2015/07/31

Gannett's revenue was down 8.7%, QII net income rose 2.3% YOY to $53.3m after it cut operating expenses

USA Today :: Revenue was down 8.7% to $727.1 million as advertising sales and circulation revenue fell. About $178 million of total revenue came from digital products and services, the company said. Diluted earnings per share totaled 46 cents.

Read Roger Yu, www.usatoday.com

Massive layoffs in the Greek Antenna TV

GR Reporter :: About a fortnight ago Minos Kyriakou's channel sacked 10 journalists, including Programme Director Yannis Latsios, today was the turn of 30 operators and other technical staff as well as of 10 people from the channel' s administration.

Read Georgi Pashov, www.grreporter.info

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to invest in BuzzFeed

Wall Street Journal :: Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to make a significant minority investment in BuzzFeed, as the media giant hunts for ways to reach young audiences.

Read Shalini Ramachandran, Lukas Alpert, blogs.wsj.com

Facebook drones will use lasers to deliver 10Gbps Internet access

Ars Digital :: Facebook has made significant progress in a project to build solar-powered drones that can deliver Internet connectivity using lasers, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday.

Read Jon Brodkin, arstechnica.com

TV dollar drain to digital tops $1.1bn in U.S., $400m was from local and syndicated TV

Stream Daily :: About 87% of the $1.1 billion loss to TV ad spend was siphoned from national broadcast and cable, while $400 million was from local and syndicated TV.

Read Special To Stream, streamdaily.tv

The New York Times built a robot to help make article tagging easier

Nieman Lab :: Developed by the Times R&D lab, the Editor tool scans text to suggest article tags in real time. But the automatic tagging system won’t be moving into the newsroom soon.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Next year will be the year more people watch video on a mobile device than a non-mobile device

Mediapost :: As far as media consumption milestones go, 2016 could well be "the year" for two important media: mobile and video. According to new estimates released this morning by Publicis' ZenithOptimedia unit, next year will be the year more people watch video on a mobile device than a non-mobile device.

Read Joe Mandese, www.mediapost.com

Why are leading digital news providers embracing native advertising?

The Media Briefing :: If sponsored content is dangerous territory for purveyors of quality news, why does it feel like everyone is embracing native now?

Read Lucy Küng, www.themediabriefing.com

New Guardian newspaper boss spurns bonus deal as losses remain high

Independent.co.uk :: Guardian News and Media, publisher of The Guardian and The Observer, made losses of £19.1m in 2014-2015, slightly better than the £19.4m shed in the previous financial year.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

News Corp talks up digital credentials and promises to become easier to work with

mUmBRELLA :: A programmatic play, a content marketing studio and a data partnership were the three  major commercial initiatives unveiled at last night’s News Corp’s ‘Come Together’ upfront-style event. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

German government has started an investigation on suspicion of treason into the articles on @Netzpolitik.org

Guardian :: German media said it was the first time in more than 50 years journalists had faced treason charges, and some denounced the move as an attack on the freedom of the press.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Foodie publisher Serious Eats has launched its first original series 'The Food Lab'

Digiday :: The publisher, which has an audience of more than 10 million across platforms, has launched its first original series, “The Food Lab,” which was financed in part by Vimeo.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

2015/07/30

Why a NYT editor left her job to start the news site Kicker

Huffington Post :: In journalism, the kicker is the end of the story, the takeaway. More generally in any kind of story, it's an interesting twist or turn of events ("the kicker is ..."). 

Read Craig Newmark, www.huffingtonpost.com

Bon Appétit let Samsung take over the cover of its August issue, and readers were not pleased

Digiday :: Bon Appétit let Samsung take over the cover of its August issue, and readers were not pleased. It was parent company Condé Nast’s first execution of its controversial native ad product.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Rolling Stone's managing editor Will Dana to depart

AdAge :: The managing editor of Rolling Stone, Will Dana, will depart from the publication eight months after the magazine's now-retracted "A Rape on Campus" was published.

Read Declan Harty, adage.com

Guardian, New York Times, Quartz, BuzzFeed, Vice: How do they operate? How do they innovate?

The Media Briefing :: July 23rd saw the publication of a new book, "Innovators in Digital News" exploring the experiences of several key players in the digital news industry.

Read Lucy Küng, www.themediabriefing.com

Newsroom strategies to prevent the harassment that follows doxxing, the public posting of private information

Nieman Lab :: Newsroom strategies to prevent the harassment that follows the public posting of home addresses, phone numbers and journalists’ other personal information.

Read Rose Eveleth, niemanreports.org

Google rejects French request for broader 'right to be forgotten' rules

 The Verge :: The big question to Google isn't the right to be forgotten, it's what kind of jurisdiction individual countries should have over web services that spread across the globe. 

Read Adi Robertson, www.theverge.com

Egypt court delays Al-Jazeera verdict

Reuters :: An Egyptian court has postponed its verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, lawyers have said.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Why Nikkei is betting big on digital growth at the Financial Times

Wharton :: The move by Japanese business media group Nikkei to buy the 127 year-oldFinancial Times newspaper (FT) underscores the fact that the publishing industry’s fortunes lie in going digital as it targets the millennial generation. 

Read Staff, Wharton, knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

How Harvard Business Review stays true to its audience and its mission

FIPP.com :: Amy Bernstein, editor of Harvard Business Review, explains how the brand stays true to its audience - and its mission to improve the practice of management in the changing world.

Read Jon Watkins, www.fipp.com

In a bid for Hispanic millennials, Univision pivots on YouTube, Vine and Snapchat

Digiday :: Univision sees the need to reach younger viewers across a growing array of digital and social platforms. It’s attempting to do so by launching a YouTube- and Vine-centric multichannel network with established and emerging Hispanic talent already on board.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

CNN takes a page from Facebook with autoplay video

Digiday :: With all the revenue flowing to digital video, it’s easy to see why CNN is prioritizing video views over pageviews. CNN.com’s video views nearly doubled over the past year, through a mix of short- and long-form clips.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Advertisers need to create more value for customers by making ‘less annoying’ ads

mUmBRELLA :: Producing ads that are “less annoying” is key to the marketing industry delivering real value for the client, according to a leading academic. Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics, believes marketers must become smarter at utilising behavioural economics.

Read Kevin Bradford, mumbrella.com.au

Hulk Hogan wants Gawker boss Nick Denton jailed over n-word leak

The Wrap :: Filed court papers on Wednesday saying that circumstances “strongly suggest” Gawker leaked audio from the sex tape of Hogan using the N-word.

Read Tim Kenneally, www.thewrap.com

2015/07/29

Guardian US votes to unionize

Washington Post :: The Guardian US, the stateside operation of the British newspaper, has voted to unionize under the News Media Guild, according to an announcement first reported by the Huffington Post

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

Facebook revenue jumps 38% to $4.04bn in Q2 as daily active users grow 17%

Venture Beat :: Today Facebook revealed just how well it performed last quarter: The company saw revenues of $4.04 billion and $0.50 earnings per share, while surpassing 1.49 billion monthly active users and 968 million daily active users. 

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

VR as a storytelling medium: Oculus' debuts virtual reality film 'Henry'

AP :: Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium.

