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  1. NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia: Part of a July 25 column “used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form,” a grisly editor’s note reads. (NYT) | Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Ravi Somaiya “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” (NYT) | “It seems to me that there can be little dispute about the claim,” Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday. “Anyone can see the similarity.” (NYT)
  2. E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications will combine broadcast properties, spin off newspapers: The companies “are so similar and share the deep commitment to public service through enterprise journalism,” Scripps Chairman Richard A. Boehne says. Among the newspapers in the new company, named Journal Media Group: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The (Memphis, Tennessee) Commercial Appeal (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) | “The complicated transaction is the latest move by media companies to focus on either television or print operations, with nearly all choosing to leave behind the slower-growing print business.” (NYT) | Al Tompkins: Scripps “is well positioned to cash in on mid-term political spending with stations in hotly contested political grounds of Ohio and Florida.” (Poynter) | “This deal looks much better for print spinoff than the Tribune deal. No debt or pension obligation. That is huge.” (@dlboardman)
  3. News Corp may bring back something like The Daily: It’s “working on an app-based news service aimed at ‘millennial’ readers” that would “would blend original reporting with repurposed content from News Corp properties such as the Wall Street Journal,” Matthew Garrahan reports. (FT) | Earlier this month, News Corp VP of product Kareem Amin talked about a project in development: “Our users are getting older and our products don’t have as much reach into the younger generation, and we would like to reach them on mobile devices,” Craig Silverman reports he said. (API) | #TBT: Jeff Sonderman on lessons from The Daily’s demise (Poynter)
  4. David Frum apologizes: Images from Gaza he questioned “do appear authentic, and I should not have cast doubt on them.” (The Atlantic) | “Atlantic spokesperson Anna Bross says Frum isn’t facing any repercussions from the company.” (Poynter) | “Frum showed how utterly inclined he is to believe and recirculate a claim of Palestinian photo fakery. Journalists guard against their biases by checking their reporting before publishing it.” (The Washington Post)
  5. Is Vocativ for real? The company, which says it plumbs the “deep web” for stories, has a deal to provide video to MSNBC and is about to announce a series on Showtime. But many who’ve used its vaunted software, Johana Bhuiyan reports, describe “a milieu in which they and other employees continually misled the company’s leadership about the usefulness of the software in their reporting, writing and video work.” Also worth noting: One exec tells Bhuiyan the company paid George Takei “under-the-counter” to tweet stories. (Capital) | #TBT: This is Bhuiyan’s last story for Capital; she’s moving over to BuzzFeed. Earlier this month, she gave advice to media reporters: “Turn your computer off once in a while.” (Poynter)
  6. Where did Plain Dealer journalists land? A year ago today, the paper cut about a third of its newsroom. Where are they now? There “aren’t a lot of of jobs that are cooler than being a reporter,” John Horton, who now works in media relations at Cuyahoga Community College, said. “I mean, that’s what Superman was.” (Poynter)
  7. Why Twitter’s diversity statistics matter: The company is 70 percent male and 59 percent white. That’s “a problem because white men unconsciously build products for white men – products that subtly discourage anyone else from using them,” Jess Zimmerman writes. (The Guardian) | Related: How would Twitter users react if it offered a moderated, Facebook-style feed? (Gigaom)
  8. Thomson Reuters releases second-quarter results: Revenue at the news division was down 1 percent from the same period last year. (Thomson Reuters) | The company’s cost-cutting program helped swing it to a profit, even as net income “was little changed.” (Bloomberg News)
  9. Here is a picture of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the Washington Post newsroom: “Very, very cool moment.” (‏@JoshWhiteTWP) | Related: Jeremy Barr asks Post Executive Editor Marty Baron whether “that traditional path” to the Post, through small papers, is still the way in. Baron: “I would say that that model passed a long time ago.” (Capital)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Margery Eagan will be a spirituality columnist for Crux, The Boston Globe’s Catholicism vertical. Previously, she was a columnist for The Boston Herald. Lauren Shea is now a project director at The Boston Globe. Formerly, she was a senior digital producer at Arnold Worldwide. Corey Gottlieb and Angus Durocher will be executive directors of digital strategy and operations for and The Globe’s online marketplace. Formerly, Gottlieb was a senior manager of product development at Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Durocher was a lead engineer at YouTube. Adam Vaccaro, formerly a writer at Inc. Magazine, has joined The Globe as a staff writer, along with Sara Morrison and Eric Levenson, both from The Atlantic Wire. Laura Amico, the creator of Homicide Watch, has also joined The Globe as news editor in charge of multimedia and data projects. ( | Lindsay Zoladz will be pop music critic for New York magazine. She’s currently an associate editor at Pitchfork. (@lindsayzoladz) | Eva Rodriguez will be a senior editor at Politico Magazine. Formerly, she was an editorial writer at The Washington Post. (@DylanByers) | Job of the day: Oregon Public Broadcasting is looking for an assignment editor! Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Former staffers share regrets, blame for The Daily’s demise

