The backgrounder blight: A Washington Post reporter offers an interview “on background.” The Post’s media critic calls that transparency. Are they nuts?
Ethics puzzler; you decide: Three California universities paid the Orange County Register $275.000 for a year’s worth of weekly sections featuring campus life. A smart way to raise revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics? From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.
Seeking the under 35 reader: A Reuters Institute report finds young people prefer social media and news aggregators over traditional broadcast or print media.
They use news to fulfill social and personal needs. They don’t seek news; it comes to them.
Non-daily dailies: We are on the brink of seeing major cutbacks in newspaper daily delivery and daily printing, writes Ken Doctor.
“The big question now on many corporate tables is whether the right number of days to kill is five or six,” he writes.
Keeping ticked-off subscribers: There are ways to keep angry newspaper subscribers, writes Laura Hazard Owen.
Try renewal discounts, extending or upgrading existing subscriptions and reminding customers of the “full” subscription price.
Bad year for journalism job cuts: The news business lost 3,000 jobs in the first five months of this year, writes Gerry Smith, worst since 2009.
“While tech giants are often blamed for the news industry’s financial troubles,” writes Smith, “they have also become a destination for journalists who want to leave the field.”
A scary state in newspaper journalism: Potential buyers pass on the fading Youngstown Vindicator, “and that’s scary as hell,” writes Joshua Benton.
The energy in the newspaper business for the past half-decade-plus has been toward consolidation, he writes. Lack of interest in the 150-year-old Vindicator might indicate consolidators decided that “financially there’s nothing of value left to consolidate.”
Use of graphic photos explained: iMediaEthics writer Sydney Smith tells why the Associated Press, The New York Times and USA Today published photos of a dead man and his daughter drowned in the Rio Grande.
Deemed a moment in time showing the danger and desperation of immigrants from Central America.
Fixing contrived news: A Pew Research poll finds Americans think made-up news is a bigger problem than terrorism, violent crime and climate change.
They blame political leaders and activists for misleading news, but expect journalists to fix the problem.
A perfect news product: Ron LaForme calls morning newsletters something all publications should consider.
One sent by The Buffalo News “combined packaging of news, politics, food, sports and other tidbits” painting a lively portrait of the Western New York region.