2015/03/31

Cablevision to make $1 offer for New York Daily News

Reuters :: U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Read Liana B. Baker, www.reuters.com

New press regulation regime is ‘business as usual’, says Labour peer

Guardian :: Lord Puttnam criticises lack of progress under Independent Press Standards Organisation and says David Cameron ‘bottled’ chance to take on media barons.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

Discovery Communications has completed its acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport France

Broadband TV News :: Discovery Communications has completed its acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport France, increasing its stake from 20% to 51%.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Twitter cozies up to media outlets with the launch of Curator

Venture Beat :: Twitter today announced the launch of Curator, a tool that will enable media outlets to more easily sift through the social feed’s content in order to highlight collections of tweets and stories.

Read Ruth Reader, venturebeat.com

WhatsApp finally adds voice calls for all Android users, iOS coming soon

The Verge :: Android users can finally make voice calls on WhatsApp, thanks to a quiet but major update. 

Read James Vincent, www.theverge.com

UK: How to avoid getting sued during the general election campaign

Press Gazette ::  It's worth remembering that there is no libel amnesty during the election campaign.

Read Cleland Thom, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Meerkat and Periscope are fun apps but beware the sting in the tail

Guardian :: Live-streaming shifts responsibility for copyright to users, and could cost unwary brands dear

Read Staff, The Guardian, www.theguardian.com

'Publicly Shamed:' if we're going to carry on destroying people for nothing, this is what it feels like

NPR :: Writer Jon Ronson has spent a lot of time tracking people who have been shamed, raked over the coals on social media for mostly minor — but sometimes major — transgressions. And he writes about some of them in his new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

Read Staff, NPR, www.npr.org

German publisher Carlsen has taken over the humor program of Lappan Verlag

Publishing Perspectives :: Germany’s two largest publishing houses for cartoons and humor cooperate: a new publishing partnership is formed in Hamburg.

Read Ingrid Süßmann, publishingperspectives.com

The Polish national commercial broadcaster TVN will add two more thematic channels

Broadband TV News :: The Polish national commercial broadcaster TVN will add two more thematic channels to its portfolio on April 16. 

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Internet of Things: Weather Co. shows what's in it for publishers

Re|code :: The first major partnership is with a unit of the Weather Co.

Read John Murrell, recode.net

Twitter and news agencies: BFF or frienemies?

AFP Blog :: Agencies such as AFP, Reuters and the Associated Press (AP) – global wholesalers that gather and sell content to other media – were said to be especially vulnerable to the 500+ million mini-messages that course through Twitter every day, blanketing the planet on every subject imaginable.

Read Marlowe Hood, blogs.afp.com

Russia’s Gazprom-Media consolidates TV channels

Broadband TV News :: Russia’s Gazprom-Media has brought together its entertainment channels into a single division.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Japanese news app SmartNews nabs $10m bridge round, at pre-money valuation of $320m

Tech in Asia :: Gunosy was first to the IPO finish-line, but SmartNews has the higher valuation now.

Read David Corbin, www.techinasia.com

2015/03/30

Key to audience growth: Inside NPR’s podcasting strategy

Poynter :: In January, months after “Serial” rocketed to the top of the iTunes podcasting charts and ignited a conversation about the “Golden Age of Audio,” NPR was preparing to answer with a hit of its own.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

BuzzFeed, CNN, Condé Nast, Vice see movies as opportunity for growth

New York Times :: When the digital wizards at a forward-leaning media company last year introduced their newest idea, an entertainment unit, they couldn’t resist an antique touch: “BuzzFeed Motion Pictures” arrived with a video logo modeled on images from a primitive movie projector called a zoopraxiscope.

Read Michael Cieply, www.nytimes.com

Online video exploding globally and Starcom’s Amanda Richman explains why

AUSTIN – Online video is showing dramatic growth.  It is by far the fastest growing ad medium. In a closely watched quarterly report titled  Advertising Expenditure Forecasts, the big media agency ZenithOptimedia has just reported that online video grew last year at a blistering rate of 34% to $10.9 billion globally – and it is on track to double by the […]

Read Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv

Reports Nine Network in talks to buy youth-focussed Pedestrian TV for $10m

mUmBRELLA :: Nine Entertainment is in talks to buy youth online brand Pedestrian TV, with figures as high as $10m being floated for the 10-year-old business.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

BBC silent on reports Jeremy Clarkson heading to Australia for rebranded Top Gear Festival

mUmBRELLA :: The BBC and organisers of the Top Gear Festival have declined to comment on reports Jeremy Clarkson will front a renamed version of the event in Sydney next month,

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

Transparency breakthrough in Moldova: names of the owners of TV and radio stations have to be made public

Broadband TV News :: Moldova has approved amendments to broadcast legislation that will require the names of the owners of TV and radio stations to be made public.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Authenticity, Relationships Matter Most to Millennial Readers

Publishing Perspectives :: Last Thursday, as the world was entranced with the launch of the latest social media sharing app, the life-streaming Periscope for iOS, Publishing Perspectiveshosted its, “Designing Books for Tomorrow’s Readers,” by New York City. Throughout, speakers reiterated, rephrased and rehashed one phrase time and time again when it comes to reading millennial readers: “be authentic.”

Read Edward Nawotka, publishingperspectives.com

2015/03/29

Surveillance should worry journalists and the public – whatever politicians say

Guardian :: David Cameron knows he is likely to win more votes as a Top Gear fan than by supporting reporters.

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

'Death threats' made against BBC's Tony Hall investigated

BBC :: Alleged death threats made against BBC director general Tony Hall are being investigated by the Met Police.

Read Staff, BBC, www.bbc.com

'Single Market' approach - EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law

Ars Technica :: General digital strategy likely to collide with sectoral special interests.

Read Glyn Moody, arstechnica.com

US and Syria open dialogue to find information on missing journalist Austin Tice

Guardian :: The US and Syria have entered into rare direct talks concerning the whereabouts of missing American journalist Austin Tice, a US State Department spokesperson told the Guardian on Friday.

 

Read Jessica Glenza, www.theguardian.com

'Listen' - The Economist Apple Watch magazine version is an audio edition

AdAge :: The Economist -- a dense, erudite weekly magazine based in London -- is opening up shop on Apple Watch, where subscribers to the magazine's digital edition will be able to listen to Economist articles.

Read msebastian@adage.com (Michael Sebastian), adage.com

Sinclair launches Digital Ventures Group invest: focus on emerging digital technologies, content companies

Broadcasting Cable :: Sinclair Broadcast Group has launched Sinclair Digital Ventures (SDV), which will invest in emerging digital technologies and content companies. SDV will focus on companies with products or services “that support and expand Sinclair's digital capabilities and non-linear footprint,” said Sinclair. 

Read Michael Malone, www.broadcastingcable.com

Afghan court sentences Anja Niedringhaus's killer to 20 years in prison

AP :: Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison.

Read Benjamin Hart, www.huffingtonpost.com

2015/03/28

‘Lit Long’: Edinburgh’s literary history mapped at the click of a button1

Guardian :: ‘Lit Long’, a searchable interactive map of the city, will take users to locations made famous by Scottish writers from Walter Scott to Irvine Welsh – and tell you what they wrote.

