Bell Media president Kevin Krull tells the CRTC his local newscasts are losing money. He wants consumers to start paying for the privilege of watching those shows.
That was the Globe and Mail’s headline for a feature on the rapid growth in new journalism outlets in the United States — ventures that are largely aimed at a mobile, socially-savvy, data-friendly audience. The same type of flurry hasn’t occurred in Canada, but there is a new site coming called Ricochet.
The rules are quite simple. You will take the images they want, and if you don’t, you will be killed, Erbil, Iraq-based photojournalist Sebastian Meyer tells NPR’s On The Media.
New York Times media columnist David Carr wrote about Vice in 2010. He has now taken a second look at the renegades, and decided that it has matured into a legitimate source of hard news that even young people will watch.
Leading Internet thinker Clay Shirky published another provocative essay on what he sees as the dismal future of newspapers. Changes in advertising will inevitably mean more closures of them, he argues.
Kathy English, the Toronto Star‘s public editor, admits she’s more squeamish than Michael Cooke, the paper’s editor, when it comes to things such as posting the video leading up to the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley. She wouldn’t have posted the Islamic State-made video at all. I’m on her side in this one.
Citing a weak advertising market, CTV News has announced layoffs and a reduction in the number of original episodes for W5, its investigative and current-affairs show.
David Carr of the New York Times observes that major U.S. media companies are bundling up their newspapers into separate divisions and leaving them to their fate.
Buzzfeed has been one of the great successes in online journalism, and now it’s about to take a US$50 million step forward courtesy of a venture capital firm.
Craig Silverman wrote an interesting blog post in which he lauds some major Canadian media players for getting off the fence and picking a strategic direction.