BBC World Service research: how to reach young online audiences in different economies

The BBC has released the findings from research it undertook to discover how young online audiences in emerging economies differ to those in developed economies, and how that influences the way in which they seek, consume and engage with news.

Read Caroline Scott, www.journalism.co.uk

Apollo seeks purchase of Tribune — and possible California sell-off

Politico Media :: Apollo’s interest marks the next chapter in the ongoing saga of Tribune Publishing’s future. Broad, the Los Angeles-based businessman and philanthropist, first told Tribune Publishing of his interest in buying its California News Group, consisting of the LA. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, in early September.

Read Ken Doctor, www.capitalnewyork.com

Apollo seeks purchase of Tribune — and possible California sell-off

Politico Media :: Apollo’s interest marks the next chapter in the ongoing saga of Tribune Publishing’s future. Broad, the Los Angeles-based businessman and philanthropist, first told Tribune Publishing of his interest in buying its California News Group, consisting of the LA. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, in early September.

Read Ken Doctor, www.capitalnewyork.com

How do mobile users in China consume content?

eMarketer :: According to November 2015 research among mobile device users in China, much of that consumption is occurring during traditional leisure time.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Agencies love Periscope, but Twitter fails to capitalize

Digiday :: Agencies are saying Periscope is the next big thing, but Twitter has been inconsistent when it comes to pushing it at them. For Twitter, plagued with growth problems, the live streaming app certainly feels like a bright spot. But Zach Gallagher of Deutsch has felt that despite the creative possibilities of Periscope, Twitter is underselling it. 

Read Shareen Pathak, digiday.com

How Bellingcat found one of the Paris suicide bombers on Facebook

Bellingcat :: In the wake of the unprecedented attack and amidst diverse and oft-contradictory reports about the attackers, the Bellingcat Investigation Team started looking for existing social media accounts belonging to the assailants. 

Read Staff, Bellingcat, www.bellingcat.com


Research shows mainstream media don't do follow-up reporting to see if civilians are killed in US drone strikes

Truth-out ::  When US officials are confronted with too-strong evidence of civilian casualties, they typically issue an apology (while not usually admitting civilians were actually killed), promise an investigation - and then that's the last we ever seem to hear of it in the mainstream press.

Read John Hanrahan, www.truth-out.org

Why the public can't read the press

The Atlantic :: Nuts-and-bolts Washington coverage has shifted to subscription-based publications, while the capitol’s traditional outlets have shrunk.

Read John Heltman, www.theatlantic.com

APN chief Ciaran Davis to combine radio, outdoor units to grab market share from rival radio stations

The Australian ::  Newly installed APN News & Media chief Ciaran Davis is plotting to grab market share from rival radio stations by combining the KIIS and Pure Gold networks with outdoor advertising business Adshel as he lays down a blueprint for the next leg of growth.

Read Darren Davidson, www.theaustralian.com.au

The MEPs Project - Historic initiative: 29 journalists take European Parliament to court

Journalismfund.eu :: The 29 journalists, representing all EU member countries, have come together in a simultaneous complaint to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg being inspired by the yearly Dataharvest conferences in Brussels and issues covered by this website.

Read Staffan Dahllöf, journalismfund.eu


Tribune, LA Times near sale, says Rupert Murdoch

The Wrap :: Tribune Publishing is on the verge of being bought by an investment group while the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times could be sold off separately to billionaire Eli Broad, according to media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Read Linda Ge, www.thewrap.com

Virtual reality: the visceral nature of the experience makes a viewer a new kind of witness

San Antonio Express :: The theory behind this sort of immersive journalism, as it's become known in academic and journalistic circles, is that the visceral nature of the experience makes a viewer a new kind of witness. 

Read Lorne Manly, www.expressnews.com


Print redesign for 135-year-old The Stage as it increases online focus

Press Gazette :: The world’s oldest theatre newspaper has relaunched its print edition after 135 years as it also increases its online focus.

Read Jack Fenwick, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Print redesign for 135-year-old The Stage as it increases online focus

Press Gazette :: The world’s oldest theatre newspaper has relaunched its print edition after 135 years as it also increases its online focus.

Read Jack Fenwick, www.pressgazette.co.uk

How freelance journalists can (mostly) avoid working for free

Poynter :: The complexity of the market means that the writer must decide, repeatedly, how much their work is worth.

Read Genevieve Belmaker, www.poynter.org

Three key components of the digital transformation of newsrooms

WAN-IFRA :: Dmitry Shishkin, Digital Development Editor at BBC World Service Group, says it is important to recognize that everyone is a digital journalist now; data must form the basis for all decisions; and innovation is the underlying principle.

Read Dmitry Shishkin, blog.wan-ifra.org

Thousands protest arrest of 2 Turkish journalists on spying charges

New York Times :: Can Dundar, the editor in chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, its Ankara bureau chief, were charged with divulging state secrets and being members of a terrorist group.

Read Ceylan Yeginsu, www.nytimes.com

AOC and News Corp sign five year partnership to bring the games and advertisers to Aussies

mUmBRELLA :: News Corp will be able to sell Olympic games sponsorship packages in the same manner as TV networks have traditionally sold the games, after signing a partnership deal with the Australian Olympic Committee for the first time since the Sydney games  in 2000. 

Read Simon Canning, mumbrella.com.au

Daily Mail owner sells daily deals business Wowcher for £29m

Guardian :: Daily Mail & General Trust to retain 30% stake in new joint venture company created by merger of Wowcher with larger US rival Living Social.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com


As Shortlist publishes 400th issue editor predicts no new paid-for men's mags in UK

Press Gazette :: The editor of Shortlist has said he doesn’t think a paid-for men’s title will be launched again in the UK.

Read Jack Fenwick, www.pressgazette.co.uk

China releases journalist accused of leaking state secrets

Wall Street Journal :: Gao Yu released on medical grounds after a court also separately reduced her sentence.

Read Te-Ping Chen, www.wsj.com

Google GMail must login as a telecommunications services

News Directory :: Google is likely to go against the judgment of the Cologne Administrative Court in accordance to estimates by market observers to appeal. Google needed the announced on Wednesday Selection of 11 November on request not comment.

