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“There’s very little current demand for the majority of reproducible code from newsroom leadership or the general audience.”
By Soo Oh
Let’s talk about power (yours)
“If we don’t use it in ways that give people quality news, useful information and power, people will find a way around us.”
By Darryl Holliday
Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms
“Local news organizations should become a driving force for better online public discourse, because Facebook and Twitter aren’t cutting it.”
By Marie Shanahan
The year you actually start to like your CMS
“If we do it right, users benefit from a feedback loop that helps make our work more valuable and relevant to them. And no journalist ever again has to wear their clunky CMS as a badge of honor.”
By Eric Ulken
Fatigued news consumers will pay more for less news
“That will make journalists as important as ever, though it may not mean there are as many journalism jobs to go around.”
By Carl Bialik
Local news isn’t where you thought it was
“Local news is fluid and not fixed.”
By Amy Schmitz Weiss
Government funds local news — and that’s a good thing
“And when we start treating people not as consumers but as constituents, we’ll find new ideas, new allies and new resources to reverse the downward spiral in local journalism and restore the public’s trust in the news.”
By Mike Rispoli and Craig Aaron
We expand what (and how and who) we serve
“Next year will bring more problems, and with those problems a desire by news consumers for more solutions.”
By Alyssa Zeisler
From silos to Swiss Army knife teams
“We will stop asking ourselves, ‘Are we a media company or a tech company?’ and find that the distinction is arbitrary. A truly collaborative company will be a new species altogether.”
By Rebecca Searles
Venture capital runs out of patience
“Revenue flows almost solely to the platforms and ‘time-honored’ media brands.”
By Peter Bale
Podcasts keep getting better
“It turns out that people — well, lots of people, anyway — are hungry for substance. Our attention spans are quite intact, ready, and willing.”
By John Biewen
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
The news is dying, but journalism will not — and should not
“It is losing its cultural relevance after almost two centuries — and thereby its commodity value.”
By Hossein Derakhshan
Spanish-language audio blows up
“In some ways, digital audio was made for the Spanish-language audience.”
By Carolina Guerrero
We are all actors in the running rampant of political theater
“What we’re building is a journalism for journalists and we will ultimately feed ourselves to the gullet, becoming the harbingers of our own end.”
By Rebecca Lee Sanchez
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
CNN Business / Oliver Darcy
The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, is closing after 23 years
“For months, The Weekly Standard’s leadership had butted heads with MediaDC, and the two parties had previously agreed to allow [editor-in-chief Stephen] Hayes to search for a new owner, people familiar with the matter told CNN earlier this month. Hayes conducted a search, according to those people, but MediaDC recently informed The Weekly Standard that it was no longer interested in selling.”
Bloomberg / Emily Chang, Gerry Smith and Felix Gillette
Medium’s Ev Williams discussed buying New York Magazine, though talks are “unlikely to progress”
“He’s now on a hunt for material to serve Medium’s paying subscribers. ‘We are going to significantly increase our investment in original editorial in the next year,’ Williams, said in a statement.”
Medium / Ernst Pfauth
With 34 hours to go, The Correspondent hit its crowdfunding goal of $2.5 million
42,780 people chipped in a median donation of $30, setting a new world record for the number of backers in a journalism crowdfunding campaign. (Appearances on The Daily Show and CNN might’ve helped.) They plan to start publishing in mid-2019.
The Information / Jessica Toonkel, Tom Dotan, and Beejoli Shah
Facebook is cutting funding for some news shows on Watch and advising some to go shorter
“While they’re happy with the audiences their shows have drawn, the news executives complain that the ad revenue has been underwhelming…. Facebook is paying media firms anywhere from $2 million for 12 months of programming to more than $10 million, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Recode / Peter Kafka
Facebook wants you to buy HBO on Facebook and watch HBO on Facebook
“It’s a model the TV guys are familiar with: Amazon has been doing something similar for a few years, and Apple is looking to do the same thing next year.”
Variety / Ted Johnson
The FCC will review a ban on mergers among the four major broadcast networks
“The review, mandated by Congress every four years, includes no specific policy proposals, but will take public comment on whether changes are warranted. The FCC will also review rules that restrict the number of radio and TV stations an entity can own in a single market, and other provisions to promote diversity in ownership.”
The Hill / Emily Birnbaum
YouTube removed 58 million videos between July and September
“The online video platform said 72 percent of the videos removed for violating guidelines in the latest quarter were ‘spam or misleading,’ 10.2 percent were removed out of concern for ‘child safety’ and 9.9 percent were removed for including ‘nudity or sexual content,’ according to its latest report.”
Washington Post
Arc Publishing signs Raycom Media as its first broadcast client
“Raycom Media has relaunched 42 of the company’s television and radio stations on the Arc platform. Raycom Media is one of the largest media companies in the U.S. with stations in 44 markets and 20 states.”
Variety / Janko Roettgers
Imax shuts down its VR business
“With the launch of the IMAX VR centre pilot program our intention was to test a variety of different concepts and locations to determine which approaches work well. After a trial period with VR centres in multiplexes, we have decided to conclude the IMAX VR centre pilot program and close the remaining three locations in Q1 2019.”
NPR / David Folkenflik
Tribune Publishing is paying more than $2.5 million to avert a lawsuit over Michael Ferro’s slur
“The company agreed to secretly pay [former LA Times editor-in-chief and publisher Davan] Maharaj more than $2.5 million, in installments, according to three people with knowledge of the pact. That financial obligation was not disclosed in corporate filings to shareholders and analysts. The payments started in the first quarter of this year, for which Tribune Publishing reported a net loss of $14.8 million. The loss was attributed to the company’s decision in December 2017 to pay Ferro $15 million in consulting fees even as he served as chairman and was the company’s controlling owner.”
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