Date

Wed - 13.12.2017


July 2012

"The collective intelligence of the newsroom is something we rarely exploit efficiently," writes Gavin Sheridan, Innovation Director of Storyful in a blog post where he discusses the concept of newsrooms as intelligence agencies.

On the Ebyline BlogSusan Johnston reports on the acceleration of paywalls at US newspapers based on the latest data from the Newspaper Association of America.

The Guardian reports that Twitter has suspended the account of Guy Adams, a journalist for the UK's Independent, who was critical of Olympics coverage by NBC.

"At the Financial Times, we recognized early on that the continued success of our business depended on our ability to adapt to changing reader habits," writes Rob Grimshaw of the FT in an article about "publishing in the age of social media" on The Economist Group's website.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-31 17:21

Comments made by Conrad Black, one time head of Hollinger International Inc., on the untapped potential of Canadian news titles have prompted speculation that the former media magnate may be considering a return to the newspaper industry.

During a meeting of the editorial board at Huffington Post Canada, Black remarked that “[t]here is a great premium to be placed on the editorial function and on the goodwill of a famous trademark like a respected newspaper.” He went on to add that he could be interested by a “good title that’s grossly under-priced.” The current state of Canada’s news press could see Black presented with just such a low-cost opportunity in the near future. One of Canada’s largest news companies, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has been forced to respond to declining ad revenue and debts of $516 million (CAD) with radical efficiency restructuring, involving job cuts and the cancellation of Sunday print editions in certain areas.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-31 16:50

Over the weekend The New York Times former executive editor and current columnist Bill Keller fell victim to an elaborate Internet hoax. An opinion piece titled “WikiLeaks, A Post Postscript,” supposedly a follow-up to an article written by Keller in February of this year, was shared through a Twitter account that appeared to belong to Keller and swiftly re-tweeted by journalists, including The Guardian’s Dan Gilmore and the NYT’s own technology correspondent Nick Bilton. Readers were initially fooled by the visual similarities between the fake article and Keller’s regular column. In addition, the advertisements featured on the page were genuine, and all links connected to nytimes.com. On closer inspection, the lack of The New York Times favicon next to the web page’s URL, and the fact that the domain name differs from that used for real NYT op-ed pieces indicated that the article was a fake.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-30 17:41

"The biggest media event in history," might well be shaping up into "the biggest circulation war for decades," according to a report from the Guardian, which highlights the extensive efforts by the British press regarding Olympics coverage.

Offices of the Mexican newspaper El Norte near Monterrey have been attacked three times in less than a month. In the most recent attack, on Sunday, armed and masked men broke into the offices and started a fire using gasoline, according to a report on The Telegraph's website.

Brazilian newspapers are reporting growth in average daily circulation as well as advertising revenue, based on data from the Circulation Verification Institute (IVC) and published on news.com.au.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-30 16:54

Digital subscribers to the Financial Times have surpassed the number of print subscribers and the company says digital revenue now makes up half of the group's overall revenue, reports Ingrid Lunden on TechCrunch.

The Guardian is offering its website readers the opportunity to hide Olympics coverage on the site with the click of a "show Olympics/hide Olympics" button, writes Rachel McAthy on journalism.co.uk. The website used a similar button for readers to opt out of Royal Wedding coverage last year, McAthy notes.

The owner of the New Orleans Saints football team, Tom Benson, is part of a group that is expressing interest in buying the New Orleans Times-Picayune, writes Andrew Beaujon on Poynter. In a separate development, Beaujon notes that a US Senator from Louisana, David Vitter, is urging Advance Publications and its owner, Steven Newhouse, to sell the paper.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-27 17:11

Back when WAN-IFRA was still FIEJ (the Fédération Internationale des Editeurs de Journaux et Publications), the organisation’s 1962 News Bulletin carried an article that showed that the vast majority of British newspapers relied on advertising, not reader-generated revenue, to cover production and distribution costs. "Quality" newspapers garnered 73 percent of their income from advertising, as opposed to sales and circulation revenue at weekly titles. It is a trend that dates from well before the 1960s and continues to the present day, in both the UK and the United States.

