The British privy council has decided the best course of action on press regulation is inaction for the time being. It is punting the decision down the field for a few weeks. The industry is divided on self-regulation and is balking at government efforts to create a royal charter with oversight measures. The recent Leveson inquiry into press practices sought new procedures to deal with public complaints about journalism, but to date the industry and government have not found common ground.
Craig Silverman, writing for Poynter, looks at new research that suggests the presence of a fact-checking body (or even the spectre of one) might have an impact on the accuracy of statements by politicians. Two political scientists are studying the effects of alerting politicians that a fact-checking outfit (like PolitiFact) was setting up in certain states and subsequent behaviour. The "effects of a fact-checking threat" appear palpable.
Lucia Moses, writing for AdWeek, examines the new Sports Illustrated approach to a paywall on its content. If you want to read something free, you have to bear with a 30-second advertisement in advance. It is a limited offering at the moment, mainly to test initial response with a selection of stories, but it is examining whether time or money mean more to its readers.