Qik has released one major update and two new features that will make broadcasting your content faster and more streamlined.
Some of our biggest media names are culling their ad sales staff, in what could be a sign of precipitous economic times ahead…
FT.com has started embedding video footage in its news story pages (example here).
Prior to today’s launch of the smaller embedded player users were directed to a specific page for video content.
FT.com follows the BBC in embedding video in its news pieces and more widely across the site.It stared in March and soon after claimed the move had led to a doubling of views.
The Chicago Tribune is to follow the LA Times by culling newsroom jobs and reducing the number of pages in its printed editions.
Around 80 of its 578 newsroom posts are expected to be culled with further cuts appearing in non-journalistic positions.
The printed edition of the Tribune is expected to reduce the number of pages it publishes by 13 or 14 per cent each week.
Management began informing staff of the changes late on Tuesady, the Tribune itself reported.
This is the fourth round of staff cuts since 2005, when the paper had nearly 700 newsroom staff on its books. In real terms the paper expects to lose around 55 people as positions made vacant in recent months have remained unfilled.
Last week, The Los Angeles Times, another Tribune Company newspaper, announced that it would reduce the number of pages it published each week by 15 per cent anddo away with 250 staff roles, 150 of them from the newsroom.
Last week LA Times, one of the biggest employers of journalists in the US, announced that it would be dispensing with the services of 150 of them as part of a total 250 job losses at the paper.
Yesterday afternoon it emerged that two more journalists would likely be leaving the LA Times, but not as a direct result of the editorial cuts.
According to LA Observed, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporters Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber will be leaving the paper later in the summer to join the not-for-profit investigative start up ProPublica.
“It’s another big morale blow in the newsroom, which used to be a place where journalists aspired to reach and stay to do their best work. With new deep cutbacks coming and [LA Times owner] Sam Zell’s outbursts making many of the best journalists feel the Times’ commitment to serious news is precarious, it’s no longer surprising to see stars like Ornstein and Weber flee,” wrote Kevin Roderick.
Last week’s editorial staff cuts, which amounts to roughly 17 per cent of the employees, will be spread between the print newsroom and The Times’ web operations.
Those cuts led to this fascinating quote from Times editor Russ Stanton:
“You all know the paradox we find ourselves in,” he wrote said in a memo to the staff. “Thanks to the Internet, we have more readers for our great journalism than at any time in our history. But also thanks to the Internet, our advertisers have more choices, and we have less money.”
One hundred and fifty losses job losses against two hires doesn’t really make a great case for the internet as a growth medium for the employment of journalists, but nonetheless the growth of ProPublica and its journalistic modus operandi online marks a neat stab at Stanton’s paradox.
The ProPublica site will be fully operational later this year and plans to have almost 30 investigative reporters working on in-depth stories (it helps that self-made billionaire Herb Sandler has set up the site with a donation of $10m a year from his foundation and that it’s under the watchful eye of former WSJ editor Paul Steiger).
ProPublica will conduct investigations, largely online, in areas of significant public interest. It will also use TV documentaries to reveal on that large canvas issues that will be followed up extensively online.
It’s first major project, an investigation into US-backed Arabic language TV network Alhurra, ran on 60 Minutes two weeks ago.
Zell say that newspapers have to slim down and become more economically viable. Newspaper’s are about money, not news, that’s fairly self-evident. Little wonder then that Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber decided to walk and pursue their investigations elsewhere.
What awaits them at ProPublica?
A philanthropic backer claiming no editorial interference. No desire for profits. No ads on the site. Where almost all resources will be poured into journalism (what no free CD give away?).
The journalistic equivalent to Willy Wonka’s ‘golden ticket’, it seems.
Facebook has shut down one of the site’s most popular applications after ‘privacy violations’.
The removal of Social Hi comes just one week after the site’s fourth biggest application Top Friends was pulled after a hacker made users’ private details publ
Staff at the Berliner Zeitung newspaper in Germany are so unhappy with their owner, David Montgomery, that they took out an advert in a rival German newspaper advertising for a new proprietor.
Using material uploaded to the internet by users of social-media websites like YouTube, Facebook or personal blogs without permission is a risky approach for major publishers, barrister Christina Michalos of 5 Raymond Buildings warned the Media Law Confer
Here’s the video:
Here also is the video of a investigative reporter from Current TV’s vanguard journalism strand beating him to the punch by undergoing the procedure for a piece that ran on the peer-to-peer news network about eight months ago:
Gawker has cut the rate at which staff members get paid for the second quarter running.
Writers working for the blog get their salary paid according to traffic on the site.
According to Radar, at the start of the year those bloggers were getting $7.50 per 1000 page views that then went down to $6.50 for the next quarter and it is now $5.
Channel 4 is mulling over the a possible move into the gap in regional news broadcasting left by the retreat of ITV services.
The broadcaster is in discussion with Ofcom and ITV about investing funds in regional news services and infrastructure – a move which could strengthen its public service broadcasting hand.
Paul Bradshaw asks in a video post: ““What would make you post video comments?”
“Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites.”
“The latest analysis from Jakob Nielsen’s UseIt focuses on “bounce rates” and getting that elusive “second click”. It’s pretty much in line with everything experts have been saying on this topic for the last couple of years: unique visitors ar
“The BBC is moving away from desktop apps made by Microsoft-backed Skinkers and instead bringing production in-house, switching to Adobe’s Flash-based cross-platform Flex and AIR frameworks.”
“Max Mosley, the president of motor racing’s governing body, has been allowed to pursue his claim for breach of privacy against the News of the World over its report that he took part in a “Nazi-themed” orgy.”
“The Daily Mirror was not published in the Republic of Ireland today after technical problems meant the content could not be sent to the printer.”
This might be cool. Digg has created a new feature — which debuts in beta later this week — that analyzes your past Digging activity to discover “Diggers like you.” You can see what they’re Digging, and by extension discover some of the most int
The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday announced plans to cut 250 positions across the company, including 150 positions in editorial
Silicon Valley Insider talked to Marc Frons, chief technology officer of NYTimes digital, about the projects he’s working on and the development that they’ll be rolling out in the near future. Here’s a brief overview:
Things we have already covered:
- Those APIs: the plan is to eventually let developers outside of the Times play with its content and create new sites or services.
- Times People: expect more development so it’s not just a browser plug-in.
The shock of the new:
- Widgets: Customisable box of Times stories, video, slideshows and the rest on your blog or social network page? Yes please.
- Aggregation: It bought Blogrunner an eternity ago and uses it now just to pull content from partner sites into NYTimes – think PaidContent, CNET stuff on the Tech pages. But ‘bigger plans’ are afoot – Frons won’t say more though.
- Apps: Yes, NYTimes.com is working on apps for Apple’s forthcoming iPhone store.