The editor of Lenta.ru, an independent news site, has been replaced with an editor more sympathetic to the Kremlin. The New Yorker's editor-in-chief, David Remnick, has written a between-edition look at Russian president Vladimir Putin's war on information and his movement against the press. Galina Timchenko's site recently ran a profile of a prominent Ukrainian nationalist. The Guardian reports she has been replaced by the former editor of a pro-Kremlin site now serving as the deputy director general of the company that holds Lenta.ru.
The journalistic struggle in Myanmar is less about freedom than about economics. The Associated Press reports on the challenges for private newspapers to stay afloat. State-owned papers have been garnering the advertising support necessary to fuel the journalism that the independents are striving to produce. The result is closure of some titles after a short period of economic failure.
A new study from the Pew Research Journalism Project examines the degree of engagement readers have with news sites. Not surprisingly, those who visit directly --- that is, those who aren't referred to a site through social media --- spend more time and read more avidly the content than those who arrive "sideways." The report examines the engagement levels at 26 leading news sites. Andrew Beaujon, writing for Poynter about the findings, says the report points to challenges for sites to convert these occasional and referred readers into loyalists.