2015/08/31

Ruling makes it harder for U.S. to charge high FOIA fees to media, nonprofit

Mint Press News :: There is a long list of instances, where the government abused its authority and refused to recognize individuals or organizations as news media representatives under FOIA.

Read Kevin Gosztola, www.mintpressnews.com

Stuart Hughes, BBC World Affairs Unit: Social media as newsgathering tool, way to distribute content

BBC :: Reporters and producers no longer need to rely on being in a newsroom with access to the wires or on location knocking on doors. Social media is adding a whole new layer to the newsgathering process.

Read Staff, BBC Academy, www.bbc.co.uk

Science journalism: How news stories can influence perceptions of emerging technologies

Phys.org ::  Researchers from NC State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found more evidence that how media report on emerging technologies – such as nanotechnology or genetically modified crops – influences public opinion on those subjects.

Read Matt Shipman, phys.org

Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait, landscape modes for photo & video

Apple Insider :: Facebook on Thursday released an update to its Instagram apps for iOS and Android, opening up the media-sharing service to posts in landscape and portrait ratios.

Read Roger Fingas, appleinsider.com

Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait, landscape modes for photo & video

Apple Insider :: Facebook on Thursday released an update to its Instagram apps for iOS and Android, opening up the media-sharing service to posts in landscape and portrait ratios.

Read Roger Fingas, appleinsider.com

Storytelling on Instagram, learning from brands: Reynolds' “Endless Table” campaign

Digiday :: Nothing works better on Instagram than  #foodporn. And that is why kitchen foil brand Reynolds is taking it a step further in its latest campaign — creating an entire interactive cookbook on Instagram in its bid to emerge as a lifestyle brand.

Read Tanya Dua, digiday.com

Financial journalist Wang Xiaolu has “confessed” to causing “panic and disorder” on China’s stock market

News.com.au :: A financial journalist has “confessed” to causing “panic and disorder” on China’s stock market and inflicting “huge losses on the country”, state media reported on Sunday.

Read Staff, News.com.au, www.news.com.au

Discovery get experimental with virtual reality with its new eight-person virtual reality unit

Digiday :: The company's new eight-person virtual reality unit has gone deep on the tech with videos that show people what it's like to surf, swim with sharks and survive in the wild

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Bauer Media is closing car magazine Top Gear Australia and its website

mUmBRELLA :: Bauer Media is closing car magazine Top Gear Australia and its website, with the magazine to shutter after its October edition. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

How The Young Turks plans to crowdsource local news around the world

Digiday :: The Young Turks is launching a program called “TYT Next,” which is aimed at finding new hosts and correspondents for the network. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

News startups like 'LittleThings' are trying to tackle viewability early

Adweek :: The issue of viewability, online ads people can actually see, is the cause of much Sturm und Drang among publishers and advertisers these days, but a new wave of media upstarts are hoping to sidestep the issue by designing ad-friendly sites early on.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

How bloodvertising became one of today's most visceral trends

AdWeek :: They're all public-service campaigns, they're all trying to break through the clutter, and they're all trying to remind people of the practical, physical effects of their actions.

Read Jesse Oxfeld, www.adweek.com

Axel Springer’s business magazine thrives on freedom of being a start-up

INMA :: Axel Springer took a risk when it started Bilanz in 2014. While not having a well-established reader base may seem like a challenge, the magazine has seen only positives from the opportunities starting from scratch allows.

Read Stephan Knieps, www.inma.org

'Off the rate card': Condé Nast bows the reality of digital

Digiday :: Digital media companies may aspire to be the “Condé Nast of the Web,” a nod to the publishing house’s standard-setting reportage and photography — and, often unspoken, its ability to charge fat premiums. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

The Evolution of 100 Years of Magazine Covers

Medium :: A look at how we’ve changed in the past 100 years.

Read Karen X. Cheng, medium.com

The Atlantic is returning to blogging

Nieman Lab :: The Atlantic is promoting Notes as its return to blogging, but 2015 style. “In terms of our work, and what we do, and how we like to engage people, the forms in which we’ve done digital journalism have evolved, and we’ve come to miss a kind of older form — we missed blogging."

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

The Atlantic is returning to blogging

Nieman Lab :: The Atlantic is promoting Notes as its return to blogging, but 2015 style. “In terms of our work, and what we do, and how we like to engage people, the forms in which we’ve done digital journalism have evolved, and we’ve come to miss a kind of older form — we missed blogging."

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

2015/08/30

Cafe Art distributed 100 cameras to homeless people in London

mic.com :: Cafe Art, a United Kingdom-based social enterprise, distributed 100 single-use cameras to homeless people in London in July and asked them to take photos with the simple theme, "My London."

Read Natasha Noman, mic.com

Behind TIME's cover with Stephen Colbert

TIME.com :: Platon photographed the comedian as he prepared for his 'Late Show' debut.

Read Olivier Laurent, time.com

Is there a statute of limitations on correcting errors or updating flawed stories?

Steve Buttry :: How long after publication should a news organization be responsible for correcting a story whose very premise appears later to be bogus?

Read Steve Buttry, stevebuttry.wordpress.com

How KGO-TV/ABC7 in San Francisco put live footage from drones into a news broadcast

YouTube :: KGO-TV/ABC7 in San Francisco is one of the first local news operations in the United States to put footage from a remote-controlled aerial drone live onto the air

Read Reuben Stern, www.youtube.com

What's the best length for online news videos? Recent research

Journalists' Resource :: For many news organizations, a common approach to producing online video is that shorter is better. There is no industry standard for how to create news videos that are guaranteed to grab viewers’ attention and keep an audience glued to a website.

Read Denise-Marie Ordway, journalistsresource.org

How News-Decoder wants to help young audiences understand global news

Journalism.co.uk :: Many news organisations are still trying to crack the code when it comes to serving their younger audiences. They can now be reached across a variety of social media platforms, but how can journalists best tell a story to capture their interest?

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Black female celebrities on magazine covers do sell, but will the fanfare last?

Guardian :: September issues are among the most profitable for consumer magazines and although several black women are gracing the covers, progress has been slow

Read Kristal Brent Zook, www.theguardian.com

When hackers turn media brands into tools: Fake EFF site serving espionage malware was likely active for 3+ weeks

Ars Technica :: No, electronicfrontierfoundation.org is not the EFF site you're looking for.

Read Dan Goodin, arstechnica.com

Two British journalists detained in southeast Turkey

Reuters :: Turkish anti-terrorist police have detained two British journalists from Vice News for reporting from the predominantly Kurdish southeast without government accreditation, security sources said on Friday.

Read Seyhmus Cakan, www.reuters.com

Rebekah Brooks return to News UK described as a 'massive two fingers' to phone-hacking victims

Independent :: Rebekah Brooks’s imminent return as chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News UK was described as a “massive two fingers” to the victims of phone-hacking, but also a “gift” to campaigners seeking greater regulation of the press.

