a Journalism roundup: The wave of non-profit locally-focused news organizations and more…


Diaspora and future social networks: decentralized, open-sourced?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Jean Yves Chainon

It has been about a year now since Diaspora and its four founders made ripples through the blogosphere and mainstream media, including in this New York Times article, following the $200,000 plus donations that the budding alternative social networking site received through crowd-funding site Kickstarter.

The wave of non-profit locally-focused news organizations is growing

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

Los Angeles could be the next city to see the launch of a new not-for-profit news website, according to revelations from the Los Angeles Times.

As the article reported, venture capitalist and former Times Mirror executive Tom Unterman has been quietly exploring the formation of a news organization focused on public policy issues, like the ones that have flourished in cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Austin and Chicago.  Even if Unterman doesn’t still have a formal plan, he’s testing the water with some community leaders around L.A. and looking for possible partners.

Investing in news innovation in Europe

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
(Cross-posted from the European Public Policy Blog)

Journalism is changing fast. And as news businesses experiment with new ways of creating and delivering journalism in the digital age, Google is keen to play its part on the technology side. Over the last year, we?ve been partnering with publishers around the world to develop technological solutions?including, most recently, One Pass?to find new and engaging ways of presenting stories online and to generate greater revenues.

Advertorials: do they represent the paradox of the Fourth Estate?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

Is the line between advertising market pressure and editorial integrity becoming thinner?
Within the crisis much of the press is facing, being able to attract more advertising can be a critical factor in a publication’s survival. And branded, or ‘advertorial’ content has become more popular: content published in the layout of an article. It is vital, when using this, however, to maintain editorial integrity.

Why financial journalism has to gain more prominence and re-establish public trust

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

Professor Steve Schifferes, a former BBC economics correspondent, speaking at his first lecture as City University London‘s new professor of financial journalism, said that news organization need to offer better analysis and commentary on financial issues if they want to regain the public’s trust, Journalism.co.uk reported.

Publishers’ concerns about tablet subscription services

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

The International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA) has announced four key concerns that publishers want to raise with technology companies with regards to subscriptions on tablet devices.

Turkey eases limits on media ownership

from Yahoo news

Turkey’s parliament has passed legislation easing restrictions on foreign ownership of broadcasters, a change that could pave the way for asset sales by Dogan Yayin, the country’s biggest media

Press release: Danish editor elected president of World Editors Forum

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
Erik Bjerager, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the Danish national daily Kristeligt Dagblad, has been elected President of the World Editors Forum, the global association for senior newsrooms executives within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).


Study examines lack of analysis in British papers

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Paul Hoffman
Richard Addis, former Daily Express editor and Daily Mail executive, recently conducted a study that examines the scarcity of analytical articles* among the UK’s top daily newspapers.  Of the seven dailies involved in his research (Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Daily Express), the average percentage of their articles considered ‘analytical’ was only 6.5%, compared to 22.3% of ‘opinion’ and 71.1% of ‘news’.  Although there is no comparable data set from ten years ago that Addis could have referenced to show the change in the proportion of ‘analysis’ within UK dailies, his “hunch is that this percentage would have been higher” in the past.


Social media at the Guardian: going niche on Facebook

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

Facebook is the social network of the moment for news organisations, having taken over from Twitter as top of the list of concerns for many. Twitter has proved itself and continues to thrive as an invaluable tool for journalists: useful in gathering information, promoting their work and gathering feedback. But although Twitter, with more than 175 million users, is big, Facebook, with an estimated more than 600 million members, is bigger.

News reporting with a point of view: where to draw the line?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Ashley Stepanek

Traditionally journalism has two types of writers, those who report the news, and those who craft opinion pieces and columns. According to NewsTrust, the three main drivers of a news reporter are factuality, fairness, and valid sourcing. That which drives the opinion writer is being informative, insightful, and writing well. There is overlap between the two, most obviously in being informative and writing well, but NewsTrust still draws a clear distinction in priorities of purpose–something currently up for debate with today’s report in the American Journalism Review that new editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, Larry Platt, is generally wanting more news writing with a point of view.

Award-winning War in Afghanistan photo series raises debate: Is photojournalism an objective practice?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Paul Hoffman

New technology can save long-form journalism?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

New technologies, the Web and mobile devices have clearly affected and changed our traditional approach to journalism. And they have definitely not only changed our reading habits but also when we consume it.

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