From the Editors Weblog
Today marks the centenary of the official outbreak of war. And the world's news publishers are telling the historic stories of The Great War, along with its legacies, through cutting edge multimedia journalism focsued on audience engagement.
Allowing online comments on news-sites is important for promoting community discourse, but rude commenters can leave editors cold, a new report from the Associated Press Media Editors reveals.
Leading analysts have been trying to make sense of the New York Times’ drop in revenue in the second quarter, announced this week, and whether it marks more than a psychological setback for the newspaper industry.
The high profile and unexpected departure of two of the world’s top women editors – Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of The New York Times, and Natalie Nougayrede, Editor-in-Chief of France’s Le Monde - within 24 hours earlier this year has sharpened the focus on the success and failures of gender equity management in newsrooms worldwide. Julie Posetti reports on the 6th trend in our Trends in Newsrooms series: the rise (and fall) of women editors.
Debate continues over the lowering of publication standards within mainstream media newsrooms, as coverage of the MH17 catastrophe and the war in Gaza are illustrated by shockingly graphic images. Is the creeping influence of social media partly to blame for the shift? And what are the potential impacts? World Editors Forum and WAN-IFRA Research Fellow Julie Posetti considers the issues.
“I do not think journalists take their basic mobile and data security seriously enough," Director of the International News Safety Institute, Hannah Storm, told the World Editors Forum: “It seems to be over the last six months there has been a greater number or almost a greater excuse for people to say 'Let's target the journalist,'” she said. So, how can journalists better protect themselves from cyber attack? Lucy Dean and Krysten Dawes report.
Artear's multiplatform projects, social TV and the “new reality” for the Latin American media industry
Marcos Foglia is Argentina's digital whizz-kid at Artear, Clarín's TV enterprise, and he has news for the media industry: “Traditional companies have to give power to the digital arena.” If they don’t do so now, he warns, it will be very difficult later.
“You barely think of video as a separate thing anymore, it’s just a way of telling a story,” incoming Editor-in-Chief of TheGuardian.com, Janine Gibson told the World Editors Forum. Douglas Grant reports on the rise of online video news and the challenges of making it profitable in this sixth instalment in our Trends in Newsrooms series.
Russian media tycoons Alexander and Yevgeny Lebedev have invested £100 million into the London Evening Standard and Independent titles, while launching the fledgling hyper-local TV station, London Live. And the investment is paying off, according to financial reports released late last month, with the shift to a 'free and cheap' business model, in combination with sharp cost-cutting, causing losses to be slashed.
“The new blood [in our newsroom] is coming from the J-schools in the US. We almost exclusively hire J-school graduates.” That was the encouraging message for journalism students from Editor in Chief of USA Today, David Callaway, during a World Editors Forum panel on newsroom innovation in Turin last month.
Who is your audience? Is your content actually reaching your audiences? How are they engaging with your content? And what impact is your journalism really having? These are the questions individual journalists are now being encouraged to respond to as newsrooms realise that stories no longer end when the author hits "publish."
Amid growing calls for US and UK regulators to launch formal investigations into Facebook's disturbing mood manipulation research, leading US media scholar Jay Rosen has a reminder for journalists, editors and personal social media users alike: "Facebook has all the power. You have almost none."
The rapid spread of online misinformation was voted one of the top 10 trends facing the world in 2014 by members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In this third installment in the World Editors Forum blog series on the 2014 Trends in Newsrooms report, Julie Posetti and Craig Silverman report on social media verification trends.