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Breitbart News hit a wall Tuesday in its campaign to storm the ramparts of the media establishment when one of the most influential press associations in Washington, D.C. denied its application for credentials to cover Congress because of concerns over the site’s funding, staffing, workspace and independence. The decision by the Standing Committee of Correspondents […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 6:36 pm
In a brutal day for sports media, ESPN announced dozens of staff cuts on Wednesday including highly visible names like NFL reporter Ed Werder and radio host Danny Kanell. The moves come as the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” struggles to adapt to falling subscription revenue, skyrocketing fees for live events, and shifts in the way […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 5:54 pm
A magazine for Christian teenage girls is making a comeback after 19 years in the dark. Published by evangelical nonprofit ministry Focus on the Family, the May 2017 issue of Brio is hitting mailboxes as early as this week. Nine more issues will be released before the end of the year. Colorado Springs-based Focus on […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 5:33 pm
We know about the explosion of messaging apps: 1.2 billion people use Facebook Messenger, 1.2 billion people use WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook. Snapchat, in terms of nonnative iOS apps, is No. 2 in terms of how much time people spend with that app. iMessage is the most used iOS app. And of course,...
Posted: April 26, 2017, 5:09 pm
I’m a huge sci-fi nerd — love Isaac Asimov. And if you’ve ever seen this actually not super great interpretation — I, Robot, with Will Smith — it’s all about the Three Laws of Robotics. Where basically, like, robots aren’t supposed to kill you — until they try to kill you. Hopefully, a conversational journalism...
Posted: April 26, 2017, 5:09 pm
ESPN on Wednesday went through with a long-awaited round of layoffs that will trim about 100 commentators from the sports network's payroll as cord-cutters and digital media upstarts continue to disrupt the broadcaster's business model. Among those laid off are on-camera personalities that have become familiar faces on the network's coverage of hockey, football and […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 3:44 pm
Twenty percent of the population will experience sexual violence during their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Covering those crimes requires nuanced reporting, respect for sexual assault survivors and concern for one’s own mental wellness. Here are three tips from Poynter’s News University on the proper way to approach stories about sexual violence: […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 2:23 pm
Earlier this month, the staff of the East Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire. Last week, their editor informed them of coming newsroom layoffs. "The timing's unfortunate coming after the Pulitzers, but the alternative would be not to have told people as soon as […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 1:03 pm
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. It's a crowdsourced and premature obituary. Richard Deitsch, a sports media columnist for Sports Illustrated, took to Facebook Tuesday with a declaration and a request for information that […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 12:02 pm
From an editor’s point of view, the process is simple: Assign a freelancer, get amazing photos that help tell a story, pay them, repeat. For freelance photojournalists, it is often a different story. Among the frustratingly common challenges they face range from sparse communication after landing assignments, to fishy wording in contracts, to fighting for […]
Posted: April 26, 2017, 10:55 am
The Information’s new Briefing is a continuous update of opinionated takes on other people’s articles
When The Information launched in 2013, the whole point was that it would provide in-depth, exclusive articles — just one or two a day — over aggregated content and news summaries. “It’s for the audience who aren’t just scanning the headlines, but those who come read a publication on a deeper level,” founder and CEO...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 7:47 pm
On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including Trump’s 100-day milestone, what didn’t make it into The New York Times‘ James Comey takeout, and the coverage narratives emanating from France. Then, we discuss whether a new, fictionalized portrayal of El Chapo can speak to larger journalistic […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 7:23 pm
Warnings were that the first quarter of 2017 would be about as bad financially as the final two of 2016 for newspaper organizations. That proved to be the case today as Gannett kicked off the reporting season for publicly traded companies. Acquisitions led to some revenue growth. But comparing same properties: Print advertising revenues were […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:11 pm
THE STORY STARTED WITH A TIP from a trusted source in a community that doesn’t much trust reporters. The top elected officials in impoverished East St. Louis Township in southwestern Illinois were “covering up trips to Las Vegas,” the source told George Pawlaczyk, an investigative reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat. In a series that earned Pawlaczyk […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:19 pm
Ever heard of Google Blogsearch, Blogrunner or TechFuga? No? You're probably not alone. Each service tried and failed to dethrone Techmeme as the place where Silicon Valley die-hards get their up-to-the-minute dose of headlines about the tech industry. Techmeme has hung around for more than a decade in various incarnations and still boasts an influential […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 3:18 pm
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 117, published April 25, 2017. Notes on the podcast consumer. Last week, Edison Research released its Podcast Consumer 2017 survey findings, which is a supplementary breakout study from its annual Infinite Dial report. Turns out that nothing has fundamentally changed about how we think about...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 3:11 pm
Late last year, Google tweaked its search algorithm to fix a pesky problem: Users who asked the search engine whether the Holocaust occurred were served a post from the White supremacist site Stormfront denying its existence as a top result. Similar problems occasionally arise with Google's featured "snippets," the prominently displayed boxes that highlight highly-cited […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 2:00 pm
