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Tom Rosenstiel’s Myths about Journalism’s Future

In The Washington Post, Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, lays out five myths about the future of journalism. After shooting them down, one reality remains: The formula for success is still elusive.

One of Rosenstiel’s myths is that “newspapers around the world on the decline.”

Actually, print circulation worldwide was up more than 5 percent in the past five years, and the number of newspapers is growing. In general, print media are thriving in the developing world and suffering in rich nations. Print newspaper ad revenue, for instance, rose by 13 percent in India and by 10 percent in Egypt and Lebanon in the last year for which data is available. But it fell by 8 percent in France and 20 percent in Japan.

The forces tied to a thriving print newspaper industry include growing literacy, expanding population, economic development and low broadband penetration. In India, for example, the population is growing and becoming more literate, but a substantial portion is not yet online.

Advertising revenue makes up a much larger chunk of total income for American newspapers than for newspapers in other countries, suggesting that “the need to charge for online access may be even more important abroad,” Rosenstiel writes. Perhaps newspapers in other countries will be closely watching the success of the New York Times’s paywall and other experiments in generating revenue from online readership.

NYT Traffic Down | YouTube Trumps iTunes | More Yesterday’s News

Hitwise crunched some numbers and found that visits to NYTimes.com were down 5 percent to 15 percent during the first 12 days after the introduction of the website’s new pay wall. However, there was actually an increase Saturday, probably thanks to readers staying on top of the possible government shutdown.

Loosecubes Pairs Up Workers and Office Spaces

An article on Business Insider’s site tipped me off to the existence of this intriguing concept, Loosecubes. It’s like a CouchSurfing or a dating service for workers and offices. Independent workers seeking the amenities and social contact of office life can find stray cubicles to rent on a flexible basis. Meanwhile, offices with some bonus space can make a little scratch and maybe get some interesting people in the door.

Business Insider talked to Campbell McKellar, the 32-year-old founder of Loosecubes:

She’s a social person and doesn’t want to work alone. Instead, she wants to work virtually from anywhere but keep the office in the picture. With Loosecubes, she hopes people will be able to walk down the street to an office of their choice, and meet new people to work alongside.

As a freelancer, I’m often on the lookout for ways to get out of the house and rub elbows with other workers as a respite from home. In fact, a freelancers’ meetup is how I met your customary blogger here at MJD. But I’m not willing to pay a lot, so I’d rather get a sandwich and coffee than commit to a cubicle. Still, I always appreciate services such as Loosecubes and CouchSurfing that help people connect in unexpected ways.

Have you used Loosecubes, or would you? What other collaborative work environments have you tried?

Jobs of the Day: WebMD, Electronic Arts and More

If investigative reporting is your thing, you should know that The San Diego Union Tribune is looking for a watchdog reporter. “We want journalists with a sense of outrage who pursue accountability journalism openly and honestly in a way that’s fair to all involved,” the ad says. Topics will include government finance and budgets. And among other jobs listed today:

WebMD is looking to hire a senior producer. (Atlanta, GA)
Mediaplanet Publishing, Inc. seeks a publisher and project manager. (New York, NY)
Refinery29 has an open position for a marketing manager. (New York, NY)
AIS Media, Inc. wants to bring on a marketing communications specialist/copywriter. (Atlanta, GA)
Sprout Social Inc. is looking for a product manager, customer education. (Chicago, IL)
Electronic Arts wants to hire a director of community. (Redwood City, CA)
Concentric Marketing is seeking a creative director. (Charlotte, NC)
Moxie Interactive is in the market for a senior producer, social and mobile executions. (Atlanta, GA)
TV Tokyo is looking for a news producer. (Washington, DC)
American Public Media wants to hire a senior reporter. (Los Angeles, CA)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1,446 jobs on our board.

WSJ: Couric, Lauer to Reunite?

TV viewers may see a reunion of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer on a new daytime talk show, reports today’s Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal says Couric and Lauer have discussed the possibility as they both approach the end of their contracts with their respective employers. Couric’s CBS Evening News contract expires in early June; Lauer’s agreement to co-host NBC’s Today lapses at the end of next year. His co-host, Meredith Vieira, is likely to leave the show later this year, according to sources.

