國際傳媒新聞:2018/11/30~2018/12/06

A database of 175 collaborative journalism projects now has full translations in Spanish and Portuguese

“Whether it’s the next Paradise Papers, covering stories with global impact like climate change or the industry’s collective need to address disinformation efforts, cross-border collaborations are only going to become more common and more important.”

CENTER FOR COOPERATIVE MEDIA / HEATHER BRYANT DEC 6

The riots in France are what happens when Facebook gets involved with local news

“So, in less than two weeks, what you end up with is this: A Change.org petition with fewer than 1,500 subscribers gets talked about on a local radio station. The radio appearance is written up by a local news site. The article is shared to a local Facebook page. Thanks to an algorithm change that is now emphasizing local discussion, the article dominates the conversation in a small town. Two men from the same suburb then turn the petition into a Facebook event. A duplicate petition goes viral within the local Facebook groups. Then a daily newspaper writes up the original petition. This second article about the petition also goes viral. So does the original petition. And then the rest of French media follows.”

BUZZFEED NEWS / RYAN BRODERICK DEC 6

How Facebook became the primary source and destroyer of news

“The toxic combination of Facebook’s anti-democratic effect, Donald Trump’s authoritarian presidency, and the rise of a bolder class of propagandists is the story that in many ways defined this year, and will probably define the next two years too. It’s a complex tale (and an interesting one) in which Facebook is neither the only villain nor only a villain. Let’s try to unravel it.”

MOTHER JONES / MONIKA BAUERLEIN AND CLARA JEFFERY DEC 6

Here’s the European Commission’s plan for combatting disinformation campaigns during elections

“The European Union’s executive proposed on Wednesday spending more money to counter fake news on the Internet, establishing an early warning system to alert governments and pushing tech companies do more to stop disinformation before next year’s EU elections.”

REUTERS / ROBIN EMMOTT DEC 6

Are media mega-mergers under threat with Democrats leading the House?

“Democrats have already started to circle their wagons around Nexstar’s proposed purchase of Tribune Media, with Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, saying in a statement Monday that the merger ‘would undoubtedly lead to mass layoffs in newsrooms at a time when our free and diverse press is already under assault.’”

NBC NEWS / CLAIRE ATKINSON DEC 6

Display, branded, targeted, programmatic: Here’s a journalist’s guide to ad tech

“That journalistic institutions, which have decreed a commitment to informing citizens in a free democracy, willingly participate in advertising’s technical stack—which has reportedly violated reader privacy—is a serious ethical quandary. Technology and society are embedded in and construct each other, and journalists need a grip on both to do the storytelling that our democracy demands.”

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW / ELIZABETH ANNE WATKINS DEC 5

“Everyone’s for sale”: A generation of digital media darlings prepares for a frigid winter

“BuzzFeed, Vice, and Vox share some common challenges. In an environment that values either enormity or monetizable premium appeal, they are somehow in the middle. They were also forged in an era of rapid-succession strategy pivots—first display advertising, then native, then video, and now broad diversification through things like subscriptions and events and other potentially promising remedies.”

VANITY FAIR / JOE POMPEO DEC 5

Les Moonves reportedly obstructed CBS’s investigation into his misconduct

“The lawyers who conducted the inquiry wrote that they had spoken with Mr. Moonves four times and found him to be ‘evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct.’”

THE NEW YORK TIMES / RACHEL ABRAMS AND EDMUND LEE DEC 5

The Weekly Standard’s fate is uncertain, its editor tells staff

“Ryan McKibben, the chairman of MediaDC, asked to meet with Hayes in a meeting tentatively scheduled for late next week, the people said. McKibben, they said, also requested the entire staff of The Weekly Standard be made available following the meeting. That request, coupled with MediaDC’s Monday announcement that its other conservative news organization, The Washington Examiner, would be expanding its magazine into a weekly publication, has left The Weekly Standard’s leadership worrying about the future of the magazine.”

CNN BUSINESS / OLIVER DARCY DEC 5

It’s almost impossible to be a mom in television news

“For female television reporters, the decision to have kids can be a career-ending one.”

THE ATLANTIC / JULIANNA GOLDMAN DEC 4

The digital media bubble is bursting. That’s hurting a generation of promising young journalists.

“With the tragic demise of local newspapers, places like Mic have become the entry point into the craft for a lot of young journalists. What’s more, their newsrooms have been admirably diverse, a diversity that their journalism has admirably reflected. As they go under, such entry points disappear. And the journalists who have been through this ugly process — sometimes more than once — burn out.”

