Scottish newspaper supports independence, sees sales rise

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Glasgow, Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only Scottish newspaper encouraging its readers to vote for independence, Nick Hudson writes in Britain’s HoldtheFrontPage. (The Herald’s weekday counterpart backs Scotland remaining in the U.K.) The paper has seen a rise in sales, “with monthly rises of up to 25″ percent, Hudson writes.

Some Scottish newspapers, including Edinburgh’s Scotsman, explicitly support a continued union with the rest of Britain. (The Scotsman recently ran an article floating the idea that independence serves ISIS’ interests.) Other “big titles – including the Daily Record, Aberdeen Press & Journal and Dundee Courier – have sat on the fence, pursuing a neutral stance in the interests of editorial impartiality,” Hudson writes.

George Monbiot writes in The Guardian that the media has “shafted the people of Scotland” with “fear, misinformation and hatred around the body politic.” As Monbiot notes, pro-independence Scots have complained about the BBC’s referendum coverage, and some protested at its Glasgow headquarters Monday.… Read more

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Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans think news does not portray them accurately

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38 percent of African-Americans believe “the news they consume does not at all accurately portray their community or does so just slightly,” a new report from the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute says. 37 percent said news outlets portrayed blacks “moderately” well, and only 6 percent said news orgs represented them “completely.”

Hispanics were more likely to say portrayals of themselves in the media were accurate — perhaps because they “have access to a sizable amount of Spanish language media on television, including the national network Univision, as well as media online from other countries,” the report says, while the African-American press “has contracted to the point where there are no longer daily print African American papers (they are either weekly, or less frequent and publish daily online), and cable channels aimed at African Americans do not feature a daily general interest news program.”

23 percent of blacks said they turned to local TV news to see coverage of “their community’s people and issues,” compared with 7 percent of Hispanics, who “are far more likely to say they must turn to ethnic media to see regular coverage of their own community,” the report says.… Read more

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Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism

If you’re reading this, it happened again. Right now, an editor may be about to issue an apology or a stern rebuttal. Someone’s reputation and body of work is being scrutinized. And a gaggle of self-appointed fact-checkers may be plugging sentence after sentence into Google for any traces of dishonesty. If you’re reading this, a journalist has been accused of what Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark calls “the unoriginal sin”: plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious charge. If true, it has the potential to upend a career and mar a journalist’s reputation for life. And yet, in today’s world of aggregated news, plagiarism is an imprecise word that stands for a spectrum of offenses related to unoriginal work. And its severity varies dramatically depending on a variety of circumstances.… Read more

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Zakaria accused of lifting material from New Yorker and AP for TV scripts

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Fareed Zakaria ripped material from The New Yorker, The Economist, the Associated Press and other outlets for his CNN show “GPS,” the sphynxlike media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort write in their latest set of accusations against Zakaria.

One of their strongest examples includes narration from a documentary called “Justice for Sergei” that inspires similar narration from Zakaria.

They also show instances when “GPS” scripts lifted sentences without attribution, such as a 2012 segment that draws from a New Yorker article by Adam Gopnik and a segment and an Al Jazeera article (click to view the image bigger).

Some of the items in this latest docket require the reader to take an expansive view of plagiarism: Sentences that appear to summarize the reporting of others without credit, for example.… Read more

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Tallahassee Democrat will retool newsroom, following other Gannett papers

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The Tallahassee Democrat “could not get where we needed to go by simply tweaking an outdated operation,” Executive Editor Bob Gabordi writes. “So, we called a timeout and a reset.”

As at the Tennessean and other papers that, like the Democrat, are owned by Gannett, the Democrat will retool its newsroom structure.

Fewer people will work locally on production tasks and more will focus on reporting and creating content. We’ll have more people focused on breaking news and important watchdog and investigative reporting.

Staffers will get a list of new jobs this week, Gabordi writes. “We’ll interview them for the new jobs they want in late September and announce results to them – and you – after that.”

