Storytelling with data - How Quill builds narrative analytics to find insights buried in Big Data

Silicon Angle :: As more companies look for easier ways to solve the Big Data puzzle, new platforms like Quill — from Narrative Science, Inc. — offer innovative solutions. The company’s primary mission is to “give people a fast and simple way to understand data.” That means democratizing data with a fresh and grounded perspective on analytics, and solving for specific use cases to take Big Data solutions that last mile.

Read Kristen Nicole, siliconangle.com

Old enough? - Ban teens from Snapchat, Facebook, Google? That's Europe's new ruling

ZDNet :: European politicians have agreed to implement a controversial new rule that will require teens under 16 years to get their parent's permission to use the internet.

Read Liam Tung, www.zdnet.com

Poland lawmakers approve new law on state media control

AP :: Poland's parliament on Wednesday approved new legislation that gives the government control of state radio and television stations in a move that has raised EU concern.

Read Gabriel Arana, www.huffingtonpost.com

Iran's blogfather Hossein Derakhshan: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web

Guardian :: Hossein Derakhshan was imprisoned by the regime for his blogging. On his release, he found the internet stripped of its power to change the world and instead serving up a stream of pointless social trivia.

Read Hossein Derakhshan, www.theguardian.com


How The Sun, supported by Press Association, won three-month legal battle to report on Liam Gallagher divorce

Press Gazette :: News that a family court judge has ruled on how rock star Liam Gallagher and ex-wife Nicole Appleton should split assets of £11m emerged following a three-month legal fight by The Sun.

Read PA Media Lawyer, www.pressgazette.co.uk

De Correspondent: Rethinking the philosophy of news to create a paid-for digital success story

Press Gazette :: The worlds of the news media and philosophy may collide rarely. But at Netherlands-based De Correspondent a team has taken a more philosophical approach to developing the online journalism platform, which has seen the number of paying subscribers grow steadily in the past two years.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

NBC Sports goes live on Snapchat ahead of NHL ‘Winter Classic’

Digiday :: NBC Sports has launched a Snapchat account in time for the NHL’s outdoor “Winter Classic.” The account will provide hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the annual New Year’s Day broadcast, as well as the fan experience in and around the game.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com


Facebook Tests Interest-Specific News Feeds on Mobile

AdAge :: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that he wants the social network's news feed to be "the best personalized newspaper." But newspapers have sections, and now so does Facebook's news feed, at least for some people.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

The IAB is 'concerned' about the FTC's new native advertising rules, but publishers play it cool

AdAge :: The Interactive Advertising Bureau last week expressed mixed feelings about the Federal Trade Commission'snew guidelines for native advertising, but the publishers staking so much on selling native ads are yet to show much concern.

Read jbarr@adage.com (Jeremy Barr), adage.com

FoI reveals Sussex Police used RIPA to expose contact between journalists and inspector source

Press Gazette :: Sussex Police used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to identify a senior officer as a journalistic source, Press Gazette has learned.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Islamic militant groups were responsible for the deaths of two-fifths of journalists killed in 2015

Guardian :: Total number of deaths rises to 69, with France ranking as the second most dangerous country for reporters after Syria thanks to the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

11 tools for verification and fact-checking in 2016

ijnet :: Stating the facts is a foundational facet in journalism, and the importance of fact-checking your work before publishing it can't be underestimated. 

Read Sam Berkhead, ijnet.org

Could the once-dinky Snapchat soon eclipse Twitter?

Business Insider :: Snapchat is gearing up for a huge year in 2016 — and it might come at the expense of Twitter.

Read Lara O'Reilly, www.businessinsider.de

Restricted free Internet access or open, neutral Internet ? 'Free Basics,' Facebook’s control over access

TechCrunch :: What’s more important? Restricted free Internet access for the poor? Or maintaining an open, neutral Internet without limitations? This is the debate Facebook is having with the world via petitions to regulators, skeptical forums, and today, full-page newspaper ads.

Read Josh Constine, techcrunch.com

China says new restrictions to come on terrorism reporting "intend to prevent copy-cat crimes"

AP :: China said Monday it would impose new restrictions on media reports about domestic terrorism.

Read Christopher Bodeen, bigstory.ap.org


Telstra wins appeal against order to hand over journalist's own data

Guardian :: The case took a narrower view of what was considered ‘personal information’ under the Privacy Act than had been taken during the original hearing.

Read Paul Farrell, www.theguardian.com

Ars Science: How do science news stories get chosen?

Ars Technica :: Quite a few people have asked me to go into more detail on the Ars editorial process—how do science news stories get chosen? So here’s a quick look at how the sausage gets made.

Read John Timmer, arstechnica.com


How GitHub is building a platform and supporting open source (podcast)

Venture Beat :: VP of product management for GitHub Kakul Srivastava on how GitHub has evolved into a platform (and what it means to be a platform), how the company figures out which new features and products to build, and the role of open source software in stimulating innovation.

Read Dylan Tweney, venturebeat.com

Reporter for Connecticut’s Bristol Press resigns, and why that matters

Washington Post :: Steve Collins today resigned his position covering the city of Bristol, Conn., for the Bristol Press, a publication that, along with sister paper New Britain Herald, covers community news in central Connecticut. 

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Hackers attacked the Twitter account of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Dec 23

Prague Monitor :: Hackers attacked the Twitter account of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) yesterday, posting anti-migrant tweets on it, and he regained control of the account after seven hours at 17:00, he announced on Twitter.

Read Staff, Czech News Agency (ČTK), praguemonitor.com

Here's how much Disney and Univision have lost on Fusion

Fortune :: Fusion, the millennial-focused television network and online media property jointly owned by Walt Disney Co. and Univision, lost more than $64 million between 2012 and 2014

Read Dan Primack, fortune.com

How the NBA stole Christmas: ‘Fans expect to see the best and biggest games’

The Wrap :: ESPN and ABC are set to air 14 hours of continuous NBA coverage, totaling five games, including Kobe Bryant’s final Christmas appearance.

Read Debbie Emery, www.thewrap.com


What will news outlets make of 360-degree video or chat apps next year?

Journalism.co.uk :: As 2015 draws to an end, we looked back at some of the trends that have made their mark on digital media this year to see what they could mean for publishers in 2016.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

China delays visa renewal for critical French journalist

CJR :: A French journalist based in Beijing told the Committee to Protect Journalists she may be forced to leave China by January 1 because her journalist visa has not been renewed.

Read Ursula Gauthier, cpj.org

Vegas newspaper stands up to its newly unveiled owner, casino giant Sheldon Adelson

LA Times :: “Get ready to write a story about this,” Las Vegas Review-Journal Deputy Editor James Wright told his two best reporters as newspaper employees gathered for a mysterious staff meeting this month.

