In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake that devastated Nepal, BBC News is today launching an account on the messaging app Viber to publish news, information, and tips for staying safe as the country continues to recover.
As much as things change in the news business, things also seem to stay the same. Newspaper revenue drops; smartphone usage rises.
The annual State of the News Media report from the Pew Research Center, just out today, tells that story of continuing trend lines. The top line is probably the ongoing march of mobile: As of January, a remarkable 39 of the 50 most popular news sites had more mobile than desktop visitors. Four of the top 50 had similar desktop and mobile traffic, and just seven sites had more desktop than mobile traffic, the report said, citing comScore data.
Last week, BuzzFeed launched in its seventh international country: Mexico.
¡BuzzFeed México está vivo! http://t.co/G50ry81OZP Bienvenidos.
— BuzzFeed México (@BuzzFeedMexico) April 22, 2015
The viral juggernaut opened its first site outside the United States in 2013 in the United Kingdom, and has since grown to add editorial operations in France, Australia, Brazil, India, and Germany too. There’s also the New York-based BuzzFeed Español that targets a Latin American audience. The expansion to Mumbai, Berlin, and now Mexico City were announced last summer (along with a planned move to Tokyo) after BuzzFeed received another round of funding. (All four sites were originally supposed to open in 2014; now the Japan site is slated to debut later this year. BuzzFeed is also expanding to Canada this year, as it announced Friday that it had hired Craig Silverman to lead the site’s editorial efforts north of the border.)
PERUGIA, ITALY — Before a dramatic capsizing sent European leaders scrambling to address an epidemic of migrant drownings, a team of independent journalists was quietly tracking the problem — and offering an example of cross-border journalism that’s rare in Europe.
The journalists — a loose association of investigative reporters from across the continent — joined forces in 2013 to answer a seemingly simple question: How many people are dying trying to migrate to Europe?
Here’s a wakeup call to audio creators everywhere: SoundCloud does not recognize your fair use rights under U.S. copyright law. If your content contains any copyrighted material to which you haven’t secured the rights — even if you have a valid fair use claim — SoundCloud may take it down at any time.
That’s exactly what happened to a former student of mine, and his experience should serve as a warning to the growing number of news organizations (including several that I work with) that use SoundCloud to host podcasts and other audio content.