At least, it was a trend that continued until very recently. Now there are growing signs that the tide is at last turning. This week, the New York Times co., publisher of The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Boston Globe released second quarter figures showing that its titles’ circulation-generated revenue was higher than advertising revenue. Although dwindling income from print and digital advertising (which shrank by 6.6 percent and stands at $220 million) undoubtedly contributed to the shift, the Times’ famous paywall and an increase in price for print subscriptions saw circulation revenue at the NYT company’s news titles rise by 8.3 percent, to $233 million.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-27 16:49

Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform for creative projects, is fast becoming the go-to site for journalists and publishers searching alternative ways of financing projects. Originally conceived in 2009 as a means of financing new and innovative technology, the site has since branched out to become the biggest crowdfunding site in the world with more than 6300 projects and over $250 million raised in pledges. As news titles continue cutting staffing budgets and editorial budgets, an increasing number of writers and reporters are presenting their ideas directly to the Kickstarter public.

Of course, the use of crowdfunding in journalism is old news by now. Spot.Us has been allowing journalists to appeal to the goodwill and largesse of like-minded people since 2008 and is still going strong with more than 1500 contributors and 110 publishing partners, including The New York Times. Meanwhile Emphas.is continues to provide a platform for photojournalists and is even developing a photography book project for later this year. Neither however has scaled the heights of fame in the same way as Kickstarter.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-27 10:31

The New York Times was in the news on several fronts today. First, Peter Kafka on AllThingsD.com, reports that the newspaper has seen an increase in circulation revenue, but that both print and digital advertising figures are down. Kafka also notes the number of digital subscribers has climbed to 532,000. According to a report on FishbowlNY, the company might announce a new CEO as soon as September (former CEO Janet Robinson left late last year).

In other NYT news, Reuters reports that as of this past Monday, the Times has pulled the plug on its BlackBerry app. And, in yet another report, former Executive Editor Bill Keller tells GigaOM's Mathew Ingram why we should defend WikiLeaks.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-26 18:07

The first blow came on Monday, when the estate of the late billionaire Sidney Harman, which co-owns the Newsweek Daily Beast Co with IAC/Interactive Corp, officially announced that it would no longer be investing in the loss-making venture.

The second landed yesterday, when IAC’s Chairman Barry Diller let slip during a quarterly earnings call that “the transition to online from hard print will take place,” ostensibly giving this fall or sometime next year as the point by which the company would have come up with a plan to bury the 79-year-old weekly print magazine, transforming it into a web-only presence.

Naturally, this drove the Twittisphere into a frenzy, with some commentators more bereaved by the alleged news than others:

In the wake of Diller’s comments, Tina Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and its digital bedfellow The Daily Beast, conducted damage control in the form of an email to all Newsweek Daily Beast Employees yesterday with the subject line “Scaremongering.” The email, obtained by Politico, begins: 

Author

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-26 17:15

Though the temperature is soaring in Paris the sun has set for France-Soir, the embattled title that had been serving the French public since 1944. The Tribunal de commerce de Paris, the city’s commercial court, announced on Tuesday, 23 July that the paper’s assets were to be liquidated, after several buyout attempts failed to fully materialise. France-Soir’s archives, domain name, brand, and production rights will subsequently be auctioned off  and all 49 members of staff, 42 of whom are journalists, now find themselves unemployed.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-26 16:13

International news design guru Mario García discusses in a blog post the new newsroom positions "that are becoming an integral part of the top editorial team for so many newspapers."

Speaking of new jobs, in a post at MediaShift Idea LabDan Sinker offers several video interviews with staffers at The New York Times and ProPublica discussing why they enjoy working as developers in the newsroom.

Apple sold a record 17 million iPads in its last fiscal quarter, but the company's earnings fell short of Wall Street's expectations, reports Erica Ogg on GigaOM.

The Guardian and The Observer have announced that their website "is the third most popular newspaper website in the world, reaching 30.4 million unique users in June 2012, behind Mail Online and the New York Times."

