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‘Fox & Friends’: ‘We are not, we were not’ taking domestic violence lightly

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Program may feature fewer domestic violence jokes: “Fox & Friends” co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy had a real laff-fest over a video, released by TMZ, that showed the football player battering his then fiancée in an elevator. “I think the message is, take the stairs,” Kilmeade quipped. The program will address the remarks today. (WP) | That address in full:

    Peter King writes about the “lapse in reporting on my part” that led to him writing NFL officials had previously seen the Rice tape. “No one from the league has ever knocked down my report to me, and so I was surprised to see the claim today that league officials have not seen the tape.” (SI) | “At the time, it was important for the NFL to establish that it was taking great pains to investigate the incident.” (Deadspin) | Sally Jenkins: “It simply defies belief that league and team officials couldn’t have seen it if they wanted to.” (WP) | AP has seen a longer version of the video. (AP) | “Seedy as it feels to read it, TMZ is a triumph of a news organization.” (Politico)

  2. Piano Media buys Press+: The small Slovakian paywall company plans aggressive expansion in Latin America and Europe, Rick Edmonds reports. It has named Kelly Leach, the publisher of WSJ’s European edition, as its CEO. (Poynter) | Know your Piano: Ken Doctor wrote about the company in 2011. (Nieman) I wrote something in 2012. (Poynter) | Newsweek chose Piano to administer its paywall earlier this year. (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  3. More paywall news: Esquire asks readers to donate $2.99 before reading Tom Junod‘s 2003 article “The Falling Man.” The money will go to a scholarship fund at Marquette University named for James Foley. (AdAge)
  4. Politico plots move to Europe: Its Euro HQ will be in Brussels, Michael Calderone reports. “On Monday morning, Politico CEO Jim VandeHei told senior editors that the company’s plans for Europe are ‘much bigger than anyone is thinking.’” (HuffPost)
  5. BuzzFeed taps SimpleReach to do analytics for former partners: The publication is ending its partner network. “Publishers that sign up for the free service will get a limited, real-time dashboard of trending content, similar to what BuzzFeed was providing.” (Digiday) | Frédéric Filloux will not forgive BuzzFeed for those “Frozen” GIFs: “We never saw a down/mass market product morphing into a premium media,” he writes. (Monday Note) | **Cough** “Pet Sounds”! “Revolver”! **Cough**
  6. Carol Loomis talks about her career: “After my first story, which wasn’t very good, I got absolutely rabid about collecting every fact I could before I ever interviewed anybody,” she tells Ryan Chittum. “I believed that if you’ve done your homework, then about one minute into the interview they don’t even notice whether you’re a man or a woman.” (CJR)
  7. Man seeks j-school degree: 71-year-old Martti Lahtinen took a buyout from the Ottawa Citizen in 2009 after 23 years on the job, and has decided to finish his journalism degree. (His 97-year-old mother is encouraging him.) When Lahtinen gets his degree, Trevor Greenway reports, “He says he may just hang it on his wall and continue his retirement – or in his camper when he travels across Canada. He just hopes the school spells his name right.” (Metro)
  8. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: The Arizona Daily Sun fronts a photo of flooding in Phoenix. (Courtesy the Newseum)
  9. Scotsman covers independence movement: Edinburgh’s Scotsman newspaper removed a ban on mentions of a pro-independance blog, Wings Over Scotland, in its comments section after Martin Belam tested out rumors of a ban and wrote about it. (Martin Belam) | Earlier this week, the Scotsman ran an article suggesting an ISIS link to Scotland’s independence movement. (The Scotsman) | The country’s independence referendum is next Thursday. | Really good point: Will an independent Scotland get its own Eurovision entry? (BuzzFeed)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Mike McCarthy is now senior vice president and general manager of CNN International. Previously, he was senior vice president of programming at CNN. (The Wrap) | David Fallis is now deputy investigative editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was an investigative reporter there. (The Washington Post) | Usha Sahay is a news editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was director of digital outreach at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. (@ushasahay) | James Corden will host “The Late Late Show.” He is an actor and comedian. (The Guardian) | John Laposky is now editor-in-chief of This Week in Consumer Electronics. He was managing editor there. (New Bay Media) | Job of the day: The International Business Times is looking for a technology reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Are you paying too much for the NYT?

The New York Times has introduced three new digital subscription tiers in recent months — and added new benefits to others. So it’s a good time to reevaluate which price point and products are right for you. You might be surprised to find out you’re paying too much for your Times subscription.

I was still under the impression that my Sunday print subscription was the cheapest way for me to also get all the digital benefits I wanted (Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton wrote about this print subsidization phenomenon a few years back). But it turns out I can get every digital product I actually use for a couple fewer bucks per week — if I’m willing to give up the physical newspaper. Read more


Missourian paywall is ‘Biggest buzzkill,’ student paper says

The Maneater

The Columbia Missourian’s paywall “makes no sense,” Jill Deutsch writes in University of Missouri student paper The Maneater, dubbing the gate the university’s “Biggest buzzkill” in its Year in Review package.

It makes no sense for journalism students, many of whom are, uh, required to take reporting classes with the Missourian. That means that besides shelling out for those credit hours and providing free labor for a professional newspaper, these students have to pay extra money in order for them (and potential employers) to access their own work.

