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Only about 10 percent of online readers pay for news

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Despite news organizations’ efforts to offer readers more ways to pay for digital news, only about 10 percent of online users worldwide are actually paying, according to a new report from Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. “Digital News Report 2014″ surveyed more than 18,000 people in several countries, including the U.S., U.K., Brazil and Japan.

Those findings are consistent, the report finds, with similar studies from Pew “which suggests that industry activity does not necessarily mean more individuals are paying for news but rather that ‘more revenue is being squeezed out of a smaller, or at least flat, number of paying consumers.’”

Some other findings:

– Of those who do pay for news, a higher proportion are paying for online subscriptions. The figure rose from 43 percent to 59 percent, “compared with a one-off payment like a day pass or app download.”

– Sixty-one percent of people who pay for their news around the world are male, more than half have a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree, and about 42 percent get their news on a tablet. Read more

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French broadcasters charge beaucoup bucks to show D-Day anniversary coverage

Associated Press

Two French television stations have been given exclusive rights to film the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Associated Press reported Friday, and they want $265,000 from other networks, including the AP and Reuters, to broadcast and livestream the events.

The French host broadcasters, France Televisions and TF1, are demanding that global news providers AP, AFP, Reuters and ENEX pay nearly 200,000 euros ($265,000) collectively for live broadcast and online streaming coverage of the official ceremonies, which feature at least 18 heads of state.

The French networks are providing coverage free to European state broadcasters, who belong to the 100-member European Broadcasting Union consortium.

U.S. troops arrive in Normandy in June 1944. (AP Photo)

Philippe Massonnet, global news director of Agence France-Presse, and Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor of AP, both protested the decision.

“By granting access to only a few select channels and charging prohibitive sums, millions of viewers around the world will be unable to witness this historic, global event, the solemnity of which will reflect the commitment of an international array of forces 70 years ago,” Carroll said.

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Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathien

Reuters ‘left the little guys to take the rap,’ editor of Thai publication says

At one point, the relationship between Reuters and the English-language Thai news site Phuketwan was pretty good, Phuketwan Editor Alan Morison said in a phone call with Poynter. Reuters had hired Phuketwan reporter Chutima Sidasathian twice to help with what became a series of reports on the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group from Myanmar. The reports showed, among other things, that Thai authorities delivered Rohingya refugees to human traffickers; the series eventually won a Pulitzer.

Phuketwan, which averages about 9,000 readers a day, has reported on the Rohingya for seven years, Morison said, so “it was natural for Reuters to call me and get a briefing from me” when Stuart Grudgings and Jason Szep began reporting the series. Phuketwan even quoted a 41-word paragraph from a Reuters special report on the Rohingya (it’s not a Reuters client but wanted to point readers to Reuters’ reporting, Morison said). And not long after that, things went south. Read more

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Reuters will investigate CNN plagiarist’s work

Reuters was “not aware of any concerns raised” about Marie-Louise Gumuchian’s work when she was a reporter there, Head of Corporate Affairs David Crundwell tells Poynter in an email. “However in light of press reports we are reviewing her stories.”

CNN said Friday it had dismissed Gumuchian, a news editor in London, after finding plagiarism in more than 50 of her stories. A CNN source told Poynter she had primarily lifted copy from Reuters. “She worked for us for about six months, so if we found that many in six months I can’t imagine the job Reuters has now,” the source told Craig Silverman. Read more

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Reuters will defend ‘vigorously’ if Thai police move to arrest journalists

Agence France-Presse | Phuketwan

Reuters journalists “will be summoned in the next few days to acknowledge defamation charges” in Thailand, Agence France-Presse reports. “If they do not come, arrest warrants will be issued,” Lt. Somkid On-Jan of Phuket’s Vichit Police Station told AFP. Somkid didn’t name the journalists, but Reuters’ Stuart Grudgings and Jason Szep wrote an article about Thai authorities selling members of a Muslim minority group in Myanmar to human traffickers. It was part of a series that won a Pulitzer Prize.

