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Newsonomics: The New York Times is opting out of Apple News

Newsonomics: The New York Times is opting out of Apple News

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 29, 2020, 2 p.m.A giant potential audience isn’t good enough on its own anymore: “It’s time to re-examine all of our relationships with the big platforms.”The New York Times has decided to opt out of Apple News.On its own, that may seem like just one more move in the chess game between major news companies and the platforms. But it could also be an indication of a more geologic movement. Will the rest of 2020 bring tectonic shifts in platforms’ power over news — or just a few more small tremors?The by global marketers is another indication...

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How The New York Times is producing quarantine videos without being live and in-person

How The New York Times is producing quarantine videos without being live and in-person

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 15, 2020, 1:13 p.m.“The intimacy that you can build with your character when you’re doing a FaceTime interview instead of having a big camera crew in their living room is great.”In one episode of The New York Times’ miniseries , 32-year-old Najee Wilson makes the best of quarantining alone in his Crown Heights apartment while being totally out of work.Wilson is an artist’s muse and models for other artists. Because modeling requires being in a room with other people, his bookings and other freelance gigs were cancelled when New York City...

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Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains

Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 29, 2020, 4:23 p.m.Tribune and McClatchy are both approaching critical deadlines that could lead to mergers, divisions — or even the first big nonprofit newspaper chain in the United States.The next 48 hours may decide the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains that collectively serve almost a fifth of all American local newspaper readers.And what happens in those hours could prompt a wave of other moves across the rest of the industry.The dates June 30 and July 1 have called out from the calendar for a while now. On Tuesday,...

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Ken Doctor
Jun 30
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It’s time to change the way the media reports on protests. Here are some ideas.

It’s time to change the way the media reports on protests. Here are some ideas.

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 24, 2020, 12:22 p.m.“People kept sharing these videos that were coming up and it was unambiguous what was going on. We weren’t looking at a stream of videos of violence erupting or clashes breaking out. We were looking at cops, attacking people.”It was Slate that arguably broke the media logjam.For nearly a week, there had been nationwide protests after a bystander released video showing that George Floyd, a Black Minneapolis resident, died as a local police officer knelt on his neck. And for almost a week, national media made editorial...

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Jun 27
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“Google paying publishers” is more about PR than the needs of the news industry

“Google paying publishers” is more about PR than the needs of the news industry

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 25, 2020, 2:52 p.m.Google and Facebook are happy to pay for news — as long as it’s on their terms.Mountain View got the headline it wanted: “.”Just like Menlo Park got the headline it wanted a few months ago: “.”There are lots of ways to look at how the duopoly looks at its relationship with the news industry — as generous corporate citizens who care about the information environment, say, or as a pillaging cartel ruining society by vacuuming ad dollars.But the correct way to view Google and Facebook’s actions, I believe, is through the...

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Jun 26
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More Americans are paying for online news — and those who do say they’re unlikely to stop

More Americans are paying for online news — and those who do say they’re unlikely to stop

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 16, 2020, 9 a.m.In the United States, more than a third of those who pay for online news have signed up for two or more subscriptions.The percentage of people paying for news online continues to increase — and people may even pay for more than one subscription. People worldwide blame domestic politicians most for spreading false and misleading information online. And more people than ever are getting news from Instagram, with 18- to 24-year-olds more than twice as likely as other age groups to prefer getting their news from social...

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Laura Hazard Owen
Jun 18
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Nonprofit newsrooms are increasingly dedicating themselves to local news

Nonprofit newsrooms are increasingly dedicating themselves to local news

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 17, 2020, 1:19 p.m.News organizations that have turned to the nonprofit model have often focused on national or investigative news but this year’s , released Tuesday, shows that a growing portion of nonprofit newsrooms are dedicated to local matters.The INN Index is the first report to come of a survey, conducted in March 2020, of more than 250 nonprofit news organizations. (A second report, focused on “diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit news world,” is due this fall.)The number of nonprofit newsrooms is growing even as...