Read Staff, News Directory, news.newsdirectory2.com

National Readership Surve UK: More than half of Telegraph's national readership is mobile-only

Journalism.co.uk :: More than half of those who read The Daily Telegraph in the UK now do so from mobile devices only, according to the latest National Readership Survey (NRS) figures released today.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Interception watchdog confirms 'reckless' Police Scotland abuse of RIPA to find journalists' sources

Press Gazette :: The government's interception of communications regulator has confirmed that Police Scotland unlawfully accessed phone records to find journalistic sources without judicial approval.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Responding to digital change: Insights from The Huffington Post

Journalism.co.uk :: Jimmy Maymann, president, content and consumer brands, AOL, outlines how The Huffington Post has adapted to new trends in online news consumption

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Saudi Arabia to sue Twitter user who called poet's death sentence 'ISIS-like'

Newsweek :: Saudi Arabia's justice ministry plans to sue a Twitter user who compared the death sentence handed down on Friday to a Palestinian poet to the punishments meted out by Islamic State, a major government-aligned newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.newsweek.com

Cultural figures and rights groups call for release of poet facing execution

Guardian :: Individuals and creative organisations join Amnesty International to demand Saudi Arabia overturn Ashraf Fayadh’s conviction for renouncing Islam.

Read David Batty, www.theguardian.com

Disappearing Act: Twitter pulls share counts from Tweet buttons

Marketing Land :: The removal of share counts, which Twitter announced in October and executed last week, surprises and frustrates some publishers.

Read Martin Beck, marketingland.com


Facebook is bringing Instant Articles to more emerging markets in Asia

IBTimes :: Facebook is looking to connect the billions of people still without Internet access, by using satellites, drones and lasers as well as its Internet.org philanthropic efforts, and as part of that push is now set to include Instant Articles

Read David Gilbert, www.ibtimes.com

How the media blew reporting the Chicago cop’s shooting of a teen

Poynter :: The video has now been seen around the world, sparking outrage and a rare first-degree murder charge against a Chicago police officer.

Read James Warren, www.poynter.org

How participatory journalism turns news consumers into collaborators

Nieman Lab :: Involving news consumers in the reporting process can improve stories and enhance audience engagement.

Read Olivia Koski, niemanreports.org

Google shares location, search data store traffic patterns for the first fime

Mediapost :: Google has pulled data from Google Maps showing where people tend to shop on Black Friday. The data, shared for the first time, analyzes store traffic pattern by looking at mobile location history data in aggregate, as well as search trends.

Read (author unknown), www.mediapost.com

Reporter who forced release of Laquan McDonald video is barred from news event

New York Times :: The freelance journalist whose lawsuit forced the Chicago Police Department to release video of a fatal police shooting of a black teenager says he was barred from attending a news conference with the mayor and police superintendent on Tuesday.

Read Ashley Southall, www.nytimes.com

Polish online TV app sets new record

Broadband TV News :: The app for the Polish online TV service Ipla has now been downloaded over 5 million times on Android devices.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Daily News Innovation Lab 'Conversations': Ho data is changing media companies

NY Daily News :: The news industry's heritage may be the written word, but its future may be written in data. 

Read Kristen A. Lee, www.nydailynews.com

Google’s plan to speed up mobile news is gaining traction

Poynter :: Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google’s new initiative aimed at making the mobile Web load faster, has drawn adherents from the realms of analytics, advertising and publishing, according to an announcement from two Google executives released today.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Twitter adds native video support to its Twitter Kit

Venture Beat :: Twitter has incorporated native video support into its Twitter kit developer offering. 

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

Times editor John Witherow on Snowden, Murdoch and why 'you shoot yourself in the foot by cutting back on journalism'

Press Gazette :: John Witherow has been a national newspaper editor for 21 years, first for The Sunday Times and then for The Times since January 2013.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Jeff Bezos says The Washington Post’s goal is to become the “new paper of record”

Nieman Lab :: Jeff Bezos did something with a rocket Tuesday morning, tweeted for the first time ever, and, more importantly for our purposes, spoke briefly on CBS This Morning about his vision for The Washington Post, which he bought in 2013.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

The talk of the Web: How The New Yorker grew its digital audience by focusing on quality

Poynter :: It has been more than a year since The New Yorker took down its paywall and triggered a frenzied run on its archives. Slate and others compiled lists of The New Yorker’s greatest hits, encouraging readers to take in the magazine’s ruminative nonfiction before the paywall came back up.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

DisneyLife UK goes direct to the kids

Broadband TV News :: Disney has launched its own direct-to-consumer service in the UK market.

Read Julian Clover, www.broadbandtvnews.com


Vatican court throws out journalist's trial objections

The Local.it :: A controversial trial of two investigative journalists and three others involved in the latest Vatican leaks scandal began on Tuesday with judges rejecting an appeal for the charges against one of the reporters to be dismissed.

Read Staff, TheLocal.it, www.thelocal.it

Axel Springer initiates closer cooperation of Business Insider and finanzen.net on the US market

Axel Springer :: Shortly after the launch of Business Insider Germany a further joint project of Business Insider and finanzen.net is being launched. Both Axel Springer companies will also closely cooperate on the US market in the future.

Read Staff, Axel Springer, www.axelspringer.de

NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it

Washington Post :: As NPR came of age in the 1980s, its audience matured with it. Three decades later, that is starting to look like a problem.

Read Paul Farhi , www.washingtonpost.com

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu appeals sentence for 'leaking state secrets'

Guardian :: Seventy-one-year-old critic of Communist party is ‘reasonably healthy’, says lawyer following closed-door hearing in Beijing.

Read Agence France-Presse, www.theguardian.com

SBS under fire for satirical online article mocking News Corp redundancies

Guardian :: SBS has come under fire for running a satirical article online which mocked redundancies at News Corp and suggested the laid-off reporters would now be able to get jobs elsewhere as “actual journalists”.

Read Amanda Meade, Elle Hunt, www.theguardian.com

Did the media ignore the Beirut bombings? Or did readers?

VOX :: If social media is an expression of public sentiment, then it seems significant that perhaps the most widely shared tweet on Friday's terror attacks in Paris was not about Paris at all but rather was about another terror attack, earlier that week, in Beirut

Read Max Fisher, www.vox.com

Facebook expands Internet.org basic services to everyone in India

Venture Beat :: More people in India now have access to free Internet services now that Facebook has greatly expanded the reach of its Free Basics app in the country. 

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com


How Vox.com plans to reach younger audiences with Snapchat Discover

Poynter :: Vox.com, which is the 17th publisher admitted to Snapchat’s interactive news feature, has a tradition of prioritizing content created specifically for apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

The Google-backed First Draft Coalition launches a site to help journalists verify social content

Nieman Lab :: Some news startups, like Eyewitness Media Hub and Storyful, are built around social media and user-generated content, with reporters trained in verifying and reporting from it.

Read Laura Hazard Owen , www.niemanlab.org

How to succeed in hybrid roles in new media

Poynter :: Your elongated title might be Editorial Producer/Developer, Front-End Designer, or Pinterest Engagement Editor. This is becoming more common as newsrooms encourage internal collaboration and build experimentation into their strategy.

