Sources: Jack Dorsey to be named permanent Twitter CEO

Recode :: Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, is expected be named the company’s new permanent CEO as early as tomorrow, although that timeframe may change, according to sources.

Read Kara Swisher, Kurt Wagner, recode.net

Google is acquiring rich messaging startup Jibe Mobile

Recode :: The startup has been working with carriers to help them natively add video chat into their services.

Read Ina Fried, recode.net

4 in 10 millennial smartphone users listen to podcasts on their devices at least monthly

MarketingCharts :: Some 29% of smartphone-owning adults listen to podcasts using their smartphones at least once a month, with that figure reaching 41% among 18-34-year-olds, according to a recently-released report from comScore. 

Read Staff, MarketingCharts, www.marketingcharts.com

New film festival puts spotlight on investigative journalism

Washingtonian :: Barely a week goes by in Washington without some thematic film festival taking place, but few launch with as much impact as what the founders of Double Exposure: The Investigative Film Festival hope to make. 

Read Benjamin Freed, www.washingtonian.com

Now marketers can buy sponsored content programmatically

Adweek :: Publishers' branded content is going programmatic. Today, Sharethrough and AppNexus are rolling out real-time bidding for Sharethrough's news feed-like promos.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

Bloggers turning to sponsored content despite only 12 per cent viewing their blog as work

mUmBRELLA :: Seven in 10 bloggers receive some form of “reward” for their posts, with many carrying sponsored content as a way of generating an income, a new survey has claimed. 

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

With its curation product Twitter becomes an editorial beast. Does this beast have a soul?

LinkedIn :: Does this new beast — curation Twitter, editorial Twitter — have a soul yet? Would a platform company already have that kind of thing ghosting around within itself? Or does it go outside and obtain it somehow?

Read Jay Rosen, www.linkedin.com


Snapchat wants to slip a little news into teens’ social smartphone time

Nieman Lab :: This month, as millions of Muslims made the annual Hajj to Mecca, Snapchat set up a Live Story around the pilgrimage. Using a geofence that located users in Mecca and the surrounding areas in Saudi Arabia, Snapchat let users submit photos or short videos.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

Business Insider, Vox, BuzzFeed, Medium: What’s driving digital media’s new investment craze

The Wrap :: The wave of digital deal-making has taken many by surprise. “The amount of money is pretty striking, especially for Business Insider,” Poynter media business analyst Rick Edmonds told TheWrap.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

The Worcester Sun wants to bootstrap paywalled hyperlocal digital into a Sunday print product

Nieman Lab :: Mark Henderson is certainly not the first person to launch a hyperlocal website in the shadow of the daily newspaper that used to employ him. Nevertheless, his ideas about how to build the site into a sustainable business are unorthodox enough to merit attention.

Read Dan Kennedy, www.niemanlab.org

Twitter is working on a new format that will allow Tweets longer than 140 characters

Venture Beat :: Twitter is working on a new format that will allow tweets of longer than 140 characters. The company is responding to many users who felt constrained by the length limit.

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

AOL launches live event video service

Streamdaily.TV :: The new feature is one of the web giant's first big ventures incorporating support from Verizon since its acquisition by the telco this spring.

Read Bree Rody-Mantha, streamdaily.tv

Tribune Publishing CEO says he bullish on print for millennials—but then needs a clari

Poynter :: Jack Griffin loves newspapers. But the Tribune Publishing CEO just wants to make clear, albeit belatedly, that his love of the print product is not quite as unfettered as he just intimated.

Read James Warren, www.poynter.org

Reporta, a new app, offers journalists a lifeline in hazardous situations

Poynter :: Reporta, out on iOS and Android devices, helps journalists remain safe while reporting from hazardous areas. 

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Who Is Axel Springer, the company behind Business Insider's $343m acquisition?

AdWeek :: Axel Springer's $343 million acquisition of Business Insider this morning gives the German publisher 97 percent of the news site and events company. And it is the continuation of the Berlin-based company's rapid-fire investing in stateside digital media.

Read Chris Ariens, www.adweek.com

Facebook and Google, two giants in digital ads, seek more

New York Times :: Madison Avenue is still the heart of the advertising business. But on the first day of Advertising Week, a top industry convention in Manhattan, it was clear how much influence resides in Silicon Valley.

Read SYDNEY EMBER, www.nytimes.com

Coca-Cola is the first company to pay Twitter for custom emoji

Engadget :: Hashtag-activated emoji have been invading our Twitter streams for some time now, but would you believe me if I told you that those Star Wars, Dominos and and sport-focused icons didn't make Twitter a dime? 

Read Sean Buckley, www.engadget.com

So long, Reader’s Digest Association

MediaLifeMagazine :: And hello, Trusted Media Brands. The magazine company becomes latest traditional media group to rebrand.

Read Staff, Medialife Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

Facebook starts to talk like TV

Digiday :: Facebook has introduced a new way for advertisers to plan, buy and measure video ads on its platform. The metric is called Total-Ratings Point and it’s Facebook’s attempt to woo TV buyers.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

LinkedIn Elevate opens to the enterprise, gets audience reach analytics

Venture Beat :: In the age of social media, companies turn to employees as brand ambassadors. These are the people that add credibility to any company in terms of expertise and thought leadership.

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood to face trial charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

Press Gazette :: The news comes 14 months after he was suspended from his job following the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

New York Times editor Sarah Cohen: Data journalism starts with people

Downtown Devil :: Data reporting is deeply rooted in investigative journalism and isn’t simply statistics; it’s investigating the way a system works compared to how it’s supposed to work, a New York Times editor said Monday.

Read Ellen Pierce, downtowndevil.com

Radio Times: BBC's Robert Peston could be set to join ITV as political editor

Press Gazette :: The 55-year-old reporter, who has worked for the corporation for almost a decade, is said to be in the running to be the latest political editor of ITV News, following Tom Bradby's move as the new presenter of News at Ten.

Read PA Mediapoint, www.pressgazette.co.uk

University of Melbourne builds online content platform led by former Herald Sun journalist

mUmBRELLA :: The University of Melbourne has created a media platform headed by former Herald Sun editor-in-chief Phillip Gardner that will showcase the research, knowledge and expertise of its staff. 

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au


Objective reporting: we need it more than ever

The Age :: The passion and purpose of good journalism comes from facts, not spin or sophistry.

Read Alan Sunderland, www.theage.com.au

Ev Williams’ Medium raises $57m for the “best stories and ideas on the Internet”

Recode :: The Twitter co-founder's new company is now worth more than $400 million.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Ev Williams’ Medium raises $57m for the “best stories and ideas on the Internet”

Recode :: The Twitter co-founder's new company is now worth more than $400 million.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

An editor for sponsorships and startups in the NYT newsroom and what it means.

New York Times Public Editor :: What if, for example, a column on consumer electronics were to be sponsored by, say, Apple? It doesn’t take The Ethicist to see that some issues might arise, including self-censorship or pulled punches.

Read Margaret Sullivan, publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com

At ONA, news execs recommend innovative approaches to YouTube

Current :: News organizations should free themselves to differentiate YouTube content from their marquee products, the panelists advised.

Read Karen Everhart, current.org

Politico will be in every American state capital — plus lots of world ones — by 2020

Nieman Lab :: Politico plans to have operations in every U.S. state capital and many other world capitals within five years, according to an internal memo obtained by the Huffington Post. 