This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. What do you need to unlearn to stay in journalism? This week, two journalists named almost exactly the same thing. That’s not rare, but it struck me as interesting […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:56 pm
Old-school censorship and repressive government tactics have combined with technology and social media to create a new and troubling press freedom climate for journalists around the world, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. That combination has resulted in more killings and arrests of journalists than CPJ has ever documented, according […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:04 pm
As news publishers search for sustainability, some companies with established business models are in search of publications to call their own. Anheuser-Busch has one around beer. Two popular shaving product companies each run one. Airbnb had Pineapple magazine, but published one issue in 2014. Now, 14-year-old online job search platform and service Ladders has hired...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:07 pm
How much does visual imagery, especially photography, determine the success or failure of a presidency? In the first 100 days, the Trump White House has distinguished itself with largely forgettable imagery, in contrast to the Obama administration’s brilliant orchestration, creation, and curation. The approach to photography under Trump has ranged from haphazard to negligent. In […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 10:55 am
Make no mistake: Lydia Polgreen understands she has her work cut out for her. Named The Huffington Post’s editor-in-chief in December, Polgreen brings to the job an enviable reputation as a journalist, as a colleague, and as someone who cares passionately about the issues of our time. At 41, she left a 15-year career at...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:01 am
In a redesign, The Huffington Post (now just HuffPost) doubles down on its “equalizing tabloid” roots
The Huffington Post has pulled no punches with its tabloid-inspired homepage splashes. “BILLY ON THE STREET,” its Bill O’Reilly story announced. “HE WENT TO JARED,” another proclaimed (Jared Kushner, that is). Here’s another, on Rep. Devin Nunes: This @HuffingtonPost splash was made for me. pic.twitter.com/qCcd5GgO2G — Hillary Frey (@hilella) March 29, 2017 The Huffington Post...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:01 am
Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:01 pm
For news organizations, the promise of VR has been marred by a handful of challenges that have so far made it difficult to justify wholesale investment in the technology. That’s clear from a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that takes an in-depth look at the state of VR news...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:00 pm
The New York Times, which started publishing on Snapchat Discover on Monday after a couple of years of sending out updates through the regular app, sees a couple of audiences for the new product. One is Snapchat’s native audience. The other is the olds who, like me, might have spent several minutes Monday morning trying...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:57 pm
Miki Agrawal has been a media magnet from the moment her trendy startup started making money. The CEO and founder of Thinx, which specializes in period-proof underwear, has romanced journalists with the story of her rise to fame over the past two years. Yet the self-proclaimed feminist CEO seems to have blinded reporters to the […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:03 pm
A few weeks ago, wildfires ravaged through the Gardiner family’s Kansas ranch and killed a third of the cattle—more than 500 cows. Garth, a fourth-generation farmer and Trump voter, wondered why the president he’d supported hadn’t offered any assistance or even acknowledged the natural disaster devastating his community. A woman in Seattle heard his story […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:57 pm
David Fahrenthold never did find much evidence of Donald Trump’s charitable efforts, but he got a Pulitzer Prize for his trouble. Fahrenthold’s reporting, which he tracked via pen and paper and which relied on input from readers, “created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:00 pm
Both Uber the company and Uber the concept are juicy subjects for those of us in the business of assigning and writing articles. The company changing the ways of commerce and transport seems to keep winding up in street clashes and courtrooms. Meanwhile, founder and CEO Travis Kalanick has become the perfect Silicon Valley villain,...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:45 pm
Is it “toward” or “towards”? “Backward” or “backwards”? “Afterward” or “afterwards”? Yes. Some of you may remember the commercials for 1-800-Mattress. “Leave off the last ‘s’— for savings,” its tagline went. Well, you can leave off the last “s” for saving face in “toward,” “backward,” and “afterward,” at least in American English. Conversationally, it doesn’t […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:55 am
Here is a selection of emails and Facebook comments we’ve received since March 1. Please send correspondence to email@example.com, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “White House reporting through the Gateway Pundit looking glass” I was dismayed by the overall tone of the piece by David Uberti on the panel I participated […]
Posted: April 21, 2017, 7:03 pm
Stat is publishing a print section in Sunday’s Boston Globe — and it might be coming to a paper near you
Last month, Stat, the health and life science news site, published a story about insect detectives: entomologists who encounter people who falsely believe that their homes or bodies are infested by bugs. The story received a fair amount of attention when it was originally published online, but this Sunday a whole new audience will be...
Posted: April 21, 2017, 2:56 pm
A new database of fake news sites details how much fakery has spread from Trump v. Clinton to local news
“The reasons aren’t always apparent.” PolitiFact, one of Facebook’s partners in its hoax-combatting program, published a list of 156 “websites where we’ve found deliberately false or fake stories” since beginning the Facebook partnership. The sites are divided into four categories: “Parody or joke sites,” which contain some disclaimer somewhere that they are meant to be...
Posted: April 21, 2017, 2:17 pm
Nieman Lab is looking for more stories of digital innovation outside the U.S., and we’d love your help
Last year, 44 percent of Nieman Lab’s web traffic came from outside the United States. More than half of our Twitter followers and 70 percent of those who like our Facebook page are based outside of the U.S. We do our best to cover journalism innovation around the world, but from our lovely office in...