Read Elite Truong, www.poynter.org

Cirrus Media sells all but health and wealth titles as it pursues leaner publishing strategy

mUmBRELLA :: Cirrus Media has lost the title of Australia’s largest business to business publisher after selling off all but its healthcare and financial titles to Prime Creative Media. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

'Reliable Sources': Greenwald goes after CNN for allowing false claims to be made on TV

Huffington Post :: Greenwald blasted the network for being the biggest contributor to the problem and for encouraging Islamophobia

Read Lydia O'Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com

How a publisher tries to “fix” the online bookstore with tags/keywords

Digital Reader :: Writing over on Boing Boing, Michael Underwood, the head of marketing at Angry Robot Books, proposes a solution to a problem no reader has with a system that no one wants and does not work.

Read Nate Hoffelder, the-digital-reader.com

News Corp Australia will slash 55 journalism roles across its newspapers

mUmBRELLA :: News Corp Australia will slash 55 journalism roles across its newspapers, a move which has drawn condemnation from the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

TV networks unite to fight Trump’s restriction on journalists’ access

Washington Post :: Network TV news representatives will confer Monday to hash out demands about access to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after Trump officials last week threatened to “blacklist” reporters who left a designated media “pen” during rallies for the presidential front-runner.

Read Paul Farhi , www.washingtonpost.com

Reuters using algorithms to sift through polling data

Poynter :: With so much information and so little time to crunch it, data journalists have to make tough choices about the kinds of data sets they dive into and how long they can afford to spend analyzing them. This embarrassment of riches has not gone overlooked by major news organizations

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news?

Nieman Lab :: The Boston Globe is doing just that, and it seems to be working. It might be the foundation of a sustainable revenue model for local newspapers.

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org


CNN to show sex assault film despite legal threat

New York Times :: CNN said on Sunday that it would show a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses despite the threat of legal action from a lawyer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston who said the movie is libelous.

Read John Koblin, www.nytimes.com

Peter Preston: We should see the big picture. But all we can see is Paris

Guardian :: When the horror of an attack is so graphic and immediate, it is hard for anyone – reporter or reader – to grasp or remember the context of the threat.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com


Why Facebook and Twitter can't just wipe out ISIS online

Wired :: Joe Barton asks the Federal Communications Commission, “Isn’t there something we can do under existing law to shut those Internet sites down?” But it’s not that simple, and social media platforms have grappled with the issue in some ways since at least the days when Al Qaeda affiliates started uploading videos to YouTube.

Read Julia Greenberg, www.wired.com

Twitter's new 'Moments' feature has become my SportsCenter replacement

Recode :: Moments, which launched in October, are strings of tweets that tell the story around a recent event, piece of news or sporting event. The ones I’ve observed are heavily comprised of photos and videos. Twitter organizes them into different categories, including a Sports one, which I’ve been checking out the most. 

Read Jason Del Rey, news.google.com

Quora launches Writing Sessions as challenge to Reddit's Ask Me Anything

  The Verge :: Question and answer site Quora is now hosting "Writing Sessions," or live Q&A sessions with selected experts in various fields. 

Read Ashley Carman, www.theverge.com

Why Snapchat’s lackluster ads threaten its $16 billion valuation

(By Heather Somerville, Reuters) – Snapchat, maker of a free mobile app that lets users send videos and messages that disappear in seconds, is struggling to gain traction with advertisers, fueling investor concern that its $16 billion valuation isn’t justified by a business that hasn’t yet shown it has a steady source of income. Even […]

Read Heather Somerville, venturebeat.com


For the biggest news stories this year, social media traffic dominated search referrals

Parsely :: Since the digital publishing industry has been so focused on the growth of social as a medium for news distribution at the expense of search, we wanted to see if this held true for individual stories.

Read Allie VanNest, blog.parsely.com

How Snapchat’s sponsored lens for the Peanuts movie was born/ @MartinBeck

Marketingland :: Avatar Labs, an L.A.-based creative agency, had about two weeks to come up with a design that would respect a venerable brand and resonate with the Snapchat audience.

Read Martin Beck, marketingland.com

How Snapchat’s sponsored lens for the Peanuts movie was born/ @MartinBeck

Marketingland :: Avatar Labs, an L.A.-based creative agency, had about two weeks to come up with a design that would respect a venerable brand and resonate with the Snapchat audience.

Read Margaret Sullivan, publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com

Quartz forms incubator for global reporting talent

Digiday :: Quartz Talent Lab, its new incubator, was built to discover and train reporters, videographers and data journalists who would be able to cover global stories on a local level.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Friendship, not filters: The secret to Instagram’s success

Digiday :: Instagram is on the verge of conquering the world. Why exactly has it become so successful where others -- Flickr, Google+ -- have failed?

Read Neil James, digiday.com

CNN suspends journalist over tweet disapproving of bill to keep out Syrian refugees

Guardian ::  US news channel stands down global affairs correspondent Elise Labott for two weeks for comment saying ‘Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish’.

Read Staff, Guardian, www.theguardian.com

How participatory journalism turns news consumers into collaborators

Nieman Lab :: Julia Kumari Drapkin, a climate reporter, was living in Washington, D.C. in 2011 when she started noticing something odd about her lunch

Read Olivia Koski, niemanreports.org

The mathematical failure of subjective reporting

Journalism.co.uk :: News organisations need to consider how to integrate data reporters, developers and coders – who often come from a very different culture – into their ‘traditional’ newsrooms if they want to succeed, writes Zara Rahman

Read Zara Rahman, www.journalism.co.uk

The mathematical failure of subjective reporting

Techraptor :: How is it that people like Jayson Blair, for example, can report for outfits as prestigious as the New York Times and routinely turn in articles with fabricated quotes from people he never met and never interviewed?  

Read Scott Malcomson, techraptor.net

Why journalists need to stand up for reader privacy

Mediashift :: When you are reading the news, it is reading you back. According to new research out of the University of Pennsylvania visiting news websites exposes you to more than twice as much tracking software as the rest of the web.

Read Josh Stearns, mediashift.org

Why the Financial Times is betting on an 'audience-first' newsroom

Journalism.co.uk :: The Financial Times is developing a new digital data dashboard to help journalists and editors in the newsroom better understand their audience and how people interact with stories on the website. 

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

One journalist’s journey from ESPN to shining shoes

Poynter :: For the bulk of his professional life, Jeff Bradley has spent his summers at a Major League ballpark. He had high-profile beats covering baseball for ESPN The Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger. But last summer was different.

Read Ed Sherman, www.poynter.org


The whole story: What journalists covering breaking news can contribute — and what they can’t

Medium :: What is “the whole story” about anything? You have to ask in an age like this, when stories burst vividly and powerfully on the scene for a day or so, then fade like ashes floating to the ground. What was that flash of light? Did it mean anything? Was it part of something?

