Boston marathon: Has social media coverage finally matured?

“Compared to past breaking news events, today we saw an increased level of maturity from social media and technology-enabled reporting that may provide a glimpse of what breaking news coverage can be in the future,”  says David Holmes in PandoDaily

Four newspapers bucking national trends

Contrary to prevailing trends, it’s not all doom and gloom in the newspaper industry — at least, not for the four papers listed in a new Pew report released on Monday. Titled “Newspapers turning ideas into dollars: Four revenue success stories,” Pew profiled four papers “bucking the trend.” via Pew identifies four profitable newspapers : […]

What a $4 Million Super Bowl Ad Could Buy in Digital

TV ads during the Super Bowl cost $4 million for 30 seconds, but how far would $4 million would go in the world of digital advertising? Here’s what it would buy…

Web stories vs. newspaper reports

Jim Amoss, the longtime editor of The Times-Picayune, addresses whether the quality of the paper’s reporting will be affected by moving to a digital platform in this 60 Minutes Extra video interview. “Will journalists be judged by the amount of online traffic their stories receive?”

Innovative Journalism Projects from 2012 That Will Shape 2013

Ryan Graff of the Knight News Innovation Lab says we saw glimpses of the future in many projects that launched this year. Among them, he says, were signs of “the rise of algorithms.”

Who killed Newsweek?

Is the death of Newsweek another harbinger of the coming death of print? If so, why did Newsweek die this year while other similar magazines, like Time, the New Yorker  and the Economist, thrive? Tina [Brown] says that ‘every piece of the zeitgeist was against Newsweek’. That’s not quite true — the circulation of Time, […]

The New York Times Paywall Is Working Better Than Anyone Had Guessed

“More than a year and a half later, it’s clear the New York Times’ paywall is not only valuable, it’s helped turn the paper’s subscription dollars, which once might have been considered the equivalent of a generous tithing, into a significant revenue-generating business,” Bloomberg reports.

Mobile Web Use Spikes When Prime Time TV Ads Air

By now it’s not surprising that huge numbers of people use their smartphones while watching TV in primetime. But when exactly? A new study finds that “people put their phones down at the top of the hour, when new shows start. And as soon as ads come on, they pick up their gadgets again.” via […]

Celebrities and athletes drive Olympics social media chatter

Bluefin Labs has been tracking social-media response to ads running during the Olympics and found that the brands that resonated the most had a lot in common. ”With the exception of Nike,” says Bluefin’s Mike Guigli, “there is one similarity among the Top 10 gainers: They all use celebrities or popular Olympic athletes to deliver their messages. For […]

Are Tablet-Only Publications Dead?

Is there a future for tablet-only publications? “The last few weeks have cast an ominous shadow over this niche industry following substantial staff cuts at News Corp.’s The Daily and a decision by the Huffington Post to give up on charging for its iPad magazine after just five issues,” Adweek reports. “While some media observers are quick to write off the format, […]