The New Yorker is experimenting with a way to help readers finish its stories online

Nieman Lab :: The widget, which will be open sourced, was created by a developer who began working on it as a personal side project.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

How to transform your career with data visualization

Mediashift :: In the case of Manuel Benito Ingelmo, it created an opportunity for him to develop something he had been thinking about for a long time.

Read James Breiner, mediashift.org

There is life after journalism

ConwayFraser.com :: “I'm not sure how much longer I can do this, man," the voice on the other end of the line said exasperatingly, "you left journalism and seem to be doing well. Can you help me get out?"

Read Conway Fraser, conwayfraser.com

Does “off the record” exist?

conwayfraser.com :: “Should I ever go 'off the reocrd' with a reporter?” The short answer: No.

Read Conway Fraser, conwayfraser.com

Dutch broadcasters test live OTT streaming

The three main Dutch broadcasting groups will be testing live streaming on their premium catch-up OTT service NLZiet.

Read Robert Briel, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Staying competitive, Snapchat adds video-editing features

MediaPost :: Competing for users' short attention spans, Snapchat, Instagram and their rivals are engaged in a feature-focused arms race.

Read Gavin O'Malley, www.mediapost.com

In China, harsh penalties for 'false news' make it harder for reporters to work

CPJ :: China's journalists and bloggers, already under threat of persecution, face new risks from Monday, when amendments to the country's criminal law come into effect. 

Read Yaqiu Wang, cpj.org


Concerned about ad blocker? - Snapchat has found a way to intertwine ads with organic content

T'echCrunch :: How much would Marvel pay to let Snapchatters Iron Man themselves and send these pics and videos to friends the weekend the movie opens? Apparently as much as $750,000 for one peak day like a holiday

Read Josh Constine, techcrunch.com

Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to design a great product

Inc.com :: In this column, Daphne Koller asks Mike Krieger, Instagram co-founder and director of engineering, to share his thoughts on the importance of human-centered design.

Read Daphne Koller, www.inc.com

Crowdfunding for fact-checking: lessons from Full Fact

Poynter :: The new Brazilian fact-checking site Aos Fatos (To the Facts) recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. It aims to raise R$ 30,000 ($ 7,700), to upgrade the project from its current pilot phase.

Read Alexios Mantzarlis, www.poynter.org

ESPN shuts down beloved sports and culture website Grantland

Guardian :: Sports network ends publication of five-year-old website ‘effective immediately’ months after parting ways with founder Bill Simmons

Read Alan Yuhas, www.theguardian.com

Snapchat second-most popular social site in Norway Instagram falls behind

eMarketer :: Snapchat has solidified its position as the second-most popular social site in Norway, based on research by Ipsos (formerly Ipsos MMI).

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

German daily Die Welt wants to bundle print, digital, and TV into a single newsroom

Nieman Lab :: Welt has a staff of about 400,and its main restructured newsroom is more of a production center for its various channels — mobile, tablet, online, daily print, and Sunday print — all requiring varying degrees of speediness. 

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

Turkey, caught on video: Trustee insults, dismisses employees after taking over Bugün daily

ZAMAN :: Hasan Ölçer, one of the trustees appointed on Monday to take over the management of the İpek Media Group following a controversial court decision, insulted several employees of the Bugün daily during a meeting on Thursday, and unlawfully dismissed those employees who refused to act in line with their orders.

Read İpek Üzüm, www.todayszaman.com

Jim Roberts: We asked #Turkey journalist @SunaVidinli to describe scene of media crackdown. Her report

mashable :: As we continued our broadcast in a locked control room of Bugun TV, our eyes continuously checked the glass door. Our colleagues outside were texting to us that additional police forces had entered the building. Any moment now, they would storm into the control room and cut off our broadcast.

Read Suna Vidinli, mashable.com

Why these teens want to be journalists

Los Angeles Times :: Get up at dawn on a Saturday morning? As a teenager? About 200 high school students did just that on Saturday to hone their journalism skills.

Read Daniela Gerson, www.latimes.com

Facebook's quest to quash boredom by moving beyond friends

Wired :: Facebook can be boring. On any given day, you may see baby pictures, cat videos, engagement announcements, photos of a friend’s lavish vacation, a diatribe on bacon, a video from a wedding you weren’t invited to, and asinine arguments about politics. 

Read Julia Greenberg, www.wired.com


Instant Articles get shared more than old-fashioned links, plus more details from Facebook’s news push

Nieman Lab :: “That’s what we can do, as a platform: be really responsive to what publishers want out of us.” Also coming up: A major move into international markets.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

Journalists Speak Out: Which Publication Represents Future of News

Business Wire :: The landscape of media is changing – new platforms and new styles. The New York Times is an institution but it didn’t start off as one. How will we be referring to BuzzFeed decades from now?

Read Vilan Trub, www.commpro.biz

What can fact-checkers learn from Storyful’s business model? Interview with David Clinch

Poynter :: Several fact-checkers run effective paid services for newsrooms or universities; at least five have run successful crowdfunding operations this year. Nonetheless, the sustainability of fact-checkers’ business models remains a key issue. 

Read Alexios Mantzarlis, www.poynter.org

Will Keenan on the power of live streaming

Stream Daily :: Ahead of his Stream Con appearance, the Streamup president Will Keenan talks about why competition is good and why live is the future.

Read Megan Haynes, streamdaily.tv

Creation and curation: Building newsroom tools at Dow Jones

Journalism.co.uk :: The company's developers work with the journalists and editors to meet the "ever changing needs of news", said head of newsroom development, Erin Sparling

Read Caroline Scott, www.journalism.co.uk

NPR catches case of serial plagiarism

Poynter :: Ten stories filed to NPR Music and New York-based classical public radio station WQXR contained phrases “copied from other sources without attribution,” NPR News Chief Michael Oreskes announced Thursday.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Is there an ideal time of day to read news? A site called Twelve Thirty Six has one idea (you’ll never guess)

Niemanlab :: Editor Marc Weisblott looked at news patterns and decided a specific moment in the Toronto lunch hour was the right time to send out an email newsletter — but he’s stuck with “a very Canadian dilemma.”

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

8 ways for millennials to grow into awesome creative directors

Digiday :: It may be a few years down the road, but to be a great CD, you should start learning now. They don’t teach that stuff in ad school or at your agency.

Read J Barbush, digiday.com

YouTube still has work to do winning over creators on new subscription service

Digiday :: After YouTubers raised concerns over whether they would be paid for views that occur during a YouTube Red user’s free trial, YouTube has said it plans to share revenue it makes from Google Play Music. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

The rise of the distributed publisher has given rise to a new role at media companies: the platform wrangler

Digiday :: Vox is looking for an executive specifically to manage its relationships with platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat. Elsewhere, the job is an add-on to a digital or tech executive. But that may not be enough.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Turkish journalists arrested in chaotic media crackdown

Mashable :: Turkish police raided the Istanbul headquarters of a media company in the early hours of Wednesday morning, armed with tear gas, batons, and a water cannon. The company is linked to a U.S.-based government critic and is the most recent government action against opposition news outlets.

