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Study: Smaller news websites depend more on social media for traffic than larger sites

In any local market, the dozens or hundreds of available news websites make up a news ecosystem.

In any real-life nature ecosystem — think of the food chain diagram you learned in 5th grade — the many species develop their own roles. They are all different, but also all interdependent.

The same is true for news websites in an ecosystem.

New research published today looks in-depth at those relationships in one sample market (Chicago) by analyzing and mapping the connections between more than 300 websites that make up the core of the ecosystem.

The study, conducted by Northwestern professor Rich Gordon and Syndio Social CEO Zachary Johnson and paid for by The Chicago Community Trust, over a two-week period examined all the links between 301 news websites and obtained analytics data about referral sources for about 100 of those sites.

Below are some of the interesting takeaways.

Social media matters, especially for small sites

Overall, the websites in the Chicago ecosystem got more than 23 percent of all their referrals from social media. Read more

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NYT partnership ‘sort of a halo & a cloud’ for independent news sites

NetNewsCheck
Michael Depp examines the close, complicated relationship between The New York Times and three nonprofit news operations that provide local coverage for certain editions: Texas Tribune, The Bay Citizen and Chicago News Cooperative. While the partnerships have kickstarted the nonprofits’ operations and boosted their credibility, it’s tough to balance the Times’ need for content (they’re responsible for two pages, twice a week) with their own missions and editorial voices. The partners spend a lot more time on journalism for the Times than they get in licensing revenue, and they don’t get a cut of the money that the Times makes selling ads next to their stories. Times assistant national editor Jill Agostino sometimes has to fend off requests from within the Times for help on developing stories. “We can’t treat these groups as though they’re our stringers in these areas because they’re not,” she says. She compares working with the Times to “being married to a famous spouse”; Jim O’Shea of the Chicago News Cooperative says it’s “sort of a halo and a cloud at the same time.” Subscriptions have increased in the partner markets, Agostino says. Read more

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Editor: Stop trying to fool readers with vacuous, cheap content designed to justify ad stacks

Nieman Reports
Chicago News Cooperative editor-in-chief James O’Shea says journalists need to hit the streets and create something that people will actually pay for because it has value. “For decades we’ve relied almost exclusively on advertising revenue to subsidize the cost of news coverage,” he writes. “But I doubt that advertising will remain a reliable partner or source of revenue to provide the kind of resources needed to cover the news anymore.”

If we don’t figure out how to finance public service journalism, I fear the consequences. It is not as if the world of tomorrow will be one without news. We will have quality coverage, perhaps better than ever. But quality news will be for the wealthy—those who can afford to pay $2 a day or about $6 on Sunday for The New York Times or thousands of dollars a year for a subscription to one of Bloomberg’s targeted services.

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MacArthur Foundation media veep is ‘the most important woman in Chicago journalism’

Elspeth Revere — the MacArthur Foundation’s vice president for media, culture, and special initiatives — “puts serious money in serious hands,” writes Michael Miner. She’s approved $600,000 for the Center for Investigative Reporting; $750,000 for the Center for Public Integrity; $500,000 to ProPublica; and $1.2 million to Public Radio International. She tells Michael Miner:

One of the concerns is how journalism is going to be funded in the future now that it’s been unbundled from classified advertising and weather and movie reviews and sports scores and all those things you used to have to go to newspapers for. And when possibly promising projects come along, if they’re either national or local, we’re interested. Everybody’s trying to figure this out and nobody’s quite got the answer.

James O’Shea, whose Chicago News Cooperative, received a start-up grant of $500,000 from MacArthur and an equal grant a year later, says of Revere:

She’s tough, I’ll tell you that.

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Political writer returns to Chicago Reader after eight months at Chicago News Coooperative

Chicago Reader
“I miss the extra real estate and space flexibility” at the Reader, says Mike Dumke. || July 15, 2010: Dumke is crossing the street.
Earlier: Chicago News Cooperative managing editor leaves after eight months Read more

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