AJR News Wrap: Killing the Comments Section and Deadly Sins of Publishing
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April 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: Links to selected media news from the past week.

TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE:  The Washington-based Center for Public Integrity has found itself at odds with ABC News, which is asking for a share of the Pulitzer Prize’s credit, which reporter Chris Hamby won for investigative reporting, according to The New York Times.

JOURNALISTS VS. LUMBERJACKS: Journalism has improved its ranking in the CareerCast list of worst jobs since last year. In 2013, “newspaper reporter” was at the bottom of the list at 200, but lumberjacking pushed it up to 199 this year.

DEADLY SINS: Comment trolls and pop-up ads beware — Digiday laid out 7 Deadly Publishing Sins that ruin the efforts of media companies to make sites more visually appealing and reader-friendly.

YOU MIGHT ALSO READ: Social networks and advertisers have been doing it for what seems like ages: optimizing the content presented based on your browsing history. But now media outlets are up to the same tricks, including BuzzFeed, Upworthy and The Washington Post.

STARTUPS CREATED BY WOMEN: News startups may have a diversity problem, but Columbia Journalism Review compiled a list of 16 women who have created their own digital startups that have not received the same amount of media coverage as Ezra Klein and Nate Silver.

DEMISE OF THE COMMENTS SECTION? Quartz has been operating without a comments sections since it launched in 2012, Popular Science did away with its section in September, and this weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times announced it was getting rid of comments until it can figure out a way to make them less “embarrassing,” according to Digiday, which reports on this trend and what it means for the future.

GUARDIAN BIDS WOLFF FAREWELL: Michael Wolff parts ways with Guardian, reported Capital New York. The Newser founder will no longer contribute his weekly column.

THIRD MODEL OF JOURNALISM PUBLISHING: The recent launch of Vox.com, by former Washington Post Wonkblog creator, Ezra Klein, has The Guardian’s Emily Bell reflecting on the development of the news industry at a time when journalism startups are growing and becoming more diverse. The big question for Bell is whether these entrepreneurial journalists are creating the “third model of news publishing,” which balances both the credibility of a news organization with the independence of individual journalists launching startups. 

This post includes contributions from Mike King, Kaylin Bugos, Sarah Siguenza, Dan Appenfeller, Olivia Owens, Juliana Sesay, Adriana Scott and Jim Bach.



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