Read Nigel Duara, Lisa Mascaro, www.latimes.com


Apple News is nudging people to use the app with notifications

Digiday :: Poor Apple News, people don't care about you. The app, which launched to much fanfare for being prettier -- and better for publishers -- than Newsstand, isn't being used as much as Apple as hoped

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

‘Shazam for Photos’ IDs Famous Faces for Paparazzi

Recode :: You might never forget a face, but that doesn't mean you remember all those names as well. Enter NameFace.

Read Amy Keyishian, recode.net

Inside the editorial meeting: How Mic chooses the news for millennials

Digiday :: Digiday wanted to find out how millennial editors choose the news for their millennial audience. So we stopped in at Mic for its daily editorial meeting. 

Read Hannah Yi, digiday.com

Voice of Afghan Journalist now heard on IS radio issuing death threats against journalists

VOA :: The voice of a journalist who until recently used to work at radio stations in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province can now be heard in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, and neighboring districts as the voice of Islamic State's new “caliphate radio.”

Read Noor Zahid, m.voanews.com


From the powerful photo of a drowned Syrian toddler, to Trump-mania. The best and worst of journalism in 2015

WBUR :: We may live in the information age, but we have all learned that does not guarantee good journalism. Not at all. So how was it this year? The best and the worst?

Read Staff, WBUR, onpoint.wbur.org

The everyday effects of The New York Times’ nail salon exposé

CJR :: The New York Times series’ effects on the daily lives of the city’s mainly female immigrant nail salon workers and owners have been less fully explored. For Colon and others, the media attention was its own kind of force.

Read Chava Gourarie, www.cjr.org

Incisive Media becomes second UK publisher to ban ad blocker users

Digiday :: Incisive Media, which has a mix of ad-funded and subscription-based titles, is following in the footsteps of Axel Springer's Bild, London's City AM and the Washington Post in taking a tougher stance on ad blocking.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

Organic reach zero: How a Twitter timeline shift would affect brands

Digiday :: Twitter is testing options for users to see a more selected set of tweets tailored to their tastes. The dirty little secret of Twitter’s traditional approach is that even though tweets get shown to every follower, actually catching those tweets is pure luck.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

How Rakuten’s Viki plans to grow its global streaming service

Digiday :: Video streaming service Viki, best known for offering hundreds of movies and TV shows from China, South Korea and Japan, wants to grow subscriptions. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Hike just found a way to reach more people in India than WhatsApp

Tech in Asia :: Indian messaging app squeezes in another push for a wider audience in the country.

Read Kylee McIntyre, www.techinasia.com

BBC offers indies chance to make Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who

Guardian :: Corporation agrees to allow independent studios opportunity to pitch to make 40% of in-house shows by 2018.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

#SpecialDelivery: Google Spotlight Stories come to YouTube with interactive 360-degree storytelling

Google Blog ::  “Special Delivery” is the latest of several Spotlight Stories to come out of Google ATAP(our Advanced Technology and Projects group). With Google Spotlight Stories, your phone becomes a window to a story happening all around you.

Read Rachid El Guerrab, googleblog.blogspot.com

Mobile-first news app ranks #2 in App Store days after release

WAN-IFRA :: We went from print to online. Now, we're going from the web to mobile. In this ever-evolving digital world, the news is travelling along. A new mobile-first news app ranked #2 in the App Store's news category, within days of its launch.

Read Ingrid Cobben, blog.wan-ifra.org


This YouTube channel makes more money from paid subscriptions than YouTube ads

Digiday :: This February, Black&Sexy TV launched a subscription streaming service, which has nearly 18,000 subscribers but will generate $1 million by the end of the year.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

4 ways the BBC is using tech to amplify global reach

Digiday :: The BBC has big plans to grow its global audience to 500 million a week by 2022. But growing outside its U.K. home base, where it faces a plethora of competition, will be no easy feat. 

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

How The Independent grew its traffic by 24 percent

Digiday :: November saw a number of U.K. newspapers recording traffic increases, particularly the Independent, which now reaches 3 million browsers daily. 

Read Lucinda Southern, digiday.com

Advertising: Key to opting out of personalized ads, hidden in plain view

New York Times :: The AdChoices logo, which allows consumers to opt out of personalized ads, is seen more than a trillion times a month, but critics say the program is too complicated to use.

Read Alina Tugend, www.nytimes.com


Las Vegas Review-Journal runs front-page editorial pledging transparency

Poynter :: On the heels of successive scoops that identified and raised ethical questions about its new owners, The Las Vegas Review Journal on Sunday took the bold step of publishing a front-page editorial reaffirming its commitment to transparency.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Investigative local reporting has a future—but it won’t look like the past

Columbia Journalism Review :: Over the course of the last two weeks, New York Timespublic editor Margaret Sullivan has gone in search of local investigative reporting. As many newspapers continue to cut back, Sullivan asked where the capacity for local investigative reporting that holds leaders and institutions accountable will come from. “Clearly, local investigative journalism can’t be allowed to die out, even as local newspapers struggle to survive,” she wrote in one column. “The mission is far too important.”

Read Molly de Aguiar, Josh Stearns, www.cjr.org

An old-media empire, Axel Springer reboots for the digital age

New York Times :: When Mathias Döpfner, chief executive of Axel Springer, and a handful of his top managers first set their sights on the United States three years ago, it was with notebooks in hand, rather than checkbooks.

Read Nicola Clark, www.nytimes.com

“Grow, die or be bought” may be a suitable description of the 2015 environment - Next up for sale: Mashable

 Capital New York :: The company is being shopped to potential buyers, confidential sources tell me. Deutsche Bank is doing the shopping, looking for a deal as big as $300 to $350 million, I’ve learned.

Read Ken Doctor, www.capitalnewyork.com

Mashable could sell for $300-$350m (report)

The Wrap :: Mashable may be up for sale, according to a new media report.

Read Linda Ge, www.thewrap.com


A former Cardiff journalist's Afghan kidnapping has inspired a new play in Wales

Wales Online :: Journalist Yvonne Ridley's story, which saw her kidnapped by the Taliban in 2001, will be the basis for a National Theatre Wales production.

Read Martin Shipton, www.walesonline.co.uk

How a lit journalism alum got between a poetry prize and an arms deal

Banff Centre :: The founder of Canada’s largest poetry prize appears to have cut ties with a company involved in a Saudi arms deal, following a story that came out of The Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program.

Read Scott Lilwall, www.banffcentre.ca

Data-informed: How the Guardian and the FT use newsroom analytics

Journalism.co.uk :: How much should analytics data influence journalists' work and is there a recipe for measuring impact?

