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New York Times Forges News-Gathering Partnership with Non-Profit

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Daily Finance

Will it soon be called The New York Times & Friends? The newspaper (NYT) is opening its pages to an outside entity, entering into a news-gathering partnership with The Bay Citizen, a non-profit journalism start-up based in San Francisco.

Started just last month, The Bay Citizen employs 14 people and is headed by Jonathan Weber, former editor in chief of the defunct Silicon Alley business magazine The Industry Standard. It will supply content to the Times‘s eight-month-old Bay Area section, which runs on Fridays and Saturday.

It’s not the Times’s first experiment with a news-gathering partnership. Earlier this year, the paper began recruiting New York University journalism students to contribute to a hyper-local website about Manhattan’s East Village. For a paper with famously unforgiving standards — standards that, it has made clear, apply as much to freelancers as they do to staffers — to start farming out its reporting to outsiders was bound to attract some notice.

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Report: New York Times to charge for Web content next year

Friday, May 14th, 2010

By MarketWatch

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — New York Times Co. will begin charging for online access to its articles early next year, said Bill Keller, the newspaper’s executive editor, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Keller broke the news at a Foreign Press Association dinner late Thursday, the newspaper reported.

The fees will go into effect in January. The company had laid out a user-pay strategy earlier this year, but the exact timing had been an open question.

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NY Post: WSJ stays on top

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010


New York Post

The Wall Street Journal remained the paid-circulation leader among daily newspapers for the year ended in March, while The New York Times saw its newsstand sales and home-delivery subscriptions sink by more than 100,000, according to data released yesterday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

The ABC stats show that among large daily newspapers, the Journal continued to be the nation’s No. 1 newspaper, both in terms of overall circulation and individually paid circulation, which is defined as newsstand sales and home-delivery subscriptions.

Overall, the Journal’s circulation rose 0.5 percent to nearly 2.09 million, including 414,000 subscribers who get only the newspaper’s digital edition. Individually paid circulation slipped 0.4 percent to nearly 1.49 million. (Like The Post, the Journal is owned by News Corp.)

“I don’t think there is any measure by which they can say we are not the largest newspaper in the country,” said Wall Street Journal Publisher Les Hinton.

Meanwhile, the Times continued to lose readers, recording an 8.5 percent, or nearly 88,000, decline in overall circulation to 1.04 million, and an 11.9 percent drop, or almost 102,300, in individually paid circulation to around 860,400.

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Big bucks bankroll nonprofit journalism

Monday, April 19th, 2010

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post

Sheri Fink had a medical degree, a doctorate and a nose for news, along with a tendency to rush off to disaster zones from Kosovo to Iraq. What she didn’t have was a steady paycheck to support her journalism.

Once Fink was hired by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, she spent a year investigating a New Orleans hospital where 45 patients died during Hurricane Katrina. And last week the New York Times Magazine shared a Pulitzer Prize for running her powerful, 13,000-word piece.

This is a glimpse of an unexpected future: a battered newspaper business, an idealistic start-up with a deep-pocketed liberal backer, and dogged reporters who otherwise might be out of work. If the Times was piggybacking on ProPublica — which covered about half the $400,000 cost of the investigation — the paper has plenty of company.

“That’s what we’re here for,” says Paul Steiger, the former Wall Street Journal managing editor who founded ProPublica and makes its stories available to interested outlets. “The goal is not about getting credit. The goal is getting the story before the eyes of the people who can most benefit from it.”

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Investigations and explanations – two journalism tasks where nonprofits can thrive

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

By Jason Stverak
Online Journalism Review

The newspaper industry is struggling. According to a March 2010 report from the Pew Research Center‘s annual Project for Excellence in Journalism, the American newspaper industry has lost $1.6 billion in annual reporting and editing capacity since 2000. In the last three years, the newspaper industry has cut thousands of full-time reporting and editing jobs.

The rapid decay of traditional for-profit news media is not because the public is less hungry for news. Indeed, the Pew study shows that Americans are avidly interested in news. What has changed is that Americans for the most part aren’t willing to pay for news, mostly because they believe they can get all the news they want without paying for it.

So how will America fill the growing void in journalism as traditional for-profit media models fail?

The answer is in nonprofit journalism organizations dedicated to producing quality journalism for all news consumers.

But what is nonprofit journalism? What purpose does it serve?

