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At Poynter, fresh doubt is cast over digital first’s ability to support news organisations by compensating for print advertising losses. Statistics released last week by the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) “show $798 million in print losses for the first half of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago. That is only slightly offset by a $32 million gain in digital. The ratio of losses to gains is 25 to 1”, writes Rick Edmonds.

The same NAA statistics revealing falling print ad revenue has prompted industry observer Frédéric Filloux to re-issue his calls for higher newspaper prices. The appeal reflects the reality “that the print product is still the primary source of revenue as newspapers migrate to the Web”, reports Ian Tennant for the Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas.

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Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-09-10 17:47

As Google announces that Hangouts, its most successful Google+ feature, will be making its fist external appearance on NFL.com, The Next Web asks: Could broadcast journalism see a revival in online media? Joel Falconer makes the case for online broadcasters to “use tools such as Hangouts to deliver news as it comes in.”

The New York Times has agreed to sell the struggling About group, including search site About.com, to Barry Diller’s IAC/Interactive for $300 million in cash, reports the Media Decoder blog.

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Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-08-27 17:20

South African Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande is calling for newspapers owned by Irish publisher Independent News and Media to be broken up in a bid to improve media diversity in the country. As the company’s owners prepare to sell the titles there are fears that a single owner would be able to wield a significant amount of political power. (BusinessDay)

David Karp, the 26 year-old Founder of Tumblr, may wear hoodies and sneakers, but his resemblance to the leaders of other large tech companies ends there. He finds "follower" counts and other popularity signals "really gross," and says that competition is "for bankers." His monetization strategy is different, too, and Rob Walker wants to know whether he can embrace ads without selling out.

Is the web driving us mad? A worrying report from the Daily Beast reveals some of the negative effects excessive web use can have on your health. Just in time for the weekend.

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Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-13 18:16

Can journalism ever be too balanced? Linda Greenhouse certainly thinks so. In an article for Nieman Reports Greenhouse, a veteran Supreme Court reporter, argues that truth, and not “fairness” ought to be a reporter’s primary goal.

In Norway and Denmark, the healthy circulation levels of local news titles means that it’s not just national papers that are introducing paywalls. According to Journalism.co.uk, publishers are experimenting with a variety of subscription options to capitalise on the important role local news still plays in Scandinavian countries.

Twelve jobs will be lost at Condé Nast Media Group as the publishing company merges print and digital and urges magazine titles to cut their budgets. Amongst those leaving the company are Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales Thomas Hartman and Robert Silverstone, Senior Vice President of Finance. (WWD)

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Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-12 18:17

This week as the Leveson Inquiry enters its final stage, Lord Black, chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, rejects statutory involvement in the press in favour of an “independently-led self-regulation.” (The Guardian)

The Italian watchdog Ossigeno per l’Informazione announced that starting this week it will publish a review in English on threats to journalists in Italy. Ossigeno Bad News, as the newsletter will be called, wants to compare Italian problems with similar problems in similar countries that have different press liberties. "The review will try to shed light on the dark forces which lurk behind the scenes of journalism and information: forces which are strongest in advanced countries, where all problems seem solved."

Mediaweek reports that The Sun is not only Britain's most-read paper but also its most 'liked' one. This week it became the country's first newspaper to achieve 1 million Facebook likes.

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Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-09 18:00

British Prime Minister David Cameron appeared before the Leveson Inquiry today to answer questions about his relationship with the press. The Guardian has detailed coverage.

Journalism.co.uk reports that the Times has launched an “experimental Tumblr page” for its Opinion section, which will offer “a flavour of what our columnists and leader writers do,” outside of the Times’s strict paywall.

Jonathan Stray has published a piece for Nieman Lab arguing that, in the modern media environment, we need new, better models for crime reporting. Stray has also led a Twitter discussion about how journalists can cover crime, and has collected the results together in a Storify at the bottom of the article.

The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade reports that ELLE is planning to produce an issue edited entirely by interns. The magazine launched a competition two weeks ago to find young people to fill 10 editorial roles for its October edition, and has received just under 400 applications, writes Greenslade.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-14 16:58

The Guardian correspondent in Athens, Jon Henley, reports that former journalists from Greece’s second-largest paper Eleftherotypia – which, due to lack of money, has only published two editions since December last year – are returning to work unpaid to put out third special edition of the paper, which will be published the day before the country’s general election. Henley writes that this could well be the paper’s final edition, and notes that former Eleftherotypia journalists have not been paid since August 2011.

AFP writes that former British prime minister John Major has directly contradicted Rupert Murdoch’s assertion before the Leveson Inquiry that he had "never asked a prime minister for anything." John Major told the inquiry today that, during a dinner in 1997, Murdoch had demanded Major change his policy on Europe, reports AFP.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-12 17:19

Renowned newspaper designer Mario Garcia profiles a new African tablet computer named Way C – meaning “light of the starts.” The device has been designed by a young entrepreneur named Vérone Mankou, whose company VMK is based in Brazzaville, Congo.

The Economist asks whether non-profit-funded journalism will be enough to make up for a decline in the commercial news industry in this thoughtful article.

In a new blog post, the editor of data and innovation at Thompson Reuters, Reg Chua, takes a step back from the heated debate around the merits of paywalls vs. free online content and addresses some broader issues about how news should be funded.

Felix Salmon, also at Reuters, has written a blog post about the merits of syndicating blog content. There can be real benefits for bloggers, he argues, but the attitude to syndication may be poisoned if there is not enough communication between those on the editorial side and business/sales staff.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-08 16:13

Google has added a new feature that will notify its Chinese users if they search for a term that has been blocked by the country’s “Great Firewall” and will advise them to change the wording of their search, reports the AP, reprinted in the Washington Post.

The Italian reporter Gianluigi Nuzzi, who has published a book about corruption in the Vatican said to be based on information provided by 10 whistleblowers, has defended himself against Vatican accusations that he is a criminal, reports Reuters, in this article reprinted by the Chicago Tribune.

In an article for paidContent, Ben Elowitz, CEO and co-founder of the web publisher Wetpaint, advises news organisations to spend more time focusing on ways to reach and grow their audience. “Content is just a means to an end. The end – and media’s greatest asset – is audience,” writes Elowitz.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-01 17:41

Good news for royalists and for fans of free content. Press Gazette reports that The Times and Sunday Times of London will be dropping their paywalls this weekend in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Sunday Times app will also be available for free trial period over the weekend, notes the article.

Will Bunch from Poynter weighs the arguments about the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s decision to cut print publication to just three days a week and go digital first. In this thoughtful article, Bunch suggests ways to move beyond the conflict between print-first and digital-first advocates, and create better and more inclusive news reporting in New Orleans.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-31 16:57

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