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The year product leads media
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The year product leads media
“We will start to see more senior leadership in news organizations that comes from design, product, and technology backgrounds.”
By Alexis Lloyd & Matt Boggie
The year of the fight back
“2019 will be a turning point for journalism that does not shrink from spotlighting and critiquing threats to media freedom and the safety of journalists.”
By Julie Posetti
The rise of content “pilots”
“In today’s mobile-driven environment, we need to concentrate on stories and follow them during the course of a news cycle.”
By Mario García
Catching up with “Neuland”
“While a concerted effort from politics, science, and journalism, as well as the civil society, is needed to find solutions to these thorny and contested issues, journalism in particular stands out as being the central chess piece.”
By Jonas Kaiser
Canada’s subsidy for news backfires
“The Canadian example will become a negative one, cited regularly by those arguing that governments should stay out of the news business and let the chips fall where they may.”
By Jesse Brown
Bet on sports gambling
“Too many editors remember the era of seamy 900 numbers and sketchy appeals like ‘Lucky’s Rock-Solid-Dead-Bolt Lock of the Week.'”
By Dan Shanoff
Podcasting is media’s slow food movement
“Podcasting’s ‘bugs’ — difficult to scan, share, comment on — are actually its features.”
By Jake Shapiro
Entering a more balanced era
“Subscriptions are not salvation. But a diversified digital revenue mix for publishers, with quality advertising and reader monetization at its core, might be.”
By Borja Bergareche Sainz de los Terreros
Data journalism becomes a global field
“As director of the Data Journalism Awards I saw a record number of entries in 2018 — nearly 700 — from 57 countries, and half from small newsrooms.”
By Simon Rogers
Time to swing for the fences
“We’ll see — and support and applaud — more media companies investing in innovation-based growth and taking far bigger risks on a new path towards financial success.”
By M. Scott Havens
Local news fails — in a good way
“If local newsrooms are going to achieve digital sustainability, we must try new things. That means getting out of our own way and taking risks, while knowing some attempts will fail.”
By Kristen Muller
Selling more stories to Hollywood
“The bidding wars over story options, typically a nice bonus check of a few hundred dollars, have created six and seven figure deals for writers and podcast producers.”
By Reyhan Harmanci
Publishers whose products can stand up to social media giants will win
“As users look to rebuild their news habits, they’ll be looking for products that seamlessly integrate into their lives.”
By Zainab Khan
There is no magic — you’ve got this
“It was and always will be about serving your readers and now viewers, listeners, users and continuing to do so by adapting journalism fundamentals to ever-evolving contexts and challenges.”
By Millie Tran
Say it with me: Racism
“We are not in the hint business; we are here to report facts, including the difficult facts of racism.”
By Errin Haines Whack
Newsonomics: McClatchy’s bid has been rejected. So what’s next for Tribune?
Tribune Publishing wants to sell at a higher price, but it will likely have trouble finding someone willing to pay it.
By Ken Doctor
Bubble fears, old-guard acquisitions, and Audible: This was 2018 in podcasts
Plus: What we’ll cover in 2019, and the most interesting companies to watch.
What does membership mean for BuzzFeed News — at a company that’s already raised nearly $500 million in venture capital?
Even the most digital-native publishers cannot resist the siren call of a tote bag. But a membership pitch sounds different coming from a public radio station than from a private company with a billion-dollar valuation.
What We’re Reading
Columbia Journalism Review / Daniel Hentz
The state of climate change coverage: An analysis of 650 climate-related articles in the past two months
“The volume and consistency of deep dives indicates that explainer journalists are maintaining the climate conversation when hard news begins to teeter.”
Bloomberg / Sarah Frier and Steven T. Dennis
Instagram outperformed Facebook for Russia’s IRA meddling
“‘Our assessment is that Instagram is likely to be a key battleground on an ongoing basis.’ … There were 187 million interactions with Instagram content, compared with 77 million on Facebook and 73 million on Twitter, according to a data set of posts between 2015 and 2018.”
Reynolds Journalism Institute
Applications for the 2019 RJI fellowship are now open
“RJI is now taking applications for our next group of fellows. We’re looking to advance new products, services, ideas and storytelling techniques with funding, mentoring, testing and promotion.” Due Jan. 31
YouTube announces the 87 newsrooms receiving innovation funding
“Many of these projects are focused on expanding newsroom video operations and trying out new ways of reporting news through video — from reaching younger audiences online to exploring live and fact-checking formats.”
CNET / Joan E. Solsman
PewDiePie’s bro army snuck a meme-filled ad page onto
“The Wall Street Journal’s website was compromised with a page supporting PewDiePie in the race to keep his channel’s status as YouTube’s most-subscribed. The page, which claimed the WSJ was apologizing to the YouTube star and had fired journalists who misrepresented him, asked people to subscribe to his channel and included a string of memes.”
The Daily Beast / Kelly Weill
How YouTube built a radicalization machine for the far-right
“There was no way out. If a person was into Flat Earth conspiracies, it was bad for watch-time to recommend anti-Flat Earth videos, so it won’t even recommend them.”
Digiday / Sahil Patel
Fox News is taking a membership approach to its new subscription service
“The content is a fundamental aspect of what Fox Nation will be. But we’re also thinking more broadly about how this can ultimately be a fan club for Fox News super fans. A subscription service that’s basically a transaction for content is very vanilla.”
The Wrap / Jon Levine
Time magazine staffs up under new ownership
“Under the new ownership of Salesforce billionaire Marc Benioff, the company posted openings for 25 fresh positions, of which 22 are in editorial. Among the new openings, two national political correspondents, two health reporters, two technology reporters, and even a fact-checker (a position that has almost vanished in stripped down newsrooms across the country).”
Poynter / Al Tompkins
How a local TV station dedicated three years to investigating hospital bills
“The imagery of stacks of medical bills and the exteriors of hospitals who would not allow the journalists inside created the sort of challenges that might keep some TV journalists from taking on these stories.”
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