The Tennessean announced its “newsroom of the future” last month.… Read more

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BuzzFeed and Facebook Host Bowties & Burgers During 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Advice for newspaper editors: Pay attention to BuzzFeed

A group of legacy media executives was told on Monday that it has a lot to learn from the likes of BuzzFeed. “You may not approve of their editorial content,” said Amy Webb, CEO of Webbmedia Group. “But you must learn from their digital strategy.”

During a presentation at the ASNE-APME 2014: Fast Forward conference in Chicago, Webb praised BuzzFeed’s use of data analysis to predict user behavior based on variables like time of day, which photos are used, and social networks.

She mentioned Vox, Vice and even TMZ as brands with strong voices succeeding across platforms by shifting from the product business to the platform business.

Citing Media Insight Project research, American Press Institute executive editor Tom Rosenstiel told attendees “You do not have a ‘mobile audience’ or a ‘print audience.’” They aren’t distinct audiences, he said, because most Americans are cross-platform news consumers.… Read more

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‘I tweeted a funeral. (On assignment.) Creepy? Public service? You decide.’

This story originally ran on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Miami Herald. It has been reposted with permission. Carol Rosenberg will be featured Tuesday night on @muckrack’s #MuckedUp chat.

When I report from Guantánamo for the Miami Herald, I routinely use Twitter to report war court proceedings, play by play, like a sporting event, as one of my editors described it.

I sit in a filing center, pay $150 a week to hook up to the Internet and watch the court on a closed-circuit feed. I go to Guantánamo because it is there that I can talk to the lawyers and the prosecutors to write a more granular story. There, I talk to the victims’ family members, talk to the experts. And the reason I tweet is that it’s a court where people can’t reach, and I learned that lots of people want to know what’s going on there moment to moment — who’s testifying, what’s the legal principle at issue, what are the accused terrorists doing.… Read more

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Newspaper revenue will rise — just not in North America

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Newspaper revenue “will start to climb again in 2015,” a recent report from PwC says. Things look bright for newspapers in large markets like Brazil, Mexico and China, the report says, as well as smaller markets like Hong Kong, Turkey and Peru. The data come from PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook report, which came out in June.

But it’s a different story in the U.S. and Western Europe. While compound annual growth rate for papers is expected to increase by 8.3 percent in China and 7.5 percent in India, CAGR will fall 4.3 percent in North America.

Circulation will account for nearly half of publishers’ revenue by 2018, PwC predicts, and it says revenue from digital advertising will be 16 percent of all newspaper ad revenue by that point.… Read more

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Zakaria plagiarized in TV show, critics say

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Zakaria plagiarized in TV show, critics say: Mysterious media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort tell Poynter they will have another post on Our Bad Media later this morning outlining what they say are examples of Fareed Zakaria lifting text, this time for his CNN show, “GPS.” Here’s a video that will accompany the piece.

    @blippoblappo and @crushingbort’s last post, in August, outlined suspect passages in Zakaria’s 2008 book, “The Post-American World” and in stories in Newsweek and Foreign Affairs. Neither W.W. Norton, which published the book, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs nor Atlantic Media, where Zakaria is now a contributing editor, replied to Poynter’s requests for comment.

  2. Foley family describes frustrations with U.S. government: The FBI first told James Foley‘s family they’d be prosecuted if they paid ransom to his captors, then advised them prosecution would be unlikely, Rukmini Callimachi reports.
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Today in media history: Steve Jobs leaves and returns to Apple

Two of the biggest news stories about Apple’s Steve Jobs took place on September 16.

Jobs resigned from Apple on September 16, 1985. Twelve years later, on September 16, 1997, he became interim CEO.

Although the producers of this 1985 video couldn’t have known it at the time, they recorded one of the last interviews with Jobs before he left the company.

“In the wake of his resignation from Apple Computer last week, cofounder Steve Jobs spent three and a half hours talking about his ordeal, as well as his past and future, with Newsweek’s Gerald C. Lubenow and Michael Rogers….

Q. Once John Sculley came in and took over, how did your role change? Was there some point when you thought, ‘I’m not having a lot of fun running this giant corporation?’
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