The newsrooms of most publishers are ill-prepared to address issues like misinformation and declining trust among readers, according to a new report
from the American Press Institute. “Drawing upon a survey of 59 U.S. newsrooms ranging from single to quadruple-digit staffs, the report found that most publications are still using social media -- mainly Facebook and Twitter -- simply to distribute links to their own content,” Poynter writes.
Despite another decline in print ad sales, The New York Times beat third-quarter earnings estimates, this week. Better yet, the publisher “more than doubled last year’s comparable per-shareholder profit,” The Wrap points out. During the quarter, Times Co. racked up $385.6 million in revenue. “Overall, subscription revenues increased 13.6 percent.”
The News Integrity Initiative (NII) at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.funded by Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, has awarded $1.8 million in grants to 10 projects addressing the "roots of mistrust in news," and providing solutions that will help build confidence and support for "quality journalism through grants, applied research, events, and training."
USA Today is rolling out an ad-free subscription option for in-app mobile readers. For $2.99 a month, “The new premium offering is an opportunity to provide more choices for our audience to engage with our content,” according to the publisher.
As evidenced by its immersive coverage of Hurricane Irma, The Washington Post’s video investments are paying off in a big way, Poynter reports. “Many thousands of well-reported written words were amply complemented by evocative moving and still images,” it writes. This year, the Amazon-owned publisher has already seen its video team swell from 40 to 60 staffers.
Nieman Lab checks out Girls Night In, a digital publication with more than 12,000 newsletter subscribers. "Girls’ Night In … wants to do more to help women find new girlfriends,” it writes. Of course, “It may seem somewhat paradoxical that an email newsletter wants to help its readers get offline, but -- well, that’s the way things are now.
Hearst is backing an “incubator” focused on early-stage investments in women-led startups, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The closely held company has launched HearstLab, which over the past year has invested about $5 million in 11 companies involved in media, information, or services,” it reports. “The incubator has provided free space inside Manhattan’s Hearst Tower, plus access to Hearst executives in such core areas as legal, human resources and public relations.”
Even better than a “Trump bump,” The New Yorker’s Web site enjoyed a massive traffic boost after posting an eye-popping interview with the White House’s new communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, according to Variety. Since the story posted on July 27, it has viewed by more than 4.4 million unique visitors. “In addition, the New Yorker saw a whopping 92% increase in subscription orders over the daily July average from the Scaramucci piece.”
In the Trump era, the grass is almost certainly greener in Canada. Many people enjoyed seeing Justin Trudeau, the sock-loving Canadian prime minister, on the Rolling Stone cover. Yes, there is lots to like about the youthful leader, but on Twitter, even his fans were a bit put off by the admiration.
One of the genre’s best magazines can now be found online for free. Archive.org
is now home to a collection of issues of Galaxy Science Fiction,
which published some of the genre’s best works, including Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. The collection contains 355 separate issues, ranging from 1950 through 1976. At its height, the magazine changed the direction of science fiction.