AJR News Wrap Feb. 14: Storm Blogging and Facebook’s Non-News
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February 14, 2014


EDITOR’S NOTE: Links to selected media news articles from around the Web over the past week.

FACEBOOK NEWS IS NOT NEWS: Most “news” articles that go viral on Facebook aren’t really “news,” according to the Atlantic’s review of stories from BuzzFeed’s network that get shared and provoke comments on Facebook.

TWITTERS FOR JOURNALISTS: A new list of Twitter handles for journalists to follow was published this week by Journalism Degrees and Programs, a blog directed at journalism students, everything from the top legacy news outlets, to the organizations that cover the media industry and the journalism colleges active on social media.

BLOGGING THROUGH THE STORM: News organizations spotlighted their live blogs during the winter storm that swept through the South and Northeast this week, cramming their live feeds, a few of which were featured on AJR.org, with time-lapse videos of the snow, photos of the mayhem, maps and more.

HLN’s SOCIAL MEDIA MISSION: HLN, CNN’s sister network, will be more focused on sharing trending news and hot topics, as opposed to breaking news, creating a target audience of social media users and millennials, reports the New York Daily News.

PRESS FREEDOM: The latest report from media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders saw the United States fall in worldwide rankings on press freedom, in light of crackdowns on journalists and whistleblowers in the NSA leaks, reports The Washington Post’s Know More blog.

CROWDFUNDING JOURNALISM: Tech Crunch reports that startup Beacon Reader rethinks the model for crowdfunding journalism by allowing supporters to buy subscriptions for projects or writers they like.

ONLINE THRIVING IN AUSTRALIA: Consistent with the trend in American newspapers, The Australian reports that Australia’s news industry is seeing a rise in its digital sales, with yearly increases over the most recent quarter, reaching as high as 107 percent for Fairfax’s The Sydney Morning Herald. But also consistent with the American newspapers, print circulation is spiraling downward; the blip in digital revenue is far outpaced by the decline in print revenue.

GREENWALD’S SITE LAUNCHES: The Intercept, a new digital magazine funded by Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, went live on Monday morning. The site, headed by journalist Glenn Greenwald, is primarily built around the NSA documents released by Edward Snowden.

This post includes contributions from Kaylin Bugos, Dan Appenfeller, Kristin Musulin, Adam Offitzer, Leslie Walker, Jim Bach, Mike King and Lisa Rossi.

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