Read Nicola Davis, www.theguardian.com

How to deal with the hyperfast news cycle: Should the media rethink how they cover disasters?

Guardian :: How does rolling news and social media affect reporting of a disaster such as the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash?

Read Yvonne Roberts, Charlie Beckett, www.theguardian.com

We must go to where readers, viewers, and listeners gather. Today, that gathering place is Facebook

Quartz :: Everybody needs to calm down about Facebook. The New York Times confirmed this week (paywall) that it, along with several other media outlets, has been in talks with Facebook to publish material directly onto the social network, rather than simply posting links for people to follow back to a website.

Read Leo Mirani, qz.com

Martin Sorrell: Magazines, newspapers deserve more credit for effectiveness

AdAge :: Music to the ears of people who buy and sell print ads: Martin Sorrell, the chief executive officer at WPP, says newspapers and magazines might not be getting the credit they deserve.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

Anti-Houthi websites blocked in Yemen

Albawaba :: Yemen's main internet service provider (ISP) on Thursday blocked a number of websites opposed to the Shiite Houthi group. A number of news sites have been blocked by Yemennet, a prominent Yemeni ISP, according to Yemen's Maarib Press news website

Read Staff, Albawaba, www.albawaba.com

From the publisher’s desk: True confessions about the lousy job I do

my Edmonds News :: For the past five years, I have been able to wake up each day and say, without reservation, that I love my job. I’m able to write about the community where I’ve lived for 30 years, where neighbors and friends kept a watchful eye as my kids grew up and celebrated their transition into successful, caring adults, in a place that has a small-town feel next to big-city amenities.

But there are those who feel I do a lousy job in some key areas, and I’m going to confess that I agree.

Read Teresa Wippel, myedmondsnews.com

2015/03/27

Vine now supports high-definition videos

The Verge :: Google has quietly released a Data Saver extension for Chrome, bringing the company’s data compression feature to the desktop for the first time. 

Read Jacob Kastrenakes , www.theverge.com

Can a native ad be as engaging as editorial content on The New York Times?

Contently :: Can a native ad be as engaging as editorial content on The New York Times? The notion might seem like the stuff of a content marketer’s fever dream, but T Brand Studio—the custom content studio within the advertising department of the Times—is making pigs fly.

Read Tessa Wegert, contently.com

Every 26 hours, a journalist in Mexico gets attacked: Attacks on journalists surged 80% under Peña Nieto

IBTimes :: Every 26 hours, a journalist in Mexico gets attacked, according to statistics released this week by a London-based rights organization. That figure is part of a lengthier report detailing intimidations, assaults and killings of media workers in Mexico, which have increased by 80 percent under the administration of Peña Nieto.

Read Brianna Lee , www.ibtimes.com

MIllie Tran, BuzzFeed News: What we learned from a week of prototyping a newsletter in public

Buzzfeed :: Before we officially launched the BuzzFeed News newsletter, we made prototypes and shared them publicly across our social networks for a week as part of the #teamnewsapp commitment to transparency in process.

Read Millie Tran, www.buzzfeed.com

Aaron Edwards: how BuzzFeed News app team has approached basic editorial process pre-launch

Buzzfeed :: As a journalist, you’re pumped to play with the bells and whistles of your product, to apply them to every news scenario in existence and, to steal my boss’ parlance, create a “delightful” experience.

Read Aaron Edwards, www.buzzfeed.com

Independent Yemeni news outlets Al Masdar, Shabab, sacked, journalists kidnapped

Medium According to Sameer Jubran, editor and co-founder of the independent Yemeni newspaper and website, Al Masdar, the news organization’s headquarters was just sacked by Houthi militants.

Read Andy Carvin, medium.com

How Johnston Press is experimenting with standalone, sub-branded sites to target different needs

Journalism.co.uk :: Warren Butcher, managing director of BelfastVibe, explains how the new site plans to engage the 18 to 34 year olds in Ireland's second largest city

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

Amazon goes hyperlocal in India, taps mom-and-pop stores for speedy groceries

Tech in Asia :: Amazon is now trying something new in India, allowing shoppers to get food and other essentials delivered from nearby convenience stores.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Verve Talent and Literary Agency launch global business development initiative Verve Ventures

The Wrap :: Verve Talent and Literary Agency is launching Verve Ventures, a global business development initiative within the company that will be run by international sales veteran Amy Beecroft.

Read Jeff Sneider, www.thewrap.com

Australia: News Corp gives away a Samsung tablet, in an effort to bolster digital subscriptions

mUmBRELLA :: Australia’s largest newspaper publisher has launched a major marketing push across its tabloid newspapers giving away a Samsung tablet, in an effort to bolster digital subscriptions. 

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

2015/03/26

Facebook's high altitude Internet drone is capable of beaming internet access to remote areas around the globe

Buzzfeed :: At its F8 developers conference today, Facebook offered a first look at a solar-powered drone capable of beaming internet access to remote areas around the globe.

Read Brendan Klinkenberg, www.buzzfeed.com

Gannett's WUSA Washington and Washington Post have formed an editorial partnership and video sharing agreement

Broadcasting Cable :: The pact calls for WUSA video, including some live streaming, to appear on The Post's website. Links to WUSA content will also be available on The Post's regional homepage.

Read Michael Malone, www.broadcastingcable.com

Websites can now embed Reddit comments directly into their entries

Huffington Post :: Websites that frequently mine Reddit for viral content can now embed comment threads into their posts, the site announced on its blog Monday

Read Jackson Connor, www.huffingtonpost.com

HBO to launch daily newscast in expanded partnership with Vice

Broadcasting Cable :: HBO is furthering its relationship with Vice in a big way, announcing a new four-year deal that will greatly increase the collaboration between the two companies.

Read Tim Baysinger, www.broadcastingcable.com

Periscope is consensual voyeurism

Wired :: In a week of beta-testing Periscope, the live-streaming app that Twitter bought for a reported $100 millionearly this year and is officially launching today, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things.

Read David Griner, www.adweek.com

Kaltura enables native video on Facebook

Advanced Television :: Kaltura, the video technology platform, hasunveiled a new video Distribution Connector that allows customers to publish native video directly to Facebook from Kaltura. 

Read Staff, Advanced Television, advanced-television.com

Meerkat confirms $14m raise as Twitter launches competitor Periscope

Venture Beat :: Today fledging livestreaming startup Meerkat confirmed it’s raised “around $14 million” in funding from Greylock Partners and others. Company founder Ben Rubin confirmed the $14 million figure during a live Meerkat stream.

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

Live TV-sharing app Whipclip launches

Broadcasting Cable :: A startup called Whipclip, that will allow its users to create three-minute clips of live shows, launched on Thursday. Currently, the app has clips from already-broadcast shows, but that will change on March 30.

Read Tim Baysinger, www.broadcastingcable.com

Good content marketing benefits from a smart publisher's touch

Nieman Lab :: Our startup correspondent, building Worldcrunch in Paris, on the thinking behind its operation’s pivot: “The smart brands know they’ll lose your attention if they use this new publishing power simply to push their merchandise.”

