Journalism agenda: “Snowden to journalists: your best defense is legal limits on spying, not crypto”

Edward Snowden videoconferenced with a journalism roundtable at Editors Lab participants at Süddeutsche Zeitung (home of the Panama Papers) about the effect of state surveillance on a free press.

The latest earnings report from The New York Times has some good news for digital advertising and some really bad news for print.

Let’s start with the bad. Print advertising losses are accelerating. The Times said Wednesday that its print ad revenue dropped a whopping 19 percent last quarter, driving its total advertising revenue down 8 percent. That’s a higher drop even from the previous quarter, when the Times reported a 14 percent decline in print ad revenue. Times Co. CFO Jim Follo said today he expects a similar decline in print ad revenue in the next quarter.

The internet is – and always has been – awash with photoshopped pictures, CGI videos, political rumours, hoaxes and outright lies. And now, thanks to social media, it’s easier for misinformation to spread further and faster around the world than at any other time in human history.

The Daily 360 will feature videos that ‘convey intimacy’ or give audiences a ‘sense of place’ when they interact with the story

The Telegraph was an early paywall adopter among British general interest newspapers, launching a metered one in early 2013 that allowed non-paying visitors to read 20 stories per month for free.

How Finland’s MTV3 is bringing mobile journalism into the newsroom

The channel’s news reporters are hoping mobile journalism will allow them to break stories first while reaching wider audiences on social media

Transcribing and then trying to edit audio or video makes me want to tear my hair out. While there are free tools out there to simplify the process — oTranscribe, Draft — finding the right quotes from a long speech or cleaning up a Q&A still feels interminable.

autoEdit, an open source editor being developed by Knight-Mozilla fellow Pietro Passarelli during his time at Vox Media, shaves some time off a lot of post-production tasks, such as captioning videos.

Want to pitch a story or a project to a particular news outlet and not sure where to start? Check out these resources that explain what editors are looking for

On average, when an AP sportswriter covers a game, she produces eight different versions of the same story. Aside from writing the main print story, they have to write story summaries, separate ledes for both teams, convert the story to broadcast format, and more.

Publishers including Slate and The New Yorker are ending deals with Taboola and Outbrain, the content recommendation companies that placed sponsored links at the bottom of their pages. “It is not the right look if you’re trying to say you’re a high-quality, upper-tier website — if you have something like this on it — and I think it’s time for us to be honest about that,” Slate president Keith Hernandeztold The New York Times.

The latest research from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) analyses the opportunities and pitfalls of editorial newsletters and their impact on news distribution

The New York Times on Tuesday continued to grow its virtual reality offerings by launching The Daily 360, a daily series of 360-degree videos.

The first video is a minute-long look inside the rubble of a social hall in Sana, Yemen that was destroyed in a Saudi airstrike.

The Verge launched five years ago today — a lifetime ago in the online news business. The site was designed for the desktop with bold, chunky visuals; the colorful rectangles on the home page were a departure from the timeline-style homepages common then.

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