Read Megan Specia, mashable.com

Dynamic pricing: CNBC's asking price for ads during GOP debate: $250,000 - @brianstelter: last night $5,000

CNN Money :: Advertisers sometimes pay just a few thousand dollars for air time on CNBC. But for Wednesday night's GOP debate the asking price was a cool quarter of a million dollars.

Read Brian Stelter, money.cnn.com

Fairfax Media experiments with Editor’s Edition curated weekly newsletter for subscribers

mUmBRELLA :: Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age are trialling editor-curated subscriber newsletters over the next six weeks.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

UK police use Terrorism Act powers to seize Newsnight journalist’s laptop

Guardian :: BBC says police accessed communications between Secunder Kermani and Isis member in Syria, in move criticised by press freedom campaigners.

Read Ben Quinn, www.theguardian.com

Nuzzel rolls out automated newsletters to reach people who aren’t superusers of Twitter

Nieman Lab :: Nuzzel’s a tool for curating links from your own social media feeds. Now it wants to let you use that curation to make your own publishing and promotion platform.

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org


This is the first footage shot by the GoPro drone

 The Verge :: Earlier this year we learned that GoPro was making a quadcopter drone, but few details have since been shared about the project. That changes today, as the company has uploaded the first footage from the drone to its YouTube channel.

Read Sean O'Kane, www.theverge.com

Global round-up: WhatsApp tested for election coverage

The Newspaper Works :: Toronto-based The Globe and Mail trialled popular messaging app WhatsApp to keep readers informed during the recently completed Canadian election campaign that saw Justin Trudeau sweep into office. 

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

Producers set to launch pay-per-view streaming channel dedicated to Australian movies

mUmBRELLA :: Two senior film producers are promising to “revitalise the Australian film industry” with a new pay-per-view streaming service called OzFlix dedicated solely to Australian films. 

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

LAPD Union joins New York boycott of Quentin Tarantino movies

The Wrap :: The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers has joined New York City in its condemnation of Quentin Tarantino, demanding a boycott of the director’s movies following his comments about police brutality.

Read Debbie Emery, www.thewrap.com

Virtual reality hits new milestone as NBA broadcasts Warriors-Pelicans game live

Recode :: It's the first major U.S. sporting event to be publicly broadcast live in virtual reality.

Read Ina Fried, recode.net


Time Inc. confirms its purchase of Jane Pratt's xoJane and xoVain

Adweek :: Time Inc. has acquired Jane Pratt's xoJane and xoVain websites in a bid to build up its portfolio of brands that target millennials. Adweek first reported that the acquisition was imminent on Oct. 16. 

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

BuzzFeed and Vox call off SXSW plans after conference cancels anti-harassment panels

Adweek :: On Monday, South by Southwest Interactive decided to pull the plug on two gaming panels planned for the 2016 tech festival, citing "numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

Twitter adds just 4 million new monthly active users in third quarter

The Verge :: This is the first full quarter with founder Jack Dorsey back at the helm as CEO

Read Ben Popper, www.theverge.com

McClatchy sees another 10 percent ad revenue decline in 3rd quarter

Poynter :: McClatchy opened the 3rd quarter earnings season for newspaper companies today reporting weak financial results typical of the industry so far this year.

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

The NBA will livestream the Golden State Warriors’ opening night game in virtual reality

VentureBeat :: When viewed through a Samsung Gear VR headset, fans will be able to watch the Warriors play the New Orleans Pelicans all without having to be in the arena.

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

BBC Trust chair: 'not a huge appetite' from press for local journalists plan

Guardian :: Rona Fairhead says there is no evidence the BBC has crowded out local media as she admits proposal to fund 100 journalists has not been widely welcomed.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Taking cues from Snapchat, Facebook experiments with ‘team frames’

Social Media Today :: Facebook has today unveiled a new 'Team Frames' option which gives users the chance to show their support for sporting teams with custom overlays for their profile pictures.

Read Andrew Hutchinson, www.socialmediatoday.com

This startup merges live video and ecommerce, and it’s raising big money from Baidu

Tech in Asia :: China’s ecommerce sector is crowded. There’s no denying that. Even in a niche space like mobile international ecommerce, where apps help Chinese buyers access high-quality products from overseas, competition is fierce. If you want to take on that market, you’d better have a good hook.

Read C. Custer, www.techinasia.com

From zero to 3 billion monthly pageviews: Dailyhunt’s rise to become India’s top news app

Tech in Asia :: Virendra Gupta, the founder and CEO of Verse Innovation, doesn’t get much sleep. “There’s not a single boring day,” he says as we meet in his office in Bangalore.

Read Terence Lee, www.techinasia.com

‘Yet to be proven': UK agencies are skeptical about Sky’s new ad-targeting product

Digiday :: With the launch of AdVance, TV broadcaster Sky is putting its data on 3 million U.K. households to work for advertisers across TV, mobile and desktop.

Read Lucinda Southern, digiday.com


With ‘The Martian,’ Virtual Reality Has Liftoff From Fox Innovation Lab

New York Times :: 20th Century Fox is ramping up its efforts to bring together conventional cinema and virtual reality with the scheduled commercial releases of experiences to complement films like “The Martian.”

Read Michael Cieply, www.nytimes.com

Peter Greste campaign strategist admits they played down Al Jazeera link as ‘it sounds nasty’

mUmBRELLA :: The strategist behind the campaign to free Australian journalist Peter Greste from an Egyptian prison has admitted the campaign sought to play down the fact he worked for TV network Al Jazeera as “it sounds like it’s linked with terrorism”.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

ABC to lose popular Science Vs podcast as format and presenter snapped up by US outfit

mUmBRELLA :: The ABC will lose one of its most popular podcasts, Science Vs, after presenter Wendy Zukerman was poached by emerging US podcast service Gimlet.

Read Simon Canning, mumbrella.com.au

Post and Courier in Charleston shows that family owned newspapers can still work

Poynter :: In this year of consolidation in the newspaper industry, Gannett, New Media Investment Group and Tribune Publishing have scooped up dozens of titles in the name of efficiency. That makes the family-owned Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. an outlier — and proud to be one.

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

How Bloomberg plans to monetize trending news and social traffic across EMEA

Digiday :: Bloomberg Media Group has unleashed a wave of tools to the EMEA markets to help monetize trending news and readers who come via social platforms.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

Hearst to target online shoppers with new digital-only site

Digiday :: Hearst Magazines has been evolving its traditional magazines to match the speed of the Web, and now it’s starting to apply that thinking to new launches.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com


Martha Nelson now heads all media for Yahoo, including video

Recode :: The old media vet in now in charge of Yahoo's new media efforts, even as outfits like BuzzFeed run circles around the company.

Read Kara Swisher, recode.net

First Look doubles down as First Amendment benefactor

CJR :: WHEN IT LAUNCHED 15 MONTHS AGO, First Look Media’s Press Freedom Litigation Fund seemed partial to supporting high-profile, politically charged legal fights. After a lull, the fund announced grants this week for the Sacramento News & Review and Mother Jones, two news organizations caught up in more conventional First Amendment cases.