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

BuzzFeed launches News app for Android, including 'do not disturb' mode and emoji

Journalism.co.uk :: The News app launched on iOS earlier this summer, and the Android version released today aims to build on successful features such as its approach to push notifications and storytelling styles.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Nexstar Broadcasting Group offers to buy Media General for $1.85bn

New York Times :: The unsolicited offer comes less than three weeks after Media General offered to pay $2.4 billion for its rival Meredith Corporation.

Read Chad Bray, www.nytimes.com

News Corp. becomes Merkle's first publisher for people ad-targeting platform

Mediapost :: Merkle will release a platform Monday that allows marketers to use first- and third-party data to identify and locate individuals to target advertisements across publisher sites rather than just apps like Facebook. 

Read Laurie Sullivan, www.mediapost.com

News Corp. becomes Merkle's first publisher for people ad-targeting platform

Mediapost :: Merkle will release a platform Monday that allows marketers to use first- and third-party data to identify and locate individuals to target advertisements across publisher sites rather than just apps like Facebook. 

Read Laurie Sullivan, www.mediapost.com

With digital ads shifting to HTML5, the industry now has a new set of guidelines

Adweek :: The long-called-for migration of digital ads from using Adobe Flash to HTML5 is becoming a reality. It's a shift underscored by, among other developments, Amazon's switch to HTML5-only promos earlier this month, as well as The Washington Post last week committing to publishing its content on Facebook via the markup language.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

Financial Times staff back call for Nikkei guarantee of independence

Guardian :: More than 200 journalists sign letter asking paper’s new owners to meet senior staff and NUJ representatives to discuss concerns.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

YouTube v Twitch: battling for viewers, but both can grow

Guardian :: YouTube beefed up its live streaming and Amazon’s Twitch added video uploads, but it’s their gaming audiences that will define which advances fastest.

Read Stuart Dredge, www.theguardian.com

How a New Jersey hyper-local was digital first, print second and bilingual third

Mediashift :: New Brunswick Today, a hyper-local based in New Jersey, is proving that not all innovation in local news these days is digital.

Read Tara George, mediashift.org

Facebook announces Free Basics app, mobile website

Telecompaper :: Facebook has announced a new name for its Internet.org app and mobile website — Free Basics by Facebook. 

Read Staff, Telecompaper, www.telecompaper.com

In Turkey, small publishers have a chance to compete

Publishing Perspectives :: Although translated books dominate Turkish book sales, a growing audience of readers in Turkey means small publishers still have a chance to compete.

Read Edward Nawotka, publishingperspectives.com

BBC Radio London name to return after 27 years of rebrands

Guardian :: The BBC’s local radio station for London is to ditch more than a quarter of a century of rebrands and return to its original name, BBC Radio London.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era’s End

New York Times :: To veteran media watchers, the layoffs mean that the recent attrition at newspapers across the country has finally arrived in force in the nation’s media capital.

Read Alan Feuer, www.nytimes.com

Vocativ is nearing 100 million Facebook video views a month

Digiday :: Since switching its content strategy to focus more on social distribution, Vocativ’s Facebook views have grown from 1.6 million in January to 95.8 million views in August. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

The British Vogue guide to making people pay attention to ads

Digiday :: Exclusive research from Condé Nast shines a light on the reading habits of Vogue's target audience. Engagement with magazine brands is on the rise and, perhaps coming as a ray of sunshine during much gloomy coverage around ad blocking.

Read Lucinda Southern, digiday.com

Everything has a price: Publishers weigh options for buying their way out of blocked ads

Digiday :: Publishers afflicted by ad blocking have a growing number of vendors willing to bypass blocking software.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Vogue goes viral: Audience figures +80% since relaunch

Financial Times :: Once merely the digital manifestation of the world’s foremost fashion magazine, Vogue.com is today a vast adjunct of the print edition it represents. And it’s a mighty proposition.

Read Jo Ellison, www.ft.com


The Times Group now says journalists’ salaries will be linked to their Twitter activity

News Laundry :: Last year in August, the Times Group asked its employees to hand over their Twitter and Facebook accounts’ passwords to the company.  It said that journalists could have a personal handle but they couldn’t use it to post news related stuff.

Read Arunabh Saikia , www.newslaundry.com

Could it be goodnight for Newsnight if the BBC 10pm news is extended?

Guardian :: As Evan Davis marks one year as anchor, a proposal for a 45-minute flagship bulletin could hit viewing figures.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Johnston Press boss Ashley Highfield: ‘We can find a win-win relationship with the BBC’

Guardian :: Johnston Press boss on conflicts of interest, BBC imperialism, Whittingdale’s review of the corporation – and mergers.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Facebook begins rolling out Medium-like redesign of Notes

The Verge :: Notes now has a design that will look familiar to anyone who has ever read a post on Medium, complete with big cover image at the top and reduced text density.

Read Casey Newton, www.theverge.com

Mobile and video redefining publishing: Facebook’s Brian Boland

Beet.TV :: They are the twin trends reshaping media and, with them, advertising. The surge of mobile and video consumption is the biggest opportunity in front of marketers, says one of Facebook’s advertising chiefs.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Gannett is hungry for one thing – and it’s not great newspapers

Guardian :: Cutting jobs and resources is US publishing giant Gannett’s only tactic with its UK titles.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

The stories of everyday lives, hidden in reams of data

ProPublica :: Humans are natural storytellers. Journalists simply do it for a living. That goes for data journalists, too. Just like our newsroom colleagues who write traditional narrative journalism, we're telling stories to readers even when it looks like we're just presenting data. 

Read Scott Klein, www.propublica.org

Twitter adds new TV discovery features, starts opening the gates for TV Timelines

Variety :: Twitter is starting to make a bigger push for TV fans, networks and advertisers wanting to reach a primetime audience: The company has started to make its TV Timelines feature more widely available, and is adding shortcuts to the TV experience directly to its users’ tweets.

Read Janko Roettgers, variety.com

The evolving newsroom: Switzerland's 24heures

WAN-IFRA :: Trying to keep a newsroom up to speed and meet a seemingly never-ending series of challenges while simultaneously cutting costs has become the lot of the modern newsroom leader. Among the newsrooms doing an impressive job of meeting today's demands is Switzerland's 24heures, led by Editor-in-Chief Thierry Meyer.

Read Brian Veseling, blog.wan-ifra.org


Interview walkouts: If your questioning fails the dinner party test

Guardian :: Actors are pushed out on to the publicity stage as good as naked. The PRs rarely seem to prepare them or warn that there’s a difference between Brad from IReallyLoveMovieStars.com at the junket and an interview with the British newspapers, Channel 4 News or Today.

Read Barbara Ellen, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, www.theguardian.com

CJS Guide to Digital Publishing: How to use today's many online publishing tools (free download)

CJS :: This guide is an overview and quick reference for journalism practitioners, educators and students interested in using today's many online publishing tools to create compelling, accurate and effective journalism. 

Read Staff, Tow Center, www.gitbook.com

“Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey,” FRONTLINE’s first virtual reality documentary

PBS :: “By experimenting with this technology to put viewers at the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak on record, we’re exploring whether the VR journalism experience immerses our audience in this story in a way we couldn’t before,” adds Aronson-Rath, who began working on this project as a 2014 MIT Open Doc Fellow.

