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The Times (of London) is expanding from digital to print (in Ireland)

The Times of London is expanding its Irish edition from digital into print, a move that bucks against a continued trend of declining daily print sales in the country and elsewhere. The Times launched its digital-only Ireland edition in September 2015 (after a failed legal challenge from the Irish Times to block News UK from...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:24 pm

After Google and Facebook scarf down most of the local ad pie, there’s still $12 billion left

It is old news by now that Google and Facebook hog most of local digital ad spending. And Facebook, especially, has kept growing its share 50 percent year-over-year at the expense of newspapers and other local media. But analyst Gordon Borrell in his latest benchmark report on local digital revenues suggests an alternate view: Even […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 4:56 pm

Podcast: The media’s model for covering terrorist attacks is broken

On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including a ratings leaderboard shakeup for cable news, a spurious conspiracy that consumed the right-wing media universe, and a new study that says–surprise–journalists drink too much caffeine and alcohol. Then, we move on to the media coverage of […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 4:51 pm

Texas journalists collaborate on nonprofit to share data, enrich reporting

A FEW YEARS AGO, SOME AUSTIN, TEXAS, residents were up in arms over “stealth dorms.” As the city council debated occupancy limits, Austin Monitor publisher Michael Kanin realized he couldn’t answer a basic question: How many stealth dorms were there? Dan Zehr had the same question. “The city council was deliberating this basically off of […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 3:30 pm

Is the quest for profits and clicks killing local news?

“This may puzzle you,” Warren Buffett wrote in his annual letter to stockholders in 2012, after buying 28 newspapers. It was more than puzzling. A headline in The Washington Post summed up the reaction from Wall Street and the journalism world: “Warren Buffett buys newspapers. Is he nuts?” Buffett must have seen the distress. “Advertising […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 2:53 pm

The newsroom pizza chain has hopped the pond

In the last several years, journalists around the United States have covered terrorism, racial violence and other local stories that made national news. And as they have, other newsrooms who've been there have reached out with a simple gesture — food. The tradition usually involves pizza, and it's traveled from Chicago to Boston, from Boston […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 2:26 pm

How The Washington Post plans to use Talk, The Coral Project’s new commenting platform

It was late April and the staff of the Coral Project was “on tenterhooks” as The Washington Post was conducting its first public test of Talk, the project’s new commenting platform, Andrew Losowsky recalled recently. The Washington Post — which launched the Coral Project along with The New York Times, Mozilla, and the Knight Foundation...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 2:25 pm

Pros (and cons) of open-ended or closed poll questions

Every poll involves a questionnaire that contains a standardized set of questions that are asked of every person. The way a question is asked can affect the answers that people give. In an open-ended question, people answer in their own terms. In a closed-ended format, people choose from a given list of answers. (The vast […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 2:10 pm

“Complementary, not competitive”: Philly’s NBC 10 is using web exclusives to find new viewers

When the University of Michigan announced the finalists for the 2017 Livingston Awards this month, Yoni Greenbaum noticed something that he thought was telling. Out of the 18 finalists for the local news reporting prize, NBC 10 reporters Vince Lattanzio and Morgan Zalot were the only two from local television stations. And 2017 is no...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:30 pm

Film critics can’t agree: Was Roger Moore the best Bond?

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. You never forget your first time. For me, it was with Sean Connery, the Scottish actor. Yup. He was my first. My first Bond, James Bond, at an […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:40 am

Press freedom group to deploy $1M Bezos gift, its largest ever, on local level

JEFF BEZOS, AMAZON’S CEO AND The Washington Post’s owner, is giving $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The gift, announced Tuesday night at the Freedom of the Press Awards Dinner in New York, is the largest personal contribution in the RCFP’s history. “It’s an institution-changing gift for us,” Bruce Brown, the […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:34 am

Why The San Francisco Chronicle gave its latest investigation away to other local news outlets

Late last year, after months of reporting, collecting data and cleaning it up, reporters at The San Francisco Chronicle knew they had a big story. Around the state, they found foster shelters were funneling children into the criminal justice system. Most of the story, however, wasn't in their readership area and was unlikely to be […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:14 am

The endless loop of terror victims: Lazy journalism that lets ISIS run the newsroom

Watching cable TV and listening to radio last night and this morning, I found myself trapped in an endless loop of panicked victims screaming and fleeing the suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester, England. Shaky witness cellphone video aired again and again, and the image of a girl leaping off a staircase lodged in […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:54 am

Jeff Bezos gives $1 million gift to support press freedom

The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press on Tuesday night announced a $1 million donation from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the biggest gift from an individual in the organization's 46-year history. "This generous gift will help us continue to grow, to offer our legal and educational support to many more news organizations, and […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:27 am

Fox News’s retraction is a woefully inadequate response to its colossal mistake

The family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich may have applauded Fox News’ “retraction,” but as retractions go, Fox’s effort was lame. It didn't include a correction, which would have gone a long way toward showing that the network learned from its mistake and was truly contrite. Corrections are inevitable in journalism. When done well, […]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:00 pm

Facebook’s moderation is of public interest. It should be public knowledge.

