Nearly five years after its launch, Fox Business Network finally has some ratings news to celebrate.
For the first time ever, FBN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" beat rival "The Kudlow Report" on CNBC among total viewers....
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In the wake of the revelations that Jonah Lehrer is a serial self-plagiarist, Josh Levin declares that if you’re an “ideas man”, you shouldn’t be a blogger...
Lehrer shouldn’t shut down Frontal Cortex; he should simply change it to become a real blog. And if he does that, he’s likely to find that blogs in fact are wonderful tools for generating ideas, rather than being places where your precious store of ideas gets used up in record-quick time....
But there’s an easy way out of this problem: break the formula, which isn’t very bloggish in the first place. For one thing, Lehrer’s posts seem designed to make you not want to click on his links — he’s not sharing his excitement at finding something new, so much as delivering a seminar on ideas he’s had for some time, and which he feels confident expounding upon.
So here, then, are some ideas for how Lehrer’s blog might become much better....
[Great advice for blogging journalists and any blogger - JD]
A Wired spokesman says the magazine is reviewing the 300 posts that Jonah Lehrer wrote while at Wired to see if they have recycled or lifted material. “We’re going to work with him to identify which stories are affected,” says Jonathan Hammond. Lehrer moved his Frontal Cortex blog to The New Yorker earlier this month.
Eric Maza reports on WWD.com that Lehrer’s agent “was undisturbed by the news” that the writer recycled his material. “Self-plagiarization is … I don’t even know what it is,” agent Gordon Mazur said. “Where does that fall in the level of crimes?...
[Self-plagiarism is a fascinating issue as Jim Romanesko reports. Read both versions of Lehrer's wine post for Wired and The New Yorker and see what you think - JD ]
We at Gawker have warned you previously that the New York Times Style section exists solely to introduce you to society's biggest shitheads, and yesterday's profile of the Brant Brothers is no exception.
At this point, it feels as if the Times is going out of its way to troll us all. No one at that paper could possibly think these two teenagers—who have yet to contribute anything meaningful to society—are inherently interesting. A much more reasonable explanation is that someone at the Times Style section sits down every week and is like, "Oh hey, how can we piss off everyone this week? I KNOW! Let's profile a pair of privileged dipshits!" Look at this fucking article...
[Probably one of Gawker's best rants in a long time. Like totally awesome ;-) JD]
'Digital First' editorial model changes the game...
...The flow on effects from today’s announcement are yet to be seen and will continue to be debated over the coming days.
...We are seeing, as Jack Shafer and others have pointed out, a death spiral in which newspapers react to their loss of readers by cutting back on their news-gathering resources and raising prices, thus making themselves even less attractive to readers. Yes, Warren Buffett has recently bucked the trend with his purchase of the Media General chain. But I doubt he's reversed it. And I'm not sure it ever could have been reversed. Dealing with disruptive innovation is difficult at any time, in any industry. But the business models of metropolitan daily newspapers in the U.S. pretty much set them up for failure once the Internet arrived. And even if they'd succeeded, their news operations would be endangered anyway....
...Writing in Advertising Age, B.L. Ochman lists 10 reasons why Twitter is a better branding vehicle than Facebook. Several points she makes are useful for journalists to consider as well.
Overhyped gaffe coverage is a sign that editors should shift resources to other stories...
Since Friday, the national political conversation has been dominated by a debate over the importance of President Obama’s statement, at a White House press conference, that “The private sector is doing fine.”
Unfortunately, most of the media discussion has focused on strategy rather than policy....
These claims are representative of the way journalists routinely promote the importance of these sorts of pseudo-controversies, even though there is little convincing evidence that gaffes affect presidential election outcomes. The problem is particularly acute during the summer doldrums between the end of the primary campaigns and the party conventions. As we’ve seen, a bored press corps with space to fill can easily lose perspective....
[Really interesting read with possible PR, crisis implications when you think about it - JD]
The distinctive three-dimensional globe is giving way to a new three-edition iPad app strategy for ABC News.
The new version, going live as this is published, relies not on ideas about what iPad users might want — as was the case when it first launched in July 2010 — but on nearly two years of usage.
