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STUDY: Most Readers Still Not Willing to Pay for News

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A timeless maxim that we just made up holds that people are, in general, hesitant to pay for things you once gave them for free. Unfortunately for media brands, a new survey by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism confirms that the same principle very much applies to news.

Amusing coincidence: we found said survey behind a big pink paywall at Financial Times. Here’s the free press release version.

Only 10% of a group of 19,000 people in 10 countries said they’d be willing to pay for digital news–a number unchanged since 2012.

In other words, get ready for further disruption to the news model. But wait: these numbers might not be quite as bad as they seem…

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No Joke: ‘The Colbert Report’ Voted ‘Most Informative U.S. News Source’

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Hey national news, you think your ratings are bad now?

I haven’t seen a survey but I would be willing to bet that most journos and PR peeps watch Comedy Central … for news.

Why? How much drive-by shootings, domestic disturbances, child abuse cases, political scandals, and weather reports can one person take in a day? We need some levity so we read blogs with a tinge of snark and watch TV with a bit more.

Thank you Comedy Central for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

While they joke wonderfully about the world around us, they educate America by giving a no-nonsense approach to what “breaking news” obfuscates on a minute-by-minute basis. And now, there’s proof: Stephen Colbert has been voted the “most informative U.S. news source.”

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ICYMI: Ann Curry to Brian Williams: ‘Preppin’ Ain’t Easy!’

Last week, the illustrious and snarky broadcaster Brian Williams was not at the desk for his post on NBC Nightly News. Filling in for him at 30 Rock was highly touted, sorely missed, dusky-hued Ann Curry. (S’up!)

Once of ‘TODAY’ and a fabled overnight NBC News shift she held forever, Ann has been on a journalistic sabbatical. She calls her shot, takes her crew, tapes a story, and she’s good for a couple of weeks — or so it seems. And then from the ether, she tweets a “You go girl” thought to her cohort and social media went ballistic. In a so very good way.

MEMO to Brian Williams: Work on your eyebrows brother or you’re a goner.

What You Need to Know About the Pending Vocus/Cision Merger

CisionVocusIf you are a tech-savvy communications professional, you may have been slightly surprised by yesterday’s news that two of the industry’s top providers of cloud-based software would soon join forces.

Private equity firm CTGR Canyon Holdings broke the news of its plans to bring Cision and Vocus together yesterday in a release that promised “new software tools, content and services that help organizations of all sizes to enhance their performance.”

You may recall that this news follows April reports regarding unsuccessful attempts by Meltwater to acquire a majority stake in Cision.

This afternoon we spoke to Peter Granat, the now-former Cision AB CEO who will serve as chief of Vocus and president of the related Canyon affiliate, to get some additional insights into the deal and what it means for you.

Granat’s quotes after the jump.

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BEWARE: ESPN’s Darren Rovell May Have Stolen Your Press Release

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Yeah, but then again, so is this. So, we’re used to that from you.

Attention all flacks, the next time you send a press release to ESPN, be sure you understand what “copyright infringement” means. Why do we share that bit of professional advice? This article from Deadspin tells you everything you need to know, specifically about bottom feeder and bag-of-nothing Darren Rovell.

If you don’t watch ESPN, you’re not missing much. Here’s a guy that was at ESPN to talk sports business, which is to say he was the equivalent of a beat reporter at city hall who was thrust into healthcare because someone quit. That said, here’s his shtick … and you won’t believe this is his business.

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Michael Sam’s Kiss Causes Dallas Show to Make National News

ktxdSee, that’s the problem with morning shows.

You get a bunch of people sitting around a table to focus on one subject. The problem with that dynamic is each person has their point of view and really don’t appreciate being put on blast for having said opinion. Sure, certain opinions may not be as popular as others, but don’t we all have a right — and a reason — to voice them?

This question was put on public display yesterday on Dallas’ own KTXD-TV 47 (London Broadcasting) and its morning staple “The Broadcast.” Yesterday, the quartet (seated from left to right) of Courtney Kerr (if you watch Bravo, that Courtney Kerr), Amy Kushnir (the woman making a dash for some fresh sanity), Suzie Humphreys, and Lisa Pinero, got into a heated conversation about Michael Sam and his much publicized, celebratory kiss on ESPN.

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Jill Abramson’s Departure Is Bad News for The New York Times

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Yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was leaving the Grey Lady to be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet came as a big surprise to all who don’t work in the NYT newsroom. The politics behind the move have unraveled at a record pace since then.

Unfortunately, the more we learn about it, the more we can guarantee that the story won’t end well for the paper of record. The biggest reveal to date came courtesy of Ken Auletta at The New Yorker: seems that Abramson didn’t just make less money than the men who preceded her–she made less than her own deputy.

The issue: how did the Times so completely lose control of this story?

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UPDATED: ‘The Oatmeal’ Cartoonist Leverages Love of Tesla Motors to Support Nikola Tesla Museum

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I’m a longtime fan of The Oatmeal, and particularly appreciate how cartoonist Matt Inman exuberantly describes and animates his unbridled passion for the things he loves — his dog, grammar, the fiendishly-terrifying Mantis Shrimp, etc.

As it turns out, Inman also happens to love Tesla — both the legendary inventor and the car company — and is attempting to leverage his love and endorsement of the latter to support a museum honoring the former.

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STUDY: How Do Journalists Use Social Media Today?

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We’re all very aware that journalism on the whole is having something of a “moment”. Thankfully, The Indiana School of Journalism has attempted to answer some of the central questions in media and PR with a report on the state of the practice that is essential reading for every communications professional worth his or her salt.

As The Washington Post reported this week, two professors at the school surveyed more than 1,000 pro newsmen and women to create “The American Journalist in the Digital Age“, the latest edition of a survey they’ve run approximately once a decade since 1971.

Takeaways and cool graphs* after the jump.

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‘Fake Steve Jobs’ Takes a Shot at Departing Apple PR Head

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Dan Lyons–one of the most colorful journalists to become a marketer i.e. “hack turned flack“–took one final pop at Katie Cotton, the retiring VP of worldwide corporate communications at Apple, by posting a photo of a female sniper on his Facebook page. He joined HubSpot last year from ReadWrite.

Lyons, the former “Fake Steve Jobs” blogger and longtime tech journalist frequently “dispatched” Cotton to control and punish journalists who didn’t fall in line with his personae’s wishes. Lyons spent considerable time balancing satire with his other work, and managed to blog anonymously for about a year till he was outed by Brad Stone.

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