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Newsonomics: Trump may be the news industry’s greatest opportunity to build a sustainable model
Readers have finally understood that their payments for the news will actually make a difference in what they and their community know. That model needs to be extended down to states and cities.
By Ken Doctor
Ezra Klein hopes Vox can change the fact that “people who are more into the news read the news more”
“The primary cleavage in news readership is not liberal vs. conservative. It’s news junkie vs. non-news junkie.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
How The Guardian will be experimenting with push notifications on Inauguration Day
Plus a look back at some Inauguration Day digital innovations of the recent past.
By Joseph Lichterman
Can Marketplace reach an audience beyond those who already care about explainer journalism?
The stated mission is big: raising the economic intelligence of the country. “It’s our job to do more of that storytelling, but also to think more about how we are telling the story outside the traditional audience of public radio.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
A new collaboration: NPR stations nationwide are working together to spot trends in state governments
“By inviting in anybody who covers these things and letting them be participants and part of the conversation, the bar gets raised for everybody.”
By Joseph Lichterman
The Christian Science Monitor is betting big on constructive, non-depressing (but paid-for) news
The 109-year-old publication’s digital future will be based around a voice that is “calm and fact-based and fundamentally constructive, and assumes that our readers are looking to have a fundamentally constructive approach to the news.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
This is The New York Times’ digital path forward
“For all the progress we have made, we still have not built a digital business large enough on its own to support a newsroom that can fulfill our ambitions.” This new internal report outlines how the Times aims to improve its journalism to help do just that.
By Joshua Benton
Here’s how Twitter is reacting to The New York Times’ 2020 report
The Times released the report on Tuesday, and Media Twitter is already dissecting its every word.
By Joseph Lichterman
The Washington Post is putting a big bet on video (and trying to break into Daily Show-style comedy)
Owner Jeff Bezos is also pushing the Post to experiment with more user-friendly video ad formats.
By Joseph Lichterman
Hot Pod: If we want podcasting to remain open to everyone, we’re going to have to organize
Plus: A new call-in radio show aims to bring people together, a new sales partnership for PRX, and the benefits of doubling down on live programming for public radio.
By Nicholas Quah
After 5 years, San Antonio’s Rivard Report finds that being a nonprofit is better than being a “no-profit”
“To recreate it would have been prohibitively expensive for even the most generous philanthropic organization.”
By Joseph Lichterman
Newsonomics: Trump may be the news industry’s greatest opportunity to build a sustainable model
Readers have finally understood that their payments for the news will actually make a difference in what they and their community know. That model needs to be extended down to states and cities.
By Ken Doctor
Ezra Klein hopes Vox can change the fact that “people who are more into the news read the news more”
“The primary cleavage in news readership is not liberal vs. conservative. It’s news junkie vs. non-news junkie.”
How The Guardian will be experimenting with push notifications on Inauguration Day
Plus a look back at some Inauguration Day digital innovations of the recent past.
What We’re Reading
Politico / Joe Pompeo
The Committee to Protect Journalists has raised around $300,000 since Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe nod
“CPJ has been thrust into the national spotlight thanks to high-profile shout-outs from the likes of Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes; Nick Kristof in The New York Times; and BuzzFeed in the form of a merchandizing drive that raised $25,000 for the group. Donations were up threefold year-over-year following the election, and since Streep’s January 8 Golden Globes plug.”
Financial Times / Matthew Garrahan
BuzzFeed and online media rivals seek new models
“BuzzFeed recently launched an e-commerce store that ‘curates’ clothing and other products emblazoned with sweary messages. The Sun, which removed its paywall at the end of 2015, has taken a similar approach, offering commercial services such as sports betting alongside its content. The Guardian, a rare example of a newspaper that continues to give its content away, has taken a different tack, selling memberships that include a ‘welcome pack and gift card.'”
AdExchanger / Kelly Liyakasa
“If you’re a content company and you’re not Facebook, Google or Snapchat, you’re in the niche ads business”
Says New York Times chief revenue officer Meredith Kopit Levien. “Now we’re on a path to becoming a very big consumer business and a niche ad business.”
Poynter / Kristen Hare
Covering the inauguration: A resource guide
Tips on everything, including what to do in case of arrest and guidelines for basic press rights. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, for instance, reminds journalists to carry government-issued identification and have cash at all times.
BuzzFeed / Pranav Dixit
Viral WhatsApp hoaxes are India’s own fake news crisis
“The primary vector for the spread of misinformation in India is WhatApp. The instant messenger is fast, free, and runs on nearly all of India’s 300 million smartphones. It’s also encrypted end-to-end, which means it’s nearly impossible to track what flows through it. Its real-world ramifications, nonetheless, can be brutal.”
WWD / Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
The Women’s March on Washington raises ethical questions for media outlets
“The New York Times, The Washington Post and BuzzFeed (or, as Trump called it during his press conference, a “failing piece of garbage”) are not allowing their reporters to attend unless they are on assignment. But for those more fashion-oriented magazines, attending the march as a participant rather than a reporter isn’t a problem. In fact, these titles oddly seem to see it as an advantage.”
Naija247News
Business Insider launches a sub-Saharan Africa edition with Ringier
“The Africa-focussed business title has secured an impressive roster of leading and authoritative African commentators, including Bright Simons, Ethel Cofie and Herman Chinery Hesse.”
Recode / Peter Kafka
Quartz cancels its high-end ‘Next Billion’ conference
“The company is laying off three employees who worked full-time on its conference business…[editor-in-chief Kevin] Delaney said Quartz, which has a staff of 190, planned to hire 68 employees, including 20 new marketing specialists, in the first half of this year.”
The Hill / Alexander Bolton
Report: Trump plans to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
“The preliminary proposals from the White House budget office will be shared with federal departments and agencies soon after Trump takes the oath of office Friday, and could provoke an angry backlash.”
Canadaland / Moira Donovan
Editorial staffers have been on strike for the past year at Nova Scotia’s largest newspaper
“We believe that they’ve been offering proposals that we simply cannot sign and they knew it.”
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