Read Patrice Taddonio, www.pbs.org

Israeli soldiers who beat French journalists to be disciplined (Video)

The Wrap :: The Israeli military will discipline soldiers who were caught on camera assaulting Agence France-Presse journalists, the military announced Saturday.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

YouTube is prepping its subscription launch: two services, one price

Recode :: YouTube, which spent the first 10 years of its life as a free service, is getting ready to start selling tickets.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

CNN thinks viewers are ready to experience presidential debate magic in virtual reality

Recode :: While VR is certainly an advanced, promising technology that could (in time) radically alter the media landscape, what do viewers have to gain from super-close-ups of conservatively dressed old white people yelling at one another?

Read Noah Kulwin, recode.net

How China maintains positive coverage with limit on negative news

CPJ :: On September 22, the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country's leading Internet regulatory body, issued a media directive stating that mobile phone apps of Chinese news organizations are not to send more than three push notifications of "negative news" related to public security and law during Xi's visit to the U.S.

Read Yaqiu Wang, cpj.org

Popular iPhone ad blocker will let users decide whether to allow unannoying ads

Adweek :: Crystal joins whitelisting initiative, sparking some backlash.

Read Lauren Johnson, adweek.feedsportal.com

Sotloffs pledge $125,000 to University of Miami’s journalism program

Miami Herald :: Parents of Pinecrest journalist Steven Sotloff, slain by ISIS, created foundation in his name.

Read Howard Cohen, www.miamiherald.com


Inside BuzzFeed with Jonah Peretti: The secrets to the media empire's growth

HubSpot :: In this special, live-recorded episode of The Growth Show, Jonah Peretti joins us to talk about the strategies and technology powering BuzzFeed's insane growth. 

Read Ginny Soskey, blog.hubspot.com

Connected media devices change viewing behaviour

Broadband TV News :: Are consumers willing to be locked into one connected media device ecosystem?

Read Staff, Broadband TV News, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Johnston Press revamps the Scotsman in print and online

Guardian :: Johnston Press is revamping the Scotsman, its Edinburgh-based flagship daily title. The changes affect the newspaper itself and its website.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Indie bookstores use crowdfunding publishing site Inkshares to publish own anthologies

Publishing Perspective :: In a creative use of the platform, crowdfunding publishing site Inkshares has recruited indie bookstores to publish original anthologies with the site.

Read Bree Turner, publishingperspectives.com

Daily Mirror staff star in their own 'mean tweets' TV ad

Guardian ::  Editor Lloyd Embley and journalists film Jimmy Kimmel-based advert to be shown during X Factor as part of anti-Sun campaign.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

My struggle to work as a journalist inside prison

VICE :: Robert J. Rosso is a federal prisoner serving life without the possibility of release. Born and raised in San Pedro, California, he has been in prison over 18 years straight and currently resides at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana. Robert writes for VICE, The Fix and Gorilla Convict, and is working on a prison novel.

Read Robert Rosso, www.vice.com

Publishers want ad sharing back on Snapchat on its Discovery channels

Digiday :: Snapchat has turned off ad sharing on Discover channels run by major media companies, and brands want the option back, according to sources.

Read Garett Sloane , digiday.com

Self-driving cars may be ready soon, but are we? - Arguably the best time to be a media entrepreneur

Knight Foundation :: Changing technology is also bringing a cascade of change to the media, which has broad implications for companies in the sector and organizations such as Knight that seek to improve the quality of information and how it flows to communities.

Read Michael D. Bolden, www.knightfoundation.org

BuzzFeed, New York Times, other publishers share how they digest news for readers

Nieman Lab :: Here’s how BuzzFeed, The Economist, The New York Times, Quartz, Vox, and Yahoo News slim down a day’s worth of news into manageable forms.

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

Virool and The Rubicon Project deliver new video inventory to publishers

Beet.TV :: With its recently forged alliance with the Rubicon Project, video adtech company Virool is expanding its publisher relationships around the use of it’s “in-text” video unit, says Brian Danzis, Chief Revenue Officer of Virool, in this interview with Beet.TV 

Read Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv


Twitter confirms it’s experimenting with native polls in Tweets

Venture Beat :: Twitter is looking at possibly letting users add quick polls to their Tweets. A company spokesperson confirmed the move in a statement to VentureBeat.

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

Why Swiss newspaper Blick published an edition written by refugees

Journalism.co.uk :: Editor-in-chief René Lüchinger explains how Friday's Blick became a paper produced by a team of 13 refugees who told their own stories.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

What audiences think of journalists using social media: New research

Journalists' Resource :: Industry leaders have expressed mixed feelings about newsroom staff using social media to engage with readers and sources, partly because of the risk that they will disclose too much personal information or give opinions.

Read Denise-Marie Ordway, journalistsresource.org

Covering the refugee crisis on Snapchat and Periscope as 'a day-by-day documentary'

Journalism.co.uk .: The BBC, Bild and TIME have been using Snapchat and Periscope to broadcast raw, unedited footage of their travels with refugees during their journey through Europe.

Read Caroline Scott, www.journalism.co.uk

Press regulator IPSO to commission external review to test 'independence and effectiveness'

Press Gazette :: The Independent Press Standards Organisation has announced plans to commission an external review to test its "independence and effectiveness".

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Why your newsroom should be paying attention to Augmented Reality (AR)

GEN :: Outside the world of new media and tech, augmented reality is probably less understood than virtuality reality but, according to industry experts, its capacity to change the way we interact with news will be phenomenal. 

Read Jean Yves Chainon, www.globaleditorsnetwork.org

New editorial tone & style: How the BBC is using WhatsApp to boost engagement

WAN-IFRA :: “We very much started from a completely blank page because there weren’t any other news organisations doing this stuff at the time. We didn’t have anything to compare ourselves against or to see what was working elsewhere or not working and adapt accordingly,” said Trushar Barot.

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

Mail Online digital advertising slows down to 16% annual growth

Guardian :: Daily Mail & General Trust reports digital ad revenue growth of 16% in 11 months to the end of August, compared to 49% in the same period last year.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Cost of ad-blocking will only be $1bn, research firm says

Fortune :: Some estimates have said ad sales could take $20-billion hit from ad blockers, but UBS says it is likely to be much less.

Read Mathew Ingram, fortune.com

Publishers try to speed up pages, make ads more relevant to combat growth of ad blocking

Star Tribune :: When you visit a website, you often find yourself waiting and waiting for advertisements to load. Video starts playing automatically, and animated ads jump in front of what you were there to see. The seconds tick by.

Read Ryan Nakashima, www.startribune.com

China nears one billion mobile web users

Tech in Asia :: How big is China’s mobile web? So big that it’s genuinely hard to comprehend. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), China is closing in on the one billion mobile web user mark.

Read C. Custer, www.techinasia.com

Kim Williams: five lessons from the digital transformation frontline

The Mandarin :: Government isn’t prepared for the “tectonic” shift from digital disruption. Innovation and behavioural change is essential. The former News Corporation boss offers five lessons from the frontline of digital change.

Read Kim Williams, www.themandarin.com.au

Ghana's top undercover journalist masters disguise to expose corruption

Guardian :: Judiciary rattled by documentary containing secret footage of 34 judges accepting bribes in exchange for passing lower sentences

Read Monica Mark, www.theguardian.com

The Washington Post and Facebook: Smart strategy or deal with the devil?