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-25 17:53

It looks like a normal tweet. It can be re-tweeted, replied to and marked as a “favourite” like a normal tweet, but Twitter’s new targeted tweets are not shared in the same way as the standard model, and it’s this feature that seems to be paying dividends for advertisers like The Washington Post.

Only five days ago Twitter officially announced that it would be enhancing its "Promoted Tweets," having already piloted a new scheme with British Airways, Wendys, The Washington Post and Coca-Cola. The changes introduced mean that instead of publishing a tweet to all followers and only being able to make it a promoted tweet afterwards, advertisers can target specific sections of their audiences according to geographical location, or device (desktop/ laptop computer vs. mobile phones, tablets).

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-24 17:32

The Guardian reports that eight people, including Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooksare to be charged as a result of the year-long investigation into the phone hacking scandal.

The Knight Foundation continues its ongoing investment in media with the announcement of funding and support for five new projects. "The funding from Knight will go toward fact-checking and transparency work, as well as to efforts to increase support for and visibility of women in the tech sector," writes Justin Ellis on Nieman Journalism Lab.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-24 17:09

Rupert Murdoch has stepped down from the boards of all his newspaper businesses, reports Press Gazette. Dan Sabbagh in the Guardian points out that "the 81-year-old is no longer a director of a UK company for the first time since the late 1960s."

"News curators must collect, summarize, make sense, add value, attribute, link, intrigue and entice," writes Steve Buttry, Digital First Media's Director of Community Engagement & Social Media, in a post on his blog titled "Curation techniques, types and tips."

Digital First's new curation team was supposed to begin work next Monday, but following the shooting in Colorado, the company assembled a "makeshift" team to help MediaNews Group title The Denver Post report on the tragedy, reports Journalism.co.uk.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-23 17:02

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Walle (DW) is using mobile phones to extend the reach of its "Learning by Ear" programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a continent where Internet access is limited or non-existent, and many countries experience high levels of adult illiteracy, DW has teamed up with mobile phone operators, like Vodaphone in Tanzania, to bring its news service to a greater number of listeners.

Originally a radio series launched in 2008 and followed up with a podcast in 2010, "Learning by Ear" aims to give young people aged 12-20 an insight into subjects like the economy, health, politics and the environment. Through dramas, feature reports and in-depth news analysis "Learning by Ear" tackles issues pertinent to the continent’s teenagers, such as looking and applying for a job in Africa, HIV and AIDS information and a series on women’s rights.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-23 16:52

“The change in the industry right now is the most dramatic I've ever seen... Virtually every paper in the country is, if not diving head first, at least dipping [its] toes into video,” said videographer Chuck Fadley to the American Journalism Review.

That was nearly four years ago; it is now safe to say they are doing canon balls.

The New York Times, which started including videos with digital news stories seven years ago, now produces approximately 120 videos per month, and streams two live shows to its website every business day. The Wall Street Journal, which began shooting video more than three years ago, now produces about 50 clips per day, as well as nine live shows from around the globe. Meanwhile, the U.S. edition of the Huffington Post has recently unveiled HuffPost Live, a plan to stream live video to its website for 12 hours five days a week beginning on August 13.

Logically enough, the news content is attracted by the prospect of advertising revenue.

Author

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-23 15:03

Poynter's Beth Winegarner offers six tips to help journalists cope with covering tragedies, such as the shooting last night at a movie theater near Denver, Colorado. In a related story, also on Poynter, Julie Moos takes a look at how news of that shooting spread.

Tim Burrowes on mUmBRELLA points out how paywalls are changing the way journalists write and a lurking danger that can come with this change.

On GigaOMMathew Ingram discusses the backlash at Instagram and what it says about the future of media.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-20 18:33

The smartphone has become the latest hope for news outlets struggling to fight falling print revenue.

The Star, Malaysia’s most read English daily, recently introduced the iSnap, a feature that brings the “newspaper to life” using augmented reality technology and two major Australian publishers, Fairfax and News Limited have both launched new smartphone enhancements in the past month.

