How does community-level media affect the wider journalism landscape? What benefits does automated aggregation offer? These are some of the questions that will be answered at a panel discussion held at the mesh conference in Toronto. Future of Media is there to report on the many intriguing sessions on the digital media industry, including today’s panel on hyper-local media.
Below is a liveblog you can instantly access to follow the action. We’ll be covering the talk led by CNN correspondent and OpenFile founder Wilf Dinnick, Topix CEO and co-founder Chris Tolles and Reuters staffer and founder of Neighborhoodr Anthony De Rosa. The liveblog will run today May 25 from 3:40 to 4:20 p.m. ET.
Join the liveblog and feel free to ask us any questions or comment on what’s happening. The liveblog’s coverage will be available after the event ends.
By Chris Hogg
The conversation focuses on objectivity and transparency in journalism, new journalism and what it means to be a reporter today.
I’ll let the video speak for itself without too much primer, but for those interested in bias, transparency and the discussion around the role of journalists, it’s an interesting talk:
New figures released this week found NYTimes.com traffic dropping since the company introduced a paywall on March 28. Its share of American pageviews for all newspaper websites decreased from 13 percent in March to 10.6 percent in April, its lowest share in 12 months, according to a study from ComScore, as reported by AdAge.
The study discovered pageviews on NYTimes.com from March to April declined 24.4 percent.
The ComScore study supports analysis by Hitwise, which announced in early April that traffic to NYTimes.com slowed by up 15 percent “most days during the 12 days following the paywall’s launch, compared to days during the previous period,” PaidContent reports.
A New York Times Co. spokeswoman was quick to point how many news sites saw a traffic decline this month due to the high volume of news traffic in March, due to major events such as the tsunami in Japan. “Despite that, and given that this is the first month where you can see the traffic patterns post-digital subscription launch, these are actually better numbers than our internal projections,” she told AdAge.
Also, Times execs said during its first-quarter conference call in late April 1 that it had already added 100,000 subscribers. What has yet to be determined is if those subscribers will continue their membership after the 99-cent introductory rate soon ends.
If you thought UK media publishers were more obsessed with the William-Kate wedding on Friday than other regions, think again. A new Nielsen study found American news media out-published their UK counterparts with overwhelming coverage of the Royal Wedding.
The study found “the United States has the highest share of news coverage by traditional news sources, such as the online versions of newspapers and magazines.” Since the couple announced their engagement in November 2010, American coverage of the Royal Wedding accounted for .3 percent of all U.S. news coverage immediately after the announcement. Afterward, that percentage dipped and then rose again in early April, and continued to double the percentage enjoyed by the UK news media.
Nielsen’s study follows other reports of frenzied coverage by American media. CNN is reportedly sending at least 125 journalist to cover the wedding. Also, the New York Times found “wedding experts” to be particularly hot on American TV the past few weeks. More than 2 billion people are expected to watch the Royal Wedding Friday morning.
But with all the news media reports and online chatter about the Royal Wedding, who’s getting more frequent coverage, Kate or Will? The Nielsen study concludes: “Though Kate has received considerable interest online, Prince William continues to be the more popular subject of social media discussion in the United Kingdom.”
Toronto — In the morning of April 15, CNW will host a breakfast event featuring experts from a few of Canada’s leading media outlets. Joining the panel are Digital Journal CEO, Chris Hogg; Anjali Kapoor, Managing Editor, Digital at the Globe and Mail; and Sarah Millar, Web Editor, The Toronto Star. The panel is moderated by Carolyn McGill, President and CEO of CNW Group.
The panel will look at why multimedia is now essential for delivering news with impact and how media is changing. The new Newsroom is a world where radio stations need photos and newspapers are asking for video. Social media and “traditional” news outlets such as radio, broadcast and print are competition online. News has evolved and for communications professionals that means multimedia such as videos are no longer a nice-to-have, but a must-have.
The free event takes place at Bram & Bluma Appeal Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on April 15. Breakfast and registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the event starts at 8:00 a.m.
Since 1992, CNW has hosted its Breakfast with the Media event that brings together public relations and communications professionals, journalists, editors, photographers and finance experts. Past speakers have included Rob Cribb, investigative reporter, Toronto Star; Kirk LaPointe, former managing editor of the Vancouver Sun; Mathew Ingram, senior writer at the GigaOm blog network; Scott Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Postmedia News; and Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio’s Series, The Current.
To reserve a ticket to the live event, visit the registration page here. A video archive will be made available following the event.