The New York Times reports that the National Football League pressured the ESPN Network to pull out of an investigative project with PBS' Frontline series on head injuries in the NFL. The two-part, 15-month investigation will air in October but no longer tout a collaboration with ESPN, which has extensive financial links with the NFL. ESPN said it removed itself from the project because it could not assert editorial control. The New Republic also sheds light on how the deal fell apart. PBS has also released a statement on the matter.
The president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America says the notion that print is dying isn't borne out in recent data. The advertising declines are slowing, the digital revenue is growing, and the readership numbers are remaining in place. Carolyn Little, writing for Fortune, says all media are transforming, but that newspapers are emerging in a strong position with promising revenue streams.
A study by two University of Nevada researchers argues that the "teaching hospital" model for journalism schools is inadequate to the task of dealing with rapid media change. Instead, they believe an entrepreneurial model is more apt. David Ryfe and Donica Mensing believe the hospital model reinforces practices, particularly those that believe content delivery is journalism's main purpose. They believe schools need to base their work more on assessing tools to do their work, learning independently, understanding the audience and measuring success.
John Kroll, until recently the Cleveland Plain Dealer's online editor, writes in the first of a three-part series that it is necessary for any digital journalism leader to roll up the sleeves and learn how to practice what is preached. "You have to do it. It’s not enough to deal with strategy," he writes.