Posted: April 21, 2017, 2:16 pm
Google is taking a counterintuitive approach to countering adblocking: building an adblocking feature of its own. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday night that Google is considering bringing an adblocking feature to the desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome web browser. The feature, which could be turned on by default, would block ads...
Posted: April 20, 2017, 3:50 pm
The Financial Times started a mergers and acquisitions newsletter for its highest-paying subscribers
After a short trip to China where he met with business and government leaders, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber was faced with a conundrum that many journalists know well. Barber co-wrote a number of stories for the FT based on the interviews he conducted, but he still had interesting material pertaining to mergers and acquisitions...
Posted: April 20, 2017, 2:57 pm
In 2010, political reporter Diego Cabot of Argentina’s La Nación received a leak with massive potential: a CD with 26,000 emails from the minister of transportation under then-President Cristina Kirchner. For two weeks, four La Nación journalists pored over thousands of documents by hand. But then the paper’s then-IT manager Ricardo Brom built a search...
Posted: April 20, 2017, 1:00 pm
In the 1990s, DJs Stretch Armstrong (Adrian Bartos) and Bobbito (Robert) Garcia introduced listeners to future stars like Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Eminem, and Nas on their show on Columbia University’s WKCR. “At that point in time, your show was the most important show in the world,” Nas said in a 2015 Kickstarter campaign that Stretch...
Posted: April 19, 2017, 6:22 pm
Of the many small, annoying things about working in an office, coffee is usually somewhere on the list. Whose turn is it to make it? Who is drinking more than their share of the communal pot? Is that half-full carafe still warm? So some folks at the Los Angeles Times built a Slack bot for...
Posted: April 19, 2017, 1:57 pm
This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article
The United Airlines debacle earlier this month began with Chicago Aviation Police forcibly dragging a 69-year-old passenger from a flight and continued through a week of facepalm-worthy PR moves and unified public outrage. When United CEO Oscar Munoz finally issued an apology, people seized on the company’s plummeting stock: .@united stock is getting a bit...
Posted: April 19, 2017, 1:00 pm
The Boston Globe on Monday published a memo from editor Brian McGrory outlining the latest steps the paper is taking to restructure its newsroom as it adjusts to the evolving journalistic landscape. The Globe plan focuses on publishing stories earlier in the day, restructuring beats, creating new audience engagement and express desks, and thinking of...
Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:52 pm
Buddy Cianci once sold newspapers. Now he sells podcasts. That link — surfaced gloriously in Gimlet Media’s Crimetown podcast — tells us lots about the rollicking pace of change in newsy digital media. And Crimetown seems like a prototype of a new phenomenon too young to name. Listen for just a few minutes, beyond Crimetown’s...
Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:32 pm
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 116, published April 18, 2017. Midroll formalizes the Stitcher editorial brand. When I wrote up the return of First Day Back for last week’s newsletter, I was mostly thinking out loud when discussing its label as a Stitcher show and how that might’ve hinted...
Posted: April 18, 2017, 3:17 pm
Elite Daily has done pretty well for a publication that doesn’t do very well. The Daily Mail’s parent company, DMGT, acquired it for at least $26 million in January 2015, then announced at the end of last year that it was writing down that investment because of Elite Daily’s “disappointing” performance. Nonetheless, Bustle, another site...
Posted: April 17, 2017, 6:49 pm
Over the past few weeks leading up to the first votes in the French presidential election on April 23, Léa, an unemployed 25-year-old from Dordogne, a region in southwest France, has changed her mind about who she plans to vote for at least three times. First she planned on casting her ballot for centrist candidate...
Posted: April 17, 2017, 2:53 pm
The news and information we consume is becoming increasingly tailored to our interests and habits. Our Facebook feeds are algorithmically controlled, and publishers such as The New York Times — which is reportedly planning a personalized homepage — are also attempting to mold their content to readers’ preferences. A new app, however, is trying to...
Posted: April 17, 2017, 2:30 pm
Here are some numbers of a magnitude rarely seen in news media. $19.8 billion — that’s how much revenue resulted from participating broadcasters selling parts of their broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers hoping to expand their nationwide reach, as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s first-ever spectrum auction, which has just closed. $10.05 billion — that’s...
Posted: April 14, 2017, 5:01 pm
What if social media isn’t actually the problem? “The growth in polarization in recent years is largest for the demographic groups least likely to use the internet and social media.” That’s the main finding of a working paper published last month by researchers from Brown and Stanford for the National Bureau of Economic Research and...
Posted: April 14, 2017, 11:02 am
Minutes after the attack in central London last month, news organizations all around the world rolled out their breaking news coverage, booting up live blogs and tweeting out the latest developments. The Times of London, like other outlets, posted a story within 10 to 15 minutes of the 2:40 p.m. attack, but it mostly stayed...
Posted: April 14, 2017, 10:49 am