國際傳媒新聞:2018/04/27~2018/05/03

Hearken lays out its case for why audience engagement helps newsrooms

“Our partner newsrooms are early on in their journey to making engagement an entire newsroom strategy. Many opt to get started with a series, and we’ve found that stories from those series punch far above their weight in performance compared to the other content newsrooms produce (both on their websites and social media).”

MEDIUM / JENNIFER BRANDEL MAY 3

Campbell Brown on Facebook’s plans to decide what news is trustworthy

“We do have have to agree on a shared set of facts. And we have to do the best we can to ensure that the information that is getting a boost is factual.”

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW / MATHEW INGRAM MAY 3

The New York Times added 139K digital-only subscribers in the first quarter of 2018

It’s a 25.5 percent increase from this time a year ago. “The company said on Thursday that about 40,000 of the new subscribers came from digital products like the cooking and crossword apps. The gains helped push the company’s total digital-only subscribers to roughly 2.8 million.”

NEW YORK TIMES / JACLYN PEISER MAY 3

Poynter launches free coaching calls for women in journalism

“Sign up for a 30-minute call with the coach of your choice below.”

DIGITAL WOMEN LEADERS MAY 3

Bloomberg’s new paywall will charge users $34.99 a month

“For $34.99 a month, users will get access to Bloomberg.com, the company’s mobile and tablet apps and a live stream of Bloomberg TV, as well as podcasts and subscriber-only daily newsletters. The other option, at $39.99 a month, includes the first-tier products along with a print and digital subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek and access to some BloombergLIVE events. Readers can still purchase a standalone digital and print subscription to the magazine.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL / BENJAMIN MULLIN MAY 2

Cambridge Analytica is shutting down following the Facebook data use controversy

“Nigel Oakes, the founder of SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica’s British affiliate, confirmed that both companies were closing down. The company decided to close its doors because it was losing clients and facing mounting legal fees in the Facebook investigation, a person familiar with the matter said. The firm is shutting down effective Wednesday and employees have been told to turn in their computers.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL / REBECCA BALHAUS AND JENNY GROSS MAY 2

The Maynard Institute is now accepting applications for its training program focused on expanding the diversity pipeline in news media

We are inviting applicants from these categories: [1] Leaders: New managers who seek to expand their leadership and management skills or those who are considering entering management. [2] Journalism entrepreneurs: Those who have recently launched or created a prototype for a new media portal serving their community or city or a specific audience. [3] Storytellers: Journalists and producers, including those from non-traditional and community outlets, whether staff or freelance. Apply here.

MAYNARD INSTITUTE MAY 2

Minnesota’s Star Tribune seems to be outperforming the pack of metropolitan newspapers in the U.S.

“Like many peer companies, the Star Tribune is looking for the next phase of growth to come from paid digital subscriptions, with an expected revenue increase of 20 percent a year. But unlike many, the Star Tribune is not starting late from a tiny base. Its current digital-only total is roughly 50,000. The company expects digital advertising to keep growing 7.5 percent a year and print circulation revenues to show modest growth, too. Add it all up, and the Star Tribune has shown total revenue growth in a few years like 2014 and small declines in the range of 1-2 percent for the rest.”

POYNTER / RICK EDMONDS MAY 2

This Pulitzer-winning paper has local owners. They bought it from a chain

“Nearly six years ago, a group of local business people bought the Sonoma County newspaper from Halifax Media. That company and its 27 remaining newspapers was purchased by the investment group that owns GateHouse Media in 2015. In 2012, the Press Democrat newsroom had 66 full-time employees. Today it has 60.”

POYNTER MAY 2

There is now something called The News Project and the Associated Press has signed on as a partner

“A group of media, journalism and tech companies has joined veteran media executive Merrill Brown to create a full-service publishing platform specifically built for digital news publishers called The News Project (TNP). Brown says his company is different from other digital publishing platforms, like Maven, SquareSpace and Medium, because his focuses solely on news.”

