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The Kansas City Star has hired Stacey Sedbrook to the position of vice president of digital, in which she will oversee the companys efforts to increase digital revenue.
Sedbrook has 17 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development and for the last decade has been consulting with media and technology companies to build successful digital departments and sales teams
House and Senate Democrats plan to send a letter to the Federal Election Commission this week asking them to consider new rules that would prevent foreigners from using online advertising platforms like Facebook and Twitter to influence voters.
The letter will likely be sent and made public on Wednesday, Daniel Jacobs a spokesperson for Rep. John Sarbanes, the chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, an initiative of House Democrats, told CNN.
Ev Williams is in New York to have meetings. Hes meeting with writers to discuss producing original content for his Medium platform; hes meeting with editors about potential work with the company; and hes meeting with journalists like me to try and describe just what Medium is now. After the companys latest strategy shift away from ad revenue and toward individual subscriptions, he has a lot of talking to do.
USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co, Inc., launched today The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences. This landmark multi-media report examines in unprecedented detail President Donald Trumps signature campaign promise to build a great wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It reveals the challenges and consequences, including a NETWORK investigation finding that building a wall in mostly wide-open Texas could require disrupting or seizing nearly 5,000 individual parcels of property.
This immersive experience encompasses virtual reality, bots, aerial and 360-degree video, documentaries, photos, podcasts, LiDAR data, exclusive reporting and an upcoming long-form film. The Wall brings the stories of the region to life in a way never seen before. The combined effort of more than 30 reporters, photographers and videographers from NETWORK newsrooms along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas provides a comprehensive understanding of the proposed border wall, those who will be affected, and all of the issues surrounding it. This project is led by The Arizona Republic and other newsrooms along the border where journalists have personal connections and decades of experience covering the topic.
NETWORK journalists flew every mile of the border in a helicopter to film and map the line, to document the existing fences and create a permanent record of what is there before any new wall construction begins. For the first time ever, people will be able to view the entire border in high definition video, where towns and homes abut the border, where fences begin and end, and the sometimes hundreds of miles of gaps in between.
Working with NETWORK producers, developers and emerging tech teams, the journalists interpreted the meaning and consequences of the proposed border wall in formats that pushed the boundaries of technology. More than a dozen stories and documentary-style features take viewers inside the report. An interactive map lets users see every foot of the NETWORKs end-to-end flight of the border. Ten podcasts share the journalists behind-the-scenes experiences, and allow listeners to launch chatbots for more information. A Facebook Show page will house all 13 documentaries. And a special presentation in virtual reality lets users step inside the stories and stand at locations along the border itself.
Weve got the sources, weve done the homework and we understand the issues. Weve examined the border from thousands of feet in the air and from a tunnel 70 feet underground. Weve roamed the ocean and desert with Border Patrol agents and the hills with armed vigilantes. Weve learned something new at every turn, said Nicole Carroll, Vice President/News and Editor of The Arizona Republic.
For the VR experience, the NETWORK team collected LiDAR data at eight hotspots along the border; designers then used photogrammetry technology to create a virtual represen...
On a Friday night this spring, I reported to the inaugural show at Fisher Parrish Gallery, in Bushwick. Some awfully cool looking folks were packed into the small white space. The table was laid with 117 new examples of paperweights. Almost none of them resembled the office accoutrement of last century, when open windows and fans sent paper sailing through reeking cigarette fog. These were objet dart. They ranged from the purely ironic (a furry outgrowth) to the purely beautiful (chain links encrusted in sherbet crystals). Many were ineffable abstracts, and a few were just satisfying (animal figurines drilled into each other). My life doesnt justify a paperweight, a girlfriend remarked. My life isnt settled enough. You dont buy one until you think youre not going to move.
Paperweights had never struck me as markers of stability. But a month later, when I was laid off from the legacy media company where I worked for a print magazine, I surveyed my desk, picked up a stack of our branded notepads and a handle of whiskey and thought, At least I dont have to lug no paperweight.