Read Ian Johnston, www.independent.co.uk

'Devastated' @PeterGreste calls on Egypt's president to pardon trio

Guardian :: The Australian journalist Peter Greste has called on Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to pardon him and his imprisoned colleagues after a shock court ruling on Saturday found them guilty of terrorism charges and sentenced them to three years in jail.

Read Paul Farrell, www.theguardian.com

2015/08/29

The Washington Post completed its site-wide reboot driven by its own tech Arc

Washington Post :: The Washington Post begins rolling out an all-new homepage today that offers readers a cleaner, more dynamic reading experience, a bolder visual display and improved performance. 

Read Staff, WashPostPR, www.washingtonpost.com

China investigates two executives of the online arm of People’s Daily

Two executives of the online arm of People’s Daily, the powerful newspaper that speaks for the Chinese Communist Party, have been detained on suspicion of taking bribes, state investigators said on Friday.

Read Chris Buckley, www.nytimes.com

Al Jazeera America exec Mary Caraccioli leaves amid network's new strategy

Huffington Post :: In one of its first public changes since coming under new management, Al Jazeera America has parted ways with Mary Caraccioli, formerly the network's senior vice president of news output.

Read Lydia O'Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com

Hollywood's new high-stakes negotiating tool: Twitter

Los Angeles Times :: Harry Shearer got a quick response when he went on Twitter saying his “Simpsons” role was over.

Read Scott Collins, www.latimes.com

Al-Jazeera says journalists’ sentence represents ‘dark day for Egyptian judiciary’

Guardian :: The acting managing director of al-Jazeera English says on Saturday that he is shocked, sickened and appalled after a judge in Cairo sentenced three of the broadcaster’s journalists to three years in prison. 

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Rebekah Brooks said to be returning to News Corp. in Britain

New York Times :: Rebekah Brooks, the editor and publishing executive who four years ago became embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal in Britain, is set to return in a senior role.

Read Ben Sisario, www.nytimes.com

Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists

Wall Street Journal :: An Egyptian court found three Al Jazeera English journalists guilty Saturday on charges including broadcasting false news, sentencing them to three years in prison.

Read Tamer El-Ghobashy, www.wsj.com

UK launches Twitter account to combat Islamic State propaganda

Guardian :: The government has launched a Twitter account to specifically counter social media propaganda by Islamic State. 

Read Frances Perraudin, www.theguardian.com

Teen jailed for supporting ISIS on Twitter

CIO.com :: A 17-year-old Virginia resident has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison by a U.S. federal court after he used Twitter to provide financial and recruiting support to the extremist Islamic group known as ISIS.

Read Zach Miners, www.cio.com

2015/08/28

Would you pay to avoid ads on YouTube?

 The Verge :: According to multiple sources, the world’s largest video-sharing site is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015.

Read Micah Singleton, www.theverge.com

BBC3 should follow Radio 1 in focusing on social media, says Google boss

Guardian :: Matt Brittin praises station for going to the right places for its audience and securing 2 million subscribers on YouTube.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

'The Foundry' - Time Inc. puts branded and editorial content creation under one roof

AdWeek :: On Thursday, Time Inc. unveiled The Foundry, a content and creative collective comprising Time Inc.'s Innovation Studio, Content Solutions and Time Inc. verticals, including The Drive, a new automotive site set to launch in September.

Read Tim Baysinger, www.adweek.com

Instagram offers vertical and wide-screen images, and these brands were on it

Digiday :: Instagram just launched a vertical video option that shows the format continues to take over the mobile viewing experience.

Read Garett Sloane , digiday.com

In Indonesia, writing needs to be recognized as a profession

Publishing Perspective :: In Indonesia the government fails to recognize writing as a profession and publishing as a creative industry, thwarting its further development.

Read Agus M. Irkham, publishingperspectives.com

Democratisation of content? It means that the likes of Facebook were not paying for its creation

mUmBRELLA :: Australian publishers and content makers have been warned that the growing shift of ad revenues to the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn threatens the future viability of their businesses

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Twitter’s six-second looping videos app will now help users add music to their clips

Guardian ::  Vine has already been a launchpad to stardom for musicians like Shawn Mendes, whose six-second loops on Twitter’s video-sharing app propelled him to a major record deal, chart-topping sales and a tour with Taylor Swift.

Read Stuart Dredge, www.theguardian.com

Twitter now lets you pin tweets to the top of your profile on iOS and Android

The Next Web :: Twitter's always been a mobile-first platform, but some functionality has always been limited to the Web interface. Today one of those features is coming to mobile: you can now pin tweets to your profile on iOS and Android.

Read Napier Lopez, thenextweb.com

How CNBC uses its deep TV bench for original Web video

Digiday :: CNBC Digital publishes nearly 200 videos per day across a variety of platforms.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

The traffic LinkedIn drives to publishers has dropped 44% this year

Digiday :: LinkedIn was once a steady referral source for publishers. But that’s changed as the social network for businesspeople has poured efforts into becoming a publisher in its own right. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2015/08/27

Discovery jumps into virtual reality programming

 Broadcasting Cable :: The company said immersive content will be available at DiscoveryVR.com, through Apple and Android apps, Samsung Milk VP premium video service and on Discovery Channels YouTube channels.

Read Staff, Broadcasting Cable, www.broadcastingcable.com

Fairfax journalists on strike over 'savaging of staff numbers'

The Australian :: The move is in contrast to APN News & Media, whose regional arm is investing heavily in local journalism and introducing digital subscription models to slow circulation declines and open up a new source of revenue to safeguard newspapers.

Read Staff, The Australian, www.theaustralian.com.au

AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story

AP ::  The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.

Read Michael Biesecker, bigstory.ap.org

Can a magazine live forever? Scientific American, at 170, is giving it a shot

Poynter ::  The oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, Scientific American, is marking its 170th birthday this week — cause for a promotional celebration.

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

The mourning of AJR is less about a decline in press criticism than the loss of an institution

Nieman Lab :: The ecosystem of press criticism is probably as strong now as it has ever been: columnists like Jack Shafer of Politico, public-minded academics like Jay Rosen of NYU, in-house critics like New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. 

Read Kevin Lerner, www.niemanlab.org

Newsquest's Herald titles face 20% jobs cut - third redundancy round in ten months

Press Gazette :: Newsquest is proposing editorial cuts of 20 per cent at the Herald titles in Scotland and across the Romanes Media Group titles which it bought in May.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Digital drives RTL growth

Broadband TV News :: RTL Group saw its net profit in H1 increase by 73.8% year-on-year to €351 million. Read the story »

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

A Portland startup called Wild is combining virtual reality with elements of the physical world

Technology Review :: Since March, Wild has been building an experience that combines virtual reality with elements of real life.