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

It is, by far, the worst time to be a Turkish journalist

Foreign Policy :: A doctor on trial for comparing President Erodgan to Gollum is only the most visible example of Ankara's growing crackdown on freedom of expression.

Read Berivan Orucoglu, foreignpolicy.com

Spielberg-backed consortium forms film, TV and digital content creation company

Rapid TV News :: A cohort of Hollywood heavyweights including DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One have formed a next-gen media company, Amblin Partners.

Read Staff, Rapid TV News, www.rapidtvnews.com

Keep your sources save - Police could hack any device, even toys, under UK surveillance draft bill

Naked Security :: Internet-connected toys, cars, TVs and other smart devices of the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) bring up a host of privacy concerns, as more data is created and shared across the internet from “things” that lack basic security.

Read John Zorabedian, nakedsecurity.sophos.com

The great journalism innovation problem? Innovation is only a buzzword

Medium :: ‘Innovation’ is currently a buzzword in journalism, as probably it should be. Head to any conference on journalism and you can bet your life savings on there being a panel on innovation. In many newsrooms you’ll even now find journalists with innovation in their title, I’ve previously been one of them. This is good for the industry, there is no doubt about that, however there is a major problem with it.It isn’t really innovation.

Read Neal Man, medium.com

Judge in Adelson lawsuit subject to unusual scrutiny amid Review-Journal sale

Review Journal :: Just over a month before Sheldon Adelson's family was revealed as the new owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, three reporters at the newspaper received an unusual assignment passed down from the newspaper's corporate management: Drop everything and spend two weeks monitoring all activity of three Clark County judges. The reason for the assignment and its unprecedented nature was never explained.

Read James DeHaven, www.reviewjournal.com


Newsonomics: Flipping newspapers in the new game of Monopoly

Nieman Lab :: How far has the newspaper trade fallen? It’s been another depressing year for those who value robust local news. 

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org

NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan will depart in 2016

Poynter :: Margaret Sullivan will conclude her tenure as public editor of The New York Times when her four-year contract expires in eight months, she told Poynter today.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Polish journalist expelled from Russia in tit-for-tat move

Huffington Post ::  Russia is expelling a Moscow correspondent for a leading Polish newspaper in a tit-for-tat move after a Russian reporter in Poland was stripped of his right to reside in Poland amid suspicions of espionage.


Read Judah Robinson, www.huffingtonpost.com

Government must toughen legislative protection for journalists' sources after Sun Plebgate legal judgment

Press Gazette :: The Times today urged the Government to strengthen legal protection for journalists' sources after the Investigatory Powers Tribunal yesterday said the current law was inadequate.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

News-rich November spreads wealth online as in print

Guardian :: Times of terror see news bursting through the artificial boundary between print and online - into a bigger ballpark where it’s the story that matters.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

This financial fraud reporter says he’s the last of his kind. Should the rest of us be worried?

LinkedIn :: “I am the only guy in America dedicated full time to all corporate, all financial fraud investigative reporting.” When Roddy Boyd, the founder of the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation, told me that last week, I thought: A) He’s being hyperbolic (though he stands by that statement) and; B) this is a pretty good place start to a conversation I’m interested in having. Even if Boyd is not the only guy out there snooping around for corporate crooks, he's one of a fast-disappearing crew. That scares me.


Read Katrina Brooker, www.linkedin.com

Vine gets more personal with a suggested channel just for you

Venture Beat :: Vine has launched a new channel that’s designed to aid in discovery of great videos and users the company thinks you might like. 

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com


Publishers embrace VR, but question its advertising potential

Digiday :: Despite all the buzz about virtual reality, few news outlets are devoting additional staff to the buzzy format. Part of the reason is that beyond the extra time and 3D cameras, publishers often already have the expertise needed to create VR-enhanced video. But another reason is the audience is still too small to warrant a big investment in it.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Theories, but no details, on buyer of Las Vegas newspaper

New York Times :: The billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is behind the mysterious purchase of The Las Vegas Review-Journal for $140 million, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com


Dennis Publishing takes soft approach to ad blocking

Digiday :: Dennis Publishing, which counts 30 brands in its portfolio, sees ad blocking affecting 10 percent of traffic across desktop sites (only 1.4 percent of mobile traffic). But now it says it has enough data on why people block ads to take its next steps.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com


The podcasting scene will explode

Nieman Lab :: Some media analysts see a bubble poised to burst; others, incremental growth. I see something more radical: a complete regime change in the audio landscape. Finally.

Read Rex Sorgatz, www.niemanlab.org

Washington Post widens online lead over New York Times in November

Digiday :: The Washington Post widened its lead over The New York Times in November, raking in 71.6 million U.S. visitors compared to the Times’ 68.8 million according to comScore data.

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

Why The Wirecutter lets other publishers run its product reviews

Digiday :: Obsessive gadget-review site The Wirecutter is taking its services to other publishers. The site, which spends hundreds of hours on its reviews, is building its brand among new readers by working with the likes of Engadget, The New York Times and Vulture, which have tapped the site for their own custom reviews. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Five takeaways from the Tow Center's new virtual reality report

ijnet :: Virtual reality journalism, once a niche subset of contemporary reporting, is poised to become a widely used storytelling tool.

Read Sam Berkhead, ijnet.org

Egypt jails record number of journalists

Guardian :: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi accused of using pretext of national security to clamp down on dissent as number imprisoned reaches 23 at start of December.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com


Supreme Court lets cops’ lawsuit against Chicago Sun-Times proceed

Poynter :: The Supreme Court spurned a Chicago Sun-Times appeal that seeks to throw out a lawsuit brought by cops resulting from its investigation of the cover-up of an involuntary manslaughter case involving the then-mayor’s nephew.

Read James Warren, www.poynter.org

Facebook to make photo-syncing feature exclusive to Moments app

GigaOM :: Facebook won’t let the Moments app join its growing pile of abandoned projects. Even after it shut down its Creative Labs division and the experimental apps that emerged from it — including Riff, Slingshot, and Rooms — the company is doing its best to convince its users download the standalone photo-sharing application.

Read Nathaniel Mott, gigaom.com

FAA sets out official drone regulations with Feb. 19 registration deadline

appleinsider :: All drones between 0.55 and 50 pounds must be registered by Feb. 19, 2016, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday.

Read Roger Fingas , appleinsider.com

How BBC Sport grew a Facebook Page’s referrals by 6,000%

Newswhip :: A social media lead at BBC Sport tells us how they use social media to reach millions of fans and readers every day. 

