Media Insider: What Newsroom Execs Are Focusing On Next, The State of Data Journalism, How the Arab World Gets and Shares Digital News

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What newsroom execs around the world think should be the next big areas of focus for their companies

A report from WAN-IFRA found that puiblishers should focus on video if they want to meet their long-term revenue goals, says NiemanLab. Two thirds of those surveyed reported a decline in revenue over the past year, while a quarter reported an increase in revenue — the highest since 2009. The report surveyed 235 new executives and other managers across 68 countries, and cited “reluctance to innovate” as the top risk to the future success of news organizations.

Some think journalism should undergo a major change to survive. Learn how “Report for America” is turning journalists into public servants.

The state of data journalism in 2017

Google worked with PolicyViz to analyze how journalists use data to tell stories. They found that 51 percent of US and European news organizations have dedicated data journalists — a significant increase from only a decade ago. While more than half of respondents value data journalism, others are concerned about the challenges it poses. Fifty-three percent considered data journalism a specialty skill that requires training. Others expressed concern over time and bandwidth limitations.

Fact or Fiction? Read what fact-checkers need to do to combat “fake news”.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING | MATT YONDER has reportedly lost 88% of its audience after pivoting to video lost 88 percent of its online audience after its website redesign pushed video content over written content. According to Awful Announcing, sports fans no longer find it useful to visit the site, finding its content “outdated and irrelevant.”

FYI: Sports have become expensive and TV networks can’t justify the cost.

Media in the Middle East: A new study shows how the Arab world gets and shares digital news

Social media plays an important role in how Arab nationals receive their news, especially for younger generations, reports NiemanLab. The fifth annual Media Use in the Middle East survey, by Northwestern University in Qatar, found Arab nationals are more likely to get their news from social media than Americans. WhatsApp is the most-used social media platform for Arabs, but most get their news from Facebook.

Read: Snapchat complies with Saudi Arabian government by blocking Al Jazeera channel.

Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale

Rolling Stone, a magazine known for its political and cultural influence, is now for sale. Earlier this year, the magazine’s parent company, Wenner Media, sold US Weekly and Men’s Journal after facing financial pressures. “I love my job, I enjoy it, I’ve enjoyed it for a long time,” said founder Jann Wenner. Selling, he added, was “just the smart thing to do.”

Did you know? Teen Vogue’s first summit shows the magazine’s willingness to evolve, and cultivate its activist roots.

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Jessica (Davids) Barry is Customer Content Specialist at PR Newswire. Newly married, she loves cooking with her husband and spends the rest of her free time drawing.

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