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September 03 2012


The print business is not your legacy, it’s your bank

Monday Note :: For quite a while, I’ve been advocating a newspapers price hike. My take: the news market is undergoing an irreversible split. On one side, digital distribution (on web, mobile and tablets) will thrive through higher volumes and deeper penetration; revenue is not easy to squeeze out of digital subscribers and advertisers but, as some consolation, serving one or ten million customers costs about the same.

Last week, my little solo tune about price hikes received independent support of people much better equipped to define prices and value.

"Why newspapers must raise their price" - A report by Frédéric Filloux, www.mondaynote.com

HT: Raju Narisetti, here

Newspapers are not your legacy, they are your bank: On why papers must raise their price goo.gl/vhsY9 #wef12 #wanifra #relevantreads

— Raju Narisetti (@rajunarisetti) September 3, 2012

September 01 2012


Latitude News and PRX partner on an international news podcast

Nieman Lab :: Plenty of media organizations share the goal of putting more international news in front of American audiences. Maria Balinska takes that goal and tweaks it slightly for her startup, Latitude News: “What we want to be looking at are stories people in the United States can relate to in other parts of the world.

A report by Justin Ellis, www.niemanlab.org

August 31 2012


The rise of ad-hoc journalist support networks

PBS Mediashift :: Journalistic collaboration isn't just something that happens between newsrooms. Increasingly, journalists working outside of traditional news organizations are coming together to support each other in a range of ways, from offering safety advice when covering protests to sharing news tips, local resource recommendations and more.

A report by Josh Stearns, www.pbs.org

August 30 2012


Ignored factchecks: Can the media stop politicians from misleading the public?

Columbia Journalism Review :: That’s the question on the minds of many journalists and commentators after Paul Ryan’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention, which continued the Romney campaign’s pattern of disingenuous and misleading attacks on President Obama. While Obama and his allies have made many misleading claims of their own, the frequency and repetition of the Romney campaign’s claims has been particularly striking.
[Brendan Nyhan:] Whatever campaigns may do, aggressive truth-telling is the right approach for reporters.

An essay by Brendan Nyhan, www.cjr.org


Mobile and non-mobile media users: How do they perceive the news media and journalists?

Reynolds Journalism Insitute :: A majority of respondents overall — mobile media users and non-users — shared a generally favorable opinion of professional journalists, when asked if they agreed or disagreed with a series of statements on a five-point scale. That’s the good news. The bad news, or shall we say the “more thought-provoking news,” is that respondents in both categories also were about equally conflicted in their attitudes regarding the mainstream news media and the transition to mobile digital news technologies.

Findings rjionline.org

August 29 2012


Multi-screen world: Insights how consumers use different devices together

Google Mobile Ads :: How many times have you started reading an email on your phone while commuting, and then continued it on your laptop when you got home? Or perhaps you saw a commercial for a new car and then used your tablet to search for the specs and see it in action? If these things sound familiar, that’s because they’re all part of the new norm in multi-screen behavior.

Findings - googlemobileads.blogspot.co.uk

Overview/infographic: Understanding cross-plattform consumer behavior (PDF download link)

August 26 2012


How many journalists are needed to cover this story?

News organisations are still wasting a lot of money for no reason.

Huffington Post :: I challenge every journalist in Tampa for the Republican convention -- every one of the 15-16,000 of you -- to answer this: Why are you there? What will we learn from you? What actual reporting can you possibly do that delivers anything of value more than the infomercial -- light on the info, heavy on the 'mercial -- that the conventions have become? Would you be better off back at home covering voters and their issues? Can we in the strapped news business afford this luxury?

[Jeff Jarvis:] You're living off the last dollars of your business. And for what? Tradition? Where has that gotten us?

An opinion piece by Jeff Jarvis, www.huffingtonpost.com

And Jay Rosen:

Well, there were 240 news organizations and 1500 journalists in Chile for the miners' rescue. No one had any idea why that many were needed.

