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Race isn’t a specialized beat

Voting rights. Policing. Domestic violence. Immigration. LeBron. Solange. What do all of these things have in common? They were all among the top stories of 2014, and they all involved race. African Americans aren’t the only ones reading these stories, and, increasingly black journalists aren’t the only ones covering as them. Which brings me to...

Jeweler mentions his arrest in newspaper ad

The jeweler bought a full-page ad in the News-Topic a week later: I called Garon Mabe and asked about the ad. “I just did it to poke fun of myself,” he said. (He didn’t clear it with his lawyer.) By the way, that’s not Mabe in the Santa mug shot; it’s an image his employee … Read More

From walls to canals

Competition is the merciless propelling force of this new era of journalism — and in the year ahead that will only intensify. It’s a beautiful thing, though of course not everyone will win. To spot future winners and losers, watch the following issues: The “Chinese wall” cannot be the only concept governing relations between newsrooms...

The public-records fight behind the battle over James Brown's will

On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times featured an article about the “downbeat legacy” of James Brown. It's a story about legal wrangling over the legendary soul singer’s will, and how a series of complicated disputes “prompted the South Carolina government to seize control of Mr. Brown’s estate, jettison his instructions and redirect half of his assets.”...

The rise of the personal-public beef

It’s no secret: There’s a common and widespread problem in media — the profusion of white, mostly male, voices. But take a quick survey of the web in 2014 and a very clear interest in conversations around race, gender, and sexuality and in feminist perspectives becomes evident. This year, websites like Vox, The New York...

Reducing the cognitive burden of news

The most robust conversations about the future of journalism will be led by thoughtful marketing professionals. And the best of their efforts will yield valuable results because they understand the news product and the audience not as two separate entities but as parts of a symbiotic pro-social relationship. Here’s why that matters. From an October...

Investment club says stories about high school senior making $72 million are wrong

After performing due diligence and talking with Mohammed Islam himself, we have determined that these claims are false and simply been blown up by the media in the interests of sensationalism The high school senior was on the investment club’s team page before this brouhaha — “Mohammed’s goal is to pave a path in the … Read More

The Oxford English Dictionary adds words

Four times a year, the venerable Oxford English Dictionary releases a list of words it has added, revised, or otherwise updated. Given that the OED contains nearly 300,000 entries, releasing a new edition that thoroughly updates is a monumental task. (The latest fully updated edition was only the second, and was released in 1989.) So, in this online world, the...

Can wine tastings and movie tickets really help newspapers keep subscribers?

The San Francisco Chronicle wants you back — if you’re a subscriber, that is. The Chronicle, a Hearst paper, launched a membership program a few months ago aimed at retaining subscribers and reducing churn. The program is free to both digital and print subscribers. All interested parties have to do is go to the Chronicle’s...

NYT drops honorific at request of source

The above passage appeared in Rob Lieber’s December 13 “Your Money” column. He tells Romenesko readers: “Our basic approach is that as far as possible, we want to respect people’s preferences in how we refer to them. So that’s what we did here. We had taken the last-name-only approach at least once before, most recently … Read More

#FergusonNext asks readers: What now?

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- Late last month, a few days before the news broke that there would be no indictment in the Michael Brown case, Matt Sullivan reached out to Tony Messenger. Sullivan is the editorial page editor for The Guardian's US bureau; Messenger is his counterpart at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In August, after Brown’s shooting death at the...

Geeks Bearing Gifts: News ecosystems

Here’s chapter 4 of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News about news ecosystems and the New Jersey model, posted to Medium for free. A snippet: This notion of an ecosystem can be confusing as we leave an era dominated by monolithic media?—?large, vertically integrated companies with tangible products, obvious control over scarce resources, […]

Morning Report for December 15, 2014

New York Times’ The Upshot “has established itself as an irresistible read and a significant source of traffic,” writes Gabriel Sherman. (nymag.com) Yes, millennials read the New York Times – and other traditional media. (digiday.com) News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson calls BuzzFeed “a really strange place.” (qz.com) Last night’s “The Newsroom” … Read More

[SPONSORED POST] Enter now for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting

Sponsored Post Enter now for the $5,000 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting ­­The Toner Prize goes to the best national or local political reporting on any platform. Entries must be fact­ based reporting, not commentary, published, posted or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. The Toner Prize honors Robin Toner, … Read More

The New Republic: A public trust or a business?

On Thursday, December 4, Frank Foer resigned as editor of The New Republic, having learned from a gossip site that the magazine’s owner, former Facebook executive Chris Hughes, had already hired someone to replace him. Leon Wieseltier,...Show More Summary

Content creators are users too

We’ve seen a lot of innovation over the past few years in how content is presented: Circa leveraging mobile to deliver evolving topics, Vox card stacks bringing context to news, and sites continuing to raise the bar for visual storytelling. It’s an exciting time, and there’s plenty more to come as companies continue to bring...

Newsroom diversity: Don’t talk about it, be about it

Almost every night of the week of November 23, I stayed up late, my eyes puffy from sleep deprivation, my fingers darting up and down my iPhone, and my ears half-tuned to fuzzy livestreams on my laptop. It was announced on November 24 that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown...

The year of the reader

You’re under pressure to grow audience, to get your newsrooms to “think more digitally,” to dazzle with innovation and to, surely and not lastly, break news and produce the best journalism your organization has ever seen. In digital news, we’ve all spent our share of time chasing the shiny new thing — that’s part of...

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