate and will overtake the U.S. in the number of total smartphone users. Newspaper circulation will continue to grow, at the same time that digital news operations will see exponential increases in user numbers. 

Read Trushar Barot, www.niemanlab.org

21st Century Fox has come to an agreement to buy ad-tech company True[X]

AdAge :: 21st Century Fox has come to an agreement to buy ad-tech company True[X], the company announced today.

 

Read Alex Kantrowitz, adage.com

Information Commissioner urges media to be open and honest about the use of drones

Press Gazette :: The Information Commissioner has warned the media to be 'open and honest' with the public when they are using drones.

Read Cleland Thom, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Honduran TV station owner and news presenter shot dead

Guardian :: Friend says he had received death threats in the years following the 2009 coup.







Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

News Corp records operating loss of £3.5m - down from £51m profit: £100m on legal fees, hacking fallout

Press Gazette :: News Corp made an operating loss of £3.5m, down from a £51m profit, in the year to June as it spent more than £100m on legal costs and financing the Management and Standards Committee.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Sun journalists on trial for exposing the truth, court told

Guardian :: Counsel for former deputy news editor Ben O’Driscoll says all stories involving alleged payments to public officials were in public interest.

Read Lisa O'Carroll, www.theguardian.com

Get ready for live video from your mobile device - Guide to mobile livestreaming from Sky News and BBC

Journalism.co.uk :: Be broadcast-ready at all times with this guide to mobile livestreaming from Sky News and BBC

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Livestreaming: How to get the insider view from a smartphone

Journalism.co.uk :: Livestreaming has recently established itself as a citizen reporter's tool, but how practical is it for news organisations, and what types of stories call for it?

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Why publishers need to take demand for ad blockers seriously

The Media Briefing :: AdBlock Plus now has over 350 million users, all of whom have chosen to download that free service rather than view ads. But why are people subscribing to that philosophy, and what does it mean for publishers?

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

More than 200 journalists in prison worldwide for third consecutive year

Guardian :: The arrests of journalists in Turkey last week are just a small part of the overall numbers worldwide.

Read George Arnett, www.theguardian.com

5 funding options for journalism that blossomed in 2014

PBS Mediashift :: There’s no shortage of great journalistic content being produced right now. From video interviews to longform writing to entirely reimagined storytelling vehicles, journalistic creativity and heft are at a high. But how do you pay for it?

Read Dena Levitz, www.pbs.org

Fox, Tribune Media, and Univision form NewCoin to investigate local TV metrics

MediaPost :: Another effort to change legacy local TV measurement systems now comes as three big TV stations groups - Fox, Tribune Media, and Univision - have joined in a venture called NewCoin LLC. NewCoin is a new data venture "aimed at addressing deficiencies in local market television audience measurement."

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

New York Times to fire 21 union employees starting today, Union says

AdAge :: The New York Times will fire 21 union employees starting today, according to the union, exceeding the total number of job cuts the newspaper publisher had originally said was needed to reduce costs.

Read Staff, Bloomberg News, adage.com

2014/12/16

Give people a smaller number of stories, served up at the right time of day and in the right

Nieman Lab :: For me, giving your audience less is the key in 2015. One of the biggest insights I took away from the Times’ great mobile success, NYT Now, is that there is a big reward in engagement in giving people a smaller number of stories.

Read Lydia Polgreen, www.niemanlab.org

New York Times exhorts staff to link more and better in stories

The Buttry Diary :: The New York Times needs to do a better job of linking.

Read Steve Buttry, stevebuttry.wordpress.com

Beyond the retweet: We should strive to produce the stuff readers remember, not just share

Nieman Lab :: Pay attention to the bylines of the most popular stories of the year. My prediction is that few will be staff reports and most will be gripping, memorable opinion pieces. 

Read S. Mitra Kalita, www.niemanlab.org

Advertisers will pay up to 40% more for TV sponsorship deals linked to social media, says TV4

V-Net :: Advertisers are prepared to pay up to 40% more for TV sponsorship campaigns which are tightly integrated with social media platforms, according to Sweden’s largest commercial channel, TV4.

