Journalism agenda: “London attacks changed the news: The value of the witness


The night after the deadliest peace-time attack on London, the BBC led its 6 p.m. newscast with a shaky video of screaming commuters, an ambulance siren howling in the background

twitterexandedlinkPublishers may be able to get more value out of their tweets thanks to a new design change on Twitter. The company recently rolled out new Twitter cards that allow for an expanded summary of a link seen on the platform’s iOS or Android apps. What that means for media companies, or really anyone slinging links on Twitter, is that stories will get some extra room, complete with lead art and the first few words of a story.

As mainstream media increasingly relies on citizens contributing content, it raises questions of ethics and responsibility, risks and safety. Should media houses be morally bound to protect interests of those whose work they thrive upon?

Scratch Magazine, an online publication about the relationship between writers and money, isn’t shutting down because it failed to do what its founder, Manjula Martin, wanted it to do.

Is objective journalism possible?

ACE-magazineAt Medium, Jay Allen deconstructs the demand for “objective game journalism” sometimes found among those uncomfortable with their hobby’s growing status as an art form.

The future of journalism will come down in one of four ways. At least, that’s what a new reportWhat’s New(s): Scenarios for the Future of Journalism, released by the Dutch Journalism Fund this week purports. And while the study looks specifically at the future of media in the Netherlands, the visions they describe are easily transferable to wherever you live.

Netflix earned more than $5 billion in 2014. No wonder companies want to be “the Netflix of” other kinds of digital media — ebooks, magazines, music.

That’s not easy to pull off when you don’t have Netflix’s deep pockets or 62 million subscribers — oh, and when you’re trying to sell something to read rather than watch. We saw new cracks in the subscription model for text Tuesday, when it became clear that subscription site Scribd is pulling thousands of romance titles from its site.


The collective response to the mobile news app Circa’s shutdown on Wednesdayhas largely cast it as a noble news experiment that failed — a company that tested an interesting idea for mobile news delivery but ultimately fell victim to overhype, lack of use, and neglect of a business model.

BuzzFeed is taking its recent push into the world of audio and looking inward. The company recently launched a new podcast about, well, life at BuzzFeed.

BuzzFeed Dot Com, The Website: The Podcast, is aimed at a narrow listenership of people who work for BuzzFeed Dot Com, The Website. Scott Lamb, BuzzFeed’s vice president of international, explains: “This is a little bit of an experiment — we’ll see how it goes. It’s really intended for our international editors and those not in the New York office to learn a little bit more about what we’re doing here.”


We’re bombarded by endless numbers every day — some claiming the exalted status of metrics or, even higher, benchmarks. It’s tough for any of us to figure out which — ARPU? TOS? post-click activity? — are meaningful and which will go down in news transformation history as footnotes. For me, making sense of the numbers helps bring a little order to the chaos.


Editor’s note: Our colleagues at sister publication Nieman Reports are out withtheir new issue. In this piece, John Dyer examines how the right combination of data science, scrutiny, and an uplifting narrative are proving a popular recipe for publishers and readers alike.

It’s one of the trendiest phrases in digital journalism: audience engagement. Over the past few years, publications from The New York Times to The Tennessean have added related positions.

Introducing the News Lab

It’s hard to think of a more important source of information in the world than quality journalism. At its best, news communicates truth to power, keeps societies free and open, and leads to more informed decision-making by people and leaders. In the past decade, better technology and an open Internet have led to a revolution in how news is created, distributed, and consumed. And given Google’s mission to ensure quality information is accessible and useful everywhere, we want to help ensure that innovation in news leads to a more informed, more democratic world

Storyful and Google News Lab today are launching YouTube Newswire, a dedicated YouTube channel meant to serve as a resource for journalists looking for user-generated videos from around the world by highlighting newsworthy videos uploaded to YouTube that have been verified by Storyful.

Data journalism hoorah

In parallel to the Google Trends release, the Google News Lab produced a video interviewing a bunch of data journalism folks about the importance of data in storytelling. It’s mostly fluffy fluffy, but there’s quite a few important people in there who produce a lot of good stuff, so kind of a fun four-minute watch.

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