As an Industry Rots, Michael Wolff Laughs His Way to the Bank

A lot of journalists don't like Michael Wolff. The Vanity Fair and Hollywood Reporter columnist currently holds the top position in all the best-seller lists for his sensational new book, "Fire And Fury: Inside the Trump White House." ...
Source: Michael J. Socolow, CJR
Posted: Jan 12, 2018

Facebook Drastically Changes News Feed to Make It “Good for People” (and Bad for Most Publishers)

The company will now prioritize content from friends, family, and groups over “public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post Thursday night. ...
Source: LAURA HAZARD OWEN, NiemanLab
Posted: Jan 12, 2018

Why Twitter Polls Should Have a Warning Label

Twitter polls are not scientific; they are not systematically conducted and therefore cannot represent public opinion. Yet surprisingly, many individuals treat Twitter polls as valid representation of public opinion. ...
Source: Ozan Kuru, MediaShift
Posted: Jan 10, 2018

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This Is the Data Snapchat Doesn’t Want You to See

Snapchat keeps its partners, investors, and even employees in the dark about how core features are performing. Now, some of those figures are finally being dragged into the light. ...
Posted: Jan 09, 2018

One Year In, Facebook Journalism Project Gets Mixed Reviews From Publishers

Critics say the initiative hasn’t delivered in meaningful ways and is a public relations exercise aimed at placating publisher critics more than anything. ...
Source: Lucia Moses, Digiday
Posted: Jan 08, 2018

Suicide By News Subjects Shouldn’t Be Pinned on Media, Experts Say

The recent suicide of Dan Johnson (pictured above), a former Kentucky state lawmaker, has thrust this issue back into the spotlight. Experts say it's impossible for journalists to predict the consequences of their work. ...
Source: Andrew Wolfson, CJR
Posted: Jan 05, 2018

Why the New York Times Is In the Hot Seat So Often

Margaret Sullivan notes: "When the Times exerts its muscle, it can change the course of history. And when it errs — in fact or in judgment — the consequences can be monumental. And err it does." ...
Source: The Washington Post
Posted: Jan 03, 2018

Study Finds Fake News is a Small Part of What We Read

A recent analysis in the month around the election found that though fake news had a broad reach, even people with the largest fake-news appetite consumed much more real news overall. ...
Source: Alayna Treene, Axios
Posted: Jan 03, 2018

Reporters, Once Set Against Paywalls, Have Warmed to Them

A decade ago, the idea of restricting access to your journalism was anathema to newsrooms, then trained by the ad model to maximize traffic. Since then, the adoption of paywalls has accelerated. ...
Source: Lucia Moses, Digiday
Posted: Jan 02, 2018

Twitter Starts Enforcing New Policies on Violence, Abuse, and Hateful Conduct

The new rules will apply to accounts including those that affiliate themselves with organizations that “use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.” ...
Source: Thuy Ong, TheVerge
Posted: Dec 19, 2017

Publishers Can No Longer Rely on Trump to Drive Subscriptions

After the president repeatedly referred to reporters as enemies of the American people, publishers found sympathetic readers willing to fork over their cash to support journalism. But 2018 may be a little different. ...
Source: Ross Benes, Digiday
Posted: Dec 14, 2017

Podcasting Is the New Personal Essay

The personal essay isn’t dead. It’s just found new life. Earlier this year, The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino took a critical look at the once-popular personal essay in a widely read piece, “The Personal Essay Boom is ...
Source: Meg Dalton, CJR
Posted: Dec 14, 2017