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U.S. police have attacked journalists at least 140 times since May 28

U.S. police have attacked journalists at least 140 times since May 28

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 1, 2020, 9:53 a.m.“Although in some incidents it is possible the journalists were hit or affected accidentally, in the majority of the cases we have recorded the journalists are clearly identifiable as press, and it is clear that they are being deliberately targeted.”As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country after a white police officer , it’s becoming clear that attacks by police on journalists are becoming a widespread pattern, not one-off incidents. While violence against press-credentialed reporters covering the protests...

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Laura Hazard Owen
Jun 18
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The coronavirus traffic bump to news sites is pretty much over already

The coronavirus traffic bump to news sites is pretty much over already

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 14, 2020, 10:07 a.m.Audience numbers now look more like a standard busy news week than a global pandemic that’s captured the world’s attention. Coronavirus news fatigue has set in.Some parts of America seem to be having — early, tentative, potential — success of COVID-19 infections. But there’s one place where the curve has already gone flat: traffic to news sites. Last month’s striking surge in audience attention has ebbed week by week and has now largely washed away. Here’s what that looks like:As the coronavirus grew into a global...

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Joshua Benton
Apr 16
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The coronavirus crisis will eventually end, but the distributed newsroom is here to stay

The coronavirus crisis will eventually end, but the distributed newsroom is here to stay

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 13, 2020, 1:51 p.m.The newsrooms that will thrive in a post-COVID-19 world will be the ones that embrace the shift to distributed teams. Here’s a guide how.Over the past few weeks, social distancing policies and travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 came into force in countries across the globe, impacting billions — journalists included. Almost overnight, news publishers had to find a new way of functioning that didn’t revolve around physical newsrooms. To add to the pressure, many newsrooms are simultaneously facing an...

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Tom Trewinnard
Apr 14
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These are the four waves of journalism studies over the past 20 years: the participatory, crisis, platforms, and populist eras

These are the four waves of journalism studies over the past 20 years: the participatory, crisis, platforms, and populist eras

HOME          LATEST STORY                    March 23, 2020, 1:38 p.m.“The economic problem for journalism was not competition, in other words, but surveillance and monopoly.”<academia-alert class="italian-policomm-journal">It was about 20 years ago that the academic field of “journalism studies” came into rough early shape. Sure, there were people who studied journalism long before then — but for the most part, they were doing so from the intellectual home of another field. They were sociologists, economists, political scientists, communications scholars, or part of some other academic...

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Joshua Benton
Apr 10
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Americans are more willing to pay for local news when they know local newspapers are in trouble, a new study says

Americans are more willing to pay for local news when they know local newspapers are in trouble, a new study says

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Nov. 18, 2019, 9:14 a.m.“This gap suggests a market failure — many recognize the benefit of the product to the public but are unwilling to pay for it.”More than half of Americans believe that local news organizations are doing well financially, according to by the Knight Foundation and Gallup. But if you tell them otherwise, they’re more likely to think supporting local outlets is a good idea.The study surveyed more than 2,700 adults across the United States and found that 56 percent think local news outlets in their area are doing very well or...

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Apr 9
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Young people are twice as likely to pay for news in the U.S., U.K., and Germany (compared to those 55-plus)

Young people are twice as likely to pay for news in the U.S., U.K., and Germany (compared to those 55-plus)

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 2, 2020, 2:30 p.m.The kids are all right, according to a new World Economic Forum report. Young people (ages 16 to 34) are twice as likely to pay for news than those over 55 in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.The , released today, is based on a survey of more than 9,100 people in China, Germany, India, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. The market research firm Nielsen used online surveys to measure media consumption habits and preferences. (Except in India, where the firm used face-to-face...

