Months after breaking the Panama Papers, ICIJ is going independent

Poynter :: Shortly after breaking the Panama Papers, an international exclusive that shed light on illegal offshore banking around the globe, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists should have been riding high. Instead, the scrappy cross-border investigative team was facing the dreary prospect of laying staffers off due to a financial squeeze at its parent organization.

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Fox trial pre-loads films on phones that you can pay to unlock

The Verge :: A new pilot program from Fox, Telstra, and Ericsson is taking a surprisingly direct approach — pre-loading films onto users’ devices, and then asking customers to pay to rent or buy the titles.

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Inside the Daily Mail’s shift to video

Digiday :: Publishers have different approaches to working out video. For the Mail, it’s scale

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WhatsApp more popular than Facebook in the Netherlands

eMarketer :: People in the Netherlands are passionate WhatsApp users, and were among the first to try its new Status feature.

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CNN’s platform publishing unit Great Big Story has a six-person cartoon team

Digiday :: CNN's digital video network Great Big Story is making two to three short cartoons every month for YouTube -- and, soon, other platforms.

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AOL's continues to try to build a mobile ad business that rivals Facebook, Google (if that's possible at all)

Adweek :: As part of AOL's ongoing work to build a mobile advertising business that rivals Facebook and Google, the company is partnering with Berlin, Germany-based Adsquare on a new data effort.

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CNN, NYT and Politico excluded from White House briefing: Coincidence?

Washington Post :: Veteran reporters covering the White House reported this afternoon that the White House blocked CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed and Politico from a gaggle with White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

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Inside Facebook’s recent product pitch to publishers

Digiday :: Facebook might be looking to mend relationships with media companies concerned over its role in the spread of fake news, but it also wants to reassure them that it has their business concerns top of mind, too.

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TLS sees an opportunity for growth in longform, subscription-based journalism

Journalism.co.uk :: The 115-year-old weekly publication has increased both its print circulation and digital readership in the last year

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How media startups can monetize their social capital

Mediashift :: Social capital is a value that media entrepreneurs possess through their social, professional and business networks. It is also a value that they create through their work’s impact on society. When entrepreneurs activate their social capital, they can create value that generates revenue and supports a free press.

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Vice goes inside Syria to show what media censorship really looks like

Poynter :: Inspired by President Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, the press frequently invokes the specter of ominous reality control as exercised by the bad guys in George Orwell's "1984." No surprise, book sales are through the roof even if many journalists may not have actually read the classic they cite.

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40% of Online Ads Are Found to Be Overweight and Slow Sites

AdAge :: More than 40% of online ads are larger than industry standards, which slows down websites and annoys users with crawling load times, according to a report from Ad Lightning, which works with publishers to monitor ad speed.

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Local social - the winner takes it all (from publishers)

WAN-IFRA :: As the local social network Nextdoor finalises a purchase of Streetlife's UK assets, have publishers missed an major opportunity to stay relevant?

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The New European thought there was a new model for print publishing. Does it work?

Nieman Lab :: This anti-Brexit newspaper first launched as a pop-up, but it’s doing well enough to continue indefinitely.

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Scripps networks CEO sees millennials becoming linear viewers

Broadcasting Cable :: At a certain point, even millennial viewers become interested in where they live and what they eat. And that’s when Scripps Networks Interactive gets them, according to CEO Ken Lowe.

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Hyperlocal publishers: BBC inviting feedback on local reporter and data hub plans

Online Journalism :: Some time ago the BBC announced that it would be supporting local journalism by paying “local democracy reporters” (LDRs) to cover councils, courts and public services. The resulting stories would be supplied to local and hyperlocal news organisations. Last month at an event in Birmingham more details were unveiled

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Fairfax Media confirms Domain separation with real estate business to list separately on ASX

mUmBRELLA :: Fairfax Media has confirmed it is preparing to separate the Domain Group into a new Fairfax-controlled Australian Securities Exchange-listed entity.

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Watch every New York Times front page fly by and see the rise of the image

Vimeo :: From a text-heavy broadsheet to one that features high-quality color images: watch the evolution of the front page of the New York Times in less than one minute

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The Hindustan Times has produced over 315 Facebook live streams over the past 10 months, so what lessons has the team learned in the process?

Journalism.co.uk :: The publisher has produced over 315 live streams over the past 10 months, so what lessons has the team learned in the process?

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Could Google and Facebook help introduce dynamic pricing for news?

Monday Note :: If the two platforms sold news subscriptions, they could offer dynamically targeted deals by using the vast amount of data that they have on their users. Our take on the latest Monday Note.

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Could Google and Facebook help introduce dynamic pricing for news?

Monday Note :: If the two platforms sold news subscriptions, they could offer dynamically targeted deals by using the vast amount of data that they have on their users. Our take on the latest Monday Note.

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Hacking the Facebook news problem

GEN :: News organisations and citizens need to stay constructive and keep looking for ways to make Facebook a more informative space.

