Monitoring Change in Journalism - April 2010 Archive

29 April



Social Media Club Told Journalists to Create More Interactive Multimedia

The Social Media Club, a group of French journalists specialised in new

media, argued that journalists should produce more interactive multimedia in order to

attract audiences. They said journalists should look to movies and television

for ideas to present their news in a more attractive and interactive way.





Nine Network to Become the First Broadcaster Offering 3D Live Programmes


Australian broadcaster Nine Network will roll out its 3-dimensional (3D) programmes in June offering 3D rugby

matches to audiences. It will become the first broadcaster in the world to

offer 3D live programmes. According to the management, the company wants to

take a lead in the 3D market as TV manufacturers started selling 3D capable TV




della SeraJoins European Network to Expand English Reporting


Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, announced plans to join

the European media including Spiegel, NRC Handelsblad and Politiken to increase its English reporting across Europe.

Partners of the project will collaborate to produce English-language online

coverage of European affairs. The collaborative project started in 2008 with

the aim of increasing English-language reporting and media diversity across Europe.,1518,691478,00.html


27 April



Times to Introduce Paid Online News Forum

The Times has announced plans to launch an

exclusive online news forum as part of its paid package to be introduced in

June. A new website with interactive features will be rolled out to

provide "multimedia information and entertainment" to readers

who will be able to interact with the Times

journalists and columnists. Starting in June, the Times will charge readers £1 for a day pass and £2 for a weekly

subscription. Similar features have been introduced recently by the (MCJ 19April 10) and the US online paid forum “Civil Beat” (see

MCJ 22 April 10).



23 April


US: Online

Newspapers Record High Traffic, Study Says


newspapers have proven more and more popular. The Newspaper Association of

America (NAA) revealed that US online newspapers attracted an average of 74.4

million unique visitors a month in the first quarter of 2010. The figures also

show that local newspapers websites attract the most traffic. 57% respondents

said that local newspaper website is one of the top online sources for local



22 April 2010


US: -

Paid Online News Forum Offers to”Save Journalism"


businessman and founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar, is to lend his

entrepreneurship to "save the media industry" by launching a

paid online news forum in May. Readers have to pay $19.99-a-month for the

membership of the news forum. They will be able to interact with reporters who

host online discussions on heated topics that affect their communities. The

entrepreneur hopes the new business model will reinvent journalism and make

readers pay for content.




News Groups Form Collaborative Reporting on Climate Change


group of news organisations including Wired, the Atlantic,theCentre

for Investigative Reporting, Slate,Mother Jones,Reuters and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is to form a collaborative

project called Climate Desk on climate reporting.  The project claims to

fill the gap of climate reporting when most news organisations face deep budget

cuts and lack resources to cover these issues.  The project is manly funded

by the Surdna Foundation for journalism and the Park Foundation for

environmental policy in the US.


UK: Considers Charging Content After Revamp

Reuter is considering

charging ‘niche’ and ‘high-value’ content after its UK website undergoes a revamp. The

move came after Reuter received positive responses from advertisers for the

revamp of its website in the US.

However, Reuters is yet to decide if the paid model will be a sustainable

business strategy.


20 April


US: Pioneer

Online Magazine Faces Closer Two Years after Launch

The online

magazine Flyp announced that it is closing its operation and laying

off a dozen of its staff as the company struggles to sustain the business. Flyp was first launched in 2008 offering readers multimedia content

incorporating texts, images, videos and animations. It has partnered with the

business magazine to produce interactive content. Recently,

it was nominated among the top five online magazines for a Webby award (the

international award honoring excellence on the Internet) along with the Economist,

National Geographic, the New Yorkers and Wired.




Survey Says Media Consumption Increases But Spending Decreases

A recent survey

shows that people in the UK

are spending more time on media products (i.e. TV, music, video games,

newspapers and magazines) but are spending less money buying these products. In

particular, spending on traditional media such as newspapers and magazines

decreased by almost 20%, and spending on digital media has almost halved in the

last six months. Around 19% to 21% respondents in the survey said they paid

nothing for the magazines and newspapers. However, the survey shows that

younger consumers (aged 16 to 24) are more likely to pay for online digital

content than their older counterparts. Almost half of them said they would pay

for online television programmes, films and music but only 30% would pay for

online newspapers and magazines.


19 April


The Netherlands: RNW to launch ‘Visual’ Radio

Programmes in the Middle East

The Radio

Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) announced the launch of its first

‘visual’ radio services providing live graphics, web content and interactive

SMS and Twitter feeds to radio audiences. In collaboration with the

international broadcast services company, the World Radio Network, the service

will first be broadcasted to the RNW’s audience in the Middle

East.  According to the management of the RNW, the new

services can help traditional radio broadcasters to reach a wider audience

through 24-hour TV channel and to create potential new revenue streams.


UK: Launches ‘Conversation Cloud to Encourage Intellectual


The Economist launched a new

tool called ‘Conversation Cloud’ to aggregate comments on the site’s articles

to let users discover the most debated topics more easily. The idea of

Conversation Cloud is based on the research findings that people mostly read

the comments before an article to decide whether it is interesting. The

Conversation Cloud will allow users to search the most read and debated topics

on The is also considering integrating its

activities on social media sites to attract younger readers.



