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PoynterVision: Why News Corp acquired Storyful

Raju Narisetti, senior vice president and deputy head of strategy at News Corp, explains the reasons behind News Corp’s $25 million acquisition of Storyful in December. Many newsrooms have adopted Storyful to help them verify social media and video content. Watch the video to hear how Narisetti, who came to Poynter for the Future of News Audiences conference Jan. 26-27, sees Storyful’s verification tools fit into News Corp’s larger strategy.

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How news nonprofits are making money

How can nonprofit news organizations diversify their revenue streams? A recent report from the Knight Foundation surveyed 18 nonprofit news outlets between 2010 to 2012 to find the most effective practices in the areas of finances, organizational structure and audience engagement.

Although most nonprofits increased revenue, relying less on foundation grants and bringing in money from individual donors, sponsorships, events and syndication, financial stability is still a big concern for nonprofit news.

Our guests: Anne Galloway, the founder and editor of Vermont-based VTDiggerMark Katches, the editorial director of the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting, and Mayur Patel, the Knight Foundation’s vice president of strategy and assessment.

VTDigger is a five-year-old organization with six full-time employees and an annual budget under $400,000; CIR was founded in 1977 and has a staff of 73 and a budget of $10 million. Read more

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Warning Job Loss Ahead

ASNE census finds 2,600 newsroom jobs were lost in 2012

The American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census today and found an unexpected acceleration of job losses. Roughly 2,600 full-time professional editorial jobs at newspapers disappeared in 2012, a 6.4 percent decline compared to 2011′s total, leaving industry news employment at 38,000.

That brings the number of reporters, editors and other journalists down almost one-third from a peak of 56,400 in 2000 and down 30.9 percent since 2006. The greatest losses — 13,500 in all — came in the recession years of 2007-2009. But a modest stabilization in 2010 and 2011, when losses slowed to 900 jobs over the two years, now appears to be over.

YEAR         TOTAL        GAIN/LOSS
2007           52,600            -2,400
2008           46,700             -5,900
2009            41,500             -5,200
2010            41,600               +100
2011             40,600             -1,000
2012             38,000              -2,600


The census began in 1978 to track progress in making newspaper staff and leadership more diverse. Read more


Journalism conferences are failing aspiring news nerds

Research notes
University of Nebraska professor Matt Waite (and a former developer at Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times) proposes “super panels” to address the shortcomings of the standard “News Nerd/technical journalism panel,” which end up “inspiring people and then giving them little direction after they walk out.” The problem, as Washington Post developer Jeremy Bowers (also a former St. Pete Times developer) puts it, is that there’s plenty of intro training, but “but there’s a big gap between that and proficiency.” Waite’s idea: Start with a panel aimed at informing and inspiring, then move to an “unconference” setup in which the panelists and others recruited to help decide on next moves — “Install some software? Map out a group project? Start hacking away? Up to those who show up.” Afterward, the super panel speakers and other recruits agree to run a study group or mentoring program. Read more


Society of Professional Journalists: Time to stop using ‘illegal alien’

The Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution at its conference earlier this week urging journalists and style guide editors to stop using the term “illegal alien” and to reconsider using “illegal immigrant.” The resolution states that only a court can judge whether someone has “committed an illegal act,” and that “the National Association of Hispanic Journalists is also concerned with the increasing use of pejorative and potentially inaccurate terms to describe the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States.” SPJ president-elect Sonny Albarado said he hopes the resolution “shows people that journalists are concerned about being accurate when they refer to people, plus I hope it helps shape the discussion.”

The SPJ resolution doesn’t state what term journalists should use instead.  Read more


NABJ co-founder says Unity’s mission has changed since NLGJA joined

Joe Davidson, co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, says he has changed his mind about having NABJ rejoin Unity since the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association joined Unity last week. “NLGJA’s inclusion in Unity changes the mission of Unity,” he tells Journal-isms’ Richard Prince. “Throughout Unity’s history, its mission has been to advance the interests of journalists of color, as its full name now, but perhaps not for long, indicates.” There’s been talk recently about Unity dropping “journalists of color” from its description. NABJ President Gregory Lee has appointed a commission to examine Unity’s governmental and financial structures and help the organization decide whether it should reunite with Unity. NABJ withdrew from Unity in April, saying it was no longer financially prudent to be part of the alliance. Read more


Three separate weekend conventions focus on digital journalism

Online News Association | Excellence in Journalism | Journalism & Women Symposium
Journalists had their pick of conventions this weekend. The Online News Association closed its 12th annual gathering by announcing its award-winners Saturday night; Flipboard won an award for technical innovation and the Asbury Park Press won the Knight Award for Public Service for “Barnegat Bay Under Stress.” The Huffington Post’s Craig Kanalley noted that Twitter, Facebook, Google and Storify were omnipresent at the convention. At the Excellence in Journalism convention (co-sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association and Society of Professional Journalists), CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien said Sunday, “When I got into this business in 1988 I was told the evening news is dead. It’s still not. Avoid the naysayers.” You can follow tweets from the convention, which goes through Tuesday, with #EIJ11. Read more


New York Times chooses UNITY conference over NABJ in 2012

The New York Times / Journal-isms
The New York Times won’t support the 2012 National Association of Black Journalists convention and instead will attend UNITY. The Times made the choice after NABJ decided to break away from UNITY, which brings members of minority journalism associations together every four years for a convention. The larger convention was convenient for media companies because they only had to attend one event rather than four. “This was never a debate about not supporting NABJ, of course. It’s about attending an alternate convention in a UNITY year,” Dana Canedy, a senior editor at the Times, said by phone. “We have every intention of returning to the NABJ convention in non-UNITY years.” Read more


How to make a URL shortener for yourself or your organization

Ever wonder how The New York Times shortens its links on Twitter to “,” followed by some combo of letters and numbers?

If not, maybe you should. In 2010 social media traffic to news sites continued to grow for large and small news organizations. Utilizing a branded URL shortener is just one piece of a smart social media strategy, and it’s not all that difficult to do.

First, you may need to convince someone at your organization that this is an effort worth making. Here are a few good reasons:

  • Custom URL shorteners let those sharing and viewing tweets know that the link can be trusted. Given that spammers use link shorteners to trick users, it’s worthwhile to share your content via a shortened link that users recognize and won’t be afraid to click on.
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Annenberg Foundation gives $50M to USC j-school

LAT || USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
The gift will pay for a new 90,000-square-foot building with studios and newsrooms for the digital age. || Read the release. Read more

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