Read Jeff Israely, www.niemanlab.org

Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan to resign

Broadband TV News :: Brian Sullivan, CEO of German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland, will step back on June 24, 2015 and return to his home country USA. 

Read Jörn Krieger, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Johnston launches online-led mag for Belfast covering 'trending news, viral content feeds and street life’

Press Gazette :: Johnston Press has launched its first digitally-led print title, Belfast Vibe, targeting 18- to 35-year-olds in the Northern Ireland capital.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Journalist Babahan faces two years, eight months in prison for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan’s son

Today's Zaman :: An indictment seeks up to two years and eight months in prison for journalist Ergun Babahan over allegedly “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son, Bilal Erdoğan in one of his columns.

Read Staff, TODAYSZAMAN.COM, www.todayszaman.com

Journalist Babahan faces two years, eight months in prison for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan’s son

Today's Zaman :: An indictment seeks up to two years and eight months in prison for journalist Ergun Babahan over allegedly “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son, Bilal Erdoğan in one of his columns.

Read Staff, TODAYSZAMAN.COM, www.todayszaman.com

Journalist Babahan faces two years, eight months in prison for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan’s son

Today's Zaman :: An indictment seeks up to two years and eight months in prison for journalist Ergun Babahan over allegedly “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son, Bilal Erdoğan in one of his columns.

Read Staff, TODAYSZAMAN.COM, www.todayszaman.com

Al Jazeera set to buy Digiturk

Broadband TV News :: Al Jazeera’s BeIN Media Group is close to buying Digiturk, according to Reuters, citing three sources familiar with the talks currently taking place between the two parties.

Read Chris Dziadul, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Journalist Peter Greste delivers blunt message to politicians on detention centre secrecy

SMH :: Freed Australian journalist Peter Greste has criticised the Abbott government for denying journalists access to asylum seekers held in immigration detention centres.

Read Josh Dye, www.smh.com.au

Twitter's broken windows

New York Times :: In 2012, Julia Probst, a young deaf German, announced plans to run in the national parliamentary elections. But after a few TV appearances, she received so many hateful comments on Twitter about her deafness that she decided to pull out of the campaign — and politics.

Read Jochen Bittner, www.nytimes.com

EU hopes to abolish Internet geoblocking, a practice preventing users to access content from other regions

Deutsche Welle :: The European Commission has said it is resolved to do away with the common practice of the user IP-based blocking of some digital content on the Internet. It said geoblocking stood in the way of a modern digital market.

Read Staff, AFP, dpa, www.dw.de

Facebook wants to become the data, media-consumption and sharing backbone of the entire digital media industry

Digiday :: Between making user data available in its video ad network LiveRail, making its video player embeddable on publishers' websites, growing its number of standalone apps and convincing brands and publishers to serve more content through its Messenger app, it's apparent Facebook's ambitions are only growing.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Not a toy anymore: Facebook is shifting towards becoming a tool

Buzzfeed :: With its newly announced Messenger for Business, the company is making a play to do just that, bringing its social networking heft to bear on the customer service experience.

Read Caroline O'Donovan, www.buzzfeed.com

Display is growing, yes, but not for everybody: Facebook, Twitter will take 33% share by 2017 (US)

eMarketer :: US digital display ad spending will total $27.05 billion in 2015, eMarketer estimates, and the market is shifting toward the leading social networks. 

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Peter Greste challenges ‘parochial’ Australia over lack of international coverage

mUmBRELLA :: Freed journalist Peter Greste has challenged Australian editors to ramp up their coverage of international affairs arguing too much of the local media is “parochial” and that audiences will respond positively to more global news.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

2015/03/25

New York Times invests in content marketing startup Keywee

TechCrunch :: While Facebook is reportedly talking to publishers to host their content as a way of boosting the number of people who read it, one more startup is entering the fray to help publishers improve readership and traffic on their own sites, specifically around paid content and content marketing.

Read Ingrid Lunden, techcrunch.com

Trinity Mirror and the Media Trust teamed up for community reporting to bring more diverse voices in the newsroom

Journalism.co.uk :: Sixty young reporters offered training and mentoring to tell their stories and bring more diverse voices in the newsroom

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Twitter is now in the venture capital business

Mashable :: Twitter, the company better known for its short status updates, is learning to embrace the long term with venture capital investments.

Read Seth Fiegerman, mashable.com

News UK's 'vindification': Has its growing subscriber base changed its publishing strategy?

The Media Briefing :: It seems unlikely that an organisation that exists behind a paywall would do anything to jeopardise a growing audience. And with all the data around its audience's consumption habits to which News UK has access, it must be aware of both when and what its audience are choosing to consume behind the paywall.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

Jeremy Clarkson future in balance as reports suggest he is to be sacked

Guardian :: Daily Telegraph reports Top Gear star host has been found to have engaged in physical assault in BBC investigation led by Ken MacQuarrie

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

NewsByMe is a 'radar for social news' around me, or for the area I'm interested in

Florida Weekly :: Unlike any other app available today, NewsByMe is solely based on the geolocation of users or customers and what they deem important, anywhere in the world.

Read Roger Williams, fortmyers.floridaweekly.com

What people think about media vs social audiences is a myth

The Newspaper Works :: Over a four week period, 16.3 million people read news media in print or online, 13.8 million visit one of the top five social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Google+), and 12.8 million do both.

Read Adrian Fernandes, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

Usage patterns: Germany's social users check in several times daily

eMarketer :: In Germany, over half of social media users access social sites several times a day, with females more likely than males to do so. And according to recent research, Facebook has confirmed its lead as the top social site.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Fairfax and Macquarie radio merger to complete by end of month as shareholders vote in favour

mUmBRELLA :: The merger of the Fairfax and Macquarie Radio Network assets should be completed by next Tuesday after shareholders gave the deal the green light at Macquarie meeting this morning. 

Read Alex Hayes, mumbrella.com.au

You can't paint videos on YouTube and Facebook with the same brush: platform differences exist

Digiday :: Brands are taking Facebook video as seriously as YouTube. But video performance on the two platforms differs.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

Hotel chain Marriott is attempting to rebrand itself as a media entity

Digiday :: When you think about Marriott, the hotel chain, chances are the first word you associate with the brand is not "publisher." And yet, the hotel company is attempting to rebrand itself as a media entity, in a move that's emblematic of a broader trend in content marketing. 

Read Tanya Dua, digiday.com

2015/03/24

For Jill Abramson, journalism comes full circle

Harvard :: Former New York Times editor teaches her craft at Harvard, where she learned its rudiments.

Read Jill Abramson, news.harvard.edu

Facebook as host for publishers' content: Is finding readers enough to justify losing some independence?

Nieman Lab :: Instead of just publishing to their own websites, news organizations are being asked to publish directly to platforms they don’t control. Is finding readers enough to justify losing some independence?

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

How Facebook could kill the news brand

Fusion :: It seems my prediction is coming true: Facebook wants news stories to live within its own app. That’s better for Facebook’s readers, who don’t need to click on links and wait for clunky external websites, and it’s better for Facebook, which gets to keep those readers within its own ecosystem

Read Felix Salmon, fusion.net

Jamie Oliver and Time Out to launch Food Tube magazine

Guardian :: Jamie Oliver and Time Out have gone into partnership to launch a print version of the chef’s online Food Tube brand.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Access to more than 110m online readers: Guardian's David Pemsel announces Pangaea Alliance

Guardian :: Initiative will give brands access to more than 110m online readers using programmatic advertising system.

