This subsection of the Need to Know newsletter offers news and insights from journalism around the world.

How the BBC is using chat apps Viber and WhatsApp to publish documentaries

The BBC has been using chat apps such as Yik Yak and Line to distribute news for a year, and it’s now using Viber and WhatsApp to publish documentaries. “Our World: Kidnapped in Mexico” will debut on Viber on March 6, telling the story of a couple’s kidnapping with posts timed in a way that […]

Guardian editor Katharine Viner says the goal is to get more readers to be paying ‘members,’ but rules out a paywall

As The Guardian attempts to reduce its budget by 20 percent with the goal of breaking even within three years, editor Katharine Viner says she wants to persuade more readers to become paying “members,” but insists that a paywall will not be part of that strategy. Speaking at the British Library in London Tuesday, Viner […]

European media are reacting to Donald Trump with befuddlement and panic

Just like American media, Dan Bilefsky writes that European media are also having to adjust to covering Donald Trump as an “unstoppable juggernaut.” Bifelsky writes that European media’s reactions range from outrage and panic to confusion, as well as admiration in some unlikely places. Coverage of Trump typically focuses on his outrageous statements as opposed […]

China shut down the social media accounts of an influential property developer after he criticized China’s recent campaign to control state-run media

Ren Zhiqiang, an influential retired property developer in China, had his social media accounts shut down by the Chinese government after he criticized the Chinese president’s plan to tighten control over state-run media. Zhiqiang had more than 37 million followers on popular Chinese social network Weibo. Chinese president Xi Jinping has exerted control over state-run […]

How the Middle East is using social media five years after the Arab Spring

In the immediate aftermath of the Arab Spring, the role of social media in bringing about change was hotly debated. Five years later, University of Oregon’s Damian Radcliffe writes that there’s still substantial interest in how social media is shaping attitudes and behaviors of those in the Middle East, particularly in the younger generations. Some […]

China’s new regulations requiring foreign media to receive approval before publishing online adds another hurdle for publishers

China’s new restrictions on foreign media go into effect in March, but Committee to Protect Journalists’ Bob Dietz says it’s not yet clear what the new restrictions will mean for publishers. News organizations like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal do not actually publish in China, and their servers are located outside […]

Axel Springer is launching its new app Upday because it doesn’t want to be overly dependent on third-party platforms

Axel Springer is launching its own news aggregation platform Upday, in partnership with Samsung and with more than 1,200 publishers as partners. Lucinda Southern writes that Axel Springer is creating Upday because it’s wary of being too dependent on third-party platforms. Upday was created with publishers’ needs in mind, says Upday CEO Peter Würtenberger: It’s […]

Trinity Mirror is launching a newspaper without a website

On Feb. 29, Trinity Mirror will launch its new newspaper New Day in the U.K., but the new newspaper won’t have a website. Instead, articles will be published directly to its Facebook page, and it will be available in print for 50p (about 71 cents). And in the print edition, New Day will try to […]

Publishers worldwide are getting concerned about mobile ad blocking as a survey finds 37 percent of mobile users say they block ads

Ad blocking is not a new concern for publishers, but fear is starting to spread to mobile devices, Financial Times’ Robert Cookson writes. A survey from Global Web Index found that 37 percent of mobile users worldwide said they had blocked ads on their device in the last month, and 70 percent of respondents said […]

China will require foreign-owned publishers to receive approval before publishing online

Under new regulations announced this week, foreign companies and foreign-Chinese partnerships will have to seek approval from China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television before publishing online, essentially banning foreign publishers from publishing online in China. While Chinese law has required Internet service providers to have an operating license that can only […]