THE WASHINGTON POST / MARGARET SULLIVAN DEC 4

At least a dozen journalists this year have been killed by members of organized crime, Reporters Without Borders says

“As opposed to Syria or Afghanistan, where the press is often killed by terrorist groups, this report shows the link when government and corrupt organizations work in tandem to silence the work of journalists in a really covert way,” said Noni Ghani, a spokeswoman for Reporters Without Borders. “These things don’t just happen in conflict zones or countries at war. They really happen everywhere.”

NEW YORK TIMES / LIAM STACK DEC 4

Who’s reading that news story? This startup, Memo, will help marketers find out

“The company, Memo, aims to capitalize on advertisers’ growing demand for data by creating a marketplace where they can buy audience metrics for editorial coverage measures such as page views, scroll depth and engaged reading time. Publishers closely track page views and related information, but don’t typically share it…Publishers including Meredith Corp. , BuzzFeed Inc. and PopSugar Inc. have agreed to provide their data to Memo, said Eddie Kim, the company’s founder and chief executive.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL / BENJAMIN MULLIN DEC 4

How The New York Times reimagined the Morning Briefing (with 1.7M subscribers)

“By improving signaling in top stories in the new briefing, we allow readers to get the gist of events quickly and choose what to engage with. We use bold lead-ins as labels, to help the reader know what kind information they are being offered.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES / ANDREA KANNAPELL, JEANIE KAY, MELISSA LODER, SHANNON SMITH, AND ALBERT SUN DEC 3

A paywall for HuffPost? Oath misses revenue targets with advertising

“Tim Armstrong, the former AOL boss who took the helm at Oath, aimed to bolster page views across Oath’s sites to two billion by 2020 from one billion in 2017. The division, he said, would generate $10 billion in annual revenue by 2020. But instead of making inroads in digital ads, Oath’s market share has shrunk: The unit is expected to capture just 3.3% of total U.S. digital ad revenue in 2018, down from 4.1% last year.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL / SARAH KROUSE DEC 3

Nexstar buys Tribune Media, becoming the largest operator of local TV stations in the U.S.

“In August, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s planned $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune was canceled and a lawsuit was filed by Tribune seeking ‘compensation for all losses incurred as a result of Sinclair’s material breaches of the merger agreement.’ Sinclair currently operates the most TV stations in the U.S.”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER / PATRICK SHANLEY AND GEORG SZALAI DEC 3

Is community access TV on the FCC chopping block?

The rule would allow cable providers to deduct the cost of local programming from the franchising fees they pay to cities and towns: “This is like a taxpayer saying to the city, ‘I am clearing my sidewalk of snow and keeping the leaves out of the storm drains, and I have also decided to take care of the trees in front of my house. So, I am counting this against the real estate taxes that I owe.’”

WGBH / DAN KENNEDY DEC 3

How The Washington Post, with its first chief marketing officer, is reorienting for digital subscriptions

“A new area of responsibility for [new CMO Miki] King will include advertising. Though the Post currently advertises on its owned and operated platforms, as well as social channels and through search marketing, it will begin to invest more in out-of-home campaigns in select markets, though King declined to be specific about which ones.”

DIGIDAY / MAX WILLENS NOV 30

Financial Times journalists pass a vote of no confidence in CEO John Ridding

“Relations between the National Union of Journalists chapel at the Financial Times and management hit rock bottom in the summer when it emerged that Ridding had been paid £2.6m while the newspaper made an operating profit of £5.2m, prompting a backlash that saw him hand back about £500,000. The FT Group, the parent company of the newspaper, made more than £20m in profits.”

THE GUARDIAN / MARK SWENEY NOV 30

How journalists can be both watchdog and guide dog

Solutions Journalism Network’s top picks of 2018’s solutions-oriented coverage includes work by The Trace, Durango Herald and KDUR, The Guardian, Desert News and your own Nieman Lab.

SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM NOV 30

How this Flint journalist is reporting on the water crisis from the inside

“To show up to someone’s house that you know, and the U.S. Surgeon General pulls up because they have some of the highest lead count per billion in their water — I mean, that’s crazy.”

BUSTLE / MONICA HUNTER-HART NOV 30

Why Little Rock’s local media denied Nazis coverage of their rally

“It started a conversation that included my feeling that there was enough going on, including an election, that needed our attention more.”

POYNTER / AL TOMPKINS NOV 30

Fox News’ Twitter has been silent since November 8 in an apparent boycott

“Fox News has remained all but mum on why it’s avoiding the platform or what it hopes to accomplish. But owner Rupert Murdoch has long expressed frustration with social media platforms like Twitter, which he believes benefit greatly from news publishers’ content without offering enough in return. If anything, his network’s recent absence is highlighting how little Fox News relies on the platform.”

POLITICO / JASON SCHWARTZ NOV 30

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