When Facebook announced two weeks ago that it would hire an extra 3,000 moderators to review livestreamed video, many wondered what moderating the vast platform might actually look like. This week, The Guardian exclusively obtained documents that allow a more detailed look inside the Facebook moderation processes than ever before. It is clear from the […]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:56 pm

Fox News retracts bogus Seth Rich story

Fox News announced on Tuesday afternoon it is retracting an inaccurate story about the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, after a personal appeal from Rich's family and a public outcry from media observers. "On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder […]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:28 pm

On government transparency under Bush, Obama, and Trump

As Donald Trump has amped up his attacks on the press, fears have grown about the collateral effects on journalism—from an assault on libel laws and open records, to a tougher environment for Freedom of Information Act requests. Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, has been on the front […]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:58 pm

Now you can take a 24-hour Trump news “snooze” on the Quartz app

If you’ve started feeling panicky every day between 5 and 6 p.m. because the volume of Trump news and notifications are just too much, there is a solution for you in the Quartz iPhone app: The app was updated Tuesday to let users turn on a “24-hour political timeout” that will not show them any...
Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:15 pm

Testing news paywalls: Which are leaky, and which are airtight?

It’s widely known but rarely acknowledged: Most news paywalls are full of holes. Publishers aren’t just offering a few free articles per month. They’re building in sweeping exceptions that allow tech-savvy readers—and often simply those entering through search or social media—to access most or all of what subscribers pay for. It’s easy to understand why […]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:55 pm

Want to bring in younger audiences? Partner with your local library.

You can read any story about the future of libraries and substitute the word "newsroom" for "library" and many of the stories are still applicable. The same is true in reverse: substitute the word library in thought pieces about the evolution of news in our digital age, and many of them still make a lot […]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:36 pm

Who’s really driving traffic to articles? Depends on the subject: Facebook (lifestyle, entertainment) or Google (tech, business, sports)

When you’re publishing to Facebook, or tweaking a headline to align with some carefully honed SEO strategy, how closely do you take note of story topic? New research from Parse.ly suggests that news organizations trying to make the most of Facebook referrals and Google search traffic need to be extra discerning about story topic, as...
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:05 pm

This contest is looking for more ideas on innovative ways to present factchecks (grand prize: $10,000)

If most fact-checking as it’s presented to readers today bores you, now’s your chance to figure out more exciting formats — and maybe win a big cash prize doing it. The International Center for Journalists is running a contest called TruthBuzz that seeks ideas to make fact-checking and debunking stories more appealing to readers, and...
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:00 pm

What an academic hoax can teach us about journalism in the age of Trump

Call it, if you like, a replication experiment. Twenty-one years ago, the New York University physicist Alan Sokal attempted to prove that the influence of postmodern ways of thinking in the humanities had reached the point where academic nonsense was indistinguishable from academic sense. As a physicist, Sokal found writing about science to be particularly...
Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:30 pm

Scribd says it has over 500,000 subscribers paying $8.99/month for ebooks, audiobooks, and now news

Scribd’s $8.99/month subscription service started out with only ebooks. Over time, it’s expanded to audiobooks, sheet music, documents, magazines — and, as of Tuesday, newspapers. “Select articles” from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian, as well as some archival content from the Financial Times, will now be available to Scribd...
Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:00 pm

There are times journalists should become the story

I had a bit of an ordeal earlier this year that led to me losing my job as a national reporter, and these days, every time a journalist gets fired or quits and then writes about it, people text, email, and tweet at me. The stories echo one another. The last time my phone blew […]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:55 am

Joe Lieberman atop FBI would be a First Amendment disaster

Former Senator Joe Lieberman is reportedly President Trump’s leading choice to replace the recently-fired James Comey as FBI director. If you’re a person who values free speech and press freedom rights, it’s hard to imagine a worse pick for FBI director than Lieberman. It was only a week ago we learned that Trump allegedly urged […]
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:54 pm

A small survey suggests chasing pageviews isn’t putting as much pressure on watchdog reporting as you might think (or fear)

