This Week in #Journalism: The Migration to Online News

Drones, serious women and the migration to online news.  The news is moving online and if the big boys don’t keep up, the news will find it’s own way there.  Will serious journalism of the future come from a drone journalist via an online women’s magazine?


Drone Journalists

“The Society of Professional Drone Journalists (yep, that exists), propose a pyramid to prioritize what should be taken into account when a reporter wants to use a drone.”


The Migration to Online News

“Young people are more willing to pay for online news than any other age group, according to a major study of internet habits.  The survey of 11,000 internet users in nine countries including the UK found that 25- to 34-year-olds are twice as likely to part with their cash for digital news than older readers.  According to the study, 20% of 25- to 34-year-olds said they had paid for online news compared with less than 10% of those aged over 55.”


“The idea here is that, with the paywall, the newspaper’s journalists have to do extra-heavy duty promoting stories in social media, because the general web audience can’t be counted on to do it on their behalf. So The Times built a simple tool that, when an important story is published, sends an email to Times reporters asking them to please retweet it.”


“As magazines search for new mobile monetization models from devices, two legendary monthly titles [The Atlantic Weekly and Esquire] are experimenting with weekly digital-only versions.”  “The content and business models are similar for both titles. Each has about five or six pieces in each weekly issue that draw from the range of digital and traditional content the brands now create across platforms.”


“A new study shows that Facebook is one of the top sources of news in some Arab nations, thanks in part to a growing use of social media — and a distrust of traditional media sources.”


“Any number of big stories have started out as untouchable in suspect news outlets like The National Enquirer, but eventually broke into the mainstream. But now information increasingly finds its own digital path, and if the news is big enough, it will be seen by all, regardless of who first puts it out in the world.”


“Even the venerable New York Times appears to be getting the message that the news is no longer beholden to certain traditional outlets — it can and will find the easiest route to reach the audience it deserves.”  “The New York Times and other outlets used to be the water company, but they are no longer the only outlet — and if they provide too much resistance, the news will flow elsewhere. Whether that is ultimately good or bad for journalism remains to be seen, but it is a fact.”


“A survey of journalists in fifteen countries reveals some interesting differences in attitudes to social media. Here are some highlights.

  • 59 percent of journalists are tweeting in 2013, versus 47 percent in 2012.
  • Twitter use is highest in English-speaking countries, while barely a third of German journalists have a Twitter account.
  • Citizen journalism is making inroads: A fifth of those surveyed said it carries as much credibility in their organization as mainstream reporting.
  • Thirty-nine percent of journalists regards themselves as “digital first” (perhaps the flip side is more striking — 61 percent still regard themselves as print journalists).”


“Reinventing the article is what I jump out of bed thinking about,” said Anthony De Rosa in an e-mail interview about his latest career move. Starting June 17, De Rosa will be doing just that as the Reuters social media editor takes on his new editor-in-chief position at mobile-only news service Circa.”


Serious Journalism in Women’s Magazines

“Are women’s magazines avoiding “serious journalism”? Guess it all depends on who’s deciding what’s serious.

The New Republic asks that question in a new article, and our biggest problem with this debate (and, to be honest, the term “longform journalism”) is that it can often run everything through a male-skewed filter of what counts as “serious journalism.” We’ve seen serious storytelling in both.”


“Men’s magazines devote more space to longer stories than do women’s magazines.”  “The writers and editors defending women’s magazines this week argue that it’s male bias in the magazine industry that fails to view more traditionally feminine forms of writing as “serious.” I hope we can also take this opportunity to question why women’s writing is aligned so heavily with personal essays and service journalism—the forms that are the cheapest and ad-friendliest to produce.”


Robbie Myers: Yes, Women’s Magazines Can Do Serious Journalism. In Fact, We’ve Been Doing It For A While.”




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