[T]his being France, there are some Gallic twists to the tale of the press’s battle for survival. That one of the most progressive papers in terms of content has become one of the most backward in its digital strategy is an indication of the unexpected shifts and growing pressures that all are facing. Perhaps the biggest story is the increasing concentration of media power in the hands of a tiny number of wealthy business executives and ﬁnanciers. That has injected some badly needed fresh capital into the press, but raises ethical dilemmas for newsrooms.
Nieman Lab takes an in-depth look at the gender breakdown of newsroom leadership, highlighting a number of women in management roles.
The conversation will continue at ONA14 in the Lady Leaders Lightning Talk, which includes Meredith Artley, Anna Holmes, Ann Marie Lipinski, and Susan Smith Richardson, all of whom are featured in Nieman Lab’s article, as well as Liz Heron, Vivian Schiller, Callie Schweitzer, and Benét Wilson.
The “we need to have something on this” impulse leads to the worst (professional) writing on the web.
Alex Pareene on Takes, “the online media phenomenon wherein nearly every single outlet that produces “content” finds itself compelled to produce some sort of content related to some sort of news (or pseudo-news), despite having no original reporting or intelligent analysis to add.”
Read his first post The Taking Of The Media and follow up A Second Look At The Giant Garbage Pile That Is Online Media, 2014 on The Dish.
"Stop the victim-blaming!" CNN did a superb job of holding Fox accountable for its shameful remarks about Ray Rice beating his wife.
On September 8th, Fox advised women(like Ray Rice’s wife) who don’t want to be brutally beaten by their partners in an elevator to “take the stairs.” And for men who are considering beating their fiances: “When you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”
The next day, Fox & Friends addressed its poor judgment in commentary:
Comments that we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly. We are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.
CNN’s Brian Stelter called Fox’s follow-up remarks a ”very cheap way to pretend to apologize,” a fairly spot-on assessment.
Today, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Meetup, reddit, Upworthy, Vimeo, WordPress and a number of other websites are participating in Internet Slowdown Day. While the internet isn’t really slowing down, the websites are mimicking what would happen if it did, by placing spinning pinwheel loading images on their sites to raise awareness about the fight for net neutrality.
NPR provides a quick review of the issue:
What is net neutrality all about?
The principle generally means that content isn’t prioritized above others, so that a user can go where he wants and do what he wants on the Internet without the interference of his broadband provider. Supporters of net neutrality protections say that without the rules, Internet service providers like Comcast and Time Warner will have economic incentives to charge content providers, such as Netflix, for “faster lanes” to get to you, the consumer. And that Netflix will have to pay up, because regulations are needed to say, “Comcast, you can’t do that.”
What can I do if I want to weigh in?
Already, more than one million comments were sent into the FCC about this issue, the most of any rule-making measure in the agency’s history. The vast majority of the comments supported stricter enforcement of net neutrality.
You can still comment. Monday is the last day the public can weigh in on the process by submitting comments to the commission.
Here’s what storytelling can do for you
Since it launched in March 2012, IFLS has attracted more than 17.9 million Facebook followers—more than Popular Science (2.7 million), Discover (2.7 million), Scientific American (1.9 million), and The New York Times (8 million) combined. Its following is larger than those of the world’s two most prominent science communicators: Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson (1.8 million) and Bill Nye The Science Guy (3.2 million), both of whom are fans of Andrew’s page. Her empire has since expanded to include a website, IFLscience.com, which has a staff and publishes news stories, and a television show slated to start on the Science Channel this fall.
Learn how Elise Andrew changed the way people interact with science reporting in Do you know Elise Andrew? : Columbia Journalism Review.