Is Facebook looking at moving media content out of the news feed?

Facebook is thinking, apparently, about moving Page feeds out of the newsfeed everybody sees and moving them to a new Explore Feed that’s buried under the More menu on the mobile site.  That means publishers and media companies that have spent years building an audience and gotten hooked on using Facebook for promotion, branding, and … Continue reading Is Facebook looking at moving media content out of the news feed?

Nearly half of all Americans think the national media makes up stories about Trump

One more sign that the public’s trust in national media has eroded to a startling level. A revealing poll by POLITICO/Morning Consult shows considerable distrust of the national media. Overall, 46% believe the media fabricates news stories about President Trump and his administration. Only 37% say the media doesn’t make up stories while 17% are … Continue reading Nearly half of all Americans think the national media makes up stories about Trump

TV still #1 choice for news consumption, but the gap is narrowing

Only a third trust social media as a news source Half of all Americans report they get their news on television, but the gap with online is narrowing. 43% now say they often get their news online. The gap is just 1 points, narrowing from 19 points in 2015, according to a new survey from Pew … Continue reading TV still #1 choice for news consumption, but the gap is narrowing

Partisan views on media are more entrenched than ever

If anything, partisan views of the national news media have gotten even more entrenched… and the gap has widened, according to a national survey by Pew Research Center. While Democrat views on the impact of the national news media have grown more positive, Republicans have grown even more negative in their assessment of the media. There’s … Continue reading Partisan views on media are more entrenched than ever

Some good news for the newspaper industry

Here’s some good news for the newspaper industry.  Gen Z (under 18), 18-24-year olds, and 30-34 years olds are increasing their readership. Comparing traditional newspaper use (either in print or online) with the same study done in 2015, Civic Science found a stark increase among the youngest demos.  Newspapers may want to spend time figuring … Continue reading Some good news for the newspaper industry

Partisan views on media more entrenched than ever

If anything, partisan views of the national news media have gotten even more entrenched… and the gap has widened, according to a national survey by Pew Research Center. While Democrat views on the impact of the national news media have grown more positive, Republicans have grown even more negative in their assessment of the media. … Continue reading Partisan views on media more entrenched than ever

We’ve got work to do: Majority of public thinks media is biased

Media folks, we’ve got a lot of work to do.  The general public now believe overwhelmingly that news organizations are biases and subject to partisan agendas. We used to joke in newsrooms that if we had both Democrats and Republicans calling to complain about our story, we were probably OK, but if only one side … Continue reading We’ve got work to do: Majority of public thinks media is biased

Facebook discussing metered paywalls for publishers on platform

Publishers that have tried out Facebook’s Instant Articles have been pleased with the speed in which pages load, but not necessarily pleased about the economics.  By keeping readers within Facebook’s walled garden, publishers didn’t see the activity translate directly to page views – and exposure to the accompanying ads.  Ad space on Instant Articles have … Continue reading Facebook discussing metered paywalls for publishers on platform

News organizations ask Congress for authority to collectively bargain with Google, Facebook

The New Media Alliance represent almost 2,000 news organizations, primarily newspapers.  This week, the organization starting asking Congress for some help in taking on the big internet companies.  Call it a pre-emptive strike for collective bargaining with Google and Facebook. It’s no secret that Goo-book dominates digital advertising.  In the third quarter of 2016, 99% … Continue reading News organizations ask Congress for authority to collectively bargain with Google, Facebook

The difference between NATIONAL news reporting and LOCAL News reporting? Trust.

With all the talk about fake news and how much the public doesn’t believe journalists, it’s important to note that there’s a huge difference in how people view NATIONAL news media versus LOCAL news media.  The local folks live and work in your community, go to church there, shop at stores, pay local taxes and … Continue reading The difference between NATIONAL news reporting and LOCAL News reporting? Trust.

