The newsonomics of U.S. media concentration

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Ken Doctor
The rise and potential fall of Rupert Murdoch is a hell of a story. It is, though, closer to the Guardian?s Simon Jenkins? description Tuesday, ?not a Berlin Wall moment, just daft hysteria.? Facing only the meager competition of the slow-as-molasses debt-ceiling story, the Murdoch story managed to hit during the summer doldrums. Plus it?s great theater.

Storify in action

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Katherine Travers
Reporting a tragedy of any magnitude is a test of any journalist or news organisation. Unfortunately, recent days have produced a string of grievous events which  pose great challenges to journalists who are traditionally tasked with informing the public.

Pew: Nonprofit journalism doesn?t mean ideology-free

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Joshua Benton
Pew?s Project for Excellence in Journalism is out with a new study this morning that looks at the new universe of nonprofit journalism ? and tries to get beyond the ProPublicas of the world to see who else is producing journalism under the legal structure of a 501(c)3 exemption. After all, remember, ?nonprofit? signals a tax status, not a belief system or a commitment to any particular ideals, journalistic or otherwise.

Google blocks Belgian newspapers from web search results

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Teemu Henriksson
After a court decision that ordered it to remove a group of Belgian newspapers from Google News search results, Google not only blocked the newspapers from its news site but also removed them from its main search index, the Associated Press reported. Google said that this was necessary to comply with the Belgian court’s decision, All Things D reported. A consortium representing the newspapers claimed, however, that Google was retaliating against the newspapers over the copyright infringement suit.

The Alternative Press shows hyperlocal news can profit

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Florence Pichon
The Alternative Press is demonstrating that not all New Jersey hyperlocal initiatives are doomed to the same fate as InJersey.

The AP sets the record straight on social media

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Florence Pichon

In response to last week’s article, ‘AP hires Speed Communications to reaffirm value of traditional newswires,’ the Associated Press has clarified its relationship with social media. While the newswire has hired a PR firm to reinforce the brand’s value, social media is already well embedded into AP’s approach to newsgathering and publishing.

Study: readers’ online sharing motivated primarily by relationship-building

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Teemu Henriksson
No news website can ignore the fact that making it easy for readers to share news articles can provide a significant boost to their traffic. Most news sites have already implemented sharing tools at least for Facebook and Twitter, and many support a number of other social networks as well. Considering how important news sharing is – and signs are that importance is only to grow – news organisations are most probably researching their readers’ sharing habits keenly.

The New York Times’s second-quarter results show the growing significance of digital subscriptions

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Teemu HenrikssonThe New York Times Company, the publisher of the New York Times, released its results for the second quarter of 2011 yesterday. It announced overall operating losses of $114.1 million in the quarter, compared with operating profit of $60.8 in the same period of 2010. The company blamed “deprecation, amortization, severance” and other special items without which it would have posted an operating profit of $82.9 million.

Journalists should be hackers – but target the open web, not private phones, Nicola Hughes

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Nicola Hughes
The News of the World scandal has changed our perception of the term ‘hacker’. But the technique of hacking is opening up a new future for online news and newsgathering that is in the public interest and is becoming increasingly vital for holding power to account
The term ?hacker? warrants re-examining in light of the unravelling News of the World scandal. The circle within which my journalistic persona travels is that of hack/hackers. I am part hacker. I am a data journalism advocate for a developer platform called ScraperWiki. And I am very concerned about how this tumultuous time in journalism history will define the word ?hack? and all its related synonyms.

Another woman ascends ranks to become chief editor of Guardian.co.uk

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Florence Pichon
In an industry without many top women editors, the news that Georgina Henry will be taking over digital operations at the Guardian may be a small sign of a changing newspaper culture.

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