Fortune :: The Washington Post says it will send 100% of its content to Facebook for its Instant Articles project. But is that wise?

Read Mathew Ingram, fortune.com

ThinkProgress staffers unionize with Writers Guild

Huffington Post :: The editorial staff of the progressive news site ThinkProgress has joined the Writers Guild of America, East, making it the latest in a string of Web-based publications to unionize.

Read Dave Jamieson, www.huffingtonpost.com

Bing Pulse brings real-time to TV, will ad budgets follow?

Mediapost :: Microsoft will work to prove that Bing Pulse can keep television viewers glued to content longer after noticing that the technology deters viewers from switching the channel.

Read Laurie Sullivan, www.mediapost.com

Native mobile video lifts improves a variety of metrics, from recall to purchase internet

Mobile video is a fast-growing ad format, and many brands are rushing specifically to create video ads for native mobile environments like Facebook or Instagram feeds. Research suggests that viewing such ads improves a variety of metrics, from recall to purchase internet.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

How the NFL’s labor union wants to give athletes greater media control

Digiday :: The NFL Players Association has launched a new media company called ACE Media. The goal? To create content opportunities across online video, TV, radio, podcasts, games and more for athletes, who often don’t have much control over how they’re depicted in the media.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

How Cole Haan drives sales with Instagram

Digiday :: Cole Haan has found success on Instagram by combining the platform's imagery within its own app, which pulls in Instagram images and lets people buy things with just a tap, using Apple Pay, is a workaround of the limitations of the platform. 

Read Shareen Pathak, digiday.com

The Edit launches in Melbourne

Melbourne Press Club :: The Edit, the Melbourne Press Club’s new forum for journalists under 30, launched last month at Ferdydurke in the Melbourne CBD with a fascinating informal discussion by three leading Melbourne-based investigative journalists. 

Read David Staff, www.melbournepressclub.com

Kleine Zeitung expands audience, brand with multi-media storytelling

INMA :: Kleine Zeitung wanted to create more depth and breadth to its audience, enticing it to embrace digital content by digging deep into local history on many platforms with its Akademie.

Read Claudia Gigler, www.inma.org

You can now sing 'Happy Birthday' on TV, so HuffPost live did1

Huffington Post :: If you're already having a great day, here's some icing on the cake: singing "Happy Birthday" will no longer cost you a cent.

Read Ryan Buxton, www.huffingtonpost.com

Facebook takes a step toward virtual reality with new 360-degree videos

Huffington Post :: The social media giant announced Wednesday that it's enabling 360-degree videos in its News Feed, starting today with a full rollout taking place over the next few months.

Read Lydia O'Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com


Peter Greste receives news of al-Jazeera journalists' pardons [video]

Guardian :: Australian journalist Peter Greste receives the news that Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed have been pardoned by Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

Read Staff, The Guardian, www.theguardian.com

Note: ALL content ... - The Washington Post launches Instant Articles on Facebook

Washington Post :: The Washington Post today became the first new partner to launch on Facebook’s Instant Articles platform. The Post will send 100% of its stories to Facebook so that all Washington Post content can be formatted as Instant Articles.

Read Staff, Washington Post PR, www.washingtonpost.com

Controversy with cartoons of drowned Syrian kid

Haaretz :: Satirical magazine runs cartoons criticizing the response of European countries to the flood of migrants fleeing Middle East war zones.

Read Staff, Reuters/Haaretz, www.haaretz.com

Virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Peña: I want to put the audience where the journalist used to be

WAN-IFRA :: De la Peña, who has a background as a journalist and documentary film maker, has spent the past two years as a Senior Research Fellow in Immersive Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications. What is coming out of her studio is nothing short of ground-breaking in journalism terms.

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

The FT has 13 brands on board for time-based ad campaigns

Digiday :: An FT analysis of six ad campaigns bought on its Cost Per Hour basis showed brand consideration was 58 percent higher than the same ads when seen for less than five seconds. But the FT faces hurdles.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Yes, people are cutting the cord and increasingly streaming, but TV is here to stay

Digiday :: TV isn’t dying. Popular streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, for instance, primarily offer content from other TV networks or produced by leading TV production studios.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

#PopeinUS: How brands and publishers are turning a buck on the papal visit

Digiday :: The pope's visit to the U.S. is underway -- and so is the commercialism. While Pope Francis has himself railed against the tyranny of capitalism, that's not stopping the capitalists, who have gone all out with pope toasters, pope beer and pope koozies.

Read Shareen Pathak, digiday.com

How the Harry Potter brand is pitching itself to Gen Z

Digiday :: Gen Z may have missed “Pottermania” at its peak, but J.K. Rowling and her “Potterheads” are making sure they do their bit to keep the magic of Harry Potter alive. 

Read Tanya Dua, digiday.com

New Delhi: Militant group publishes hit list of bloggers, activists and writers

Guardian :: Nine UK-based bloggers on the list published by Ansarullah Bangla Team, who have been blamed for a series of murders.

Read Jason Burke, www.theguardian.com

Uber is clearly “scraping” Twitter for engineering talent

TechCrunch :: Twitter is losing some key talent and leadership lately, which we told you about before…specifically to the company a few blocks over, Uber.

Read Drew Olanoff, techcrunch.com

Philadelphia News startup looks for ideas city should 'Steal'

Huffington Post :: For any city to succeed, it cannot limit itself to ideas originating from within its borders. One non-profit news startup in Philadelphia is taking that idea to heart.

Read Joseph Erbentraut, www.huffingtonpost.com


Another Old Media-New Media Bet: Hearst Invests $21 Million In Dude-Centric Complex

Recode :: Hearst is investing $21 million for a minority share in Complex, a network of pop culture websites.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Ofcom rules against RT

Broadband TV News :: Ofcom has found RT (formerly known as Russia Today) to be in breach its broadcasting code in four instances.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

The trend of the news platforms that aren't

baekdal.com :: So, all these new platforms have even less of an idea of how to monetize news than the newspapers, and they are the future?

Read Thomas Baekdal, www.baekdal.com

How can media outlets spur political interest in adolescents?

Medium :: According to oft-publicized opinion in the media young people do not care much for politics. In May, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG) has set out to prove the opposite trend with its multimedia project «politbox», just in time for the federal elections in autumn of 2015. A workshop report.

Read Konrad Weber, medium.com

Victorian Government provides $3m in funding for academia meets journalism site The Conversation

mUmBRELLA :: The Victorian Government has pledged $3m in funding to help support academia meets journalism website The Conversation, securing 32 jobs there.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

EFF urges state appeals court to protect Twitter parodies

EFF :: Courts have long recognized that the First Amendment protects parodies, and last Friday, EFF filed a “friend of the court” brief urging a state court of appeals in Michigan to apply the same protections to parodies posted on Twitter.

Read Jamie Williams, www.eff.org

Axel Springer is closing in on a deal to buy website Business Insider for around $560 million

Recode :: German publishing giant Axel Springer is closing in on a deal to buy Business Insider, in a deal that would value the Web publisher at around $560 million.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

NBC streaming channel now on Roku

Advanced TV :: NBC has confirmed the launch of its new streaming channel on the Roku platform via TV Everywhere, bringing shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Voice, The Blacklist, and Saturday Night Live to millions of Roku customers.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Ad blocker users are the new hot ad-targeting segment

Digiday :: Ad blocker users have deliberately said no to seeing ads. But some marketers are trying to target them anyway. Some publishers said they’re increasingly hearing from marketers who are interested in reaching this demo that skews young, male and tech-forward.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Why tech rebels like Uber, Jet and Fitbit are embracing traditional advertising (but obviously mainly TV)

Adweek :: TV could experience a "little mini-revival" driven by capital-rich tech companies.