Read Rachel Metz, www.technologyreview.com

How Bloomberg Media is selling advertisers on the news

Digiday :: Hard news, with its disasters and other unpleasantness, can make some advertisers squeamish. Bloomberg Media Group is pitching a new ad unit that takes the view that some advertisers want to be associated with the most popular content of the moment, though.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

One thing Gabe Rivera thinks is true: ‘The best stuff isn’t written by you.’

Digiday :: Why create original content when everyone else is already doing the hard work for you? That’s the idea behind Gabe Rivera’s tech news site Techmeme.

Read Hannah Yi, digiday.com

Why live streaming is important for Facebook

Digiday :: Facebook is doing 4 billion views per day -- but that's a potentially misleading statistic, considering the platform counts views after three seconds. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Fairfax Media continues to cut regional jobs, axing 69 jobs in the Newcastle Hunter region

mUmBRELLA :: Fairfax Media is set to cut more roles with a proposal to cut 69 full-time equivalent positions, including 46 full time editorial jobs, across the Newcastle and Hunter region as the company continues to overhaul its Australian Community Media (ACM) division. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Ashley Madison hack raises digital era questions of media ethics

Yahoo News :: The breach has exposed users of the adultery site to public scrutiny, but should news organizations put limits on how reporters use the leaked private information?

Read Malena Carollo, news.yahoo.com

'Good photographs can touch emotions of readers' - The Hindu

The Hindu :: “A good photograph can touch the emotions of readers, which words fail to. A photograph is not just a tool but also an art,” according to A. Ishwarayya, art critic and senior journalist.

Read Ganesh Prabhu, www.thehindu.com

Here are a few ways to creatively re-purpose your already read magazines/ @thehautemess

The Haute Mess ::  So many magazine subscriptions, so little space. I myself am not subscribed to all that many magazines and even those seem to pile up quickly!  I can only image what it’s like for those of you who have constant magazines in your mail box.

Read Britta Garsow, Carli Garsow, thehautemess.com

2015/08/26

Autoplay puts Twitter, Facebook In uncomfortable place after video of WDBJ shooting spreads

Buzzfeed :: Yet that very ability comes with extreme consequences when evil people decide to harness those same tools to increase the notoriety they seek for their own horrible actions. That happened today, in a dramatic fashion.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com

How Amazon is taking over TV

Telegraph :: Signing Jeremy Clarkson was just the start; Amazon is making a bid to be a major broadcaster, says Gabriel Tate.

Read Gabriel Tate, www.telegraph.co.uk

Police threaten to take camera from BBC journalists covering Virginia shootings

Poynter :: Police ordered a journalist from the BBC to delete footage taken from the scene of the arrest of Vester Flanagan, the gunman who fatally shot two journalists earlier today while they were covering a feature story.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Facebook, Twitter's quick actions stopped Virginia Shootings video from being widely shared

Adweek :: Facebook and Twitter ultimately stopped an unthinkably horrible video from being widely circulated.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

Mashable, food publisher Tastemade, and IGN go all in on Snapchat Discover

Adweek :: Mashable, food publisher Tastemade, and IGN—a video-game and entertainment publisher—will start cranking out daily Snapchat content for Discover, joining names like Cosmopolitan, CNN and the Daily Mail.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

Mashable, food publisher Tastemade, and IGN go all in on Snapchat Discover

Adweek :: Mashable, food publisher Tastemade, and IGN—a video-game and entertainment publisher—will start cranking out daily Snapchat content for Discover, joining names like Cosmopolitan, CNN and the Daily Mail.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

BBC sets the date to shift linear channel 3 online

Stream Daily :: The battle to save BBC3 in its linear format has all-but ended as trustees look to save money and cater to young, digital-savvy viewers.

Read Darah Hansen, streamdaily.tv

NRS claims 94% of UK adults read national newspaper or magazine monthly

Press Gazette :: Some 94 per cent of UK adults interact with national newspapers and magazines at least once month in print or online, according to the National Readership Survey.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Designer Mario García tells how to manage ‘media quintet'

The Newspaper Works :: Fear of change and delays in adapting and retooling new and old concepts – these are the reoccurring mistakes Mario García has observed through 40 years of redesigning publications and consulting for more than 700 media companies in 120 countries.

Read Lachlan Bennett, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

A rule for online news: Errors are inevitable; lack of transparency is not

Los Angeles Times :: The ability to revise without limit — virtually instantaneously — has, of course, revolutionized journalism. But most publications still haven't figured out a good way to alert readers to substantive changes and alterations.

Read Anthony De Rosa, www.latimes.com

Adfraud is like media industry ‘having enormous amounts of unprotected sex’ says US IAB chief

mUmBRELLA :: Australian ad tech vendors could be asked to register contact details and a physical address with the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Don't subject the BBC to 'bullying tactics', says shadow Scottish secretary

Guardian :: Conservatives and SNP should not treat the BBC as a ‘plaything for politicians’ in the runup to charter renewal, says Labour’s Ian Murray.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

How Vox Media slashed its webpage load time in half

Digiday :: The sharp rise in mobile readership has forced publishers to ask themselves hard questions about their site performance. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Likely to get worse: Why Snapchat Snapcode “ghosts” are invading Twitter profiles

Marketing Land :: Snapchat Snapcode “ghosts” are popping up all over Twitter profiles, and it’s likely to get worse in the coming days.

Read Danny Sullivan, marketingland.com

How to tell your story: Instagram to communicate "mood," "atmosphere" at your working place

Digiday :: Agencies may spend most of their time sprucing up their clients’ Instagram feeds, but several of them spend a considerable amount of time on their own accounts.

Read Tanya Dua, digiday.com

Americans’ views on mobile etiquette: always on and rarely turned off creates new social challenges

Pew Research :: ‘Always on’ mobile connectivity poses new challenges for users about when to be present with those nearby or engaged with others on their screens.

Read Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, www.pewinternet.org

Donald Trump kicks Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of press conference

Fortune :: Donald Trump kicked Jorge Ramos, Univision’s anchor, out of a press conference Tuesday after Ramos tried to ask a question.

Read Pamela Kruger, fortune.com

Has a Twitter acquisition become inevitable? Investment banker Victor Basta, an analyst says yes

Fortune :: Twitter would be worth more to a larger business that can accelerate innovation at the company than it is as a public entity, says Basta.

Read Mathew Ingram, fortune.com

HuffPost Australia, Daily Mail Australia and The Monthly Chronicle join Australian Press Council

mUmBRELLA :: The newest international entrant to the local online publishing space The Huffington Post has joined the Australian Press Council.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

2015/08/25

Death threats for Italian journalists after covering the funeral of a Mafia boss

Guardian :: Attacks on investigative reporter and team from Rai 3 politics show come amid indignation over Hollywood-style service for Vittorio Casamonica

Read Michele Azzu, www.theguardian.com

Foreign Ministry launches English blog to “correct misconceptions” about Egypt

Mada Masr :: Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday the launch of a new English blog to “enhance its communication with the world” and to address “inaccurate” reports about Egypt in the foreign media.