Read Staff, Guardian Staff, www.theguardian.com

Bitly launches Deep Linking feature to drive mobile users directly to mobile apps

AppIndex :: Bitly, the URL shortening service popular on Twitter, has announced a new Deep Linking feature, specifically aimed at driving users to mobile apps.

Read Andy Boxall, appindex.com

In blocking websites, France abandons role as Guardian of free speech

 PBS Mediashift :: Attempts by the French government last week to use vague legislation to block five websites for “condoning terrorism” would be troubling anywhere, but it is especially tragic coming from the country that gave us the champion of free speech and tolerance, and Voltaire.

Read Geoffrey King, www.pbs.org

Johnston Press launches website to connect with small businesses

Guardian :: Johnston Press has launched an online platform, the hub, in a bid to forge relationships with small businesses in areas served by its regional and local newspapers.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Twitter data mining reveals the origins of support for Islamic state

Technology Review :: Twitter Data Mining Reveals the Origins of Support for Islamic State. Studying the pre-Islamic State tweets of people who end up backing the organization paints a revealing picture of how support emerges, say computer scientists.

Read Staff, Technology Review, www.technologyreview.com

Twitter tests videos that automatically play within its mobile apps

Guardian :: Follows fellow social networks Facebook and Instagram with trial of videos that play as they scroll onto the screen in iOS apps.

Read Stuart Dredge, www.theguardian.com

Times website develops edition-based publishing model

Guardian :: Proposed plan for morning, lunchtime and afternoon editions is part of wider initiative called Project D.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

In YouTube’s shadow, Condé Nast’s video hub The Scene struggles to take off

Digiday :: 

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

New York Times Close to Content Deal With Facebook

The Wrap :: Facebook is in talks with at least half a dozen media companies including The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic to host content directly within the social media platform, instead of on their own individual websites.

Read Debbie Emery, www.thewrap.com

2015/03/23

Hearst exec on positioning brands for international growth

FIPP.com :: When chief digital officer Gary Ellis joined the company last year in this newly created role, his responsibilities included overseeing the business’ overall strategy for global web and mobile products. Speaking at the Digital Innovators’ Summit today in Berlin about a digital strategy which works across a number of brands, he pointed out that some of HMI’s markets “didn’t have resources for digital or were just focusing on print”, without regarding digital as an ad-supported business.

Read Madalina Ciobanu, www.fipp.com

It is the journalists’ job to select the news and set the agenda. Should we relinquish it to the audience?

RJI Online :: Many newsrooms in an earlier era had several, seemingly good, reasons to pay little heed to real readers and viewers. So, what’s changed?

Read Tim Vos, www.rjionline.org

Pinterest head of international on how to get discovered and drive traffic

FIPP :: Pinterest has more than 70m monthly users and two thirds of what people pin come from professional destinations. Crystal pointed out that “people on Pinterest need publishers and brands to make their ideas a reality” and some examples of companies using the platform right in Germany are Bauer Digital, essen&trinken and Fit for Fun.

Read Staff, FIPP, www.fipp.com

Mydio: Personalised radio for mixing music and news

Journalism.co.uk :: The stand-out entry for news at the Media Hack Day in Berlin yesterday lets users combine their Spotify account with automated news articles

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

‘Netflix for magazines’ services explain why they’re not doomed

PBS Mediashift :: Two smaller companies, Magzter and Readly, have recently started offering the “all-you-can-read” subscription option to U.S. readers. They hope not just to avoid doom, but to thrive. They’re counting on simple downloads, niche and international appeal, and the residual strength of print culture. So why do they think they’ll endure and succeed?

Read Susan Currie Sivek, www.pbs.org

Widespread calls for CPS to review 'witch hunt' of journalists after acquittal of four Sun journalists

Press Gazette :: There have been widespread calls for the Crown Prosecution Service to review its policy on prosecuting journalists after the acquittal of four Sun journalists on Friday.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Australia: Wendy Harmer’s The Hoopla closes citing competitive market as News Corp launches women-centric challenger

mUmBRELLA :: Wendy Harmer’s independent women’s news and commentary site The Hoopla is closing after failing to find a sustainable business model, with its publisher signalling they are in now talks with other media owners to sell the brand. 

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Article: Consumers in Sweden Spent Over 6 Hours Daily with Media in 2014

Consumers in Sweden spent approximately 6 hours and 20 minutes with media on an average day in 2014, according to recent research. Around one-quarter of that time was spent watching TV, while nearly one-third was spent on various online activities, including digital video and social media.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Saturation point reached? - Social growth stalling, Facebook moves aggressively into the banking world

Digiday :: Facebook’s user growth is declining, so news this week that Facebook added a send-friends-money button to its Messenger app is a signal the social network is moving aggressively into the banking world. Which unlocks cool new opportunities for marketers, argues Ben Kunz, vp of strategic planning at Mediassociates.

Read Ben Kunz, digiday.com

Hearst president David Carey: ‘We’re a content company with a platform mentality’

Digiday :: As Hearst Magazines president, David Carey is constantly on the lookout for growth, from Hearst's longstanding titles, acquisitions and new launches. But publishing a monthly magazine isn't what it used to be. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Can data analysis reveal the most toxic communities on Reddit?

Guardian :: TumblrInAction, TheRedPill and BlackPeopleTwitter seemingly welcome bigoted comments, according to analysis by Ibidon’s Ben Bell.

Read Alex Hern, www.theguardian.com

Beware of Airbnb entering the hyperlocal travel guide business

Monday Notes :: Airbnb has every reason to enter the news services sector – and to threaten a broad range of media/services such as Trip Advisor or Yelp. 

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

2015/03/22

UK: the public seem to accept that newspapers do pay for stories and that it doesn't constitute a crime

Guardian :: The Old Bailey jury’s clearing of four Sun journalists on Friday illustrates the flaws in Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan police investigation into journalistic payments to public officials.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Shutterstock pays out £2.5m in a year to its UK contributors

Guardian :: Shutterstock, the US-based company that licences its vast library of photographs and video footage to publications, paid out £2,580,000 to its UK contributors last year.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Mirror says its readership online and in print has eclipsed the paywalled Sun

Press Gazette :: London's cloudy weather may have made today's eclipse a non-event for many in the UK capital. But the Daily Mirror did not let this ruin its fun, using the event as an opportunity to tease a tabloid rival.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

From busy newsroom (2009) ... to an empty shell (2012): Will Steacy's photo documentary

Guardian :: The newspaper industry in the US is in freefall as the shift to digital news accelerates. One photojournalist has spent five years lamenting the decline, and charting what has been lost

Read Tim Adams, www.theguardian.com

IBM introduces Twitter-fueled data services for business

New York Times :: IBM is betting a fair share of its future on exploiting large troves of data for its business customers, and Twitter is a big-data fire-hose with 6,000 tweets a second, more than half a billion each day.