Read Staff, AP, www.pressofatlanticcity.com

Like YouTube, Snapchat is getting content networks

Digiday :: Snapchat is using a multifaceted strategy spanning talent representation, influencer marketing, brand management and original content to grow its business on the mobile platform.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Publishers are hiring Snapchat specialists, but will it pay off?

Digiday :: Snapchat is the buzziest platform for publishers these days, but it’s also the most high-maintenance, with its own CMS, vertical video requirements and unique features like swipes and disappearing content.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Journalist’s union puts spotlight on unpaid internships asking people to speak out

mUmBRELLA :: The union representing creative professionals is urging unpaid interns to get in touch if there are concerns the work involved is beyond that of a normal unpaid internship and they are being exploited.

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

2015/07/28

BBC Taster is giving away £100K in funding to VR and AR experiences

Warable :: Got an idea you think 16 -24 year olds will like? Tell the Beeb this summer

Read Sophie Charara, www.wareable.com

News UK CMO Chris Duncan on turning a subscription into a relationship

The Media Briefing :: The group's CMO Chris Duncan attributes much of that success to a constant reappraisal of their audience needs and, ultimately, turning the transactional nature of a subscription into something more akin to a relationship.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

The Financial Times built a handy dashboard that gives you a snapshot of the U.K. economy

Nieman Lab :: Should you find yourself wondering the status of industrial production in the U.K., or the status of the housing market, or, for that matter, unemployment rate, the Financial Times has just the tool for you.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms

Recode :: Forcing users to stick to their real names violated their privacy rights, says watchdog agency.

Read John Murrell, recode.net

Business Insider joins crowded field with new tech website, Tech Insider

Digiday :: Business Insider gave birth to a tech baby. Last night, it launched the aptly titled Tech Insider that focuses on much more than tech, including culture and innovation.

Read Jordan Valinsky, digiday.com

The betrayal of newspaper sources jailed under Operation Elveden casts a shadow over our industry

Press Gazette :: The shameful way News UK, and more recently Trinity Mirror, have thrown sources to the wolves as a result of Operation Elveden casts a shadow over the reputation of British journalism.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

BBC looks to make more long-form shows for iPlayer after success of Adam Curtis's documentary Bitter Lake

Independent :: The BBC is looking to make more long-form programmes exclusively for iPlayer after a ground-breaking film, made for the online platform.

Read Ian Burrell, www.independent.co.uk

Local TV staffing up a tick

Broadcasting Cable :: Local TV newsroom employment numbers went up 1.1% in the past year, with 300 positions added, according to a study from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and Hofstra University. 

Read Michael Malone, www.broadcastingcable.com

Forbes Media expands native advertising service

AdAge :: Forbes Media announced today the expansion of its native advertising efforts with BrandVoice "Special Features," which allows companies to publish branded digital content with the same tools as the editorial staff.

Read Courtney Fishman, adage.com

Potential sale of The Economist highlights that quality content still has value for investors

FT :: After a decade it would rather forget, the news industry suddenly has wind in its sails. From Nikkei’s surprise £844m capture of the FT Group last week to the rising valuations of digital services, investors have rediscovered their appetite for news.

Read Matthew Garrahan, www.ft.com

Finance a boost to news.com.au’s hold on top spot

The Newspaper Works :: News.com.au held the top spot in the Nielsen Online ratings for current events and global news in June.

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

Contemporary site designs increase page views and information retention

The Media Briefing :: The appeal of a cleaner, more contemporary website layout has not been lost on news outlets.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

The Times beats injunction, clearing way for launch of new digital daily for Ireland

Press Gazette :: The Irish Times has failed to obtain an injunction preventing News UK using the words "The Times Irish Edition" to promote a new digital edition for Ireland.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Vessel, YouTube’s Would-Be Rival, Hires a YouTube Exec

Recode :: Ivana Kirkbride joins Jason Kilar's team and will head to Los Angeles.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Reddit community head Jessica Moreno leaves the company

 Recode :: Reddit’s head of community, Jessica Moreno, has left the company. She is the fourth senior female employee to exit in less than a month.

Read Noah Kulwin, recode.net

FAZ MD Thomas Lindner: Facebooks Instant Articles, Apple News might lead to a paradigm shift in the news business

HORIZONT :: Are digital platforms the publisher of the future? We already observe many signs pointing in that direction.

Read Roland Pimpl, www.horizont.net

Fox Sports takes a distributed approach to sponsor video

Digiday :: All of the talk around branded content needs to shift from the content itself to how publishers plan to distribute it and provide real reach and value to brands, says Fox Sports’ evp of digital Pete Vlastelica.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Snapchat tweak boosts traffic for publishers: ‘Our views have doubled’

Digiday :: Snapchat launched its Discover section featuring publishers’ content, but the channels could be hard to find. But since Snapchat tweaked its design to make Discover more visible, several publishers said their views have as much as doubled.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Ask a Millennial: What are the challenges of being an intern in publishing?

Digiday :: We asked interns from legacy and digitally native outlets what they think the biggest challenge is in their new role.

Read Rachel Raudenbush, digiday.com

If stock photos could tell a story - The life of a millennial consumer

Digiday :: If you search “millennial” on Shutterstock, you get more than 1,000 results, a goldmine of content. Given the proven accuracy of stock photo searches, one can make educated guesses at some of these youngsters’ favorite brands.

Read Mark Duffy, digiday.com

Top science publisher failing minority groups, industry leaders say

Huffington Post :: The world's largest professional organization for scientists has been feeding into "harmful stereotypes" about minority groups, including publishing sexist advice columns and transphobic cover photos, critics say.

Read Kim Bellware, www.huffingtonpost.com

2015/07/27

Print magazine reach twice as large as digital issues among connected adults

Marketing Charts :: Among US adults with internet access, 7 in 10 surveyed report having read a print magazine issue in the past 30 days, almost twice the proportion (37%) who have read a digital magazine issue.

Read Staff, Marketing Charts, www.marketingcharts.com

Being a good journalist means learning how to keep a secret

CPJ :: The Role of Journalists is to make information public. The irony is that in order to do so, they need to keep lots of things secrets.

Read Joel Simon, www.cjr.org

In Pakistan, Geo bureau chief Faheem Siddiqui abducted and robbed, then released

CPJ :: Unidentified armed men in Pakistan abducted the Karachi bureau chief of the TV channel Geo News on Saturday and beat and robbed him before releasing him, according to news reports. 

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

HuffPost Arabi: Arabic version of site promises to give a voice to bloggers in the Middle East

Independent :: A new Arabic language edition of the Huffington Post will give a voice to bloggers from across the region - including those who might succumb to the message of Isis - the platform’s founder Arianna Huffington promised.

Read Adam Sherwin, www.independent.co.uk

New York Magazine fights to get Cosby story out despite hacking

AdAge :: While ThreatKing said he took no issue with the cover story, some, including Wired Magazine's Emily Dreyfuss, believe that the hacking follows a tradition of "victim silencing" long faced by sexual assault survivors.