Read John Moulding, www.v-net.tv

Former AP reporter: I didn’t leave journalism, it left me

Jewish Press :: About mainstream media's twisted reporting on Israel, Lavie says: 'I was not sensitive to it because I am Jewish, I was sensitive to it because I'm a journalist.'

Read Lori Lowenthal Marcus, www.jewishpress.com

Data visualization: Journalism's voyage West

Stanford :: This visualization plots over 140,000 newspapers published over three centuries in the United States. The data comes from the Library of Congress' "Chronicling America" project, which maintains a regularly updated directory of newspapers. 

Read Staff, Stanford, web.stanford.edu

When 'justice' trumps accuracy, journalism loses

Boston Globe :: Univision's star anchor, Jorge Ramos, has "nothing against objectivity," but he argues that journalists should use their profession "as a weapon for a higher purpose."

Read Jeff Jacoby, www.jeffjacoby.com

The wave of bullshit (PR) data is rising, and now it’s our turn to figure out how not to get swept away

Nieman Lab :: Nobody can say exactly when the trend first started, but in 2014 we saw the first major outbreaks of bogus data distributed by private companies just so it would go viral online.

Read Jacob Harris, www.niemanlab.org

Saudi billionaire to launch Arabic satellite news channel Alarab

Agence France-Press :: Businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal vows to ‘break the mould’ set by al-Jazeera and newcomer Sky News Arabia

Read Staff, Agence France-Press, www.theguardian.com

The guerrilla tactics of The Racket, and how it almost upended journalism

Wired :: In September, when it wasn’t quite autumn in New York but after the long hot summer had ended, I rode up an elevator in New York’s Flat Iron district to the offices of First Look Media to meet with the guerrilla editors of The Racket. The Racket has since folded, without ever launching.

Read Mat Honan, www.wired.com

2014/12/15

“The ‘Chinese wall’ cannot be the only concept governing relations between newsrooms and business.”

Nieman Lab :: Competition is the merciless propelling force of this new era of journalism — and in the year ahead that will only intensify. It’s a beautiful thing, though of course not everyone will win. 

Read Almar Latour, www.niemanlab.org

Barrett Brown, a journalist-agitator facing prison over a link

New York Times :: Barrett Brown makes for a pretty complicated victim. A Dallas-based journalist obsessed with the government’s ties to private security firms, Mr. Brown has been in jail for a year, facing charges that carry a combined penalty of more than 100 years in prison.

Read David Carr, www.nytimes.com

Raids on Turkish media offices condemned

WAN-IFRA :: Turkish authorities have detained at least two-dozen journalists, editors and critics of the Government in a number of raids on Sunday writes Angelique Lu.

Read Angelique Lu, blog.wan-ifra.org

Can wine tastings and movie tickets really help newspapers keep subscribers?

Nieman Lab :: The San Francisco Chronicle wants you back — if you’re a subscriber, that is. The Chronicle, a Hearst paper, launched a membership program a few months ago aimed at retaining subscribers and reducing churn.

Read Caroline O'Donovan, www.niemanlab.org

Which millennial news sites are really attracting millennials?

Digiday :: ComScore provided Digiday with data on six sites for the month of July: BuzzFeed, Vice, Upworthy, Mic, Vocativ and Ozy. Three of the sites — BuzzFeed, which has been making a hard right into serious news.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

The criminalization of journalism: Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir pens open letter in defense of Barrett Brown

The Sparrow Project :: The curious case of Barrett Brown —a freelance journalist and satirist, turned political prisoner— has captivated thousands in the lead-up to what many are calling a “show trial” slated to take place in Dallas, TX, later this year.

Read Birgitta Jónsdóttir, www.sparrowmedia.net

Facing a flood of incivility, news sites make reader comments harder to find

Poynter :: When the Los Angeles Times redesigned its website earlier this year, it became harder to find the opinions of people like iamstun1, jumped2, and Shootist.

Read Adam Hochberg, www.poynter.org

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