Then Saturday came without Saturdays feel. In a vintage shop, I drifted from taxidermy pheasants to a shelf staged with dusted curio, and there was a Murano blown-glass paperweight. At its center, the softball-size bubble had a clear tubular ring, inside of which was a clear finial shape from which streaks of red sprayed in arches at 360 degrees. The thing was maybe five pounds? My fianc found me cradling it to my heart. Youre going to bring that home, arent you, he said, meaning: Did my foolhardy troth to paper in the age of new media know no bounds? The paperweight seemed to englobe our opposed perspectives: he thought it looked like a nasty vortex; I thought it looked like a wine fountain.
In 1495, a historian from Venice remarked, But consider to whom did it occur to include in a little ball all the sorts of flowers which clothe the meadow in Spring. He was referring to the glasswork techniques the Romans had picked up from the Egyptians. The results were not paperweights, not least because the bottoms had not yet been shaved flat to prevent rolling. That was an evolution Paul Holliste...
I have no idea what kind of merchandise they will carry in the Little Shoppe of Positivity, so I asked some friends having coffee at that caf next door what a positivity shoppe would sell. All kinds of angel paraphernalia I would imagine, one said. Needlepoint pillows with positive thoughts, said another. I dont know, but every time I drive by it I feel happy, said a third. Now I needed a second brick.
My basic Eeyore-like personality cringes at a shop full of geegaws and posters, key rings and statuettes demanding that I look on the sunny side of life. I remember the first time I came face-to-face with enforced positivity. It was the seventies and the yellow smiley face was all the rage. It was on buttons, coffee mugs, decals, and bumper stickers. It went along with the salutation Have a Nice Day. The seventies teemed with false positivity. The radio oozed love songs that were buoyant and cheerful, happy bright primary colors tainted clothing, and cute was a high compliment. Like a vampire exposed to the sun, I cringed in the face of this blinding optimism. At least I never ran barefoot along a beach with a kite, wore eyeglasses with pink lenses, and I certainly never walked around town bearing flowers and wearing a gauzy dress that fluttered in the breeze.
I liked the Beatles when I first heard them on the radio. I did not like them when I saw them in the movies. On the big screen they were squishy cute (especially Paul) and always seemed to be skipping aimlessly around with open Union Jack umbrellas or making silly faces at dour train conductors just to be naughty. I much preferred the Rolling Stones, who were the opposite of cute. Their sullen postures and eat shit expressions were far more appealing to me. My favorite was Brian Jones, who, of course, would be dead first.
Years later, I went to a professional astrologer to broaden what the daily horos...
Elements: experiencing all four of them on the trip today: earth, air, water, and fire
Todays 365 Daily Challenge word is elements because on this third day of the vacation, I see all four of them: (1) earth in the tree and greenery, (2) air in the wind blowing the Spanish moss, (3) water in the lake in the background and (4) fire in the hickory smell in the air all around. And I was also completely in my element in this beautiful arboretum at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina. We spent a few hours this morning at this lovely place, where you can see tons of pictures below, or also on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Afterwards, we drove to Wrightsville Beach, which was exactly like the seaside town I wanted to visit. Lunch at the Oceanic right on the beach while we watched surfers crash, bathers play on the sand and people mulling about the small island space.
We drove three hours this afternoon to Chapel Hill and checked in at the Siena Hotel, which is gorgeous. More on that in tomorrows post. We toured UNC Chapel Hill and are now back at the hotel for a short break before going out to dinner and a few bars this evening. Or maybe Ill enroll in a Masters program and start auditing classes. Or possibly find a party at one of the fraternities or sororities, as we saw at least ten houses the size of mansions. makes me...
Technology has done a lot to harm newspapers in recent years, but in its wake of disruption it has left behind a host of powerful tools that journalists 15 years ago couldnt even have imagined using.
The sheer amount of tech-sounding names and promising new ventures can easily make it overwhelming for the average newsroom employee to dive in, especially considering the high rate of failure when it comes to digital news innovation. I mean, do your bosses even care about Tumblr anymore?