Read Danny Funt, www.cjr.org

Time Warner Cable will test internet-only TV in NYC next week

Engadget :: Reliable sources tell Engadget that starting Monday, Time Warner Cable will beta test a version of its TWC TV service made available for the company's internet-only customers living in New York City.

Read Richard Lawler, www.engadget.com

Judge dismisses Wikimedia lawsuit over NSA surveillance

Reuters:: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of the U.S. National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs...

Read Staff, Reuters, venturebeat.com

New wave of podcasts aimed at younger, wider audience

Guardian :: Former Spotify boss heads team hoping to attract reality TV fans to format. As listeners look forward to the return of hit US true-crime podcast Serial, audio producers are hoping to recreate its success with a new wave of podcasts aimed at the reality TV generation.

Read Katie Forster, www.theguardian.com


YouTubers feel ‘coerced’ into new Red subscription service

Venture Beat :: Earlier this week, Google announced that it is finally introducing its subscription model for YouTube, but it has the community creators on the site reeling from the uncertainty.

Read Jeff Grubb, venturebeat.com

A beautiful data-driven Tube ad from 1928

Boing Boing :: This 1928 London Underground ad is a beautiful and witty example of using data to help people get the best use out of public services. 

Read Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net

Why Yahoo's live stream of an NFL game matters so much

CNN Money :: The NFL is about to bypass television for the first time and bring a game to fans via the Internet.

Read Brian Stelter, money.cnn.com

Google Photos hits 100 million users

Washington Post :: Google+ may have never taken off quite the way the company hoped. But the company can point to a clear victory that emerged from its grand social experiment: Google Photos.

Read Hayley Tsukayama, www.washingtonpost.com

‘NPR Voice’ has taken over the airwaves

New York Times :: During a recent long car ride whose soundtrack was a medley of NPR podcasts, I noticed a verbal mannerism during scripted segments that appeared on just about every show.

Read Teddy Wayne, www.nytimes.com

In BuzzFeed’s news app, sharing via SMS is a more common user action than via Facebook or Twitter

Nieman Lab :: You’re probably underestimating how much your articles are being shared via text message.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

Vice News to launch 12 linear channels in Europe

Broadband TV News :: Vice News, the online video news service that has positioned itself as being for the ‘connected generation’ has announced plans for a series of channels around the world.

Read Julian Clover, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Donald Trump bars Univision reporters because of lawsuit

CNN :: Is Donald Trump's presidential campaign preventing Univision journalists from covering his events because he is suing their parent company?

Read Brian Stelter, money.cnn.com

Newspapers seek Silicon Valley magic

USA Today :: The two leading organizations of the embattled newspaper business held their annual convention over the weekend in Silicon Valley, the stronghold of the digital revolution that has totally blown up its business model.

Read Rem Rieder, www.usatoday.com


Instagram's Boomerang lets you take a burst of photos to make a micro, recurring video

Silicon Republic :: Instagram’s latest tweak to its already burgeoning offering sees the introduction of Boomerang, letting you take a burst of photos to make a micro, recurring video.

Read Gordon Hunt, www.siliconrepublic.com

Netflix is making movies shunned by studios

Wall Street Journal :: Netflix Inc. has proved itself a competitor to established networks in the world of high-quality television series.

Read Ben Fritz, www.wsj.com

What you do on Twitter reveals how much money you make

Washington Post :: Linguists and psychologists have been using the content of messages onTwitter to learn more about our society -- from gender and age trends to politics. 

Read Cristina Rivero , www.washingtonpost.com

Twitter is testing out paid-for content through Promoted Moments

Venture Beat :: Weeks after debuting its curated channel, Moments, Twitter is testing out paid-for content through Promoted Moments.

Read Ruth Reader, Mark Sullivan, venturebeat.com

Coke creates podcast with iHeartMedia's new branded content division to target teens

AdAge :: Coca-Cola is getting into the podcast game through a branded content deal with iHeartMedia.

Read Jeanine Poggi, adage.com

NFL fans are predictable on Twitter

AdWeek ::  Canvs tracks emotional reactions to gain further insights into how people are feeling and how to better activate the audience to engage with the programming and the advertising around it.

Read Karen Fratti, www.adweek.com

Why does Google want to pay for digital news experiments in Europe?

Nieman Lab :: Lately Google is spending a lot of time — and money — trying to convince journalists it wants to be friends. In recent months, they’ve introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages, the recently launched Google News Lab, and team-ups with companies like The New York Times on virtual reality projects using Google Cardboard. 

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Syndication TV retains millennial viewers

MediaPost :: While much has been made of 18-34 viewers leaving traditional linear TV programming, some platforms have done better than others in retaining those young viewers -- specifically syndicated TV shows.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

ESPN is shutting down its YouTube channels over paid subscriptions

The Verge :: Not everyone's happy with YouTube's new paid subscription option. In the wake of this week's announcement, ESPN has begun pulling its videos off YouTube, presumably as a result of an ongoing contract dispute with the company.

Read Russell Brandom, www.theverge.com

BuzzFeed news reporter assaulted at rally of Jewish extremists in Paris

Buzzfeed News :: Protestors assaulted a BuzzFeed News reporter in Paris Thursday at a rally organized by the Jewish Defense League, an extremist group the French government has considered banning.

Read Ben Smith, Cecile Dehesdin, www.buzzfeed.com

An honest and open conversation about what pubslishers are dealing with these days

Digiday :: At this month’s Digiday Publishing Summit in Barcelona, Digiday and ConvertMedia gathered some of the brightest minds in publishing, put them behind closed doors, and let them have an honest and open conversation about what they’re dealing with these days.

Read Yoav Naveh, digiday.com

In digital age, scrutiny of reporting is key

The Desert Sun ::  In a digital communications world, there are challenges to the role and impact of credible reporting. When anyone can broadcast anything to the entire world, how can you tell what is important … or even true?

Read David Chavern, www.desertsun.com


London's cabbies say 'the Knowledge' is better than @Uber and a GPS

NPR :: For 150 years, drivers have known all the city's streets by memory and passed tests requiring years of study. Now it just takes Uber and a GPS to get around — and this has unleashed a major battle that pits a London tradition against a company challenging the taxi industry worldwide.

Read Leila Fadel, www.npr.org

Facebook expands search results to all 2 trillion public posts to make it easier to see what others are saying

Android Central :: Facebook has announced that it is expanding the results that will appear for searches to the more than 2 trillion posts in its index. 

Read Jared Dipane, www.androidcentral.com

NYC TV Week: Telemundo’s Silberwasser — Spanish Language TV ‘Alive and Well’

Broadcasting Cable :: Spanish language television is alive and well, according to Telemundo president Luis Silberwasser.

Read Jessika Walsten, www.broadcastingcable.com

CNN beats Buzzfeed, Yahoo in digital tune in

Lost Remote :: CNN has once again topped the charts for digital tune in rates and views. This is the fifth month a row they top the ratings on multi-platform views, unique visitors, and video streams.