Read Mai Shams El-Din, www.madamasr.com

Article tagging can make content analysis easier for publishers

Media Briefing :: Article tags are commonly used by news outlets to target search keywords and identify topics within a story.

Read Abigail Edge, www.themediabriefing.com

Gap widens: publishers’ mobile ad revenue isn’t keeping pace with traffic growth

WSJ :: Traditional and online publishers are struggling to cash in on their surging mobile traffic, raising questions about their future growth as consumers increasingly turn to smartphones and tablets for media.

Read Jack Marshall, blogs.wsj.com

Twitter faced SEC questions on changing user-engagement metrics

Bloomberg :: Earlier this year,Twitter stopped reporting its number of timeline views, which measures how often people view their streams.

Read Sarah Frier, www.bloomberg.com

Are in-car apps the next platform for news media companies?

INMA ::  Developments with in-car apps offer future opportunities for news publishers, but visual-heavy media must find a way to compete until hands-free cars are available.

Read David Murphy, www.inma.org

Flipboard offers advertisers both autoplay and user-initiated video ads

Digiday :: Flipboard’s “first real attempt” is a new format that combines both autoplay and user-initiated video. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Why Hollywood could benefit from China’s market meltdown

The Wrap :: China’s “Black Monday” stock crash sent global markets reeling this week but Hollywood, which counts on the Asian economic giant for investment funding and audience growth, isn’t sweating it.

Read Todd Cunningham, www.thewrap.com

2015/08/24

Another experiment? - Twitter integrates trending topics into Tweets

Buzzfeed ::  Twitter is adding trending labels to some tweets in what appears to be a new experiment.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com

Confusion in Iran over BBC broadcasts

Advanced TV :: Tensions between the ‘West’ and Iran are easing, with the Iranian government seemingly ready to do business now that the tough economic restrictions on Iran are re-opening the country for trade but not for BBC’s local transmissions to the country.

Read Chris Forrester, advanced-television.com

Inside the 3-way family contest to become the next publisher of The Times

New York Magazine ::  The issue of succession is a difficult matter not just for family-run businesses but for the families that run them. 

Read Roberto Parada, nymag.com

Spikes in demand: Premieres and finales bring tweeters out of the nest

Broadcasting Cable :: ABC’s Scandal has loyal social media following, Nielsen finds.

Read Jon Lafayette, www.broadcastingcable.com

Inside Invention, Trinity Mirror’s content studio

Digiday :: U.K. publisher Trinity Mirror, which owns titles including the Daily Mirror, joined the content studio ranks last year with the launch of Invention. The 40-strong team is structured like a creative shop and uses audience insights to inform its pitches and ideas generation.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

How The New York Times gets a 70 percent open rate on its newsletters

Digiday :: The New York Times has caught the newsletter fever. In the past year, it has launched a dozen newsletters, some getting an open rate of an impressive 70 percent or more. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Research found that Twitter is an important tool for adults with speech disabilities

News.com.au :: While other users might be disadvantaged by 140 character limits, many people who struggle to speak have had lifelong practice in making every word count, say Australian researchers.

Read Staff, News Corp., www.news.com.au

2015/08/23

As it follows new “playbook,” Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network trims budget, adds execs

Current :: “We may fail greatly or achieve something great,” says CPBN's c.o.o., “but either way, we’re going to try.”

Read Ben Mook, current.org

How do we improve online news design to help readers better understand stories?

RJI Online :: Better-designed stories are better for readers. As Paul Bolls and I began to design our study, I conducted phone interviews with more than a dozen editors and designers.

Read Alex Remington, www.rjionline.org

Irish newspapers report that ITV is to acquire Northern Ireland TV channel UTV in a multi-million pound deal

Guardian :: Irish newspapers have reported that ITV is to acquire UTV, the Northern Ireland television channel, in a multi-million pound deal.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Pro-government Twitter bots try to hush Mexican activists

Wired :: 

Read (author unknown), news.google.com

Yahoo7: Australia is the first non-US market where social platform Tumblr will be commercialised

mUmBRELLA :: Yahoo7 is launching a new sales team for the microblogging platform with Woolworths and Telstra among the brands signed on as launch partners.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

How can legacy publishers supplement falling print revenues?

The Media Briefing :: Consumers are rapidly shifting to mobile platforms, but as with any emerging platform, proven monetisation strategies lag consumer adoption. What is the way forward?

Read Kevin Anderson, www.themediabriefing.com

Fairfax confirms 25 jobs to go from community papers while The Land loses 16 positions

mUmBRELLA :: Fairfax Media has confirmed about 25 full-time equivalent positions across its suburban papers in Sydney and 16 positions at The Land will be made redundant as the publishing company moves ahead with a proposed restructure. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

The Diffusion Group: ‘Cord-Cutting unrealistic for most’

According to Alan Wolk, Senior Analyst with The Diffusion Group (TDG), whilst there was much rending of clothing and gnashing of teeth about the Q2 2015 pay-TV subscriber statistics.

Read Colin Mann, advanced-television.com

2015/08/22

Journalists’ perceptions of the future of journalistic work

Reuters Institute :: Journalists believe journalism will be a harder job with less institutional support in the future, according to a survey conducted by the Reuters Institute and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Read Robert Picard, reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk

'Indignant Minnesotans' remind journalists that data can hurt

CJR :: There's a lesson here for journalists. The hype surrounding websites like Vox, FiveThirtyEight, and The New York Times blog The Upshot show that numbers-driven rankings, charts, and maps can be compelling storytelling tools. But data is subjective.

Read Jack Murtha, www.cjr.org

Snapchat Discover to add Mashable, limit sponsorship takeovers

AdAge :: For the second time since rolling out Discover in January, Snapchat is getting ready to shake up its publisher portal's roster.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

Car giant Daimler mulls joint ventures with Apple and Google

Reuters ::  Daimler’s chief executive said “different types” of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts.

Read Andreas Cremer, venturebeat.com

How The Christian Science Monitor is helping readers bridge the gap between content & action

IVOH :: The Christian Science Monitor has a legacy of reporting not just on global problems, but on effective solutions.

Read Kara Newhouse, ivoh.org

Cogeco Fund based out of Toronto/Canada seeks web-series pitches

Stream Daily :: The Canadian media development fund is encouraging producers to bring forward their ideas for web-based dramas.

Read Bree Rody-Mantha, streamdaily.tv

Comcast presses ‘play’ on new live-streaming service

Stream Daily :: As rumors circulate about the launch of a possible YouTube competitor, the comms giant has released a new video app to XFinity customers.

Read Bree Rody-Mantha, streamdaily.tv

Millennials flee traditional TV

MediaPost :: TV networks lost significant viewership over the past year -- especially that of younger adult viewers.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

YouTuber Amy Pham heads for the big screen

Stream Daily :: The frequency of transition from YouTube to TV and film is growing as digital stars strengthen their sway on millennials and Gen Z viewers.

