2015/06/30

Arianna Huffington’s improbable, insatiable content machine

New York Times :: She did more than anyone else to invent the Internet news business. After a decade, despite setbacks, she is still setting the pace.

Read David Segal, www.nytimes.com

Native advertising, short-term gains, long-term deception?

Mediapost :: As each generation becomes savvier and harder to reach, brands and advertisers have to think more creatively to reach their target audience, leading many to turn to native advertising. 

Read Duncan Hall, www.mediapost.com

How the issue of immigration is shaping journalism in Europe - Journalism.co.uk

Journalism.co.uk :: Not-for-profit Italian project Migranti and the pan-european The Migrants Files, are tackling the international debate about immigrants, experimenting with different languages and formats.

Read Valerio Bassan, www.journalism.co.uk

The Guardian reaches further into U.S. market with L.A. outpost

AdAge :: The Guardian is expanding its footprint in the U.S., hiring Indiewire Managing Editor Nigel Smith as an L.A.-based entertainment writer to strengthen the paper's coverage of film in America. 

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

BBC3 to be axed as TV channel after Trust approves online move

Independent :: A campaign by stars including Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Coogan to save BBC3 has failed after the BBC Trust announced that the youth channel should cease broadcasting and move online.

Read Adam Sherwin, www.independent.co.uk

Ministers urged to intervene as BBC under threat of losing of Olympics coverage rights

Independent :: The BBC could lose the rights to screen the Olympics from 2022 after Eurosport and its parent company Discovery secured a £920m rights deal to show the Games in Europe.

Read Adam Sherwin, www.independent.co.uk

Greek entrepreneurs rally together to help Greece’s startups through the financial crisis

Tech.EU :: The financial crisis in Greece is coming to a head, and with capital controls in place across the country, startups are unable to pay for their services in order to stay in business. However, Greek entrepreneurs are coming together to help these companies through this difficult time.

Read Neil Murray, tech.eu

Egypt: 5 times the State Information Service scolded foreign media for misreporting terrorism in Egypt

Mada Masr :: The State Information Service (SIS) issued a statement Monday afternoon blaming the Muslim Brotherhood for the assassination of Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat in a car bombing earlier that morning.

Read Staff, Mada Masr, www.madamasr.com

(OPiVenture capital and the cost of being too growth-focused

Venture Beat :: There's a fundamental mismatch between the goals of VCs and the goals of businesses. And that mismatch is hurting some good tech companies.

Read Michael Ortner, venturebeat.com

Is the future of mobile film making closer than we think?

Fstoppers :: While there's never been a sure fire way to win work and sustain a living as a photographer or film maker, and particularly not today given how much change we are seeing, having your own unique vision can help set you apart from the crowd. 

Read David Geffin, fstoppers.com

News Corp offers tabloids for ten cents extra under ‘bundle’ structure with The Australian

mUmBRELLA :: News Corp Australia is running a promotion offering consumers their local tabloid newspaper for just ten cents when they buy national broadsheet The Australian. 

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

Ad blocking’s collateral damage: publisher data

Digiday :: The biggest concern on publishers' minds when it comes to ad blocking is revenue: the more ads blocked, the more publishers lose. A typical gaming site, for example, can see ad blocking rates as high as 50 percent. But ad blocking is also complicating publishers ability to collect data. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

‘It’s unnatural': What agency creatives really think about vertical video

Digiday ::Vertical video is having a moment: Evan Spiegel pitched Snapchat’s vertical video format last week, Facebook announced a new vertical ad format, and there’s a new agency devoted to it. 

Read Shareen Pathak, digiday.com

2015/06/29

Egyptian Journalists: Torture, abuse, and a culture of fear

World Policy Institute :: On June 25, 2015, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released a special report detailing the imprisonment of Egyptian journalists, which has reached a record high in the last year. 

Read Callie Plapinger, www.worldpolicy.org

NBC to Donald Trump: You’re fired

New York Times :: Following inflammatory remarks that Mr. Trump made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential announcement, NBC said in a statement that it was ending its business relationship.

Read Alan Rappeport, www.nytimes.com

'Ego is a liability in the newsroom'

Journalism.co.uk :: Curiosity, flexibility, tenacity – three things the director of digital news projects at The Washington Post says are central to the job in this week's interview

Read Alastair Reid, www.journalism.co.uk

BBC dealt another blow after losing control of TV rights for Olympics

Guardian :: The BBC has lost control of the rights to the Olympic Games from 2022 onwards after the US broadcasting giant Discovery, owner of Eurosport, signed a £920m exclusive pan-European deal.

Read Owen Gibson, www.theguardian.com

What the hell happens at a publishing Hackathon?

Publishing Perspective :: More than 20 publishing and reading-related technology demos were developed in a caffeine-fueled 48-hour frenzy at this past weekend's CODEX Hackathon.

Read Edward Nawotka, publishingperspectives.com

Michael D. Eisner brings his media expertise to local TV markets

New York Times :: The former Disney chief’s newest company, Tornante, is teaming up with Sinclair Broadcast Group to produce and distribute new syndicated shows to be aired mostly during the day by local stations.

Read Brooks Barnes, www.nytimes.com

New day for Gannett newspapers — they’re on their own

Poynter :: The 19,600 employees of Gannett newspapers coming to work Monday will be working for a new company — untethered from growing and prosperous television stations and digital ventures.

Read Rick Edmonds, www.poynter.org

‘Look at Me': The first-ever Instagram book is a self-help guide for brands

Digiday :: You’ve read books in print. You might have read books online or on a mobile device. But until now you probably haven't read a book on Instagram. 

Read Tanya Dua, digiday.com

Inside Complex Media: from print mag to a digital ‘underdog’

Digiday :: At a time where the Web is awash with massive venture capital-funded media companies, Complex has taken things slow. The company, which started as a glossy print magazine aimed young men, has successfully pivoted into a digital-first giant that reaches 40 million people each month across its network of sites.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Michael Wolff says old media won the digital revolution – Why he’s wrong

The Wrap :: The fact that digital mass media is facing downward pressure from advertising is true. But the idea that TV has therefore won is an absurdity. 

Read Sharon Waxman, www.thewrap.com

2015/06/28

MTV rebrand aims to put the channel back in the driving seat of the cultural revolution

Independent :: MTV, which heralded a cable television revolution when the pioneering station launched in America in 1981, boosted by a new wave of visually-conscious music stars, now operates in a very different media landscape. It's now the channel's reality entertainment shows that hold sway

Read Adam Sherwin, www.independent.co.uk

140journos' Melda Şener: We had to create our own alternative media

Today's Zaman :: As Turkey's mainstream media faces government pressure and self-censorship, a new social media platform managed by university students has been managing to reach people and one of its editors is our guest for Monday Talk this week.

Read Yonca Poyraz Dogan, www.todayszaman.com

Increasingly, China’s reporters are the practitioners of data journalism

Simon Rogers :: When Western data journalists think about China, it’s often as the subject of data journalism, rather than a source of it. And you don’t have to search hard for smart examples of interesting work.