Read Patrick Coffee, www.adweek.com


Dialogue makes the difference: How to build community around your Flipboard magazines

Flipboard :: If you put in the effort of curating a magazine with an awesome title and cover image, there are a few easy things you can do on Flipboard to build an audience and a community.

Read Staff, MagMaker, about.flipboard.com

Uber has launched a print magazine for riders called 'Arriving Now'

GD USA :: Uber has launched a print magazine for riders. Called Arriving Now the publication features “pro tips, hotspots, and exclusive details about upcoming promotions.” 

Read Staff, GD USA, gdusa.com

France tells Google to remove search results globally, or face big fines

Ars Technica :: Google fears complying would lead to a race to the bottom for online freedom.

Read Glyn Moody, arstechnica.com

A cross-country network helps Reveal boost its investigative reporting power

Nieman Lab :: One of the great benefits of working in audio, says Texas Tribune reporter Neena Satija, is that you have to get out of the office to collect sound.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Michael Finnegan named chief operating officer of Atlantic Media

Poynter :: Michael Finnegan, the chief financial officer at Atlantic Media, has been promoted to chief operating officer, Atlantic Media CEO David Bradley announced in a note to staffers today.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

LA Times, Tribune war led to publisher firing, fallout continues

The Wrap :: Former Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner was marginalized by parent company Tribune Publishing before ultimately being fired two weeks ago, the New York Times reported in a recent expose.

Read Tony Maglio, www.thewrap.com

Apple News app scores exclusive "BIG" content from Wired as iOS 9 hits 36% adoption in 3 days

Apple Insider :: Apple News, an ambitious news-reading app that's new to iOS 9, is already showing off exclusive original content to early adopters of the latest software for iPhones and iPad, demonstrating Apple's serious intent to woo both readers and publishers with a captivating medium for the written word.

Read Daniel Eran Dilger, appleinsider.com

Facebook videos have fleeting lives

Digiday :: When a brand uploads a new video to Facebook, 94 percent of views it generates in the following week happen on that video, says Visible Measures. The stat shows that while video is booming on Facebook, it’s still difficult for brands and publishers to get people to watch their entire library.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

LinkedIn was poised to become a major player in the business news sector ... was

Monday Notes :: LinkedIn was poised to become a major player in the business news sector. Instead, the professional social network is stuck with dull editorial content. Let’s see why it let the train pass, preferring to bet on quantity above everything else.  

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

Bleacher Report deep links its way to new revenue

Digiday :: Deep linking, while still in its early days, is finally catching the eye of publishers. Bleacher Report recently inked a deal with last-minute sports ticketing site Gametime to help sell game tickets directly from the sports site’s Team Stream app. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Will ad-blocking millennials destroy online publishing or save it?

Forbes :: According to a recent joint study conducted by Adobe and Pagefair, the percent of users blocking ads on their browsers is already approaching 16% among US audiences, with a cost to publishers last year of near $10.7 billion dollars.

Read Gianni Mascioli , www.forbes.com

Ad blocking continued its fast growth globally

Forbes :: In the ever-evolving world of online publishing, a growing thorn in publishers’ sides is ad-blocking software. And it continues to grow and grow.

Read Rex Santus, www.forbes.com

Sensitive stories: First-person tale of what happens when app gatekeepers rule on journalism

ars technica :: What happens when app-driven journalistic experiences—especially about the kinds of sensitive stories that are ideal for reported depth and their focus on empathy—run into gatekeepers who typically deal with game and productivity apps?

Read Dan Archer, arstechnica.com

AOL is moving aggressively in building a mobile tech stack, explains Bob Lord

Beet.TV :: With the recent announcement to buy Millennial Media, AOL is moving aggressively in building a mobile tech stack, explains Bob Lord, President of AOL, in this interview with Beet.TV.  We spoke with him earlier this week at DMEXCO.

Read Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv


Can publishers stop the ad blocking wave?

Guardian :: Research from Sourcepoint and comScore shows one in 10 people were blocking ads on desktops and laptops before the Apple update, rising to around a quarter in Germany and France. 

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

Time to think about mobile as the real internet and the desktop as the limited, cut-down version

Ben Evans :: For as long as the idea of the 'mobile internet' has been around, we've thought of it as a cut-down subset of the 'real' Internet. I'd suggest it's time to invert that - to think about mobile as the real internet and the desktop as the limited, cut-down version. 

Read Benedict Evans, ben-evans.com

Beyond the frame: The reality behind Instagram posts

Co.Create :: Chompoo Baritone's new photo series shows what's really happening just beyond the frame.

Read Joe Berkowitz, www.fastcocreate.com

Apply now for McGraw business reporting grants up to $15,000

CUNY :: The McGraw Fellowships enable accomplished journalists to do the deep reporting to produce a distinguished investigative or enterprise business story.

Read Amy Dunkin, www.journalism.cuny.edu

Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax - The Conversation UK

The Conversation :: But news in the digital age spreads faster than ever, and so do lies and hoaxes. Just like retractions and corrections in newspapers, online rebuttals often make rather less of a splash than the original misinformation

Read Pete Brown, theconversation.com


Justice should be the driving force for reporting on the refugee crisis

The Conversation :: If truth, accuracy and objectivity guaranteed that all journalism would be ethical, the cause of the Syrian refugees would have been taken up long before the shocking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach.

Read Steven Harkins, theconversation.com

Marie Claire UK publishes first native cover in 'SHOESFIRST' a cross platform initiative

FIPP.com :: Marie Claire, the premium fashion title, is launching a month-long celebration of shoes and publishing its first native cover sponsored by Luisa Via Roma, an online luxury fashion destination.

Read Staff, FIPP.com, www.fipp.com

Rupert Murdoch proves his faith in print with WSJ's broadsheet relaunch

Independent :: After surprising everyone with his reinstatement of Rebekah Brooks in the UK, the News Corp boss is now relaunching the Wall Street Journal’s international editions and taking on the FT on its home turf. Media Editor Ian Burrell reports.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

“The future of innovation is in your backyard,” says NYC Media Lab’s Hendrix

FIPP.com :: Why was the New York Times’ famous Innovation Report such news last year? Because it addressed questions all publishers grapple with: how do we survive in today’s fast-changing digital world?

Read Olga Nasalskaya, www.fipp.com

UK: The Evening Standard tomorrow publishes what it says is the largest ever edition of ES Magazine

Press Gazette :: The Evening Standard tomorrow publishes what it says is the largest ever edition of ES Magazine.

Read Mark A. Silberstein, www.pressgazette.co.uk

UK: Local press merger talks

newsmedia Association :: UK: creating publishing organisations with greater local scale is the single most effective way to sustain a healthy local newspaper sector

Read Staff, Newsmedia Association, www.newsmediauk.org

Guardian News & Media (GNM) announced a major reorganisation of its commercial operations

InPublishing :: Guardian News & Media (GNM) yesterday announced a major reorganisation of its commercial operations, with the creation of three new business units: one focusing on its relationships with readers; one on agencies and clients; and a third on GNM’s print business.