Read Darah Hansen, streamdaily.tv

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser: Do independent news outlets have a blind spot when it comes to ethnic media?

Nieman Lab :: The head of the Media Consortium argues that, by defining themselves in opposition to mainstream media, independent progressive outlets miss out on the power of ethnic and community journalism.

Read Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, www.niemanlab.org

2015/08/21

NPR news chief condemns Pentagon guidelines governing treatment of journalists

Poynter :: Michael Oreskes, the senior vice president for news and editorial director at NPR, has drafted a letter objecting to guidelines regarding the treatment of journalists in the Pentagon’s new Law of War manual.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Audiences beyond Twitter: Twitter renames 'Twitter Publisher Network' as 'Twitter Audience Platform'

Economic Times :: The platform helps advertisers connect with audiences beyond Twitter in thousands of mobile apps while using Twitter's measurement, targeting and creative tools.

Read Staff, Economic Times, economictimes.indiatimes.com

Facebook is slowly allowing brands to use GIFs in posts

Digiday :: Even more GIFs are coming to Facebook. The social network said its allowing a "small percentage" of brands to post GIFs to its page as part of an evaluation period to see if it pisses off people.

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

Azerbaijani prosecutor requests nine-year jail term for Khadija Ismayilova

CPJ :: A state prosecutor today called for Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova to be sentenced to nine years in prison, according to pro-government news agency Trend. 

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Getting closer: Twitter and Google’s mobile search partnership has expanded to desktop

Recode :: Twitter and Google teamed up a few months ago to show tweets in Google searches on mobile. Now that partnership has expanded to include desktop searches, too.

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

Judge tosses Anderson's antitrust suit against magazine publishers incl. Time Inc, Hearst Communications

Media Post :: A judge has dismissed the multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by Anderson News LLC, a bankrupt magazine and book wholesaler, against major magazine publishers including Time Inc. and Hearst Communications.

Read Staff, Mediapost, www.mediapost.com

Google ordered to remove links to stories about Google removing links to stories

Ars Technica :: Google faces fines if it does not comply with ridiculous recursion.

Read Glyn Moody, arstechnica.com

App or no app? - Publishers should strongly consider what their mobile goals are

Talking New Media :: Many publishers launch apps for the same reason they launched their first websites: everyone was doing it and they felt stupid not getting in on the rush. I hate that reason.

Read D.B. Hebbard, www.talkingnewmedia.com

Can micro-finance and crowdfunding work in journalism and media, where business models are in flux?

Mediashift :: As advertising dollars continue to shift toward social platforms, will crowdfunded journalism provide a way forward? We ask our guests Jessica Jackley, David Cohn, Dan Fletcher, and Khari Johnson.

Read Jefferson Yen, mediashift.org

How print is still a growing market for some UK magazines

Press Gazette :: While average UK magazine circulations fell down by 5.3% in the first half of this year some titles continue to buck the trend and grow sales.

Read Conori Bell-Bhuiyan, www.pressgazette.co.uk

‘I am the social': Neetzan Zimmerman brings a little bit of Gawker to The Hill

Digiday :: Neetzan Zimmerman, the former “viral news genius” at Gawker who recently made news when he was suspended from the anonymous social app Whisper, is back to making news go viral, albeit on a smaller scale, at The Hill. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

To connect with smartphone users, Vogue tapped Shazam to tie its physical pages to extra digital content

Digiday :: "The September issue is the Super Bowl of fashion," according to Erwin Penland evp Jessica Navas, and all brands want a spot in Vogue. In terms of bridging the glossy pages of Vogue's biggest issue with digital content, Target set the bar.

Read Hilary Milnes, digiday.com

Revenue sources for journalism: Tips for education news sites seeking funder support

Inside Philanthropy :: Funders have become increasingly important as revenue sources for the practice of journalism.

Read L.S. Hall, www.insidephilanthropy.com

How Twitter more than doubled its advertising audience

Digiday :: Twitter has revamped its mobile ad network to target up to 700 million consumers, more than double its own audience of 310 million users.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

They battled copyright issues with fan merchandise store; then pivoted to visual blogging

Bluegape has a user-generated content creation model like that of Quora and a social media-oriented consumption model similar to that of BuzzFeed.

Read Nikita Peer, www.techinasia.com

2015/08/20

Wall Street Journal condemns Iran media attack on senior reporter

Guardian :: Farnaz Fassihi accused of being intermediary between Iran’s banned opposition and White House in seeming misunderstanding of phrase ‘Wall Street friend’.

Read Saeed Kamali Dehghan, www.theguardian.com

What publishers should do to implement data privacy protection

WAN-IFRA :: When users enter information about themselves on digital publishing platforms, they trust the publisher not to misuse that data, and ideally they want to specify how the publisher may or may not use their personal details. 
 

Read Riika Turunen, blog.wan-ifra.org

ProPublica receives $2.2m from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts

Poynter ::  The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve on an existing crowdsourcing platform, in addition to offering a two-week training program for journalists.

Read Gurman Bhatia, www.poynter.org

Newspaper publisher Gregorio Ybanez murdered in the Philippines

CPJ :: The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Philippines to establish the motive behind the murder of newspaper publisher Gregorio Ybanez and swiftly bring the perpetrator to justice.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Can the Weather Channel find a buyer for TV business?

Bloomberg :: The owners of the Weather Channel have hired the banks Morgan Stanley and PJT Partners Inc. to explore a sale, according to people familiar with the matter.

Read Alex Sherman, Kiel Porter, www.bloomberg.com

Bloomberg is set to cut at least 100 editorial positions before Labor Day, including political and government reporters

The Wrap :: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg aims to cut political and government reporters.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

New York Daily News is no longer for sale/

AdWeek :: Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman has called off the sale of the nearly 100-year-old New York newspaper.

Read Chris Ariens, www.adweek.com

Investigating nonprofits and charities: Where to find internal data

Journalists Resource :: 2015 explainer on how to do research on nonprofit organizations, with examples of investigations and detail on finding and reading 990 tax filings.

Read John Wihbey, journalistsresource.org

How news media publishers can tap into local advertisers’ video spend

INMA :: Small-scale businesses need to engage in video advertising now because they will be squeezed out of cable TV during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and Olympic Games. News media companies should get ahead of the curve if they want to see any of that revenue.

Read Adam Burnham, www.inma.org

How app linking in Android M, iOS9 will increase app engagement

INMA :: New mobile operating systems will allow Web links to open directly in apps, increasing the urgency and need for publishers to become fluent in the mobile world.

Read Padraic Woods, www.inma.org

APN bolsters its new regional paywalls offering readers access to a slew of News Corp assets

mUmBRELLA :: APN News & Media has rolled out details of its new digital subscriptions today which include access to a number of News Corp properties including its rewards program, Fox Sports and Presto. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

How black reporters report on black death

NPR :: Every black Ferguson resident I interviewed last year had his own story about an unfair encounter with local cops. And, unsurprisingly, nearly all black journalists I've talked to mentioned a similar story from their off-the-clock lives. 