Read Declan Harty, adage.com

Does a filmmaker have the right to bring drastic change into the lives of his/her subjects? - The ethics of image-making

LinkedIn :: While the new documentary style finds a new outlet in the medium of Television, the documentary filmmakers find themselves bound by the obligations of broadcast journalism as a result of the images strong association with objectivity. 

Read Gulcin Newby Kennett, www.linkedin.com

New York magazine demonstrates digital alacrity in face of alleged cyber attack

Poynter :: Hours after New York published its powerful cover story containing testimony from 35 women who said they were assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby, the site was unavailable, knocked down by an apparent cyber attack.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

How Bloomberg monetizes readers who arrive from social media

Digiday :: As publishers increasingly see their audience come in from social platforms, they naturally are looking for ways to capitalize on that growth.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Instagram mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81bn worldwide in 2017

eMarketer :: Instagram mobile ad revenues worldwide will hit $595 million this year, eMarketer estimates, and continue to grow rapidly. 

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Dallas Morning News editor: ‘We are all salespeople now’

CJR :: Late last year, Mike Wilson became the first person in 35 years from outside the offices of The Dallas Morning News to be named the paper’s top editor. 

Read Richard Parker, www.cjr.org

Music's move to digital shows that much of the industry’s value added stemmed from distribution not content

LinkedIn :: In a digital environment, the majority of distribution expenses (CD manufacturing, pressing and packaging, shipping, physical retail etc.) are reduced or eliminated, resulting in a significantly lower cost per unit of music sold.

Read Jason Hirschhorn, www.linkedin.com

Google studies how much interstitials suck on mobile: 2/3 abandon a page entirely

TechCrunch :: The ad giant has just blogged about the result of its study, saying it found almost two-thirds (69 per cent) of visitors served with an interstitial for its Google+ social service abandoned the page entirely.

Read Natasha Lomas, techcrunch.com

2015/07/26

Gawker’s readers have changed along with the society they’re part of. A conversation with Nick Denton

New York Times :: The following conversation with Nick Denton was conducted by instant message Sunday afternoon, the day before a kind of reintroduction of Gawker, as it moves to new offices. It has been lightly edited for clarity.

Read Ravi Somaiya, myaccount.nytimes.com

Trump denied press credentials to Iowa newspaper after editorial, paper says

Guardian :: Des Moines Register says Donald Trump’s campaign manager told reporters they were excluded due to editorial urging ‘feckless blowhard’ to drop out of race.

Read Staff, Guardian and agencies, www.theguardian.com

Trump denied press credentials to Iowa newspaper after editorial, paper says

Guardian :: Des Moines Register says Donald Trump’s campaign manager told reporters they were excluded due to editorial urging ‘feckless blowhard’ to drop out of race.

Read Guardian staff and agencies, www.theguardian.com

Crack down on Tweet-stealers: 'This joke is copyright protected'

The Verge :: Let's face it: coming up with a grade-A tweet isn't easy. That's why some people just copy good tweets from other people and act like they came up with the 140-character witticism on their own.

Read Dante D'Orazio, www.theverge.com

Hollywood stars now promote movies on YouTube talk shows

Recode :: The Hollywood studios have long recognized the promotional power of YouTube to reach elusive young viewers, drafting the site’s celebrities to create original videos to build awareness and anticipation for a forthcoming film.

Read Dawn Chmielewski, recode.net

Hollywood stars now promote movies on YouTube talk shows

 Recode :: The Hollywood studios have long recognized the promotional power of YouTube to reach elusive young viewers, drafting the site’s celebrities to create original videos to build awareness and anticipation for a forthcoming film.

Read Dawn Chmielewski, recode.net

A terrorism case in Britain ends in acquittal, but journalists cannot report why

New York Times :: A group of journalists are among the very few people who know why a student was finally acquitted of terrorism charges. Problem is, they cannot report what they know.

Read Stephen Castle, rss.nytimes.com

Turkey blocks Kurdish websites as Twitter and Facebook slows down

Hurriyet Daily :: Turkey has blocked a number of Kurdish and left-wing news websites while many users also experienced difficulty accessing Twitter and Facebook for an unspecified reason on July 25 as Turkish fighter jets continued to bomb the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

Read Staff, Hurriyet Daily News, www.hurriyetdailynews.com

Turkey blocks Kurdish websites as Twitter and Facebook slows down

Hurriyet Daily :: Turkey has blocked a number of Kurdish and left-wing news websites while many users also experienced difficulty accessing Twitter and Facebook for an unspecified reason on July 25 as Turkish fighter jets continued to bomb the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

Read Staff, Hurriyet Daily News, www.hurriyetdailynews.com

Why isn’t Mail Online’s advertising soaring? Don’t worry, it’s digital

Guardian :: The Daily Mail’s site attracted 25% more viewers last quarter … and only 8% more ads. But that sort of thing only rarely troubles investment analysts.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

The Financial Times turns to the world … and leaves the City behind

Guardian :: Nikkei’s takeover brings resources and security: but globalisation’s relentless march may erode a distinctive symbol of British economic life.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

How the FT falcon flew to Nikkei's nest and media group Axel Springer lost the deal

Financial Times :: Pearson, the FT’s owner since 1957, had long let the propositions pile up. But early in June, after months of cat-and-mouse negotiations with German media group Axel Springer, it decided to open up the process — and advisers started to sift through the papers.

Read Arash Massoudi, Henry Mance, James Fontanella-Khan, www.ft.com

2015/07/25

Pearson wants to sell The Economist too, but has to deal with its baroque ownership structure

Quartz :: Any buyer would gain a premium and profitable company, but almost no control of it, and would have to contend with a potential veto from Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone.

Read Max Nisen, qz.com

After buying the Financial Times, is Nikkei ready to speak truth to Japan’s corporate power?

Quartz :: The Financial Times has a reputation for hard-hitting business coverage—and it has not been shy about detailing the shortcomings of the Japanese press. Will it be able to keep its high standards?

Read Jason Karaian, qz.com

AT&T acquires DirecTV for $49bn

AP :: Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country's biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV.

Read Talli Arbel, www.huffingtonpost.com

Fact checking: being objective in an hostile environment and finding new revenue streams

Poynter :: Fact checkers from around the world gathered July 23 and 24 at City University London to discuss the issues and challenges around their craft.

Read Federica Cherubini, www.poynter.org

Can a database-driven, structured journalism model work well on topics like urban policing and Uber?

Nieman Lab :: Present the journalism in a more structured way, with names, dates, quotations, objects, and topics all receiving their own fields — and the reader will be able to act on a journalist’s work in many more ways. 

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

Challenges and solutions of teaching data journalism in developing countries

Infogr.am :: Data journalism crosses barriers thanks to enthusiastic data experts spreading information worldwide. One of the main challenges is to introduce it to developing countries. Data journalists Eva Constantaras and Jeff South are on a journey to achieve this.

Read Staff, Infogr.am, blog.infogr.am

Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and others push for accessibility development

ReadWrite :: A new group has formed to champion the cause of development for accessibility. Several educators and tech companies have joined forces in an effort dubbed Teaching Accessibility

Read Adriana Lee, readwrite.com

Social media sites fight suggestions in Congress that they could do more to stop terror

AP | Fortune :: Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity. 