Read Steven Strasser, medium.com

Reuters enacts ban on raw photos for sake of speed and ethics

SLR Lounge :: In a further effort to intensify ethics and speed, according to a correspondence between PetaPixeland a Reuters spokesperson, they’ve now issued a worldwide memo effectively banning the use of RAW files or even JPEGs derived from original RAW files.

Read Kishore Sawh, www.slrlounge.com

Getty Images and Condé Nast partner on The Condé Nast Collection, featuring a century of iconic artwork

GettyImages :: New partnership showcases rarely before seen imagery and illustrations from fashion’s iconic archives 

Read Staff, GettyImages, press.gettyimages.com


How the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab wants to experiment with news on phones

Nieman Lab :: “In six months, I’d love to have done a couple of experiments, learn from them, and hopefully have had as many failures as successes.”

Read Madeline Welsh, www.niemanlab.org

The New York Times has given its readers the option of following the Paris coverage via email

Nieman Lab :: While you were looking at The New York Times’ coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks, you might have noticed something new: a field prompting you to sign up for email updates on the story.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

Twitter says programmatic advertising in new apps is paying off big

Venture Beat :: Twitter says advertisers buying ad space inside new apps are seeing good returns. Twitter sells programmatic ad space in a network of more than 31,000 mobile apps.

Read Mark Sullivan, venturebeat.com

Podcasting in 2015 feels a lot like blogging circa 2004: exciting, evolving, and trouble for incumbents

Nieman Lab :: The variety and quality of work being done is thrilling; outside attention is growing; new formats are evolving.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

“In 140 characters, a life”: How Mashable is using Twitter to commemorate the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks

Nieman Lab :: “While that doesn’t truly explore all of the contours of these people’s lives, it’s amazing how powerful 140 characters can be.”

Read Joseph LIchterman, www.niemanlab.org

GQ publisher in contempt of court with phone-hacking article

Guardian :: Condé Nast published magazine article that risked prejudice to trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.

Read Josh Halliday, www.theguardian.com

Newly discovered botnet siphoning billions from digital advertising: Report

AdAge :: A newly discovered botnet could cost advertisers nearly $3bn by the end of 2016

Read George Slefo, adage.com

Lawyers called in as the 3D investigative team resists shutdown plan

The Spin Off :: The recently-announced proposal not to renew TV3’s flagship current affairs show 3D is now subject to fierce resistance from the show’s journalists, who have assembled a legal team to work on a challenge to the way employment process was conducted.

Read Duncan Greive, thespinoff.co.nz

How publishers use Snapchat outside the Discover feature

Digiday :: Call it Snapchat lite. Publishers are straining to get past the velvet rope of Snapchat’s Discover, but the feature is labor-intensive. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Gawker is rebranding as a politics site, moving away from covering New York and the media

Media Life Magazine :: Founder Nick Denton announced plans on Tuesday to turn the blog into a politics-focused site that will move its focus away from New York City and the media world, which it has covered since 2003.

Read Toni Fitzgerald, www.medialifemagazine.com

Media Watch’s critique of new TV rules lacked appropriate ‘context’ claims media watchdog

mUmBRELLA :: The communications watchdog dubbed a “watchpuss” by Media Watch presenter Paul Barry has returned fire saying the critique of the new Code of Practice for commercial broadcasters was riddled with errors.

Read Simon Canning, mumbrella.com.au


Google+ gets a “mobile first” redesign, focuses on “interests”

Ars Technica :: Google+ new design seems focused more on Reddit and less on Facebook.

Read Ron Amadeo, arstechnica.com

Monetizing engaged audiences a challenge for local news Web sites

Street Fight :: When they met at their recent Chicago convention, independent community publishers and editors talked a lot about what might be called “reve-news.” On everybody’s mind at the Local Independent Online Newspaper(LION) Publishers’ annual meeting was how to monetize news.

Read Tom Grubisich, streetfightmag.com

Guardian develops personalized ads to fight ad blocking

Digiday :: As ad blocking in the U.K. continues to gain traction, The Guardian is eyeing how to create more customized ad experiences that are good enough to combat it.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

Maker Studios pairs with Italy’s AS Roma

Stream Daily :: The top-tier soccer club is looking to grow its reach among a new generation of soccer fans, as it expands its sponsorship deals and online presence.

Read Darah Hansen, streamdaily.tv

The new reality for the streaming music industry: go big or go home

 The Verge :: Spotify and Pandora know they have to grow beyond their current business model or perish.

Read Ben Popper, www.theverge.com

How digital media and changes in society killed off the UK lads' mags

Pressgazette :: The planned closure of FHM and Zoo magazines ends an era of journalism which began in 1994 with the launch of Loaded.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

What it’s like to report from inside ISIS training camps

Poynter :: Journalist Najibullah Quraishi reporting from ISIS controlled Afghanistan for PBS Frontline.

Read Al Tompkins, www.poynter.org

Australia: 17% used SVoD in last 6 months

Advanced TV :: Subscription video on demand is growing rapidly in Australia, becoming an increasingly popular way to watch video content.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Turksat has taken off air 13 video and audio channels because of their contentious content

Advanced TV :: Turksat has taken off air 13 video and audio channels because of their contentious content. The channels had already been removed from pay-TV operator DigiTurk at the end of October

Read Chris Forrester, advanced-television.com

Front page of the day: After the Paris attacks, France mobilizes

Poynter :: Today’s front page of the day comes from France’s Le Figaro, which led Tuesday with three images showing the colors of the French flag. According to the BBC, France has mobilized 115,000 security personnel since Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

Why Independent Publishers are an Essential Public Service - Publishing Perspectives

Publishing Perspectives :: Government support for independent publishers is an essential public good because indie publishers provide an essential public service, argues Manuel Rico.

Read Manuel Rico, publishingperspectives.com

Multilingual content strategy needed to expand global reach

eMarketer :: More than half of US marketing executives are including at most one other language, in addition to English, to their multilingual content strategy. But to have greater global reach, much more is needed.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

In Australia, video viewers use subscription services most frequently

eMarketer :: More than one in three consumers in Australia use some kind of legal service to download or stream video content digitally, and research suggests subscription services like Netflix are the most frequent destinations.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Europe’s powerful front pages on the Paris attacks

Poynter :: On Sunday, many papers in Europe led large with symbols of mourning and grief following Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris. 

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

Tipsy, a simple Chrome extension, bets on readers who want to pay a little for the content they consume

Nieman Lab :: “I’m an optimist about human nature — I like to think that most people aren’t freeloaders, they just might not want to compensate sites by dealing with advertising.”

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

For Mizzou’s student-run newspaper, university tumult helps shake off weekly print mentality

Poynter :: It proved to be a transformative period for Knott and her colleagues, journalists at a weekly who were quickly forced to adapt on the fly to the ups and downs of a high-metabolism news story. 