15 April


France: France 24 Signed Deal to Expand Coverage in North America  

France 24, the

French international news broadcaster signed a three-year deal with the global

broadcast services company, GlobeCast, to expand coverage of its

English-language channels in the United States and Canada. The deal will allow France 24 to reach 90% of the American cable

market, as well as to consolidate its development in Canada.



US: Increasing

News Sites Run by Think Tanks Raises Concerns over Ethical Journalism

As traditional

media organisations struggle to survivethe

number of news organisations run by think tanks is growing.

These news organisations are sponsored by resourceful think tanks that often

offer better pay to their ‘journalists’ than traditional media organizations. However, their news

coverage mostly focuses on government and politics with a specific agenda. This

phenomenon, which shows that partial reporting is

becoming increasingly popular, has led to growing concerns

among journalists, civil society groups and the public as most of these news

organisations lack transparency and their biased coverage often presents a

conflict of interest.



14 April


Global: Twitter Offers Guidelines to News


The popular

social networking site, Twitter, launched a new guideline for news

organisations on how to better use the site to ‘transform media, entertainment

and journalism’. The site offers tips and case studies to both journalists and

news organisations on how to better connect twitter fans.



13 April


US: Online News Sites Awarded Pulitzer Prizes

Mark Fiore of

the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, the online investigative news

portal, ProPublica and the New York Times magazine won a Pulitzer Prize for their collaborative

reporting. This is the first time the internet-only based work is recognised by

the Pulitzer Prize, one of the prominent journalism prizes to award the best in


literature, journalism and music. As news organisations face tougher financial

situations, online news websites are becoming mainstream. The administrator of

the Prizes said they will expect more collaboration between traditional and new

media organisations in the future.



12 April


UK: New

Tool Launched for User

Generated Content  


organisations can now use the online platform, Civicboom, to call on users to contribute content to their

news stories. Civicboom can be added to a news organisation’s website

and used to request news and information from readers and audiences. Readers

can send their news updates (including articles, photos and videos) to the news

organisation. These contents will then be approved by the site editors and used

online. News organisations can also sell these contents to third parties but

users can enjoy "part

of the revenues ", according

to Civicboom .



US: Print and

Broadcast Journalists Feel Pessimistic about the Future of Journalism

In another poll conducted

by the Pew Research Centre, a majority of print and broadcasting journalists

said they feel pessimistic about the future of journalism. 48% of editors

surveyed in the poll said that their organisations will go out of business in

10 years if they cannot find new revenue streams to sustain the business. Only 18% of print media have already started

the process of charging content online but

more than half of it have plans to do so in the future.


9 April


US: Huffington Post Blurres Further Distintions

Between Media and Social Network With Upcoming All-Twitter Edition


Huffington Post, the popular news site based in the US

announced the launch of an all-twitter edition for its news content. All

19 news sections of the site, including its most popular sections on

politics and technology, will use Twitter lists and update popular

posts in real time. According to the Post, the move aims at fully integrating social networking into its news coverage to

engage readers with live reporting. According to management, the site

is "partly a social network and partly a news content site".


8 April


US: Top Journalism

School to

Integrate "Computer Science" in Journalism Course

One of the top journalism schools in the US, the Columbia University,

announced plans to integrate "computer science" in its

journalism course offering prospective students a dual master degree in

journalism and computer science. According to the school, journalism education

has to respond to the fast changing media landscape to prepare a new generation

of professional journalists with the technical knowledge needed ‘to create new

and exciting digital media technologies that could redefine journalism’.

Students will be able to enroll on the course in autumn.


7 April


UK & US: Social Media Only Diverts 1% Traffic to

News sites

A recent survey shows that media organisations and professions might

have over-estimated the power of social media to disseminate news. The

survey shows that Twitter drives less than 1% traffic to major US newspaper

and magazine sites while Facebook only drives 1% to these sites. In the UK, Twitter diverts less than 1% traffic to

major UK

newspaper websites like the Mail, the Telegraph and the Guardian.


2 April


US & Canada: ‘Longer

Hours, Heavier Workloads Persist’, Media Survey Says

A recent survey conducted

by PRNewswire, a global PR company based in the US, shows that a majority of

journalists and public relation workers in the US and Canada suffer from

increasingly long working hours and greater workloads as a result of the

converging media landscape. The survey results show that journalists in the US and Canada are expected to contribute

to online news sites such as the publications’ blogs, Twitter feeds and

Facebook pages. These extra responsibilities add an increasing amount of

workload on most journalists. Thus, journalists are doing more with less

content as much of online content is merely repeating offline publications.



US: AP Creates Regional

Investigative Teams

Following many

lay-offs worldwide last year, the Associated Press (AP) announced plans to set

up four regional investigative teams that will serve as a resource for AP

journalists across the country. The investigative teams will

contain "multimedia specialists" who will incorporate different

media formats for investigative journalism. In a memo to its staff, the

management particularly stressed the importance of multimedia in its reporting.

It said that the company will pour more resources to develop multimedia skills

among its staff in the coming years.