Read Karen Fratti, www.adweek.com

In six months, Quartz videos rack up 45 million views on platforms

Digiday :: With the launch of CNN’s Great Big Story and publishers like BuzzFeed and Business Insider before it, the distributed approach has gone beyond the experimental phase to a business strategy for publishers.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Three examples of brands experimenting with Virtual Reality - Econsultancy (blog)

Econsultancy ::  Tommy Hilfiger's Autumn fashion show, filmed in New York with a 3D camera, is presented to the viewer in an example of immersive 360 degree video.

Read Ben Davis, econsultancy.com

'She turned up to work with debris in her hair': the women war reporters you've never heard of

Guardian :: In her new book, Australian Women War Reporters, Jeannine Baker tells the stories of the women who fought for the right to report from war zones

Read Jeannine Baker, www.theguardian.com

The Washington Post explored New York Fashion Week using Story Spheres

Washington Post :: The Washington Post is using Story Spheres, a new and immersive storytelling tool, to cover New York Fashion Week. The Post is the first major publisher to use the feature in reporting. 

Read Staff, Washington Post, www.washingtonpost.com

360-degree multimedia via Story Spheres and other 3-D mobile apps

RJI Online :: This week we explore a new Google tool for creating immersive wrap-around multimedia; and we look at some mobile apps that capture 3-D imagery.

Read Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise, www.rjionline.org

Fusion partnering with The Root to create TV programming

Huffington Post :: The television news network Fusion announced Wednesday that it will partner with The Root, the popular black news and commentary site, to produce television programming starting in 2016.

Read Judah Robinson, www.huffingtonpost.com


Scripps inks deal with PolitiFact to bolster political coverage

Broadcasting Cable :: Agreement includes training, access to fact-check database, website development.

Read Jonathan Kuperberg, www.broadcastingcable.com

WikiLeaks publishes e-mail from CIA director’s hacked AOL account

Ars Technica :: Published info includes contact info for John Brennan's family, close friends.

Read Joe Mullin, arstechnica.com

ESPN to lay off 300 workers, reacting to shifts in sports viewing

New York Times :: ESPN plans to lay off about 300 employees as it reacts to the shifting ways that sports are consumed and as it devises new ways to market and distribute its vast array of sports programming.

Read Richard Sandomir, www.nytimes.com

Twitter CEO apologizes for shutting down Politwoops that save politicians' deleted Tweets

Huffington Post :: Months after Twitter shut down a popular group of sites dedicated to transparency, CEO Jack Dorsey has apologized.

Read Sebastian Murdock, www.huffingtonpost.com

Flipping the script: How interactive journalism can change print media

Business 2 Comunity :: Using images and graphics to channel the reader along through your text can speed up or slow down the pace your reader moves, slowing them to study graphs and tables or moving them along quickly with catchy and engaging images.

Read Nicholas Brown, www.business2community.com

Virgin Media: Fans demand more live TV football

Advanced TV :: Three quarters of English football fans (77 per cent) would like more live Premier League games available on TV, new research reveals. 

Read Colin Mann, advanced-television.com

ABC News’ secret to YouTube success: TV content

Digiday :: ABC News has 1.5 billion views on YouTube, most of which have happened on TV clips repurposed for the video site. The company says it doesn’t have a “one-size-fits-all” distribution strategy, instead using data to determine which distribution channel to publish content on.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Bauer Custom Media rebrands to better reflect multi-channel content marketing environment

mUmBRELLA :: Bauer Media’s custom publishing division has been rebranded as BauerWorks with the company restructuring to adopt an agency-style model.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au


The New York Times is shipping Google Cardboard to its print subscribers

 The Verge :: The New York Times has become the latest media outlet to launch its own virtual reality app — and it's doing so by shipping out Google Cardboard viewers to anyone who gets the paper delivered to their homes.

Read Adi Robertson, www.theverge.com

City AM becomes first UK publisher to ban ad blockers

Digiday ::  City A.M has become the first U.K. publisher to ban readers which have ad blocking software enabled on their browsers. 

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

Why the future of sports media is more cord shaving than cord cutting

Mediashift :: Personnel at ESPN and their parent company, Disney, are feeling the pressure after losing around 3.2 million subscribers in a little over a year. This caused Disney to impose major budget cuts to ESPN and re-evaluate their business strategy in the hopes of combating their dropping subscriber numbers and household reach.

Read Michael Pfahl, mediashift.org


Is community the answer to journalism’s verification and sustainability problems?

medium :: Audience engagement strategies are becoming central to the modern newsroom, in more ways than one.

Read First Draft, medium.com

What does a growth editor do?

Medium :: Growth Editor. The first time I heard that title for someone in a newsroom, I might’ve giggled. It just sounds odd, like an editor who handles a very specific kind of health coverage, right? But it’s not so odd a term anymore: In the past year, more and more news organizations are giving someone with the very specific duty of increasing (growing) the number of readers.

Read Julia Haslanger, medium.com

Amazon and New York Times battle it out on Medium

Digiday :: Amazon and New York Times are battling it out over a story published two months ago. 

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

5 lessons in newsroom innovation from Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Journalism.co.uk :: It may be easier for digital-only publishers to experiment and overcome failure, but what can traditional media outlets do to keep up with the fast-changing news landscape?

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

YouTube Creator Studio app gets monetization and analytics upgrades

Stream Daily :: With more than half of its audience on mobile and facing competition from new platforms, the Google-owned giant is putting more focus on creators.

Read Bree Rody-Mantha, streamdaily.tv

Amazon claims New York Times didn't check facts for work culture exposé

Guardian :: Online retailer senior vice president claims newspaper failed to check backgrounds of sources and misled company about focus of article.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

Washington Post managing editor Kevin Merida joins ESPN

Huffington Post :: Washington Post managing editor Kevin Merida, who rose through the ranks at the paper over two decades to become second in command, is joining ESPN as a senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, a forthcoming and long-delayed site intended to focus on the intersection of race, sports and culture. 

Read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

Radio: Nielsen's PPM technology does not fully measure listening in noisy real-world environments

Current.org :: A Nielsen Audio chief engineer tacitly acknowledged that the company’s PPM technology does not fully measure listening in noisy real-world environments.

Read Mike Janssen, current.org

Canadian newspapers run huge political ads on front pages

Poynter :: A trio of newspapers in Canada ceded their front pages this weekend to enormous advertisements, an unconventional move that saw usually hallowed space taken over by paid messages bashing Liberal Party policies.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Knight is giving $1.3 million to help 3 legacy newsrooms ‘speed up digital adoption’

Poynter :: Temple University’s School of Media and Communication will work with The Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Media Network and the Miami Herald as places to test mobile and digital practices aimed at legacy newsrooms.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

The perils of being a reporter in Egypt under Sisi

BBC :: When journalists ask officials for comments, they mostly refuse. Those who speak tend to do so anonymously. There are ongoing problems around slow responses and the right of reply, which have resulted in some public spats. 