Read Staff, NewsWhip, blog.newswhip.com

Police Scotland reveals 12 RIPA applications to find journalists' sources

Press Gazette :: Police Scotland has become the first UK force to release details of how many times it accessed phone records to find journalistic sources.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Young gifted and British black and looking for a job in journalism

Medium :: ‘It’ll be a step forward when black people don’t need to flock together to make a point’, said a young up-and-coming writer by the name of Zadie Smith (left wearing spectacles). A new millennium was in the offing and ES magazine did something quite rare. It lined up some of London’s black talent.

Read David dunkley Gyimah, medium.com

How Crunchyroll gets 750,000 people to pay for anime

Digiday :: Video streaming service Crunchyroll, which specializes in Japanese anime (cartoons), has 20 million registered and nearly 750,000 paid subscribers. For $7 or $12 a month, they get exclusive content, discounts on merchandise and chances to meet actors and filmmakers. In the past year, the service has also started to run ads across TV and social media to keep the pipeline of new users going.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

CNN International is moving beyond the click-through rate

Digiday :: CNN International has been drilling deeper into its audiences to supercharge its campaign reporting beyond click-through rates. 

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

Alibaba is paying millions more for the SCMP than Jeff Bezos did for the Washington Post

Quartz :: Alibaba’s purchase of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post is being compared to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ acquisition of the Washington Post, because both deals involve an e-commerce executive buying up a faltering legacy publication. There’s another similarity as well—the price tag was about the same.

Read Josh Horwitz, qz.com


The most-used medium by Millennials? Radio.

Media Life Magazine ::  It's not TV, though 18-34s spend the most time with that, or digital and mobile, though they're gaining. A new Nielsen report finds radio has a wider reach.

Read Toni Fitzgerald, www.medialifemagazine.com

Why social media doesn’t trump TV news

Guardian :: Some have claimed Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn show politicians don’t need the mainstream media – but our appetite for TV bulletins is as big as ever.

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

Kickstarter is funding investigative journalism (about a failed Kickstarter)

VICE :: Kickstarter has commissioned tech journalist Mark Harris to investigate and report on one of the company’s most high-profile failed campaigns to date: the Zano mini-drone, which raised over $3.5 million and was Europe’s most funded project ever.

Read Rachel Pick, motherboard.vice.com

Too many ex-journos and not enough techies in management, warns former ACP boss

mUmBRELLA :: Management at most business publishers is overly dominated by journalists at the expense of tech specialists, the former boss of Australia’s biggest magazine company has claimed.

Read Sarah Mitchell , mumbrella.com.au

UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own

Ars Technica :: Copyright strikes again, with photographers and publishers hit particularly hard.

Read Glyn Moody, arstechnica.com

Phone hacking is now history – and so are some journalists’ careers

Guardian :: The Crown Prosecution Service says there will be no further action on phone hacking, but it’s too late for some journalists caught up in the scandal.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

A bold BBC would switch Newsnight channel for better news coverage

Guardian :: BBC News at Ten competes with ITV News. The BBC has more resources, more reporters and more clout. So now it has given itself more time – 10 more minutes of national and local stories ending at 10.45pm. Good news for viewers? Absolutely.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com


The history of organized crime in Mexico, told through data

Columbia Journalism Review :: An interactive visualization shows the evolution of cartels in each Mexican state during the last seven administrations.

Read Silvia Viñas, www.cjr.org

Julian Assange may face Swedish interrogation within days

Guardian :: Bilateral deal will allow WikiLeaks founder to be questioned in Ecuador’s London embassy over sexual assault claims.

Read Jessica Elgot, www.theguardian.com

How #ISIS is taking war to social media—and social media is fighting back

Popular Science :: From its start, social media has been integral to ISIS’s rise. It enables ISIS militants to raise its prestige among terror groups, and overtake older jihadist competitors like al-Qaeda. It serves to coordinate troops and win battles. And it allows the group to administer the territory under its control.

Read P.W. Singer, Emerson Brooking, www.popsci.com


On 'the digital frontline', over half of journalists are exposed to traumatic UGC several times a week

Journalism.co.uk :: A new study from the Eyewitness Media Hub highlights the current attitudes to vicarious trauma in newsrooms.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Alibaba wants "plurality of views" in China coverage after buying Hong Kong newspaper

Buzzfeed :: Alibaba, China's largest internet company, is buying Hong Kong's most respected English language newspaper, the South China Morning Post.

Read Matthew Zeitlin, www.buzzfeed.com

What are they thinking: Quartz redesign lays out a new home page 'welcome mat'

 Politico Media :: Reports of the death of the home page seem, these days, to have been premature.

Read Ken Doctor, www.capitalnewyork.com

Egypts Second Twitter Revolution - Daily Beast

The Daily Beast :: In 2011, Egyptian activists used social media to help overthrow a government. Now they use Twitter to find out what the new dictator has done with their missing friends.w 

Read (author unknown), news.google.com

Cost of Met's journalism investigations rises £4m in seven months to more than £40m

Press Gazette :: The Metropolitan Police has now spent more than £40m on investigations into journalism, figures obtained by Press Gazette show.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Euro publishers team to fight US video ad threat: SpotX’s Alex Merwin

Beet.TV :: Newspaper and TV companies are natural cut-throat rivals. But, in a new global context, publishers in many markets are tapping their common cause – and common tongue – to fight a shared enemy. 

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Axel Springer considers paywall for Business Insider, Upday app

Bloomberg :: Europe’s biggest newspaper publisher is betting it can make money from digital news by winning paying readers in the region and the U.S.

Read Stefan Nicola, www.bloomberg.com

Understanding traffic patterns: How did readers discover the top news topics of 2015?

Parsely :: The top news stories of 2015 ran the gamut from popular to scandalous, to tragic. And while we won’t be able to control the stories that capture the public’s attention in 2016 any more than we can today, we can examine how readers are finding these stories to help us understand what drives readership

Read Staff, Parsely.com, learn.parsely.com

Tear paywalls down before the barriers become more trouble than they are worth

Editor & Publisher :: The newspaper publishers who put paywalls on their websites in the last few years should declare victory and tear them down before the barriers become more trouble than they are worth.

Read Alan D. Mutter, www.editorandpublisher.com

Journalist Ismail Alexandrani's pretrial detention renewed another 15 days

Mada Masr :: Journalist and sociopolitical researcher Ismail Alexandrani has been remanded in custody for another 15 days pending investigations into charges of belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood and disseminating false information, his lawyers said Thursday.

Read ania, www.madamasr.com

Mark Cuban says Apple should ban Twitter

CNN Money :: The billionaire entrepreneur criticized Apple's app review policy in a series of tweets Thursday afternoon, and called on Apple to adhere to its own guidelines.

