NAA Roundup

Member Announcements:

How the new Washington Post building ushers in a new era of journalism (The Washington Post) (Video)
The Washington Post relocated to its new headquarters this week after spending decades at its former location. This video includes commentary from CEO and Publisher, Frederick Ryan and Editor in Chief, Marty Baron on why this move comes at a good time for the Post, as it becomes increasingly technology-oriented.

Boston Globe introduces $100,000 “Spotlight” fellowship (Boston Globe)
The Boston Globe unveiled a $100,000 Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship, funded by Participant Media and Open Road Films, which it will offer to an individual or group of reporters to gain experience in investigative journalism. The fellow(s) will work directly with the Globe’s Spotlight investigative reporting team on an investigative story. Spotlight, a thrilling true story based on the Globe’s Spotlight team, received critical acclaim and has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards.

Wall Street Journal Introduces WSJ Podcasts (Dow Jones)
The Wall Street Journal has launched its new WSJ Podcasts at The 12 podcasts cover a range of topics based on the various sections of the print and online newspaper, including What’s News, Your Money Matters and Tech News Briefing. Three podcasts will post daily, with the other nine posting weekly.

Silent Suffering (The Columbus Dispatch)
The Columbus Dispatch has published a project called “Silent Suffering,” a 6-part series documenting its investigation into a public health crisis in Ohio: suicide, also the 10th largest cause of death in the US. The project was supported by the ASNE, The Columbus Foundation and The Ohio State University.

NAA Announcements:

Coalition asks Congress to Weigh-In with Administration on DOL’s Overtime Rules
The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) – of which NAA is a member – sent a letter to members of Congress expressing concern the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the salaries test. The proposed rule would result in a 102 percent increase in the current salaries test. Certain exempt employees would no longer be considered exempt and would require overtime pay. According to PPWO’s letter, the rule is expected to impact over ten million workers.

Deadline Today! Enter the Third Annual NAA Accelerator Pitch Program
Are you a media startup or do you know one? If so, take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your business in front of 1,000 newspaper media industry executives and their colleagues. NAA is accepting submissions for its third annual Accelerator Pitch program at NAA mediaXchange 2016, which will take place April 17-20, 2016 in Washington, DC. The program is open to startup companies that have been founded within the last three years whose product or service helps meet newspaper companies’ print, digital, mobile or advertising needs. Applications are due today, December 11, 2015, so apply now!

NAA Fights for Tax Deductions for Print and Digital Newspapers
The IRS is proposing a change to determine who the taxpayer is under Section 199 of the Tax Code for the purpose of claiming a deduction for printing and other manufacturing costs. NAA has long-argued for the manufacturing deduction and successfully fought to have advertising revenue included.

What We’re Reading:

The Washington Post launches new video player for continuous viewing while reading (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post has launched a new video player on its website (it is rolling out the feature for stories in its Politics section first) that allows users reading an article to simultaneously view video and scroll through the article. The technology was developed in-house by The Post’s engineering team.

Pay-per-article platform Blendle heads to the U.S. (Wall Street Journal)
Blendle, a Dutch news app on which users can purchase articles individually, will launch in the US next year. The model aims to reduce barriers for those willing to pay for content they want to read. Partnering publishers will be able to set their own prices and keep 70% of the revenue.

Facebook bends to publishers, tweaks Instant Articles advertising (The Wall Street Journal)
Facebook is changing its policies for Instant Articles to allow publishers to include more advertising in each article and to sell Facebook-only ad campaigns to marketers. The changes follow initial feedback from publishers that the restrictions in place made it too difficult to generate revenue on the platform.

Uh-oh: One-third of Internet users say they’re “very likely” to install an ad-blocker (Digiday)
A new consumer survey conducted by Digital Content Next found that one-third of Internet users said they would be likely to install an ad-blocker in the next three months.

Apple updates its news app to make it more like a…Newspaper (Re/code)
Apple is making two changes in an update to its News App. It will provide a list of “top stories” twice per day, in an effort to function more like a newspaper, and it will integrate with comScore, allowing participating newspapers to get advertiser credit for views of their content on the app.

News Drones: Risks And Rewards (NetNewsCheck)
Newspaper media considering venturing into the relatively new realm of drones to cover news should be aware of their risks and benefits.

Publishers’ newest revenue scheme: monetized gift guides
Publishers are expanding their revenue streams and helping their readers find the best deals by offering e-commerce guides on their newspaper websites. The guides feature products and then provide direct links to merchants via “buy” buttons to purchase.
Print is the new “new media” (Columbia Journalism Review)
There are many benefits to the print newspaper and now, traditionally digital outlets are launching print editions in an apparent reversal of trends.

How the New York Times and other publishers are using Slack as a content tool
Slack, an app used by some publishers to facilitate newsroom communications, can help publishers track breaking news and publish live blog posts, giving it the feel of a publishing platform.

What We’re Tweeting:

From @NAAupdates:

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How NYT’s research lab maps the future role of technology in news | Media news –

Report: Technology trends journalists should watch in 2016 | Media news –


Shocking – and sad – how rare this still is! “all-female panel on a news show” | Poynter –

Shift to digital has gone “too far,” says big-time ad exec | Poynter –

Fascinating investigative piece about an attach on Tor: via thisisfusion –


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