When The New York Times in any way touches journalism, the rest of the world takes note, tries to take hold, and on some occasions takes umbrage. Its significant online redesign unfurled Wednesday demonstrates a more reader-friendly and advertiser-friendly format, particularly if you're a tablet or smartphone consumer. Page breaks on articles are finished.
Mashable reviews the approach, former Times writer Brian Stelter looks at it for CNN Money, and Times public editor Margaret Sullivan notes that tweaks might follow as users weigh in.
Along for the ride in no small way is the Times' entry into native advertising, the sleeper of the package of reforms. Lucia Moses has a look at it for AdWeek.
Less than a year ago, the Washington Post eliminated the role of the ombudsman and replaced it with a far tamer reader representative role. Now that role is in question, says Media Matters, following the early departure of Doug Feaver, a former editor at the paper who has left for personal reasons.
It is an election year in the world's largest democracy, but the Committee to Protect Journalists isn't convinced that India is committed to journalistic independence. Another large, fledgling democracy in Taiwan is also striving for independence, reports Deutsche Weille.