3 to read: Good riddance, NYT public editor | 3 major news changes | Future of publishing

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

June 6, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. Bye-bye & good riddance, NYT’s public editor: Some interesting writing about the NYT’s elimination of their public editor job. As Tom Scocca of Politico put it: “Good Riddance to the NYT’s Public Editor.” Ouch. And Erik Wemple at the WaPo said NYT doesn’t need the position — but TV news desperately does.

2. What we learned: 3 years of interviews at leading digital newsrooms: What are the three most profound changes sweeping the news industry? Increased collaboration within newsrooms, a greater willingness industry-wide to share learning, and an explosion in mobile, according to a study from the Media Innovation program at Northeastern’s School of Journalism. The study notes that it’s a “sea-change, from a news industry that was competitive and siloed to one inclined toward sharing, cooperation, and transparency.” Interesting reading. (Transparency alert: I’m a prof at NEU.)

3. Why The Ringer/Vox deal is the future of publishing: Ben Thompson argues (convincingly) in Stratechery that the recent deal between Bill Simmons’ The Ringer and Vox is the future of publishing. Vox, a big platform, is taking a sports vertical under its wing, providing tech and advertising help. That leaves the Ringer to do what it does best — sports. The theory is that both will benefit. It’s an intriguing idea. I’m betting we see more news orgs, especially smaller sites, embracing similar setups.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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