Read Simon Rogers, simonrogers.net

Jesse Norman ‘nervous’ about notion of pre-screening broadcasts

Guardian :: Chairman of culture, media and sport select committee believes it is not a good idea to get content of ‘potentially political’ speeches in advance.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

And the Pulitzer goes to… a computer

Guardian :: Computer-generated copy is already used in sports and business reporting – will machines soon master great storytelling?

Read Tim Adams, www.theguardian.com

China sees mobile boom driving big changes in media, web

Forbes :: China, home to more than one in five of the world’s Internet users, is facing  problems that are “extremely important” to resolve as mobile communications transforms the country’s traditional media and information landscape, a report said today.

Read Russell Flannery, www.forbes.com

2015/06/27

Arianna Huffington's next goal: Add 900,000 contributors to Huffington Post’s 100,000 current ones

Capital New York :: What’s one million mean these days? If we’re talking about unique visitors or even page views, that’s small potatoes as smartphone usage balloons all the usual digital metrics. What about one million writing contributors? 

Read Ken Doctor , www.capitalnewyork.com

How can policy makers support hyperlocal media?

BBC Academy :: When I first started reporting on hyperlocal media in 2009 it was against a daily backdrop predicting the death of newspapers and clarion calls for public intervention to save this vital resource.

Read Damian Radcliffe, www.bbc.co.uk

Give your investigation a twist using ‘solution journalism’

Investigative Reporters & Editors :: Panelists David Bornstein, Greg Borowski, Tina Rosenberg and Claudia Rowe spoke about the power of solution journalism during a panel at the 2015 IRE Conference. Dubbed “solution journalism,” positive deviants frame an issue around improvements or best practices.

Read Darian Muka, www.ire.org

Wayback Machine’s 485 billion web pages blocked by Russian government order

Ars Technica :: An unintended consequence of archive.org using HTTPS for connections.

Read Glyn Moody, arstechnica.com

AOL unveils in-house agency for branded content

Stream Daily :: AOL has launched AOL Partner Studio, an in-house creative agency for branded content. More recently, the studio announced it has partnered with Georgia-Pacific to create and spread a full-scale custom content program across a range of online activations.

Read Darah Hansen, streamdaily.tv

One thing we can learn from Circa: A broader way to think about structured news

Nieman Lab :: Circa’s backend placed every news event into a broader, branched network of stories — providing a structured vision of the larger narratives that other news organizations might not identify from day-to-day copy.

Read Mark Coddington , www.niemanlab.org

Al-Jazeera cameraman Mohammed al-Asfar was killed Friday covering fighting in Syria

Broadcasting Cable :: Mohammed al-Asfar , an Al-Jazeera cameraman, was killed Friday covering fighting in the Syrian province of Daraa, the second Al-Jazeera journalists to be killed there since December, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Read John Eggerton, www.broadcastingcable.com

Turkish journalist faces 23 years in prison for insulting government officials

CPJ :: Istanbul prosecutor Umut Tepe prepared an indictment against Coşkun for "insulting civil servants over their professional duties," according to news reports. Coşkun's lawyer, Bülent Utku, told CPJ that if convicted the journalist faces up to23 years and four months in prison, as cumulative punishment for insulting the prosecutors and judges named in the article.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Meerkat now lets you embed live streams

The Verge ::  Just three days after Periscope added the ability to watch replays on the web, Meerkat has announced embeddable live streams. The new feature is available today.

Read Sean O'Kane, www.theverge.com

DirecTV now seeks $75m in Al Jazeera lawsuit as carriage deal nears end

Hollywood Reporter :: Satellite TV giant says it has not benefited from the cable news network's recent deals with other distributors.

Read Eriq Gardner, www.hollywoodreporter.com

Trinity Mirror looks for further job cuts

Independent :: Dozens more jobs are at risk at Trinity Mirror after the newspaper publisher doubled cost-reduction plans made just four months ago from £10m to £20m.

Read Nick Goodway, www.independent.co.uk

2015/06/26

Huffington Post is betting big on video, but so is everyone else

Fortune :: Founder Arianna Huffington says the company is launching a 24-hour video network and will make TV shows and full-length movies.

Read Mathew Ingram, fortune.com

The Wall Street Journal to shut its India edition, downsize India ops

Medianama :: The Wall Street Journal is downsizing its India operations and will pull the plug on its Indian edition, three sources have confirmed to MediaNama.

Read Nikhil Pahwa, www.medianama.com

Structured journalism: A Duke team tests a new way of reporting on New York City government

Nieman Lab :: This summer, a team of students is testing whether a database-driven, structured journalism model can work well on topics like urban policing and Uber.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

Solutions journalism brings data and good news together to engage readers

Nieman Lab :: Rather than pointing out solely what’s wrong with the world — think political gridlock, war, terrorism, and catastrophic climate change — solutions journalism aims to show how people are making things better.

Read John Dyer , www.niemanlab.org

Turkey demands explanation for why journalists were denied entry to Israel

Huffington Post | Reuters :: Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it summoned the highest-ranking Israeli diplomat in Ankara to explain why a group of Turkish journalists and civil society workers were refused entry at Ben Gurion Airport.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.huffingtonpost.com

De Correspondent, breaking away from the usual ad funded topics

The Media Briefing :: De Correspondent is led by a belief that news companies can turn a profit without advertising. This might sound like bravado to those British news companies who make no profit despite carrying advertising.

Read Neil Sharman, www.themediabriefing.com

I'm tired of all the noise on the internet.

Huffington Post :: I'm tired of clickbait. I'm tired of "controversial" posts and headlines that start with "Unpopular Opinion!" as if that's a selling point, and I'm tired of "Open Letters" where people complain about the person who offended them at the grocery store. Why not just say something to the lady in the grocery store?

Read Liz Curtis Faria, www.huffingtonpost.com

Inside LittleThings: a quietly viral site with a huge audience

Digiday :: LittleThings is a case study in how an unknown media brand can build a massive audience seemingly overnight. The site, which gets nearly 40 million unique visitors a month according to comScore, has mastered the art of viral aggregation of inoffensive topics like pets and babies.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

IBTimes preps its sales push: ‘It’s time to add that marketing varnish’

Digiday :: IBTimes grew its traffic 38 percent to 21.5 million uniques in the past year, but it’s still an unknown in ad circles. Now, it’s attempting to change that, with the addition of a CMO and plans to hire as many as 50 people on the business side. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

The potential and peril of eyewitness media for journalists, educators

PBS Mediashift :: As ordinary citizens gain more access to technology to distribute their eyewitness accounts, media outlets will have to address the legal and ethical dimensions of redistributing and using this content. 

Read Meagan Doll, www.pbs.org

2015/06/25

An interview with Wajahat S. Khan about the state of contemporary journalism in Pakistan today

The Diplomat :: Perhaps best known for his widely popular, hard-hitting talk show, “Talk Back,” and “Eye on India” for the local Pakistani news channel, DAWN News, Wajahat S. Khan is one of the best-known Pakistani broadcast journalists in the country today.

Read Sonya Rehman, thediplomat.com

What is the future of Irish journalism?

The Journal :: While it’s premature to write the obituary for print media just yet, the Irish digital landscape is large and has room to grow.

Read Niamh Kirk, www.thejournal.ie

Citizen journalism startup The Typewriter needs to decide on a revenue strategy to survive

Startup Daily :: Journalism focused ventures are always fraught with tough times. In addition to being a highly competitive space dominated by two main players in Australia – that is, News Corp and Fairfax.