Among the most popular columns Ive written for Editor & Publisher was a simple overview of five digital tools that I use often that arent called Facebook or Tweetdeck. Im constantly getting notes from reporters and producers at organizations across the country tipping me off to cool apps and interesting tools that I never would have come across otherwise.
So, think of this months column as my attempt to pay it forward. In fact, I still use two tools I gave a spotlight to in my previous column on nearly a daily basis, and they are worth touting again.
The first is Call Recorder, a simple paid app for the Mac (sorry PC users) that allows incoming calls via Skype to be recorded with a click of the button. It also allows you to easily convert the audio of the calls to MP3 and convert them to internet-ready movies, allowing reporters to include an engaging bit of multimedia in their stories very easily.
The second is oTranscribe. So far, Ive been unwilling to spring for a paid program that transcribes audio for me, but oTranscribe is the next best thing. Basically its a free website where you upload your sound file and can use easy shortcut keys to pause, rewind or slow down the audio while you transcribe on a single web tab.
Here are four other tools (well, three tools and a hack) that have been recommended to me by journalists over the past year that I now use regularly when reporting. I hope...
Introduction to the New Mainframe: Networking (Poughkeepsie, NY: IBM International Technical Support Organization, c2006), by Mike Ebbers, Christopher Hastings, Matt Nuttall, and Micky Reichenberg (PDF at ibm.com)
Introduction to the New Mainframe: Security (Poughkeepsie, NY: IBM International Technical Support Organization, 2007), by Rica Weller, Ross Clements, Ken Dugdale, Per Fremstad, Helmut Hellner, Olegario Hernandez, William C. Johnston, Patrick Kappeler, Linda Kochersberger, Abey Tedla, Jeff Thompson, and Ashwin Venkatraman (PDF at ibm.com)
Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/OS Basics (third edition; Poughkeepsie, NY: IBM International Technical Support Organization, 2011), by Mike Ebbers, John Kettner, Wayne O'Brien, and Bill Ogden (PDF at ibm.com)
At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2017), by Nathan Freier, Christopher M. Bado, Christopher J. Bolan, Robert S. Hume, and J. Matthew Lissner (multiple formats with commentary at Army War College)
Introduction to the New Mainframe: Large-Scale Commercial Computing (Poughkeepsie, NY: IBM International Technical Support Organization, c2006), by Mike Ebbers, Frank Byrne, Pilar Gonzalez Abrados, Martin Rodney, and Joe Veilleux (stable link)
The 2nd Circuit rules two UVA fraternity members have plausibly
made claims how the story was of and concerning them while also
accepting a group defamation theory.
In unfortunate timing for Jann Wenner, who just put Rolling Stone up for sale, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a defamation lawsuit over the magazines infamous story about the gang rape of a freshman identified as Jackie at a University of Virginia campus fraternity.
The University of Louisville could soon be the only college in the Atlantic Coast Conference without a campus newspaper.
Amid the universitys $48-million budget shortfall, school officials told the student journalism staff they would cease funding for the independent student newspaper, the Louisville Cardinal, by the end of the 2018 spring semester.
Helios as Personification of Midday, Anton Raphael Mengs, 1765
As Amazon wields a growing power as a search engine, it is also becoming a more compelling advertising platform and, as a result, is posing the first real challenge to Google and Facebook, which have long commanded digital advertising budgets virtually unopposed. Of the two, Google initially stands to lose more, but as Amazons ad offerings expand, Facebook could also bleed ad dollars.
Of all the buzzy phrases that define modern journalism, pivot to video is one of the few that still has a bite (unlike, say fake news). And it should. Weve seen decisions to stop doing original reporting and start producing commodified slideshows ricochet through the industry.
Arab nationals are more likely than Americans to get news from social media, and younger Arabs are more likely to trust it than their older compatriots.
These are some of the findings from the fifth annual Media Use in the Middle East survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). The studies, which were launched in 2013 to chart peoples media use and involve more than 7,000 subjects, are the most extensive surveys of their kind and among the few such regional longitudinal studies in the world.
