A major study published Sunday by the Nieman Journalism Lab examines the digital disruption of legacy media. Three Shorenstein Fellows oversaw the oral study, title Riptide, and they note the effort by established media to break through in digital with only middling successes. They interviewed 60 industry executives who acknowledge they saw the digital rise ahead but could not easily contend with it. It examines business model breakdown and the confusion about the next economic steps for journalism. Rick Edmonds, in a lengthy treatment on the study for Poynter, notes the lack of a conclusion or a sense of the near future from the study.
Facebook is introducing two new features that permit journalists a better reading on social conversations. The New York Times' Bits blog suggests this will be particularly helpful around large events, television shows and sports. It will also be helpful to marketers. The features will permit aggregation of public posts and anonymous aggregation of demographic data on private posts.
The New York Times examines the plight of AM radio. Not only has it long since lost its advantage as a platform to unveil new music (a move that forced it into talk formats mainly) but in recent years it has witnessed a diminution of its technical signal from smartphone and electronic interference. The Times looks at the quest by the lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission to revive the signal.