Read Hope King, money.cnn.com

The N.C. Newsroom Cooperative wants to give independent journalists a home base

Nieman Lab :: The cooperative is based out of a new coworking space in Research Triangle Park and will host programming, help member journalists forge connections, and potentially even offer an online catalog to promote their work.

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org


Twitter is experimenting with advertisements for logged-out users

Reuters :: Twitter Inc said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in, as it tries to make good on its long-time ambition to monetize non-active users.

Read Anya Geroge Tharakan, www.huffingtonpost.com

The current state of mobile ad fraud? - 34% of programmatic traffic is bogus

Adweek :: Over the past few years, cyber criminals have cost advertisers billions of dollarsfrom "non-human" traffic on digital ads. Today, Forensiq and AppLift are releasing a report suggesting that fraudsters are gaining traction with mobile ads

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

How redesigns for Newsweek and IBT will better serve advertisers

Adweek :: Caplan, a former CMO for both McCann and Young & Rubicam, approached the redesign by putting advertisers and brands front and center.

Read Tim Baysinger, www.adweek.com

Prince Charles author tells how Clarence House screened Time magazine cover story interview

Press Gazette :: A journalist and author has told how her Time magazine cover story featuring an interview with Prince Charles was screened by his representatives.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Why it feels like the sky is falling in for those who believe in press freedom and openness

PressGazette :: There are times as editor of Press Gazette when I feel like ‘Chicken Licken’, the children’s story character who always felt like the sky was falling in.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Interactive documentaries: If you’re using virtual reality, have more than a gee-whiz reason

Mediashift :: Is interactive documentary about letting a viewer choose their own adventure (Ted Biggs and Angad Bhall’s The Deeper They Bury Me), about making work that viewers provide input to (Kyle McDonald’s Exhausting a Crowd, Ross Goodwin’s word.camera), or about creating systems, such as games (Tracy Fullerton, Walden: A Game), that viewers can tell their own stories with? 

Read Patricia Aufderheide, mediashift.org

'A delicate balancing act': The WSJ City approach to mobile news

Journalism.co.uk :: WSJ City launched at the beginning of November as a "whole new concept" for The Wall Street Journal, delivering financial news to London-based readers through an iOS app.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Twitter’s Periscope is Apple’s ‘App of the Year’

Recode :: Livestreaming app Periscope, which was acquired by Twitter in January and then launched in March, has been dubbed Apple’s “App of the Year” for 2015.

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

Apple updates its news app to make it more like a … newspaper

Recode :: Apple is tweaking its News app, with hopes of making the personalized newsreader more appealing for both users and publishers.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Confessions of a publisher sales exec: ‘It’s all smoke and mirrors’

Digiday :: For the latest installment of Digiday’s Confessions series, in which we trade honesty for anonymity, we spoke to a digital commercial director with 15 years experience in media and ad tech sales about what the real problems are.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

Why Bauer Media ditched its sales team and went all programmatic

Digiday :: The publishing world has long seen programmatic as the realm of cheap, unsold inventory with far less revenue potential than what's sold through direct channels. But times are changing. Bauer Xcel Media, the U.S. arm the European magazine company, has shuttered its direct sales team in favor of a programmatic-only approach.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Facebook revising ad policies on Instant Articles after publishers struggle to generate revenue

WSJ :: Publishers said restrictions made it too hard for them to generate revenue.

Read Jack Marshall, www.wsj.com

Fairfax Media teams up with Facebook as first local publisher on Instant Articles platform

mUmBRELLA :: Fairfax Media is the first local publisher to sign up to Facebook’s Instant Articles product, as the social media giant continues its global rollout of the publishing platform.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au


Pay-per-article platform Blendle to launch in US

WAN-IFRA :: It is just 20 months since the Dutch startup first launched its journalism micropayment system in The Netherlands and now it plans to enter the US market with an English-language version.

Read Ingrid Cobben, blog.wan-ifra.org

Washington Post eyes 'bittersweet' newsroom move

AFP :: It has been one of the most storied newsrooms in American journalism, but The Washington Post has decided it's time for a change to meet the needs of the digital era.

Read Rob Lever, www.businessinsider.com

The search for local investigative reporting’s future

New York Times :: 'Spotlight' is powerful and moving. And it raises troubling questions about the state of local investigative reporting today and in the future.

Read Margaret Sullivan, www.nytimes.com

The big buzzword „Digital Transformation “: Pains and cures

Pulse :: Of course, most leaders would agree that digital transformation (DT) is key to their company’s future. And of course, they would underscore that the company is already on its way. But, what does that actually mean?

Read Volker Glaeser, www.linkedin.com

How are news competitors teaming up across borders to break investigative stories?

LinkedIn :: From the award-winning Lux LeaksSwiss Leaks and The Migrants Files to transatlantic partnerships on Wikileaks and National Security Agency snooping, collaboration is the new competition.

Read Timothy Large, www.linkedin.com

Football chiefs under fire 'for banning local press from publishing match results'

Telegraph :: FA officials have come under fire for banning local newspapers from publishing match results of children's games - in case the losers get upset.

Read Staff, Agency, www.telegraph.co.uk

Why publishers can't bargain with Facebook and Google

The Guardian :: Media companies have had to accept or reject terms offered for Instant Articles and AMP but it needn’t have turned out this way.

Read Matt McAlister, www.theguardian.com

Escapism magazine devotes whole issue to reality of the refugee crisis

The Guardian :: Giveaway travel title dispenses with adverts to highlight plight of refugees.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

How One Publisher Handles Native Ads in Print

Folio Magazine :: Mental Floss incorporates a Toyota-sponsored takeover into its December issue, boosts revenue over a standard issue by almost 40 percent.

Read Bill Mickey, www.foliomag.com

Are music publishers getting a raw deal in the streaming age?

Music Business Worldwide :: From John Lennon to Ray Davies, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer and One Direction, New York-born Downtown Music Publishing represents some of the most valuable and beloved songwriting copyrights in existence.

Read Tim Ingham, www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Circa's new owner says the app will have video at its core

Fortune :: Circa didn’t build up much of user base before it closed its doors in June due to a lack of financing, but the curated-news app did get a fair amount of attention in the media industry for its innovative approach to mobile news delivery. And now, the technology it developed will become the core of a new service that is set to launch in the spring—one that will focus primarily on video.

Read Mathew Ingram, fortune.com

Guardian Australia rejects The Australian’s claims it has two years to prove commercial viability

mUmBRELLA :: Guardian Australia has rejected suggestions by rival publication The Australian its losses “have blown out to $14m”, stating it has in fact had a “revenue increase of 64 per cent last year”.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

When content, data and tech collide: Guardian Labs on changing audience behaviour

FIPP.com :: Branded content needs to "change audience behaviour" in order to be engaging and fight through other offerings, said Anna Watkins, managing director of Guardian Labs at The CMA's Content Marketing Summit today in London.

