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First Look seeks a publisher who can react ‘calmly to criticism’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. (Please read the note below if you’d like to keep getting this email.)

  1. Second looks at First Look

    Andrew Rice's profile of First Look Media founder Pierre Omidyar unspools the billionaire's animating interest in pandemics and Edward Snowden's revalations. It also catalogs the startup's awkward first steps. "The confusion inherent to any start-up has been exacerbated by Omidyar’s ruminative style," he writes. “I’ve never met Pierre in person,” Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald tells Rice. (New York) | The NYT snagged a First Look solicitation for a publisher who can react "calmly to criticism and negative feedback." (NYT) | Related: Micah Lee writes about how he helped Snowden, Greenwald and Laura Poitras connect, and the dashed plans for a Snowden site called supportonlinerights.com. (The Intercept)

  2. 100,000 reasons to work on getting Jill Abramson's email address

    Writers at the startup she plans with Steven Brill "will be paid advances around $100,000 to produce stories that will be longer than long magazine articles but shorter than books," Kelly McBride reports.

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NYT ends partnership with Texas Tribune

mediawiremorningHappy Halloween! Here are 10 scaaaaary media stories.

  1. NYT ends partnership with Texas Tribune

    The Times told the news nonprofit that at the end of this year it will no longer produce a two-page section for the paper's Texas edition. "We hate to see the whole thing come to an end, but it's like that line from The Godfather: It’s business, not personal," Trib EIC Evan Smith writes. (Texas Tribune) | Interesting inversion: The Dallas Morning News' Sunday edition will include an insert produced by the New York Times. (NYTCo) | Related: CEO Mark Thompson wants the Times to be “unashamedly experimental.” (Nieman Lab) | 9 takeways from the New York Times Co. 3rd quarter earnings call (Poynter) | Only slightly related to that last related item: Rick Edmonds notes that Denise Warren is the third woman Times exec to leave in the past three years; Erik Wemple reported yesterday that the last woman on The Washington Post's masthead is leaving.

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How to build a news apps team (Hint: if you don’t have a lot of money, settle for scrappy)

It isn’t really a question of whether you need a news apps team or not. The question for most newsrooms is what kind of news apps team can you afford? And then, how can you keep them as long as possible, given your scarce resources?

Programmers and developers with journalistic inclinations are in high demand. They command good salaries and they tend to want to live in places where there is a vibrant tech industry.

That means big newsrooms with big budgets in big cities have a distinct advantage. So smaller newsrooms with smaller budgets must be realistic and strategic.

Emily Ramshaw, editor of the Texas Tribune, and Jonathan Keegan, director of interactive graphics at the Wall Street Journal, offered up tips and strategies this past weekend at ONA14 for building the best news apps team possible. (Concession: The WSJ is hardly a small newsroom, but Keegan argues he has a tiny apps team compared to the more than 350 developers working across all departments at the New York Times.)

Ramshaw will have four developers on her team at the Texas Tribune as soon as she makes a couple hires, up from two. Read more

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Texas Tribune’s biggest day was after Rick Perry announced presidential run

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About 6.4 million people have visited the nonprofit news site — which focuses on public policy, politics and government — since it launched two years ago today. The day it attracted the most visitors (143,689 uniques) was the Monday after Texas Governor Rick Perry declared he was running for the GOP presidential nomination.

Metrics from the first two years:

On average, visitors view about five pages per visit. The site is in the midst of a fall fundraising drive, with about $10.3 million pledged so far. It’s “an awful lot of money to raise in the worst economy since the Depression,” writes CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith. Read more

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

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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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New Knight study identifies 3 surprising keys to nonprofit news business success

The Knight Foundation has a new study out this morning examining the business models for seven locally-based nonprofit news sites in their drive to achieve sustainability.

Focusing on high-profile ventures such as Texas Tribune and Voice of San Diego, the report, “Getting Local,” concludes that none of the sites are all the way to sustainability yet.  But they are well along and developing best practices that other geographically-based ventures can learn from.

The report identifies three “next-stage” opportunities, each with a flavor of paradox:

  • While the sites were founded in part as a reaction to declines in newspaper and other traditional media coverage, they do better if they set editorial goals beyond simply replacing what is gone. Engaging a specific audience and demonstrating social utility will be key to attracting continued and broader support.
  • While all relied on foundation grants and/or a few big-ticket donors to get started, the best are diversifying income streams to include membership campaigns, events, sponsorships and advertising.
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Texas editor on Perry: ‘What you’re seeing now is effectively who we’ve seen all these years’

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“He’s not dropping more g’s for effect. This is not a cowboy shtick he’s putting on display for a point of contrast against Romney,” says Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith. Texas Observer executive editor Dave Mann adds:
“Even if the Bernanke line was a slip up, the Perry people won’t back down. They’re not going to apologize or show weakness. Of all the potentially controversial things [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry’s said and done over the years, I can remember only one real apology — when he said ‘Adios, Mofo’ to a Houston television reporter.” || Washington Post: Perry’s “facts” on climate change get a “Four Pinocchios” rating. || Earlier: Perry tries to stop reporters from following him on Twitter, and more stories from Romenesko’s archives. Read more

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Texas Observer: We have ‘the first non-puff piece’ about Texas Tribune

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Many stories have been written about the nonprofit Texas Tribune — launched by venture capitalist John Thornton and edited by award-winning former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith — but Texas Observer editor Bob Moser tells me his press critic has written “the first non-puff piece written so far, I believe, about the well-funded, well-staffed” site. He continues in his email:

The Tribune has garnered considerable publicity nationally as a “new model” for nonprofit journalism. But the journalism itself has been mighty disappointing.

So you’ll know, we aren’t direct competitors — except, in some cases, for donors and grants. Very different styles of journalism, different missions, different target audiences. I’d love to see them produce high-impact reporting and memorable stories. God knows the Sovereign Republic of Texas desperately needs more of that. But alas: So far, not so good.

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Texas Tribune, Bay Citizen to split $975,000 Knight grant

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The nonprofits will use the money to build a free, open source publishing platform that helps other online news sites manage their content, encourage community engagement and raise revenue. “Organizations will no longer be faced with the cost and expense of developing their own publishing platforms from the ground up, or tied to using systems that were not meant for online news,” says Bay Citizen chief technology officer Brian Kelley. || Read the release. Read more

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