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November 12, 2012
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  • Does digital journalism call for new code of ethics?
    Online journalism is a world of flagrant and routine violations of some essential ethical rules of traditional journalism, said attendees at the second annual International Digital Ethics Symposium. One example is using content from social media in another context without the author's permission. This and other developments suggest that a new code of digital ethics may be in order, writes Fruzsina Eördögh. ReadWrite (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York Times Co.'s new CEO faces pressure over absent dividends
    Incoming New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson faces challenges from two directions, with a mandate to bring the company into the digital age while addressing shareholder impatience with the absence of dividend payouts since 2009. Some observers say it would be disappointing if a dividend is not forthcoming in the next few months. But others, noting underfunded pension liabilities, say the company can't afford a payout anytime soon. The Wall Street Journal (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the recession forced newspapers to make needed changes
    The recession may have been necessary to shock newspapers into the kinds of changes necessary to survive in a tougher marketplace, said Alex Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard, at a recent event. "We are leaner, we are opportunistic and entrepreneurial. We are paranoid but we are not complacent," Jones said. The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minnesota's Arrowhead Leader shuts down
    Moose Lake, Minn.'s Arrowhead Leader shut down without notice to readers at the end of October in a business decision motivated by a lack of revenue. The Leader had been competing with the cross-town Star Gazette/Evergreen Shopper. "There just wasn’t enough advertising business to go around in a town this size. It's hard to compete with a newspaper that has a shopper,” observed former Leader Editor Lois Johnson. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NY Times studied past, started fresh with "512 Paths"
    The New York Times formulated its "512 Paths to the White House" feature by setting aside some common ideas from the past, including maps, which tend to distort the relative electoral importance of each state. "512 Paths" lets users interact and experiment with their own speculative patterns for different electoral outcomes. GigaOm (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Intelligence 
  • National brands are relying more on mobile for local outreach
    About a third of national brands say they'll be tapping mobile as a major component for their local marketing in the new year, according to a Balihoo survey. The planned mobile outlays, increasing slightly from a year before, come even as investment in local search registration and websites is expected to decline. ClickZ (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Industry News 
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer staff engage public to oppose possible cuts
    With the only tip from management that layoffs are coming, the staff of The Cleveland Plain Dealer has launched a pre-emptive campaign across print, digital and outdoor ad platforms to engage the public and oppose major cuts. "We’re also working to organize community forums where we’ll discuss the future of journalism in Northeast Ohio and the potential impact of the loss of the daily paper and much of its experienced news-gathering staff," said Plain Dealer science writer John Mangels. The paper is owned by Advance Publications, which has reduced print publication at several properties, notably at New Orleans' Times-Picayune. blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Case Studies 
  • Hoax-littered Twitter still a tempting source of misinformation
    Twitter is proving to be a hotbed of hoaxes and an ever-more tempting source for legitimate journalists who might want to be first with a story without adequately checking a tweet's source. One company is looking to develop a tool that could act as a possible answer to the social media verification problem. But in the meantime, "it’s important for everyone to recognize these limitations from the outset, lest one does more damage than beginning an early mourning period for Bill Nye or passing off a screenshot of Star Wars as a picture of Mars," writes Lauren Hockenson. (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  API News and Events 
  • Transformation Tour: Best practices for new digital businesses
    Business model transformation requires new digital capabilities, new sales channels and new products. At API's Transformative Business Models workshop, you’ll learn the best practices of industry leaders who are creating new digital revenue streams through sales strategies, paid content models and e-commerce. Join innovation expert Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of the Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media, on Jan. 24-25 in Arlington, Va., for a repeat of the sold-out October workshop presented with The Poynter Institute. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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