About a month ago, at the Museum of Modern Art, I attended a performance of John Cages 433. Id read about its famous silence, but because Id never sat in a theater and experienced that silence, all I had were expectations. I expected the pianist to be a man, which is what expectations do, they give you a picture of what will happen before it happens, and it turned out the performer was a violinist. He took, as they say, the stage, concentrating his thoughts, lifting his instrument, and with his bow not quite touching the strings of his violin, the music began. Almost immediately a subway train, beneath the streets of midtown, rumbled in the theater, the volume increasing and then decreasing, and the indeterminacy Cage had talked about, because the ears cant shut themselves, was continuous, one thing after another, and I could hear voices behind what seemed like a curtain but was probably a wall, a womans voice, almost plaintive, and indeterminacy, which means not exactly known or expected, was what Id come to hear. I was craning my ears, or pricking up my ears, or opening the metaphorical doors of hearing, and we dont have a word for what the mind does, the way it turns from object to object, turning from the moment in front of it to another moment, to a past or a future, and having heard the subway sounds and the voices behind the wall, I expected to hear a candy wrapper being opened, the crinkling cellophane echoing through the audience like music, or music, but there was no cellophane wrapper. But in thinking about the cellophane wrapper I was hearing the music, which was part of the lets-make-art-out-of-anything spirit that was in the air in 1952, when Cage composed 433. And the fact that there was no candy wrapper, combined with the realization that, in thinking of one I formed a picture of one, was like waking up from a dream, knowing Id been somewhere else and now I was here and the violinist was perfectly still, standing on the stage, looking like any musician concentrating on the music he was making, and the music was swirling in the air like thought, like seeing or smelling, and I say thought because whatever we hear is heard in the brain. The vibrations on the eardrum sends signals to the b...
Apples new iOS 11 operating system, set for release today, will lead to several changes in how readers consume news, be it through podcasts, Apple News, or the Web. It also brings tweaks to privacy and advertising guidelines that have implications for the news business.
After one week on the job, we are happy to announce Angee Norman as The Bastrop Daily Enterprises new General Manager/Publisher.
Teresa Hicks, SVP of Gatehouse Media, Southeast Arkansas, visited the Bastrop Enterprise last week to announce how pleased she was that Angee was taking over as GM of the Bastrop office.
Jim Shepard is always funny in conversation, but never more so than when hes imparting dark musings about the future of the country or about human nature in general. And he can often be found musing about these dark things, for he is, as he puts it, resourcefully pessimistic. As evidence, he cites the title of his just-released book, The Tunnel at the End of the Light: Essays on Movies and Politics. Many of us nursing the bitter cocktail that is the Trump administration are familiar with this sentiment, but Shepards book has been decades in the making. There has always been something to despair about, he announces jovially: The title reflects the sinking sense Ive had following American politics since the late 1960s. Its been an ongoing cycle of progressive and thoughtful people saying, Well, this is a new low, but we have something to look forward toand then hitting a new low after that.
An award-winning, seven-time novelist and professor of English and film studies at Williams College, Shepard has studied certain iconic, influential American movies, from Casablanca to Goodfellas to Schindlers Listalong with what theyre selling usfor clues as to why this country keeps finding itself in the soul-crushing cycle of Icarus highs and lows. They provide, he concludes, a constructive road map. He pulled his books title from an anecdote about the 1974 noir film Chinatown, in which scriptwriter Robert Towne told director Roman Polanski that the dark ending was like the tunnel at the end of the lightmuch like the circumstances contributing to the dj-vu political landscape Shepard sees now. He and I spoke last week about how movies both reflect and generate the circumstances that made the presidency of a creature like Donald J. Trump possible in the first place.
So are we doomed forever to the despair-redemption political cycle you describe? I mean, how much lower can we go?
Well, its generated by a pretty toxic combination...
Gelede headdress of the Yoruba people, from the town of Igbesa in the Awori region of present-day Nigeria. Artist unknown; 1930s. Now in the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Data journalism has been a big focus for us at the Google News Lab over the past three yearsin building tools, creating content and sharing data with the data journalism community. We wanted to see if were taking the right approach: how big is data journalism, what challenges do data journalists face and how is it going to change?
