Caroline Little is stepping down as CEO and President of Newspaper Association of America

littleCaroline LIttle will be leaving her job as president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America at the end of August, NAA announced this afternoon.

She will have been head of the industry trade association for just over four years when she departs.

Little is a lawyer and served as publisher/CEO of Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive and then as CEO of the Guardian’s North America operations before joining NAA in 2011. Her background as a digital executive figured in her being hired to succeed John Sturm who served 16 years and was a lawyer and experienced lobbyist.

I reached Little by phone, and asked what she expects to do next. “I don’t really have any future plans right now,” she replied, except moving to Sante Fe, “where I have a husband, a child and a dog — in that order.”

As industry’s revenues have fallen, NAA has sharply downsized.   Read more


How to use APIs from Twitter, Google & Facebook to find data, ideas

As more and more journalists are finding, APIs are a great way to get data for your Web applications and projects.

An API, or application programming interface, enables software programs to communicate with one another. (Chrys Wu wrote a helpful intro here.) To give you a better understanding of how they can help you, I’ve outlined some of the best APIs for finding content and explained how you can use open-source programming tools to glean information from them.

Twitter API

Twitter’s API is very well documented and has a lot of useful functionality. It’s especially useful for journalists who want to search Twitter for a term and either show or parse the results. Let’s take a look at how we can easily do that.

Here is some simple example code that searches Twitter for the term “earthquake” and then creates a bulleted list for the tweets that are found. Read more

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Beginner’s guide for journalists who want to understand API documentation

There are three letters that have been floating around the media world for several years now: API. Short for “application programming interface,” an API enables software programs to communicate with one another, allowing your programs to share data and interact in a variety of ways.

There have been lots of articles about why it’s important for news outlets to have and use APIs.

To get the most out of an API, a conscientious creator will often produce a guide, called documentation or docs. There is no single standard for API documentation. The quality varies widely, from indexish and orderly, from pretty, to plain, to messy, to incomplete and nonexistent.

There aren’t many resources that explain API documentation to non-coders. And because the format isn’t standardized, it’s hard to write a one-size-fits-all guide to reading the manual. Read more


Zite incident shows why publishers need to enable automatic, controlled content distribution

In an era of free, frictionless content distribution, how can creators of that content be paid for their work?

The question was highlighted on Wednesday as 11 major media organizations — from Dow Jones Co. to Time — sent a letter to news aggregator Zite ordering the company to stop what the news outlets characterized as pervasive copyright infringement.

Zite pulls Web content from a wide variety of sites, reformats it, and displays it — without the ads — within its app. No one can argue about the infringement; Zite has already changed the way it presents the complainants’ content.

But presentation is not the reason consumers downloaded the iPad app 120,000 times in the first week. The real value of the app is its ability to predict which stories will appeal to each user. Read more