Read Steve Lohr, bits.blogs.nytimes.com

2015/03/21

Erdogan has all but destroyed Turkish journalism

Guardian :: Journalists are being intimidated and imprisoned, while government-friendly moguls are given lucrative contracts. The free media is on the verge of extinction.

Read Yavuz Baydar, www.theguardian.com

BBC Trust names ex-Radio 4 controller and banker as new trustees

Guardian :: Mark Damazer and Mark Florman to join corporation’s governing body, alongside BAE chairman Sir Roger Carr

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Tom Rosenstiel breaks down what millennial trends mean for journalism

Millennials discover news through Facebook, not the homepage of a legacy newspaper, and they don't care much about government spying, as the American Press Institute's (APi) study on 'How millennials get news' reported. APi's Executive Director Tom Rosenstiel tells the World Editors Forum what he takes away from the study, and how the trends of the first digital generation are likely to impact on journalism.

Read more ...

Read Jake Evans, blog.wan-ifra.org

Woman killed herself after being doorstepped over McCann trolling

Guardian :: Sky News offers condolences to family of Brenda Leyland, who was found dead in a Leicester hotel two days after channel broadcast footage of her.

Read Caroline Davies, Tara Conlan, www.theguardian.com

How well can legacy media compete with heavily venture capital-backed, digitally-obsessed companies?

Guardian :: The fear among legacy media companies at this year’s Changing Media Summit had declined but the threat of digital-only rivals has not gone away

Read Robert Andrews, www.theguardian.com

Pinterest explains how it personalizes your home feed

Venture Beat :: You may have noticed that your Pinterest home feed has become more interesting lately. Here's why. 

Read Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com

Could robots actually run the entire sports desk (and other data driven areas) one day?

Journalism.co.uk :: With Associated Press announcing that algorithmic programs will soon be used on the sports desk, should journalists be worried they'll soon be replaced?

Read Jack Shepherd, www.journalism.co.uk

Here’s the recipe Netflix uses to make binge-worthy TV

Quartz :: Given that everything Netflix touches these days seems to turn to gold, developing a new series for the streaming service might appear an relatively easy task. After all, “until they report ratings, it’s going to be a home run for everyone that has a show there!” NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt joked to reporters earlier this year.

Read Jason Lynch, qz.com

2015/03/20

Working on a Phone app: Facebook is testing an Android dialer with caller ID and automatic call blocking

Venture Beat :: Facebook is developing a new Android dialer that leverages the social network’s massive database of phone numbers. The company confirmed the existence of the app, simply called Phone, but wouldn’t offer any more details.

Read Emil Protalinski, venturebeat.com

Kansas City - Google Fiber may have created a game-changer: Real measurement of TV ad views

Adweek :: Want to know exactly how many people saw your ad on TV? Want dynamic insertion? The answer has long been "tough luck." But now it's possible ... in Kansas City.

Read Sam Thielman, www.adweek.com

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui says president Enrique Peña Nieto's office backed her firing

Guardian :: Carmen Aristegui urges MVS Radio to reinstate her after she was dismissed after helping uncover scandal that embarrassed Enrique Peña Nieto.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Amazon’s Twitch is a sleeping giant of media

Digiday :: Twitch might not yet be a household name, but that could quickly change as the Amazon-owned video platform starts to add to its media credentials.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

New venture Amazon Publishing France: How will the French respond?

Publishing Perspectives :: The Amazon Publishing France had hired its first employee, Clément Monjou, who will start by publishing a pair of translations under the Crossing imprint.

Read Dennis Abrams, publishingperspectives.com

Reuters websites blocked in China

Reuters :: The news websites of Reuters, including those in English and Chinese, were inaccessible in China on Friday, after users first experienced difficulties accessing them late on Thursday.

Read Jason Subler, www.huffingtonpost.com

New York Times to launch Chinese-language monthly in Hong Kong

Guardian :: US newspaper claims it is response to growing audience in China.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

The gesture that turned a fiscal crisis into Twitter fodder - or did it?

New York Times :: What had been a serious debate over Greece’s economic future has taken a side track down a tabloidy, Twitter-paved path.

Read Liz Alderman, Melissa Eddyd, www.nytimes.com

Inside LinkedIn’s ‘underpants gnome’ publishing strategy

Digiday :: LinkedIn has has successfully convinced business publications such as The Economist Group and TheStreet to publish their videos directly to its SlideShare platform. 

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Why Europe’s publishers have embraced programmatic co-ops

Digiday :: As Google and Facebook control an increasing amount of ad spend, publishers realize that the only way they can stay competitive is to join forces. Enter the programmatic co-op, which Europe's publishers see as a way to combine both their audiences and data.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

China’s top video streaming site Youku and sister site Tudou now getting 900m views each day

Tech in Asia :: Youku and sister site Tudou now get 900 million views each day and have 150 million daily active users, the company revealed today.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

2015/03/19

Russian media regulator denies registration to Crimean news outlets

CPJ :: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the deteriorating media climate in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that was annexed by Russia last year.

Read Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Fairfax rolls out new newsroom model: switch to regional editorial manager

NBR :: Fairfax Media New Zealand is rolling out a new model for its newsrooms nationwide and regional newspaper editors are disappearing in favour of regional editorial managers based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Read Pam Graham, www.nbr.co.nz

What should digital news designed for the elderly look like? One starting point: NewsForBetty.com

Nieman Lab :: Americans 65-plus have higher  smartphone and tablet adoption rates than you might think. And the intersection of technological and demographic trends guarantee there will only be more older people interacting with more digital news in the future.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

What the New York Times learned from pulling its Knicks beat writer this season

Poynter :: When Scott Cacciola started the season as the Knicks beat writer for the New York Times, he didn’t anticipate that by January he would be writing about a girls fifth-grade basketball team in Springfield, Ill. instead of Carmelo Anthony.

Read Ed Sherman, www.poynter.org

The quandary of reporting in 'sectarian' Iraq

BBC :: Six years after the sectarian war between the Shia and Sunni communities in Iraq subsided, Iraqis still sharply disagree over how this particular chapter of the country's recent history should be told to the outside world.

Read Ahmed Maher, www.bbc.com

Yahoo to close Beijing research centre, lay off 200-300 employees

Telecompaper :: The centre employs around 350 people, mostly engineers and scientists. Layoffs will begin at the end of the month, sources said.

Read Staff, Telecompaper, www.telecompaper.com

Next gen realtime broadcasts: The most creative uses for Meerkat

Mashable :: If you feel like the press coverage from this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) event sounds more like an Animal Planet show than a tech event, you're not alone.

Read Seth Fiegerman, mashable.com

How the Times is using social media data to identify where its stories are gaining traction

Digiday :: While it may be thrilling for readers to square off with a Times journalist in a Facebook comments thread, it’s hard to quantify what that does for the Times as a business. Media companies publishing directly to social media platforms is the latest in vogue digital media trend.

Read John McDermott , digiday.com

Jukin Media: Building an empire on other people’s viral videos

Digiday :: As other digital video companies move toward creator partnerships and snazzy original content, Jukin Media is determined to build a scalable media business based on wacky animal videos and other viral fare.

