When should a public broadcaster compete with private media? In England in recent years the newspaper industry has argued that the BBC's efforts in local news are unfairly competitive because of the public broadcaster's public underwriting. There have been pressures to push BBC out of local coverage.
But BBC's news chief has fired back. The problems of the local newspapers are not BBC's concerns or fault, James Harding says. He advises them to worry much more about Google and Facebook.
Jeff John Roberts, writing for Gigaom, examines the blurring lines between tabloid and broadsheet media in the online era, in particular the quest for respectability of the tabloids in an abundant field. He believes that digital's influence has been to diminish the tabloid's effect.
Lucia Moses, writing for AdWeek, notices that native advertising's sudden growth isn't carrying along any particular dividends for journalists. Not only are there some ethical concerns about the qualities of sponsored content, but publishers are turning to cheaper writers to produce the material. She says the new format needs high-quality creative effort or it might fail.