“We’re aware that a captain in the Royal Thai Navy filed a criminal complaint against Reuters and two Reuters journalists, Stuart Grudgings and Jason Szep, arising out of the Rohingya coverage, and that the complaint alleges violations of the Computer Crimes Act,” David Crundwell, Thomson Reuters’ head of corporate affairs, told Poynter in an email. “If necessary we will defend our story, along with our right to publish, vigorously.”

Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison, two reporters from the English language website Phuketwan who excerpted 41 words of the Reuters report, have already been charged, Phuketwan reports. Read more

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Reuters finance writer Felix Salmon is headed for Fusion. He tells why on Medium:

“Fusion, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a joint venture between ABC and Univision. It’s a TV channel aimed mainly at millennials, whose only real guiding rule is that it’s going to stay away from anything conventional…

“But the core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text. Text has had an amazing run, online, not least because it’s easy and cheap to produce. When it comes to digital storytelling, however, the possibilities — at least if you have the kind of resources that Fusion has — are much, much greater. I want to do immersive digital stuff, I want to make animations, I want to use video, I want to experiment with new ways of communicating in a new medium.”

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On Thursday, Felix Salmon wrote “Against beautiful journalism” for Reuters, noting the disconnect readers feel when all stories, regardless of their merit, get the same polished treatment online.

Today, when you read a story at the New Republic, or Medium, or any of a thousand other sites, it looks great; every story looks great. Even something as simple as a competition announcement comes with a full-page header and whiz-bang scrollkit graphics. All too often, the result is a cognitive disconnect: why is the website design telling me that this short blog post is incredibly important, when in reality it’s just a blockquote and a single line of snark? All too often, when I visit a site like Slate or Quartz, I feel let down when I read something short and snappy — something which I might well have enjoyed, if it just took up a small amount of space in an old-fashioned reverse-chronological blog. The design raises my expectations, even as the writers are still expected to throw out a large number of quick takes on various subjects.

Felix Salmon

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Reuters weighs into photo licensing with new e-commerce site

Reuters on Monday launched a new photo and video e-commerce site, Reuters Access, in a revenue bid that follows the likes of The Associated Press and Getty Images.

“While our large publishing customers across the globe will continue to enjoy enterprise-level access to our content coupled with unmatched client support and service, now smaller businesses can get Reuters award-winning photography and video via an easy to use, elegant, and self-service e-commerce solution,” said Jason Fox, Reuters global head, product, technology and program management, in a news release.

The site is aimed at small and mid-sized customers, including bloggers and nonprofits. Fox explained by email that the images can be used for “editorial purposes only, such as news reporting, criticism or commentary on the subject of the photograph or video. Reuters Access photos and videos are not for commercial use, such as promotional, endorsement, advertising, merchandising, advertorials — basically in the promotion or sale of products and services.” Read more

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Reuters uses activists as photographers in Syria

The New York Times

Reuters employs rebel activists and “in one case a spokesman” as photographers in Syria, James Estrin and Karam Shoumali write. In interviews with photographers there, they say there are more issues with the wire service’s practices:

Three [photographers] also said that the freelancers had provided Reuters with images that were staged or improperly credited, sometimes under pseudonyms. And while Reuters has given the local stringers protective vests and helmets, most said that the stringers lacked training in personal safety and first aid.

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Kiev or Kyiv? Let’s choose already

Financial Times | Business Insider | Reuters

Kiev/Kyiv on Wednesday, March 5. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

My editor and I have had this discussion several times lately. Which one? Kiev or Kyiv? We don’t write Roma for Rome, but we do now write Mumbai rather than Bombay. And really, there’s not a lot of difference between the pronunciation of Kiev and Kyiv, at least when I read them.

On Friday, Ben Aris wrote about this orthographic challenge for Financial Times, noting that the White House switched to Kyiv on Thursday.

In addition, the President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv.

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