As most people would agree, journalism is gathering, verifying and conveying news, descriptive material and opinion — increasingly in the 21stcentury through a widening spectrum of media. A nonprofit organization operates to serve the public good without the shackle of debt and dividends.

Combining non and profit, two simple words, can create massive confusion.

The obvious answer is that nonprofit journalism is freed from the crippling constraints of business, but that definition is far too simple. Nonprofit journalism, which has grown exponentially over the last few years, has truly become the answer for an ailing news industry.

Online journalism organizations fill a void that traditional news media no longer can. One void is investigative journalism, the most effective weapon of the press, which has all but disappeared from many traditional newsrooms.

Many of the nonprofit journalism organizations serve as watchdogs on government, Wall Street and the media itself. Some serve as explanatory journalists, who have the space and time to elucidate the complex details of issues that newspapers and television cannot.

These nonprofit journalists are also showing the world that you don’t need to work at the New York Times or Washington Post to make headlines. Just recently, state-based watchdog groups demonstrated that online news websites can produce quality journalism, instead of the usual punditry. The effects of their reporting are being felt in every community around the nation.

It was a citizen reporter in New Mexico who broke the “Phantom Congressional District” story about the chaos in tracking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. On November 16, 2009, Jim Scarantino, the investigative reporter for New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, discovered that the Website listing federal stimulus money was riddled with ludicrous errors. A Watchdog in Texas recently discovered that the Department of Homeland Security lost nearly 1,000 computers in 2008. And it was a Watchdog in Nebraska who uncovered that their state’s educators were using taxpayer-funded credit cards to purchase a first class plane tickets to China for $11,000.

These are just a few of the many stories stemming from nonprofit journalism operations. Many of these organizations don’t have the staffing numbers that the traditional media may have, but they do have the capacity to spend time on a story, uncovering details that may get passed over in other media coverage.

Also, many traditional media outlets are using the news produced from nonprofit journalism organizations every day. Illinois Statehouse News (ISN) is a shining example of the success a nonprofit journalism organization can have when partnering with a for-profit media company. Since going live in December 2009, ISN’s daily content has been used by radio and television stations across the state, in addition to dozens of daily newspapers. A major statewide radio chain, which serves more than 100 radio stations across Illinois, outsourced most of its election coverage to ISN, which ensured ISN’s work was heard throughout the state and secured its place as a trusted source of real information.

The recent emergence of nonprofit journalism may lead some to believe that this is a new trend in a struggling industry. However, journalism nonprofits have been operating since the beginning of the newspaper age. In 1846, five New York newspapers united to share incoming reports from the Mexican-American War. That experiment in journalism became the Associated Press, which to this day is still a nonprofit cooperative.

The product of nonprofit journalism is often no different than the articles that emerge from for-profit news establishments like New York Times, ABC News, or CNN. In fact, in addition to Associated Press, there are many other nonprofit journalism organizations that have long histories of impacting the way news is conveyed, including National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System.

Across the United States, the need for nonprofit journalism organizations has never been as compelling. Founded amidst a media business and accountability crisis, these organizations dedicate themselves to investigating, exposing and pursuing corruption.

At a time when public corruption and malfeasance thrive, nonprofit journalism organizations are uniquely positioned to counterattack. They don’t have to worry about the bottom line being yanked out from under them, and they can make content available to all media for free without losing revenue.

They change the conversation in politics, media and for news consumers around the nation.

Although the distant future of journalism remains unclear, one thing for sure is that online nonprofit journalism will continue to serve as critical assets to readers of today and tomorrow.

Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade, once said that “a newspaper in every home” was the “principle support of … morality” in civic life. The decline of American newspaper and television newsrooms might sadden Mr. Franklin, but the pursuit of greatness in journalism by nonprofits filling the void would without a doubt bring him pride and remind him of the citizen journalists who were essential to the founding of our nation.

Jason Stverak is the President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a journalism non-profit organization that provides reporters and non-profit organizations at the state and local level with training, expertise, and technical support.

WaPo: The Pulitzers and the future of journalism

Monday, April 12th, 2010

By Roy J. Harris Jr.
Monday, April 12, 2010; 12:00 AM

When the 2010 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism are announced later today, they’ll serve a dual mission. The first order of business, of course, is recognizing the work that deserves the profession’s highest accolade in each of 14 journalism categories. At the same time, though, the 19-member Pulitzer board of editors and academics will offer subtle guidance to a business sorely in need of direction. The prizes will give journalists some sense of the way forward, and give readers an idea of what sort of journalism they should expect to see more of.

