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July 23, 2010

Daniel Schorr’s legacy lives on: Journalism prize, call for entries

As news spreads today of the death of Daniel Schorr, the legendary journalist and commentator, his legacy lives on. WBUR and Boston University are accepting entries for the ninth annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

This $5000 award is given to a rising young journalist in public radio. It honors a news story or segment of significance and quality, and celebrates the new generation of journalists in public radio…

This $5000 award is given to a rising young journalist in public radio. It honors a news story or segment of significance and quality, and celebrates the new generation of journalists in public radio.

This competition is open to journalists who were 35 years old or younger as of June 30, 2010. Eligible works focus on any local, national, or international news issue significant to the listening public. Must have been broadcast in the US between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 on any CPB-qualified radio station. No group applications; a single journalist must be principally responsible for each entry. Only one entry per journalist.

Learn more and enter now
Deadline for entries: Sept. 17, 2010

...Also, if you haven’t yet read it, another fascinating part of Schorr’s legacy is his book of selected works, 1972-78: Forgive Us Our Press Passes, covering the period after he was named on President Richard Nixon’s notorious “enemies list.”

And the Christian Science Monitor has republished Schorr’s first article for that outlet—this 1948 report from the Netherlands, covering the launch of Europe’s first attempt at forming a united congress.

September 15, 2010

Pew survey: Digital, traditional platforms combine to increase overall news consumption

Good news for news—Americans are spending more time with it than they have since the mid-1990s, and new technologies are not so much replacing traditional news platforms as supplementing them.

That’s per a newly released biennial news consumption survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The survey found while Americans are consuming more news digitally, they’re integrating the new sources into their regular diet, leaving news consumption from traditional platforms stable.

For instance, in 2000 those surveyed spent 57 minutes a day on average getting news from TV, radio or newspapers. Now, they’re spending 70 minutes—and that doesn’t even count time spent getting news on cell phones or other digital devices.

Traditional sources remain the sole source of news for 39% of those surveyed, but nearly as many, 36%  got their news from both online and traditional sources. About 9% got their news via online and mobile and didn’t use traditional sources at all.

The group that showed the largest rise in time spent with the news in the last few years are the highly educated (up to 96 minutes). The survey noted a smaller rise in consumption for those ages 30-64, while older and younger age groups showed no increase. The 30-somethings were the only group to get the majority of their news digitally.

Among the other major findings of the extensive report:

  • Print newspaper decline is only partially offset by online readership. Even counting all online newspaper readership (although not news aggregators or search engines), 37% of Americans report getting news from newspapers the day before, down from 43% in 2006.
  • Cable news audiences are in flux, with the proportions watching CNN, MSNBC and CNBC slipping substantially from two years ago.
  • Ideology continues to be closely associated with people’s choice of certain news sources, and partisan gaps in media credibility continue to grow.
  • Half of men get news on digital platforms, compared to just 39% of women.
  • The percentage of so-called news grazers—those who get news only “from time to time”—jumped from 48% to 57% since 2006.
  • Search engines are increasingly key. A third use them regularly to get news, up from 19% just two years ago.

Read the full report here (PDF).

January 06, 2011

Net now top news source for under-30s, per Pew

The Internet has now become the main source of news for under-30s, according to a survey conducted in December by The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. And it’s closing the gap for all Americans, partly because of the ongoing decline of TV news and newspaper audiences, the December survey found.

Two-thirds of 18-29-year-olds call the Internet their news home, almost double the percent from just three years before. For this generation, TV has dropped as primary news vehicle from 68% to 52% (respondents volunteered up to two news sources, so totals can add up to over 100%). Pew also said that Internet news is on track within a few years to bump TV news from the top spot for 30-49-year-olds. And its use has grown to the same level as newspapers for those ages 50 to 64.

Among all Americans, 41% said the Internet was where they got their national and international news, unchanged from two years ago. That leaves TV in the No. 1 spot, but its audience decline is steep. As recently as 2002, TV was the go-to news source for 82% of Americans. In the most recent poll, it’s down to 66%. Newspapers, meanwhile, have dropped from 50% in 2003 to just 31% in 2010. Radio remains relatively stable at 16%.

The study also details how demographics, education and wealth affect the news blend for Americans. For instance, those living in the West of the country are most likely to turn to the Internet, while college grads and those with higher household incomes are about as likely to get their news from the Internet as from TV.

Get the full details on the study (PDF), along with graphs charting main news sources by age.

April 10, 2012

To grow your mobile audience, focus on mobile web, not apps, says NPR

“Here’s the truth: If your app is the only component of your mobile strategy, you’re missing the boat. Mobile-optimized web pages are rapidly becoming the most important way to grow your online audience,” NPR’s Steve Mulder and Keith Hopper recently wrote.

That’s why NPR is building a prototype mobile-optimized site for affiliate stations…

Mulder is director of user experience and analytics, and Hopper is director of product strategy and development, for NPR Digital Services. So they’re always watching the numbers. In their post on the NPR blog, they noted:

“When we look at the numbers for 50+ NPR stations across the country that are using Digital Services’ Core Publisher content management systems, the trend is clear. Last July, 9% of traffic to station web sites came from mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). As of March, it’s already up to 14%.

“We see the same thing for NPR.org traffic. Mobile now represents 17% of the unique visitors to NPR.org. (That’s mobile site traffic, not including all the NPR apps.) And it’s rising quickly.

Other recent research bears this out. This year’s State of the News Media report from Pew’s Project on Excellence in Journalism found that nearly one in four U.S. adults now get news on at least two digital media devices (computer, tablet, and/or smartphone).

Also, a recent survey conducted by Roger Fidler of the Digital Publishing Alliance at the Reynolds School of Journalism (Univ. Mo.-Columbia) found that more than twice as many mobile users prefer the mobile websites of new outlets compared to their apps.

News apps are still important, but “not a silver bullet” Mulder and Hopper observe.

“For all their success, the benefits of having an app (especially as an engine for capturing new audience) are starting to plateau. ...Research is showing that apps attract the particularly loyal segment of your audience who is already consuming a lot more news. ...But of course, stations want to reach a wider audience of casual users as well. And for this larger segment of casual users, mobile-optimized web pages are the preferred way to access your content.”

They offer three reasons why NPR stations (and probably any news outlet) should focus on enhancing their mobile web offerings and experience even if their apps appear successful:

  1. The mobile web is where the audience is. (They offer ample data to back this up.)
  2. The mobile web user experience has greatly improved in the last couple of years.
  3. Mobile web offerings are easier and less expensive to build.


The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

August 30, 2012

RTNDA/Gannett award for innovative community watchdog journalism

The Radio Television Digital News Association is teaming with the Gannett Foundation to offer a $5000 prize recognizing groundbreaking TV, radio, or online watchdog journalism that creatively uses digital tools. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues…

Criteria for evaluating innovation include interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools, and creative use of any digital medium. An entry can consist of a single story, series or package on a single subject.

Each entry must have appeared between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Audio or video entries must not exceed 15 minutes. Print-only work is not eligible.

Learn more and enter now
Deadline: September 24