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The New York Times’ report on Towards 2020

The intro: “This report, by a team of seven Times journalists, outlines the newsroom’s strategy and aspirations. For additional details, see this memo from Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, and Joe Kahn, the managing editor.“

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Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The New York Times’ report on Towards 2020

Facebook Live losing steam

Once upon a time, it appeared Facebook Live would be the next big thing. But it now seems to be a wave that has already crested.

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Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook Live losing steam

The iPhone decade and how it changed journalism

From the Neiman Lab subhead: “‘We’re gonna make some history together today’ — (Steve Jobs) wasn’t wrong.” The iPhone turns 10 today and has been used for gathering news as well as changing how it’s distributed.

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Mon, January 9 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The iPhone decade and how it changed journalism

Breaking news: Breaking News is to be shut down

It might have 9.4 million followers on Twitter, but according to NBC News, the Breaking News alert app didn’t pull its weight and will be shut down on Dec. 31.

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Thu, December 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Breaking news: Breaking News is to be shut down

News trends that emerged during U.S. election likely to continue

Joshua Benton takes a day-after look at the U.S. news media’s performance during the presidential election, and finds it lacking in some areas. The trend lines point to the situation getting worse, he fears. He takes particular aim at Facebook.

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Wed, November 9 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on News trends that emerged during U.S. election likely to continue

Buzzfeed splits into entertainment, news divisions

Buzzfeed is one of the must-watch companies in digital media, so its corporate restructuring that sees the New York-based firm divide up into an entertainment and news divisions is worth noting.

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Thu, August 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Buzzfeed splits into entertainment, news divisions

Buzzfeed Canada shuts down parliamentary bureau

Buzzfeed Canada opened its doors with a two-person parliamentary bureau back in 2015. But now it’s 2016, and there’s no election, so goodbye parliamentary bureau.

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Tue, June 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Buzzfeed Canada shuts down parliamentary bureau

Snapchat is playing to win

Fortune magazine’s Mathew Ingram looks at the healthy ambitions of Snapchat, which has been evolving at a furious rate.

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Thu, March 31 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Snapchat is playing to win

Five factors to consider in trying to save serious journalism

This Toronto Star op-ed by Madeleine Drohan is headlined Five things you need to know to save journalism, but I found it a bit misleading because it really doesn’t offer anything in terms of solutions.

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Tue, March 15 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Five factors to consider in trying to save serious journalism

Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers

John Stackhouse started at the Globe and Mail newspaper in 1989, just as the really flush years of newspapers were ending. A very talented journalist, he rose through the ranks and became the logical heir-apparent when publisher Philip Crawley tired of editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon in the spring of 2009.

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Fri, January 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Media » Comments Off on Review: John Stackhouse’s tour of duty through the ‘disruption’ years for newspapers