Read Wael Hussein, www.bbc.co.uk

Matthew Keys: I’m not a hacker

The Daily Beast :: Faced with 25 years in prison for defacing the LA Times’ website, Matthew Keys talked to The Daily Beast about his trial—and the future.

Read Dale Eisinger, www.thedailybeast.com

UK resisted Julian Assange’s offer to be questioned in London, emails reveal

Guardian :: Documents show CPS told Swedish authorities it would ‘not be prudent’ to interview WikiLeaks founder inside Ecuadorian embassy.

Read Staff, Press Association, www.theguardian.com

Italy to change RAI TV license fee

Broadband TV News :: Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said he intends to cut the TV licence fee to fund state broadcaster RAI.

Read Robert Briel, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Report stories not requirements - 7 lessons learned teaching data journalism

Mediashift :: Russell Chun chronicles where they started and how they ended, and the rationale for the decisions. While the goals of the course remained unchanged, much of the course structure, assignments and toolset evolved. These are the lessons he learned.

Read Russell Chun, mediashift.org

Government may not enforce plan to make publishers pay both sides' libel and privacy costs

Press Gazette :: Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has said he is "not persuaded" by a law forcing publishers pay both sides' legal costs in libel and privacy cases. But he said he has not yet made his mind up and hinted that the final decision may depend on the Independent Press Standards Organisation making changes to its structure.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Culture Secretary backs plan for BBC to commission local news content

Press Gazette :: Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has given his support to BBC plans to commission content from local news providers.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

British journalist Jacky Sutton found dead in Istanbul airport

Guardian :: Friends call for investigation and express disbelief about reports that former BBC producer thought to be working for the IWPR appeared to have killed herself.

Read Alexandra Topping, Constanze Letsch, www.theguardian.com

Augmented reality v virtual reality: which reality will dominate? - Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald :: Everyone tuned into tech has heard of virtual reality and its coming wave of goggles with futuristic names such as Oculus Rift that immerse you in other worlds.

Read Marco della Cava, www.smh.com.au

Facebook and Twitter's user growth in 4 Charts

Motley Fool :: 

Read Daniel Sparks, www.fool.com

Brisbane Times censured for failure to give right of reply to city councillor over arrest story

mUmBRELLA :: The Brisbane Times has been censured for failing to give a city councillor adequate right of reply in an article about her being arrested for being drunk in a public space.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Taliban threats to Afghan journalists show shift in tactics

New York Times ::  Afghan journalists covering the fall of Kunduz this month had a litany of complaints: The military often blocked their access to the battle; top officials tried to get them to change reports that disputed official accounts; some, like staffers for Al Jazeera, were even expelled from the area. All of that quickly faded, however, when the Taliban made the ultimate complaint about negative coverage

Read Rod Nordland, www.nytimes.com

Meet the woman who’s driving digital experimentation at The Washington Post: Cory Haik

Digiday :: Jeff Bezos may grab the headlines as the billionaire owner of The Washington Post, but the person who’s key to the Post’s daily embrace of technology is a former journalist, Cory Haik. As executive director of emerging news products, Haik brings her passion for Snapchat and other new distribution paths to the newspaper’s journalism.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Blendle’s secret weapon: Its Toolkit

Monday Note :: Behind Blendle’s facade lies a complex set of tools aimed at expanding the reach of paid-for editorial: a recommendation engine; the possibility for publishers to use parts of Blendle’s back office for content optimization.

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com


Can Twitter reinvent itself with packaged news before it gets sold?

The Guardian :: Is Twitter too relevant to fail? Last week Twitter's announcement that it would be making 336 employees redundant, about 8% of its workforce, prompted many to ask this question. 

Read Emily Bell, www.theguardian.com

Alan Rusbridger praises BBC for 'robust, independent journalism'

The Star :: The former editor of The Guardian has said the BBC can be "slow moving, intransigent and arrogant" but added that it is probably the greatest news organisation in the world.

Read Staff, The Star, www.thestar.co.uk

Why Vocativ is doubling down on data viz

FastCoDesign :: Last time we heard from Dadaviz, a team of infographic auteurs based in Tel Aviv, they were looking to launch the YouTube of data visualization, but totally failed to do that. Dadaviz's dropping of its original mission didn't spell failure. In fact, it opened a door. The company has now been acquired by Vocativ, the deep web media company first founded in 2013 to use data mining technology to discover and tell stories.

Read John Brownlee, www.fastcodesign.com

Visual Journalism: Editoral and infographic design from newsrooms across the globe

Visual Loop :: Most of the major events covered by international media are present in this second part of yet another huge round up of the best infographics printed recently. 

Read Tiago Veloso, visualoop.com


A $900m Tweet: As word of Steve Ballmer’s investment got out, Twitter’s stock skyrocketed

Motherboard :: As word of Ballmer’s investment got out, Twitter’s stock skyrocketed. Fortune's Mathew Ingram noted at that at one point it had gained about $700 million—nearly as much as the $800 million investment itself.

Read Kari Paul, motherboard.vice.com

Taking a stand against media “churnalism” and clickbait fast-food information

The Plaid Zebra :: Delayed Gratification is focused on revisiting major news stories when editors have turned their ever-hungry eyes to the new flavour of the day. Orchard knows that the most important stories don’t stop developing when the media flock elsewhere.

Read The Plaid Zebra, www.theplaidzebra.com

U.S. government will require drones to be registered

Buzzfeed :: Drone operators will soon be required to register their unmanned aircraft with the U.S. Department of Transportation under a new task force that will be unveiled Monday, officials told BuzzFeed News.

Read Salvador Hernandez, www.buzzfeed.com

In Ethiopia, Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism charges

CPJ :: The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the acquittal by an Ethiopian court today of four Zone 9 bloggers charged with terrorism.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Palestinian man impersonating journalist stabs Israeli soldier

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY :: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the stabbing of an Israeli soldier today by a Palestinian man impersonating a member of the press, a move that further imperils journalists on dangerous assignments.

Read Staff, Ma'an News Agency, maannews.com

'Inventing demand': creating a false aura of activity using a variety of methods - How Paypal and Reddit faked their way to traction

Medium :: There were several factors that contributed to YouTube becoming the #1 video sharing service on the web. But a lot of initial adoption was driven by the fact that it had pirated content hosted on it. 

