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Crime coverage in Chicago may be too good

Chicago is widely known as “Chiraq” or the “murder capital” even though its murder rate is much lower than in past years and in many other cities. Ironically this may be a function of local media’s attempts to do a better job reporting on homicides and crime

There was a time when reporters just didn’t cover many crime – or other — stories in the city’s low income, Black and Latino neighborhoods, noted veteran reporters at Poynter’s “Truth & Trust in the 21st Century” forum in Chicago Thursday. Now the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, DNAinfo and other media outlets make it a point to cover every murder in the city. But that means a lot of negative coverage about the city’s South and West sides, even as there are still relatively few other stories being reported on in these neighborhoods.… Read more

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Why are so many news organizations still worried about retweets by staffers?

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— At Reuters, Jack Shafer picks up on my piece yesterday about how so many news organizations — with The New York Times being a notable exception — still seem afraid of reporters’ retweets coming across as endorsements: “Are NPR, the AP, and Reuters’s editorial reputations really so fragile that a 140-character tweet or retweet by a staffer can blow the whole thing down?”

— Three months into the “temporary” Chicago Sun-Times comments ban, publisher and editor-in-chief Jim Kirk tells Robert Feder “he’s heard no complaints lately and he’s seen no drop-off in online traffic.” Comments should return with a new CMS “sometime around the fourth quarter.”

— BuzzFeed’s director of editorial products, Alice DuBois, on the photo “slide things” in popular posts lately: “I do think there’s a part of the editorial mission to keep pushing and experimenting,” she tells Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon.… Read more

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One year after 28 Sun-Times photojournalists were laid off, where are they now?

One year ago today, the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photo staff, laying off 28 full-time employees.

Most of them have landed on their feet, according to email and phone interviews with many of the photographers. While they were sometimes hesitant to dwell on the layoffs, the former Sun-Times staffers filled me in on how their lives — and those of the photographers I couldn’t reach — have changed since May 30, 2013.… Read more

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Sun-Times kills comments until it can fix ‘morass of negativity, racism, and hate speech’

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The Chicago Sun-Times has temporarily eliminated story commenting on its website until it can develop a system that will “foster a productive discussion rather than an embarrassing mishmash of fringe ranting and ill-informed, shrill bomb-throwing,” managing editor Craig Newman announced:

The world of Internet commenting offers a marvelous opportunity for discussion and the exchange of ideas. But as anyone who has ever ventured into a comment thread can attest, these forums too often turn into a morass of negativity, racism, hate speech and general trollish behaviors that detract from the content.

In fact, the general tone and demeanor is one of the chief criticisms we hear in regard to the usability and quality of our websites and articles. Not only have we heard your criticisms, but we often find ourselves as frustrated as our readers are with the tone and quality of commentary on our pages.

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Sun-Times subscribers can pay with bitcoin

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The Chicago Sun-Times has started accepting bitcoin for yearlong print subscriptions and subscriptions to the newspaper’s digital replica. Payments will be processed via Coinbase digital wallet technology.

The cheapest digital replica option costs $47.88 for 12 months.

In February, the Sun-Times did a 24-hour test of a paywall powered by startup BitWall to accept small, name-your-price payments for access to the site.

It yielded 713 bitcoin donations, but payment was optional and bitcoin users — many of whom likely weren’t regular Sun-Times readers — rallied to support the experiment.

The Sun-Times has also recently run Bitcoin advertorials online and in print.

While accepting bitcoin for subscriptions is an interesting cutting-edge move for the paper, the real promise of digital currencies is that they could support micropayments unfeasible with traditional currencies due to high bank transaction fees.… Read more

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Sun-Times will rehire 4 photographers

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The Chicago Sun-Times plans to rehire four of the photographers it let go last year, Robert Feder reports:

Rich Chapman, Brian Jackson, Al Podgorski and a fourth photographer whose name was not confirmed are expected to be rehired under terms of a contract settlement reached in November between Sun-Times Media and the Chicago Newspaper Guild.

More layoffs are coming to the Sun-Times and affiliated papers, Feder writes, though reporters’ “employment appears to be secure for the moment,” he writes. The paper and the Chicago Newspaper Guild agreed last year to bring back the four photo slots. “It is our position that Sun-Times Media is acting is good faith,” Guild spokesperson Beth Kramer told Poynter in an email. She expects the hires to be completed today.… Read more

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Changes at the Orlando Sentinel felt ‘extremely familiar’ for a former Sun-Times photographer

Andrew Nelles, a former Chicago Sun-Times photographer. (Photo by Andrew Nelles)

When the photo staff at the Orlando Sentinel was told they’d have to reapply for their jobs last week and that those jobs would be “videocentric,” according to a report from the National Press Photographers Association, “it seemed extremely familiar,” said Andrew Nelles, a Chicago-based freelance photographer, in a phone interview.

Nelles only worked for the Chicago Sun-Times for nine months before he and the entire photo staff were laid off in May of last year. Nelles, who freelanced before that job, was able to bounce back into freelance quickly.

“But that’s not the case for most people,” he said.… Read more

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The men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Why Olympics spoilers provide a perfect excuse for news organizations to engage in clickbait

Note: This post is a spoiler-free zone.

UPDATE: The U.S.-Russia hockey game Saturday provided more examples of the good and the ugly. Here’s one from WGAL in Pennsylvania:

See @WSJbreakingnews and @washingtonpost tweets if spoilers don’t bother you.

I jumped into a Twitter discussion this afternoon about how the Chicago Sun-Times (where I used to work) is live-tweeting Winter Olympics results from Sochi hours before events air on prime-time in the U.S. on NBC.

Some people aren’t happy about what they consider spoilers:

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Sun-Times to test Bitcoin paywall that’s really just an optional donation box

It’s being called the first test of a Bitcoin “paywall” by a major U.S. newspaper, but readers of the Chicago Sun-Times won’t actually be forced to pay anything during the 24-hour experiment Saturday, publisher and editor-in-chief Jim Kirk told me this week.… Read more

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Sun-Times will test Bitcoin paywall

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The Chicago Sun-Times will test a “social paywall” Feb. 1. To access the site, “readers will be prompted to donate Bitcoins to or Tweet about the Taproot Foundation,” a group that says it “makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.”

Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Jim Kirk said the Sun-Times is the “first major USA newspaper to test a Bitcoin-based paywall.” The Dish Daily implemented a paywall built by the same company, BitWall, last year.

The Sun-Times erected a more traditional metered paywall in 2011.

Related: News nonprofit starts taking donations in BitcoinRead more

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