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In a "Science Friday" episode from 1994, host Ira Flatow wondered about the future of the newspaper. "Should it stay the way it is? Should it become more user-friendly online?" Flatow invited people to call in "and if you have access to America Online or CompuServe, you can join a live discussion." Today's "Science Friday" […]
Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:32 pm
ZURICH — The Swiss media group Tamedia publishes more than 20 different titles — from daily broadsheet newspapers to a women’s magazine that comes out every three weeks. Though these publications have widely disparate audiences, Tamedia is now trying to bring that readership together with 12-App, a paid German-language app that collects and repackages 12...
Posted: May 27, 2016, 2:01 pm
Discourse Media does a bit of everything. The two-and-a-half year old Vancouver-based organization, for instance, collaborates with other media outlets on stories: It teamed up with Maclean’s reporter Nancy Macdonald on a months-long investigation into why Indigenous people are overrepresented in incarceration rates. That included conducting an original survey of post-secondary students after eight FOI...
Posted: May 27, 2016, 1:30 pm
The opening for budding digital news ventures to get in on the potential next billion internet users in India is widening, as access to the internet and smartphone use takes off. Digital startups born in India are taking hold far better than foreign competitors, journalist (and former Nieman-Berkman fellow) Hasit Shah, who’s researching Digital India...
Posted: May 27, 2016, 1:26 pm
Counsel on pinning him down Donald Trump's characteristically "rollicking" and dissembling press conference yesterday in North Dakota, ostensibly to celebrate wrapping up the Republican presidential nomination, didn't include this question: Why does the press do such an awful job of interrogating him? Yesterday was typical: Trump's vaguely refreshing nerve to take many queries, not really […]
Posted: May 27, 2016, 11:55 am
MuckRock, a website that helps journalists and others request, analyze and share public records, has been forced by a court order to remove documents. A Washington state court ordered MuckRock to remove documents after a private company filed a temporary restraining order, claiming the City of Seattle mistakenly released records that reveal the company’s trade […]
Posted: May 27, 2016, 10:29 am
Editors at the Vox Media sports site SB Nation have finished a review process that traced the mistakes leading up to a flawed profile of Daniel Holtzclaw, a convicted rapist and former police officer who played football in college. The story, which SB Nation has chalked up to a "complete breakdown of a part of […]
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:30 pm
Earlier this month,
a Gawker reporter unleashed a mini-bombshell. Michael Nunez at its sister site, Gizmodo, revealed that Facebook routinely suppressed conservative news from its trending news section, citing unnamed former Facebook employees, thus blemishing Facebook’s preferred guise as an impartial arbiter of the world’s communications. Although Facebook denied the allegations, it rushed to meet with top conservatives and announced...
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:20 pm
Editor's note: A version of this story was first posted by "Reveal" from The Center for Investigative Reporting and is being republished here with permission. The revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel secretly funded a lawsuit against Gawker has provoked a lot of hand-wringing in media circles. “Be very, very worried,” tweeted Mother Jones editor Clara […]
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:50 pm
This winter, Dave Burdick, then a 32-year-old deputy features editor for The Denver Post
, got an email that at first he thought could be spam.* An investor in New York City had found him on LinkedIn and wanted to talk about an idea for a local online news startup. On Wednesday, that startup, dubbed Denverite, made a soft launch with...
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:26 pm
The Guardian has removed 13 items from its website after an investigation into accusations of fabrication committed by a freelance journalist. In an editor's note, Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning said the posts were written by Joseph Mayton, a freelance contributor who's written or contributed to more than 60 items for The Guardian. Mayton began […]
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:50 pm
Recent life at the Los Angeles Times suggests the strained plot lines found in cliché-filled grade-B melodramas sometimes covered by its TV critic, Mary McNamara. In a single year, the newsroom has seen: The publisher bounced amid feuding with the company. The company CEO himself then ousted shortly after inviting a tech mogul to buy […]
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:10 pm
The Pew Research Center and Knight Foundation have updated their 2013 research on news consumption across social media platforms. The new report mainly documents with specific numbers what's already clear — that use of social media as a primary news source is extensive, growing and spreading to other platforms beyond Facebook and Twitter. Two findings […]
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:37 pm
It would’ve been
one hell of a story. Early this month, “news” surfaced that Michael Jordan--yes, the
Michael Jordan--had threatened to move his NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, from North Carolina unless the state repealed a law barring transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice. Air Jordan hadn’t seemed so heroic since he saved Bugs Bunny in the...
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:24 pm
In this week's Lower case... Lewiston
(Maine) Daily Sun
, 4/2/79 San Francisco Chronicle
, 12/15/82 The Toronto Star
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:58 pm
More than 40 percent of American adults get news on Facebook, according to a report published Thursday by the Pew Research Center and the Knight Foundation. (Disclosure: Knight is a supporter of the Lab.) Two-thirds of Facebook users access news on the social platform, and with 67 percent of U.S. adults active on Facebook, that...
