MediaShift Podcast #221: Facebook, Apple Push into TV; PewDiePie Dropped by Disney, YouTube; Local Media Consortium’s Rusty Coats

Thanks to our podcast sponsor, the International Women’s Media Foundation. Learn more about them and nominate a great woman journalist for one of their three awards! In the news this week, Facebook and Apple make moves into TV, but it might be BuzzFeed and NBC that make the biggest splash. YouTube star PewDiePie gets dumped by Disney’s Maker Studios for anti-Semitic videos, and his YouTube original show is canceled. Edward Snowden is president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and is helping to develop tools to protect journalists and their sources. Politico’s Kelsey Sutton joins us to talk about Trump’s attacks on leakers and his selective choice of questioners at press conferences. Our Metric of the Week is Headline Metrics, and we speak with Rusty Coats, head of the Local Media Consortium, to talk about the prospects for local news in the digital age. Don’t have a lot of
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: Feb. 17

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Mark Zuckerberg Takes on Fake News, the Importance of the News Industry and the Rise of Filter Bubbles in New Manifesto (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter)

Swipe to unlock: Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 10 years ago today, changing journalism forever

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone — and also became the first person to publicly complain about how news is presented on iPhones. As part of his introduction to the phone’s capabilities, Jobs opened Safari and pulled up the full desktop version of the Times’ website. “We’re showing you the whole New York Times website,” Jobs said. But he also noted: “It’s kind of a slow site because it’s got a lot of images.” Jobs introduced the iPhone as three devices in one: a phone, a widescreen iPod, and an “Internet communications device.” Jobs’ presentation that day focused on using Safari as the main way to access the Internet; he even rotated the phone to view the Times’ website in landscape mode. He was initially against Continue reading "Swipe to unlock: Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 10 years ago today, changing journalism forever"

Apple Takes Down New York Times Apps in China After Request From Chinese Government

new-york-times-hed-2013The New York Times reported today that their iTunes apps were removed in China last month after Apple was contacted by and complied with Chinese authorities. The publication stated that both the English-language and Chinese-language apps were removed on December 23rd, which happened a day after the paper published a piece about a Chinese propaganda video warning about the West’s “devilish claws.” The Times were told by an Apple spokesman that China told Apple the paper was in violation of local rules.
“We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Fred Sainz, an Apple spokesman, said of the Times apps. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”
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Newsonomics: The 2016 media year by the numbers, and a look toward 2017

2016 goes down as a memorable year for those in and around the media. Though audience levels have never been higher, the digital transformation burden weighed ever more heavily on news media’s back. Then “the media” saw itself pummeled endlessly in the run-up to the election and even more in the weeks following November 8. We’re still assessing the damage, but the underlying weakness of the business of media offers more existential questions. Let’s look at the 2016 that was through the prism of numbers, and then look ahead. 99%: That’s how much of Facebook’s stuff isn’t fake, per Mark Zuckerberg’s first flustered take on fake news in the wake of Trump’s win. “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes.” I loved two things about that number. First, people share Continue reading "Newsonomics: The 2016 media year by the numbers, and a look toward 2017"

Hot Pod: Should Apple become a more useful middleman for the podcast industry — and if so, how?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue ninety-seven, published November 29, 2016. Ken Doctor on the role Apple should play. The media analyst made an appearance on the latest episode of The Wolf Den, Midroll’s pretty handy content marketing podcast-slash-guide to the industry, to discuss his spectacular series on the podcasting boom that recently ran on Nieman Lab. Of particular note is his take on Apple, which came up at around the 16:45 mark:
What I would like to see is [Apple] not get into the middle of things where they actually overwhelm all the smaller companies that are in it…The money looks like it’s going to be mainly advertising and less listener payment, and that’s not a field they’re very good at. They’ve proven that they’re not a very good advertising company. And that’s a good reason for them not to get into it:
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After a slow start, Apple News is emerging as a significant traffic driver for some news orgs

Apple News may finally be starting to live up to its promise, at least when it comes to traffic. Alongside the launch of iOS 10 in September, Apple announced a handful of updates to Apple News, which it launched last fall. Along with some cosmetic changes like a new logo and typeface, the new version of the app brought some much-needed features for publishers, including breaking news notifications and support for paid subscriptions. But for many publishers, the most welcome change was to the traffic it gives publishers, which has grown in a big way. CNN, for example, says its Apple News content got 36.5 million unique readers in September, a major increase from August’s 5 million. Its pageviews also increased significantly to 274 million, up from 43 million a month before. “It’s really quite a remarkable story,” said Alex Wellen, CNN’s chief product officer. While CNN had
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