Read Amy Duffin, www.fipp.com

Snapchat entering the breaking news business could be a good thing

GigaOM :: Imagine that a mass shooting is happening. What should you do? Well, if you’re in danger, you should probably find safety. And if you’re safe, there’s a good chance that you should wait until the next day to learn more about what the shooting because of how much misinformation is involved with a major story such as this. But, if you must follow breaking news, you might want to check Snapchat first.

Read Nathaniel Mott, gigaom.com

Snapchat San Bernardino story shows network’s entry into breaking news

IBTimes :: Snapchat has become a news source, and it’s also becoming a news organization. On Wednesday evening, after at least 14 people died in a mass shooting in Southern California, Snapchat collected and curated photos and videos from the event.

Read Kerry Flynn, www.ibtimes.com


Turner Broadcasting restructures ad sales

MediaPost :: Following in the footsteps of other media organizations, Turner Broadcasting is making a wide-ranging restructuring of its advertising unit. 

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

Turner Broadcasting restructures ad sales

MediaPost :: Following in the footsteps of other media organizations, Turner Broadcasting is making a wide-ranging restructuring of its advertising unit. 

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

Report: Yahoo to keep Alibaba, examine core asset sale

Venture Beat :: Yahoo’s board has reportedly decided to not move forward with spinning off its stake of Alibaba and is instead looking to part ways with its core business. 

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

Some U.S. lawmakers are increasing pressure on Facebook, Twitter to do more to halt terrorists

USA Today ::  Some U.S. lawmakers are increasing pressure on tech companies to do more to halt terrorists' use of their services to recruit and communicate following the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. and terror attacks in Paris.

Read Elizabeth Weise, www.usatoday.com

Harmonic offers up to USD 90 mln for Thomson Video Networks

Telecompaper :: Thomson Video Networks (TVN) has announced that it has received a binding offer for 100 percent of the company from video delivery infrastructure developer Harmonic. 

Read Staff, Telecompaper, www.telecompaper.com

How The New York Times and other publishers are using Slack as a content tool

Digiday :: In just a few years, Slack has become the go-to communications tool for publishers and their newsrooms. More recently, publishers have gone a bit further, tapping Slack as not only a way to cut back on email but also as an extension of the CMS. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com


Journalists Syndicate launching campaign to release jailed reporters

Mada Masr :: The Journalists Syndicate plans to launch a campaign next Wednesday demanding medical care for imprisoned media professionals — if not their immediate release — under the slogan, “We will medically treat them and release them; journalism is not a crime.”

Read Staff, Mada Masr, www.madamasr.com

Circa is indeed returning, but it won’t be the Circa its users remember

Nieman Lab ::  According to Sinclair, the relaunched and redesigned Circa will be “an independent digital news site aimed at the new generation,” building on the “intellectual property and technology of Circa News.”

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

How Dutch De Correspondent is building communities around its journalism

Journalism.co.uk ::: The Dutch online news platform now counts more than 42,000 paid members, after launching with a succesful crowdfunding campaign in September 2013.

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Collaboration, computer help, and coding: A new book looks at data journalism in the newsroom

Nieman Lab ::  “Every newsroom needs people like me. But a newsroom filled with people like me couldn’t function.”

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

Mobile-first content: why podcasts matter to digital journalism

Gitbooks.io :: why podcasts matter to digital journalism: as our world shifts to one of mobile consumption, podcasts represent a form of mobile-first content that engages with audiences in ways that no other mobile medium has previously.

Read Vanessa Quirk, towcenter.gitbooks.io

Digital Ad Spending Expected to Soon Surpass TV

TV will account for 38.4 percent of the $503 billion global ad market this year and will drop to 38 percent of the market in 2016.

Read Sydney Ember, www.nytimes.com


HuffPo’s new chief on the ‘post social’ mobile era

Guardian :: HuffPo’s Jared Grusd on the changing role of Facebook and Snapchat, global expansion and embracing China’s WeChat.

Read Giles Tremlett, www.theguardian.com

Can broadcast TV match streaming’s big budget shows?

Guardian :: Netflix and Amazon can focus on blockbusters but others have schedules to fill.

Read Neil Midgley, www.theguardian.com

Yahoo board in final talks on future of company

Venture Beat :: Yahoo Inc's board of directors on Friday is in the third and final day of meetings that could decide the future of one of Silicon Valley's most prominent but troubled companies.

Read Deborah M. Todd, venturebeat.com

Why do data journalists keep missing the political story of the year?

Washington Post :: The story of an election is far, far bigger than the story of who won it. The Trump drama, and the movement that has discovered and elevated him as its candidate, is obviously the political news story of 2015.

Read David Weigel, www.washingtonpost.com

Sensor journalism - #Breathe, why data on air pollution in Indian cities is crucial

Firstpost.com :: To democratize data critical to savings thousands of lives, IndiaSpend is happy to announce the launch its own network of low-cost sensors to measure the air quality in many Indian cities.

Read Staff, Indiaspend, www.firstpost.com

Nigeria: Anxiety over senate’s move to regulate social media. A threat to investigative journalism

NGR Guardian News :: The Nigerian Senate is considering a new law to punish “abusive” or false statements published online against individuals or government bodies with up to two years in jail or a stiff fine.

Read Staff, AFP, www.ngrguardiannews.com

Post Arab Spring upheavals - Arab media: Fall in line or switch off!

Huffington Post :: Most top Arab TV presenters and journalists are remarkably candid these days about their survival kit: hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

Read Rana Sabbagh, www.huffingtonpost.com

Q&A: Why Do Community Engagement? A Reporter’s Perspective

Mediashift :: Two years ago, Capital Public Radio brought me on board to launch a community engagement initiative inside their documentary unit The View From Here. 

Read Jesikah Maria Ross, mediashift.org


Former Isis hostage says airstrikes on Syria are a trap

Guardian :: A French journalist held hostage by Islamic State for 10 months, has made an impassioned plea against bombing Syria, saying it was a trap that would only benefit Isis.

Read Caroline Davies, www.theguardian.com

Reporters from digital/niche outlets are replacing daily newspaper reporters in Washington

Nieman Lab :: Reporters from digital outlets and niche publications now hold more seats in the U.S. Senate Press Gallery than reporters from daily newspapers do, according to a new report from Pew.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

How local communities get news about federal government

Journalism.org :: To shed light on what the cutbacks in Washington-based local newspaper correspondents mean for readers back home, a second part of this study analyzed the federal-government-oriented coverage of eight daily newspapers across the U.S. – four with a Washington correspondent and four without.