The Daily Beast | Gizmodo
You might think you’ve read enough about The Daily’s demise — our analysis, others’ analysis and then the analysis of the analysis. But Michael Moynihan puts a nice bow on the story with a good “view from inside the collapse.”

The Daily Beast writer interviewed six of the iPad news publication’s laid-off employees. One big revelation: There’s a lot more of them than previously thought.

News Corp. initially said “technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post.” Moynihan reports only two editorial staffers have been retained by the Post so far: editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo and gossip columnist Richard Johnson. Read more

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2 major lessons from the demise of The Daily

The publisher of News Corp.’s The Daily said earlier this year that the iPad-only publication might need a few more years to be profitable. Today the company announced it won’t get that chance.

Although it has been one of the most-popular and highest-grossing iPad news apps, The Daily was unable to gather enough paying subscribers at 99 cents a week or $39.99 a year to sustain itself.

In a note to staff, The Daily’s publisher and editor-in-chief said, “Although we have over 100,000 passionate paying subscribers, unfortunately we have not been able to build a big enough audience fast enough to make our business model work.”

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch set a high bar. He said early on that The Daily would be a success “when we are selling millions.” With expenses running at about a half million dollars a week, the publication would have needed near 500,000 subscribers at $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year just to break even. So one big failing was the business model.

News Corp. will shut it down on Dec. 15 and as of this morning the apps are no longer available for download. Some of the approximately 120 employees will be folded into the New York Post staff.

Being the first-of-a-kind is as dangerous as it is exciting in the technology world. With few or no prior examples to learn from, you’re left to try stuff and learn the hard way. With the benefit of hindsight, there seem to be at least two other major lessons from The Daily’s failure:

1. Audience clarity. It was difficult to grasp who exactly was the intended audience of The Daily. It excelled at interactive elements and visual appeal, but the contents were so sprawling and varied that it was tough to know who this publication was speaking for and to.

2. One platform isn’t enough. The Daily was first imagined as the daily news magazine for the iPad era. Going with a tablet-first strategy was a great, ambitious idea.

But going with a tablet-only strategy? In hindsight, questionable.

Research has since shown that tablet owners are “digital omnivores” who consume media seamlessly across tablets, smartphones, PCs and print publications. To serve them news on only one platform is not satisfying.

Contrast that with the new direction in which we see publishers like Quartz and USA Today heading — optimizing their websites for a tablet-style swipe-and-scroll experience, but still serving readers seamlessly across all platforms.

Murdoch said, via a press release:

From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term. Therefore we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties.