When it comes to metrics and measurement, digital publishing has brought both the good and the bad. While news organizations are now able to see, with increasingly accuracy and depth, exactly which stories resonate with readers, metrics have also taken an outsize role in determining which stories reporters are encouraged to chase. That’s often bad...
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:31 pm

Q&A: Quartz’s David Yanofsky on coding as a journalist

The journalist who writes code is one of the least understood roles in the news business. Even the job titles are mysterious, and vary from newsroom to newsroom: data journalist, visual journalist, graphics editor, news app developer. When an interactive, visual story, or news app is published, the work is often chalked up to “wizardry,” […]
Posted: May 22, 2017, 4:46 pm

How NPR considers what new platforms — from smartwatches to fridges — will get its programming

Here is a (far from complete) list of places where you can listen to NPR programming: Your old school radio. Your car radio. Your smartphone. Your smartwatch. Your Amazon Echo. Your Google Home. Your refrigerator? If you own a Samsung Family Hub fridge (which features a giant screen on one of its doors), you can...
Posted: May 22, 2017, 12:30 pm

“Who’s your 4chan correspondent?” (and other questions Storyful thinks newsrooms should be asking after the French election)

Efforts by online activists didn’t stop Emmanuel Macron from winning the French presidential election, but they were further proof that campaigns of misinformation, smears, and targeted leaks are now part and parcel of major democratic events. Pepe the frog may have been pronounced dead on May 8, but the movement that took cartoonist Matt Furie’s...
Posted: May 22, 2017, 9:00 am

3 things BuzzFeed News thinks about before sending a push alert

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump met Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York. While the big story in the U.S. that day was the passage of the Republican healthcare bill in the House of Representatives, the meeting was major news in Australia. As a result, BuzzFeed News decided to send an alert to...
Posted: May 19, 2017, 4:58 pm

This is the story behind that double push alert The New York Times sent about Comey’s Trump memo

Just before 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, millions of New York Times app users saw — twice — the news that ousted FBI director James Comey had written a memo detailing President Trump’s request that he stop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. It was a major scoop for the Times, and,...
Posted: May 19, 2017, 2:00 pm

It’s too early to declare Facebook’s anti-fake news efforts a failure

“Fake Media Facebook will tell you this article is disputed.” One of the first times we saw a Fakebook fake news alert in the wild was around St. Patrick’s Day, for a debunked story on the “Irish slave trade.” (Better known as the Irish slaves myth.) The Guardian’s Sam Levin reported this week that Facebook’s...
Posted: May 19, 2017, 1:00 pm

“Won’t work for exposure”: The financial nitty-gritty of commercial–nonprofit news partnerships

ProPublica and Vox.com announced this week that they’re hiring a joint video producer: “These types of collaborations are a comfortable, natural thing for our team to do,” Vox general manager Andrew Golis told Nieman Lab. And ProPublica has won three Pulitzers for collaborative reporting it’s done — this year, with the New York Daily News;...
Posted: May 18, 2017, 2:35 pm

With a big Amazon streaming deal, Berkeley’s journalism program is building a new revenue stream

When it comes to video, it’s a seller’s market for content creators. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu are locked in a race for content, opening up new revenue opportunities and distribution channels not just for big companies but for smaller production outfits as well. It’s a opportunity that the University of California,...
Posted: May 18, 2017, 2:09 pm

More European newspapers are charging for content online (but there are differences by country)

“A lot of people in the market are talking about paywalls or free traffic very much from an angle from what is right and what is wrong. Sometimes people think there is only one strategy: theirs,” Christian Röpke, the CEO of German newsweekly Die Zeit’s online presence Zeit Online, recently told my colleague Joseph Lichterman....
Posted: May 17, 2017, 11:01 pm

Facebook, still fighting the fake news problem, is making another attempt at reducing News Feed clickbait

Facebook engineers may be spending a lot of time trying to solve the platform’s fake news problem, but it hasn’t forgotten about the site’s other, equally persistent foe: clickbait. Facebook said Wednesday that it’s further tweaked its algorithm to display fewer clickbait headlines in users’ News Feeds. The tweak targets headlines that either “withhold information intentionally leave...
Posted: May 17, 2017, 5:07 pm

“There’s almost no journalism in tennis,” but the print quarterly Racquet is trying to change that

Last summer, Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic made it all the way to the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, beating Roger Federer in the semifinal before succumbing to Andy Murray in the championship match. One of the possible reasons for his success? Additional coaching from American tennis great John McEnroe who started working with Raonic...
Posted: May 17, 2017, 2:36 pm