Read Anne Flaherty, fortune.com

2015/07/24

Alain Gingras is a tireless reader who keeps The Globe on its toes

The Globe and Mail :: Mr. Gingras does not just expect journalism to be factual; he also loves great storytelling and clever writing.

Read Sylvia Stead, www.theglobeandmail.com

Public Editor: Meet a tireless reader who keeps The Globe on its toes

The Globe and Mail :: Alain Gingras is just one member of an incredibly knowledgeable and demanding readership that has little patience for bad grammar, poor spelling and factual errors.

Read Sylvia Stead, www.theglobeandmail.com

Chicago Tribune used an illustrated narrative to revisit a 100-year-old disaster

Poynter :: On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune published “Eastland Disaster,” a nonfiction illustrated narrative reconstructing a July 24, 1915 disaster that killed hundreds in Chicago.

Read Kristen Hare, www.poynter.org

Nick Denton to staffers: New Gawker will be ’20 percent nicer’

The Wrap :: Gawker founder Nick Denton told staffers that the site will be “20 percent nicer” when it relaunches Monday.

Read Jordan Chariton, www.thewrap.com

NPR plans environmental reporting project with stations

Current :: NPR is seeking about a dozen reporters from stations to contribute to the new project.

Read Tyler Falk, current.org

Johnston Press expects advertising growth for first time in a decade

Press Gazette :: Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield has told staff he expects the company to “return to advertising growth for the first time in a decade” this year.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

How Politico's inhouse studio 'Politico Focus' crafts branded content with a political agenda

Digiday :: After a tentative entrance into the native ad game, Politico has launched an in-house branded journalism and data studio called Politico Focus.

Read Rachel Raudenbush, digiday.com

Petco’s YouTube strategy is more than cute animal videos

Digiday :: Petco's YouTube content has a good thing going for it: people love animal videos on the Internet. So, the pet store goes beyond the cold sell and delivers what the people want.

Read Hilary Milnes, digiday.com

The publisher ‘stores’ that drive commerce while preserving reader trust

Digiday :: Commerce is a tempting way for publishers to create new revenue streams by extending their brands to products. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

In Japan, YouTube crushes social media service Line for usage

eMarketer :: Line may top Facebook and Twitter for usage in Japan, but there's one platform that it doesn't come close to rivaling. Recent research finds that YouTube dominates the country's social scene.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

How Iranian media prepared the public for the nuclear deal

Guardian :: State media has spent two years paving the way for a nuclear agreement it can present as a victory – but the leader Ayatollah Khamenei has remained aloof.

Read Hossein Bastani, www.theguardian.com

Voicemail transcription in Google Voice is getting better

The Verge :: Google set out on an initiative to improve things, asking users to share some voicemails to help tune the system.

Read Sam Byford, www.theverge.com

Meerkat partners with GoPro for extreme live streams

The Wrap :: Live-streaming video app Meerkat is joining forces with GoPro to allow users to stream directly from their cameras.

Read Debbie Emery, www.thewrap.com

Nikkei buys Financial Times in $1.8bn deal

The Newspaper Works :: British publisher Pearson has agreed to sell the Financial Times to Japanese media group Nikkei as part of a deal valued at £844 million ($A1.8 billion). 

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

2015/07/23

European Union Launches Antitrust Case Against Six Major Hollywood Studios

The Wrap :: The European Union has launched an antitrust case against six Hollywood movie studios as well as British pay-TV provider Sky UK, claiming that they have illegally blocked consumers elsewhere in Europe.

Read Beatrice Verhoeven, www.thewrap.com

EU accuses Sky and US studios of illegally restricting access to films

Reuters :: Broadcaster’s UK operation and six film studios said to have struck contractual agreements that are anti-competitive under EU rules.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

Addressable TV can unleash TV ad creativity

Beet.TV :: The $72 billion US TV advertising industry is premised on making 30-second spots that target consumers. Imagine what happens when TV sets give advertisers the cues they need to target customers individually. 

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

'Branded skip' - AOL embraces the skippable video ad/

Digiday :: AOL is introducing its first-ever “premium” video ad formats, which give advertisers multiple ways to add interactive features to their existing creative. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Sandra Bland's arrest footage: Eye-witness video is only as reliable as who controls it

Wired :: This afternoon, the Texas Department of Public Safety released a new video of police arresting Sandra Bland during a traffic stop. They had first uploaded a 52-minute video of the arrest last night, in response to uproar over Bland’s death while in custody. But that video was full of small inconsistencies, and allegations flew that it had been edited.

Read Alessandra Ram, www.wired.com

Starbucks may be a big player in the future of news

WIRED :: Even a decade ago, as publishers were wringing their hands over the death of print, who would have thought that one version of saving journalism would look like the app you also use to pay for your coffee.

Read Julia Greenberg, www.wired.com

In the prime of their careers: Life after editing

InPublishing :: From beekeeping to running multi-media workshops in Africa, and from teaching bushcraft to good old sub-editing. Steve Dyson discovers what life’s like for six ex-editors.

Read Steve Dyson, www.inpublishing.co.uk

Press watchdog to establish working group to push for reform following Hockey verdict

mUmBRELLA :: The Australian Press Council (APC) are proposing to lobby for reforms to defamation laws in the wake of Joe Hockey’s action against Fairfax. 

Read Kevin Bradford, mumbrella.com.au

Press watchdog to establish working group to push for reform following Hockey verdict

mUmBRELLA :: The Australian Press Council (APC) are proposing to lobby for reforms to defamation laws in the wake of Joe Hockey’s action against Fairfax. 

Read Kevin Bradford, mumbrella.com.au

Journalists win open justice argument and gain access to footage of racist Chelsea fans in Paris

Press Gazette :: Video footage showing the activities of Chelsea Football Club fans who racially abused and pushed a black commuter in Paris was released to the media following an application by journalists.

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

Pearson Reportedly Plans To Sell The Financial Times Newspaper

Reuters :: British publisher Pearson (PSON.L) has decided to sell the Financial Times newspaper to a global, digital news company, a person familiar with the deal said on Thursday.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.huffingtonpost.com

Inside the empathy machine: VR, neuroscience, race and journalism

Media Shift :: Early practitioners such as USC’s Nonny de la Pena and filmmaker Chris Milk of VRSE are exploring journalistic and documentary applications, and are discovering that the storytelling power of VR may lie in its potential as a tool of empathy

Read Joel Beeson, mediashift.org

How America watches TV: 8 trends to be aware of

The Media Briefing :: Technology is rapidly changing what TV we watch and how we watch. Here's the lowdown on some key current behaviours.

Read Abigail Edge, Damian Radcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

YouTube snags MTV executive for original programming push

CNN Money :: Just how serious is YouTube about having video series you can't find anywhere else? Its latest hire is an indication: Susanne Daniels, the president of programming for MTV, is joining the site as vice president for YouTube originals.

Read Brian Stelter, money.cnn.com

Associated Press and British Movietone are uploading more than a million minutes of footage to YouTube

The Verge :: Associated Press and British Movietone are uploading more than a million minutes of footage to YouTube that documents the most momentous and historic events of the last 120 years.