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Twitter's cost of doing business

Wall Street Journal :: Analysts have ratcheted down their outlooks for Twitter Inc. following its third-quarter earnings reportBut even those expectations may be too high, said MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson.

Read Maureen Farrell, blogs.wsj.com

National Geographic partners closes deal, names senior leadership team

The Wrap :: Twenty-First Century Fox and the National Geographic Society have completed the transaction to form National Geographic Partners — and the new entity already has its senior leadership squadron in place.

Read Tony Maglio, www.thewrap.com

7% Of Tribune Publishing Employees Accept Buyouts

MediaPost :: Roughly 500 Tribune Publishing employees have accepted buyout offers from the company as part of a sweeping plan to cut costs and restructure the organization for the digital media age.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

iJourno Africa trains students in data journalism

Citi FM Online :: A pan-African organization iJourno Africa, which is nurturing the continent’s next generation of ace journalists, has officially started training student journalists in Accra.

Read Staff, Ijourno Africa, citifmonline.com

Sqoop raises cash to help journalists efficiently mine public documents

Geekwire :: On a visit to a Seattle newsroom last year, public relations executive Bill Hankes was pained as he watched a journalist perform the mundane task of sifting through public documents in a quest to dig up new stories.

Read John Cook, www.geekwire.com

Flipboard launches related stories and gift guide to boost engagement

VentureBeat :: Flipboard is getting ready to roll out two new ways to get its users more engaged with its publishing platform: related stories and a holiday gift guide.

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com


Do #hashtags mean engagement on Twitter, Instagram?

Adweek :: Do #hashtags mean engagement on Twitter, Instagram? :: How does the use of hashtags affect engagement on Twitter and Instagram?

Read (author unknown), www.adweek.com

Le Monde’s Real-Time Coverage of French News and Crises

...investigative journalism and French politics: “Investigative reporting in France is different than in the U.S. since much of it is focused on the...


Read Nancy Lazarus, www.adweek.com

Twitter Is testing multiple Emoji reactions to Tweetsdc

Alternatives to the heart spotted in developer build.

Read John Murrell, recode.net

What is Facebook Notify really about?

WAN-IFRA :: Facebook’s new app sits, somewhat uncomfortably, between Twitter, Apple’s News app and Snapchat. What is really going on? Media analyst Andreas Pfeiffer takes a closer look at the new app and what it means to publishers. 

Read Andreas Pfeiffer, blog.wan-ifra.org

CBS heads to China with multi-year streaming deal

Stream Daily :: That China has the largest number of online video viewers in the world has not gone unnoticed by foreign media companies looking to grow their licensing business and audience reach.

Read Darah Hansen, streamdaily.tv

CBS heads to China with multi-year streaming deal

Stream Daily :: That China has the largest number of online video viewers in the world has not gone unnoticed by foreign media companies looking to grow their licensing business and audience reach.

Read Darah Hansen, streamdaily.tv

CBS heads to China with multi-year streaming deal

Stream Daily :: That China has the largest number of online video viewers in the world has not gone unnoticed by foreign media companies looking to grow their licensing business and audience reach.

Read Darah Hansen, streamdaily.tv

Channel 4 sale will jeopardise news output, says chief executive

Guardian :: David Abraham says broadcaster likely to be bought by asset-stripping owner, putting programmes such as Dispatches, Humans and Indian Summers at risk.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

The story Gawker refused to publish on their own site: On Gawker’s problem with women

Medium :: A former staff writer describes how a media company founded on whistleblowing and radical transparency failed its female employees.

Read Dayna Evans, medium.com


Inside Facebook’s “innovation pop-up” in London — a giant blue temple of far-out tech

Ars Technica :: It's only for employees (and press!), but we saw inside the company's London temp space.

Read Mark Walton, arstechnica.com

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: how the great entertainer got serious

Guardian :: Chief executive on not paying to push news on Facebook, measuring impact not traffic, and his best content

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

Why BBC Worldwide must open its books to licence fee payers

Guardian :: Is it making smart commercial investments for the future on our behalf or indulging corporate vanity?

Read Steve Hewlett, www.theguardian.com

News as clickbait

The What And The Why :: If it is sometimes hard not to be jaded by the news, it is even harder not to be jaded by the reporting of the news. 

Read David Waywell, www.thewhatandthewhy.com

News should be social (and here’s how to teach that)

Mediashift :: There’s a problem specific to teaching community engagement: It requires an audience. When the goal is interaction — a two-way experience involving talking and listening by both parties — there has to be someone on the other end.

Read Joy Mayer, mediashift.org

Paralysis. David Carr is a tough act to follow

Huffington Post :: Despite plenty of options, Times editors have to consider whether a strong writer would make the ideal "Media Equation" columnist. Would a presumably more independent magazine writer shift to a weekly schedule and occasionally pitch in on daily news coverage?

Read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

How Storyful is turning Slack into an extension of its newswire

Nieman Lab :: “It’s putting content into a useful pre-made notification format that really works for our clients.”

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

How Twitter enriches political journalism

Blog Twitter :: Tonight, the nation convened to hear perspectives from @HillaryClinton@BernieSanders and@MartinOMalley during the second Democratic debate on CBS.

Read Adam Sharp, blog.twitter.com

Turkey: Journalist Baransu’s wife appeals to G-20 leaders about husband’s unlawful arrest

Today's Zaman :: The wife of imprisoned journalist Mehmet Baransu, Nesibe, has written an open letter to the leaders of the G-20 countries who will meet in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Sunday and Monday in a bid to draw their attention to the arrest of her husband merely for his journalistic activities as well as to decreasing freedoms in Turkey.

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

Turkey: Journalist Baransu’s wife appeals to G-20 leaders about husband’s unlawful arrest

Today's Zaman :: The wife of imprisoned journalist Mehmet Baransu, Nesibe, has written an open letter to the leaders of the G-20 countries who will meet in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Sunday and Monday in a bid to draw their attention to the arrest of her husband merely for his journalistic activities as well as to decreasing freedoms in Turkey.

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


The future of news depends on journalists and technologists working together

Tow Center :: The Tow Center talked with executives from media and technology companies to explain the developing relationship between the two industries. The topic was a source of discussion at a conference on Nov. 12, at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Read Staff, Tow Center, towcenter.org

FRONTLINE releases “Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey” on Facebook 360

PBS Mediashift :: FRONTLINE’s exploration of virtual reality (VR)’s potential for investigative journalism continues today with the release of Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey in 360-degree video on Facebook.

Read Patrice Taddonio, www.pbs.org

How Fox ate National Geographic

Guardian :: Over the last few years the National Geographic Society has been slowly vanishing into the Murdoch family’s Fox media empire like a gazelle being swallowed by a python in one of the former’s famous videos.