Read Mat Beeche, www.startupdaily.net

Charleston mistake a cautionary tale for journalism

USA Today :: It's a classic cautionary tale for journalism in the digital age and the era of social media. A Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter goes for the fake while doing a piece on Dylann Roof, accused of murdering nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church.

Read Rem Rieder, www.usatoday.com

How a 16-year-old tricked the New York Times into reporting that Dylann Roof blogged about “My Little Pony”

Fusion :: But she was tricked by a couple of teenagers who took advantage of the media’s hunger for new information about the shooter and our reliance on Facebook as a communication tool.

Read Casey Tolan, fusion.net

From video to social, from mobile to paywalls — these data points help define the news business today

Nieman Lab :: We’re bombarded by endless numbers every day — some claiming the exalted status of metrics or, even higher, benchmarks. Making sense of the numbers helps bring a little order to the chaos.

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org

ABC managing director Mark Scott: we’re a public broadcaster, not a state broadcaster

mUmBRELLA :: ABC managing director Mark Scott has issued a passionate defence of the embattled broadcaster as he confronted Tony Abbott’s question of “whose side” the ABC is on and accused News Corp of failing to engage in a “rational discourse” over the appearance of Zaky Mallah on its Q&A program.

Read Steve Jones, mumbrella.com.au

Dow Jones chief’s tech warning on news undermined by ‘cats on skateboards’

Guardian :: Will Lewis says sharing deals with companies such as Facebook, Apple and Google pose threat to newspapers over control of content

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Gawker wins lawsuit against FBI in Hulk Hogan case

Capital New York :: Gawker won its lawsuit against the F.B.I. on Wednesday when a federal judge in Florida ordered the bureau and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys to give the media company evidence related to an F.B.I. investigation into Hulk Hogan's sex tape.

Read Peter Sterne, www.capitalnewyork.com

Heftig modeled itself after Upworthy but has to contend with the problem of being too dependent on Facebook

Digiday :: One of the biggest Upworthy knockoffs is Germany’s Heftig.co, which claims 50 million monthly uniques worldwide since launching a year and a half ago, despite a cool local market for startups. But like all social publishers, Heftig has to contend with the problem of being too dependent on Facebook.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Why Angola’s star reporter Rafael Morais won’t stay down

Foreign Policy :: Angola's corrupt leaders keep trying to silence Rafael Marques. So far, without success.

Read Daniel Metcalfe, foreignpolicy.com

2015/06/24

How Hearken works with audiences to set the news agenda

Current :: Back in 2012, Jennifer Brandel had the best new idea in local news that anyone has had in a long time. Rather than report the same old stories, ask the audience.

Read Adam Ragusea, current.org

Advice for journalists who’ve lost their jobs from journalists who’ve lost their jobs

Poynter :: Layoffs and shutdowns happen at legacy organizations and they happen at startups. At Poynter, they've written both about those layoffs and shutdowns and how the journalists involved recover. Kristen Hare asked some journalists who have been through this themselves if they had any advice for Circa’s staff.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

News app Circa is shutting down

Medium :: "Producing high-quality news can be a costly endeavor and without the capital necessary to support further production we are unable to continue."

Read Matt Galligan, medium.com

Is it possible comment sections aren’t as terrible as many journalists believe?

Nieman Lab :: This new study uses old data, but it gives at least some hope that comment sections might not always be as awful as the reporters writing the stories above them think.

Read Madeline Welsh, www.niemanlab.org

Scribd buys social reading app Librify

Venture Beat :: Ebook subscription startup Scribd has acquired Librify, a social reading app, the companies announced today.

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

German media authorities call for joint analogue cable TV switch-off

Broadband TV News :: The German media authorities aim for a coordinated approach by all industry players to establish a joint date for nationwide analogue switch-off on cable networks.

Read Jörn Krieger, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Graphic News: Comics journalism is going mobile-first in Italy

Journalism.co.uk :: With illustrated news articles designed to be read on mobile devices, the new site has launched an English-language version with nine new stories to reach a wider audience.

Read Valerio Bassan, www.journalism.co.uk

Graphic News: Comics journalism is going mobile-first in Italy

Journalism.co.uk :: With illustrated news articles designed to be read on mobile devices, the new site has launched an English-language version with nine new stories to reach a wider audience.

Read Valerio Bassan, www.journalism.co.uk

How a team of 50+ international reporters investigated and exposed the World Bank

Poynter :: To show the human consequences of the bank’s investments, reporters from ICIJ, The Huffington Postand more than 20 other ICIJ media partners reported on the ground in 14 countries. 

Read Michael Hudson, www.poynter.org

Press Gazette launches petition urging Met Police to cancel harassment warning letter issued to reporter

Press Gazette :: Press Gazette has launched a petition urging Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to cancel a Police Information Notice harassment warning given to Croydon Advertiser reporter Gareth Davies.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

How Marc Maron built a brand that helped him land the President

Adweek :: That President Barack Obama said the n-word earlier this week while making a point about racism in America understandably made headlines. That he said it during his appearance on WTF with Marc Maron, an appearance that certainly helped Maron's brand skyrocket, makes sense, too.

Read Kristina Monllos, www.adweek.com

Europol to hunt ISIS' social media recruiters

WSJ :: Europe is counting on the help of social media companies in the battle against the Islamic State’s success in attracting Western recruits.

Read Ania Nussbaum, blogs.wsj.com

Facebook said it had developed a way to recognize people in photos even if their faces are obstructed

WSJ ::  The social network identified individuals with 83% accuracy using a method dubbed PIPER, an acronym for pose invariant person recognition. The method took into account body poses, partial views of faces and other cues.

Read Deepa Seetharamann, blogs.wsj.com

Facebook said it had developed a way to recognize people in photos even if their faces are obstructed

WSJ ::  The social network identified individuals with 83% accuracy using a method dubbed PIPER, an acronym for pose invariant person recognition. The method took into account body poses, partial views of faces and other cues.

Read Deepa Seetharamann, blogs.wsj.com

Video Production Is On The Rise – But Who’s Watching?

WAN-IFRA :: There’s significant momentum for publishers toward increasing the production of video content, on account of both the strength of video as a medium for storytelling and high video CPMs as advertisers begin to move their TV spends online.
 

Read Josh Schwartz, blog.wan-ifra.org

Google scales El Capitan for first-ever vertical Street View collection

The Verge :: Google has tackled the 3,000-foot granite monolith El Capitan in person. The search giant has added Yosemite Valley's El Capitan to its list of Street View conquests.

Read James Vincent, www.theverge.com

Axel Springer sells remaining shares in Talpa Germany to Talpa Media

Axel Springer :: Talpa Media, the media group founded by Dutch entrepreneur John de Mol, acquires the remaining 50.1 % shares in Talpa Germany from Axel Springer SE, thereby taking over the TV producer completely. 

Read (author unknown), www.axelspringer.de

Trends in newsrooms: Gaming the news

WAN-IFRA :: There is a growing movement to combine two seemingly incompatible industries: gaming and the news. 
 