Read Rich McCormick, www.theverge.com

Building trust is important in business, and it is no different in the media industry

The Newspaper Works :: Building trust is important in business, and it is no different in the media industry. In journalism, it is important to build that trust almost instantaneously, according to Fairfax Media investigative journalist Kate McClymont.

Read Amy Cheng, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

Gawker’s real business problem: It’s too small for the modern media economy

Gawker has a problem, and it’s not just its controversial stories that CEO Nick Denton admits take its toll in the form of a “Gawker tax.” It’s not as big or fast-growing as its VC-addled competitors like BuzzFeed or Vox Media.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Flipboard confirms it has raised $50m in new funding

Venture Beat :: Flipboard, the company with desktop and mobile apps for reading online articles and “flipping” them into curated magazines, has raised $50 million from a new investor, a spokeswoman told VentureBeat in an email.

Read Jordan Novet, venturebeat.com

2015/07/22

Facebook gears up to fight YouTube with new video publisher tools

The Verge :: Facebook has introduced new tools that will give its publishers even more customization options when distributing their videos, in their effort to grow into a serious competitor for YouTube.

Read Ariha Setalvad, www.theverge.com

Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rules

Reuters :: Facebook Inc cannot challenge search warrants New York prosecutors used to get information from its site on hundreds of users suspected of Social Security fraud, a state appeals court said on Tuesday, in a decision likely making it harder for New Yorkers to keep their digital lives private.

Read Daniel Wiessner, www.reuters.com

Huffington Post says it will frame Trump’s campaign as entertainment. I support that.

Pressthink :: “Newsrooms should be more up front with us about how they classify the candidates. Can’t even take the guy seriously? Tell us!

Read Jay Rosen, pressthink.org

Confusion at Huffington Post following Trump recategorization

Washington Post :: Jay Rosen does. “‘We will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section …’ is the work of fed-up and free-thinking adults,” wrote Rosen, a New York University professor and journo-Twitter mainstay, in an endorsement of the move. If media organizations decide that a candidate’s not serious, what’s wrong with telling the public?

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

German domestic security service has pressed charges of treason against digital rights blog Netzpolitik.org

EFF :: German domestic security service has pressed charges of treason against Netzpolitik.org, one of Germany’s most influential digital rights blogs, as a result of two articles it posted earlier this year.

Read Danny O'Brien, Jamie Williams, www.eff.org

Sky Deutschland to exit stock exchange

Broadband TV News :: Sky Deutschland will soon fully be owned by parent company Sky UK as the German pay-TV broadcaster’s shareholders approved the request by majority shareholder Sky German Holdings.

Read Jörn Krieger, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Time Inc. exec wants to publish on Amazon/ @Kantrowitz

Buzzfeed :: Now that web publishers are hosting their content within Facebook and Snapchat, it's easy to imagine them looking elsewhere for similar partnerships.

Read Alex Kantrowitz, www.buzzfeed.com

John Temple leaves First Look Media

Poynter :: “The time has come for me to leave First Look,” Temple wrote. “The company has reached a place where I feel comfortable putting the call of my own projects and my need for more personal time first.”

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Does more programmatic buying equal less viewability? The view from three countries

AdAge :: The more a country embraces programmatic buying, the less likely the ads served there are able to be seen, a study of Germany, France and the U.K. is suggesting.

Read Emma Hall, adage.com

The New York Daily News announced the launch of Daily News Autos, a digital content hub

Mediapost :: The New York Daily News announced the launch of Daily News Autos, a digital content hub, entering into a strategic partnership with Hearst's Jumpstart Automotive Group.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

News International lawyer fined £20k over review of emails which fuelled cover-up claim

Press Gazette :: Solicitor Lawrence Abramson, the man hired by News International - now News UK - to look through emails for evidence that staff knew about phone-hacking has been fined £20,000 for unprofessional behaviour.

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

Wikipedia founder demands justice for NSA spying

Huffington Post :: In an interview with HuffPost Live on Tuesday, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales discussed changing American attitudes toward hacking and mass surveillance and expressed optimism about the lawsuit he helped bring against the government.

Read Alexandra Ma, www.huffingtonpost.com

2015/07/21

The Salt Lake Tribune, its future uncertain, offers to eliminate all its ads — for 10 bucks a month

Nieman Lab :: On Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune launched a membership program that was first announced last week.

Read Madeline Welsh, www.niemanlab.org

Who’s making money — and who isn’t — in local online news?

Nieman Lab :: The number of independent local news sites generating significant revenue leaves something to be desired. At the top of the list: a site covering the Florida Panhandle beach lifestyle.

Read Joshua Benton, www.niemanlab.org

The spirit of Judy Miller is alive and well at the NYT, and it does great damage

First Look :: 12 years after Miller left, you can pick up that same paper on any given day and the chances are high that you will find reporters doing exactly the same thing.

Read Glenn Greenwald, firstlook.org

How a collaborative approach is helping NPR and local stations raise more money

Nieman Lab :: According to Current, more than $4 million has been raised in the last year by NPR working with over 40 stations in cities like San Francisco, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Boston, and New York. 

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Condé Nast's new in-house native ad studio debuts its first campaign

AdWeek :: Six months after its buzzy launch, Condé Nast's in-house native ad unit, 23 Stories, which allows advertisers to work directly with the publishing company's editors, is finally unveiling its first campaign.

Read Emma Bazilian, www.adweek.com

CNN reports 212 million video streams for June

 Adweek :: CNN announced this morning that it has hit record streaming views this summer, with 212 million video streams from CNN.com in June. 

Read Karen Fratti, www.adweek.com

Trends in Newsrooms: Analytics, audience development and the newsroom

WAN-IFRA :: The increasing use and sophistication of analytical programmes to help editors understand where the audience is, what it wants to consume and when and what it responds to, is complemented by the arrival of the 'growth team' in newsrooms.

Read Federica Cherubini, blog.wan-ifra.org

7 Tips for Building a Mobile-First, Multi-Platform Newsroom

Media Shift :: There’s no simple blueprint to building an innovative website or multi-platform newsroom. But I hope this list of tips will help other journalism schools that are shifting to a “teaching hospital” model and experimenting in their newsrooms.

Read Mike Reilley, mediashift.org

How WCAI turned a coffee shop into a public radio satellite studio

Poynter :: The motto of Coffee Obsession in Woods Hole, Massachusetts is “Coffee. Internet. Art.”

Read Melody Kramer, www.poynter.org

Mashable's Mike Kriak on how to build a media company for the digital generation

Journalism.co.uk :: At the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in New York, Mashable's Mike Kriak explained why publishers need to 'find those digital needles in the haystack'.

Read Abigail Edge, www.journalism.co.uk

Those with NCTJ journalism qualifications more likely to get a job but paid less than other graduates

Press Gazette :: Students who take NCTJ courses in journalism are more likely to get a job than other graduates but are likely to be paid less.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

‘I still have the ulcer': Veteran editors on their worst mistakes

Digiday :: As Gawker does battle with itself and the public over a controversial article it posted, then withdrew, we paused to ask longtime editors about the mistakes that plague them. David Plotz’s, thankfully for him, went unnoticed. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

ALP launches online news website the Labor Herald, 15 months after idea was first mooted

mUmBRELLA :: The website contains a number of piece which by senior ALP politicians and covers key policy areas, including health, education environment and the economy. 