Journalists outside of News Corp. will be applying those lessons too. Here are some other reactions from media figures:

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Related: Murdoch’s decision wasn’t about the money (Capital New York) | News orgs should focus on reader relationships, not readers’ devices, Jeff Jarvis says (The Guardian) | “Someone needed to see whether there was such a thing as tablet-native journalism…The answer, it turns out, is no.” (Felix Salmon/Reuters) | 3 Theses About The Daily’s Demise (Alexis Madrigal/The Atlantic) | The Daily didn’t fail, Murdoch gave up (Jack Shafer/Reuters) | Tablet readers don’t want Interactivity, says Hearst president (Mashable). Read more


News Corp. names new head of publishing division, new WSJ editor, folds ‘The Daily’

News Corp. announced details Monday describing how it will split the company, while naming Robert Thomson the new CEO of its publishing division, while promoting Gerard Baker to lead Dow Jones and become managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

The company announces in the press release:

In keeping with the company’s 60-year heritage of bringing news to the world, the publishing entity will retain the name News Corporation. The media and entertainment company, which began in earnest when Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch acquired 20th Century Fox and launched the Fox Network more than 25 years ago, will be named Fox Group.

As previously announced, Rupert Murdoch will serve as Chairman of the new News Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Fox Group. Chase Carey will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Group, with James Murdoch continuing in his capacity as Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

As part of its realignment, News Corp. will fold iPad publication, The Daily, it says. “Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post,” and the publication’s editor-in-chief, Jesse Angelo, will become publisher of the New York Post, where he has been executive editor. In the release, Rupert Murdoch said: Read more


How news organizations are taking advantage of the latest iPad’s features

The newest iPad has ushered in a new high-resolution Retina Display that renders text that’s similar to the quality you see in print.

The core of most news apps is the printed word. The coarse typography of the iPad 1 and 2 and other tablets led to less than ideal news experiences because letters and words literally don’t stand out as much on low-resolution displays. But that’s changed with the latest iPad.

News outlets have been updating their apps to take advantage of the new iPad, which features a display with twice the pixel density, 264 PPI. Apple says that pixel density qualifies the 9.7-inch iPad as a Retina Display. (Individual pixels are not perceptible by the human eye).

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen said in a phone interview that the new iPad’s display will cause people to use the device more because it’s a more enjoyable user experience, particularly for reading text.

Nielsen highlighted the crispness of typography on the new iPad. He said the higher resolution display impacts both reading speed and eyestrain, two issues that plague other consumer-grade computer monitors. These two issues have also caused people to shy away from reading longer-form content on computers.

“All commercially available computer screens have all had bad typography,” he said. “For the entire history of computers we’ve always suffered under reduced reading speed and increased eyestrain compared to print.”

States of “retina” readiness

News outlets are in various stages of adjusting their apps to the latest iPad and are facing some challenges with larger file sizes and difficult technology revisions. Some news apps aren’t updated at all for the new iPad, while others are completely redone for it. The Daily, a news publication originally created for the iPad, is naturally leading the way when it comes to taking advantage of the higher resolution display on the new iPad.

The Daily iPad app has clean-looking text that uses the native text rendering engine built into iOS. The Daily has also updated photos to look great at this higher resolution.

Greg Clayman, publisher of The Daily, believes that the higher resolution Retina Display on the new iPad will foster more reading.

“It’s just so comfortable to read on the new iPad,” he said via email.

Nielsen agrees with that assessment and believes the new iPad and rival tablets on the horizon with high-pixel density displays will prompt people to read more on tablets.

“The crispness of the typography really impacts both reading speed and eyestrain and the pleasantness of reading,” Nielsen said.

The Daily was a news organization created to produce journalism on the iPad. It would be silly if it weren’t making full use of the latest iPad technology. But what about apps from established news organizations?

The Economist hasn’t been fully updated to take advantage of the new display on the latest iPad, but overall the apps looks pretty good. This is largely because The Economist app has always made use of native text within iOS, unlike a lot of other magazine apps that rendered text as images. (Those images didn’t scale well to higher resolutions.) The Economist didn’t have to do anything to get text to render properly on the new iPad, and all old issues do a good job of rendering text on the new iPad as well.

The Economist, however, has not updated its graphical assets or photos to take advantage of the new display. Photos look pixelated and not nearly as good as what The Daily offers. Oscar Grut, managing director for Economist Digital, said in an email that higher resolution images are coming to The Economist app.