“The globe served a wonderful purpose for us for a long time but because we were so early in we have a lot of knowledge,” Joe Ruffolo, SVP, ABC News Digital, told me as they were preparing to launch....
[iPad as second TV; Interesting trend - JD]
From live blogs on 'Occupy' protests to footage of Syrian atrocities on YouTube, filmmakers now have access to a wealth of raw material – but can it all be trusted?
In a digital world with a whole host of different ways to communicate a factual message it is increasingly hard to judge the value of amateur eyewitness film shot on a mobile phone and posted on the internet against a considered, observational documentary broadcast on a traditional television channel....
Twitter's hiring of editorial staff to curate real-time information around news events through "hashtag pages" may not be a direct competitor for media companies, but the areas of overlap are growing -- and so is its attractiveness to advertisers.
It has already become a real-time newswire for many, a source of breaking news and commentary on live events, and now — with the launch of curated “hashtag pages” like the one it launched late last week for a NASCAR event — it is showing signs of becoming a full-fledged editorial operation. It may not be hiring investigative reporters, but the areas of overlap between what it does and what media companies do is growing, and so is its attractiveness to the advertisers that media entities desperately need to hang onto....
The New Orleans Times-Picayune, a fixture in the Big Easy since 1837, will slash its staff and production schedule, going from 7 to 3 days a week beginning...
[Another large city will no longer have a daily newspaper. Ironically, the NewspaperDeathWatch.com website is thriving - JD]
Nearly six in 10 core radio listeners (57%) start their day with another medium or gadget, rather than turning on the radio, reports Inside Radio.
That according to media analyst and consultancy Jacobs Media, in their Techsurvey8 report. The 18-34 year old demo is more likely to engage with email or Facebook as their first media interaction of the day, along with their first cup of joe....
This time the publisher takes to the front page, eliding the gutting of his newsroom...
Not content with dominating the Times-Picayune’s front page on Thursday with a press release from its editor, the paper ran an awfully similar piece by the new publisher on page one Sunday headlined “The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com are here to stay.”
As if the Times-Pic needed to remind New Orleanians that its absentee owners have brought in an outsider to gut their hometown paper, Publisher Ricky Mathews leads with it. And where he directly addresses the protests over going to a three-newspaper-a-week schedule, he doesn’t bother to mention the much more serious complaints about the paper firing half its newsroom (with nebulous and not exactly confidence-inspiring promises to add about half of the headcount back, presumably with titles like “buzz reporter”) and trying to shift readers to a website that everybody thinks is awful....
[Driving the newspaper off the road and into a canyon - JD]
Jonah Lehrer transgressed when he cheated his new publishers by breaking the implied (or written) contract that he was producing original copy.
...In the early hours of l’affaire Lehrer, my instincts were telling me that Lehrer had transgressed, but I couldn’t figure out whether his offense was a felony, a misdemeanor or a violation of journalistic taboo. A variety of observers were calling what Lehrer did “self-plagiarism,” but in my mind plagiarism requires some act of thievery. You can’t steal money out of your own bank account, can you? You can’t commit adultery with your own spouse, right?
The words Lehrer wrote “belonged” to him even if he had surrendered the copyright to the places he published them. My feeling was that you could call Lehrer lazy for repeating himself, you could call him a hack, you could call him a sneak, but you couldn’t call him a thief. He was an onanist, playing self-abuse games with his copy, but he wasn’t any sort of plagiarist.
But not long after I committed this thought to my keyboard, news reached me via the Twitter feed of the blindingly handsome @davidfolkenflik that Edward Champion was accusing Lehrer of plagiarizing Malcolm Gladwell. If it turns out that Lehrer is a plagiarist as well as an onanist, you can click here for my views on plagiarists....
[More opinion on Jonah Lehrer and the self-plagiarization issue. Surely the most important issues are honesty and transparency? See the diverse comments on this post. - JD]
...What we are witnessing today is the exodus of publishers that owned newspapers for high profitability and the emergence of publishers that have different ownership motives. There are many reasons to own a newspaper; a 30% profit margin is not the only motivation. This has been true since the first daily newspaper was published 367 years ago.