The Pulitzers have played a proactive, standard-setting role since press pioneer Joseph Pulitzer first devised them in the early 1900s. Back then, Pulitzer’s own brand of “new journalism” was struggling to establish its credentials, after years of partisan and sensational journalism. The prizes helped to legitimize the profession, elevating journalists by associating them with such literary leading lights as Willa Cather, Edith Wharton and Eugene O’Neill.

The prizes also encouraged the industry to see value in watchdog and investigative reporting, which won special attention from the Pulitzer board beginning with the Boston Post’s unmasking of the investment charlatan Charles Ponzi in 1920. Not coincidentally, most newspapers began designating a reporter, or even teams of them, for special investigative duties. That practice, inspired in part by the Pulitzers, laid the groundwork for such achievements as the New York Times‘s publication of the Pentagon Papers and The Washington Post‘s Watergate series.

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Wall Street Journal Aims to Win Over The New York Times’s Local Audience

Monday, March 22nd, 2010


NY Times

Maybe newspapers really are dying, as some media analysts have been predicting for decades, but apparently that does not apply to newspaper wars. A doozy is shaping up at the moment between The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

In an attempt to eat into The Times’s mass-market audience and lure away some of its luxury advertisers, The Journal has already edged away from its traditional role as a national business paper, adding a daily sports page and a bimonthly magazine, strengthening foreign and Washington coverage and shifting the mix of articles on its front page.

Now The Journal, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, is making its biggest and most audacious move yet away from its roots, starting up a local news section for New York to compete directly with The Times for affluent, general interest metropolitan readers and the high-end advertisers who covet them.

The new daily section, to start on April 12, will average 12 pages and be included only in those copies distributed in the New York market. According to journalists at the paper, there will be a daily real estate page, and separate daily segments devoted to culture, business and particularly sports.

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Newspapers Must Learn the Value of the Link

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

By Mathew Ingram

Business Week

In the coverage of New York Times writer Zachary Kouwe, who resigned recently amid accusations of plagiarism, much has been said about the demands of writing for the always-on Web, and how this might have contributed to Kouwe’s missteps—something the writer himself referred to in a discussion of the incident as described by Clark Hoyt, the Times‘ public editor.But Reuters columnist Felix Salmon was first to put his finger on what I think is the real culprit: a lack of respect for the culture of the Web, specifically for the value and necessity of the link.

Kouwe describes in an interview with the New York Observer how he felt pressured to cover offbeat news items for the blog as they came up. He’d pull together bits and pieces of coverage from elsewhere on a story, then rewrite them into his own post or story. This, he says, is how the plagiarism occurred: He didn’t keep track of which pieces of text he had pulled from somewhere else and which he had written himself. As Salmon notes, what a blogger would do in this case (at least a good blogger) is to link to other sources of material on the topic, rather than rewrite them.

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ICYMI: Murdoch challenging NY Times, launching NY edition of WSJ

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010


NEW YORK — News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch threw down the gauntlet to The New York Times on Tuesday, announcing plans to launch a New York edition of The Wall Street Journal next month.

Murdoch, in a speech to the Real Estate Board of New York, did not mention The New York Times by name but he was clearly referring to the newspaper which has long dominated the city.

“We believe that in its pursuit of journalism prizes and a national reputation, a certain other New York daily has essentially stopped covering the city the way it once did,” Murdoch said.

“In so doing, they have mistakenly overlooked the most fascinating city in the world — and left the interests and concerns of people like you far behind them,” the News Corp. chairman and chief executive said.

“I promise you this: The Wall Street Journal will not make that mistake,” Murdoch said

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Internet ‘third-most popular news platform in US’

Monday, March 1st, 2010

According to a study released on Monday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Six in ten Americans (59%) get news from a combination of online and offline sources on a typical day. Other findings include:

  • 33% of cell phone owners now access news on their cell phones.
  • 28% of internet users have customized their home page to include news from sources and on topics that particularly interest them.
  • 37% of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it via postings on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
  • 78% of Americans say they get news from a local TV station
  • 73% say they get news from a national network such as CBS or cable TV station such as CNN or FoxNews
  • 61% say they get some kind of news online
  • 54% say they listen to a radio news program at home or in the car
  • 50% say they read news in a local newspaper
  • 17% say they read news in a national newspaper such as the New York Times or USA Today.

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