While ad blocking has receded as the biggest issues facing publishers, German heavyweight publishers Axel Springer and Spiegel Online continue to focus on combating it.
German publishers have been locked in legal battles with the owner of Adblock Plus, Eyeo, for years. Last week, German courts concluded Eyeo was a legal vendor, dealing a blow to media groups ProSiebenSat.1, RTL and Sddeutsche Zeitung, which sought to ban it.
In November 2016, when it became clear the future of the Affordable Care Act was in doubt, journalist Sarah Kliff, and members of Voxs social team wanted to build a community for Americans most impacted by a possible repeal of the law. So they started the Facebook group Whats Next? A Community for Obamacare Enrollees by Vox.
Imagine a book collector, a person who has devoted their life to seeking out rare tomes in dusty shops, who arranges their finds, these prized possessions, purposefully and carefully, on a shelf just out of reach. Chances are you will have imagined a man, perhaps one with graying hair and spectacles. And a pipe.
Heather ODonnell and Rebecca Romney at Honey & Wax Booksellers, in Brooklyn, are hoping to broaden our imaginative capabilities. This summer, they announced their first annual book-collecting prize, open to women under thirty. ODonnell and Romney had observed that although the young women who entered their store were passionate about their collections, they rarely referred to themselves as collectors. Their hope is to encourage young women who are actively collecting books to own and share that part of their lives, and to think strategically about the future of their collections. An advisor warned them to expect eight to ten submissions, a dozen at most. When the dust had settled, theyd received forty-eight essays, from young women, age fifteen to thirty, around the country, all with accompanying bibliographic and wish lists.
We are pleased to unveil their first winner, who will receive a thousand dollars, as well as five honorable mentions, who will each receive two hundred dollars.
The winner of the first annual Honey & Wax book-collecting prize is Jessica Kahan...
Roman statue of Aphrodite/Venus, modeled after a Greek original by the sculptor Praxiteles. Now in the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Shawn Lipowski.
Relaxed: at ease while on day number two of the trip to North Carolina
Todays 365 Daily Challenge word is relaxed. After an eventful issue being delayed yesterday at LGA, we arrived later than expected into Charlotte and had less time than planned to explore on the first leg. It was still a fun half day, and well be back there again for two days at the end of the trip. We had a delicious breakfast at the hotel this morning, met several other nice folks, and drove four relaxing hours to Wilmington. Along the path, I found some similarities to my recent trip to Louisiana, in that there were churches every mile on the main roads. On this one though, it wasnt just Baptist; there were every denomination. Growing up in NY, we really only had one Catholic church in each major town, so this is definitely something new for me to experience when it comes to other parts of the country. The other fascinating part of our drive today was the ultimate relaxed situation death there were multiple cemeteries in every town along the drive. I stopped counting after 20 in the first hour, but I did ask W if we could consider buying or building a home near a graveyard. Perhaps it was because he drove the whole way today (his choice, not mine), but the answer was a resounding NO. I thought Ryder might like to sit outside our house and watch the ghosts. Oh well
In my first summer as a copy desk intern (electric typewriters were in use), I heard the managing editor engaged in a lively but frustrating telephone conversation with a reader that ended in an unsatisfied sigh.
Trying to save money and newsprint, the managing editor had recently dropped the daytime TV listings. An elderly reader was upset because he could no longer see in the TV grid that The Andy Griffith Show was on every weekday at 3 p.m. But its the same schedule every day, the managing editor told him. The schedule never changes.
Doesnt matter, Pete, our ancient rim man on the copy desk, observed. He thinks you took something away from him and you cant explain that away.
Today we are taking a lot more than TV listings away from readers. We remove reporters, photographers and copy editors. We take away local content. We shrink the size of the paper.
And we try to explain it away.