Using native iOS text made the transition much easier for some apps, he said. Other apps that used Adobe’s InDesign plugin needed to be redone.

“We haven’t faced the same problems as some other magazine publishers because we use core text, so the text renders perfectly on the new iPad,” Grut said. “We have not had to update the app for this.”

Distracting and fuzzy text

Non-updated text is distracting and hard to read on the new iPad. It’s a bit like watching standard definition content on a high-definition TV. Just as standard definition TV looks worse on a high-definition TV than it does on a standard definition one, the same effect happens on the iPad. It’s not that apps need to be updated to look even better on the new iPad; it’s that if they aren’t updated, they’re very hard to look at.

I’ve found that apps that haven’t been updated are not worth using. The text is so hard to read and distracting that it ruins the reading and news consumption experience. It’s hard to imagine someone who enjoys the typography of print getting into such a pixelated reading experience.

Some magazines are more known for their visual flair than The Economist. Vanity Fair is now taking advantage of the higher resolution display to feature higher resolution photos that show off more detail. Many users and app developers had concerns, however, that the new iPad would lead to magazine issues that were too big.

Vanity Fair, Wired and others had large file sizes, sometimes 500 MB or more. The smallest iPad has about 13.5 GB of usable storage space. At 500 MBs an issue, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for many issues or other apps or movies. And that was 500 MB per issue on a device that needs to push four times less pixels than the new iPad.

Vanity Fair recently switched to a bundled PDF format from a PNG format, which has allowed the magazine to use higher resolution art assets while also reducing the file size of their issues. Its May issue weighed in at 135 MB.

Art Director Chris Mueller said in an email that Vanity Fair also rethought some of the apps’ usability. Issues now feature less scrolling content. The Table of Contents page is several individual pages instead of one big, long scroll.

“We’re adapting and working through other quirks as they come up, but overall the huge improvement to the appearance of type and images on the tablet is worth the effort,” Mueller said of the changes made to the Vanity Fair app for the new iPad.

The Washington Post is another iPad app in transition. The text looks great, but photos are low resolution. Joey Marburger, designer for mobile and new digital products at the Post, said in an email that higher resolution photos are on the way. He cautioned that a balance needs to be struck between high resolution photos and download speed. He said that offline storage is another issue that iPad news app makers need to take into account. (iPads hold a small fraction of what desktops and laptops can hold.)

Marburger said that tablets need high resolution because they are easier on the eyes and make for a more enjoyable reading experience.

“The Kindle essentially has the highest perceived resolution because it seems so natural,” he said. “That intersection is paramount.”

The issue with old issues

Publishers also have to take into account the problem of old issues not being updated, or only partially updated. The Wired app has largely been updated, and it looks good on the new iPad. Previous issues prior to the switch look terrible on the new iPad, and Wired hasn’t gone back and updated old issues to look good on the new display.

This is true of a lot of iPad news apps. One of the nice things about the iPad is the ability to store years worth of old issues of magazines on one device. However, when some of the issues feature really crisp text and photos, and other issues feature pixelated text and blurry photos, the reading experience can be jarring.

The process of creating news apps for the iPad and other tablets is still in its infancy, and best practices are still forming. The new iPad and other tablets on the horizon may finally be able to offer some of the best parts of print in a digital format. Read more


The Daily turns 1 with 100k subscribers, but may be years away from profit

A year ago today Rupert Murdoch stood on a stage at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and unveiled the first “newspaper” built exclusively for the iPad — The Daily.

The News Corp. CEO set a high bar. He said The Daily would be a success “when we are selling millions.” With expenses running at about a half million dollars a week, the publication would need near 500,000 subscribers at $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year just to break even.

Twelve months later, the publication is not yet at that goal. But Publisher Greg Clayman is optimistic. He tells me by e-mail that The Daily has acquired more than 100,000 paying readers. Subscribers have grown 25 percent in the past four months. It’s expanding to Android tablets soon, and the iPhone may not be far off.