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Are you a local reporter doing data-heavy coronavirus reporting? This service will check your stats for free

Are you a local reporter doing data-heavy coronavirus reporting? This service will check your stats for free

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 1, 2020, 9 a.m.“When you aren’t sure the data really says what you think, or you feel anxious about making a math mistake, walking through your process with someone else can help.”Coronavirus reporting is profoundly driven by numbers. Tests administered, cases diagnosed, deaths attributed; doubling speed, growth curves, ; county data, state data, national data.It’s a lot. And as — released under from jurisdiction to jurisdiction — have shown, the numbers don’t always say what you think they say.And some reporters not used to doing this...

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Joshua Benton
Apr 9
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No paywall in the chicken coop: A fast-food chain is paying to take down 16 Canadian newspapers’ paywalls this month

No paywall in the chicken coop: A fast-food chain is paying to take down 16 Canadian newspapers’ paywalls this month

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 2, 2020, 10:08 a.m.Canadians will be able to keep abreast of the latest news for the next month, thanks to a sponsorship from Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters, home of the Tater Poutine. This thing could have legs.We live in unprecedented times. Communities world over have willingly isolated themselves in their homes to stop the spread of a virus. Travel and socializing has ground to a halt, leaving parks, arenas, and bars empty.And a fried chicken chain is stepping in to make sure Canadians can access journalism.On April 1, Postmedia...

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Apr 9
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“Total annihilation”: Coronavirus may just be the end for many alt-weeklies

“Total annihilation”: Coronavirus may just be the end for many alt-weeklies

HOME          LATEST STORY                    March 19, 2020, 12:28 p.m.COVID-19 is “a nearly perfect weapon against alternative weeklies.” In dozens of cities, papers are asking for donations, laying off staff, or abandoning print as social distancing dries up their revenue streams.It was only seven days ago that , the Seattle alt-(bi)weekly that was facing a financial crisis because of the city’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down concerts, bars, restaurants, and so many other events that provide the advertising fuel for an alt-weekly. “Ninety percent of our revenue —...

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Joshua Benton
Mar 20
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Coronavirus has left a lot of podcast pros recording in their closets

Coronavirus has left a lot of podcast pros recording in their closets

HOME          LATEST STORY                    March 17, 2020, 10:54 a.m.We round up some of the best advice for how audio hosts and producers can adjust to the new social-distancing reality — from public radio stations and big studios to independent shows and freelancers hoping their next check still comes in.Welcome to , a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 250, dated March 17, 2020. I guess we’re calling it The Coronavirus Issue.More so than anything else in a very long time, the global coronavirus pandemic is a total event against which almost everything will be reorganized,...

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Nicholas Quah
Mar 20
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How journalists are working together to cover the COVID-19 pandemic

How journalists are working together to cover the COVID-19 pandemic

HOME          LATEST STORY                    March 16, 2020, 12:54 p.m.Across the United States, independent newsrooms are finding ways to share stories, ideas, tips, and knowledge about a virus that doesn’t limit itself to anyone’s audience boundaries.Having access to accurate information can mean the difference between life and death during a crisis. That’s why right now, journalists around the globe are working around the clock to make sure people in their communities are informed as the COVID-19 virus ricochets through our countries, our towns, and our families.It’s especially in times...

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Stefanie Murray
Mar 17
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Report for America will support 19 journalists to cover Native American communities

Report for America will support 19 journalists to cover Native American communities

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Feb. 24, 2020, 2:17 p.m.“You build trust through listening and through recognizing other people’s knowledge…In order to build trust, you have to believe what people tell you.”It’s hard to say that Native Americans have, historically, gotten the kind of journalism they deserve. Mainstream news outlets , and when they do, indigenous people are more often the subject of reporting than its target audience. of journalists at U.S. news organizations are Native, compared to . And that’s not even to mention how Native Americans are portrayed in the...