Read Staff, InPublishing, www.inpublishing.co.uk

Sun web traffic jumps to 1.3m after opening up paywall

Guardian :: Average number of daily online visitors up 62% two months after relaxation of charging policy, putting it ahead of Express and Star.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com


The New York Times is targeting new readers in Asia through WeChat

Nieman Lab :: The New York Times is diving into the world of chat apps with a new bilingual WeChat account. The Times will send out a daily digest of news in English and Chinese targeted at WeChat’s millions of users around the world. 

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

The Verge :: Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know about the trend of the news platforms, and the idea that content in the future will be distributed through them.

Read Nilay Patel, www.theverge.com

Publishers struggle to monetize digital videos as agencies still try to recycle their 30-second TV ads

Digiday :: Digital video is the fastest growing format in the ad market. But as much as advertisers are pouring money into it, publishers still find that monetizing it is a challenge. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

YouTube vloggers help bring Vogue’s fashion week coverage to the masses

Digiday :: YouTube Space got a glamorous makeover this week when Vogue and Karlie Kloss took over the studio to create a series of videos featuring top YouTube creators. 

Read Rachel Raudenbush, digiday.com

Anatomy of a niche publisher: Everyday Carry covers the cult of pocket gear

Digiday :: Around 1 million people visit Everyday Carry, which hopes to take in $1 million in its first year. That's in part due to an affiliate deal with Amazon, which accounts for 20 percent of its revenue. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Periscope launches web profiles making it easier to find content

Social Media Today :: The Twitter-owned platform is now providing users with web profiles, making it easier to find content from specific Periscopers.

Read Andrew Hutchinson, www.socialmediatoday.com

Dan Cadman: Amateur analysis and pseudo journalism at BuzzFeed News

Immigration Blog ::  Some readers will remember the proto-reality television series "Jackass" that ran on MTV more than a decade ago. Wikipedia aptly describes it as "featuring people performing various dangerous, crude, self-injuring stunts and pranks." That description, I think, is also perfectly descriptive of immigration analysis when undertaken by amateurs or, worse, journalists determined to write an article that conforms to their predetermined notions

Read Dan Cadman, cis.org

BBC to launch US online subscription service next year

Guardian :: ‘Over-the-top’ video service could boost revenues and allow American fans to watch shows on demand, as UK government reviews public broadcaster

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

The L.A. Times had some fun with social cards at last night’s debate

Poynter :: After the last GOP debate, we spoke with The Washington Post about its decision to use social cards to illustrate some notable zingers from the candidates. Last night, the Los Angeles Times brought its own social card game to Twitter.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

Amazon Prime coming to Germany? Plans for same-day delivery in Munich

Publishing Perspectives :: According to the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Amazon is establishing two new logistic centers in Munich to offer same-day delivery in the city.

Read Ingrid Süßmann, publishingperspectives.com

Proposals for BBC Studios unveiled

Advanced TV :: The BBC has published a document setting out more details of its ambition to transform the majority of its in-house production unit into BBC Studio.

Read Colin Mann, advanced-television.com

Pinterest now has 100 million monthly users

The Verge :: Pinterest has crossed a pretty big line: 100 million monthly users. The site announced its milestone this morning, marking the first time that Pinterest has put a number on the size of its user base. 

Read Jacob Kastrenakes, www.theverge.com

Opposition journalists in Turkey increasingly face violent attacks

New York Times :: Angry mobs lashing out against an influential newspaper are part of a fierce campaign of intimidation that seems inspired by Turkish politicians.

Read Ceylan Yeginsu, www.nytimes.com


The writing is on the wall for the ad-supported Web: It’s the end of the line

Venture Beat :: With the release of iOS 9 this week, the discussion over ad blocking has reached a peak. That’s because the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS includes tools for developers to create ad-blocking software.

Read Dylan Tweney, venturebeat.com

Inside CORRECT!V, Germany's non-profit investigative data newsroom

Journalism.co.uk :: Like so many great innovations, CORRECT!V was born out of desperation. Ben Heubl speaks to founder David Schraven to find out more about the team's approach to data journalism

Read Ben Heubl, www.journalism.co.uk

Are tech companies causing a brain-drain from journalism?

CNNMoney :: A Pulitizer Prize winning journalist is leaving one of the country's most prestigious newspapers for one of Silicon Valley's most powerful companies.

Read Tom Kludt, money.cnn.com

Free tools: Signal surfaces relevant trends, photos, videos, posts from Facebook, Instagram

Facebook :: Signal is now available at no cost to journalists and leverages our own Media Solutions APIs, as well as third-party APIs including CrowdTangle and Storyful who each power feeds within the product. 

Read Staff, Facebook, www.facebook.com

Why Facebook is letting people post to followers, not friends

GlobalWebIndex :: Networks are still about keeping in touch with friends or killing time, but it’s more than a third of internet users who now turn to social networks in order to keep up-to-date with current events.

Read Jason Mander, www.globalwebindex.net

Instagram feature direct response, 30-second video ads and integration with Facebook

Advanced TV :: Online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service Instagram has revealed at the DMexco digital marketing event in Cologne that it will feature direct response, 30-second video ads and integration with Facebook.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

ABC News says it’s taking virtual reality seriously

Recode :: What makes it different from a normal news story? "VR is truly objective."

Read Eric Johnson, recode.net

Vodafone strongly criticised by UN official for breaching journalist's data

Guardian :: The United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of expression says company’s unauthorised access to reporter’s phone records was ‘egregious’.

Read Paul Farrell, feeds.theguardian.com

University of Canberra adds a content marketing major as part of journalism degree

mUmBRELLA :: The University of Canberra is to launch a content marketing speciality within its journalism degree claiming it is catering to a demand which has always been there. 

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Twitter's CFO Anthony Noto says its audience is bigger than Facebook, sort of

Bloomberg :: Twitter Inc. has been slammed by investors since its initial public offering for slowing user growth. On Wednesday, Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto tried a new defense: Comparing Twitter to the world’s largest social network.

Read Sarah Frier, www.bloomberg.com

Catherine D'Ignazio receives Knight Grant to develop a suite of data visualization tools

Berkely Beacon :: Catherine D’Ignazio, an assistant journalism professor, received a $35,000 grant on Aug. 1 from the Knight Foundation to develop a suite of data visualization tools.

Read Staff, Berkely Beacon, www.berkeleybeacon.com

Agencies are sending employees to Snapchat school

Digiday :: Snapchat is no longer just a playground for millennials -- at least as far as agencies are concerned. The rise of Snapchat as a viable advertising platform offering an assortment of both paid and organic options has made it a regular feature within agencies. 

Read Tanya Dua, digiday.com

In two years, Bleacher Report’s video output has grown to 800 videos a month

Digiday :: Personalization has long been key to the Bleacher Report formula. The site's early success was built on the appeal of the long tail of local sports stories, not just national ones.  It's applying similar logic to its video operation, whose 100 staffers now churn out around 800 videos a month. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com


Eyewitness Media Hub launch guiding principles for journalists

medium.com :: It’s been over a year since we launched our Tow Center research on the use of User Generated Content by 24-hour television news organisations. The report’s tweetable headline was: “it’s a Wild West out there”, an observation which led us to form Eyewitness Media Hub in the first place.