I read letters from editors to readers filled with sophistry and vague promises to preserve whats most important to youthe reader. This goes on from my local newspaper (which just moved up its final deadline to about 8 p.m. so baseball box scores are regularly one day behind) to the New York Times where the editor explains that losing copy editors will not affect the quality of the newspaper to a Phoenix-area weekly that just laid off reporters.
I call bullshit.
Readers know when they are being short-changed. And we damage our credibility when we are not honest with them. We should tell them that these are painfully difficult times for our industry and we want to keep bringing them a local paper. This means we cut expenses, just to stay in business.
Yet we tend to cover our own business with the finest in kid gloves and pink clouds. Job cuts and layoffs are reported piecemeal and rarely put into perspective. We dont report the profitability of the parent company or its corporate tax rate. We cover the challenges facing our local non-profit community, but never mention how the newspapers support for those non-profits has been drastically cut.
And we have the nerve to demand transparency from the government agencies and businesses we cover.
If our currency is credibil...
Radical Criminology: An Insurgent Journal (2012-) (full serial archives)
There Is No Death (New York: National Book Co., c1891), by Florence Marryat (Gutenberg text)
Actes de la Socit Philologique (partial serial archives)
Bulletin des Sances de la Socit Philologique, by Socit philologique (partial serial archives)
Frank Reade Weekly Magazine, contrib. by Luis Senarens (partial serial archives)
A Canadian Achievement: The Delivery of Alberta Crude Oil at Sarnia, Ontario, April 24th, 1951 (1951), by Imperial Oil Limited (HTML at peel.library.ualberta.ca)
Jewish Experiences in Early Manitoba (Winnipeg: Manitoba Jewish Publications, 1955), by Arthur A. Chiel (HTML at peel.library.ualberta.ca)
Prelude to Space: A Compellingly Realistic Novel of Interplanetary Flight (Galaxy Science Fiction novel #3; New York: World Editions, c1951), by Arthur C. Clarke (multiple formats at archive.org)
Americana Catalogue no. 600: Including Scarce and Precious Books, Manuscripts and Engravings From The Collections of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and Charles Et. Brasseur de Bourbourg, The Library of Edward Salomon, Late Governor of The State of Wisconsin, and Other Important Collections (Frankfurt am Main, Germany: J. Baer and Co., 1911), by Joseph Baer (Firm) (stable link)
Bibliothque Mexico-Guatmalienne: Prcde d'un Coup d'Oeil sur les tudes Amricaines dans leurs Rapports avec les tudes Classiques et Suivie du Tableau par Ordre Alphabtique des Ouvrages de Linguistique Amricaine Contenus dans le mme Volume (in French; Paris: Maisonneuve et cie, 1871), by abb Brasseur de Bourbourg (stable link)
Catalogue des Livres Rares et Prcieux, Manuscrits et Imprims, Principalement Sur L'amerique et Sur les Langues du Monde Entier, Composant la Bibliothque de M. Alph.-l. Pinart et Comprenant en Totalit la Bibliothque Mexico-guatmalienne de M. L'abb Brasseur de Bourbourg (Pinart) New Online Books
Catalogue des Livres Rares et Prcieux, Manuscrits et Imprims, Principalement Sur L'amerique et Sur les Langues du Monde Entier, Composant la Bibliothque de M. Alph.-l. Pinart et Comprenant en Totalit la Bibliothque Mexico-guatmalienne de M. L'abb Brasseur de Bourbourg (in French; Paris: Vve A. Labitte, 1883), by A. L. Pinart and abb Brasseur de Bourbourg (stable link)
View from Baurs Park to Hamburg, Ludwig Philipp Strack, 1811
Margaret Sullivan remembered standing in front of a class of Northwestern University journalism students. She noticed the difference there from the newsroom meetings she had led in previous years.
Her class of 20 had just three or four men. But in her decades-long career as a journalist and editor, she had become accustomed to news meetings with a dozen men and, at best, one other woman.
I was struck by Jeff Jarviss recent polemic, If I ran a newspaper published on Medium.
In it, he quoted an unnamed editors description of the predicament heand many of usfind ourselves in:
We have two houses. One is on fire and the other isnt built yet. So our problem is that we have to fight the flames in the old house at the same time were trying to figure out how to build the new one.