The Daily may have suffered more from overinflated expectations than from the publication’s own execution.

At launch, Murdoch said the target audience was the “more than 50 million Americans” who were expected to own tablet computers like the iPad by the end of 2011. In fact, only 10 percent of U.S. adults (roughly 23 million) owned tablets by December, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey. By January, strong holiday sales pushed ownership to 19 percent (roughly 44 million) — impressive, but still short of Murdoch’s anticipated 50 million.

In January, an executive acknowledged that The Daily may have launched a bit early in an immature tablet market, and financial success may take longer than expected. Which is fine, as long as News Corp. is willing to stick out the losses while the market develops.

Clayman gave me the same outlook. The Daily may need a few more years, but it’s on the right track and doing all it can in the current market. Below is our exchange about lessons learned in year one, and what’s ahead.*

Jeff Sonderman: The original benchmarks discussed last year were that 500,000 subscribers were needed to break even. Is that still the case? How many paying subscribers are there now? What is the current expectation of how long it will take to grow subscribers to that goal, and is News Corp. willing to fund the project at a loss for that amount of time?

Greg Clayman: We have 250,000 monthly readers and 100,000 paid subscribers, which have absolutely met our expectations. It generally takes a new publication an average of five to seven years to break even, and we’re operating well ahead of that curve.

How much additional support is coming from advertisements?

We’ve worked with dozens of advertisers over the past year who have created a large collection of really interesting and engaging ads for the platform. What was once seen as “experimental” is now very much a part of a standard media plan. We’re now seeing advertisers running creative across many publications, including The Daily, thus amortizing their creative development. Advertisers are an important part of our business and our overall revenue mix.

Overall, how do you describe the current condition and future prospects for The Daily?

So far so good! We were the third top grossing iPad app in all of 2011, and we’re consistently in the top-grossing spot for Newsstand apps on a daily basis. We have an established brand and a national footprint and are well-positioned for the future as the tablet market continues to boom.

We’ve been laser-focused on developing the best news publication possible for the iPad, and so far it’s working well. One thing we’re focused on for 2012 is how we migrate what makes us unique to other platforms such as iPhones and other smartphones. It’s something we’re working hard on, and you can expect to see more from us here within the next few months.

Has the style of reporting or the subjects covered changed since launch?

Sure, we’ve changed a lot since launch. We added a Travel section on Saturdays, a Book section on Sundays and a Business section seven days a week, edited by Tom Lowry. Our Flash gossip section, helmed by West Coast Bureau Chief Richard Johnson, has proven immensely popular so it has expanded. We’ve added a Daily Briefing page to the front of every issue, giving our readers the top stories in small nuggets that they can read and click for more info. This has been a hit thus far.

Any other interesting changes or findings to share with the world?

The great part about being out in market vs. launching something from scratch is that we now have a large number of daily readers who are constantly providing us with feedback. What’s worked best for us is listening to them and responding to their needs and requests. From everything to the download process to navigation to the type of content we publish. They’ve got lots of ideas and they’re not shy!

We’re also seeing a lot of interest in our special edition apps. We did a stand-alone app for the launch of the football season and one for college bowls. We did a Gadget Guide that was very popular around the holiday season as well. All told we’ve had a few hundred thousand downloads of these issues with tremendous engagement. We’re working with advertisers on some other branded stand-alone concepts; expect more of these in 2012.

* Clayman chose not to answer one of my questions, about whether The Daily has made adjustments such as cutting costs or changing the business model since launch. Read more


Was ‘The Daily’ iPad magazine launched ahead of its time?