What we have today is the slow-motion, excruciating transition of the newspaper industry to the “newsmedia industry.” There will be many New Orleans stories in the months and years ahead. We will learn lessons, good and bad, from those making the first steps today.
New ownership will create an American market of experimentation that has not been seen before on this scale. It is exciting ... and scary.
Stare through the hyperbole to understand the meaning behind these changes.
The Reynolds Journalism Institute just released part 2 of its 10-part series on mobile. This second installment included an interesting section on news consumption through mobile devices.
[The prizes go to the PR, content marketing and media nimble - JD]
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's investigation into the origins of the Watergate break-in—which took place 40 years ago yesterday—is one of the most highly mythologized episodes in the history of journalism.
It represents the Platonic ideal of what journalism-with-a-capital-J ought to be, at least according to its high priesthood—sober, careful young men doggedly following the story wherever it leads and holding power to account, without fear or favor. It was also a sloppy, ethically dubious project the details of which would mortify any of the smug high priests of journalism that flourished in its wake. The actual Watergate investigation could never have survived the legacy it helped create....
[Great read, highly recommended - JD]
Forget buzz – the noise surrounding social TV is ear-splitting. In fact, it’s tough to find a publication dealing with media trends that’s not talking about various efforts to leverage social media and television viewing.
Researchers have found a way to predict a tweet's popularity -- with an astounding 84 percent accuracy.
Here, per one algorithm, could be the Platonic version of the news tweet:
The New York Times
If that seems a little dull for Twitter Perfection ... well, that's the point. Steadiness -- compelling news expressed in straightforward, not hyperbolic, language -- is actually a component of maximally shareable content, the algorithm suggests. And this particular tweet is also sent from a credible source, The New York Times, which makes it extra-spreadable. It's about technology, the most popular, shareable category of news story. It's engaging without being insistent. And it stars a company -- Apple -- with high name recognition....
[This is a fascinating read - JD]
An online survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted in April found that 62 percent consider the media uncivil....
Cable channels were viewed as more uncivil than broadcast networks, and PBS was considered most civil....
Slightly less than one-half are avoiding op-eds and editorials (49%) and news coverage and reporting (45%) this year. Interestingly, the tune out rate this year is significantly lower than it was last year for politics (58% vs. 67%, respectively), government (55% vs. 62%) and news coverage and reporting (45% vs. 55%)....
[Media vivility? Now there's an oxymoron - JD]
I set out as an entrepreneur four years ago to change the world of journalism and build a digital business. I had a few decades in the news industry, one of them in new media, to guide me. During my journey, I’ve kept two quotes locked in my mind.
This one, from Don Logan, the former CEO of Time Inc., in response to how much he spent building the ill-fated Pathfinder Web site: “It’s given new meaning to me of the scientific term black hole.” The other was from Jeff Zucker, NBC Universal’s former CEO. In talking about digital video, he said: “Our challenge with all these ventures is to effectively monetize them so that we do not end up trading analog dollars for digital pennies.”
[Lewis DVorkin offers terrific insight into the search for a sustainable business model for journalism - JD]
Roy Greenslade: In this extract from What do we mean by local?
The communications landscape has changed forever. While local news provision has declined, the way people get their news – whether national or local – has significantly changed, which is why Jeremy Hunt's dream of a national local television network doesn't quite add up.
Why go down a traditional route to deliver a local news service through local television when there are a multitude of ways to serve the needs of the audience and when there is a new generation of digitally-savvy people who can find new ways of interacting with communities at a low cost?...
A yet-to-be-launched tool called Meograph promises to let you easily “create, playback and share beautiful stories in the context of when and where.” It’s a tool that’s still in pre-beta, but journalists and news organizations can get priority access for an invite.
Meograph released a demo of what the tool can do, using the fictional KVWM San Diego TV station as an example use case. Based on the examples, I wouldn’t yet call the resulting product “beautiful,” but the storytelling format is a compelling mishmash: timeline + audio + Google Maps + images + video+ hyperlinks (for adding more context and linking to stories)....
Social media use is growing fast and it's changing how people consume news. But there's still life in traditional media. The real choice for corporate communicators isn't putting resources in either traditional media or social media, but rather how do you get the right balance so that your company gets covered broadly and the stories have the most impact....