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Who’s making money — and who isn’t — in local online news?

Michele’s List is an invaluable compilation of the most promising local online-native news sites trying to make a go of it in this disrupted age. Compiled by Michele McLellan, the list’s admissions criteria are that a site is “progressing on three fronts — content, engagement and revenue.” McLellan periodically surveys the list’s members on a...

How to protect yourself from doxxing — and what to do if it happens anyway

Our colleagues at Nieman Reports have a new piece up on an important question: how to deter doxxing. (“The practice of publicly posting private information (home addresses, phone numbers, credit card and Social Security details) which can be used to threaten or otherwise harass an individual.”) Reporter Rose Eleveth outlines some of the steps you...

Small-batch t-shirts and popcorn bags: How a local Ohio news site is diversifying its business model

Mansfield, Ohio’s story is a common one. The Rust Belt city, located about halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, has endured many of the same economic troubles that other industrial Midwestern cities are facing as manufacturing jobs disappear. But Mansfield is more than its industrial decline. In 2013, Carl Fernyak, the CEO of local printer and...

From “WSJ Live” to “WSJ Video”: Publishers step away from dreams of live TV-style broadcasting online

For The Wall Street Journal, it was just a change in an icon — but it signifies a larger shift in video strategy. Last month, eagle-eyed Apple TV users might have noticed a subtle change to their Journal app. Its icon, which for years had been the grey-and-green “WSJ Live,” was replaced with one reading...

Small podcasters have trouble finding new listeners and monetizing, survey finds

How does the business of podcasts look to the people running it? A new survey suggests that even as interest in podcasts increases, much of the growth of the business is coming from existing listeners rather than new listeners. And podcasters are concerned about finding new audiences and monetizing. Clammr, the company behind an iOS...

How The Wirecutter sifted through 3,228 deals on Amazon’s Prime Day

Amazon celebrated its 20th birthday on Wednesday with Prime Day, a full 24 hours of limited-time deals. For The Wirecutter, it was literally like Christmas in July — the team at the gadget and technology review site spent the day sifting through deals and highlighting the best for its readers, using techniques it’s developed for...

National Journal will kill off its print edition to invest more in tools and services for D.C. types

Just announced over email (no link yet): National Journal, the policy-and-government-focused magazine published by Atlantic Media, will end its print edition at year’s end “of a larger strategy to deepen its investment in and increase services customized for the Washington market.” You could have spotted a preview of this moment in our piece earlier this...

Context is built into a story in The Washington Post’s experimental “Knowledge Map”

How the Islamic State is leaving tech companies torn between free speech and security is a labyrinthine topic. To fully understand it, readers should probably already have a good grasp on the spread of the Islamic State on social media, past acts of terror such as the 2013 Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi or...

How KPCC in Los Angeles grew its Latino listenership while trying to keep its traditional audience

In California, Latinos now outnumber whites as the largest ethnic group in the state, and Los Angeles County is home to the largest Latino population of any county in the United States. To better match these shifting demographics, KPCC, the public radio station based in Pasadena, decided it needed to make deliberate and significant changes...

Newsonomics: When news companies are no longer built to last

I’ve gotten feedback about vulture capitalists, hatchet men, and chop shops, and of close-to-retirement publishers getting that unexpected knock on the door from visiting corporate vice presidents. I’ve heard about 30-year-old journalists turning in their resignations, and other young reporters trying to stick it out, writing me: “I’m a reporter at [a local Digital First...

Twitter’s new article preview cards could be a boost for publishers

Publishers 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...

Do mainstream news outlets have a moral obligation to citizen journalists?

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? The dreadful events of the 7/7 London bombings marked a pivotal moment in the history of journalism. Much of what...

The New York Times’ “Summer of Science” aims to make science journalism mobile-friendly and fun

The New York Times wants to take readers to summer science camp. But instead of experimenting with Mentos and Diet Coke or potato guns, The Times is giving readers a closer look at Pluto, solar-powered planes, and tips on how to grill the perfect steak over molten lava. Welcome to the “Summer of Science,” an...

Are you a Western news company looking to expand to India? First, decide who you want to serve

Over the past seven years, Nikhil Pahwa has built up Indian digital media site Medianama into something like one part TechCrunch, two parts Business Insider. Wit a healthy dose of policy analysis, the site covers essentially anything tech, Internet, or media in India. That puts him in a good position to observe the many recent...

New Pew data: More Americans are getting news on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook and Twitter users across all demographics are increasingly using the social networks as news sources, though they are seeking out different types of news content on each platform, according to a study out Tuesday from the Pew Research Center and the Knight Foundation. Sixty-three percent of both Facebook and Twitter users said they get...

Publishers of local news sites say revenues are up, but many still aren’t paying themselves a salary

Results are in from a survey of 94 local news websites, and while revenue and reach remain concerns for many, the sites say they are doing okay. Conducted between March and April of this year on by Michele McLellan, the survey looked at the sites on Michele’s List, a database of local sites produced with...

S is for “secure”: Why news organizations are ditching (or should ditch) HTTP for HTTPS

Visit the Washington Post homepage, and you’ll now see a lock icon and “https,” rather than just “http,” at the beginning of the URL: It’s a thing of beauty: pic.twitter.com/RkJKjKI99l — Will Van Wazer (@willvanwazer) June 30, 2015 The added “s,” which stands for secure, indicates that a site’s content is delivered through an encrypted...

Putting the public into public media membership

Executive summary Executive summary Key findings Introduction The dominant way to pledge support: Financial support What do members currently receive in exchange for giving? Different ways to pledge support: Current volunteer efforts...Show More Summary

People may hate LinkedIn, but they’re still writing a lot of stuff there

More than a million people have now published a post on LinkedIn, the company announced Thursday (about 18 months after opening up its publishing tools): Our over 1 million unique publishers publish more than 130,000 posts a week on LinkedIn. About 45% of readers are in the upper ranks of their industries: managers, VPs, CEOs,...

Do you care where you read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s new book? News sites duke it out

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s controversially long-lost novel, Go Set a Watchman, you have a few choices this morning: You could head over to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, or The Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax-owned Australian newspapers. The book will be published July 14; in the...

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