Read Staff, Eyewitness Media Hub, medium.com

Consortium set to unveil India’s largest private trust to support independent media

VCCirlce.com :: Independent and Public Spirited Media Trust is likely to have at least Rs 100 crore initial corpus.

Read Manu P Toms, www.vccircle.com

Quebec's La Presse to scrap its print edition Mon-Fri, push readers to La Presse+

Globe And Mail :: La Presse, the Montreal-based daily newspaper, will scrap its print edition from Monday to Friday starting in January, the newspaper announced on Wednesday.

Read James Bradshaw, www.theglobeandmail.com

Why the best war reporter in a generation had to suddenly stop

Esquire :: After fourteen years of being immersed in the bloody wars of our era, C.J. Chivers came home.

Read Mark Warren, www.esquire.com

US online publisher Refinery29 to begin international rollout in UK

Guardian :: Ex-Endemol Shine executive Kate Ward to head branch of online company that focuses on fashion, lifestyle and beauty, with office to also open in Germany

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

News Corp to acquire social video ad platform Unruly for up to $176m

Hollywood Reporter :: Rupert Murdoch's News Corp will acquire social video advertising platform Unruly for up to $176m, the company said Wednesday

Read Georg Szalai, www.hollywoodreporter.com

Questioning the Television experience in the age of Snapchat

UX :: In an age when we've got more content than we know what to do with and we can access it whenever we want to, what makes the television experience relevant?

Read Dallas Sargent, uxmag.com

The Washington Post will be the sixth major benefit offered Amazon Prime memberships

Capital New York :: In a potentially game-changing move, Amazon will begin offering free to dirt-cheap subscriptions to The Washington Post to its tens of millions of Prime members, I’ve learned. The program begins today.

Read Ken Doctor, www.capitalnewyork.com

Why Tribune Publishing can’t sell the Los Angeles Times without blowing up the company

Poynter :: Tribune Publishing, like most newspaper companies, has had a tough year financially with its shares losing roughly half their value during Griffin’s time there. How long does Griffin have to demonstrate his plan is on track?

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

With writing by academics and underwriting from universities, The Conversation finds its place

Nieman Lab :: “It’s a daily newsroom with editors, all of whom are journalists, and the reporters are all academics.”

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

Pinterest teams with Topshop to create a color palette tool to show products based on saved Pins

Venture Beat :: Pinterest is launching a new product that lets you find your personal color palette based on the color schemes of Pins you’ve saved. 

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

You want to attract more ad dollars? - Video publishers need to move away from the ‘built-if-sold’ model

Digiday :: During the initial few years of the Digital Content NewFronts, publishers would often unveil “slates” of original content with the unspoken understanding that they would only make those shows if a brand came on board to finance them. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

The mobile Web: Another nail in serif’s coffin

Digiday :: The rise of the mobile Web spells more bad news for serif fonts. Sites that opt for fusty print-era serif typefaces such as Georgia and Baskerville are looking increasingly long in the tooth compared to their digital first counter parts, which are opting for serif fonts. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Pinterest is working on a partnership with Datalogix that ‘opens a ton of advertisers’

Digiday :: Pinterest is striking a partnership with Datalogix to help brands find out how effective their ads were in driving sales, according to sources. 

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com


Zuckerberg confirms a form of “dislike” button coming to Facebook

Ars Technica :: Name isn't confirmed, but expect something closer to "sympathy" based on feedback.

Read Sam Machkovech, arstechnica.com

New campaign donation feature: Twitter has partnered with Square to make it easier for politicians to raise money

GigaOM :: Twitter has partnered with Square, the payment processor with which it at least temporarily shares a chief executive, to make it easier for politicians to raise money.

Read Nathaniel Mott, gigaom.com

The first-person essays boom: top editors on why confessional writing matters

Guardian :: A Slate piece on first-person writing has prompted debate in the digital media community. We asked editors at BuzzFeed, Jezebel and other leading sites to weigh in on the importance of such pieces – and why there is a gender divide.

Read Ruth Spencer, www.theguardian.com

How apps are still serving the refugees of the "Twitter Revolution"

FastCompany :: Social media has raised awareness and organized support, but more practical efforts to help refugees have had an impact as well.

Read Victor Kotsev, www.fastcompany.com

California dreaming: How the L.A. Times is introducing new beats and platforms to grow its audience

Nieman Lab :: Despite recent upheaval on the business side, S. Mitra Kalita sees “an opportunity in framing broader stories through the California lens and achieving audience in our state and throughout the world.”

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

What would a merger between Trinity Mirror and Local World mean for local journalism?

Journalism.co.uk :: Acquiring Local World could help Trinity Mirror reach a greater number of people across the UK, but it could also mean fewer jobs for journalists and less coverage of community issues.

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Facebook will work with Germany to combat anti-refugee hate speech

The Verge :: Social network faced criticism for being slow to remove racist and xenophobic posts.

Read Amar Toor, www.theverge.com

How Snapchat and Uber help to get regular people into New York Fashion Week events

Digiday :: New York Fashion Week events were once the epitome of exclusivity. Thanks to social media and other platforms, that's no longer the case.

Read Hilary Milnes, digiday.com

Periscope is the it app for brands during Fashion Week

Digiday :: It's the first year Periscope is available for fashion brands at NYFW. And while live streaming has been around at the fashion event for a few years, it's expensive, costing upwards of $20,000. Periscope, meanwhile, is free, and brands from Ralph Lauren to BCBG are using it.

Read Shareen Pathak, digiday.com

The burden of scale: the quality of the ads on Instagram has noticeably diminished

Digiday :: Instagram ads have lost some of that gloss and glamour. It was bound to happen, considering almost anyone can buy an ad there now, but in some cases the change has been dramatic.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

How Bloomberg Media plans to win in the crowded events business

Digiday :: Bloomberg Media is meeting the challenge by cutting in half the number of events it’s doing, hoping that the bigger remaining ones will be more attractive to sponsors. It’s also taking the unconventional step of making one of them mostly off the record to appeal to C-suite attendees.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Two-thirds of Wired’s revenue is digital, and brand content is why

Digiday :: Wired's branded content efforts are helping to push its digital revenue to a new high. Wired today gets 68 percent of its revenue from its digital business, a big increase compared to two years ago when that it was half of its total.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com


“WikiGate” raises questions about Wikipedia’s commitment to open access

Ars Technica :: Jimmy Wales asked to reconsider arrangement with paywalled science publisher Elsevier.

Read Glyn Moody, arstechnica.com

Advertisers complain about format & approval obstacles with iOS 9's News app

Apple Insider :: Advertisers are reportedly upset with the restrictions Apple has placed on formats for iOS 9's News app — as well as the barriers campaigns must pass for approval.

Read Roger Fingas , appleinsider.com

Buzzfeed just became a content marketing tech company

Relevance.com :: At the end of August, BuzzFeed signed a partnership deal with GroupM—the media-buying arm of major communications firm WPP and self-proclaimed “world’s largest media investment group”—to license out a combination of proprietary software and creative services.

Read Dillon Baker, relevance.com

Facebook's Instant Articles and Google's alternative. What's in it for publishers?