Read Sangeet Paul Choudary, medium.com

YouTube Will Make You Pay to See Some Of Its New Videos

Recode :: The world's biggest video site had paid for some new programs, and will put them behind a paywall.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Time Inc. Is in talks to buy Jane Pratt's millennial-focused xoJane

Adweek :: Time Inc. is close to acquiring Jane Pratt's xoJane and xoVain sites for an undisclosed sum as it looks to increase its content targeting millennial women, sources tell Adweek.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com


How Google gives publishers a 100 percent viewable ad option

Digiday :: IDG Communications is using Google's new technology to ensure ads are 100 percent viewable, attempting to eliminate one of the big obstacles in the way of brands shifting more money online. The publisher behind sites including PCWorld and MacWorld, can serve the guaranteed impressions using a new capability in Google's DoubleClick product called vCPMs — the "v" stands for viewable and CPM is the cost per thousand ad impressions.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

Publishers eye Facebook as YouTube rival

Digiday :: In the battle between Facebook and YouTube for online video views, YouTube has the edge in terms of time people spend watching videos on its platform. That might change with a new video section Facebook is testing.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

In one chart: Quartz, Vocativ, and the continued growth of a different kind of Internet of “things”

Nieman Lab :: “Things are the grist of the social web,” Kevin Delaney, Quartz president and editor-in-chief, noted in a presentation at FIPP’s magazine-focused conference in Toronto Thursday.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org


Layoffs hit The Boston Globe

Poynter :: The Boston Globe on Thursday underwent a staff reduction for the second year running as the newspaper seeks to cut costs and deploy more resources toward its digital efforts.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Sudan’s reporters spotlight a war the world doesn’t see

Vocativ :: Going where few Western reporters dare, Sudanese journalists document the relentless fight in Sudan's Nuba Mountains

Read Jacob Kushner, www.vocativ.com

ABC: Guardian and Indy daily online audience grows, while other titles struggle in September

Journalism.co.uk :: More readers accessed the Guardian and the Independent websites daily in September, while other titles struggled to hold on to their August traffic figures, according to the latest figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC).

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

UK publishing’s £1billion problem: non-viewable ads

Digiday :: The U.K. has seen a sluggish 3 percent increase in viewable ads in the last quarter, according to new data from ad verification firm Meetrics.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

How The Atlantic gets people to spend more than 4 minutes on its native ads

Digiday :: The Atlantic believes it’s solved a common problem with native ads: getting people to read them. The site made the ads more prominent and interactive, getting people to spend 4 minutes or more on them. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

What journalists, weather forecasters, and Han Solo get wrong about probability

VOX :: Remember all the too-close-to-call garbage at the end of the 2012 election, when every serious poll in a more-than-sufficient number of swing states showed an Obama win? Sure you do.

Read Ezra Klein, www.vox.com

‘Culture change': NBC Sports starts taking original digital video seriously

Digiday :: NBC Sports is launching “NBC Sports Digital Shorts,” a new group-wide program dedicated to creating original, short-form content for digital platforms owned by NBC as well as partners such as Yahoo and Comcast. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com


A digital-first approach: Columbia Journalism Review cuts print back to twice yearly

CJR :: In an effort to better align our resources with our mission, we have decided to significantly boost our investment inColumbia Journalism Review’s digital operations, while shifting the print magazine schedule from bimonthly to two special issues per year.

Read Elizabeth Spayd, www.huffingtonpost.com

Why the BBC needs to use licence fee income to support local newsgathering

Press Gazette :: Unless we take urgent action to address the decline of the regional press we will find the whole journalism industry is built on sand.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

What is the New York Times doing with its new breaking-news unit?

Washington Post :: Patrick LaForge, editor of news presentation at the New York Times, today tweeted out a shift in responsibilities: I have a new job at The Times. I'll be setting up our Express Team, a live news and breaking news desk serving all online sections.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Streaming the debate in virtual reality could mean a lot for politics and media

Recode :: Watching the debate in virtual reality was boring. That doesn't mean the idea of politics and VR are DOA.

Read Noah Kulwin, recode.net

Reuters: Avoid the 'wolf pack mentality' when approaching eyewitnesses online

Journalism.co.uk :: John Pullman, global head of visual and pictures at Reuters, highlights one of the biggest newsgathering challenges facing media outlets today, and explains how Reuters adapts to the increasing volume of user-generated content

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Always at hands - Young or old, everyone seems to like online video as much as TV now

AdWeek :: Globally, people are spending as much time watching online video as they spend watching TV, according to a new report from Millward Brown. That should bode well for brands trying to target cord-cutters or "cord-nevers," but digital promos annoy many viewers.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

Cosmo is getting 3 million readers a day on Snapchat Discover

Digiday :: Cosmo says it's averaging 3 million viewers a day on Snapchat Discover, a milestone that could appeal to some advertisers who wonder whether these media channels on the messaging app are desirable places to run their spots. 

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com


Condé Nast acquires music site Pitchfork

Huffington Post :: Publishing company Condé Nast has acquired online music magazine Pitchfork Media for an undisclosed amount, Condé Nast President and CEO Bob Sauerberg announced Tuesday.

Read Gabriel Arana, www.huffingtonpost.com

Lessons on Snapchat’s retreat from editorial content

Digiday :: Snapchat's retreat from home-grown content reflects an inherent tension between platforms and publishers. The one-to-one messaging app has been courting traditional publishers and everyday people to post directly on the platform, but at the same time, like other platforms, it’s trying to create its own content, with mixed results.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

A multimillion-£24-hour surveillance: Julian Assange's embassy stay in numbers

Guardian :: As Scotland Yard calls off its multimillion-pound 24-hour surveillance of the Ecuadorian embassy, we look at how the rest of the WikiLeaks founder’s stay stacks up.

Read Nadia Khomami, www.theguardian.com

Johnston Press offers staff cash prizes for website traffic growth

Press Gazette :: In an email to staff, the publisher set out plans for its 201 sites to reach a combined 110m page views per month. In the first half of 2015, Johnston Press attracted an average 972,454 daily unique users, leaving it behind Trinity Mirror, Newsquest and Local World.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

As Johnston Press merges Yorkshire weeklies, local journalists warn company is treating papers as 'cash cows'

Press Gazette :: Johnston Press has been condemned following a merger between two Yorkshire town newspapers.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

FT journalists in dispute with own press office over over claimed £5m pension cut

Press Gazette :: Financial Times journalists have stood by their claim that new owner Nikkei is seeking to take £5m a year out of their pensions after the company yesterday described this as “categorically untrue”.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Axel Springer bans adblock users from Bild online

Guardian :: Readers of Europe’s top-selling tabloid forced pay €2.99 a month or switch off adblocker as German publisher steps up its fight to protect advertising revenue

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Axel Springer bans adblock users from Bild online

Guardian :: Readers of Europe’s top-selling tabloid forced pay €2.99 a month or switch off adblocker as German publisher steps up its fight to protect advertising revenue

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Privatised Channel 4 would need profits of £200m a year, says chief executive

Guardian :: David Abraham says TV schedule would need to be packed with entertainment shows to be commercially viable.

Read Mark Sweney, John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Hungary backs “Google tax”

Braodband TV News :: Speaking at the ITU Telecom World conference in Budapest and quoted by BBJ, he said that foreign companies profiting from Hungary’s digital economy should also contribute to growth in the sector.


Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Containers matter. They shape stories and the experience of stories. What comes next?

AEON :: Granite, wood, wax, silk, paper, metal type, the Gutenberg press, Manutius’s octavo editions, Penguin paperbacks, desktop publishing software, digital type, on‑demand printing, .epub: the evolutionary path of ‘books’ has been punctuated by technological changes large and small.