We’re hiring serious journalists to do the important stories

Have you become disillusioned with the TV news business? Tired of the fluff and happy talk? We want serious, experienced reporters that are willing to take on the tough stories, dig deeper, and do the important journalism our town deserves. Here's the kicker: We're willing to pay for experience. If you're a recent college grad, … Continue reading We’re hiring serious journalists to do the important stories

When the majority of people tell me that doing something will negatively impact my brand, I take it seriously

When my son was very young, he was watching television one day and noticed one of the characters was drinking a “cola.”  That’s what it said on the can.  He asked me if that was Coca Cola and we talked about how they often substituted generic products so they didn’t give free publicity to companies. … Continue reading When the majority of people tell me that doing something will negatively impact my brand, I take it seriously

Will people still read long-form content when it’s on a tiny cell phone screen?

With more and more traffic going to mobile, specifically smart phones, every day, is there a future for long form journalism on line? That’s one of the questions a Pew Research Center study tried to answer. Researchers looked at 125 million cellphone sessions accessing 74,840 articles encompassing 30 news websites over a six-month period. They … Continue reading Will people still read long-form content when it’s on a tiny cell phone screen?

Would you rather pay for content or put up with advertising?

85% say give us ads. 75% say they would drastically reduce their online activities if they had to pay. In fact, Americans assigned a value of nearly $1,200 per year to the array of free, ad-supported services and content currently available to them on computers and mobile devices, according to a survey conducted by Zogby … Continue reading Would you rather pay for content or put up with advertising?

Who you trust more:  Advertising or News Media?

While we hear a constant drum beat that trust in the news media continues to drop, it’s not the same for advertising.  In fact, more people think ads are more honest than they were three years ago, according to a YouGuv survey in March. Trust but verify Still, 64% of US adults think there should … Continue reading Who you trust more:  Advertising or News Media?

Overall news consumption is up 18%

Overwhelming majority of consumption happens on TV Adults in the US spend more than 72.5 BILLION MINUTES consuming news during an average week.  The Nielsen folks say total new consumption across platforms was up 18% last year.  Broadcast TV (local and national) accounted for the biggest chunk of viewing (29.4 billion) followed by cable news … Continue reading Overall news consumption is up 18%

Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press

I put this up right outside my office door to remind everybody who walks into our TV station how important it is that journalists do their job. The Bill of Rights warrants Congress shall make no law abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the Press.  The founders saw journalists role as so important it … Continue reading Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press

Should Google & Facebook be regulated, pay license fees for news content?

The British government has officially opened an inquiry into “fake news.”  Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Committee investigating, summed it up: “The growing phenomenon of fake news is a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general.” Now British publishers have responded.  The newspaper group News Media Alliance is advocating regulation of … Continue reading Should Google & Facebook be regulated, pay license fees for news content?

Dughi named “Top Writer” in Social Media, Journalism by Medium.com

You may not have heard of Medium.com, but 60 million visitors a month have. It's a place where experts, professionals, and regular folks share research, opinion, and long-form articles on often-thought-provoking topics. I was honored to be named one of the Top Writers in two categories this past year: Social Media and Journalism. It may … Continue reading Dughi named “Top Writer” in Social Media, Journalism by Medium.com

Can students tell the difference between fake news and real news?

This fake news thing is bigger than just election results.  “Fake news” has become a label people freely put on facts they don’t agree with.  People will call something “fake news” when in fact it’s true.  They just disagree.  But call something by a label enough and it often sticks.  Source:  this past election. But … Continue reading Can students tell the difference between fake news and real news?

Fake news might actually be a good thing for real journalism

Everybody is up in arms about fake news these days. Politicos that think it swung the election are crying foul. Advertisers that had their ads show up on fake news sites are unhappy. Journalists talk about how it continues to undermine public trust. Wait a minute, though. How does fake news hurt journalism? I mean, … Continue reading Fake news might actually be a good thing for real journalism

Has Facebook hired someone to fix its “fake news” problem? Uh, no.