The Wrap
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, David Brinker, The Daily’s senior vice president of business development and operations, mentioned the iPad magazine’s one-year anniversary is coming Feb. 2. Then, Lucas Shaw reports, he said: “Maybe that should have been the date we launched the app the first time.” But that doesn’t make it a failure, Brinker said: “If the marketplace takes three years to develop, just because you put out the product in year one doesn’t mean it won’t pay in three years.” || Related: The Daily to launch on Android tablets ( || Earlier: With just 120,000 weekly readers, The Daily prospects look dim ( Read more


The Daily scolds UK’s Daily Mail for lifting its Scientology series

The Daily
Staffers from the Daily iPad newspaper spent more than five weeks of reporting, writing, fact-checking and editing a two-part report on the most prestigious boarding school in the Scientology world. Last Friday — two days after the Daily’s series concluded — a remarkably similar story appeared in the Daily Mail. “Same quotes, same details, same ideas,” writes Benjamin Carlson. “In fact, there was no information in it that wasn’t contained in my article. How odd! Yet there was not one little link to our story anywhere at all (although they were kind enough to mention us a few times).” He points out that “it wasn’t quite plagiarism — that’s not how they make the sausage at the Mail. But they do run an impressive grinder and our story just got stuffed into it that day. Different product, same meat.” || Earlier stories:
* Daily Mail lifts from WP, then asks for help getting a photo
* Daily Mail uses blogger’s photos after she denies them permission
* Daily Mail runs NYT story and slaps its reporter’s byline on it Read more


With just 120,000 weekly readers, The Daily prospects look dim

Bloomberg | paidContent
The Daily has just 120,000 readers each week, far short of the 500,000 that it needs to break even, reports Bloomberg’s Edmund Lee. “The Daily’s proving to be a great R&D experiment but probably not a viable business,” news industry analyst Ken Doctor says. Staci Kramer at paidContent does the math based on how many people likely are paying for The Daily and figures that the publication is running a large deficit every week, even without accounting for initial investments, subscription discounts and Apple’s cut. “The shelf life of other News Corp. digital experiments suggests the Daily isn’t likely to survive, no matter how respectable the numbers, unless it shows real signs it can get in the black,” she writes. Doctor suggests that one lesson is that it’s hard for a new brand to make it on a new platform. Kramer, though, says that when you compare The Daily’s numbers to Hearst and Conde Nast publications, it doesn’t look as bad. || Earlier:The Daily” iPad app approaching 1 million downloadsWho exactly is the intended audience of The Daily?

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How The Daily’s David Knowles came up with the ‘Best. Lede. Ever.’

Romenesko Misc. | The Daily
He coulda been a credenza. That lede on David Knowles’ piece about the estate of Marlon Brando suing a retailer over its “Brando” furniture line has gone viral. “I’ve been pretty surprised by the reaction,” Knowles tells me. “Right away, I heard back from a few editors at the Daily. Messages like “Best. Lede. Ever.” Great to have that kind of encouragement from the people one works with.” On Thursday – the day after the story ran – there were plaudits in his inbox and on his Facebook page, some from Daily colleagues, and a few from old friends. Knowles writes in an email:

By mid-day we saw that journalists and professors were re-tweeting it, and then knew that we should try to push it a bit further in the social media sphere. As far as I know there are no awards for best lede, but Jebediah Reed (at the Daily) nominated it for that category. FARK ended up picking up the story yesterday, and I’m still seeing tweets and getting e-mail about it. Essentially, I think it worked because it made people laugh and distilled the essence of the dust up between a film icon and a furniture company.

The idea for it came as Mike Nizza (the Daily’s Managing Editor) and I were joking around via IM. We often do that when discussing discussing how to attack a story. We were sending potential hashtags about the piece back and forth. Can’t remember them all, but one was #Kurtzsectionals, and then I typed #icouldabeenacredenza. That got a laugh, but he didn’t say, Yes, that’s the lede! Cracking jokes in a lede is a tricky matter, especially when there’s a serious matter you’re covering (even a lawsuit), but I decided to go for it in this case.

What’s your second best lede? I asked. “I don’t know. I’ve written 2-3 pieces per day for about 5 years now, and none of the ledes have ever garnered this much response. Probably, I’ll end up putting it on my tombstone: Here lies the man who wrote the lede “He coulda been a credenza.” Read more