Read Craig Mod , aeon.co

UK: Ads on local press sites ‘more trustworthy’ than nationals, claims study

Hold The Frontpage :: Readers see online adverts on regional press websites as “more trustworthy and relevant” than those on their national counterparts, new research has claimed.

Read David Sharman, www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk

Mozilla appoints board member Katharina Borchert as CIO

TechCrunch :: Most recently, Borchert was the CEO of Spiegel Online, the online arm of Germany’s influential Spiegel magazine, as well as a Mozilla board member (since early 2014).

Read Frederic Lardinois, techcrunch.com

VICE News Italy, which launches today, is the latest worldwide expansion of VICE News

Poynter :: VICE News, the journalism outfit within VICE Media’s sprawling international empire, just added another outpost to its growing list of foreign editions.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

More than 300 U.K. newspapers closed over past 10 years

Press Gazette :: Johnston Press last week announced it had closed 11 free newspapers across the UK, meaning it has axed 22 titles since 2012.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

BuzzFeed launches native video political advertising

Politico :: BuzzFeed will begin creating native video ads for politicians and political causes, the website will announce Monday.

Read Hadas Gold, www.politico.com

Twitter temporarily suspends Deadspin, SBNation accounts for violating copyrights

Recode :: Twitter is cracking down on digital media properties that publish highlights of football games on Twitter without permission.

Read Noah Kulwin, recode.net

Playboy magazine to stop publishing pictures of naked women

Guardian :: ‘Provocative’ images will still feature in redesigned magazine, but editors say founder Hugh Hefner has agreed that fully nude shots are ‘passé’.

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com

Inside how ‘Steve Jobs’ used Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl ad without permission

The Wrap :: “Steve Jobs” has received raves from critics, awards voters and early audiences in Los Angeles and New York, but the late tech icon’s family has been putting roadblocks in the way of Danny Boyle‘s movie from the start.

Read Steve Pond, www.thewrap.com


All about India’s first Braille magazine and what it feels like to read it

The Health Site :: White Print is India’s first lifestyle magazine for the visually impaired in Braille English.

Read Swapna C, www.thehealthsite.com

Turkish photojournalist killed in suicide bomb blast in Syria

Guardian :: Father-to-be was one of 20 victims in the marketplace attack by Isis.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Branded-content growing pains: The Onion goes ‘back to basics,’ restructures Onion Labs

Digiday :: As traditional display advertising has lost steam, the Onion, like other publishers, has made a big bet on branded content with the formation of Onion Labs. But the Onion faces some limiting factors as an independent media company and particular editorial voice.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

What's behind the Islamic State's propaganda war

Huffington Post :: The Islamic State militant group produces a lot of propaganda, advertising the brutality of its punishments and promising an idyllic life in areas under its control with a steady stream of videos, photos and even music. The Quilliam Foundation, a U.K.-based counter-extremism think tank, has been digging into the strategy behind the propaganda. 

Read Charlotte Alfred, www.huffingtonpost.com


Snapchat's slow move to editorial evolution having everyone's camera at their disposal

Independent ::  Snapchat's editorial evolution may be more interesting than any of its commercial developments. Aside from being a video-sharing platform, it's becoming a broadcaster - albeit one that's slightly different from anything we've seen before. Ahead of next year's US elections, the platform has been ramping up its news credentials.

Read Steve Dempsey, www.independent.ie

Apple is said to deactivate its news app in China

New York Times :: Apple has disabled its news app in China, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the most recent sign of how difficult it can be for foreign companies to manage the strict rules governing media and online expression there

Read Paul Mozur, Katie Benner, www.nytimes.com

Dean Baquet: ‘My goal is to keep the number of reporters really high at the New York Times’

Guardian :: The NYT executive editor on his paper’s global appeal, its digital success – and why he regrets that wall-punching incident.

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

Iranian court issues verdict for Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian

Huffington Post :: Iran has issued a verdict in the espionage trial of U.S.-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian, Iranian state TV and news agencies quoted the judiciary spokesman as saying on Sunday, without giving details.

Read Chloe Angyal, www.huffingtonpost.com

A direct sales force of 5,000 young mothers is a key strategy for top Indonesia publisher Pelangi Mizan

Publishing Perspective :: A direct sales force of 5,000 young mothers has increased sales for Indonesia's Pelangi Mizan publishing group fourfold in the last three years.

Read Edward Nawotka, publishingperspectives.com

Open access papers 'more likely to be cited on Twitter' - Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education :: Articles that feature in open access journals are more likely to be cited onTwitter, a major study of how research is shared has found. 

Read David Matthews, www.timeshighereducation.com

ZenithOptimedia boss: ‘We are seeing shitloads of really bad content that brands created’

mUmBRELLA :: The boss of media agency ZenithOptimedia has told the radio industry to push their content creation credentials arguing there is are currently “shitloads” of badly created brand content flooding the market.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

El Español: A news website that Spain may need to keep an eye on

Guardian :: Former El Mundo editor Pedro J Ramirez is launching El Español this week – and looks determined to cause trouble.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

How just a drop of DNA can create a mugshot profile

The Daily Telegraph :: Getting away with murder in the 21st century is set to get tougher and may soon prove impossible. Rapid advances in science and technology are arming police with a new and formidable crime-fighting arsenal.

Read Ben Pike, www.dailytelegraph.com.au

How Univision’s Jorge Ramos earns his viewers’ trust

The New Yorker :: Ramos occupies a peculiar place in the American news media. He has won eight Emmys and an armload of journalism awards, covered every major story since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and interviewed every American President since George H. W. Bush. (He’s interviewed Barack Obama half a dozen times.) But his affiliation can work against him.

Read William Finnegan, www.newyorker.com

Social media banned as Turkey terror death toll reaches 86

Egyptian Streets :: The death toll from two large blasts in Ankara, Turkey has climbed to 86, in addition to 186 people injured, the Turkish Health Ministry said in a statement.

Read Staff, Egyptian Streets, egyptianstreets.com


It's a new day for CNN Philippines

Media Newser :: It's been a year since we broke the news about 9TV's rebranding to CNN Philippines, and since then, a lot has happened.

Read Staff, MediaNewser, www.medianewser.com

The Drudge Report is still top news aggregator 20 years later

Similarweb :: It is one of the oldest and most popular sources for online news, and remains an important media fixture for reporting top stories from America and across the globe. It was the first news source to break the Monica Lewinsky scandal. It is also the longest-running online news aggregate. 

Read Ariel Rosenstein, www.similarweb.com

If the Philadelphia newspapers wanted to convert to nonprofits, what would stand in their way?

Nieman Lab :: If newspapers are having trouble turning a profit without deep annual cuts, how about becoming a nonprofit?

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

How the Reveal Project aims to help journalists verify eyewitness media

Journalism.co.uk :: Eyewitness media from social networks is now an integral part of many news stories, but the number of tools and platforms available can be overwhelming and make it harder for journalists to figure out which ones they should use and how in order to verify these materials.