Many local newsrooms have been cut to the bone so often that theres hardly any bone left. But starting early next year, some may get the chance to rebuild, at least by one.
On Monday, a new project was announced at the Google News Lab Summit that aims to place 1,000 journalists in local newsrooms in the next five years.
Ancient Greek ivory appliqu (probably originally part of a furniture decoration) depicting a satyr, wearing a deerskin around his neck and carrying a club to mimic Heracles. Artist unknown; 2nd cent. BCE. Found on Sicily; now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.
Theres a new hand at the wheel of the Starkville Daily News.
Stacia King recently assumed the role of publisher for Starkvilles oldest daily print newspaper, along with the same role for the Daily Times Leader in West Point.
King, 51, takes the place of longtime publisher Don Norman, who retired earlier this month.
Video was the fastest-growing ad format in recent months, according to a new report from mobile ad company Smaato.
Smaato says it examined the more than 1.5 trillion ad impressions that it served in the second quarter of 2017 and found that video ad spending was up 142 percent from Q1. And thats after Q1 represented a 14 percent increase from the final quarter of last year. (Q4 tends to be the biggest period for ad spending.)
Ad industry groups are pissed off at Apple, but theres not much they can do about it.
Apple is limiting ad tracking in its Safari browser, which will make it harder for ad buyers to target niche audiences. Although this move protects users data privacy, its likely to hurt advertiser conversions and reduce CPMs for publishers that rely heavily on third-party data.
Robert Coovers oft-forgotten 1968 baseball novel, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop., opens in the middle of a game: Bottom half of the seventh, Brocks boy had made it through another inning unscratched, one! two! three! Twenty-one down and just six outs to go! Brock is Brock Rutherford, retired star pitcher, and Brocks boy is his son, the rookie pitcher Damon Rutherford.
But Brock doesnt exist, Damon doesnt exist, and the game isnt real. Its being played out with dice and a pencil by Coovers protagonist, Henry Waugh, alone in his kitchen.
The Universal Baseball Association is a novel about fantasy baseball, though the word fantasy never once appears in the book.
When literary people talk about Coover, who is eighty-five, they talk about him as a postmodernist and a master of metafiction. Hes known chiefly for his short stories or for his 1977 novel about Richard Nixon, The Public Burning. But in 2011, Overlook Press reissued The Universal Baseball Association in paperback, and the book is more relevant now than ever before.
Fantasy sports have become a fifteen billion dollar business in America, led by fantasy football. For the uninitiated: fantasy players draft a roster of real-life athletes and earn points based on how they perform in their real games each week; usually there is money to be won if your team wins. The pastime has spawned websites and mobile apps so that players can compulsively check their rosters; television shows, radio shows, and podcasts on which fantasy experts give analysis and advice; and even live fantasy lounges inside NFL stadiums where players can congregate to play on their phones.
Does it all sound exhausting?
In Coovers novel, its exhausting, too...
This year, the iPhone turned 10. Its launch heralded a new era in audience behavior that fundamentally changed how news organizations would think about how their work is discovered, distributed and consumed.
This summer, as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Ive been looking at another technology I think could lead to a similar step change in how publishers relate to their audiences: AI-driven voice interfaces, such as Amazons Alexa, Googles Home and Assistant, Microsofts Cortana, and Apples upcoming HomePod.
After shuttering its print paper in March 2016, The Independent is profitable again and can spend more on what its audience wants and thats video.
Over the next six months, ESI Media, the parent company of The Independent and the Evening Standard, plans to double its video team to 50.
Jeff Pownall was officially named managing editor of The Lufkin Daily News this past week. Pownall previously served as news editor under former managing editor Andy Adams, who left that position in May to work for Lufkin ISD.
I would like to thank Jeff for taking on this opportunity, and for his professional dedication and commitment to The Lufkin News, said Publisher Jenniffer Ricks.
RAVENCLAW: Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. Bertrand Russell (Why Men Fight)
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