Read Staff, PewResearch, www.journalism.org

New York Times publishes front-page editorial advocating gun control

Poynter :: For the first time in many decades, The New York Times has taken the rare step of running an editorial on its front page. Calling the availability of deadly weapons “a moral outrage” and “a national disgrace,” the editorial calls for an outright ban on some weapons.

Read Al Tompkins, www.poynter.org

David Attenborough says BBC in 'real danger' in face of cuts and online rivals

Guardian :: Naturalist describes broadcaster as an ‘extraordinary organisation’ that needs public support or is it ‘lost’.

Read Staff, Press Association, www.theguardian.com

Killer drone news blackout continues as mainstream media ignore Air Force whistleblowers

Common Dreams :: Did you read about any of that whistleblower criticism in The New York Times orThe Washington Post, or see a segment about it on television news? No, you did not. If you know about it at all, it’s probably because of The Guardian, Democracy Now!, and online political and progressive blogs and websites.

Read John Hanrahan, www.commondreams.org

What the VR industry is missing

Peninsula Press :: Because of VR’s immersive nature, stories told well can touch more of the viewer’s senses than a traditional video. The viewer is no longer simply watching what the journalist presents, but actively looking around, forcing the viewer to pay closer attention.


Read Naomi Cornman, peninsulapress.com


MSNBC’s terrible live tour of the San Bernardino attackers’ apartment

Washington Post :: This is a bit of a media show, to say the least,” said MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell around 12:15 p.m Friday. Mitchell has a way with understatement.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Twitter wants to trademark the word ‘subtweet’

Digiday :: Twitter wants to trademark the word "subtweet," the modern equivalent of talking behind someone's back. The social network is seeking to get protection on the term so rival companies can't hijack it.

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

A Dallas photojournalist is telling the stories of others who’ve left the business

Poynter :: Gerry McCarthy isn’t planning on leaving his job as a photojournalist at The Dallas Morning News. But he doesn’t think it’s likely he’ll retire as a photojournalist either.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

Report: How is Sky future-proofing itself?

Advanced TV :: As Sky announces its $0.3 million investment in TV4 Entertainment, an Ampere Analysis report looks at the company’s investments in start-ups and next generation assets. 

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Spaniards choose TV for upcoming election news

Rapid TV News :: Over half of Spanish viewers will follow news about the upcoming elections on TV, trusting the traditional screen ahead of the Internet and the social networks.

Read Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, www.rapidtvnews.com

Two minutes and beyond: The addressable future of TV ads

Beet.TV :: By now, it is a common accepted standard. Pay-TV providers have access to two minutes per hour of ad time in local programming. But what does the future look like, now that operators are lighting up household targeting for connected TV ads?

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Nielsen: Live tweeting makes up 57 percent of weekly Twitter TV impressions

AdWeek :: Nielsen analyzed TV-related tweet impressions for 96 fall television shows and discovered that live tweeting accounted for 57 percent of the weekly Twitter TV impressions. 

Read Kimberlee Morrison, www.adweek.com

Australia trading more ad inventory through programmatic than US says new data provider

mUmBRELLA :: Australian advertisers are buying nearly half of all digital advertising inventory through programmatic services, data from the new Nielsen and US-based Pathmatics alliance has revealed. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Barnes & Noble wants to become more than books

New York Times :: Ron Boire is leading a push to rebrand Barnes & Noble as more than just a bookstore by expanding its offerings of toys, games, gadgets and other gifts and reshaping the nation’s largest bookstore chain into a “lifestyle brand.”

Read Alexandra Alter, www.nytimes.com

Barnes & Noble wants to become more than books

New York Times :: Ron Boire is leading a push to rebrand Barnes & Noble as more than just a bookstore by expanding its offerings of toys, games, gadgets and other gifts and reshaping the nation’s largest bookstore chain into a “lifestyle brand.”

Read Alexandra Alter, www.nytimes.com

Rdio is laying off more than half of its employees following Pandora acquisition

Venture Beat :: Online radio company Pandora’s $75 million acquisition of bankrupt music streaming service Rdio is turning out to be more grim than it appeared in the press release. 

Read Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com

USC receives $5m to drive diversity in journalism

Philantrophy News Digest :: The University of Southern California has announced a $5 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation in support of a diversity initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Read Staff, Philanthropy News Digest, philanthropynewsdigest.org

New York Daily News editor defends provocative cover: ‘We are stating the facts’

Washington Post :: New York Daily News Editor in Chief Jim Rich knew that the front page of his tabloid (see above) on the San Bernardino massacre would bounce around today.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com


Why TV news screams about ISIS but stays ‘numb’ over guns

The Wrap :: The daily cable news script consists of the political horse race accompanied by the scandal du jour. The exception: when ISIS terrorists kill 131 people in Paris.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

Gannett rebrands its local papers as USA TODAY Network

Poynter :: In a slightly cryptic rebranding maneuver, Gannett is removing its own name from the digital sites of its 92 local newspaper organizations and describing them as part of the USA TODAY Network.

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

Where does fashion publishing go next?

Vice :: Fashion publishing seems to have been in a constant state of flux and crisis since the digital revolution began almost ten years ago. But as more and more magazines close, and the others divide in between weeklies and monthlies who are slashing staff and budgets, and luxury seasonal publications who live off industry advertising, what do the next few years have in store?

Read Felix Petty, i-d.vice.com

TV ads increase app installs by 74%, report says

GigaOM :: A new report has found that television commercials are great at convincing people to download mobile apps — provided they show at the right time, send the right message, and don’t repeat every time people turn on their televisions.

Read Nathaniel Mott, gigaom.com

Marty Baron shines a new Spotlight on journalism

Nieman Lab :: “We have to communicate to the public that we are essential. We have to do that through our work, not just through writing columns saying, ‘Boy, you know, you’re going to miss us if we’re not around.'”

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org

The Chennai floods: The Hindu not published for first time since 1878

BBC :: The Hindu, published daily since 1878, did not come out on Wednesday as workers could not access the press.

Read Staff, BBC, www.bbc.com

Three years after post-Leveson consultation Paul Dacre's committee makes 'cosmetic' changes to Editors' Code

Press Gazette :: The Editors' Code committee has finally completed its post-Leveson review and has made only "cosmetic" changes to its rules.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Facebook launches Instant Articles in Asia with more than 50 media partners

VentureBeat :: Facebook announced on Thursday that its Instant Articles — which allows for faster loading within the Facebook news feed for content from select publishers, as well as extra interactive features — has gone live across Asia for iPhone users.