Read Nic Christensen, mumbrella.com.au

2015/07/20

The status of public service broadcasters in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.S

Guardian :: Many of the BBC’s defenders highlight its standing as the pinnacle of PSB globally – but what are they comparing it with?

Read Staff, Guardian, www.theguardian.com

From “WSJ Live” to “WSJ Video”: Publishers step away from dreams of live TV-style broadcasting online

Nieman Lab :: Like many other publishers, The Wall Street Journal has shifted resources away from live, appointment-viewing video toward on-demand viewing.

Read Madeline Welsh, www.niemanlab.org

Google's YouTube signs up everyone but TV for new paid service

AdAge :: Google's YouTube, which has signed up partners for a new paid video service, may find out by early next year whether its own internet stars really are as valuable as those in Hollywood.

Read Staff, AdAge , adage.com

Instagram debuts discover for Web: search accounts, locations and hashtags

Poynter :: The first half of 2015 saw some high-profile uses of Instagram from news organizations.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Gawker's top editors quit in protest over removal of a controversial post

Guardian :: Executive editor Tommy Craggs and editor-in-chief Max Read said the removal of a post published last week was a betrayal of the site’s editorial independence.

Read Jana Kasperkevic, www.theguardian.com

Unique, first-person experience: GoPro Licensing will feature more than 600 amateur and professional videos

Adweek :: Beginning today, hundreds of those videos, like those from the perspective of a dolphin swimming alongside his pod or a dude jumping from a tall building, will be at marketers' fingertips via a platform dubbed GoPro Licensing.

Read Christopher Heine, www.adweek.com

WeChat censorship report: 1.5% of posts get censored

Tech in Asia :: A new report from Citizen Lab dives deeper into what gets censored on WeChat, and why.

Read C. Custer, www.techinasia.com

TheSkimm relies on readers for audience development

Digiday :: TheSkimm takes a "small is beautiful" approach to the news by delivering the daily headlines in the tone of "your smart friend" and encourages users to share the email with 5 friends and become part of the Skimm'bassador program.

Read Caroline Bottger, digiday.com

Food publishers are early winners of Facebook video

Digiday :: Publishers trying to make heads or tails of Facebook video can learn a thing or two from food sites. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2015/07/19

BBC correspondent disputes News Corp claims over 'disturbing new MH17 footage'

Guardian :: Australian newspapers show video of Ukrainian rebels at the crash site.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

BBC radio chief leaps to defense of 'under threat' Radios 1 and 2

Guardian :: As the green paper on the future of the corporation continues to make waves, Helen Boaden says criticisms of most-popular stations are wide of the mark.

Read John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Four lessons in being a better news outlet from the Guardian, Reuters TV, the Wall Street Journal and more

The Media Briefing :: Nobody would ever say that journalism is a perfect discipline. Publishers and individual journalists alike sometimes fail at delivering news that serves the public interest, or at fostering the communities that allow those publishers to exist.

Read Chris Sutcliffe, www.themediabriefing.com

Times newspaper removes Nick Cave story after online complaints

Guardian :: Piece about death of Cave’s son saying singer was obsessed with death and had urged people to allow kids to feel fear removed from web but featured in print.

Read Alasdair Glennie, Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

John Whittingdale: BBC could be part-funded by subscriptions in future

Guardian :: Culture secretary tells Andrew Marr funding corporation with subscriptions on top of licence fee could be ‘direction we may wish to move in’.

Read Frances Perraudin, www.theguardian.com

Small podcasters have trouble finding new listeners and monetizing, survey finds

Nieman Lab :: How does the business of podcasts look to the people running it? A new survey suggests that even as interest in podcasts increases, much of the growth of the business is coming from existing listeners rather than new listeners. 

Read Laura Hazard Owen, www.niemanlab.org

Mining for meaning: How data analysis now co-exists with traditional reporting

Radio New Zealand ::  Journalism schools are now teaching what was once considered the domain of computer science or applied mathematics; so is data analysis media's new best friend?

Read Staff, Radio New Zealand, www.radionz.co.nz

Crowdsourced publisher Inkshares mines own ecosystem

Publishing Perspectives :: Crowdsourced publisher Inkshares has launched a new tool that allows authors to find new potential readers and funders among existing Inkshares users.

Read Edward Nawotka, publishingperspectives.com

Twitter responds to Sandra Bland's jail cell death with 'if I die in police custody'

CNN :: As far as Texas law enforcement officials are concerned, 28-year-old Sandra Bland died in a jail cell Monday after hanging herself with a plastic bag. But her family says the idea that Bland would kill herself is "unfathomable," prompting questions about the circumstances of her death.

Read Emanuella Grinberg, edition.cnn.com

Anatomy of a highly successful New York Times tweet

Washington Post :: Cynthia Collins, editor of the New York Times’s social media desk, says that her team of nine staffers is “always looking to amplify the voices of reporters and photographers in the field.”

Read Erik Wemple, www.washingtonpost.com

2015/07/18

The reform of Italy's public broadcaster RAI is not just about money, it is first and foremost about political power

Listening Post :: With almost 2,000 journalists, 11 newsrooms, sister channels that compete against one another, when co-operating would save money, no one in Italy would argue RAI is perfect and does not need some kind of reform.

Read Staff, Al Jazeera English, www.youtube.com

US-based TV and radio news for Cubans becomes obstacle as relations improve

Guardian :: Radio and TV Martí are under pressure to show they are truly effective at providing Cubans with access to a free news, after costing Congress $700m.

Read Cara McCoogan, www.theguardian.com

Charlie Hebdo will no longer feature cartoons depicting Muhammad in wake of attack

The Wrap :: Satirical French Magazine Charlie Hebdo has made the decision to no longer draw cartoons that depict the Islamic prophet Muhammad in wake of January’s terror attack on its headquarters.

Read Beatrice Verhoeven, www.thewrap.com

Ex-governor in Philippines dies during trial for massacre of journalists, rivals

Guardian :: The main suspect on trial for the 2009 mass murder of a rival family and journalists in the southern Philippines died late Friday, a lawyer and family members said.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.theguardian.com

How streaming TV has become a free-for-almost everyone

Guardian :: Want to watch a film on Netflix? More and more people are sharing subscriptions to avoid paying the full price. But when does ‘sharing’ become ‘stealing’?

 

Read Kara Gammell, www.theguardian.com

Gawker staffers object 'to editorial decisions being made by a majority of non-editorial managers'

Adweek :: Gawker editorial staffers are speaking out over management's decision to take down a post that outed the CFO of publishing powerhouse Condé Nast. The story, based on an anonymous source, reported that the executive, a married father of three, attempted to solicit a male escort.

Read Chris Ariens, www.adweek.com

Gawker staffers 'objecting to editorial decisions being made by a majority of non-editorial managers'

Adweek :: Gawker editorial staffers are speaking out over management's decision to take down a post that outed the CFO of publishing powerhouse Condé Nast. The story, based on an anonymous source, reported that the executive, a married father of three, attempted to solicit a male escort.

