Big screens with real-time traffic data have become ubiquitous in newsrooms. They illustrate how news organizations are becoming more and more interested in tracking audience behavior, as data-informed approaches to decision making previously associated with popular sites like BuzzFeed, Gawker, and The Huffington Post are increasingly central to editorial decision making at upmarket brands like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Quartz.
What do you think of when you think of The Christian Science Monitor? Well, the news organization hopes that you think of it as a place that’s been providing “calming context on global news” since 1908, in the words of weekly magazine editor Clayton Collins. And this week, the Monitor launched a new social media initiative, “The Redirect,” that aims to offer a counter-narrative to gloom in the news.
After much discussion and public backlash, Twitter announced today that their timeline has gone algorithmic. The “best tweets” will appear first in every user’s timeline. The end is nigh. Or so some on the real-time social network would have you believe.
The Independent has today confirmed rumors that it is ceasing its print operations and switching to a digital-only future, as news publishers across the world look for ways to address falling ad revenues. ESI Media, owners of the publication, say the move will “ensure a sustainable and profitable future” but that’s likely to be cold-comfort to anyone losing their job as a result of the shift. ESI Media said there will be “some” redundancies but didn’t say how many. Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent, said: “
Local reporters are the ground troops of the journalism world. Armed with their notebooks and tenacity, they are often first to the scene when news breaks, slogging it out in the trenches to serve their communities and cover the stories other outlets ignore.