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Newsquest boosts profits while cutting more than 220 staff

Guardian :: The regional newspaper group, which owns over 200 titles, made profit of £70m last year having saved £5m via job cuts.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Twitter video ad exec Glenn Brown leaves for Betaworks

Recode :: Brown is most closely associated with Amplify, Twitter's first video program.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Gawker executive editor demands writers cut ‘Facebook viral garbage,’ work faster as traffic stalls

The Wrap :: The “20 percent nicer” version of Gawker has produced a traffic dip, and the renegade site’s acting executive editor told staff on Wednesday to speed things up.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

What it's like to illustrate a cover for Marvel Comics

 The Verge :: Racked’s editorial designer on creating one of Marvel’s new hip-hop covers.

Read Brittany Holloway-Brown, www.theverge.com

Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Keneş arrested for ’insulting’ Erdoğan

Today's Zaman :: Today's Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bülent Keneş was taken from his office and arrested on charges of “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a series of tweets that the journalist said was simply him expressing a critical opinion.

Read Staff, Today's Zaman, www.todayszaman.com

We hacked David Beckham's phone, News of the World's former head of news admits

Guardian :: Greg Miskiw, head of news at tabloid paper, said voicemails of former England football captain were accessed ‘routinely, all the time, over and over again’.

Read Kevin Rawlinson, www.theguardian.com

Twitter is planning company-wide layoffs for next week

Recode :: Jack Dorsey was named permanent CEO of Twitter on Monday, and a big reason he got the job was that as a co-founder, Dorsey isn’t afraid to make the tough, necessary decisions. He isn’t wasting much time.

Read Kurt Wagner, www.usatoday.com

BuzzFeed, startups leading shift toward curated journalism

The Oberlin Review :: Scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, you might find a BuzzFeed article about kittens above an update on Shaun King and racial injustice — two posts that are seemingly unrelated. But as social media has helped bring millennial culture to the forefront, journalism itself has begun to change in both definition and function.

Read Staff, Editorial Board, oberlinreview.org

Kathy Forde's Cole Lecture focuses on the role of journalism in racial justice

Daily Collegian :: Kathy Roberts Forde did not try to hide anything at the beginning of her lecture Thursday afternoon. “The United States was founded on the ideals of freedom and equality, but it was also founded on a system of racial caste and white supremacy,” the associate professor and journalism department chair said. “These contradictory and irreconcilable principles, enshrined in our country’s political charter, still deeply structure American life.”

Read Rachel Walman, dailycollegian.com

Antoine Boulin: Native advertising as we know it isn’t sustainable

Digiday :: While two-thirds of advertisers are increasing their native budgets, it still only accounts for less than 5 percent of the average total ad spend. 

Read Antoine Boulin, digiday.com

Twitter Moments’s first week previews difficult editorial decisions ahead

Buzzfeed :: It didn't take long for Twitter's first big curatorial dilemma to hit. On Wednesday, the day after the company released Moments, a product meant to feature the best content on its platform, someone tweeted a fully nude photo of Justin Bieber. Inevitably, it was embraced, altered, and circulated by the herd of meme makers and joke tellers that make Twitter's product so vibrant and fun.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com


The Chicago End-Times - The slow humiliation of Chicago’s most vital newspaper

The Awl :: The Sun Times Network is broken up into a loose hierarchy. There are some fifteen-odd editors, and six-odd “interns,” who are assigned to two editors each. Both editors and interns have similar daily tasks: Scraping Twitter, Google News, and Reddit for trending stories in the cities they are assigned to.

Read Sam Stecklow, www.theawl.com

Twitter teams with USGS to detect earthquakes

Fox News :: In a 2011 paper on using Twitter, Earle, Guy and another author found that Twitter messages came through within tens of seconds after the initial shaking and that a time series of Tweets with the word earthquake could identify when the worst shaking occurred.

Read Staff, Fox News, www.foxnews.com

Inside The Boston Globe’s niche website strategy

Digiday :: For some legacy publishers, niche is in. The Boston Globe has taken that to heart, building standalone sites aimed at very specific readers. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Hike’s direct reply to WhatsApp: Communicate without being connected to the Internet

Tech in Asia :: If you are a Hike user in India, you can now chat and share photos or even larger files without being connected to the internet using ‘Hike Direct’.

Read Malavika Velayanikal, www.techinasia.com

‘Rich man’s GIF': Stock photography sites rush to the cinemagraph craze

Digiday :: Cinemagraphs are becoming ubiquitous on social media, and stock image agencies are looking to capitalize on their popularity. There is even a startup called Gallereplay focusing solely on cinemagraphs.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

Google has launched a major project that aims to make the entire mobile web load a lot faster

Google has launched an ambitious initiative that aims to speed up loading times across the entire mobile web. The new open source project is called Accelerated Mobile Pages. It’s basically a new kind of open source HTML code framework that Google is asking publishers and developers to adopt into their websites and apps. It could become as important for the mobile web as when website owners adopted “responsive design,” which automatically re-sizes web pages to fit users’ mobile screens — rather than just letting users navigate not-fit-for-purpose desktop sites, which tend to have text that’s unreadable on mobile and buttons too small to press. Google says AMP HTML will “dramatically improve” the performance of the mobile web by allowing website owners to build lighter-weight web pages that reduce reliance on often clunky technology such as JavaScript. Pages that previously took three seconds to load will take milliseconds, according to one of the initial AMP partners, news app Nuzzel. Several...

Read Lara O'Reilly, www.businessinsider.com.au

Bonnier is working on its own eBook (audiobooks, ebooks) subscription service

Talking New Media :: Though not open to the public yet, and only taking emails from interested readers, the service will offer audiobooks and ebooks, including backlist and new titles

Read Nate Hoffelder, www.talkingnewmedia.com

The New York Times believes it can double its digital revenue to $800m in 2020

Nieman Lab :: With a renewed focus on subscriptions, the Times believes it can double its digital revenue to $800 million in 2020.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org


Self-censorship exists in HK news media, poll finds

EJInsight :: Hong Kong’s news media has had its general credibility rating improve slightly to 5.86 out of a maximum of 10, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Read Frank Chen, www.ejinsight.com

Vietnam to phase out its print media

Saigoneer.com :: Last week, the Vietnamese government announced that it aims to trim down the country's print media outlets by 2020, according to Vietnam News. 

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Why are journalists so reluctant to correct and re-examine challenged stories?

SteveButtry :: I am dismayed by the continuing refusal of respected media companies to re-examine and correct their reporting when confronted with documentation of their errors.

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Newseum launches a site to help students explore the past through the news

Poynter :: Newseum announced Wednesday that it launched a new site, NewseumED, which offers lessons plans and resources for elementary, middle and high school students.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

Google now sees more than half of its 100bn monthly searches occurring on mobile devices

The Verge :: Google may be waging an ongoing battle against its competitors to keep smartphone owners using the web, but recent evidence suggests it's making progress. Google's Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, said today Google now sees more than half of its 100 billion monthly searches occurring on mobile devices. 

Read Nick Statt, www.theverge.com