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:21 pm
The effective interviewer knows what he or she wants from an interview. That’s what John Brady, author of “The Craft of Interviewing,” thinks. The interviewer is like a chess player, he says, never moving a piece or asking a question without a greater purpose. Here’s what to ask yourself at the outset of reporting: What […]
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:02 pm
There was a point, three weeks into Poynter’s first crowdfunding project, when we wondered just what we’d gotten ourselves into. Coming off a week with few donations, nine days to go and $6,000 short of our all-or-nothing goal, we asked ourselves why we had taken such a public risk when we knew the project could […]
Posted: May 26, 2016, 2:57 pm
Eldiario.es was threatened recently with a lawsuit by Juan Luís Cebrián, president of the media conglomerate Prisa (which owns major news outlets like El País and 15 percent of Le Monde). Cebrián declared legal action against the three-and-a-half year old Spanish digital publication, the digital news outlet El Confidencial, and the television channel La Sexta,...
Posted: May 26, 2016, 1:49 pm
Tweets by @romenesko Stories I posted on other social media: * For Howard Stern fans: Top 10 show characters (my picks) * Chuck Todd: “I can’t tell you who is more vitriolic: a Trump supporter on Twitter or a Sanders supporter” * Columnist doesn’t want to discuss Trump – and uses a lot of white …
Posted: May 25, 2016, 9:15 pm
“Wireless crazy” in 1922!
Posted: May 25, 2016, 9:00 pm
The 2016 election cycle
has been one of the costliest so far, and one of the most unpredictable. Roller-coaster shifts in voter poll data, a cobweb of campaign money, and the reportedly disproportionate attention media outlets have given—or refused to give—to populist and independent candidates have stymied pollsters and pundits. Social media data—a forever-changing landscape of opinions and content, much...
Posted: May 25, 2016, 5:39 pm
What’s the right formula for a for-profit, local online news startup in a smaller market? There’s probably no single answer to that question. But in north-central Ohio, the people behind Richland Source say they have a recipe that’s working for them. It includes original content that’s free to read, a diversifying revenue base anchored by digital ads, engagement with live...
Posted: May 25, 2016, 3:41 pm
Here’s a new stab at local news: A new media company founded by Gordon Crovitz, the former publisher of The Wall Street Journal; Kevin Ryan, the founder of Business Insider; and Jim Friedlich, a former Journal exec, is launching a line of city-specific news properties under the umbrella of a still-unnamed media company. First up...
Posted: May 25, 2016, 2:51 pm
If you’re trying to start a local subscription-based sports site, it helps if your local teams are actually playing well. That was part of the calculus for the Chicago launch of The Athletic, a subscription sports site that charges $10 a month (or $60 a year) for access to premium news and analysis. And, indeed,...
Posted: May 25, 2016, 1:19 pm
When you work
for The New York Times
, you become immersed in its history and its fabled writing and writers. You connect to the Pulitzer Prizes, to the war correspondents, to the drama critics. And, of course, to the urban legends. In my 44 years at the Times
, I discovered a host of newsroom myths, virtually all of them riffing...
Posted: May 24, 2016, 9:23 pm
Chelsea Manning filed her long-awaited appeal to a 35-year jail sentence last week, and her case brings up an important question for journalists: When will courts finally rule the Espionage Act unconstitutional for leakers and whistleblowers?
Manning, who admitted to leaking thousands of classified Pentagon documents and State Department cables to WikiLeaks in 2010, was convicted for something...
Posted: May 24, 2016, 7:43 pm
Twitter is making a handful of changes to its 140-character limit. Twitter said Tuesday that it will no longer count @names and media attachments such as photos, videos, or quote tweets towards the 140-character limit. Tweaks are also being made to how Twitter handles @replies: Now, any tweet that begins with a username will be...
Posted: May 24, 2016, 3:11 pm
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue seventy-four, published May 24, 2016. Public podcast ranking. This just in, and it’s pretty big: Podtrac, a decade-old podcast measurement and advertising company, rolled out what it calls “the first free Podcast Industry Audience Ranking” on Tuesday morning. The free report, which will be...
Posted: May 24, 2016, 1:44 pm
By making engagement opportunities ubiquitous, smartphones can extend and deepen ties between communities and news publishers. This matters because, according to new API research, engagement can define a news community.
Posted: May 24, 2016, 3:58 am
On April 25, publishers, platforms, and industry groups including ESPN, Google, and The Guardian met in New York to discuss how to deal with the continued threat of adblocking. The meeting was organized by Johnny Ryan, the head of ecosystem at PageFair, a company that builds technology to circumvent adblocking, and Jason Kint, CEO of...
Posted: May 23, 2016, 8:28 pm
to see what the “usage authorities” think doesn’t have a lot of places to turn, especially if they’re looking for something that is in the process of changing, such as the way we just used the indefinite (singular) pronoun “someone” with a plural pronoun, “they.” Many usage guides are available, but few can be considered both definitive and...
Posted: May 23, 2016, 5:54 pm
Figuring out how to reach younger readers online is one of the perpetual concerns of the newspaper business. But a new effort from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
this spring is a little unusual: It’s aimed directly at older audiences. In April, the paper launched Aging Edge, a section of its website dedicated to the interests and concerns of the area’s “older...
