Newsweek's announcement that it is resurrecting its print edition is probably the most dramatic sign yet that digital-only ad models predicated on free content were a disastrously wrong turn for legacy news organizations. Indeed, for these legacy organizations, it's the free-content idea—even more than print—that's really gasping for breath. Show More Summary
Should Twitter users be held in contempt of court if they retweet information about a sensitive court case? The UK government is reminding them of the risk.
A year ago, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein appeared on the CBS Evening News to talk about the debt crisis--a crisis fueled, according to conventional wisdom, by entitlements, particularly Social Security. Blankfein told viewers: "You're...Show More Summary
Wouldn't it be cool to use any handset to control your TV or to share media around your home? A deal to put Qualcomm's AllJoyn protocol on LG Smart TVs brings that reality closer.
Letter to Romenesko From LAUREN CARROLL: Subject — odd mobile media request. I’m an editor at The Duke Chronicle, and I received a request from a researcher at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism to fill out a survey designed to “identify attitudes toward the implementation of monetization of mobile media products.” Pretty standard stuff … Read More
KIEV—For Ukrainian journalists, "jeans" is not just a pair of denim pants, but also a media piece published for a payment without any mention of the latter. It's simple: you pay, they publish--this is jeans. Why "jeans"? No one really knows. But it would be fair to say that in Ukraine, secretly paid-for stories come in as many styles and...
Creative Commons--an incredibly powerful legal tool that many media outlets take for granted, and without which the internet would be a less visual and more expensive creation--released a new version of its license last week. Back in 2002, Creative Commons first published a set of licenses that were meant to ease the way for creative work to be shared and...
An expose of dubious Pentagon spending hit the front page of the Los Angeles Times front page not long ago, the latest in a stretch of hard-hitting pieces on defense and biotech by reporter David Willman. Willman's piece is a model of aggressive reporting on government spending for other journalists at major publications. But it also highlights opportunities for local...
As music subscription services are looking to bring their apps to the big screen, they might want to consider to take a closer look at Instagram and Co.
Hotfile, a file-sharing locker, will pay $80 million to settle a copyright infringement case with the movie industry. The move comes after a judge ruled in August that it lost safe harbor protection.
Newsweek is launching a 64-page weekly edition — “a premium product, a boutique product” – in early 2014. Editor-in-chief Jim Impoco says Newsweek’s new owner, IBT Media, will not have to spend as much money publishing it as its predecessor, Barry Diller’s IAC. (nytimes.com) A.H. Belo is selling the Providence Journal. (It just … Read More
Not to be all high horsey about it but…is anyone else a little off put by real anchors so giggley and promotey about the fake Anchorman? — R. Stassen-Berger (@RachelSB) December 3, 2013 The answer is yes, Rachel. One of my readers asked yesterday, “If local TV stations don’t take what they do seriously, how … Read More
On November 11, St. Louis Post-Dispatch parent Lee Enterprises reported a $1.71 per share loss and a 9 percent revenue decline for the quarter. Lee’s stock fell 5.2 percent on the news. On November 27 — Thanksgiving Eve — Lee execs were treated to stock bonuses. Here’s what they got: Chief executive officer Mary Junck … Read More
Midway through the third page of the state's attorney report on the Sandy Hook shootings, released last week, the authors ask a big question: "Why did the shooter murder twenty-seven people, including children?" Despite the quest for...Show More Summary
The Chicago Sun-Times has agreed to hired back four fired photographers and pay $2,000 to each of the photographers who were let go earlier in the year. They get the lump-sum payment only if they agree not to sue the company over their dismissals. The four rehired photographers can be assigned to any of the … Read More
Longtime Chicago Reader media critic Michael Miner has liver disease and needs a liver transplant. “The doctors have made it clear to us that he will need a Living Donor because his name will never come up on the National Liver Donor list in time,” his wife writes. “All the Donor’s expenses for the operation … Read More
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/03/spotify-analytics-musicians-streaming-music-artists-earn After an increasing backlash from some high-profile musicians, Spotify is going on the offensive by sharing some information on how it generates money for the music industry. Show More Summary
In late November, Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications bought the Riverside Press-Enterprise from A.H. Belo. The new owner on Monday dismissed P-E editor Nels Jensen, who tells his Facebook friends that “I understand his decision” and “I am oddly at peace with this.” Mike Coronado, an Orange County Register editor and former P-E reporter, replaces Jensen. … Read More
The Charleston Gazette posted this note on Facebook after I asked the executive editor and photographer about the missing TV station logo in a front page photo: A Gazette photographer went outside the boundaries of our standards when he obscured the name of a television station on a microphone in today’s front-page photo. Other than … Read More
Gawker Media employees got this memo from the boss this morning: From: Nick Denton Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Subject: November’s race To: All Staff The bad news… We got overtaken by Buzzfeed in November. They surged to 133m global uniques. Damn. That’s impressive. And Upworthy — even smarmier than Buzzfeed — is nipping at … Read More