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Facebook wins battle over text alerts

Mediapost :: Handing Facebook a victory, a federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit accusing the company of violating an anti-spam law by repeatedly sending people unwanted text messages.

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Google and Microsoft agree to demote piracy search results in the UK

ars technica :: Google and Bing have vowed to reduce "the visibility of infringing content in search results by 1 June 2017.

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Younger readers got more election news from national newspapers than local ones

Poynter :: The New York Times and The Washington Post attracted readers between the ages of 18 and 49 at nearly twice the rate of readers between the ages of 50 and 65 during the U.S. presidential campaign, according to a report from Pew, published Friday.

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Google: Starting today, people in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina can see fact check tagged articles in the expanded story box on news.google.com

Google :: Starting today, people in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina can see fact check tagged articles in the expanded story box on news.google.com and in the Google News & Weather iOS and Android apps.

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Yahoo strikes deals with UK publishers to distribute their news content

WAN-IFRA :: Several major news publishers have signed agreements to provide Yahoo’s News Feed with their articles and videos.

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CNN uses YouTube to avoid Venezuelan ban

Rapid TV News :: CNN en Español has transferred its entire line-up onto YouTube in order to avoid the ban by Venezuela’s pay-TV operators.

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Inside Forbes’ lean approach to creating stories for social media

Digiday :: Forbes is taking a conservative approach to making stories for platforms, which aren't sending much money back to publishers.

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‘More options and misunderstandings’: Media buying on Snapchat confuses advertisers

Digiday :: Snap’s lack of agency-focused reps, various pricing models and buying options often trigger confusion around advertising on the platform, say media agency executives.

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New Zealand court: Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom can be extradited to U.S. over fraud charges

Venture Beat :: Kim Dotcom faces charges relating to his Megaupload website, which was shutdown in 2012 following an FBI-ordered raid

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Podcast success: Civics 101 is giving listeners a reintroduction to how the U.S. government works

Nieman Lab :: New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 and The Washington Post’s Can He Do That? are helping to contextualize Trump’s presidency for those who don’t have much background knowledge.

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Can Marketplace reach an audience beyond those who already care about explainer journalism?

Nieman Lab :: The stated mission of public radio program Marketplace is big: raising the economic intelligence of the country.

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Audience first, strategy second the key to mobile success, says Spotlight Retail Group marketer

mUmBRELLA :: Taking the consumer on a journey and giving them content that they can engage with is what brands should be aiming for when focusing on digital advertising, Spotlight Media Group’s senior marketer told guests at Mumbrella’s Retail Marketing Summit.

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How Norwegian daily Aftenposten doubled digital subscribers in a year

Digiday :: Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten is the latest publisher to see the value in loyal subscribers over indiscriminate reach: Over the past year alone, it doubled paying readers from 32,000 to 70,000.

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The New York Times News Service: from WWI ‘war wire’ to rich, multi-media content today

FIPP World :: Started during World War I, The New York Times News Service and Syndicate today offers partners rich multi-media content across a range of verticals and in several languages from not only The New York Times but also other premium content sources such as Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Slate, The Economist, Meredith and more.

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How Meredith fuels its revenue growth across channels

FIPP World :: Meredith, publisher of brands such as Better Homes & Gardens, Eating Well, Parents and Family Circle, achieved an interesting milestone recently. The company reached an inflection point where its digital advertising growth outpaced print advertising declines, according to Jon Werther, president of Meredith’s National Media Group.

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How newsroom automation can help your company's bottom line

The Media Briefing :: Automation in the workplace is largely just a means of increasing productivity and efficiency of the existing workforce. Media companies, for whom staffing costs are typically the second-biggest overhead, are always on the lookout to increase their efficiency for obvious reasons.

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With $1.1 million in funding from Knight, OpenNews is becoming an independent organization

Nieman Lab :: Launched in 2011 as a joint venture between the Mozilla and Knight foundations, OpenNews is also pressing pause on its fellowship program to reevaluate.

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In Chicago, two news orgs are using texting and live events to widen the reach of their reporting on lead

Nieman Lab :: How do you get your reporting about a public health issue to more people when a significant percentage of your audience doesn’t have consistent access to the Internet? For two news organizations in Chicago, the answer involves texting, in-person events, and, yes, even print.

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Wall Street Journal is turning off Google’s first-click free feature today

Digiday :: The Wall Street Journal continues to tighten up its paywall as it strives to hit 3 million subscribers to the Journal and other Dow Jones products.

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How local publisher Technically Media is trying to diversify its business with a focus on community

Nieman Lab :: The company, which publishes tech sites in the Mid-Atlantic, wants to grow beyond its core events revenue model while keeping community at the heart of what it does.

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French presidential election could help boost trust in media

WAN-IFRA :: The presidential election in France could serve as an opportunity to restore trust in French media, as a new study reveals the majority of readers is counting on news outlets to provide verified information to allow them to stay up to date on new developments.

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