There was a short window of excitement when a TV newsie announced she was hired to lead Facebook's News Partnerships team. Campbell Brown, former NBC News anchor and White House correspondent, and prime-time CNN news anchor, announced - on Facebook - that she's taking on a new role at the social media platform to  “help … Continue reading Has Facebook hired someone to fix its “fake news” problem? Uh, no.

Are legitimate news websites spreading fake news with widgets?

Will Google start penalizing publishers for using Taboola or Outbrain?  Should they? You may not know the names “Taboola” or “Outbrain” but you’ve no doubt seen their work.  These are two of the digital industry’s aggregators that typically mix paid sponsorships, native ads,  and click bait articles into a widget that gets posted at the … Continue reading Are legitimate news websites spreading fake news with widgets?

Are you really, really concerned about this fake news stuff?

  We all should be concerned about this fake news stuff. Regardless of where it comes from or where you might run into it, spreading falsehoods makes all of us dumber. It appears most Americans agree. 73% of American say they are concerned about fake news Civic Science released a survey of 2,000 adults after the … Continue reading Are you really, really concerned about this fake news stuff?

Media, Pollsters get failing grades

There’s no question it was a nasty election season.  The losers?  According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, just about everyone. The press got blasted… even more than the candidates themselves. When voters were asked to grade how different people/groups conducted themselves in the campaign, Donald Trump got a D or F grade … Continue reading Media, Pollsters get failing grades

President-Elect Trump slips the press pool twice; media goes crazy

Media folks fight with each other every day.  They’ll do all sorts of things to beat their competition.  So, when 18 media organizations get together to unite on a common goal, it might make you wonder what they’re all worried about. It appears they are worried about President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with the media.  They’ve … Continue reading President-Elect Trump slips the press pool twice; media goes crazy

Facebook bans fake news ads, but can the algorithm detect it?

Facebook says it can’t effectively detect fake news or misinformation in its news feed, although it is working to improve it. But apparently Facebook can detect fake news or misinformation in its advertising feed. Because… it’s now banned fake news publishers from using its ad network. That means fake news now joins gambling, porn, adult … Continue reading Facebook bans fake news ads, but can the algorithm detect it?

Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism that Facebook let fake news impact the election

When so many people get their news from social media, what’s the responsibility of Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, has responded to criticism that Facebook helped skew the election results by allowing fake news to populate the site. Here is his response, in how own words, right from his Facebook page: I want to share … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism that Facebook let fake news impact the election

Turkish government jails hundreds of journalists, shuts down 170 TV and newspaper companies

If you work in journalism, be thankful you’re not working in Turkey.  Journalism there is under attack at unprecedented levels. The government has forced the closure of more than 170 broadcasters, newspapers, magazine and media-related companies.  Courts have ordered censorship of more than 30 news websites.  The government has revokes more than 300 press credentials … Continue reading Turkish government jails hundreds of journalists, shuts down 170 TV and newspaper companies

Were the Presidential polls really wrong – or was it just the way they were interpreted?

Pollsters have gotten a lot of grief over getting the election results wrong.  There’s reason to criticize, but I think some people are placing blame when it’s not as clear cut as they might think. First, it appears that although Trump won the electoral college, Clinton won the popular vote.  The national polls aren’t tracking … Continue reading Were the Presidential polls really wrong – or was it just the way they were interpreted?

The battle for the online throne: Content vs Platform

Content may be important, but it’s more like The Prince. The King, of course, is Platform. Think about it for a moment. What’s the world’s largest social media? Facebook. Largest search engine? Google. Biggest video site? YouTube. Notice a trend? They are all aggregators of content, not content creators (with a few exceptions). The internet … Continue reading The battle for the online throne: Content vs Platform

Google News adds Fact Checking to top stories

In the world of social media and online aggregation, the one thing that is most rare is truth.  Every day I come across stories and posts that stretch the truth or obliterate it completely.  I believe it’s a big part of why the trust in media in general has plummeted to historic lows. RELATED: Trust … Continue reading Google News adds Fact Checking to top stories

Majority don’t trust media, but one source does better than all the others

We’ve all heard that people don’t trust the media anymore.  Heck, I’m in the media and I view everything through a skeptic’s lens these days.  Through it all though, one media source continues to do better than all the others: Local TV news operations. The numbers for all media sources have plummeted to historic lows. An … Continue reading Majority don’t trust media, but one source does better than all the others

Does a newspaper have an ethical obligation to reveal the source of its advertisers?