Read Angelique Lu , blog.wan-ifra.org

Google calls for anti-ISIS push over ‘inhuman’ beheading videos

Guardian :: Executives vow YouTube will not be used as a platform for ‘brutally violent propaganda produced by terrorists’, but argue against blanket censorship.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Cheat Sheet: A guide to China’s social platforms

Digiday :: China's Internet market is growing remarkably fast: More than half a billion Chinese are online, 80 percent of those 600 million people access the Web via their phones, and they spend an average of 25 hours a week on social. 

Read Marjanne Mabialah, digiday.com

"I’ve seen the future of journalism and it’s reporting on virtual worlds" - Journalism inside video games

Oberver :: Forget the history of video games. Now, there's history in video games.

Read Brady Dale, observer.com

EveNews24 explores the growing field of journalism inside virtual worlds

Observer :: EveNews24, one of the big websites covering the virtual universe that is EVE Online, approaches journalism about its topic pretty much the same way that real world journalists do.

Read Brady Dale, observer.com

Pando pivots to rely on reader revenue over advertising

Nieman Lab :: The “fiercely independent” tech site is moving to a membership/subscriber model and is hoping at least 5,000 readers — preferably more! — will be willing to spend $10 dollars a month for it.

Read Madeline Welsh , www.niemanlab.org

Quartz is pushing further into graphic territory with Atlas, a new platform for sharing and creating charts

Nieman Lab :: “We built Quartz to be a new kind of news organization. And part of that is delivering on a rapid cycle of experimentation and new products.”

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

On the ethics of web scraping and data journalism

J-Source :: Web scraping is used by many companies. It’s also a great tool for reporters who know how to code, since more and more public institutions publish their data on their websites.

Read Naël Shiab, j-source.ca

8 Journalists, 4 iPhones, one big experiment. NDR Hamburg tries out mobile journalism

TVVJ :: The outset might have been a little bold: We wanted to try out the possibilities of mobile journalism for a regional newsroom.

Read Bjorn Staschen, tvvj.wordpress.com

When cobras tweet, how do you know what to believe? - Teaching students to verify social media dontent

PBS Mediashift :: What’s the Real Deal?” is an exercise that teaches students to be critical of information on social media platforms.

Read Anthony Adornato, www.pbs.org

2015/06/23

Big difference between legacy media orgs and an upstart like Business Insider? Julie Hansen: Speed

Digiday :: “Being able to get things done, being able to make choices and iterate and not have to worry about the legacy media,” Julie Hanson said in this week’s Digiday Podcast.

Read Brian Morrissey, digiday.com

Apple wants to change the way we read news, and it could upend the entire media industry

Business Insider :: Starting in the fall, iPhone and iPad owners will notice yet another new Apple app on their iPhone called News.

Read Lisa Eadicicco, www.businessinsider.com

Verizon completes AOL takeover

New York Times :: Verizon Communications completed its $4.4 billion deal for the Internet company AOL on Tuesday, paving the way for the start of a mobile-first video service this summer.

Read Emily Steel, www.nytimes.com

When the President uses the n-word, please quote him without those dashes

Poynter :: When judging whether or not to use taboo language, editors wisely consider the identity of the speaker and the context of the speech. 

Read Roy Peter Clark, www.poynter.org

Instagram overhauls search feature to surface more trending news

Recode :: CEO Kevin Systrom thinks Instagram can be a place to follow the news.

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

Will online news portals face competition from Youtube's 'Newswire'?

Exchange4Media :: Google-owned Youtube has launched 'Newswire' in parternship with social news group, Storyful. It has been launched with an aim to provide a curated feed of the most newsworthy eyewitness videos of the day.

Read Staff, Exchange4Media, www.exchange4media.com

How Renée Kaplan, FT, wants to get journalism in front of more audiences and more of the right audiences

Nieman Lab :: Financial Times is jumping on the audience development bandwagon. Earlier this year it hired Renée Kaplan, formerly of marketing agency Havas Worldwide and France 24, as the paper’s first head of audience engagement.

Read Joseph Lichterman , www.niemanlab.org

How to be small: Advice for hyperlocals from Philadelphia's Billy Penn

Journalism.co.uk :: A smaller newsroom means you can be fast and try 'crazy' things, explains Billy Penn founder Jim Brady.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Local print press is still declining - but what could be their viable alternatives?

The Media Briefing :: Some local newspapers may be closing, but new titles are still being published and digital traffic is up across the board. Emily Shackleton looks behind the curtain to find out what's really going on.

Read Emily Shackleton, www.themediabriefing.com

Daily Mail, WPP and Snapchat to launch native advertising agency

Guardian :: Sir Martin Sorrell’s marketing services group joins newspaper and tech company in new venture that aims to work across media and ad industry.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Netflix wins the streaming battle with 1m users – ten times more than rivals Presto and Stan

mUmBRELLA :: More than a million Australians have already signed up for Netflix, according to the first major consumer survey since the service launched at the end of March. 

Read Tim Burrowes, mumbrella.com.au

The Washington Post built a social network for its freelancers to better match skills to stories

Nieman Lab :: The Washington Post wants to make it easier to call on stringers to report from around the globe, and they’re taking a cue from Silicon Valley.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

2015/06/22

'Bellingcat report doesn't prove anything': Expert criticizes allegations of Russian MH17 manipulation

Spiegel :: The research group Bellingcat has accused Russia of manipulating satellite images from the MH17 disaster. But German image forensics expert Jens Kriese has criticized the analysis. He says it is impossible to say with any certainty whether Moscow is lying.

Read Benjamin Bidder, www.spiegel.de

DW has launched a new 24-hour English-language TV channel today

Deutsche Welle :: From its new studio, DW aims to reach more viewers with first-hand information and in-depth research. The broadcaster also has a new slogan to coincide with the launch of its English-language news channel.

Read Staff, Deutsche Welle, www.dw.com

Google opens News Lab to sharpen journalism skills

AFP :: Google on Monday launched an online lab where journalists can learn or sharpen Internet Age reporting skills.

Read Staff, AFP, news.yahoo.com

Germany releases Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour

Al Jazeera :: Respected journalist had been controversially detained at Berlin airport at Egypt government's request.

Read Staff, Al Jazeera, www.aljazeera.com

CEO Evan Spiegel in Cannes to pitch Snapchat’s ad platform: ‘We care about not being creepy’

Venture Beat :: Now that Snapchat has moved beyond its ephemeral photo-sharing into being a news and storytelling platform, it’s time for the startup with a $19 billion valuation to make a little money.

Read Chris O'Brien, venturebeat.com

journalists ought to join forces with experts for deeper knowledge and sharper story-telling

Monday Note :: At a time when the information world becomes increasingly shallow, journalists ought to join forces with experts. The alliance would bring deeper knowledge to journos and sharper story-telling to eggheads.

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

US-based Turkish journalist faces libel investigation for book on Obama and Erdogan

Guardian :: Washington correspondent of Hurriyet daily says he has been accused of insulting Tayyip Erdogan in what may be Ankara’s latest media crackdown.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

CEO Ashley Highfield believes Johnston Press has reached a 'digital tipping point

Independent.co.uk :: When BBC bosses talk of sweeping up the news reporting role of a declining regional newspaper industry, Ashley Highfield, chief executive of Johnston Press, the second-largest publisher of local titles in the UK, thinks back to the death of Margaret Thatcher in 2013.