Read Sam Thielman, www.theguardian.com

Turkey blocks access to Reddit under controversial censorship law

The Verge :: The Turkish government has officially blocked access to Reddit. Users first reported last night that they were unable to access the social media site, and as of Saturday the ban still appears to be in effect. It's not clear how long the block will remain in effect.

Read Dante D'Orazio, www.theverge.com

Indian-origin journalist Hasan Suroor arrested in UK on 'paedophilia' charges

Times of India :: An Indian-origin British journalist has been arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on charges relating to paedophilia after a sting operation in London.

Read Staff, Times of India, timesofindia.indiatimes.com

The reporter's death: The family of a murdered Pakistani journalist shares his story

Al Jazeera :: Calm and loving at home, Shahzad was fighting a battle in his professional life that few knew about.

Read Shereena Qazi , www.aljazeera.com

When journalism meets Silicon Valley

Medium :: Francesco Marconi talked with executives from media and technology companies to explain the developing relationship between the two industries.

Read Francesco Marconi, medium.com


Edward Snowden is making the security case for using ad blockers

Washington Post :: Snowden is making the security case for using ad blockers. Part of the reason is because so-called "malvertising" attacks are on the rise. 

Read Andrea Peterson, www.washingtonpost.com

Facebook Messenger may get Snapchat-style ephemeral messaging feature

Android Central :: Facebook has started trialing self-destructing messages on its Messenger app, with the feature giving users the ability to send messages that vanish after one hour. Available to a few users in France, the feature can be enabled or disabled through an hourglass icon in the app.

Read Harish Jonnalagadda, www.androidcentral.com

Student journalist Mark Schierbecker to seek assault charges against Missouri professor

Boston Herald :: A student journalist at the University of Missouri is looking to press assault charges against an embattled communications professor after a video of their confrontation at a protest went viral.

Read Owen Boss, www.bostonherald.com

ComScore: Washington Post tops New York Times online for first time ever

Digiday :: For the first time ever, the Washington Post topped the New York Times in online traffic. According to comScore data, the Post raked in 66.9 million multi-platform unique visitors in October, narrowly edging out the Times, which garnered 65.8 million people.

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

Twitter, CBS and the 2015 Democratic debate

CBS News :: As the second Democratic primary debate unfolds in Des Moines, Adam Sharp, Twitter's head of news, government and elections, hopes that Twitter users everywhere will be able to experience the debate as if they're watching "on the world's largest couch," with instant feedback from the thousands of viewers engaging on the app.

Read Reena Flores, www.cbsnews.com

How the Guardian is building a homepage for the social media age

Guardian :: Social media might serve as people's front page on the internet, but how has it changed the way in which news outlets approach their homepage?

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Bolivia's media is highly polarized but a new program is finding common ground

Deutsche Welle :: Bolivia's media is highly polarized but a new program is finding common ground. Media on both sides of the political divide are supporting Latin America's first vocational training program for journalists.

Read Staff, Deutsche Welle, www.dw.com

Bolivia's media is highly polarized but a new program is finding common ground

Deutsche Welle :: Bolivia's media is highly polarized but a new program is finding common ground. Media on both sides of the political divide are supporting Latin America's first vocational training program for journalists.

Read Staff, Deutsche Welle, www.dw.com

Publishers are underwhelmed with Apple News app

Digiday :: Publisher-platform relationships are facing more growing pains. When Apple launched news aggregation app Apple News in September, publishers were enthusiastic about its potential to reach new audiences. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

NewCo’s John Battelle: Media is in a ‘phase shift’

Digiday :: The rules of engagement between publishers and platforms continue to be written. John Battelle, a media industry veteran, believes the media world is in the midst of a period of "chaos," as it navigates this uncertainty.´

Read Brian Morrissey, digiday.com


Pocket moves into Twitter territory with a public feed of your recommended reading

The Verge :: Pocket, the service for saving articles and videos to view later, is starting to look a bit more like a social network. The company is now testing a way for you to share your favorite items to a public profile, which others can follow to see your picks in a feed of recommended items.

Read Casey Newton, www.theverge.com

This data visualization shows you Facebook's hottest topics from October

Adweek :: Below, you'll see the third edition of Facebook Hot Topics, a new partnership between Facebook IQ and Adweek to keep our readers up to speed every month on the latest social buzz.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

Eruptions in the world of ebooks: On the dark matter of the publishing industry

Viral World News :: Recently there were a pair of revealing eruptions in the world of ebooks and the volatile book publishing industry more generally. The first was the announced demise of Oyster, an ebook subscription startup based in New York and backed by $ 17 million in VC funding. 

Read Staff, Viral World News UK, www.viralworldnews.co.uk

Rappler wants to change the world with stories people are passionate about

Tech in Asia :: The digital media startup from the Philippines is spreading its wings across Southeast Asia.

Read Michael Tegos, www.techinasia.com

With header bidding, publishers are boosting CPMs by as much as 50 percent

Digiday :: Publishers looking for legitimate ways to boost their ad revenue are discovering header bidding. The tech, which lets publishers offer their ad inventory to multiple partners at the same time in a single unified auction, is creating more competition across demand source.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Amazon CEO bought The Washington Post. Now China rival Alibaba is pushing into newspapers

Venture Beat :: While it was Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos who bought The Washington Post for $250 million last year, it’s Amazon’s China rival Alibaba that by all accounts is now pushing into newspapers and online media in earnest.

Read Michael de Waal-Montgomery, venturebeat.com

Subscribe button added to Live for Facebook Mentions

Adweek :: Facebook added a subscribe button to its Live for Facebook Mentions video-streaming feature for celebrities, journalists and public figures.

Read David Cohen, www.adweek.com

Article: Is the Sharing Economy a Retail Disruptor?

eMarketer :: The sharing economy has emerged over the past decade to revolutionize travel and transportation. Is a similar disruption coming to retail?

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com


BBC chief: new TV download service not in competition with Netflix

Guardian :: Tim Davie, head of Worldwide, says launch of BBC Store that allows download and purchase of classic series is not an attempt to muscle in on rival’s market.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

How to do social journalism and overcome ‘platform anxiety’

Mediashift :: With the ever-evolving nature of the web, reporting methods that kept readers engaged even two years ago may no longer work, meaning journalists must always stay on their toes in the social space

Read Sam Berkhead, mediashift.org

How journalism schools can train a new generation of fierce fact checkers

Medium Verification of eyewitness media and social media reporting are critical skills for today’s journalists, but aren't a central part of journalism education yet.

Read Josh Stearns, medium.com

Quartz to open source two mapping tools

Journalism.co.uk :: The project aims to help journalists quickly access map data from around the world.

Read Caroline Scott, www.journalism.co.uk

The inside story of Business Insider's $442 million sale to Axel Springer

Business Insider :: In those days, even apart from the financial crisis, the common wisdom was that digital media was a lousy investment. Blodget frequently joked that the quickest way to clear a room full of venture capitalists was to tell them you ran a media startup.

