Gannett has launched a platform that makes original images from USA Today and its 109 local newsrooms available to paying customers.
Gannett said the platform, called Imagn, includes original sports, entertainment and breaking news images. The site promises 600,000 photos "per year from 10,000 sporting events covered by 300 sports photographers nationwide" to start, and an additional 1.8 million photos every year.MORE
The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded its top sports photography award for 2018 to David Bitton of the Stillwater (Okla.) News Press. The Stillwater News Press is a CNHI newspaper.MORE
The Associated Press has expanded its custom content and distribution service, re-branding it AP ContentWorks, to reflect its broader set of capabilities.
AP ContentWorks offers a full suite of customizable services, including strategy, distribution, project management and measurement, as well as the creation of text, video, photo and graphic content. The content is delivered to AP's member publishers and broadcasters through the Nativo platform.MORE
The Post and Courier gives a weekly assignment to its readers who want to submit photos on a given theme, themes that run from "Urban decay" to "Seeing red" to "Signs of spring."
Along the same lines, the paper gave its photography staff an assignment to come up with a gallery on any theme that could run any time.MORE
This week we explore a tool that checks the authenticity of photos, and we see a new approach to audio news on the Web.MORE
This week we test several tools that turn video and photos into animated GIF files, and we see how The Huffington Post is using the messaging app Viber to connect with audiences in a new way.MORE
This week we explore apps for organizing photos from multiple smartphone users, and we see how The Associated Press is using automation to expand its college sports coverage.MORE
This week we try out a photo app that captures three-dimensional space, and we show you another option for live-streaming mobile video.MORE
This week we explore two tools that help newsrooms get photos and video from outside contributors.MORE
With the spectacular growth of everything Facebook (except its stock price) it is becoming a "go-to" site for photos of people in the news. It is not my role in life to say "don't do that" when it comes to publication decisions, but I do see some risks.MORE
Publishers in search of a new subscriptions platform or video app have new options from The Washington Post.
The Post's Arc Publishing is now offering Arc Subscriptions, a commerce platform that "equips publishers, broadcasters, and brands with real-time capabilities designed to accelerate digital monetization and grow revenue," according to the Post.More
When The New York Times first launched its paywall back in 2011, it offered readers 20 free stories a month. A little over eight years later, that figure seems crazy generous — today you can read just five free Times stories a month before being asked to pay — and where the Times goes, so will other papers go: New research suggests that most newspaper publishers with successful metered pay model strategies do better with higher “stop rates,” not letting a reader sample too much before they’re asked to pay up.
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Folks, it happened: The key to sustainable local news has been discovered. And it involves making money.
Spoiler alert: It's all about making money, and that takes having people whose job descriptions are specifically devoted to that task – along with tying the money-generating to the journalistic mission. And okay, maybe they haven't found the key: "No organization we spoke to claimed to have found the solution to revenue generation, but each had useful lessons for other civic news organizations at different levels of maturity."
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