Professional editors oversee a student staff at the Missourian, which covers the city of Columbia. It launched a paywall in 2012 that charges for articles more than 24 hours old. The paywall, which costs $6 per month, brings in about $40,000 per year, The Maneater reported in January.

Last December the Missouri Students Association requested the Missourian find some way to make the paper free for students, and Missourian GM Dan Potter committed to doing so.

“Yet, it is the end of the year, and the wall is still standing,” Deutsch writes. Read more


No paginated articles for members of Slate’s new membership program

Slate | Nieman

Slate’s new membership program Slate Plus launched Monday, and Editor David Plotz reels off some of the premiums in the $5 per month/$50 per year program he says will lead to a “a richer, smoother Slate experience” in his announcement: “special access to favorite Slate writers and editors.” Early access to some features. A really nice-looking mug.

All of which pales compared to the most important benefit: No more paginated articles.

Slate will be sleeker for Slate Plus members. We know how much some of you dislike pagination: Slate Plus members will automatically get single-page articles throughout the site. Members will also be able to read and post comments directly on article pages, rather in a pop-up window, and we’ll highlight member comments.

The membership is not a paywall — all Slate’s content is still free for cheapskates. (Though the idea of eliminating annoyances in exchange for cash may be interesting to publishers no matter how or whether they charge for content — I would consider paying to never see “Read more” followed by a URL when I paste a quote into a blog post.)

Nieman’s Josh Benton writes that Slate Plus’ value “isn’t single-page stories or a pre-show spritzer with Emily Bazelon — it’s just the fact that it’s an opportunity for people willing to pay to do so.”

There are Slate superfans whose relationship with the site stretches more than a decade. Slate’s done a good job of pushing the personalities of its writers, which strengthens those reader–website connections. I suspect for many who sign up for Slate Plus, the decision will be less of a cost–benefit analysis and more of a “sure, they’ve given me a lot of good stuff over the years — I’ll throw them some coin.” Think of people who give to their local NPR station: It’s not really for the totebag.

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Why The Seattle Times lowered its paywall during the mudslide — but not completely

The mudslide near Oso, Wash., on March 22 and its aftermath commanded national attention, but one local news organization was in position to own the story.

That meant The Seattle Times had a decision to make: Was its tirelessly produced news about the disaster and the search for survivors so important that it merited a suspension of the website’s year-old paywall?

Yes and no. Read more


Slate to introduce Amazon Prime-like membership plan

The New York Times

“Slate Plus” will launch Tuesday, Leslie Kaufman reports. While all Slate’s content will remain available for free, readers who pay $5 per month (or $50 per year) will get “special access to the site’s editors and writers, as well as members-only discussions with Emily Yoffe, Slate’s Dear Prudence advice columnist.” They’ll also get input into profiles, ad-free podcasts and discounts on events.

“Our model is Amazon Prime, which keeps adding benefits,” Slate Editor David Plotz told Kaufman.

In late 2012, Jeff Bercovici reported Slate might be considering a paywall. (The company tried one long ago but didn’t think it worked.) Paywalls “don’t make sense for a site like ours,” Weisberg told me at the time. He did say Slate was looking at a membership model. Read more


Guardian builds a business around ‘snacking’ | CJR | PressGazette

Guardian CEO Andrew Miller told attendees of the Digital Media Strategies conference in London that his publication doesn’t assume readers stay with one news source all day long, Rachel Bartlett reports. Keeping the doors to its journalism open, Miller said, means a big audience outside the publication’s native U.K. And indeed the Guardian recently reported double-digit growth in digital revenue.

“The reality of the world is that people snack,” he said, and the Guardian approach is to “build a business around that”, he added.

Miller said entities that refer traffic to the Guardian “aren’t our enemies, these are our friends.” He said it’s “essential to our business model to ensure our journalism is read,” Bartlett reports.

“This isn’t about trying to protect old business models. It is about how the web works.”

A display in the Guardian’s offices in 2013. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)
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From Lucia Moses’ profile of Hearst CEO Steve Swartz:

While many newspapers have turned to paywalls to offset declining ad revenue, Hearst has clung to free access. Some see this as lacking innovation, but Swartz counters that Hearst chose to place its bets on household penetration and that its free newspaper sites are profitable without paywalls. “If you put a gate on your free website, you’re giving up a powerful tool to reach the consumer, and we think that’s a better strategy than putting up a paywall,” he says.

Lucia Moses, Adweek


Sun-Times will test Bitcoin paywall

The Domains

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.

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Cincinnati TV station plans paywall on its website


WCPO will introduce a paywall for much of its website content early next year, NetNewsCheck reports.

Over the past year, the ABC affiliate’s site has added more than 30 editorial staffers to its digital reporting team, including eight veteran reporters covering local crime and justice, politics, business, education and the arts.

Paywalls are increasingly common for newspaper sites — 41 percent of U.S. dailies will have them after Digital First Media puts its paywalls in place, Ken Doctor wrote recently — but they’re an elusive species among TV stations, which could arguably benefit from competitors putting their content behind a gate.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, like all Gannett-owned papers, has a metered paywall. The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns WCPO, announced at the end of 2012 it would install paywalls for all of its newspaper sites.

You can see the stories WCPO considers premium content on its site now: They’re marked with a “9″ logo. Read more