Read Adam Sherwin, www.independent.co.uk

Brian Williams scandal shows power of news distribution via social media

As the NBC News anchor learned, even amateur sleuths can expose untruths and spread the outrage.

Read Ravi Somaiya, www.nytimes.com

2015/06/21

Turkish editor given suspended prison term for insulting Erdoğan on Twitter

CPJ :: The suspended prison term was given to the editor of the English-language Turkish dailyToday's Zaman on Wednesday on charges of insulting then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a July 2014 Tweet.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Worldwide pay-TV penetration to exceed 50% in next 2 years

Broadband TV News :: The worldwide pay-TV market surpassed more than 900 million subscribers in 1Q 2015, representing 48% penetration—the market is likely to grow steadily over the next five years, mainly boosted by emerging markets.

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

Four extreme scenarios of what the news media could look like in 10 years

Nieman Lab :: The future of journalism will come down in one of four ways. At least, that’s what a new report What’s New(s): Scenarios for the Future of Journalism, released by the Dutch Journalism Fund this week purports.

Read Madeline Welsh, www.niemanlab.org

Amazon will pay some authors for every page you read instead of every book you download

The Verge :: Amazon is introducing a new system that completely upends the way authors and publishers make money from their books. Starting next month, the company will pay authors based on the number of pages people read from their books — not the number of copies sold.

Read Dante D'Orazio, www.theverge.com

Saudi Arabia tells citizens to ignore latest WikiLeaks release

Guardian :: 61,000 leaked cables give rare insight into kingdom’s habit of buying influence and monitoring dissidents.

Read Ian Black, www.theguardian.com

Nick Robinson: Cameron threatened to close down BBC on election bus

Guardian :: BBC political editor says it is hard to know if PM’s comments were a joke or veiled threat but that they added to pressure felt by corporation’s staff

Read Jane Martinson, Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

2015/06/20

Sun to relax paywall as part of drive to exploit social media

Guardian :: Growth of news sharing on sites such as Facebook and Twitter prompts tabloid to make selected digital content available for free.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

The mayor vs. the mogul. Michael Bloomberg’s $9bn identity crisis

Politico :: Could Michael Bloomberg have the award-winning high-profile content he craved without undermining his profit center, the all-important terminal?

Read Luke O'Brien, www.politico.com

Comedy Central in the post-TV era

New York Times :: The network is in the middle of a creative renaissance — and a business-model crisis.

Read Jonah Weiner, www.nytimes.com

The new breed of travel magazines

Financial Times :: Rather than the anticipated closures, at least 15 new travel titles have launched in the past three years in the UK alone. Some are tiny, selling only a few thousands copies; others have print runs of up to 45,000; several more are due to launch later this year

Read Tom Robbins, www.ft.com

Twitter lays e-commerce groundwork with new product pages

Buzzfeed :: We spend a lot of time within the walls of social media companies. So much, in fact, that some are now ingesting other parts of the internet to spare you the inconvenience of going outside. 

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com

BBC receives warning over bias from John Whittingdale

Guardian :: Culture secretary suggests the broadcaster’s output may be judged by an external regulator to ensure it is impartial.

Read Rebecca Ratcliffe, www.theguardian.com

Facebook is moving closer to engineer our perception of the world

Venture Beat :: Researchers at Facebook have taken a step closer to a holy grail of artificial intelligence known as unsupervised learning. They’ve come up with a way to generate samples of real photographs that don’t look all that fake.

Read Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com

Times is first paper forced by Ipso to highlight correction on front page

Guardian :: Press regulator orders newspaper. which had published apology for Labour tax story, to refer to inaccuracy in a more prominent position.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

2015/06/19

Google could be of real service to the news industry and the broader cause of journalism. Here's how

Nieman Lab :: Whether they’d do it out of benevolence, fear of regulators, or the quest for a competitive advantage, Google could be of real service to the news industry and the broader cause of journalism. Here’s how.

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org

BBC Trust backs cut to in-house quotas, lifting restrictions on indie producers

Guardian :: Verdict means independent producers of shows such as Sherlock and The Great British Bake Off could pitch across much of TV schedule.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Using the latest in virtual reality technology, BBC Global News is launching a new interactive trade campaign

Advanced TV :: Using the latest in virtual reality technology, BBC Global News is launching a new interactive trade campaign to showcase how it delivers personal, portable and on-demand news for the digital age. 

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

When should journalists take on the role of activists?

Journalism.co.uk :: Are journalists who are silent on issues of privacy and net neutrality doing their jobs correctly, asks Dan Gillmor of the First Amendment Coalition.

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

'First Draft': best practice advice and guidance for handling eyewitness media

First Draft :: Getting it right from the source: A collection of articles and case studies offering best practice advice and guidance for handling eyewitness media.

Read Staff, First Draft, medium.com

Google's three new initiatives to support the discovery and verification of eyewitness news video on YouTube

Google :: We live in a world where anyone can bear witness to what is happening around them and share it with a global audience, and YouTube has become a primary home for this powerful, first-person documentary footage.

Read Olivia Ma, youtube-global.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter plans bigger push for live events, bid on NFL game with new tool to curate tweets and other content

Wall Street Journal :: Twitter, seeking to be a bigger player in live events, is planning a new product to curate tweets and other content about major sports contests, entertainment events and breaking news.

Read Yoree Koh, blogs.wsj.com

You want more readers? Publish to social networks, which account for largest share of mobile internet time

eMarketer :: UK adults now spend more time with mobile devices than PCs, and recent research finds that this holds true for internet usage in particular.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Video business: Demand grows for a la carte content, digital subscription services

eMarketer :: On the video subscription front, Q2 2015 was slower than Q1, which saw a flurry of new announcements. However, notable activity included cable TV network Showtime unveiling a new standalone service and YouTube confirming long-rumored plans to launch a subscription tier.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Why newsrooms need to embrace ‘experiences’ as their differentiator

Digiday :: Journalists tend to underrate the importance of packaging stories in ways that will appeal to readers, instead steering clear of anything that might smack of pandering. 

Read Brian Morrissey, digiday.com

BuzzFeed's serious side: Inside its new app, which aims to give people a sense of completion

Digiday :: BuzzFeed jumped into the news app fray Thursday, and the devastating Charleston church shooting gave the publisher a chance to show off its serious side. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Twitter's secret 'Project Lightning' will show the best of Twitter to both logged-in and logged-out users on a variety of platforms

Buzzfeed :: The new tool will have instantly loading videos and rich images, and will occupy a front-and-center location in an upcoming version of the Twitter app.

Read Mat Honan, www.buzzfeed.com

Andy Coulson could face £750,000 (approx. €1m) legal bill for phone hacking trial

Guardian :: CPS asks court to award costs against David Cameron’s former head of communications who is also a former News of the World editor.

Read Staff, Lisa O'Carroll and agencies, www.theguardian.com

News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke to retire as US sheds jobs

Guardian :: News Corp Australia chief operating officer, Peter Tonagh, promoted to chief executive and Michael Miller joins from rival APN News, amid job losses in US.