Read Eric Blattberg, digiday.com

As the podcast audience expands, mobile is increasingly becoming the device of choice for listening

eMarketer :: As the podcast audience expands, mobile is increasingly becoming the device of choice for listening. While there's still plenty of room for growth in the number of weekly users, frequent podcast listening among this group suggests marketers could leverage the medium to reach a fairly engaged audience.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Australia: SBS downplays reports it will scale back football coverage

mUmBRELLA :: Multicultural public broadcaster SBS has downplayed suggestions it is considering a dramatic reduction in its football coverage, insisting it remains “committed” to the sport. But ...

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

Sepp Blatter declines BBC and Sky invitation to Fifa presidency debate

Guardian :: Sepp Blatter has loftily dismissed a joint invitation from the BBC and Sky to take part in a televised debate with his rivals for the Fifa presidency.

Read Owen Gibson, www.theguardian.com

2015/03/18

What can other newsrooms learn from nonprofit news organizations about partnerships and engagement?

RJI Online :: This week we explore some of the ideas and opportunities emerging among nonprofit newsrooms, including The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Marshall Project, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune

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

Interactive - The Cord Cutter: calculate what it would cost to get all of your TV online

The Verge :: 2015 is the year we can finally say goodbye to cable subscriptions and embrace online television.

Read Ross Miller, www.theverge.com

How The Irish Times developed its new (very relaxed) metered paywall

Nieman Lab :: “We could’ve cut our way out of existence in a very orderly way over the next 10 years. But strategically, we saw the need to invest in digital.”

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch says enlarged Sky will innovate faster

Broadband TV News :: Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch says the satcaster’s combined operations make it the biggest connected TV platform in Europe.

Read Julian Clover, www.broadbandtvnews.com

How the j-school hackathon turned me into an entrepreneur

PBS Mediashift :: By dinnertime, we felt stuck in our tracks, mired in quicksand. We were falling slowly but surely down a deep dark hole of no return. Our idea was still conceptual and lacked an actual product. At dinner, pizza was served with a side of puzzled journalists with an extra helping of “how in the world are we going to pull this off?”

Read Tresa Tudrick, www.pbs.org

Richard Sambrook explains what community reporters should keep in mind before starting up their sites

Journalism.co.uk :: Cuts to local newsrooms leave gaps that are now increasingly filled, in the UK and Europe at least, by journalists and citizens interested in starting up community sites.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Wearables like the Apple Watch are likely to change the structure of newsrooms

The Newspaper Works :: Wearables like the Apple Watch are likely to change the structure of newsrooms and will lead to further unbundling of content, Fairfax Media’s director of mobile has predicted in an interview with The Newspaper Works.

Read Declan Gooch, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

Expert advice for audio in the 21st century

Soundcloud :: Broadcasters and producers from the BBC, Serial, the Observer and more share their advice for making audio production work online.

Read Alastair Reid, soundcloud.com

Dataminr raises $130 million to expand enterprise verticals for Twitter analytics

ZDNet :: Big data firm Dataminr has raised $130 million in new funding that the company plans to use as fuel for its expansion into more enterprise verticals.

Read Natalie Gagliordi, www.zdnet.com

Rhapsody lets you stream over 30 million songs on Twitter

Engadget :: In an effort to better compete with a juggernaut like Spotify, Rhapsody is using one of the world's most popular social networks to showcase and promote its music-streaming service.

Read Edgar Alvarez, www.engadget.com

'Not frictionless' - How retailers hack Instagram to drive sales, shows us how to link photos to real products

Digiday :: Instagram is a prime platform for retailers to show off their newest products, except for one major flaw: There's no way to shop the looks seen in a brand's Instagram feed.

Read Hilary Milnes, digiday.com

One year in: What The Guardian’s content studio has learned

Digiday :: The Guardian has attracted some big brands to Guardian Labs, its internal branded content agency. But while those brands want to be attached to The Guardian's quality reporting and independence, it's a fraught relationship.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Australia: Tony Abbott signals he is unlikely to let journalists fight metadata warrants

Guardian :: Abbott concedes access to journalists’ metadata to help uncover a confidential source needs court approval, but baulks at permitting them to argue against it.

Read Daniel Hurst, www.theguardian.com

Article: Super-Social Teens Means Divided Attention in the UK

Social media usage among teens in the UK is high. It's also incredibly varied, with over a quarter of 11- to 16-year-olds accessing six or more social networks or messaging apps each week. With so many options, it's a wonder teens have time for any kind of social life in the physical world.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Digital readership isn’t limited to big cities

The Newspaper Works :: Some 42 percent of the newspaper digital audience live in regional and rural areas.

Read Adrian Fernandes, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

2015/03/17

New NYT styleguide reflects an evolving paper

Poynter :: Three Rivers Press is now selling an updated version of The New York Times stylebook, which contains every update that’s been added to Times style since the last edition was published in 1999, New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett tells Poynter.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

The capital of Iran’s fact-checking movement is not in Tehran, but Toronto, 6,000 miles away

Poynter :: When Farhad Souzanchi wanted to promote government accountability in his home country of Iran and track the campaign promises of President Hassan Rouhani, his only choice was to open an office in Canada, more than 6,000 miles away.

Read Daniel Carp, www.poynter.org

Is Twitter catfishing ISIS?

The Daily Beast :: The hacktivist group Anonymous has accessed 9,200 ISIS Twitter account handles and released the list to the public. Using the Twitter hashtag #CtrlSec, hundreds of anonymous members across the world have systematically flagged ISIS accounts beginning last month.

Read Michael Howard, www.thedailybeast.com

ORF plans international VOD service for classical music

Broadband TV News :: Austrian public broadcaster ORF wants to set up a video-on-demand (VOD) service for classical music lovers.

Read Jörn Krieger, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Meerkat: the future of reporting – or just a plaything for narcissists?

Guardian :: The video-streaming platform could, say some big-name supporters, be the killer app for citizen journalists, allowing them to broadcast world-changing events live to the planet. So our correspondent in Kent went out in search of some hot news.

Read Stuart Heritage, www.theguardian.com

The Sun launches free site to 'disrupt' online politics coverage

Journalism.co.uk :: Sun website editor Tim Gatt explains what drives the SunNation experiment and what space the site wants to fill online

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Television... but for radio: The secret of Serial's success

Journalism.co.uk :: Serial producer Dana Chivvis discussed how she helped make the most popular podcast in the world at a BBC event in London yesterday as part of a panel of experienced broadcasters

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

Apollo in the lead to buy Digital First Media - sources

Reuters :: Buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced talks to acquire most of the assets of Digital First Media, publisher of the Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News, for around $400 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Read Greg Roumeliotis, Liana B. Baker, www.reuters.com

Why legacy publishers should emulate rather than criticise BuzzFeed

The Media Briefing :: Yesterday saw the publication of BuzzFeed's Brews' first international interview, between UK deputy editor Jim Waterson and the prime minster David Cameron. Predictably, it was immediately criticised by a legacy publisher.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

YouTube for Artists launches with video card component

Stream Daily :: The new channel is a one-stop shop for expanding an artist’s career, including tips on how to get discovered via YouTube, lessons on engaging fans with music videos and a guide to monetizing content on the network.