Read Michael de Waal-Montgomery, venturebeat.com

Pay once and not for each publisher separately Why we need a streaming service for news

Mediashift :: Today I want something else that doesn’t exist: I want the ability to explore a variety of news from a variety of sources in an environment that is free of paywalls and bad ads. I’ll pay, but I only want to pay once.

Read Patrick Howe, mediashift.org

The mobile adblocking apocalypse hasn’t arrived (at least not yet)

Nieman Lab :: But it’s a real and growing factor on desktop browsers, which has gotten many news organizations thinking about how to respond to the adblocking threat. Here are some of the strategies they’re trying.

Read Madeline Welsh, Joseph Lichterman, Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org

Warner Bros leads $15.8m financing for Le Bron-led sports network Uninterrupted

Rapid TV News :: LeBron James and Maverick Carter-owned lifestyle sports content multimedia network Uninterrupted has pulled in $15.8 million in new financing.

Read Staff, Rapid TV News, www.rapidtvnews.com

A movement of investigative journalists in the Arab world: “Every story we produced led to change"

Your Middle East :: With a hidden camera, female Tunisian investigative journalist Hanene Zbiss, working with support from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), went undercover for three weeks in 2013 to reveal how unregulated Qur’anic kindergartens were advocating a very conservative form of religious education for children, using different means of brainwashing. Her story received huge public attention.

Read Staff, Your Middle East, www.yourmiddleeast.com

Virtual Reality interest highest among Gen Z

eMarketer :: Although virtual reality is still in its early stages, consumer interest is highest among Gen Z. But younger generations aren't the only ones fascinated by the technology; older generations are drawn to it too.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

TF1 Publicité introduces the concept of cheese-GRP as a new advertising currency

V-Net : TF1 Publicité, which sells advertising space on TF1 Group channels including on television and online, introduced the concept of a cheese GRP (Gross Rating Point) or shampoo GRP at Future TV Advertising Forum on Wednesday.

Read John Moulding, www.v-net.tv

Get ready to see Snapchat in Super Bowl campaigns

Digiday :: This week, media planners, top agencies and brands were asked how they would spread their spending on campaigns around the Super Bowl, and 31 percent said Snapchat would part of their strategies.

Read Garett Sloane, digiday.com

Inside The Guardian’s drive to be a global digital destination for sports

Digiday :: The Guardian wants to push its sports coverage to the next level.

Read Jessica Davies, digiday.com

‘Bringing a spoon to a gunfight': Why Yahoo’s video strategy faltered

Digiday :: First, Yahoo’s video business was about brand-funded entertainment. Then, it pursued premium short-form series. Most recently, it tried to take on Netflix head-on with long-form original programming. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

YouTube reportedly plans to secure rights to new movies and TV shows

 The Wall Street Journal :: Efforts come as YouTube looks to bolster $9.99-a-month subscription service called Red.

Read Alistair Barr, Ben Fritz, www.wsj.com


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Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our Latest Print Issue
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When science writer Rachel Nuwer encountered immersive journalism, she thought she'd be impervious to its charms. “I'm a journalist, so I thought I knew what to expect,” Nuwer says. “I couldn't imagine feeling that impacted by something that [I know ...

Read (author unknown), www.psmag.com

Next TV: Twitter forges TV connection

Broadcasting Cable :: Twitter wasn’t designed out of the chute to be a second screen app for TV audiences, but the social media platform has evolved into one that “supercharges” that content, Matthew Moroz, the head of TV partnerships at Twitter, said.

Read Jeff Baumgartner, www.broadcastingcable.com

Fact-checking on TV: El Objetivo’s Pruebas de Verificación

Poynter :: What makes fact-checking work on TV? How is it different from fact-checking for an online or print audience? This article is the first of a series of deep dives into how televisions across the world research and produce fact checks.

Read Alexios Mantzarlis, www.poynter.org

BBC World Service set for fightback in ‘information war’

Politico :: David Cameron and the public broadcaster agree on one thing: the importance of the international station.

Read Alex Spence, www.politico.eu

Yahoo to consider sale of core Internet business and future of Marissa Mayer, says source

Reuter :: The board of Yahoo Inc is weighing a sale of its core Internet business when it meets this week, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Read Reuters, venturebeat.com

Dutch news site De Correspondent has signed up 40,000 paid members

Nieman Lab :: In the two years since it began publishing in the fall of 2013, the Dutch news site De Correspondent has signed up 40,000 paying members, the site said Tuesday.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

Telegraph's Geoffrey Lean says he has been 'pushed out' amid rise of newspaper climate change rejectionists

Press Gazette :: Daily Telegraph columnist and environment reporter Geoffrey Lean says he has been “pushed out” after a 46-year career in newspaper journalism.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

What publishers around the world learned by sharing their climate change coverage with each other

Nieman Lab :: For the better part of this year, news organizations in the Climate Publishers Network have been republishing each other’s climate change stories in order to expand their coverage of the issue.

Read Shan Wang, www.niemanlab.org


Most of your headline writing tricks don’t work, apart from these two

Poynter :: The main result we found was that there’s little evidence that most headline-writing conventions work, so publishers should always concentrate on writing great headlines (and ideally running tests over several options) as opposed to following specific style formulae.

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

The Washington Post will allow singular ‘they’

Poynter :: Washington’s paper of record will allow employees to use “they” to refer to “people who identify as neither male nor female.”

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

“The hunger for good journalism is not dead” – What’s getting shared online?

Newswhip :: Researcher Satu Vasantola published a paper with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism recently about the type of content that gets shared online. 

Read Staff, Newswhip, blog.newswhip.com

Integrating TV, digital data: Marketers, agencies try to figure out how to manage the growth of addressable TV

Beet.TV ::  Marketers and agencies are trying to figure out how to manage the growth of addressable TV, especially as programmatic buying continues to overlap with the TV market.

Read Daisy Whitney, www.beet.tv

German social TV provider Couchfunk has rolled out a fully-fledged internet TV platform

Broadbandtv News :: Zattoo, Magine TV and TV Spielfilm live face a new competitor: German social TV provider Couchfunk has rolled out a fully-fledged internet TV platform offering public and commercial TV channels as live-streams.

Read Jörn Krieger, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Planing for the worst, ahead of time: How to prepare for confrontations as a visual journalist

Mediashift :: Journalists and protestors clashed at the University of Missouri on November 10, and thanks to social media, we all got a view of it in a widely circulated video shot by Mark Schierbecker.

Read Denise McGill, mediashift.org

In China, WeChat Is widely used

eMarketer :: Mobile phone messaging apps in general, and WeChat in particular, are huge in China. eMarketer estimates that nearly 400 million people in China use mobile phone messaging apps at least monthly this year, translating to 28.8% of the country's population and 37.9% of its mobile phone audience.

Read (author unknown), www.emarketer.com