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AdvertisingShift
by Jefferson Yen

It’s easy to understand why newspapers are concerned about advertising dollars moving toward the web when you consider that advertising accounts for nearly 70 percent of revenue in the news industry. And more of that money is expected to migrate to digital in the coming year. But Advance Media – parent company of the New […] more »

MobileShift
by Dena Levitz

On the whole, news apps aren’t just web and print carbon copies shrunk down to screen size anymore. Thank goodness. That’s been the easy route taken by news organizations for several years as they dip their toes into mobile. But journalistic organizations are starting to focus on their mobile products as distinctive entities and to […] more »

Business
by Nicholas White

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. At the beginning of this year, the Daily Dot acquired the U.K.-based Internet tabloid the Kernel. What has resulted is an experiment in Internet journalism, and a rebuttal to common conceptions of what you can and can’t do online. In August, […] more »

Business
by Jefferson Yen

Could billionaires become the grand patrons who save traditional media from self-destruction? That was the thinking when Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes bought the New Republic, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar started First Look Media. But these grand patrons have found that the media world doesn’t come easy. […] more »

Free Speech
by James Breiner

A renowned media critic sounded the alarm in 1960 about corporate takeovers of newspapers and layoffs of hundreds of journalists. He worried that the power of the press was being concentrated in too few hands. It was in his column in the New Yorker, The Wayward Press, that A.J. Liebling tossed off one of his […] more »

AdvertisingShift
by Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

The following opinion piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Chris Hughes and Pierre Omidyar have quickly fallen from grace as the saviors of independent media, as storied editors and journalists flee from the implosions of, respectively, The New Republic and First Look Media. And that’s led to an obvious […] more »

Business
by Jenny Shank

The people behind BBC Pop Up describe it as a journalism “experiment,” during which a small mobile news bureau visits a different U.S. city every month for six months. When the team arrives in a town — so far they’ve visited Boulder, Colorado, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — they hold a meeting for […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

The holidays are upon us and you’ve probably done your fair share of running around. But can you truly get away from the office? Laptops, tablets and cellphones have made working on-the-go that much easier. Sometimes bringing all of your devices with you can feel like a necessity even after you clock out. According to […] more »

Culture
by Stephen J. A. Ward

Having attended recently a number of journalism and media conferences, I sat there — at times surprised and at other times frustrated — by conservative attitudes among some legacy journalists, both old and young. Despite all the changes in our media world, these attitudes still influence, even if they no longer dominate, professional journalism culture. […] more »


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