Read Staff, Australian Associated Press, www.theguardian.com

Brian Williams will still make close to $10m per year for 10% of NBC audience

The Wrap :: Brian Williams will still make close to $10 million per year despite his demotion to a breaking news role at MSNBC, which has at best just 10 percent the audience of the “NBC Nightly News” broadcast.

Read Sharon Waxman, Jordan Chariton , www.thewrap.com

Fetch TV has created a new mobile ratings app which provides live data on TV viewing

mUmBRELLA :: The Fetch TV ratings app is already the largest window into the TV viewing habits of millions of Australians with the channel selections of tens of thousands of households with set top boxes.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

2015/06/18

What Is ‘lowercase-j journalism’ and why do brand editors love It?

Contently :: Lowercase-j journalism isn’t without its challenges. Timing, politics, and even the weather can affect a story’s success. “When you enter complicated societal conversations, particularly ones that are trending, you run a great risk of failing,” Hussey said. “You just never know.”

Read Molly Blake, contently.com

Disney/ABC move away from monolithic, “big iron” infrastructure to much more agile, “virtualized” systems

Multichannel News :: Disney/ABC Television Group will soon be in position to spin up new types of channels that could be made available for a few hours, a few days, a few weeks, or perhaps just around specific events. 

Read Jeff Baumgartner, www.multichannel.com

The BBC has developed a technology that allows viewers to pick TV shows to watch using their brains

The Verge :: The BBC has developed a technology that allows viewers to pick TV shows to watch using their brains instead of a remote. 

Read Jamieson Cox, www.theverge.com

How the FT is opening communications with a new audience

Media Briefing :: The paywalled site has recently been seen making concessions to publishing on other platforms and social acquisition as a whole, but the business publisher's plans are more experimental still, and could have wider implications for how a paywalled site interacts with an audience.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

Focus on intent-driven traffic: About.com’s native ad formula: data-driven explainers

Digiday :: About.com's focus on evergreen explainers and how-to's means you won't see many of its stories in your Facebook or Twitter feeds. But the site says that that focus on intent-driven traffic gives it an edge with sponsored content, which it argues performs better when readers actively search for it.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Next interview in ... Skype's real-time translator now speaks French and German

The Verge :: After adding Italian and Chinese support a couple of months ago, Microsoft is now bringing French and German to its Skype Translator app.

Read Tom Warren, www.theverge.com

Why Trinity Mirror has done industry a favour with plan to judge journalists on personal online audience

Press Gazette :: What's so wrong with journalists being accountable and being measured on what they achieve?

Read Alan Geere, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Twitter has acquired an artificial intelligence company

Venture Beat :: On Wednesday, Twitter announced that it has acquired Whetlab, a startup focused on machine learning technology. 

Read Eugene Kim, www.businessinsider.com

“This is the Year of Addressable TV, It is Totally Transformational” GroupM’s Gotlieb

Beet.TV :: The opportunity for advertisers to deliver TV ads to specific homes , via cable and satellite boxes and connected TV’s is “totally transformational” and it is happening now, says Irwin Gotlieb, Chairman of  GroupM,  WPP’s media buying umbrella group. 

Read Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv

Brian Williams moved off NBC Nightly News permanently

Guardian :: Presenter who gave false account of Iraq helicopter incident reportedly will not return as senior anchorman, possibly moving to cable channel MSNBC instead.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Behind Alibaba's decision to launch a Netflix-type service for China

AdAge :: There are 649 million internet users in China (that's twice the entire U.S. population), two thirds of whom watch online video, according to the China Internet Network Information Center. And with stakes so high, China's online giants have been battling to outdo each other by creating content.

Read Angela Doland, adage.com

Ad networks controversial practice of cookie-bombing

Digiday :: Attribution has a viewability problem: Ad networks buy a lot of low-quality ad inventory so they can drop as many cookies as possible to maximize a campaign’s chances of getting credit for the conversion.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2015/06/17

Interactive guide helps newspapers boost online readership

RJI Online :: A group of senior capstone students at the Missouri School of Journalism have created a guide to help newspapers — particularly those with small newsrooms — expand their online audiences.

Read Staff, RJI , www.rjionline.org

Bonnier generates about 25% of Its revenue from digital

AdAge :: Bonnier, publisher of nearly three dozen special interest titles like Scuba Diving, Field & Stream, Savuer and Popular Science, generates about 25% of its revenue from digital,

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

Google Trends now with real-time list of trending stories based on Search, YouTube, Google News

Google Blog :: On the new google.com/trends, you’ll find a ranked, real-time list of trending stories that are gaining traction across Google. In addition to Search, Google now looks at trends from YouTube and Google News and combines them to better understand what topics and stories are trending across the web right now.

Read Staff, Google, googleblog.blogspot.de

Ads for Snapchat's Live Stories feature are going for hundreds of thousands of dollars a day

Recode :: Snapchat built a brand out of disappearing photos, but now it’s building a business from content that has a little more staying power.

Read Kurt Wagner, recode.net

Newsrooms find a diverse masthead means better coverage and new audiences

Nieman Lab :: Until the mastheads at the top of organizations understand how critical this reporting is for our democracy, it’s not going to change.

Read Alicia W. Stewart, www.niemanlab.org

Crowdsourcing 'The Counted': How The Guardian aims to put the audience at the heart of its journalism

Nieman Lab :: The Guardian launched The Counted, a large-scale interactive project which counts every person killed by law enforcement officers in the United States. 

Read Mary Hamilton, www.niemanlab.org

Bankrupt in 2008, Ziff Davis beat the odds with its digital turnaround

Digiday :: Ziff Davis, a storied print brand that's taken on many forms and passed many hands, struggled in the shift from analog to digital. That started to change in 2010 when Time Inc. executive Vivek Shah took the beleaguered publisher and reinvented it as a media company. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

A new media population: digital will account for 50.4% of adults in China's daily media time

eMarketer :: This year, for the first time ever, digital will account for 50.4% of adults in China's daily media time, or 3 hours, 5 minutes, eMarketer estimates. In many markets, digital media usage represents a shift away from traditional media, like TV and print. But China is different.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

2015/06/16

Australians love world news and digital media but never mind the politics

Guardian :: Survey of 12 countries finds Australians consume most international news and get it more on digital devices but rate political news lower than other countries.

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com

CBS News' Clarissa Ward is the only American broadcast network correspondent inside Yemen right now

Huffington Post :: CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward has woken up each morning since Friday in Yemen. She is one of the first foreign reporters to gain access to the country since the Saudi Arabian-led bombing campaign began in March. 

Read Catherine Taibi, www.huffingtonpost.com

In new deals with Apple and Facebook, a delicate balance for The Times

New York Times :: The Times is moving into some risky territory – providing its expensive-to-produce journalism to millions of people without charging them for it. That’s a tricky proposition when the most hopeful thing that has happened in these recent turbulent years at The Times is finding nearly a million digital subscribers.

Read Margaret Sullivan, publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com

Bloomberg-Backed Journalism Startup The Trace tackles gun violence 'epidemic'

Huffington Post :: Gun enthusiasts have plenty of options for industry news and firearms reviews. And the National Rifle Association boasts its own media arm to amplify any perceived threats against Second Amendment.

Read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

Public radio needs more weekend hits, and fast

Current :: With the current weekend powerhouses getting on in years, it's time for some new programs that can build audience.