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) August 26, 2012

August 23 2012


Coming in the side door: The value of homepages is shifting

Niemanlab :: As with newspapers — which haven’t so much disappeared as been pushed off center stage — few are saying that homepages will disappear completely. But as more people enter news sites sideways — via search engines, links they see in emails, or via Facebook and Twitter — newsrooms are finding their homepages aren’t the starting points they once were.

The new role of homepages - A report by Adrienne LaFrance, www.niemanlab.org

August 22 2012


Local news sites form new trade association

Columbia Journalism Review :: Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit trade group that will offer support for the growing hyperlocal news industry.

Block by Block - Conference for hyperlocal news Sept. 13-15 in Chicago

A report by Hazel Sheffield, www.cjr.org

August 21 2012


Social news cloud service NewsWhip adds 'South Africa': Mobile apps soon ready

Silicon Republic :: Fast growing Dublin headquartered NewsWhip has added a new site dedicated to South Africa where key stories like the Marikana miners shooting are being monitored. The Dogpatch Labs-based company also revealed that its iPhone and Android apps are almost ready for release.

A report by John Kennedy, www.siliconrepublic.com

August 10 2012


No equal weight: Why are journalists susceptible to the balance trap?

Economist :: Today, creating uncertainty in order to hijack the concept of balance is a significant industry. Public-relations firms create artificial "grass roots" organisations for business and political-interest groups in order to have their views reflected in the media. They are known as “astroturf” groups, a concept that might not even exist if not for the demand for so much balance.

Why are journalists susceptible to these tactics?

"The balance trap" - A report by N.L., www.economist.com

HT: Jay Rosen, here:

The Economist: balance trap econ.st/MHfCPJ Slowly, chunks of the View from Nowhere break off and crash into the sea. (via @westendorf)

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) August 10, 2012

August 09 2012


‘Continental Content Divide’: News orgs between social and immersive journalism

Poynter :: Steve Rubel outlines what he calls the “Continental Content Divide” that has emerged among media companies:

[Steve Rubel:] Some publishers see social networking as their primary path to growth. As a result, they are mixing journalism and web culture in clever ways that get their stories shared so they find you. Others, meanwhile, believe the future is in immersive experiences that audiences seek out and, perhaps, even pay for.

A summary by Steve Myers, www.poynter.org


Has social media changed journalism?

No, journalism hasn't changed, but the news ecoysystem has. This change is substantial. It is a radical transformation of processes, players and how we consume news.

Media Update :: Social media has changed the way that people gather, distribute and source their news. As FreshNetworks marketing manager, Jo Stratmann, rightly says, “[news now] emerges from an ecosystem in which journalists, sources, readers and viewers exchange information”.

And today? - A report by Darren Gilbert, mediaupdate.co.za

HT: Steffen Burkhardt, University of Hamburg, Chair in Journalism and Communication Studies, here:

Social media and its transformation of journalism mediaupdate.co.za/Default.aspx?I… @stkonrath

— Steffen Burkhardt (@st_burkhardt) August 9, 2012

August 06 2012


Circa is hiring: Contributing editor job in San Francisco, CA

Circa | Jobscore :: Circa is re-imagining the way we'll consume news. We're creating an experience that we feel is missing in today's world of news and building the product that, as users, we would want. Note from our Founding Editor David Cohn: We are a media company as much as we are a tech company and therefore we need to hire smart news folks to power an editorial product that is optimized for truth, encourages diversity and informs busy readers.

[David Cohn, source:] We’re focusing on the facts, unaccompanied by fluff, optimized for a population with short attention spans.

Details here Circa job description, www.jobscore.com

July 29 2012


British press is too diverse to be pinned down by a powerful regulator

Guardian :: If you really want to trace the cracks that afflicted the Press Complaints Commission, or PCC, or the old Press Council, however, you need to know what's wrong at the core. And the truth is that the mountains of newsprint we buy every day are fatally disparate. Local papers, watching the pennies and morosely certain that pounds don't look after themselves, have very little that binds them to the Sun or the Mirror.