Read Nick Krewen, streamdaily.tv

Inside The Texas Tribune: Before growing audience, let’s first understand it

RJI Online :: In my last post, I briefly described The Texas Tribune’s strategic challenge around smart audience growth and a pilot to test a growth-hacking concept, funded by the generosity of a Reynolds Journalism Institute institutional fellowship. In a future post, I’ll share results of the pilot. For now, a little more on audience.

Read Tim Griggs, www.rjionline.org

Radio broadcasters seek changes in disclosure rules for paid programming

New York Times :: A group of radio broadcasters has asked for changes to federal rules about how stations disclose paid programming, raising fresh concerns about one of the music industry’s most enduring scandals — payola.

Read Nat Ives, adage.com

Pinterest valuation at $11bn after new round of fund-raising

The success of the financing shows that investors remain infatuated with the online scrapbooking service.

Read Michael J. de la Merced, www.nytimes.com

Apple to launch streaming TV service in September - report

Telecompaper :: Apple is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks over its online TV service this fall.

Read Staff, Telecompaper, www.telecompaper.com

The parent company of the Daily Mirror in talks to buy Richard Desmond's Express

Guardian :: It is not known if negotiations between Trinity Mirror and Express Newspapers include the Sunday Express and Star titles.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

The Sun today launched a light-hearted Buzzfeed-style political website beyond its paywall

Press Gazette :: The Sun today launched a light-hearted Buzzfeed-style political website beyond its paywall.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirms 13 referrals to investigate leaks from Commonwealth officials

mUmBRELLA :: The revelation comes amid the ongoing debate over the retention of metadata and follows a “fact check” issued by the AFP condemning the journalists‘ union for a statement which quoted AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin confirming the federal police “had been repeatedly asked to hunt down journalists”.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Politico preparing to launch European site in April

Huffington Post :: Politico announced a flurry of hires Tuesday and plans to launch its European edition on April 21, according to a staff memo obtained by The Huffington Post.

Read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

2015/03/16

Forbes Media acquires private photo sharing app Camerama

Forbes :: Forbes Media today announced the acquisition of the private photo sharing app Camerama.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Read Staff, Forbes, www.forbes.com

Watchup app woos millennials with custom-curated news streaming

Los Angeles Times :: Adriano Farano is betting he can bring video journalism to young viewers who are growing up with smartphones, tablets and the convenience of viewing what they want whenever they want

Read Stephen Battaglio, www.latimes.com

How’s your digital hygiene? Practical advice on improving your digital security

It's All Journalism :: Seamus Tuohy likes to use the term “digital hygiene” to describe a set of best practices for how people incorporate digital security in their daily lives.

Read Michael O’Connell, itsalljournalism.com

Screen size not the only mobile responsive variable, says Nick Lynch

Beet.TV :: Developers have spent the last couple of years tweaking websites for smaller screens using “responsive” design techniques. But screen size is not the only way to adapt experiences for mobile screens.

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Algerian minister threatens to revoke accreditation of foreign press in case of " insult or defamation"

CPJ :: Algerian Communications Minister Hamid Grine said in a press conference that authorities had the right to revoke the accreditation of foreign correspondents.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

How virtual reality could revolutionize journalism

ReadWrite :: The man in the car next to me is on the phone with the police. Just beyond him on the grass, a teenager in a hoodie is moving erratically. He takes off and the man chases after him, despite the police urging him to sit tight.

Read Signe Brewster, readwrite.com

YouTube introduces 'cards' which work across mobile and desktop

YouTube :: Because cards work across mobile and desktop and give you more flexibility to share what you want, our goal is to have these eventually replace annotations. But this will happen only once they can do everything annotations can do today, and more.

Read Muli Salem, youtubecreator.blogspot.de

Distribution channels - ABC News available on Roku, and Apple TV internationally

AdWeek ::  ABC News went ahead and announced that it’s going to be available on Roku devices as of right now. ABC News VP of Digital Colby Smith says in an official memo.

Read Karen Fratti, www.adweek.com

Leading Mexican investigative journalist Carmen Aristegu fired by radio station

Wall Street Journal :: Media company refused to accept Ms. Aristegu’s demands to reinstate two journalists fired last week.

Read José de Córdoba, www.wsj.com

European voice? - Die Welt, El País, La Repubblica, Le Figaro, Le Soir, Tages-Anzeiger, Tribune de Genève launch LENA cc @wblau

Axel Springer :: Seven leading newspapers from six countries have launched the Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA), in order to combine their journalistic skills and to promote quality journalism in Europe.

Read Staff, Axel Springer, www.axelspringer.de

Programmatic ad pricing is starting to rise as demand outstrips supply

Business Insider ::  Automated ad buying and selling tools are increasingly driving digital ad sales in the U.S. That means less human-mediated, manual sales, and more opportunities for ad tech specialists to gain a share of ad spend.

Read Mark Hoelzel, uk.businessinsider.com

Programmatic ad pricing is starting to rise as demand outstrips supply

Business Insider ::  Automated ad buying and selling tools are increasingly driving digital ad sales in the U.S. That means less human-mediated, manual sales, and more opportunities for ad tech specialists to gain a share of ad spend.

Read Mark Hoelzel, uk.businessinsider.com

Millennials Drive YouTube Viewing in Germany

eMarketer :: Younger adults in Germany are the most frequent YouTube viewers. However, more than half of all internet users in the country watch video content on the platform at least once a week.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Confession of a traditional publisher: Inhabiting ‘that moral middle ground’

Digiday :: In the latest in our Confessions series, an anonymous publishing exec says that while it's hard to get print reps with digital skills, too many digital salespeople don't even bother to read the company's own magazine. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it

Nieman Lab :: The new report from the Media Insight Project looks at millennials’ habits and attitudes toward news consumption: “I really wouldn’t pay for any type of news because as a citizen it’s my right to know the news.”

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

The 10 commandments of Wechat: new rules for what you can and can’t post

Tech in Asia :: WeChat, the most popular messaging app and social network in China with 468 million monthly active users, yesterday set in stone 10 rules for users posting to the app’s news feed, called Moments in English.

Read Paul Bischoff, www.techinasia.com

Australia: Mobile readership jumps 26%, printed newspapers reach 81% of the population

The Newspaper Works :: Mobile has fuelled growth in total newspaper readership, which has risen by 1% to 16.3 million readers across combined print and digital platforms, today’s emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) data for the 12 months to January 2015 shows.

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

Tony Abbott gives ground on access to journalists' metadata

Guardian :: Prime minister urges Labor to support bill with new amendment requiring agencies to get a warrant before accessing journalists’ metadata to identify a source.

Read Lenore Taylor, Daniel Hurst, www.theguardian.com

The journalists reporting in regions where it is often too risky for news organisations to operate

Independent :: In regions where it is often too risky for news organisations to operate, the job of spreading news and information often falls to brave individuals like Amran Abdundi, a women’s rights activist based in north-eastern Kenya, who runs the Frontier Indigenous Network, an organisation that helps women set up shelters and radio-listening groups along the dangerous border with Somalia, with little funding or support.