Read Chris Ariens, www.adweek.com

2015/07/17

Yahoo finally announces plan to spin off its remaining stake in Alibaba

Venture Beat :: Yahoo has officially filed with the SEC to spin-off its remaining shares of Alibaba Group into a publicly traded company called Aabaco Holdings.

Read Ruth Reader, venturebeat.com

Washington Post campaign reporter Dan Balz brings viewers on the trail with Snapchat

Poynter :: Readers who can’t hit the campaign trail with a national political reporter can still do the next best thing: follow Dan Balz on Snapchat.

Read Benjamin Mullin, www.poynter.org

Subscription BBC proposal for the long term

Broadband TV News :: A hybrid licence fee and subscription model is one of the options under consideration for the future funding of the BBC.

Read Julian Clover, www.broadbandtvnews.com

Time Inc.: 'Transitioning takes time' - Time will continue to open its platforms to outside contributors

Digiday :: It’s hard enough to build a sustainable, scalable digital brand from scratch in the current media landscape. Imagine being a legacy print publisher trying to reinvent yourself as more than just a magazine company.

Read Brian Braiker, digiday.com

Instagram to open platform to all advertisers this fall

eMarketer :: Instagram plans to open up its platform to all advertisers this fall. Jim Squires, director of market operations at Instagram, spoke with eMarketer about how advertisers will be able to use Facebook data for targeting and how the ad buying process will change on Instagram.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

The first Periscope star shows the live streaming platform doesn’t need Twitter

Digiday :: Four months after Twitter acquired Periscope, the live streaming video platform is growing a community of native creators. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Why publishers warily embrace platforms: ‘They need you and you need them’

Digiday :: As publishers increasingly post their content directly to social networks, many media companies are losing control of the distribution of their own product. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Egyptian security forces raid news network offices, arrest director

CPJ :: Egyptian security forces have arrested Yahya Khalaf, the director of the privately owned Yaqeen news network, and are holding him under investigation for alleged crimes linked to terrorism.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

Ida B. Wells used data journalism to fight lynching

Vox :: Ida B. Wells, who would have turned 153 today, is usually called something along the lines of a "crusading journalist" or a "journalist and advocate.

Read Dara Lind, www.vox.com

2015/07/16

Reading and writing the waves

New York Times :: William Finnegan has spent nearly three decades as a staff writer for The New Yorker, reporting on civil war in Sudan, drug cartels in Mexico and global sex trafficking, among other subjects.

Read John Williams, www.nytimes.com

New Reddit rules won't ban hate communities

 The Verge :: Reddit's new CEO, co-founder Steve Huffman, has laid out a prospective fresh code of conduct for Reddit... and it's not clear how much it will really help. 

Read Adi Robertson, www.theverge.com

Tory plans for BBC shakeup could lead to 'much diminished service'

Guardian :: BBC Trust says government in danger of ‘dismantling’ corporation as culture secretary criticises amount of popular entertainment and licence fee model,

Read Jane Martinson, John Plunkett, www.theguardian.com

Culture secretary John Whittingdale launches ‘root and branch’ review of BBC charter

Guardian :: Speaking to the House of Commons on Thursday, Whittingdale said the government needed to “consider the overall purpose of the BBC, what services it should provide, how it should be funded, and how it should be regulated”. 

Read Nadia Khomami, www.theguardian.com

Facebook-owned Oculus acquires Pebbles Interfaces, an Israeli motion-sensing technology company

Venture Beat :: Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus has announced that it’s acquiring Pebbles Interfaces, a computer vision and depth-sensing technology company based in Israel. 

Read Paul Sawers, venturebeat.com

The effect of native advertising on trust in the host media - It’s complicated

The Media Briefing :: According to this year’s Reuters Institute Digital News Report, 28% of American and United Kingdom news audiences who could recall seeing native advertising online said it made them feel less positive about the news organization carrying it.

Read Neil Sharman, www.themediabriefing.com

Dee Madigan slams unsolicited request to blog for free for Huffington Post as ‘insulting’

mUmBRELLA :: Media commentator and creative director and owner of Campaign Edge Dee Madigan has described an unsolicited approach from The Huffington Post to write for free as insulting. 

Read Miranda Ward, mumbrella.com.au

Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp sees media future ‘all up for grabs’

Beet.TV :: Time Inc. has announced plans to move 300 staff over to Brooklyn, where a big new premises will include a studio and facilities for a new brand aimed at young car owners. And the company is building on existing strengths in interesting new directions. 

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Egypt drops two-year jail penalty for journalists in proposed anti-terror law

AFP :: Proposal no longer carries the threat of jail for reporting that contradicts official statements, but instead fines journalists up to £41,000.

Read Agence France-Presse, www.theguardian.com

Facebook’s off to a great start in video, but still has weaknesses

Digiday :: Video is booming on Facebook. But as the social network’s video business becomes an actual business for creators and advertisers, Facebook needs to think about some improvements it needs to make.

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

National Geographic’s picturesque journey to Instagram juggernaut

Digiday :: National Geographic, with more than 25 million followers on Instagram, has amassed a following rivaling the likes of Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian. It does this by leveraging its 110 photojournalists, who have permission to post directly to the account. 

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

How The Washington Post cut its page load time by 85 percent

Digiday :: For most publishers, concerns about the speed of their sites has been secondary to those about how much money those sites are making. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

2015/07/15

Twitter’s new article preview cards could be a boost for publishers

Nieman Lab :: Publishers may be able to get more value out of their tweets thanks to a new design change on Twitter. The company recently rolled out new Twitter cards that allow for an expanded summary of a link seen on the platform’s iOS or Android apps.

Read Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

Mirror journalist arrested at work on suspicion of phone-hacking

Press Gazette :: A senior journalist at the Daily Mirror was today arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking.

Read William Turvill, Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

New York Times London office may exceed 100 staff but it is 'not looking to compete with local media'

Press Gazette :: The president of international at The New York Times has played down the significance of the title’s staff growth in the UK – but said the size of its London operation could increase further.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Glasgow-based Herald group reports sales boost in print and online after launch of The National

Press Gazette :: The Glasgow-based Herald group has reported circulations in print and online up 20 per cent year on year.

Read William Turvill, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Ex-BBC director general accuses government of ‘raiding finances’

Guardian :: Lord Birt defends corporation’s ability to make programmes and says latest cuts will reduce amount of TV produced in the UK.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

Report: SEC investigating fake story about Twitter

USA Today :: A fake news story that caused Twitter shares to spike Tuesday is now getting regulators' attention.

Read Roger Yu, www.usatoday.com

Inside The Odyssey, a local-news model that works

Digiday :: Local-news efforts are, as a rule, hamstrung by the small audiences they attract. The Odyssey, however, is angling for mass appeal by creating a local-news platform where more universally appealing stories have a greater chance to hit the mainstream. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Reddit's secrets are being leaked by the company's former CEO

The Verge :: Former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong is feeling salty about his former employer, and he's letting the world know it. In the wake of Ellen Pao's resignation last Friday, Wong accused co-founder Alexis Ohanian of planning controversial changes to the site and then throwing Pao under the bus when Reddit took heat for them. 