Read Alyson Shontell , uk.businessinsider.com

MU faculty member Melissa Click resigns courtesy appointment, apologizes for photojournalist incident

Columbia Missourian :: MU faculty member Melissa Click and MU staff member Janna Basler have apologized. And Tuesday night, Click resigned her courtesy appointment with the Missouri School of Journalism.

Read William Schmitt, www.columbiamissourian.com

Facebook’s new app ‘Notify’ pushes even more content to your lock screen

Recode :: The social network rolled out a new app called “Notify” on Wednesday specifically to send you mobile notifications from publishers you care about, like BuzzFeed or CNN or The Weather Channel. 

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

Survey: Nearly one in five UK internet users now blocking online ads

Press Gazette :: A YouGov survey of more than 2,000 UK adults has found that nearly one in five are now using ad-blocking software.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

What a clash between press and Mizzou protestors can teach us

Huffington Post :: A clash between University of Missouri journalists, staff and students Monday is a crucible for discussions about First Amendment rights in the United States. 

Read Alexander Howard, www.huffingtonpost.com

How environmental journalists can tell more effective stories

ijnet :: The Associated Press recently changed its style guidelines when mentioning people who reject global warming as fact, citing that reporters must use “climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science” rather than “skeptics or deniers.”

Read Margaret Looney, ijnet.org

MU professor Melissa Click apologizes for bullying student journalist

STL Today :: A video that went viral Monday evening showed Click calling out for “muscle” to help remove a student journalist from the area. The video sparked a national wave of criticism against Click and other activists.

Read Alex Stuckey, Stephen Deere, www.stltoday.com

China issues first-ever credentials to Internet reporters

Tech in Asia :: In many respects, China is one of the most exciting countries in the world for tech. It has a thriving startup scene, internet juggernauts like Alibaba and Baidu, and a level of innovation that rivals anywhere else. But then you get to the world of news media, and it can feel like stepping back in time.

Read Erik Crouch, www.techinasia.com

The Future of Art Criticism and News Online According to Four Innovative Editors

Artnet :: Everything about publishing is changing, including art criticism and news. What sort of art coverage we consume, how we consume it and on what devices is rapidly, constantly evolving. If art magazines are dead, then what is taking their place and why?

Read Benjamin Genocchio, news.artnet.com

How people who don’t work in news consume their news

Poynter :: I started interviewing people who didn’t work in news and who lived outside of the three cities listed above about how they got their news. I was curious if they still relied on local news sources, or whether they preferred national publications. I wanted to know how many of them changed their habits as their local publications changed, and I wanted to know if my own media habits were skewed by working in journalism in Washington, D.C.

Read Melody Kramer, www.poynter.org


Al Jazeera Targets YouTube "Pirate" to Comply with Egyptian Ban

Hollywood Reporter :: Al Jazeera has presumably found real licensed attorneys to go after two Egyptian men in U.S. court over the operation of a YouTube channel known as "Al Jazeera TV1."

Read Eriq Gardner, www.hollywoodreporter.com

T-Mobile will now let you stream Netflix and HBO without using up your data plan

The Verge :: T-Mobile will now let customers stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go without having it count toward their mobile data plans.

Read Nick Statt, www.theverge.com

News sites get paid by allowing advertisers to snoop on you

Newsweek :: Recent research finds that browsing news-related websites actually exposes you to over twice as much tracking as the rest of the Web

Read Tim Libert, Victor Pickard, www.newsweek.com

The cold war between Yahoo and Kara Swisher

Newsweek :: When Kara Swisher talks tech, Silicon Valley listens—and eventually talks. But tech giant Yahoo has frozen out Swisher, the executive editor for the tech blog Re/Code, for years.

Read Seung Lee, news.google.com

Facebook referral traffic to publishers drops 32% since January

Digiday :: While Facebook makes headlines for cooking up new initiatives with publishers, the actual traffic it’s sending those publishers has fallen sharply.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Woman calling for "muscle" to block reporter from Mizzou demonstrations Is a professor of mass media

Gawker :: A professor of Mass Media at the University of Missouri was seen on a video demanding “muscle” to stop reporters from covering the demonstrations on the campus’ quad.

Read Melissa Cronin, gawker.com

Ukrainian journalist Maxim Eristavi concerned about direction of country's media

VOA :: Maxim Eristavi is an openly gay Ukrainian journalist who worked for Russian state media, and has been covering Ukraine for news outlets since day one of the Euromaidan uprising in 2014. Now he warns that Ukraine's media are on a slippery slope as they drop inconvenient facts to protect the country's image.

Read Oleksiy Kuzmenko, www.voanews.com

Death by a thousand likes: how Facebook and Twitter are killing the open web

Quartz :: Big platforms like Facebook and Twitter already have plenty of attention, but they need vast quantities of content to fill up their newsfeeds. It seems natural, then, that publications have started relying on platforms to drive readership.The worst thing about Facebook—and Twitter and Snapchat and every other god in the pantheon of platforms—is that they probably do think about publishers this way. And that’s going to smother journalistic independence and the open web.

Read John West, qz.com


Facebook Messenger brings facial recognition to your camera roll

Buzzfeed :: When you take a picture of your friends, you’ll get a notification to send it to them through Messenger. Right now, it’s just available in Australia.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com

Advertisers are finding millennials in an unexpected place: TV syndication

Adweek :: Advertisers have left no platform unturned in their quest to find and reach linear-TV-phobic millennials. And now they've turned to a surprising place: syndicated television.

Read Jason Lynch, www.adweek.com

Netflix jumps into true-crime documentaries with Making a Murderer

The Verge :: True-crime stories have become a hot commodity, and Netflix is getting into the game with a new 10-part documentary series called Making a Murderer

Read Bryan Bishop , www.theverge.com

Which is not? - News outlets left and right (and up, down, and center) are embracing virtual reality technology

Nieman Lab :: VR is an emerging technology, and figuring out the best use of it injournalism has been a work in progress.

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

“It’s black and white to color”: Ben Fry on data visualization’s past and future

Online Journalism Blog :: Ben Fry published his book Visualizing Data in 2007, before the term ‘data journalism’ had entered the professional vocabulary. Since then, Fry has been developing Processing, an open source “language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts”.

