From the Editors Weblog
Recent reports that News Corp is considering launching a news app appealing to young people, on the back of the success of The New York Times' NYT NOW, highlight the bid by news publishers globally to engage 'millennials'. "There’s something different in a mobile setting and there is a different tone for younger people now" Circa's David Cohn told the World Editors Forum.
"Sapa is little more than a shell". Prominent South African journalism professor Anton Harber has issued a scathing critique about investment group Sekunjalo's bid for ailing South African national news agency, Sapa."It is hard to see how a national agency can be owned by one newspaper company, especially since Sekunjalo has shown little respect for editorial freedom or independence." Harber told the World Editors Forum.
“As an editor, journalism is only 20 percent of your job,” Jonathan Halls, adjunct professor at George Washington University, has said. So, what does it take to lead a newsroom today? In this tenth installment from our Trends in Newsrooms blog series, we look at how some top editors around the world leading their newsrooms through these challenging times.
"There's quite a lot of fear in data": the Financial Times' Tom Betts on the need for trust, transparency and respect in the business of data analytics
"There’s quite a lot of fear in data. There’s fear from the newsrooms that it’s used as a management tool, and then there’s fear from customers about how their information’s being used," observes Tom Betts, VP of Customer Analytics and Research, at Pearson Professional, which includes the Financial Times. Betts also says FT subscribers "...are pretty terrified of algorithms taking over, and dictating what they read."
The Financial Times stands out as a global case study in changing news media consumption, as the UK market joins the US in crossing the mobile-desktop threshhold. Around sixty percent of the FT's online subscriber readership now comes via a mobile device, and it is being driven by increases in digital consumption at weekends, and outside core working hours.
The journalists' collective seeking to buy a group of French daily newspapers expects to reach its initial crowdfunding goal by the end of the week.
But one of the journalists behind the Nice Matin campaign has told the World Editors Forum that they will continue their fundraising efforts beyond that goal.
Press guidelines for appropriate coverage of suicide stories have been in place for a long time, but are they actually being followed?
Strong journalism roots and extensive design expertise are the key to the success of Mario García, the renowned designer with 40 years of experience and more than 700 projects in 120 countries. García Media, his media consulting firm, receives continuous requests from around the world to advise news publishers on how to write, edit and design across print and digital platforms.
The reporting of the US journalist's beheading highlights the ethical disparities between the reporting of professional media organisations, popular tabloids and citizen journalists.
The threat of arrest for journalists covering civil unrest in the US town of Ferguson continues after Getty photographer Scott Olson was taken into custody overnight. According to The Guardian, Olson is believed to have turned down an instruction by police to leave the area. He was back at the scene two hours later, however, according to Poynter.
“Stories like the NSA Files are exceptional, and this is why they matter. They are stretches. They are creative bursts in a sea of sameness. They are proof of life. They offer hope for the future – and also a hint at what the next generation of digital news products could look like …” Andrew Nachison
Can mega-stories generate mega interest? Or are they really just “the editor’s prerogative”, as one critic claims? In the eighth installment of Trends in the Newsroom, Krysten Dawes reports on what makes a good mega-story, why they are relevant, and the potential that they hold.