AXIOS / SARA FISCHER MAY 1

Twitter announces 30 new or renewed video deals with NBCUniversal, Disney/ESPN, Vice Media, and more

News shows include a renewal of Buzzfeed’s “AM to DM,” a debut of a Vice News live show on space exploration, and a show from the parent company of the Weather Channel. Twitter recently said video accounts for more than half of its ad revenue and video views have nearly doubled in the past year.

VARIETY / TODD SPANGLER MAY 1

Here’s a guide to nearly all of the code written during the Guardian Mobile Lab’s two years of experimentation

“We wrote a lot of code in the two years of the mobile lab and, wherever possible, we open sourced that code to support our team’s mission of openness and collaboration, so that others can use it, learn from it, or just satisfy their curiosity by working out how we did something. But GitHub isn’t the easiest place to discover which code does what, so for posterity, here’s a quick rundown of the most noteworthy code we’ve published, with notes about what each does.”

MEDIUM / ALASTAIR COOTE MAY 1

Apple News will offer an exclusive excerpt of John McCain’s upcoming memoir

“The book excerpt includes a link to the pre-order page of iBooks. You can check it out inside the Apple News app.”

CULT OF MAC / LUKE DORMEHL APR 30

Here’s the new class of Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan

“The group, which includes 12 American and six international journalists, is the 45th class of journalism fellows at the University.”

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN APR 30

And here’s the new class of JSK Fellows at Stanford

“Beginning in September 2018, the fellows will spend 10 months at Stanford working on projects that address some of the most urgent issues in journalism.”

JSK FELLOWSHIPS APR 30

Here’s the language guide for reporters collaborating on Broke in Philly’s economic justice project

“Reporters working on Broke in Philly stories will ask the people we are reporting on how they describe themselves, or how they would like to be described in the article or broadcast. We will give people the power to define themselves — and then follow through by using that language in our stories. When referring to those we did not have a chance to ask, here are our guidelines.”

BROKE IN PHILLY APR 30

Advance Local will use The Washington Post’s Arc publishing platform

“Arc will power technology for Advance’s many sites, including NJ.com, NOLA.com, AL.com and Cleveland.com, among others.”

THE WASHINGTON POST APR 30

Apple News ramps up its video push while publishers wait on revenue

“Apple is keeping 50 percent of the revenue from those ads and divvying up the remaining 50 percent among the publishers whose videos appear in the feed when an ad runs, according to three publishers. Based on a document published to Apple’s developer site and dated ‘April 2018,’ the interstitial video ads are currently ‘only available as Apple inventory.’”

DIGIDAY / TIM PETERSON APR 27

The BBC goes for solutions journalism in its latest global series on the individuals and communities tackling divisions in our society

“The project has been rolling out over the whole of this week, featuring a myriad of stories across BBC News outlets, on TV, radio, and digital, from why a Yorkshire Dales farmer is working with asylum seekers to how a Kenyan prison is using mindfulness to create a different relationship between prisoners and prison officers.”

JOURNALISM.CO.UK / CAROLINE SCOTT APR 27

Trump TV is live — and more on message than the president

“Episodes range from a few minutes for Updates of what the president did over the past week, to 10 minutes or longer for Insights from supporters. Regulars, who join via a remote feed, include Trump spokespersons such as Katrina Pierson (who already is working for the reelection campaign), Kayleigh McEnany (who has a similar role with the Republican National Committee), and Trump loyalists Diamond and Silk.”

BUZZFEED / HENRY J. GOMEZ AND TARINI PARTI APR 27

The BBC is trying to crack down on its impersonators spreading misinformation on chat apps

“The BBC last week felt obliged to issue a formal warning after a clip purporting to show the BBC reporting on the outbreak of nuclear war between Russian and NATO forces in the Baltic went viral on WhatsApp and other chat platforms as a piece of breaking news. Identifying the hidden hands behind these fake BBC news reports on chat apps is extremely difficult. The BBC does have the unique advantage of its BBC Monitoring division, which tracks, filters and translates news media coverage across 150 countries.”

THE DRUM / IAN BURRELL APR 27

 

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