Posted: May 23, 2016, 4:29 pm
Swedish podcasting company is launching an ad-free, paid option on Monday, allowing show creators on the platform to sell content to listeners without any advertising. The new Acast+ makes it possible for a podcaster to sell exclusive bonus content or a brand new series of shows, without relying on advertising revenue. Acast also hopes “to...
Posted: May 23, 2016, 4:08 pm
When you think of BuzzFeed video, you probably think of “27 Weird Things Guys Lie To Each Other About” or the Tasty recipe videos that have taken over your Facebook feed. BuzzFeed has made a huge commitment to building out its video capabilities, and funny and shareable videos have become its staples. The company launched...
Posted: May 23, 2016, 3:56 pm
The dual challenges of sinking print readership and contracting digital ad revenue are forcing legacy publishers to ponder new ways of making money. For The New York Times, one of those new ways is opening a summer camp. This summer, a few hundred high school students will trade some of their vacations to spend a...
Posted: May 23, 2016, 2:01 pm
It may be time to experiment with news delivery to a young demographic now that Snapchat is the hottest social network among U.S. teens, according to a new survey.
Posted: May 23, 2016, 5:00 am
Digging up leads, tracking developments and transcribing interviews are all made easier with five tools that Rob Tornoe at Editor & Publisher has used and tested.
Posted: May 23, 2016, 5:00 am
When it comes to political campaigns
, journalists traditionally serve as the referees, covering the action but not taking sides. There is one issue, however, on which journalists might be forgiven for showing preference--choosing who among the candidates is best for the media. For anyone trying to see how the candidates measure up, here’s a scorecard to help them decide. Up...
Posted: May 20, 2016, 5:51 pm
Sports are ever-present in most Americans’ lives. There’s practically always a game on in the background at restaurants or bars, and idle chit-chat in offices or parties often turns to the latest about Steph Curry, LeBron, or the NFL — no matter the time of year. But 41 percent of Americans say they aren’t sports...
Posted: May 20, 2016, 1:54 pm
More than 100 media organizations partnered with the The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the initial swath of stories in the Panama Papers leak. One partner was itself a transnational effort: CONNECTAS. The Bogotá-based nonprofit network facilitates collaboration among journalists from Latin American countries and publishes collaborative investigative reporting with a transnational perspective. Connectas...
Posted: May 20, 2016, 1:30 pm
Jeanne Marie Olson is not a journalist. She will be the first to tell you that. And she will repeat it several times in a single conversation to make sure you understand. But Olson is a Chicago-based researcher and a fierce open data advocate, one who’s committed to making information about the city school system more accessible and holding government...
Posted: May 19, 2016, 9:08 pm
In this week’s Lower case … Today in headlines in need of commas: cc @CJR pic.twitter.com/OqeZzrmf98— Alan Neuhauser (@alneuhauser) May 16, 2016 The Jersey Journal
(Hudson County, New Jersey), 5/16/2016
Posted: May 19, 2016, 7:20 pm
“We might say there’s gossip, and murmurs and some false information, but basically, you keep your circle large enough, you will find accurate, factual, good information.” That’s what a resident of Saguache, Colorado — a town with fewer than 500 residents and no local news outlet — told the Solutions Journalism Network in a focus...
Posted: May 19, 2016, 3:17 pm
The controversy about the human curators behind Facebook Trends has grown, since the allegations made last week by Gizmodo. Besides being a major headache for Facebook, it has helped prod a growing discussion about the power of Facebook to shape the information we see and what we take to be most important. But we continue...
Posted: May 19, 2016, 2:09 pm
There’s a new public benefit corporation in town. The Cambridge-based PRX announced Thursday the formation of RadioPublic, a new company whose emphasis will be on building the mobile listening platforms of the future, helping audio stories break into new audiences. “We’re two entities, integrated all along from mission to governance to technology,” said Jake Shapiro,...
Posted: May 19, 2016, 1:30 pm
When it comes to political news, there’s not just one Facebook, but dozens. Facebook’s News Feed works best when it shows users things they’re most likely to want to see and engage with. That’s great for baby pictures, but it’s potentially dangerous for news: it’s hard to keep an open mind about current events when...
Posted: May 18, 2016, 4:53 pm
One of the first things
I noticed about Bridget Hegarty was her voice. It was a strong voice, but a pained one. Three years earlier, as a 17-year-old student at a Catholic high school, she’d been raped and decided to have an abortion. “My understanding was that I was going to kill my child,” she told me.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 4:45 pm
One day last week, Nancy Klingener updated her Facebook profile to feature a picture of herself, in sunhat and sandals, biking down a street in Key West, Florida. It might be an image of sun-drenched contentment, but for Klingener, it’s also something of a professional milestone. The bike sports the logo of WLRN, a Miami-based public radio station that opened...
Posted: May 18, 2016, 4:39 pm
Google recently began giving AMP stories — optimized for fast loading on mobile — further preferential treatment, featuring them in a special carousel on Google News. In other words, it’s a good time for publishers to get their content AMP-ready, if they haven’t yet. Still, the process of getting set up on AMP is fairly...
Posted: May 18, 2016, 4:00 pm