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Mar 13
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One subscriber or 48,000 pageviews: Why every journalist should know the “unit economics” of their content

One subscriber or 48,000 pageviews: Why every journalist should know the “unit economics” of their content

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Oct. 7, 2019, 10 a.m.“With the advertising people looking at the ad metrics, the subscription people looking at subscription metrics, and journalists looking at outdated metrics…nobody was looking at these metrics together to get a clear view of the business as a whole.”Imagine you’re a barista at a coffee shop. You may have no background in business, finance, or data analysis — but you still probably have a decent handle on how the company you work for makes money and what role you play in that process.You know that each cup of coffee you sell...

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Mar 13
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Newsonomics: Here are 20 epiphanies for the news business of the 2020s

Newsonomics: Here are 20 epiphanies for the news business of the 2020s

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Jan. 24, 2020, 7:38 a.m.After ten years of writing for Nieman Lab, Ken takes a big look back and ahead, defining the state of affairs for the troubled world of journalism.It is the best of times for The New York Times — and likely the worst of times for all the local newspapers with Times (or Gazette or Sun or Telegram or Journal) in their nameplates across the land.When I spoke at state newspaper conferences five or ten years ago, people would say: “It’ll come back. It’s cyclical.” No one tells me that anymore. The old business is plainly...

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Ken Doctor
Mar 13
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Feeling panicked about coronavirus? Media coverage of new epidemics often stokes unnecessary fear

Feeling panicked about coronavirus? Media coverage of new epidemics often stokes unnecessary fear

For journalists, it’s worth remaining alert to the dangers of spreading fear — a highly contagious emotion — in the face of uncertainty. New contagious diseases are scary. They frighten us because they’re unknown and unpredictable. The ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has received extensive media attention — coverage that can tell us a lot about how uncertainty in the face of such an epidemic can all too easily breed fear. For about a decade, I’ve been studying the role of emotions in journalism, including in the coverage of disasters and crises. Media coverage is vital...

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Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
Feb 28
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Need cash fast? Patreon is now lending money to its creators to launch projects with high startup costs

Need cash fast? Patreon is now lending money to its creators to launch projects with high startup costs

“Patreon has access to all the data about a creator’s earnings history, what they offer as benefits, how much they engage with their patrons…everything needed to forecast their earnings and retention, without a creator even needing to submit an application.” By NICHOLAS QUAH Feb. 18, 2020, 12:40 p.m. I was tempted to kick this story off with a platitude along the lines of: “Starting something is the hardest part.” Then I thought better of it, because that’s not strictly true. Keeping something going can be much harder, as in the case of a conversation, relationship, or even this...

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Nicholas Quah
Feb 19
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The Wall Street Journal joins The New York Times in the 2 million digital subscriber club

The Wall Street Journal joins The New York Times in the 2 million digital subscriber club

But will the Journal and The Washington Post be able to catch up to the market leader going forward? Or is the Times preparing to lap the field? Earnings season means it’s time for successful publishers to brag about their digital subscription numbers. On Thursday, it was The New York Times Company’s turn, throwing out some big numbers: 5,251,000 total subscriptions across all print and digital, 4,395,000 total digital subscriptions (including Cooking and Crosswords), and 3,429,000 digital news subscribers. Perhaps most impressive to me: There’s little evidence that the potential customer...

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Joshua Benton
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Alden Global Capital has sunk its claws into yet another newspaper company: Lee

Alden Global Capital has sunk its claws into yet another newspaper company: Lee

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Jan. 30, 2020, 2:28 p.m.Yesterday, Ken Doctor and I to sell Berkshire Hathaway’s newspapers to Lee Enterprises and how it was another move in the rapid consolidation of the American newspaper industry.But just a few minutes after I hit publish, the story turned more sinister. Alden Global Capital that it had purchased a 5.9 percent stake in Lee, through its newspaper holding company MNG Enterprises.For those who need a reminder: Alden is journalism’s Professor Moriarty, Ra’s al Ghul, Blofeld, and Hans Landa, buying up chunks of newspaper...

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