Media News / Commentary
- Posted Mar 05, 2014
- The Skinny on Newsweek’s Print Revival
Little more than a year after its print demise, Newsweek is poised for a comeback. The newsweekly will return to newsstands on Friday, 14 months after moving to a digital-only format under former owner Barry Diller. There are many questions surrounding the magazine’s return, at a time when the trend in magazines is less print, not more. Perhaps the biggest is why Newsweek’s new owner, IBT Media, even wants to go back into print. After all, IBT is a digital publishing company best known as the parent of International Business Times, an online business publication.
- Posted Feb 20, 2014
- Women Still Underrepresented in U.S. Media
American media is nowhere near achieving gender parity when it comes to who gets hired. According to the Women’s Media Center’s 2014 Status of Women in US Media Report, released on Wednesday, sports journalism remains one of the biggest offenders, as a white, male-dominated field, though the bigger picture isn’t much brighter, with the percentage of women of color dropping in newspaper and magazine newsrooms overall.
- Posted Feb 18, 2014
- Bill Maher: MSNBC 'Turning Into Fox News'
Bill Maher believes the Chris Christie-obsessed MSNBC is turning into Fox News, and he's ready for a break-up. "Look at yourself. You're turning into Fox News," the HBO late-night host wrote on his blog Friday. "Bridgegate has become your Benghazi, and this isn't easy to say, but you and I are no longer on the same news cycle. Sure, you read me the results of a recent Gallup poll, but you never really ask me how I'm feeling. It's not you, it's... Chris Christie."
- Posted Feb 10, 2014
- Bill Keller to Leave the New York Times
Bill Keller, the columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, announced on Sunday that he is leaving the Times to pursue a new project.Keller, who led the paper from 2003 to 2011, will become editor-in-chief of a non-profit journalism venture called " The Marshall Project," which will focus on the American criminal justice system. New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, and New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy did not respond to requests for comment prior to Sunday's announcement.
- Posted Feb 06, 2014
- Gannett’s Print-Focused Paywalls Flounder
Gannett’s fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable. Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter from last year (excluding 2012’s extra week), with advertising dropping 5.9 percent and circulation falling 1.6 percent. The last figure is key. As Rick Edmonds writes, “Gannett earnings report hints at a coming problem with paywalls.” Indeed it does, though it’s not an unforeseen problem. The issue is one that will particularly affect newspapers like Gannett’s that have leaned on large print price increases as part of their paywall strategies. For lower-quality publishers like Gannett, which has squeezed profits out of its newspapers for decades, the paywall money has been in print, not digital.
- Posted Feb 05, 2014
- Sochi Journalists Tweeting Their Gross Hotel Experiences
Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics, reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.
Militant propaganda, death threats, and violent military action are among the daily realities some journalists face in Pakistan, which ranks among the world’s most dangerous countries for working reporters.
After a long trend of declining viewership, audience for local TV newscasts grew in all three key time slots in 2013. Morning news viewership rose 6%, early evening newscasts enjoyed a 3% increase and late night news audiences were virtually flat.
While it’s yet to be seen whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s widely-covered apology will succeed in controlling damage from the George Washington Bridge scandal, the initial verdict from Twitter is in.
In a month dominated by two huge stories -- Obamacare and the typhoon in the Philippines -- America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised different news judgments.
In the stepped-up competition for readers, digital news sites are increasingly blurring the line between fact and fiction.
On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.