AJR News Wrap Feb. 27: A Contest to Fix the Internet and Good News for Print
February 27, 2014

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

DON’T WRITE PRINT’S OBIT YET: Despite all the news of newspapers eyeing the digital space to innovate and make up for losses in their print business, audiences described as “print only” readers still comprise 54 percent of the total newspaper audience, according to a study by Scarborough research. Additionally, AJR.org reported this week about possible stabilization in the industry; revenue decline is not as steep as a few years ago, thanks to a small uptick in reader payments from digital paywalls and increased subscription prices.

FIXING THE INTERNET: The first Knight News Challenge of 2014 is a call to make the Internet more innovative and competitive. Poynter reports that the challenge follows the popular essay by Verge Managing Editor Nilay Patel, “The Internet is F—— (But We Can Fix It).”

GOODBYE “ACEBOOK”: The social media network has become so ubiquitous that it no longer needs to include its full name in its design or apps, now settling on the modest lowercase letter “f,” reports Mashable.

NEW SITE FOR BLOOMBERG VIEW: The site features story cards or “tiles” that arrange themselves neatly on smartphones and tablets. The image-heavy site is a big departure for Bloomberg.

THREE TIME DIGITAL EXECS LEAVE: Fran Hauser, John Cantarella and Chris Peacock announced their plans to leave Time Inc. before the company’s own plan to leave Time Warner in the spring, re/code reports.

JOURNALISM IN 2020? New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan is talking about the future of journalism, specifically, what the industry could look like in 2020. Join AJR’s conversation on Twitter and Facebook to say where you see the industry in six years.

SOCIAL MEDIA LIE DETECTOR: A new project called Pheme uses technology to track the media and help journalists detect false rumors that spread through Twiter and other social media sites, reports USA Today.

SPEED READS: TheWeek.com created a new feature on its website called “Speed Reads,” a “continuously updated collection” of trending stories online, with short summaries and links.

MORE VIDEO AT WAPO: The Washington Post partnered with video news aggregating app Watchup, reports Mediabistro.com. The Post’s video reports on newly-launched PostTV will be available on the app in early March.

This story includes contributions from Juliana Sesay, Jim Bach, Mike King, Dan Appenfeller, Kristin Musulin, Sarah Siguenza, Adam Offitzer, Adriana Scott and Kaylin Bugos.


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