[Peter Preston:] One problem has plagued attempts to build resilient press self-regulation over the years. It is that "the press", as an industry concept, doesn't really exist.

An opinion piece by Peter Preston, www.guardian.co.uk

July 26 2012


Pageviews. Unique visitors. Time on site. Yes, but what impact does your journalism have?

The problem: your journalism might be forceful but you might also still don't earn the money to make a living not to speak of what you might deserve. Despite of the (questionable) discrepancy between business goals and journalistic values: to measure success as "impact" instead of "engagement time" or "pageviews", etc., might still be something worth to discuss.

Greg Linch :: For journalism, the goal should be to add more meaning to the information we use to measure our work. Granted, our current metrics aren’t meaningless. We use them because they do have meaning: views, comments, shares, etc. each has a meaning and can be measured based on that one-dimensional measure. The quantities of metrics increase because the works of journalism they describe are meaningful. Or, put another way, impactful.

[Greg Linch] So, what if we measured journalism by its impact?

Greg Linch on Twitter

Thoughts by Greg Linch, www.greglinch.com

July 25 2012


Who should see what when? Three principles for personalized news

Why is "relevance" or "personalization" so of much of importance? Why not "surprise", "news I didn't think of"?

Niemanlab :: I really don’t know how a news editor should choose what stories to put in front of people, because I don’t think it’s possible to cram the entire world into headlines. The publisher of a major international newspaper once told me that he delivers “the five or six things I absolutely have to know this morning.” But there was always a fundamental problem with that idea, which the Internet has made starkly obvious: There is far more that matters than any one of us can follow. In most cases, the limiting factor in journalism is not what was reported but the attention we can pay to it.

A report by Jonathan Stray, www.niemanlab.org

Another thought ...

How to personalize news? Abandon the idea everyone should see the same stories nie.mn/Q338mW

— Nieman Lab (@NiemanLab) July 25, 2012

May 03 2012


It's the year 1472 in journalism, a fact some people like and some don't

Capital New York :: “You ask what the future of news is? I have no friggin’ idea. No one does.” So said Jeff Jarvis at Tuesday night’s roundtable discussion titled, naturally, "The Future of Journalism," and held at the Baruch College Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. Jarvis, the director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate Center, was one of five panelists invited to examine this tricky subject before a room of mostly undergraduate students, many of whom appeared to be questioning their decision to major in journalism.

Continue to read Jed Lipinski, www.capitalnewyork.com

April 29 2012


As news shifts toward mobile, will text alerts get left behind?

Nieman Lab :: In a blast text message to subscribers on Tuesday afternoon, The Washington Post announced that it’s…ending blast text messages to subscribers, on April 30. So don’t expect to get SMS headlines like “Mitt Romney sweeps GOP primaries in five states” for much longer.

[Adrienne LaFrance:] News consumption is growing more mobile, but with the number of smartphone and tablet users on the rise, it might make sense for newsrooms to abandon text alerts ... and shift to push notifications and that old standby, email.

Mobile strategies - Continue to read Adrienne LaFrance, www.niemanlab.org


Drop in visitors to newspaper sites belies the legend of ever-rising net figures

"Net figures will always increase" is not a law.

Guardian :: The legend of net visiting – skilfully fostered by all those who have a vested interest in its and their success – believes that the march is inexorably upwards. Not in March, and not on many newspaper sites. Mail Online's daily average for browsers was down 5.77% month-on-month (to 5.4m); the Telegraph recorded a 3.77% drop (to 2.4m); The Sun saw 4.85% disappear (1.48m left),  The Mirror was 11.83% down (to 583,000).

Continue to read Peter Preston, www.guardian.co.uk

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