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March 15, 2011

Google, Facebook are future of news delivery

Move over CNN, ABC and New York Times, Google and Facebook could be calling more of the shots in news delivery if a new study is any indication. The fundamental challenge to journalism may be that it is no longer in charge of its own destiny in a digital world that has introduced a new layer of complexity and new players on whom traditional media have become dependent. That is according to a copy of an overview for the annual Project for Excellence In Journalism State of the News Media Report,... MORE
March 15, 2011

Network, cable news in US see audience declines in 2010

The audience for network evening newscasts continued their 30-year decline in 2010, and cable news, while it has become the fourth most popular platform for news, shows signs of having peaked. That is according to a copy of the annual Project for Excellence In Journalism State of the News Media Report, which was released Monday morning. The audience for most network news programs continued to slide, mostly by single digits, but revenues at all three news divisions grew by about 6% thanks to the... MORE
March 9, 2011

Gannett considers charging for online news content

Gannett Co, the owner of 82 US newspapers including USA Today , is considering charging for its online content, Chief Executive Officer Craig Dubow said, according to a Bloomberg News report. The company, which also owns television stations, is trying a paid-content model at three newspaper websites, and is likely to experiment more before making a decision about the broad use of paywalls, Dubow said in a telephone interview today. “We’re going to see more of this until we can get exact a model... MORE
March 8, 2011

Public broadcacst stations in US putting in millions into investigative reporting

NPR, PBS and local public broadcast stations in the United States are hiring more journalists and pumping millions of dollars into investigative news to make up for what they see as a lack of deep-digging coverage by their for-profit counterparts, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. Public radio and TV stations have seen the need for reporting that holds government and business accountable increase as newspapers and TV networks cut their staffs and cable television stations have filled... MORE
March 6, 2011

US ambassador to Kosovo makes "unacceptable attack" on journalists

US ambassador to Kosovo Christopher Dell has written an open letter to the country's Independent Media Commission criticising Express , Koha Ditore and Koha Vision TV for using blown-up photos of text messages on a smartphone screen to show that he provided the country's new president with last-minute advice in parliament before a vote that secured him the presidency. It was clear from the photos that Dell was advising President Behgjet Pacolli's aide, Esat Puskar, on how to proceed during a 45... MORE
March 6, 2011

New York Times Co, Hearst, Tribune and Gannett form private online ad exchange

The largest US newspaper and local TV companies have created a new system to sell online advertising in a private exchange, part of a growing shift by publishers to take control over the digital ad-buying process in an attempt to raise ad rates, says an Adage report. Excerpts: [ Link ] The New York Times Co, Hearst, Tribune and Gannett will start selling the bulk of ad inventory for its newspapers and local TV stations in a closed system to be administered through the consortium's joint venture... MORE
February 27, 2011

Islam overtakes Catholic Church for first time in US media coverage

Events and controversies related to Islam dominated US press coverage of religion in 2010, bumping the Catholic Church from the top spot, according to a new study by the Pew Research Centre’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Much of the coverage focused on the plan to build a mosque and Islamic centre near ground zero in New York City, a Florida pastor’s threat to organise a public burning of the Koran and commemorations of the anniversary of... MORE
February 20, 2011

New study shows that traffic to local news sites is not so local

Unique visitors to local news websites are less unique and less local than one would assume. A new study from research and consulting firm Borrell Associates challenges many of core ways that online audiences are characterized and counted by local news outlets. On average, a third of the visitors to a local news site live outside the market, and a quarter of the visitors are “fly-bys.” The Borrell report counts three basic types of website visitors: “core loyalists,” people who visit 18-20... MORE
February 15, 2011

Washington Post announces personalized news aggregation site

The Washington Post announced Friday it will launch Trove, a site that aggregates news and enables users to personalize their news stream based on their interests. The site, which is currently in private beta, is expected to launch in March, according to The details: [ Link ] The announcement highlights a trend among news publishers looking to personalize news consumption based on social connections and topical interests. Trove combines aggregated stories picked by editors, along... MORE
February 12, 2011

VOA launches “blog network”

The Voice of America (VOA) has launched a new “blog network”. All of VOA’s English language blogs are now conveniently listed on one webpage, including Digital Frontiers, a dynamic online discussion of privacy, identity and freedom in the digital age. In addition to a single page that brings together links to all of VOA’s blog sites, visitors can see what others are saying about key issues, and what topics are generating the most interest. They can also interact with VOA journalists, see what... MORE