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Need to Know: Sept. 30, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: About 4 in 10 Americans can recall a recent specific incident that caused them to lose trust in a news source, often related to instances of perceived bias or inaccuracies But did you know: Conservatives tend to […]

Need to Know: Sept. 29, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Some publishers think the homepage is dead, but others are seeing it as an opportunity to make a statement for their brand But did you know: BuzzFeed’s redesigned homepage is about engaging users, even when most of […]

The number of journalists at digital outlets tripled in the past decade, but now it’s starting to plateau

You might have heard: The American Society of News Editors says it will no longer estimate the number of journalists working in newsrooms (ASNE) But did you know: Analyzing the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics, Alex T. Williams finds that while the number of journalists at digital-native publishers has tripled in the past decade, […]

‘How to do good journalism between now and Election Day’

There’s 41 days until Election Day, which may not seem like a lot of time for a news organization to shift its coverage strategy. Melody Kramer suggests some ways that news organizations can change their coverage midstream, including: Devote less time to polls and predictions, spend more time making sure voters are informed on their […]

The challenges NYT faces in its global expansion: There’s fierce competition from established rivals in other countries and it needs to shift its strategy for different markets

As part of trying to double its digital revenue by 2020, The New York Times is taking on an ambitious international expansion. But even for a company that has as much “global recognition and respect” as NYT, Jessica Davies writes that there’s some significant challenges for NYT to overcome. Those challenges include competition from established […]

Why hiring managers should let their team members meet with job candidates

Most hiring processes are missing an important step, Christian Bonilla writes: Letting members of the team, not just managers, meet with the candidates. Bonilla explains that their points of view can help managers make a good hiring choice, but it’s also a good professional development opportunity for the team members, as well. “When a team […]

Why aren’t more women running media companies?

There’s an imbalance in the number of male and female CEOs in media, Jeremy Barr writes. Even at female-focused media outlets such as Refinery29 and Bustle, those companies are led by men. But in order for there to be more women CEOs, Vivian Schiller says more women have to be in that role already: “The […]

Need to Know: Sept. 28, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The American Society of News Editors says it will no longer estimate the number of journalists working in newsrooms (ASNE) But did you know: The number of journalists at digital outlets tripled in the past decade, but now […]

Need to Know: Sept. 27, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The New York Times is backing theSkimm’s latest funding round of $500,000 (TechCrunch) But did you know: theSkimm is the fast-growing newsletter that’s trying to be more than just a newsletter (Recode) In its latest funding round, […]

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