Read Mike Janssen, current.org

Bloomberg is creating a team dedicated to reporting on campaign finance and lobbying practices

Poynter :: Bloomberg is creating a team within its Washington, D.C. bureau dedicated to reporting on campaign finance and lobbying practices, Poynter has learned.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Bloomberg is creating a team dedicated to reporting on campaign finance and lobbying practices

Poynter :: Bloomberg is creating a team within its Washington, D.C. bureau dedicated to reporting on campaign finance and lobbying practices, Poynter has learned.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Twitter rolls out auto-play video

Wall Street Journal :: The auto-play function, which Twitter has been testing for several months, will apply to all video content uploaded directly to Twitter, including GIFs and six-second Vines.

Read Suzanne Vranica, blogs.wsj.com

NFL drafts its first chief content officer

StreamDaily :: Former WB boss Jordan Levin's duties will include overseeing the league's digital and OTT content.

Read Bree Rody-Mantha, streamdaily.tv

The rise of mobile and social news - and what it means for journalism

Huffington Post :: The existential question of a decade ago 'who is a journalist?' was born out of the access of the general populace to publishing tools. Now the question has been replaced by 'who is a publisher?' 

Read Emily Bell, www.gatorcountry.com

Guardian’s executive editor of digital: 'Mobile has snuck up on us'

Journalism.co.uk :: A panel of experts from the Guardian, the Financial Times, BBC and Twitter discussed the key findings in Reuters Institute’s latest Digital News Report in London today.

Read Mădălina Ciobanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Times-Picayune and Birmingham News to join new regional company

Poynter :: NOLA Media Group and Alabama Media Group, two media companies owned by Advance Local, will join a new regional company for the Southeast, NOLA.com reported Monday.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Mobile strategy: Washington Post launches news app on all Android devices

Poynter :: The ongoing development of the app continues the Post’s adherence to a course charted by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who bought The Washington Post in 2013. According to Washington Post reporter Steven Mufson, Bezos’ vision for the business future of the newspaper included “a new ‘daily ritual bundle’ that would combine a wide variety of material.”

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Irish half as likely to pay for online news as Finns and Danes

Irish Times :: Survey notes that smartphones are ‘defining device’ for consuming journalism.

Read Pamela Duncan, www.irishtimes.com

Surge in smartphone use is threatening online news organizations

Huffington Post | Reuters :: A surge in the use of smartphones as the leading device for accessing online news and the growing influence of social media could lead to an uncertain financial future for news organizations worldwide, a think tank said on Tuesday. 

Read Kieran Guilbert , www.huffingtonpost.com

How publishers try to get their reporters and other staff to think mobile-first

Digiday :: Just about every publisher is seeing the same uptick in mobile traffic -- but they've found different ways of responding to it. With mobile comes new challenges to monetization but also hurdles when it comes to getting desk-bound reporters to understand how mobile readers, now the majority, experience their output. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Adobe wants to take over the stock image world

 The Verge :: Adobe is releasing a wide range of updates to its Creative Cloud apps this morning, but the biggest release isn't an update — it isn't even an app — it's an entirely new service. 

Read Jacob Kastrenakes, www.theverge.com

News is becoming a surprisingly good business: BuzzFeed a burgeoning journalistic force

Digiday :: When Mark Schoofs arrived from ProPublica to launch BuzzFeed's investigative reporting unit in January 2014, the site's investigative roster consisted of one person: Schoofs. Now, just 18 months later, the investigative unit has 17 staffers, and two more are on the way.

Read Rem Rieder, www.usatoday.com

2015/06/15

Guardian News & Media launching mobile innovation lab with $2.6m Knight grant

Current :: Guardian News & Media announced Monday that it will use a a $2.6 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish an editorial and production team for developing new approaches to deliver news and information using mobile technology.

Read Ben Mook, current.org

How AmeriCorps can be a model for improving local journalism

Nieman Lab :: The “bleak reality of local news,” Steve Waldman writes, is that the ad-based revenue model can’t support stories that take a lot of time to write but don’t pull in clicks. 

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

The Time Inc. guide to keeping millennial employees engaged

Digiday :: Media companies love to talk about how they’re reaching advertisers’ favorite age group. But to put out products that sell well with millennials, it helps to actually have a lot of them on staff. Last year, Time Inc. formed a group for them, New Media Upstarts. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

2015/06/14

The redistribution game for news

Monday Note :: Forget the 70-30 split for subscription between publishers and distributors. Today, for publishers, the new norm is a 100%-70% split of ad revenues, depending on who sells the ad. For news distribution, re-intermediation will be intensely competitive.

Read Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

Computer algorithm picks history’s ‘most creative’ paintings

Ars Technica :: A visual algorithm has been developed that its researchers believe can accurately rank historical art works according to their creativity, a study published in arxiv reveals.

Read Staff, Ars Technica, arstechnica.com

App Discors is trying to provide context around the news — this time using opinion writing

Nieman Lab :: The app, Discors, presents news stories alongside columns and analysis, photos, and a timeline, all in one stream. Can it build an audience while remaining self-contained?

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org

Nick Denton and Gawker’s newsroom direction

New York Times :: Gawker Media, which built a digital empire on snark, now finds itself confronting the same challenges as the establishment media companies it once aimed to upset.

Read Jonathan Mahler, www.nytimes.com

The Sunday Times' Snowden story is journalism at its worst – and filled with falsehoods

The Intercept :: Last night, the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times published their lead front-page Sunday article, headlined “British Spies Betrayed to Russians and Chinese.”

Read Glenn Greenwald, firstlook.org

News UK: Mike Darcey departure opens door for Rebekah Brooks return

Guardian :: Chief executive to step down, fuelling speculation about renewed role at the top for former editor of the Sun and News of the World.

Read Jane Martinson, www.theguardian.com

NYT will block employee access to desktop homepage for a week to emphasize the importance of mobile devices

Poynter :: Starting Monday, The New York Times will temporarily bar employees inside its Manhattan headquarters from accessing the desktop homepage in an effort to emphasize the importance of mobile devices.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Is the Internet a failed utopia?

Ars Technica :: Is the Internet still an equal playing field, or are the megacorps taking over?

Read Sebastian Anthony, arstechnica.com

How these filmmakers self-distributed their documentary

Indiewire :: "Part of our decision to self-distribute was to try to see if I could prevent myself from descending into Jekyll and Hyde levels of craziness."

Read Alex Steyermark, www.indiewire.com

Jonathan Dimbleby warns of 'powerful vested interests' attacking BBC licence fee

Radio Times :: The veteran broadcaster and son of one of the BBC’s most famous wartime voices Richard Dimbleby delivers a passionate defence of the Corporation as it seeks a new funding settlement this year.

Read Ben Dowell, www.radiotimes.com

2015/06/13

NPR chief says network positioned for growth after struggles

AP :: NPR's new president and CEO says the public radio network has turned a corner and is positioning itself to grow its already sizable audience, along with its journalistic content and funding from donors.

Read Brett Zongker, www.huffingtonpost.com

YouTube takes on Amazon's Twitch with YouTube Gaming

AdAge :: YouTube has created a gaming-specific version of its video service to make a direct run at Amazon's Twitch.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

YouTube takes on Amazon's Twitch with YouTube Gaming

AdAge :: YouTube has created a gaming-specific version of its video service to make a direct run at Amazon's Twitch.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

How big a deal will adblocking on iPhones and iPads be for publishers?