Over at The Star, iSnap sprang from an internal challenge thrown to the New Media Department and to the paper’s technology partner, Knorex Pte Ltd of Singapore. Summoned by the owners to find new ways to enhance the flagship publication, both teams started an intense brainstorming session that eventually triggered the iSnap concept.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-20 16:03

Roy Greenslade reports that a website editor in Belarus has been arrested for publishing photos of teddy bears pinned with press freedom messages, which were air-dropped into the country earlier this month by the Swedish Ad Agency Studio Total. See our earlier report on the airdrop here.

Time Inc. Sports Group, which publishes Sports IllustratedSI Kids and Golf, is reducing its editorial staff by 16 people, mainly through “voluntary departures,” according to AdWeek.

The Telegraph says a group of major News Corporation investors is seeking to have Rupert Murdoch removed as chairman during the company's annual general meeting in October.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-19 18:59

The Guardian wants to aggregate the web’s best journalism, and it wants your help,” begins Mashable’s Lauren Indvik as she reports on the newspaper’s plans to launch a “pop-up aggregator” today. The way to participate? Tweet great commentary and analysis on trending stories with the hashtag #smarttakes.

A court order has banned the BBC from broadcasting a docu-drama about last year’s London riots, the Guardian reports, and the broadcaster's lawyers are considering making a formal appeal.

The digital news payments kiosk Piano Media through which numerous Slovenian and Slovakian publishers charge for content has announced that seven publishers in Poland (who are together behind 26 national and regional newspapers, 42 websites and 11 magazines) will adopt a joint subscription system in September, Journalism.co.uk and PaidContent report.

Author

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-18 18:31

One hundred jobs will be cut at The Guardian and The Observer after their publisher, Guardian Media & News (GNM), reported operating losses of £44.2 million for the financial year 2011/2012. Addressing staff at a briefing on Tuesday morning, Alan Rusbridger, the Editor-in-Chief of the two titles, announced that GNM would be introducing a voluntary redundancy scheme (an agreement with the National Union of Journalists means that at the Guardian titles the forced redundancy of a member would necessitate a strike ballot)

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-18 17:33

Narcissistic linking disorder (NLD): an ailment whereby mainstream news organisations link more frequently to themselves than to anyone else. And on average, they do – a shocking 91 percent of the time – despite their best philosophical intentions, according to a recent study by Mark Coddington at the University of Texas, Austin. On the other side of the navel-gazing spectrum, independent bloggers link to themselves only 18 percent of the time on average. Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon reports.

The Guardian News and Media, parent company of the Guardian and Observernewspapers, is expected to announce job cuts in the near future, following publishing losses of about £45m in the financial year ending in March 2012, the Telegraph andMediaWeek report.

Author

Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-17 17:20

What a difference two weeks make.

Only a fortnight after writer Ryan Smith brought the issue of outsourced journalism to the attention of the wider public, relatively unknown hyperlocal content provider Journatic has been engulfed by a succession of scandals. As we reported at the beginning of July, Smith initially voiced concerns about Journatic’s decision to outsource journalism work to the Philippines, where workers would write news stories which were then published under a false name for the Chicago Tribune Triblocal website.

Following the revelation executives at the Chicago Tribune were quick to denounce the practice, stating that the use of false bylines was “a violation of the Chicago Tribune’s ethics policy. It has never been acceptable and will not be tolerated. We expect Journatic to adhere to this policy.” The paper then launched an investigation in order to determine to what extent Journatic’s unethical methods had infiltrated triblocal.com.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-17 17:18

The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC)’s monthly reports on newspaper circulation often mark a time of collective wincing for the industry.

Although the downward trend continues, and ABC reports that the newspaper market has contracted by 7.79%, three titles have managed to achieve significant year-on-year circulation increases for June 2012: out of 29 British papers surveyed by the ABC, only i, The Daily Star Sunday and The Sunday Mirror experienced significant growth.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-16 18:20


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