Catherine O'Connor

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How Mother Jones makes serious journalism in the age of cat videos: It asks readers for money

Editor in Chief Clara Jeffery says the dead-simple solution is the right one for the media’s economic woes.<p>Like a lot of news outlets, Mother Jones puts all of its content on the internet for free. But unlike many of her peers, Editor in Chief Clara Jeffery has no qualms about asking people to pay …

Media Industry

How live video is evolving, in 4 charts

The explosion of live video means anyone can become a broadcaster, which often results in varying degrees of quality. While still nascent, …

Social Media

Citizen journalism is broken and this startup has a plan to fix it

For billions of people around the world, having their voice heard on the global stage is hard. But that's starting to change. "We want to lower the …

Why mobile will dominate news media by 2020

Glen Mulcahy, head of innovation, RTÉ Tech, explains how advances in technology will change both the way journalists work and audiences consume …

News Media Alliance targets Facebook and Google in fight against fake news

Alliance of 2,000 organizations says the two companies’ dominance in online advertising and traffic has created an unsustainable future for journalism<p>News outlets are seeking permission from the US Congress for the right to negotiate jointly with Google and Facebook, two companies that dominate …

Social Media

Google is funding a new software project that will automate writing local news

Journalists, beware!<p>Google is awarding the Press Association, a large British news agency, $805,000 to build software to automate the writing of 30,000 local stories a month.<p>The money comes from a fund from Google, the Digital News Initiative, that the search giant started with a commitment to …

Journalism

Facebook launches drive in UK to tackle online extremist material

Firm’s Online Civil Courage Initiative, already launched in Germany and France, aims to help charities and NGOs identify and eliminate hate speach<p>Facebook is to step up its attempts to tackle extremist material on the internet by educating charities and other non-government organisations about how …

NGOs

As audience development grows, publishers question who should own it - Digiday

Audience development has become core to how publishers scale and make money. But now the question facing publishers is how to ensure it serves all …

Advertising Industry

This election proves that media bias no longer matters

Explicit warnings of doom from the Mail and Murdoch titles have fallen on deaf ears. It’s time to reexamine the illusion of the power of the press<p>Be clear about another great election loser. “Let’s reignite British spirit,” implored the <i>Mail</i> as it wound up its own bitter campaign with a 13-page …

How AI is winning the war against fake news

In 2014, the term “fake news” hadn’t yet become part of the American lexicon and the 2016 U.S. presidential race was only beginning to make headlines. But in California, a man named Jestin Coler was hard at work creating one of the most divisive media trends in modern history.<p>Dubbed the godfather …

The Guardian and The New York Times bet on reader support. Looks like it's paying off.

Despite news of incessant layoffs, cost-cutting and retrenchment, there are occasional bright spots in the media business.<p>Two of those rare moments …

Journalism

This free tool will help make your stories more visual (and shareable)

Journalists are expected to juggle several different skills nowadays. This week's tool, as my colleague Ren LaForme explains, offers an easy and free …

Despite doing more with less, journalists at small newspapers are mostly optimistic, new survey finds

Local journalism has been hit hard in the last decade. That hasn't stopped. But in a survey of more than 400 journalists at newspapers with a …

Journalism

Like turkeys voting for Christmas: the rise of user generated content and the fall of local newspapers

Last month, a local media group offered a cash incentive for whichever of its newspapers could demonstrate it had published the most “user-generated …

A focus on digital habits could help news publishers fight Facebook

<b>Clay Johnson’s 2013 book</b><i>, The Information Diet,</i> lamented the state of people’s news and media habits in the digital age. In it, he compared online …

Columbia Journalism School

Infographic: How ‘Fake News’ and Bogus Content Are Changing the Way Consumers Look at Brands

During the 2016 election, the term “fake news” became an important part of the national discourse—and, in the process, helped increase the public’s …

Fake News

Defining fake news will help us expose it | Paul Chadwick

Fighting fake news is a necessary and urgent task, and we can start by differentiating it from flawed journalism<p>How to define fake news? Before I offer a draft definition and seek readers’ feedback, here is why the task feels urgent.<p>Partly by deploying the term fake news, the serving US president …

What It Will Take to Protect Journalism Sources in the Digital Age

<i>Investigative journalism based on confidential sources is under increasing threat in the 21st Century due to the corrosive impacts of surveillance,</i> …

New tool INJECT aims to help journalists find inspiration for stories and be more productive

Launching today, INJECT allows reporters to uncover new angles, key figures and sources for their stories by searching through their organisation's …

What causes fake news, and what are its solutions? Journalists from NPR, CNN and the founder of PolitiFact weigh in

When NPR's David Folkenflik was growing up in the Southern California town of Laguna Beach, he would occasionally visit an enormous newsstand where …

Journalism

Tool for journalists: FotoForensics, for verifying images

How to check if a photo shared on social media has been digitally altered<p>What is it: A tool that analyses digital images, showing the areas where …

Paying for news: Why people subscribe and what it says about the future of journalism

<i>This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project — an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for</i> …

Marketing

Theresa May ‘shut local news reporters in a room’ so they couldn’t film her

<b>Local news reporters claimed they were ‘shut in a room’ so they couldn’t film the prime minister as she visited a factory.</b><p>They were allotted three …

China Has Tightened Its Grip on Online News With Sweeping New Controls

The Chinese government has tightened its grip over news distributed online and on social media, overhauling its Internet regulations for the first …

How Teen Vogue is maintaining its ‘woke’ momentum in the Trump era

<i>To celebrate Glossy’s one-year anniversary, we’re spending a week profiling the standout change-makers who inspired us in our first year. These</i> …

Advertising Industry

While other digital publishers flail this Norwegian publication is adding subscribers like crazy

One of the problems that we face in a new millennium is how to support good journalism. While trying to work out the kinks of digital subscriptions, most online news outlets have had to rely solely on ad revenue.<p>The problem is that it doesn’t fill the gap left by subscribers and can lead to …

Stop killing your social stories with bad headlines and images

<b>If you were breathing</b> and near a computer or TV earlier this month, you couldn’t escape the story about a passenger violently dragged from an …

Social Media

Why journalists and whistleblowers need to understand infosecurity - Read all about IT!

<i>An online training initiative promises to make information security accessible and understandable to journalists, confidential sources and</i> …

Why press freedom is under the cosh in the UK | Jane Martinson

Thanks to draconian surveillance laws Britain has slipped to 40th in the press freedom rankings. And this election does not promise any improvement

News leaders struggle with fake news and filter bubbles while subscriptions rise

<b>News leaders and Silicon Valley executives</b> at a “Subscriber Summit” put on by The Information discussed an array of stubborn challenges against a …

Journalism