AJR News Wrap 3/13: Looking for a Journalism Job? Try a Startup
March 13, 2014


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

HIRING BINGE AT MEDIA STARTUPS:  Venture capitalists are dumping money into news startups and helping create new jobs at a wide range of niche and newsy websites, Quartz reports.

MORE MOBILE EDITORS, PLEASE: As more and more people turn to their phones and tablets for news consumption, the importance of news organizations having a mobile editor increases, reports Digiday.

POST-PATCH ENTREPRENEURS: After getting laid off from Patch, many journalists have started their own hyperlocal news startups in the communities they used to cover for the company, with a commitment to staying “religiously local,” reports AJR.org.

PEOPLE POWERED FRONT PAGES: NewsWhip.com found that if print newspapers laid out their copy to better reflect what their online audience was reading, the front pages of several major newspapers would look very different.

FACEBOOK BEATS TWITTER FOR NEWS? A new reports from Shareaholic and Pew Research suggest that more Americans get their news from Facebook. Contently examines the numbers and explains why they may be misleading.

LACK OF DIVERSITY IN STARTUPS: The Guardian’s Emily Bell discusses the lack of female and non-white protagonists in the “Bitcoin rush” to revolutionize journalism.

PRINT STOCKS RISE AS REVENUES FALL: Newspapers’ stocks are climbing even as their revenue declines. Mashable looks at how print media companies are diversifying into TV and digital news.

LOST IN SPAYCE: USA Today reported about Spayce, a mobile startup created by Harvard students, that will use “hyperlocation and face recognition” to show users who is in a 100-meter radius of them at all times. The goal of Spayce is to create a way to meet others, as well as remember them through “memory” and “look back” features.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL MEDIA – A blockbuster report on the future of the Internet and related technologies from the Pew Research Internet project describes what life will be like in 2025 when the Internet and digital media are truly “like electricity.”

COMCAST-TWC VIDEO: The Wall Street Journal’s Amol Sharma discusses media industry monopoly fears about Comcast’s planned takeover of Time Warner Cable.

BUILDING DIGITAL BUSINESS: Scandinavian media outlet Schibsted is experiencing major success after letting newspapers compete with digital sites early on, resulting in early online growth and successful integration.

DESIGN YOUR WEBSITE FOR MOBILE: Business 2 Community explains the basics of responsive web design, along with the pros and cons of using responsive pages versus creating a native app separate from the web page.

NYT EDITOR USES FACEBOOK NOTE FOR UPSHOT AD: New York Times editor David Leonhardt posted a Facebook note at 3:57 Thursday morning advertising one of his publication’s newest endeavors: The Upstart by The New York Times. In the early-morning post, Leonhardt said the new site will offer readers some “navigators of the news.”

READER LOYALTY: A new Pew study found that readers who access sites directly spend more time on them than readers who access sites through social media, Nieman reports.

This story includes contributions from Leslie Walker, Juliana Sesay, Olivia Owens, Lisa Rossi, Jim Bach, Adam Offitzer, Kristin Musulin, Mike King, Jessica Suss, Sarah Siguenza, Dan Appenfeller and Kaylin Bugos 

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