FIPP.com :: While Apple will soon start to offer curated news from 20 publishers, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN and Bloomberg through its Apple News app, available with iOS 9 on 16 September, Facebook is still in early Alpha with Instant Articles. The social network is currently testing the new native content format with a few carefully selected publishing partners. And now Google has joined with a third option and Instant Article alternative and New York Times and Guardian are among those participating, while it takes its first steps.

Read Steffen Konrath, www.fipp.com

News-watching is changing, but: John Hardie: why TV news is here to stay

Independent :: Not much of a headline you might think, given it comes from the news provider to ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, but John Hardie’s strident defence comes as evidence that news-watching, like everything else in the digital world,  is changing.

Read James Ashton, www.independent.co.uk

Identifying key trends, ruthlessness crucial to effective development, Washington Post executive says

The Media Briefing :: Key to innovate is, Prakesh said, the speed at which news outlets innovate and push features to market -- and the speed at which these features are removed if they do not work.

Read Abigail Edge, www.themediabriefing.com

First look: Facebook starts testing immersive mobile ads

Marketing Land :: Gatorade, Mr Porter, Michael Kors and Carrefour are trying out the new format, which enables the creation of full-screen interactive experiences within the Facebook mobile app.

Read Martin Beck, marketingland.com

Readers will finish long stories from trusted sources, study shows

CJR :: For a moment in time, when the internet was new, and even a little later when excitement about longform reached a fever pitch, one important question was largely ignored: Who is this particular story for, and how can I make sure that an audience sees it?

Read Michelle Levine, Anna Hiatt, Michael Shapiro, www.cjr.org

Medium's Evan Williams to publishers: Your website is toast

Forbes :: Websites are in about the same place as dinosaurs were at the tail end of the Cretaceous Period 65 million years ago. Which is to say, about to go extinct.

Read Robert Hof , www.forbes.com

Agencies and brands shrug off ad blocking: ‘This is not on my radar’

Digiday ::  Agency clients, at least so far, haven't been paying much attention. One brand exec said she hasn't been either but wonders if publishers will now provide metrics on blocked ads to buyers.

Read Shareen Pathak, digiday.com

Meet the Newest Livestreaming Stars Every Brand Should Know About

Adweek :: Here, Adweeks profiles eight of the most successful creators on Periscope and Meerkat that every brand getting into live video should know about right no

Read Lauren Johnson, adweek.feedsportal.com

'Unforgivable' hacking of journalist's phone must be investigated, says union

Guardian :: Vodaphone has admitted an employee accessed a Fairfax journalist’s phone data in 2011 after she revealed a serious data breach by the company

Read Paul Farrell, www.theguardian.com

Bob Sauerberg will be CEO of Condé Nast in the new year

Poynter :: Bob Sauerberg, the president of Condé Nast, will succeed Chuck Townsend as CEO of the magazine giant in January, Townsend announced in a memo to employees Sunday evening.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Why traditional media should embrace the “local marketing agency” model

INMA :: Traditional media needs to begin expanding its offerings with services that could include content marketing, promotions and events, and beacon solutions. Here’s why your company should embrace the “local marketing agency” model.

Read Steve Gray, www.inma.org


Conservation will be key in the takeover of National Geographic

Guardian :: 21st Century Fox gains an innovative publishing asset but worries about its future may be misplaced.

Read Emily Bell, www.theguardian.com

Google, Twitter and and major news publishers like The Guardian and The New York Times seek faster web

New York Times :: In a world where many people read everything on mobile phones, a few seconds of load time can mean the gain or loss of millions of readers and advertising dollars.

Read Conor Dougherty, Vindu Goel, www.nytimes.com

The Washington Post has begun blocking the ad blockers

Buzzfeed News ::  It starts with a gentle nudge and ends with a hard block and a demand for cash. The Washington Post has begun intermittently redirecting desktop users to a subscription page if they are using the popular AdBlock software, some readers have reported.

Read Matthew Zeitlin, www.buzzfeed.com

How Bild used the Periscope app to 'get inside' the Syrian refugees story

Guardian ::  Bild reporter Paul Ronzheimer travelled across Europe live-streaming interviews: ‘For the refugee story, the personalisation is very important’.

Read Stuart Dredge, www.theguardian.com

John Whittingdale accused of misleading parliament over BBC story in Sunday Times

Guardian :: Labour asks for investigation into potential breaches of ministerial code after ‘repeated leaks’ of government’s plans for BBC.

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

In revamping its video strategy, The Washington Post steers clear of imitating TV

Nieman Lab :: Settling on a sustainable strategy for online video has been notoriously difficult for publishers. Efforts to produce live video shows have mostly sputtered. 

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

From blink to buy to virtual chicken: A designer imagines the future of native

Digiday :: What’s native advertising going to look like down the line? To find out we talked to Adam Kleinberg, designer and CEO of the Bay Area agency Traction.

Read PulsePoint, digiday.com

Tumblr now has its own clothing line designed by some of its biggest bloggers

The Verge :: Tumblr is partnering with Print All Over Me — a website that lets designers add custom prints to a cycling selection of basic clothing silhouettes and collect a portion of the profits — to release its first ever clothing line. 

Read Kaitlyn Tiffany, www.theverge.com

Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski considers legal action after 'patronising' BBC Newsnight interview

Independent :: A Conservative MP is considering legal action and is to make a formal complaint following what he calls a “rude, aggressive and patronising” interview on BBC2’s Newsnight.

Read Ian Johnston, www.independent.co.uk

Google pushes watch time as currency for Youtube as it seeks Preferred program partners

mUmBRELLA :: Google is touting watch time as the best metric for media buyers to be looking at when investing in ads around Youtube, and signalled it is set to pursue a “multi-agency/client strategy” for the next round of its Google Preferred program.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au


Facebook gets its real-time trending hub into NFL games — and your second-screen experience

VentureBeat :: The NFL season is here, and for many fans, this means it’s time to indulge in one of their favorite pastimes: talking smack. And Facebook wants to play an integral part in that game-day experience.

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

Dean Baquet explains how the New York Times is evolving into a digital-first media company

Recode :: The New York Times has crossed the digital rubicon, and Executive Editor Dean Baquet remains confident that the Gray Lady will be well positioned to turn its $400 million of digital revenue into the core of its future business. 

Read Peter Kafka, Kara Swisher, recode.net

How Twitter can help you predict corporate earnings

TheStreet.com :: Twitter a powerful tool to predict corporate earnings? Yes, according to research from New York University.

Read Scott Gamm, www.thestreet.com

Inside Twitter's news strategy and the new Project Lightening

New York Daily News :: Dubbed “Inside Twitter’s News Strategy,” the conversation dove into the social media site’s soon-to-launch Project Lightning, which will provide Twitter’s 300 million users with the option to see a curated feed of tweets. 

Read Justin Rocket Silverman, www.nydailynews.com

Andy Burnham preparing complaint to Ipso following undercover Sun sting

Independent :: The Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham is understood to be preparing a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) against The Sun.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

Robo-journalism: How a computer describes a sports match

BBC News :: Much of the promise of artificial intelligence is yet to be realised, but in some areas it's already proving its worth. Meet the robot journalists that one day might steal my job.

Read Stephen Beckett, www.bbc.com


Press officers to be given data to back up speeches – will journalists be able to interrogate it?

Online Journalism Blog :: Full Fact report that the Department of Health is to give press officers data so they can field press enquiries about claims made in ministerial speeches.

Read Paul Bradshaw, onlinejournalismblog.com