Read T.C. Sottek, www.theverge.com

Tribune expands its Web-syndication business to video

Digiday :: Tribune Content Agency, a content “clearinghouse” for Tribune Publishing, has launched a new video-syndication network, which will offer its publishing partners more than 1,000 new videos per day from media companies like Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times. 

Read Sahil Patel, digiday.com

Facebook’s growing influence on news consumption

Digiday :: When it comes to news, it's Facebook's world -- publishers are just living in it. As Facebook continues to court publishers and hold onto users, more people are using the site to keep up on news. 

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Newsweek scales back European edition, lays off print staff

In a move its parent company is calling a "reorganization," Newsweek has laid off the entire staff behind its European print edition.

Read Gabriel Arana, www.huffingtonpost.com

Twitter confirms its iOS and Android apps will show more details from websites in tweets

Venture Beat :: Twitter announced today it has improved its Summary Cards on its iOS and Android apps in a way that includes more details about web content.

Read Ken Yeung, venturebeat.com

2015/07/14

Indie magazine sales are proving print is not dead

Independent :: People have long predicted the death of the traditional publishing model, but indie magazines are flourishing. A new book celebrates the trend.

Read Gillian Orr, www.independent.co.uk

Twitter co-founder Ev Williams wants developers to come back

Business Insider :: Even as Twitter continues its hunt for a new CEO, Twitter co-founder and board member Evan Williams says that Twitter has more-or-less finally figured out what it really is: a realtime news platform.

Read Julie Bort, uk.businessinsider.com

CBS Radio laid off several hundred people at properties across the country on Monday

Mediapost :: Although few details are available, informal tallies suggest the number of layoffs may be over 200, with the bulk of them falling on off-air positions, including sales, promotions, and producers, although some on-air positions were also affected.

Read Erik Sass, www.mediapost.com

Make sure you visit the right site: Twitter shares jump after fake Bloomberg.market report - yes, NOT! Bloomberg

New York Times :: Shares of the social media company briefly spiked after an article claimed that Twitter had received a takeover offer.

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

Publishers of local news sites say revenues are up, but many still aren’t paying themselves a salary

Nieman Lab :: Results are in from a survey of 94 local news websites, and while revenue and reach remain concerns for many, the sites say they are doing okay.

Read Madeline Welsh, www.niemanlab.org

Tumblr adds new data partner as marketers race to interpret social images

AdAge :: Crimson Hexagon has become the the latest social company to tap Tumblr's firehose of real-time data, reinforcing the growing importance marketers are placing on understanding images, memes and GIFs of the sort that reign there.

Read Kate Kaye, adage.com

Verizon to add Vice content to its coming mobile video service

New York Times :: The communications giant has teamed up with the youth-oriented media company in a multiyear deal as both companies hope to expand their reach.

Read Emily Steel, www.nytimes.com

BBC radio shows set for mobile and tablet downloads

Guardian :: Annie Mac’s weekday evening show among majority of programmes on air each year available for 30 days after broadcast through Apple and Android apps.

Read Jasper Jackson, www.theguardian.com

HarperCollins UK CEO says “Publishing entering a Golden Age”

Publishing Perspectives :: At HarperCollins UK's annual summer party for its authors, UK CEO Charlie Redmayne could not have sounded more positive about the firm's direction in 2015.

Read Roger Tagholm, publishingperspectives.com

UK: New publisher Canelo offers UK authors strong incentives

Publishing Perspectives :: Industry vet Michael Bhaskar's digital publisher Canelo launches this week with two titles and is offering 50-60% royalties, giving UK authors new options.

Read Roger Tagholm, publishingperspectives.com

How Facebook’s News Feed actually works

TIME :: How a controversial feature grew into one of the most influential products on the Internet.

Read Victor Luckerson, time.com

BBC News moves with ‘sticky video’ Times

Beet.TV :: BBC News has managed to mix online video and text since the late 1990s. But why keep the two separate? Now the organization is ensuring both are on-screen at the same time, launching a product called “stick video”. 

Read Robert Andrews, www.beet.tv

Lyceum Capital backs management buyout of Briefing Media Group

Lyceum Capital :: Lyceum Capital, the growth investor, has backed the management buyout of fast-growing business information company Briefing Media Group.

Read Staff, Lyceum Capital, www.lyceumcapital.co.uk

Could Circa find a future as a B2B news app?

The Media Briefing :: Circa might have fared better out of the general news business and in the B2B news business.

Read Peter Houston, www.themediabriefing.com

How 98-year-old Forbes Media generates 70% of its revenues from digital

Venture Beat :: Mobile is generating a big percentage of traffic as well.

Read Dean Takahashi, venturebeat.com

Crimea's press is struggling to survive after Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian region

CPJ :: "First they asked if my parents had any guns or drugs in the apartment, then they showed my picture to my mother and asked her to identify me," Anna Andriyevskaya said. The Crimean journalist, who is living in exile in Kiev, was describing a raid on her parents' home by Russian FSB agents.

Read Muzaffar Suleymanov, cpj.org

The many challenges Reddit faces as an advertising business

Digiday :: The CEO upheaval at Reddit spotlights the unease the social news site faces as it tries to build an ad business. The same highly engaged community that makes Reddit valuable also can be its worst enemy when comments digress into offensive or obscene territory.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

AnyClip lands $21m for targeting movie and TV clips to the right Web page

Venture Beat :: “We wanted to build a Web service,” one of the founders wrote in 2009, “that would allow anyone to find any moment from any film ever made instantly.”

Read Barry Levine, venturebeat.com

Reddit chief engineer Bethanye Blount quits after less than 2 months on the job

Recode :: Blount's exit comes less than two months after she joined Reddit from Facebook.

Read Noah Kulwin, recode.net

Journalists want transparency, but not right away

Huffington Post :: It didn't take long for journalists to criticize the flaw -- for them -- in the federal government's new pilot program on making public all responses to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Read Alexander Howard, www.huffingtonpost.com

Press Council rules against Daily Telegraph story on pension 'bludgers'

Guardian :: Article about welfare rights group helping ‘army of bludgers’ rort the disability pension was unfair, inaccurate and breached standards, says watchdog

Read Amanda Meade, www.theguardian.com

2015/07/13

News the Chinese won’t report: the growing silencing of bloggers

Poynter :: As recently as two years ago, China’s equivalent of Twitter, Sina Weibo, “was crawling with tales of political scandal.” But such tales and accusations in China are fewer and far between these days.

Read James Warren, www.poynter.org

Benchmark: Most online local news sites make less than $50,000 a year

Poynter :: Two-thirds of new local online news sites make $100,000 or less a year, with more than half generating $50,000 or less, according to a survey released Monday of 94 sites nationwide.

Read James Warren, www.poynter.org

Restorative Narratives have potential to ‘stimulate people to move forward, to pick themselves up’

IVOH :: For the past two years, Images & Voices of Hope has been exploring a genre that we call Restorative Narrative — stories that show how people and communities are making meaningful progressions from despair to resilience.

Read Mallary Tenore, ivoh.org

Why the push to launch podcasts is missing the point

Current :: Public media needs new voices, new approaches and new ideas across all platforms, not just podcasts.

Read Mike Janssen, current.org