A controversial mailer and newspaper ads have the folks in Allentown, PA upset. It's led to resignations of a school's CEO and teachers and has been condemned by educators and public officials. The local newspaper knows who paid for it.  Do they have an obligation to reveal who's behind it? A mailer shows the picture … Continue reading Does a newspaper have an ethical obligation to reveal the source of its advertisers?

Sunshine Law request results in $82,000 bill for public records search

Group seeks information on how dogs are being used in research by Universities The Beagle Freedom Project is an animal rights activist group that’s filed a lawsuit against the University of Missouri. The suit has to do with its claim that the University is violating the state’s Sunshine Laws. The group’s been outspoken in its criticism of … Continue reading Sunshine Law request results in $82,000 bill for public records search

Facebook is in the news business whether it wants to be or not

Just days after Facebook said it’s not a news feed, it was thrust right back into the news business with two shootings shown on Facebook Live.  The sniper fire in downtown Dallas put Michael Kevin Bautista in the middle of the action when he streamed the gunshots live on Facebook as it was happening. https://youtu.be/TnqZadaY-yEContinue reading Facebook is in the news business whether it wants to be or not

Local news most trusted by news consumers

We’ve read the stories that majority of people get their news from social media.  We’ve also read how trust in the newspaper and TV news media has eroded.  But how does social media do on the trust scale when it comes to news? The short answer is that social media scores the worst scores on … Continue reading Local news most trusted by news consumers

Journalists get some help in battle over public records

It’s nice to see both parties working together on something, but it does happen. Both the House and Senate passed the FOIA Improvement Act and President Obama signed it into law. Now we’ll see if it makes any difference. The bill is designed to “boost government responsiveness” to Freedom of Information Act requests. It says, … Continue reading Journalists get some help in battle over public records

Newspaper publisher, lawyer charged with felonies after filing Open Records request

“We are shocked that any journalist would be jailed for simply asking a question,” the Society of Professional Journalists said in a statement in Atlanta Journal-Constitution So are journalists across the country.  Not only have the publisher and lawyer been charged with felonies (felonies!), but they had to post $10,000 bonds and now undergo drug … Continue reading Newspaper publisher, lawyer charged with felonies after filing Open Records request

Confidence in newspapers, TV news hits all-time lows

The folks at Gallup have been surveying everything about American society for decades. One advantage to that is tracking how people think about key issues over time. This June, when they asked about people’s confidence in newspapers, the numbers hit an all-time low. Television News wasn’t far behind, ranking just one point above newspapers. Sadly, … Continue reading Confidence in newspapers, TV news hits all-time lows

Click Bait, Traffic Traps, and Integrity?

A friend of mine tried an experiment with his news website.  For two weeks, he wrote the most salacious headlines he could think of for stories.  He filled his stream with not just the daily news, but the most tabloid, click-bait material he could find.  Guess what happened?  His traffic exploded. It’s as close as … Continue reading Click Bait, Traffic Traps, and Integrity?

Should the news you see be chosen by Journalists or by its Popularity?

No doubt you’ve seen the commotion about how Facebook picks stories for its Trending section after several former workers said they were told not to feature certain news sites.  Makes for an interesting headline about Facebook suppressing conservative news blogs, but I had a different reaction. First, it’s Facebook. It’s not a news website.  It’s … Continue reading Should the news you see be chosen by Journalists or by its Popularity?