Journalism roundup: “What makes commenters less civil, and the rise of digital longform…


Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?

Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high points and giving you a point of entry. Here, John Wihbey sums up the top papers in digital media and journalism this month.

What do newspaper editors think about the comments on their sites? They’re more supportive than you might imagine — given that dialogue around news site commenters usually centers on which circle of hell fits them best.

APME (Associated Press Media Editors — I still can’t get used to that name) did a survey of editors on the subject, which The Spokesman-Review’s Gary Graham wrote up. Among the findings:

Diversified media companies are hurrying to undiversify


Not long ago — hours ago, actually — both Journal Communications and E. W. Scrippswere media company models of diversification.

Amnesty International launches a new site to help journalists verify YouTube videos

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joseph Lichterman

You can hear gunshots in the background of this shaky amateur YouTube video. There’s black smoke rising out of what looks to be a mosque; the narrator speaks in Arabic; the video’s description says the video was shot in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria.

No bones about it, Utica College students learn more thananthropology in Albania

WRVO Public Media

He teaches forensic anthropology at Utica College, and right after graduation he brought a dozen students to do field work in Albania’s Butrint National Park. For the eleventh year in a row, his students from Utica College and other schools from around

The newsonomics of NPR One and the dream of personalized public radio

Nieman Journalism Lab by Ken Doctor

Wouldn’t it be cool if public radio fans could get to all their stuff in one simple app? Stuff from Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Here & Now, All Things Considered — and their local station. It would know what we want to hear even before we know it’s out there, bringing it all to us in real time and no cost. It’s a vision that might complete the transition of turning the phone into a virtual digital radio — and it would work on a tablet, a laptop, and even in certain connected cars.

Finland, Zambia present two opposite worlds of press freedom

By Nisha Garud

Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and Media 2014 scholars Brenda Bukowa from Zambia and Merja Drake from Finland brought the online International Mass Media class to a successful completion with lectures on their countries media and political structures and journalistic practices. The lectures were held at Copeland Hall on the Ohio University campus in Athens on July 14, 2014.

A stormy set of revenue numbers for The New York Times (and the broader news industry)

Nieman Journalism Lab by Ken Doctor

On the call for The New York Times’ first quarter financials in April, executivess cautioned that the bright Q1 results — up in overall revenue and in print and digital ad revenue — might not hold. They were right.

The 40 lies the BBC tells about subscription

open Democracy News Analysis – by David Elstein

BBC’s Head of Policy, James Heath, packs a staggering amount of untruths into asingle post on the BBC blog.

On July 15, the BBC’s top brass (ie Director-General Tony Hall and Director of Strategy James Purnell) gave evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee on the future of BBC funding. There was no surprise in their unswerving preference for maintaining the licence fee; but their dismissal of the subscription option was underpinned by a novel element: a post that day on the BBC’s blog by their colleague James Heath, the BBC’s Head of Policy.


The difficulty with David Frum’s apology for bogus photo-fakery allegations – Erik Wemple – Jul 30 – David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, today apologized for having questioned the authenticity of some photos of traumatized, blood-soaked men that were taken last week at a Gaza hospital. The pictures depicted two brothers who had


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