Read Gene Demby, www.npr.org

Many proclaim to be “digital first”, but whether this is true in practice is a different story

The Newspaper Works :: In an age of social media and smart phones, many newspapers proclaim to be “digital first”, but whether they are in practice is a different story, according to 2014 Hegarty winner Mark Baker.

Read Lachlan Bennett, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

‘A gusher of money': Google is testing promoted video ads in search results

Digiday :: Google is running a limited test of promoted videos in search results, a format that could fundamentally change how marketers view advertising there, according to sources close to the tests. 

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

Facebook is trying to make Twitter obsolete

Business Insider :: Facebook is working on a stand-alone mobile news application that seems to be part of its Facebook for Business initiative.

Read Alyson Shontell, uk.businessinsider.com

Reduction is the key: Advertisers must adapt for a ‘frictionless’ age

Digiday :: One of the key words of the future will be "frictionless." We will soon see a radical movement designed with engineering out complexity, the act of making things fast and easy as the main design goal. 

Read Tom Goodwin, digiday.com

Amazon said this week that it will no longer accept Flash-based ads on its website

Digiday :: The industry is getting serious about putting Flash to bed once and for all. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Apple prepares for launch of News app as it hunts for Sydney-based news editor

mUmBRELLA :: Tech giant Apple is on the hunt for a news editor with the successful applicant being tasked with curating featured content, topics and channels in the News App.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

2015/08/19

Business Insider's approach to content, and plans to further internationalize

FIPP :: In an email conversation with FIPP’s Cobus Heyl, Julie Hansen shared insight into BI’s approach to content, their plans to further internationalise the brand and the type of qualities BI will look for in local partners.

Read Cobus Heyl, www.fipp.com

'A redesign that is simply focussed on design will fail'

WAN-IFRA :: "We were asking ourselves 'How can a printed paper compete nowadays?'” says designer Hans Peter Janisch in describing the redesign of the Luxembourg-based daily newspaper,Tageblatt, last year.

Read Brian Veseling, blog.wan-ifra.org

Messaging and chat apps continue their rise in popularity, especially among young people

Nieman Lab :: Publishers are increasingly looking to messaging apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp as a way to deliver news to young, smartphone-dependent audiences. 

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

State of mobile messaging and social media 2015

Pew Internet :: 36% of adult smartphone owners use messaging apps, while 17% use apps that automatically delete sent messages. These types of apps are adding to an already complex terrain of digital and social communication. Meanwhile, social media platforms continue to attract dedicated users.

Read Maeve Duggan, www.pewinternet.org

The Sun dismisses Daily Mirror attack as an 'embarrassing stunt'

Guardian :: The Sun has dismissed a Daily Mirror marketing campaign attacking its tabloid rival as an “embarrassing stunt”.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

BBC Global News' Jim Egan: Transforming the news experience

In the news industry the digital revolution presents a challenge; how to provide up to the minute news for an audience that uses a number of devices to access an ever-expanding array of information sources.

Read Jim Egan, www.bizcommunity.com

Citizen journalism, when everyone can be a videographer

wispeo :: Five billion people have smartphones in the world today. More than two billion have the ability to create high-quality video on their phones. Every week, smartphone users create forty million hours of video – while a lot of it gets a bad rep for being cat videos, many people use their mobile phones to film important news events.

Read Andrea Edmunds, blog.wispeo.com

Does the future of reading belong to the phone?

Publishing Perspective :: At the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Maloney lays out the case: “It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future book sales, it’s the phone.”

Read Dennis Abrams, publishingperspectives.com

Disney sprinkled overnight magic and Burberry? - Digital transformation: big bang or little steps

Guardian :: Disney sprinkled overnight magic while Burberry’s turnaround started in 2006. Does the pond mark a divide in digital strategy?

Read Paul English, www.theguardian.com

How to set profile picture on WhatsApp/Instagram without cropping

Tech4More :: How irritating when you want to change your profile picture on Whatsapp or Instagram to focus on something which you want to notifying by others but you can’t do that, because by default it crops some part of your image.I personally faced it many times.

Read Sudhir Shukla, www.tech4more.com

BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Fox News — all down between March and April

Business Insider :: Many of the world's biggest and best-known online news publishers saw significant drops in traffic between March and April this year. It appears Facebook might be a culprit in some way.

Read Lara O'Reilly , uk.businessinsider.com

'Nollywood' generated €3.7bn in revenue: New start-ups want to become the 'African Netflix'

Business Insider :: A crop of new tech entrepreneurs from Africa and its diaspora are hoping to build a bridge between the continent's growing middle class and booming film industry in a quest to become the "African Netflix".

Read Yassine Khiri, www.businessinsider.com

Economist's acquisition strategy centeres on constantly reappraising the customer's journey to subscriber

Media Briefing :: The Economist brand saw a staggering 225.8 percent year-on-year rise in digital circulation between January and June. That contributed to a 1.9 percent year-on-year growth in combined print and digital circulation, a key driver behind its pretax profits of £59 million in 2015.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

HuffPost’s Tory Maguire rejects suggestion the site commissions journalists to work for free

mUmBRELLA :: The Huffington Post Australia editor-in-chief Tory Maguire has rejected the notion that Australia’s newest media news website commissions journalists “to do work for free”. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

BBC iPlayer takes on Netflix with new catchup features

Guardian ::  On-demand service to roll out Live Restart feature to smart TVs, as well as cross-device pause and resume.

Read Staff, Press Association, www.theguardian.com

Foxtel boss Richard Freudenstein: Future is not a ‘zero sum game’ between pay-TV and the streaming services

mUmBRELLA :: The boss of Foxtel has dismissed concerns within the market that a massive surge in subscriptions for video streaming service Netflix will come at the expense of the pay-TV operator. 

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

WeChat maker Tencent invests $50m in rival Kik

Tech in Asia :: China’s Tencent, maker of the WeChat messaging app, has invested US$50 million in Kik Messenger. The funding was confirmed by Kik CEO Ted Livingston.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

‘A shameless ad I can get behind': Old Spice reaches Imgur’s millennials with GIFs

Digiday :: Old Spice is among the first brands buying Imgur’s promoted posts, which target the site’s mostly millennial, mostly male audience. Imgur works closely with the brands to craft the ads. 

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

Inc. and Reader’s Digest go back to school with e-learning courses

Digiday :: Count e-learning as yet another way publishers are trying to make revenue. Both Inc. and Readers Digest have made recent pushes into online education, which they say is a natural extension of both their brands and businesses.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Facebook top videos are by ‘aggregators,’ which is a problem

Digiday :: Tubular Labs  found the top 10 pages practicing aggregation generated 7.1 billion views on Facebook in July, compared to 2.6 billion views among “creators” distributing original content.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Foursquare by the numbers: 60m registered users, 50m MAUs, and 75m tips to date

Venture Beat :: Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley revealed today that the company now has more than 60 million registered users — more than 50 million of whom use the app or site at least once a month.