“The choice of 2 very unhappy headlines”: ASNE will focus on newsroom diversity, not jobs lost

“U.S. newspapers see more bad news, as jobs decline.” “Newspaper newsrooms suffer large staffing decreases.” “Newspaper industry lost 3,800 full-time editorial professionals in 2014.” The halving of America’s daily newsrooms.” Executives at the American Society of News Editors are sick of headlines like these being used to sum up ASNE’s annual newsroom diversity survey. It’s...
Posted: May 17, 2017, 12:30 pm

The Associated Press is adding more user-generated social content (verified, of course) into its wire services

A new tool from the Associated Press will now allow users of its service to pull in topical and verified content shared by users on social media such as photos and videos around breaking news. Using the web interface provided by social media platform manager SAM (AP owns a stake in SAM and has been...
Posted: May 16, 2017, 4:14 pm

Making Gay History’s podcast digs into interview archives to let voices “come to life again”

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 120, published May 16, 2017. On the podcasts to TV beat. A couple of developments here: (1) ABC has officially picked up the television adaptation of Gimlet’s StartUp, according to Deadline. However, the project is now in search of a name due to another...
Posted: May 16, 2017, 3:22 pm

Journey to the center of the Internet: How a viral site is helping Spain’s El País adapt to the Internet

The Internet is awash in viral news sites trying to game social or search algorithms that try to attract eyeballs to the latest story that’s dominating users’ feeds. While many of these sites are run by shady characters, Spain’s largest newspaper, El País, has tried to create a site that marries the fun of viral...
Posted: May 16, 2017, 12:30 pm

Viaje al centro de internet: cómo un sitio de virales ayuda a que El País de España se adapte a la web

Con algoritmos y optimizaciones varias por plataforma, los sitios de virales inundan internet, en la búsqueda de una audiencia que consuma la tendencia que domina sus redes. Mientras que muchos de los que controlan estos sitios web son personajes esquivos, el diario más grande de España, El País, creó una página que intenta reconciliar lo...
Posted: May 16, 2017, 12:29 pm

Sharing skills, Vox and ProPublica are teaming up on video production

Over the years, ProPublica has tended to “stick to the things that we know how to do well,” according to Eric Umansky, the nonprofit’s deputy managing editor. One of the areas where it doesn’t have much expertise is video. Vox, meanwhile, has built up substantial reservoir of knowledge when it comes to Internet videos that...
Posted: May 15, 2017, 3:00 pm

Cambridge Analytica, Trump, and the new old fear of manipulating the masses

Did “sinister” emotional manipulation by the data analytics company, Cambridge Analytica, decide the U.S. election? History suggests otherwise. After the election, one company claimed the credit for engineering Trump’s victory: Cambridge Analytica. The company stated that it had analyzed Facebook along with other publicly available data for around 230 million Americans and combined this with...
Posted: May 15, 2017, 2:19 pm

Australia’s kid-focused newspaper Crinkling News wants to teach media literacy to young readers

Saffron Howden knew she was on the right track with Crinkling News, her Australian kid-focused weekly newspaper, within a few days of Donald Trump being elected. Even among Australian schoolchildren, there was a lot of trepidation about the implications of a Donald Trump presidency. One school introduced art therapy to help kids process their emotions. The...
Posted: May 15, 2017, 1:46 pm

Local news doesn’t seem to be getting a Trump bump

The latest print issue of the Columbia Journalism Review focuses on local news. The publication is posting the articles online throughout May. Some digital tidbits: — As part of a survey of 420 journalists at small (circulation under 50,000) local newspapers across the country (written for Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism), Christopher Ali and...
Posted: May 12, 2017, 3:37 pm

“Anger is a useful metric” and other evil tips for making money off hyper-partisan content

“Anger is a useful metric.” NewsWhip, the social media monitoring company, published a report this week on the rise of hyper-political publishers online. From the paper: “There’s a high proportion of reactions to likes for these hyper-partisan pages. The most popular of these has been the Angry reaction. These publishers are highly adept at provoking...
Posted: May 12, 2017, 12:30 pm

These Slovak journalists quit their paper and built an independent rival with 23,000 digital subscribers

In 2014, staff at Slovak national newspaper Denník SME, one of the country’s most popular, discovered that Penta Investments — a financial group they had regularly reported on — was bankrolling the purchase of a 45 percent stake in the firm that paid their wages. Penta, whose companies employ over 37,000 people and has assets...
Posted: May 12, 2017, 12:30 pm