From the Journal article:

The stakes of losing both Mr. Lauer and Ms. Vieira are enormous for NBC. Losing two anchors in less than two years could upset the morning-news juggernaut, which is one of the few jewels at the NBC broadcast network. While NBC trails its competitors in the prime-time hours, “Today” has ranked No. 1 in mornings each week for more than 15 consecutive years.

Couric’s show could end up at CBS, NBCUniversal or even Time Warner Inc. Former Today producer and NBCUniversal exec Jeff Zucker is involved in talks about the possible Couric/Lauer reunion, according to the Journal’s source.

Post Covers Kaplan | NABJ Leaves Unity | More Weekend’s News

Good morning and happy Monday. The Washington Post sparked some conversation with the publication Saturday of an examination of the Post Co.’s Kaplan education division. The successful venture has helped support the Post during tough times but is now facing scrutiny as the practices of for-profit schools get a fresh look from Congress and the Department of Education. That and more news from over the weekend:

Is a Messy Desk a Journalist’s Prerequisite?

Yes, we’re shamelessly swiping a video from our colleagues over at TVNewser for some Friday fluff. Check out this profile of Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business Network, in which he shows off his cluttered workspace and says that “any reporter that has a neat desk isn’t a reporter.”

What do you think? My desk is tidy, and I am a reporter, dammit. But as we move to using less paper and more pixels, maybe it’s not the desk that matters, but the Desktop. And I won’t vouch for the state of that.

Do you lean toward cluttered or clean? Whatever the case, have a great weekend, and see you Monday.

Jobs of the Day: NBC, Disney and More

Jobs with Rodale, Disney, NBC Universal and more in today’s roundup. Go get ‘em.

Rodale needs a men’s health/women’s health producer. (New York, NY)
Molotov wants to hire a social media community manager. (Los Angeles, CA)
ALM Media/Lawjobs.com is seeking a marketing coordinator. (New York, NY)
Disney Consumer Products is looking for a senior manager, digital communications and PR. (Glendale, CA)
Bedford/St. Martin’s has a position open for a development editor. (Boston, MA)
Fox Chicago News seeks a social media and engagement specialist. (Chicago, IL)
Greater Talent Network has an open position for a director of marketing. (New York, NY)
Jackson Marketing Group is looking for a video producer/editor. (Greenville, SC)
Capital IQ wants to hire a media and communications manager. (New York, NY)
NBC Universal has an opening for a senior editor, food. (New York, NY)
iCrossing is looking for a senior media planner. (San Francisco, CA)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1,565 jobs on our board.

St. Louis Beacon Announces $2.6 Million in Gifts

A prominent example of nonprofit newsgathering has announced some big boosts to its bottom line. The St. Louis Beacon, an online news service founded in 2009 by former employees of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has received $2.6 million in gifts and pledges.

The bulk of the money comes from two donors. Emily Rauh Pulitzer, founder and chair of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, gave the Beacon $1.25 million. Pulitzer is also a former board member of Pulitzer, Inc., former owner of the Post-Dispatch. Another $1.1 million came from Richard K. Weil, a journalist and chair of the Beacon’s board, and his wife Josephine. The additional $250,000 came from other donors.

The Beacon will use the contributions for business and technology infrastructure, according to a press release. “The Beacon has gone beyond just providing news to become a part of the St. Louis region in a way none of us foretold,” Weil said. “The next few years should be exciting as our top flight journalists and talented business staff work to grow this venture and make it self-sustaining.”

Beacon General Manager Nicole Hollway said the Beacon will continue to raise funds in support of a sustainable business model.

Pegoraro Leaves Post | Newsweek Employees Take Buyout | More Yesterday’s News

Tech columnist Rob Pegoraro announced that he’s leaving The Washington Post after 17 years, and not entirely amicably. “The proximate cause is management deciding that the sort of review and analysis of technology that I’ve been doing for most of those 17 years is no longer part of the Post’s core mission,” he writes on his website. And more of yesterday’s news…

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