Read Paul Bradshaw, onlinejournalismblog.com

BBC tells journalists to produce video content like BuzzFeed, Vice

Independent :: BBC journalists have been told to follow youth-friendly media such as Buzzfeed and Vice by making more “dynamic” and “informal” short videos in which the reporter acts as “a friend” to the viewer.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

From recruiting young talent to winning new business: Why Snapchat is becoming the hottest social tool

AdWeek :: With attention shifting from Facebook and Twitter to social darling Snapchat, some agencies are hoping to turn their ephemeral posts into recruitment and new business opportunities.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

How researchers created a journalism tool by scraping data from science journals

Data Driven Journalism :: Complex jargon often makes scientific work less accessible to the general public. By employing a set of specific reporting strategies, journalists bridge these groups by delivering information about scientific advances in a readable, engaging way. One such strategy is using simpler terms in place of complex jargon.

Read Jessica Hullman, Yea-Seul Kim, datadrivenjournalism.net

How Viber’s CMO is transforming the mobile messaging app into a lifestyle brand

AdWeek :: Unless you're a teenager, you probably haven't heard of Viber. That's likely about to change. The Tel Aviv, Israel-based messaging app has 664 million users globally. 

Read Kristina Monllos, www.adweek.com

Egyptian journalist faces accusations by military

NewsWest9.com :: Lina Attalah, the chief editor of independent news website Mada Masr, said on Twitter that Hossam Bahgat told her over the phone that he has been moved to military prosecution following hours of interrogation by military intelligence Sunday.

Read Staff, News West 9, www.newswest9.com


Meet Niche, Twitter’s secret weapon

Buzzfeed :: Over the past few months, McDonald’s enlisted social media star Crawford Collins to promote its all-day breakfast on Instagram, Oxygen TV ran a campaign with the widely followed Sara Hopkins on Snapchat, and Coke enlisted Vine star Cody Johns to make a short, looping video on its behalf. Behind it all, an unlikely orchestrator: Twitter.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com

Hong Kong's 360-degree videomakers riding high

South China Morning Post :: Long before YouTube started supporting 360-degree videos in March, Lai Kwok-chi had been experimenting with the technology for his property developer clients who wanted to present their show flats digitally online - albeit with varying degrees of success. The virtual reality environment, he knew even then, has an enormous appeal to users.

Read Vanessa Yung, www.scmp.com

Prosecution freezes assets of Al-Masry Al-Youm founder Salah Diab

Mada Masr :: Egypt's prosecution ordered the freezing of owner and founder of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Salah Diab's assets, alleging that he appropriated state lands, the Reuters-run Aswat Masriya website reported. 

Read Habiba, www.madamasr.com

If you want millennial TV viewers, it’s interact or bust

GigaOM :: Zane is CEO and cofounder of Watchwith. It’s pretty much taken as gospel these days that millennials are cord-cutters, eager to abandon television as we know it — torch broadcast and cable business models along the way. 

Read Zane Vella, gigaom.com

ISIS 'cyber caliphate' takes over 54k Twitter accounts to spread propaganda - Daily Mail

Daily Mail :: ISIS 'cyber caliphate' hacks 54,000 Twitter accounts and posts phone numbers of heads of the CIA and FBI.

Read Ian Gallagher, www.dailymail.co.uk

'Match TV' - Putin's sports network goes live

WSJ :: Russians don’t watch much TV sports. But Match TV, created by an official government decree, hopes to become that nation’s ESPN.

Read Paul Sonne, www.wsj.com

How the Irfan Habib son-in-law rumour made its way from Twitter to prime-time news

News Laundry :: Here is a story of how propaganda becomes fact in a matter of few tweets, and how journalists make that happen.

Read Arunabh Saikia, www.newslaundry.com


#MarchForIndia: Aaj Tak reporter heckled, Anupam Kher apologises

India Today :: The #MarchForIndia which was called by actor Anupam Kher to protest #AwardWapisi campaign, took an ugly turn when the protesters started abusing and heckling reporters of various news channels.

Read Staff, IndiaToday.in , indiatoday.intoday.in

The New York Times has taken a step towards VR by introducing Google Cardboard with their magazine

Igyaan :: Smething happened today. There was a sudden burst of virtual reality news all at once that has people everywhere believing that technology has indeed taken the next step. Today, The New York Times has taken a step towards VR by introducing Google Cardboard with their magazine, YouTube updated their Android app to support virtual reality videos, and finally Samsung plans on launching its Gear VR this month. Take a moment to soak all that in.

Read Staff, Igyaan, www.igyaan.in

BBC journalist comes clean, says "trust nothing you read or watch"

The Canary :: A BBC journalist, John Darvall, has lambasted his own career at the BBC. The insensitive way the tragic death of his daughter, Polly, has been handled by several outlets led him to lay bare his thoughts about the BBC and the British media industry as a whole, in a heartfelt blog post.

Read James Wright, www.thecanary.co

How verification became a community service in social journalism

Mediashift :: On October 4 journalist Justin Auciello posted a video of a dramatic coast guard rescue to the Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook page. Within 24 hours the video had garnered nearly 350,000 views and more than 5,000 people had shared it with their networks. The video in question was not recorded by Auciello but by one of the 228,000 members of his Facebook community who he calls his contributors. 

Read Josh Stearns, mediashift.org

Lately, some of the best articles in the NY Times and Bloomberg are 99% code

Medium :: Lately, some of the best articles in the NY Times and Bloomberg are 99% code. The end-product is predominantly software, not prose.

Read Matthew Daniels, medium.com

Why storytelling matters

Medium :: In pursuit of an important story, you cannot let fear — or the shackles of social graces — be an anchor to your ambitions. There are no good stories to be told in life’s safe harbors.

Read Kevin Van Valkenburg, medium.com

Virtual Reality Journalism Is Coming To The Associated Press

Fast Company :: The AP said today it is partnering with RYOT, a Los Angeles-based production company, on a series of VR stories set to roll out over the next five months.

Read Daniel Terdiman, www.fastcompany.com

Local Arizona artist runs a one woman comic book publishing operation

12news :: Making it in the world as a comic book artist can be a hard trick to pull off.

Read Julian Olivas, www.12news.com

How the Guardian became the first newspaper in Britain to use the F-word

The Guardian :: Fifty-five years ago, editor Alastair Hetherington set a precedent when he approved using the expletive in an article on the end of the Lady Chatterley trial.

Read Tom Collins, www.theguardian.com

In the Balkans, fact-checking knows no borders

Poynter :: “Clara has a mind like a steel mousetrap and a heart like a twelve-minute egg”. The fictional head of the fact-checking department in Jay McInerney’s “Bright Lights, Big City” is hardly a paragon of collegiality. In real life, however, fact-checkers tend to be collaborative types, running joint initiatives and supporting new websites as they launch across the globe.

Read Alexios Mantzarlis, www.poynter.org

In Jordan, TV presenter detained ‘over Facebook post’

Jordan Times :: Amman Prosecutor General Rami Tarawneh on Tuesday ordered the detention of Tareq Abu Ragheb, a TV presenter at Al Haqiqah satellite channel.

Read Staff, JT, www.jordantimes.com