Read Harrison Weber, Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com

2015/08/18

“Behind every tweet is a story,” and journalists’ other advice for new journalism students

Nieman Lab ::  You might not know it from the 90-degree weather, but fall is approaching, and that means it’s time to go back to school.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

Socially controversial science topics on Wikipedia draw edit wars

Ars Technica :: The accuracy of what you see depends on whether people are happy about a topic.

Read John Timmer, arstechnica.com

Buzzfeed receives $200m investment boost

Press Gazette :: Buzzfeed has received a $200m investment from broadcasting company NBCUniversal in exchange for a minority stake in the business.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

New television channel to offer viewers shares via crowdfunding site

Guardian :: A TV channel scheduled for launch next week is claiming to be the first national television outlet to offer shares via crowdfunding.

Read Roy Greenslade, feeds.theguardian.com

Age ratings enforced on YouTube music videos

Adanced TV :: Age ratings will now be displayed on all UK-produced music videos that appear on YouTube and Vevo.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Writers call on Mexico’s president to end violence against press

Herald Tribune :: A group of writers and artists from around the world, including Britain’s Salman Rushdie, American Paul Auster, Mexican Alfonso Cuaron and Nicaragua’s Sergio Ramirez, have sent a letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto calling on him to stop the violence against journalists in Mexico.

Read Staff, Latin American Herald Tribune, www.laht.com

Mind-reading tech: Media and advertising companies turn to brain science to help deliver content you won't forget

CNET :: Media and advertising companies turn to brain science to help deliver content you won't forget.

Read Max Taves, www.cnet.com

El Colombiano reaches new audiences through Twitter storytelling

WAN-IFRA :: “Twittercrónica” becomes the voice of social network users, whose words are pieced together in real-time by journalists at El Colombiano. After their Twitter debut, the stories are published in the print and digital editions of the newspaper, reaching even non-Twitter users.

Read Margarita Barrero, www.inma.org

HuffPo Aus goes live a day early with exclusive on Julie Bishop’s views on same-sex marriage

mUmBRELLA :: The Huffington Post Australia has launched a day earlier then expected, with the news site running an exclusive report on Julie Bishop’s stance on same sex marriage.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

News Corp unifies metro newspaper business sections under Business Daily masthead

mUmBRELLA :: News Corp is unifying its metro title’s business sections under the masthead of Business Daily, with each of the papers able to access national content from other News Corp brands to complement local, state content.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Next gen series creators: The Disney Channel Storytellers writer incubation program is now taking applications

The Wrap :: “We’re building upon Storytellers’ success after its inaugural year resulted in one writing team’s pilot being produced for series consideration at Disney Channel and a second team joining the writing staff of our upcoming comedy series ‘BUNK’D,” Jennilee Cummings, vice president of Original Series for Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement.

Read Deborah Day, www.thewrap.com

Twitter says to accelerate push for content partnerships in Asia

Reuters :: Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it plans to accelerate its push for content partnerships in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Read Aradhana Aravindan, www.reuters.com

Slate’s latest podcast partner: Sports Illustrated

Digiday :: Panoply, Slate's podcast network, has had a busy year. It's spent the bulk of 2015 not only pitching advertisers on why they should invest in podcasting, but it's gone after podcasts from other publishers, which it says it can help produce and monetize. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

The role of news brands in this connected age

INMA :: Though many aspects of news brands have navigated to a digital space, the print platform still offers a sense of authority and helps readers develop news-related habits.

How brands are using Periscope

Digiday :: A variety of brands from Coach to GE and Taco Bell have been experimenting with Periscope. Nissan and Target offer fans exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage, while Benefit Cosmetics hosts question-and-answer sessions.

Read Tanya Dua, digiday.com

Meerkat says users are more engaged than ever, but data suggests lackluster growth

Venture Beat :: Mobile livestreaming startup Meerkat has seen the amount of time its users spend with the service double every month since launch, the company’s CEO Ben Rubin revealed today.

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

2015/08/17

BBC among broadcasters to repeatedly breach Ofcom impartiality code over funded content

Independent :: International broadcasters including the BBC repeatedly broke the Ofcom code by screening programmes funded by foreign governments, charities and NGOs, an investigation has revealed.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

Six weeks into its micropayment strategy, The Winnipeg Free Press preps for a “slow building process”

Nieman Lab :: Fair or not, Winnipeggers have a reputation for being frugal. So when the hometown Winnipeg Free Press introduced a paywall this spring that included a micropayment system that let readers request a refund for any article, some were worried that readers would ask for their money back after reading every story.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

Lloyd's List launches return to print two years after going digital-only

Press Gazette :: Shipping industry news title Lloyd’s List is increasing its editorial staff and staging a return to print some two years after it went digital-only.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

'I am not a victim': Tips for reporting on dementia

Journalism.co.uk :: People living with dementia discuss how the media can better phrase their coverage of the illness.

Read Paul Myles, Louis Gill, www.journalism.co.uk

Why native apps still matter in the Age of Distribution

Nieman Lab :: In the Age of Distribution, the news body seems destined to be increasingly disconnected from the news head. It seems quaint to actually go...

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org

Is the media becoming a wire service?

VOX.com ::  The publishers of tomorrow will become like the wire services of today, pushing their content across a large number of platforms they don't control and didn't design.

Read Ezra Klein, www.vox.com

Fox Sports Digital acquires assets from start-up StraightCast Media

Stream Daily :: The acquisition includes the rights to Gridiron Grunts, which allows NFL fans and players to shoot and distribute clips of games, practices and more.

Read Bree Rody-Mantha, streamdaily.tv

How Italy’s local investigative reporters are probing mafia corruption

WAN-IFRA :: Alessia Cerantola, a multimedia journalist at Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), looks at how local investigative journalists in Italy are covering mafia and organised crime, and at what risks.

Read Alessia Cerantola, blog.wan-ifra.org

4 major publishers are about to put ads in their online comment sections

Adweek :: IIt was only a matter of time before marketers started squeezing native ads into every nook of a publisher's site, and now Condé Nast, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox Sports can sell promos that pop up in story comments.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

US pay-TV providers lose more customers in Q2

Telecompaper :: More US consumers are ending their pay-TV subscriptions, according to the latest figures from Leichtman Research Group.

Read Staff, Telecompaper, www.telecompaper.com

Sale of Serbia's iconic news agency Tanjug falters

Balkan Insight :: Vukasin Obradovic, director of the Independent Association of SerbianJournalists, told BIRN that the lack of interest did not mean that Tanjug will perish.

Read Filip Avramovic, Sasa Dragojlo, www.balkaninsight.com

Ferguson: On parachuting in and breaking news on Twitter

Poynter :: Four months after Michael Brown was killed, activist Deray Mckesson tweeted: “We exist in a tradition of erased histories. Twitter has helped us tell our own story. We are sitting in history and making it. #Ferguson.”