Nieman Lab :: As we wrote on Wednesday, the next version of iOS — the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads — will allow developers to make adblockers for Safari.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

The reason almost no Internet companies go public - CNBC

CNBC :: The truth is that the IPO is dangerous, and Twitter is evidence.

Read Ari Levy, www.cnbc.com

Journalists assaulted while covering protest in Western Kenya

CPJ :: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Tuesday against four journalists covering a peaceful protest in western Kenya and calls on authorities to investigate the attacks and hold the assailants to account.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Jason Whitlock is out as head of the Undefeated, the website ESPN was building around his personality

New York Times :: Jason Whitlock was replaced Friday as the head of The Undefeated, ESPN’s website about the intersection of race and sports, just weeks before its planned kickoff.

Read Richard Sandomir, www.nytimes.com

Canadian public broadcaster's crisis: 'When you create celebrities, you create monsters'

Guardian :: Gutted by a conservative government and forced to emphasize ‘host culture’ over content, the CBC has faced three scandals involving presenters in recent months, the latest Evan Solomon’s alleged influence-peddling in art deals.

Read John Barber, www.theguardian.com

Oculus Rift needs to move past gamers

Forbes :: Oculus Rift has a lot of name recognition right now. For many, the Rift is basically synonymous with modern VR. But the broader public isn’t excited about VR because they want to play a third-person RPG.

Read Dave Thier, www.forbes.com

Katie Couric re-ups with Yahoo in a $10 million deal

Recode :: The famous news anchor will continue to be the Silicon Valley Internet company's most famous hire.

Read Kara Swisher, recode.net

2015/06/12

Facebook’s first batch of Instant Articles registered 4.3 times more engagement than average link posts

Buzzfeed :: It's been almost a month since Facebook debuted its new "Instant Articles," and while it's too soon to tell if the initiative is increasing reach for participating publishers, early data suggests the posts -- which are designed for sharing -- are garnering far more engagement than usual.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com

Current Newspapers made offer for The Gazette

Washington Post :: The local media headline of the week is a depressing one: The weekly Gazettes, which cover Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, will print their final editions next week.

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Article: Condé Nast on How Digital Has Changed the Concept of In-House Agency

eMarketer :: Earlier this year, Condé Nast launched a branded content studio, 23 Stories, which aims to help its advertising partners reach users, as well as ramp up engagement through content that's been developed and distributed by the publisher's editorial team. 

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Anatomy of a niche publisher: Sneaker News, the ‘CNN for kicks’

Digiday :: Sneaker News proves that even the most niche publisher can build a big, loyal audience. The site, which gets 4 million unique visitors a month, launched in 2006 with a focus on the minutiae of all thingssneaker.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Grading The NYTimes, a year after the Innovation Report

Digiday :: It’s been a year since The New York Times’ internal Innovation Report was leaked, broadcasting the paper’s digital failures. So what’s changed since? Call it a good start.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

The AP already pumps out nearly 5,000 stories written by a robot a quarter used to expand coverage, not replace existing coverage

Q13 Fox :: This story was not written by a robot, but in the future it might be.

Read Staff, Q13 FOX, q13fox.com

Russia: Investigative journalist Elena Milashina facing death threats

HRW :: A quasi-official Chechen media outlet has issued apparent death threats against a veteran Russian investigative journalist, Human Rights Watch said today. The Russian authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent threats.

Read Staff, HRW, www.hrw.org

2015/06/11

Should journalists know how many people read their stories?

The Atlantic :: The New York Times and Washington Post will soon make web-traffic data available to their own reporters.

Read Robinson Meyer, www.theatlantic.com

Wall Street Journal to merge European and Asian editions in broadsheet format

Guardian :: News Corp-owned paper to relaunch foreign versions in September after going compact a decade ago. The Wall Street Journal is to merge its European and Asian editions in a relaunch that will see a return to the full-colour broadsheet format.

Read Mark Sweney, www.theguardian.com

Dubai: Journalism education and the next war

Huffington Post :: Although Dubai remains a bastion of stability and wealth amidst ruinous events nearby, conversations here resonate with conspiracy theories and grim prognostications about the ISIL war and other conflicts raging in the neighborhood. 

Read Philip Seib , www.huffingtonpost.com

Apple's 'News' app stokes fear among journalists

CNN Money :: It's called News. That's it: News. The name sounds confident and all-encompassing. But once you have something like the News app, algorithmically compiling stories from the world's biggest media organizations, what happens to existing news sites and apps? Who will control the distribution of the news?

Read Staff, CNN Money, money.cnn.com

Washington Post launches 'PowerPost' to report real-time, monitoring the social conversation around top political stories

Washington Post :: PowerPost will feature original news, curate the top headlines from around the web, highlight policy showdowns and explain the motivations of the key players in D.C’s political inner circle. It will also monitor the social conversation around top political stories and newsmakers.

Read Staff, WashPostPR, www.washingtonpost.com

Twitter opens Asia HQ in Singapore, and it's hiring big

CNBC :: Twitter launched its swanky new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore on Thursday as the microblogging site looks to scale up its presence in the region with more than 100 new jobs.

Read Ansuya Harjani, www.cnbc.com

Finally, publishers step up their e-sports game

Digiday :: It's high time for e-sports -- a professional video gaming industrial complex with competitions that are watched by 30 million people -- to be taken a bit more seriously.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2015/06/10

The Huffington Post opens citizen journalism video network with BroadbandTV

Huffington Post :: In 12 months, The Huffington Post hopes that 50% of the content on its site is video.

Read Tim Peterson, adage.com

Next version of Safari will let users block ads on iPhones and iPads

Nieman Lab :: Adblocking is coming to the iPhone with iOS 9.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

UK editor Blathnaid Healy explains how new formats are born at Mashable

Journalism.co.uk :: UK editor Blathnaid Healy explains how new formats are born at Mashable and outlines some of the organisation's recent experiments

Read Catalina Albeanu, www.journalism.co.uk

Missouri newspaper will use mail carriers instead of newspaper carriers

Poynter :: The Moberly Monitor-Index, a Monday through Friday newspaper in Moberly, Missouri, will switch from newspaper carriers to delivery via the U.S. Postal Service in July.

Read Rudi Keller, www.columbiatribune.com

Spotify’s ratio between free and paid users just grew for the first time in over two years

Tech.eu :: Spotify has just released their latest (free and paid) user numbers, and there's one number in particular that stands out from the others. And it's great news for the company, if it can turn it into a trend.

Read Neil Murray, tech.eu

Ziggo ends personalised TV viewing data collection

Broadband TV News :: Ziggo has stopped collecting personal viewing data of its customers, following a report by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP).

Read Robert Briel, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Google introduces location-aware search to answer questions while you’re on the go

Venture Beat :: Google knows where you are — and now it can answer questions based on that knowledge.

Read Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com

John Preston: How selling to Publicis will change independent Match Media

mUmBRELLA :: Match founder John Preston talked to Nic Christensen about the deal, why he sold, what it means for independent media agencies and the wider agency landscape.

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au