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(Kevin Anderson, managing producer, digital media, @ideastream. Expert in digital transformation with experience as an innovator and leader at the BBC, The Guardian and Gannett.)
How the BBC got more women as sources and how you can too. Lessons for news organisations from the News Match project. Google News audit proves it favours large outlets that post often. Publishers plug leaks in paywalls.
Informed and Engaged
– May 14, 5:56 AM
There are almost-weekly reminders about the struggles facing local news. Last week the entire staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune were laid off when the paper was sold to a competing paper. When 14 staff were laid off at the Cleveland Plain…
Mr AndersonRT @jcstearns: Today @NewsMatch released its 2018 learning report. We think there are real lessons here for the entire journalism field. This report is part of our commitment to share our learnings and to be accountable to our stakeholders and the public.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
– May 14, 2:41 AM
Community Organiser, The Bureau Local Type: Part-time.4 (or two days equivalent) Salary: £44,000 (£17,600 pro rata) Reporting to: Director, The Bureau Local Notes: Access needs will be accommodated and flexible working requests wherever…
Mr AndersonUK job alert. RT @bureaulocal: JOB! Join the Bureau Local at a key time as it re-imagines how journalists and communities can work together to hold power to account both locally and nationally
In the last week of April, nearly 23 percent of all traffic to news sites tracked by web analytics firm Parse.ly came from search engines. Google alone accounts for nearly half of external referral traffic—traffic, that is, that comes from…
Mr AndersonMT @TowCenter Google refers 23% of news traffic to CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. 83.5% goes to articles that are less than 24 hours old, meaning organizations that generate fresh copy are favored by the curation algorithm.
In February, The New York Times started testing tightening its paywall so readers couldn't access paywalled content by switching their device to incognito mode. A New York Times spokesperson said it's too early to glean the impacts of these tests.
Mr AndersonMT @GENInnovate 'Subscription publishers have tightened their paywalls, plugging leaks and reducing the number of articles readers access before subscribing. But .. more sophisticated ways of dodging paying have emerged.'
It's no secret to news publishers that the speed of publishing in general, is critical. MittMedia has found that average pageviews for articles peak approximately an hour after they've published. The graph below shows the average article pageviews…
Mr AndersonRT @SarahMarshall: 'Across 20 of MittMedia's sites, all content published is open for the first hour in order to drive the maximum reach before readers hit the paywall.'
Former Salon Media CEO Jordan Hoffner Salon Media Group, a one-time digital darling, has fallen on hard times. It lost its CEO of the past three years last week and appears to be on the brink of a deal to sell itself for a fire sale price of $5…
Mr AndersonMost of that payment is a $3.85m promissory note.
In April last year, the BBC launched its 50:50 challenge, aiming for an equal number of male and female expert contributors on-air and online. A year on, the results of last month's data have been revealed and show a big boost in female…
Mr AndersonMT @Ramus_Klieis @BBCNews show boost in female representation, and 20+ external media companies have signed up to replicate. Thanks @BeiJia_B @BBCRosAtkins & co for leadership
The Singaporean Government has passed a controversial bill targeted at eliminating 'fake news' and disinformation, providing broad powers for authorities to police speech online, including in encrypted messaging applications. Singapore joins Russia…
Mr AndersonFrom ABC Australia: 'Most controversially, the law not only applies to online forums but also private messages sent via encrypted messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Telegram. It is yet unclear how this aspect of the law would be enforced.'