Read Shadi Rahimi, www.poynter.org

Hungarian internet tax now “dead”

Broadband TV News :: The controversial internet tax that was going to be introduced by Hungarian government is now dead and will never the revived.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Hungarian internet tax now “dead”

Broadband TV News :: The controversial internet tax that was going to be introduced by Hungarian government is now dead and will never the revived.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

BBC looks to local Brazilian productions for Earth channel

Rapid TV News :: In the run up to launching BBC Earth across Latin America, BBC Worldwide is already looking for local productions in Brazil, according to Jon Farrar, senior VP of global programming and acquisitions.

Read Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, www.rapidtvnews.com

Oluwatosin Fabiyi: The fall of journalism in Nigeria

Omojuwa :: The profession that is practiced in Nigeria today, seems to believe that the role of the newsman is to create the story – as opposed to report it.

Read Oluwatosin Fabiyi, omojuwa.com

Why “out of office” is meaningless in publishing

Publishing Perspectives :: Roger Tagholm muses on the end of the summer holidays in the UK and what vacation might have looked like for several executives in the Internet age.

Read Roger Tagholm, publishingperspectives.com

Jeff Bezos responds to New York Times story: “I don’t recognize this Amazon.”

Recode :: Memo to staff: "Anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay."

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Rona Fairhead: Don't decide future of BBC 'behind closed doors'

Press Gazette :: The future of the BBC should be decided by the public, rather than politicians with vested interests, the chairman of the broadcaster's governing body has said.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

More and more publishers start their own inhouse studios. Can digital shops survive the branded content boom?

AdWeek :: With the BuzzFeed effect in full swing as more and more online publishers mimic the popular viral news site by creating sponsored content for brands, digital agencies find themselves forced to adapt.

Read Lauren Johnson, adweek.feedsportal.com

Using different video content types: take cues from Nike, Target and Dove

AdWeek ::  Six video marketing mindsets to embrace

Read Stacy Minero, www.adweek.com

The race toward repetitive, trivial journalism, so noisy that it drowns out more considered work

New York Times :: In the days after news spread about the killing of Cecil, the well-known lion in Zimbabwe, news organizations large and small peppered sites like Facebook with hundreds of links and posts about his death.

Read Ravi Somaiya, rss.nytimes.com

WeChat MAUs reached 600m in Q2 2015

China Internet Watch :: The combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat were 600 million, an increase of 37% YoY according to Tencent’s unaudited consolidated results for the second quarter. 

Read Staff, CIW Team, www.chinainternetwatch.com

Why Amazon is outsourcing its lifestyle content

Digiday :: Amazon is building out a "mutually beneficial" relationship with niche publishers. The retailer began featuring articles on its homepage by The Wirecutter, GoodGuide and PureWow this year, giving these sites maximum exposure. 

Read Hilary Milnes, digiday.com

Digital video usage: time of day has an influence on when devices see the most action

eMarketer :: Digital video content consumption across devices continues to rise among consumers. According to recent research, time of day has an influence on when devices see the most action.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

The Indianapolis Colts is the first NFL team to reach its youngest fans on Kik

Digiday :: Amber Derrow, the Colts' social media coordinator, said the team is trying to reach its youngest fans with these Promoted Chats. 

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

2015/08/16

Freedom of speech is the name everyone gives to their mistakes – especially media groups

Independent :: The need to understand the intersections of religion and civil freedom has never been greater.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

Indie TV producers forced to take bigger risks as cutbacks bite

Guardian :: Film-makers look to co-producers or distributors to help plug the funding gap.

Read Tara Conlan, www.theguardian.com

Indie TV producers forced to take bigger risks as cutbacks bite

Guardian :: Film-makers look to co-producers or distributors to help plug the funding gap.

Read Tara Conlan, www.theguardian.com

Politicians can only view secret trade pact in special viewing room

Ars Technica :: Resistance to pact grows as negotiators in US, EU remain tight-lipped.

Read Glyn Moody, arstechnica.com

How buzzy streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu are playing catch up to legacy networks

The Wrap :: Lately, the buzz has tilted toward streaming outfits like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, as they aggressively expand their content offerings and look to gain in prestige and PR firepower over the legacy networks.

Read Tony Maglio, www.thewrap.com

CNN executive flies to Kenya to apologize for 'hotbed of terror' claim

Guardian :: News channel’s managing director meets president after social media outcry over coverage suggesting Obama would be at risk during historic trip.

Read Murithi Mutiga, www.theguardian.com

Addressable screens will deliver high ROI: IPG Mediabrands’ Tajer

Beet TV :: The scope and scale of the addressable TV market is bound to grow over the coming years, but that’s not all. Addressable screens are also likely to come onto the scene.

Read Cotton Delo, www.beet.tv

How Connecticut’s largest public media outlet worked with IDEO to reimagine its future

Nieman Lab ::  If you zoom in on the local level, how are public media stations trying to confront change?

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

We called in professionals to explain, ‘What is Storytelling Tools?’

RJI Online :: I have a name for my RJI Fellowship project: Storytelling Tools. What I don't have is a decent description — one that's engaging, or even understandable.

Read Barrett Golding, www.rjionline.org

Viewability issue: It’s getting worse

Media Life Magazine :: A new report finds a big drop in the number of viewable ads, going from 49.4 percent to 44 percent, despite the recent focus on better standards and policing.

Read Toni Fitzgerald, www.medialifemagazine.com

Austin Tice has now been missing for 3 years

Poynter :: Freelance journalist Austin Tice has been missing in Syria for three years. 

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

2015/08/15

St. Louis policeman investigated over Facebook post in which he brags about spending 'annual Michael Brown bonus'

Guardian ::  Patrolman investigated over Facebook post in which he shows off about extra cash made working during protests in Ferguson this week

Read Steven W. Thrasher, www.theguardian.com

How St. Louis police added Twitter to its arsenal

News Yahoo :: The St. Louis County Police Department’s Twitter feed was buzzing this week with moment-to-moment updates during protests commemorating Michael Brown’s death one year ago.

Read Michael Walsh, news.yahoo.com

St. Louis professor on journalism lessons from Ferguson: ‘The impact is ongoing.’

Poynter :: Last August, as journalists flooded into St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri to cover the death and the aftermath of Michael Brown, Amber Hinsely was watching.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

How streaming almost killed (and then saved) Sesame Street

Guardian :: Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have cut into the DVD sales that helped fund the show. The least it could do then was help to save it

Read Jana Kasperkevic, www.theguardian.com

Telegram now delivers 10B messages every day, up from 1B just 8 months ago

Venture Beat :: Telegram, the encrypted messaging app backed by VKontakte founders Nikolai and Pavel Durov, announced today that its users send 10 billion messages per day.

Read Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com