Read Adam Sherwin, www.independent.co.uk

2015/03/15

YouTube is exploring the prospect of launching its own subscription VOD service

Variety :: YouTube is exploring the prospect of launching its own subscription VOD service, modeled on YouTube Music Key.

Read Todd Spangler, variety.com

News media should drop native apps, writes Frédéric Filloux

Monday Note :: hen it comes to the most basic form of news delivery, facts keep piling up in a way that makes native apps more and more questionable. Here is why it’s worth considering a move back to mobile sites or web apps.

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: ‘We like giving great storytellers big canvases’

Guardian :: The on-demand TV service’s chief content officer on House of Cards, its first UK production, and where it plans to go next

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

How trustworthy is this site? - How Google’s truth algorithm could change the equation

RJI Online :: Last month, Google researchers published what might be the next leap forward in search. The new algorithm would assess websites based on how trustworthy they are. This change could help push misinformation and hoaxes into the background. But some are already crying foul, calling into question how the algorithm determines facts.

Read Staff, RJI Online, www.rjionline.org

‘Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it’

IVOH :: Every so often, we like to feature memorable quotes about storytelling. Here are a few that caught our eye this week. We created the quotes using a tool called ReciteThis.com. Feel free to share them and repost them.

Read Mallary Jean Tenore, ivoh.org

Live streaming is all the rage. But how will Twitter monitor it?

Recode :: The problem with live broadcasting is that it’s hard to monitor. For now, Meerkat seems to be working its way harmlessly through the tech circles, and Periscope is still in beta. But what happens when the products go more mainstream?

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

Will Meerkat and Stre.am become the next big journalism apps?

Poynter :: Streaming video to your social followers may be the next big thing and journalists are already buzzing about the Meerkat app, and an even newer app called Stre.am.

Read Al Tompkins, www.poynter.org

Journohub wants to link editors and freelancers

Journalism.co.uk :: The platform only lets reporters file pitches by category rather than to specific publications, to add new names to their contact lists.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

The Spanish pay-TV market is gaining subscribers but losing revenue

Advanced TV :: The pay-TV market reached 4.76 million subs, up 23.32 per cent, but with lower revenue, down 6.98 per cent to €401.3 million, in the third quarter of 2014.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Julian Assange case: Sweden offers to question him in UK

BBC :: Swedish prosecutors have offered to travel to London to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over sex assault allegations.

Read Maddy Savage, www.bbc.co.uk

Why you can't always believe what you read in scientific journals - Vox

Vox :: When people talk about the flaws in the scientific process, they often raise the problem of peer review.

Read Julia Belluz, www.vox.com

The newsroom as an open air prison: corruption and self censorship in Turkish journalism

Shorenstein Center :: A new paper by Yavuz Baydar, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014), and columnist, blogger, and co-founder of the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), examines current threats to freedom of the press in Turkey.

Read Yavuz Baydar, shorensteincenter.org

The long story behind Gigaom’s sudden demise

ReCode :: Behind the scenes, Gigaom’s managers and investors had known the company was in serious peril for more than two months. And while they hadn’t discussed it publicly, its backers had been trying to fix the company for at least a year by pouring millions more into the publisher and swapping out executives.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Meerkat: 'Everyone has a story to tell,' says founder of live-streaming app

Guardian :: Ben Rubin’s mobile video service, which lets Twitter users take their viewers with them, has been the talk of Silicon Valley as investment offers pour in.

Read Rupert Neate, www.theguardian.com

Privatising BBC3 would be as pernicious as Isis destroying Iraq’s historic sites

Guardian :: If BBC3 is sold to the free-market fundamentalists we’ll lose the very idea of public broadcasting within a decade

Read Stewart Lee, www.theguardian.com

2015/03/14

"Reuters is looking for an aggressive journalist with a passion for speed"

Thomson Reuters :: Reuters is looking for an aggressive journalist with a passion for speed and knack for building sources to join our team of reporters covering Swiss companies and the economy, based in Zurich.

Read Staff, Thomson Reuters, jobs.thomsonreuters.com

Snapchat launches local channel for New Yorkers

Adweek :: One of the app's most popular features, its Local section used widely on college campuses, is now giving New Yorkers a way to send snaps to one big "Our Story," creating a quick montage of what's happening all around town.

Read Garett Sloane, www.adweek.com

Google released a sample app to introduce Android developers to programming for multi-device applications

ReadWrite :: Called Universal Music Player, the reference app is bare bones and not consumer-ready, but functional on all Android devices.

Read Lauren Orsini, readwrite.com

Media blackout: would I be happier if I didn't read the news?

Guardian :: Writer Jesse Armstrong couldn’t go even a few minutes without checking the headlines. So he set himself a challenge: no news for a month. Would he feel better about the world – or just out of the loop?

Read Jesse Armstrong, www.theguardian.com

Twitter chokes off Meerkat's access to its social network

Buzzfeed News :: Twitter is cutting off Meerkat’s ability to port people’s social networks over from Twitter to its own service—the so-called social graph. That means when new users come on board, they will no longer be automatically connected to the other people they are already following on Twitter.

Read Mat Honan, www.buzzfeed.com

Condé Nast's portfolio of 21 Web sites and 17 digital video channels attracted a total audience of 80.9m in Feb 2015

Mediapost :: Cond Nast set a record for its digital audience size in February 2015, the high-end publisher reported. Cond Nast's portfolio of 21 Web sites and 17 digital video channels attracted a total audience of 80.9 million consumers last month, for a 75% increase from 46 million in February 2014.

Read Eric Sass, www.mediapost.com

Hulu, Amazon, and Yahoo reportedly locked in bidding war to stream Seinfeld

 The Verge :: Pretty soon you'll be able to binge watch Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. Seinfeld is close to joining a major streaming service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The only question is which one it'll be.

Read Chris Welch, www.theverge.com

Paid media no longer driving fashion recommendations claim fashion startup bosses

mUmBRELLA :: The founders of two disruptive online fashion businesses have said bricks and mortar retailers must become customer service centres, and said magazines and paid media are no longer the most effective drivers for sales.

Read Alex Hayes, mumbrella.com.au

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Here’s how the livestreaming app Periscope works

TechCrunch :: Today Twitter officially announced its January acquisition of livestreaming app Periscope. According to several sources, it will be launched as a separate app from Twitter with the ability to watch both live and previously broadcasted mobile video streams.

Read Josh Constine, techcrunch.com

‘Don’t ignore native advertising just because it feels icky’ journalism expert warns media

mUmBRELLA :: Branded content and native advertising should not be ignored by media outlets “just because it makes us feel icky”, while plagiarism and not attributing sources is “one of the greatest problems we have”, a journalism expert has said.

Read Alex Hayes, mumbrella.com.au

Using private accounts to conduct government business: Gawker Media sues State Department

Politburo :: Today, Gawker Media filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint in U.S. District Court against the Department of State, seeking email correspondence between former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines and members of the news media.

Read John Cook, politburo.kinja.com

Mirror hacking trial: Newspaper group could face criminal prosecution over phone hacking

Independent :: Mirror Group Newspapers were described in court by their counsel at the civil trial involving eight claimants, as 'co-operating' and offering support in an 'on-going police inquiry'

Read James Cusick, www.independent.co.uk

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