FactTank, part of the Pew Research Center, chronicles the decline of the editorial opinion department in newsrooms. U.S. print newsrooms have cut opinion pages and staff in recent years, devoting less to editorials and commentary.
The Guardian notes that the editor of The Times of London is strongly suggesting many newspaper companies will proceed with their form of self-regulation, even without government approval. John Witherow made the comments on a BBC program and said the self-regulation would be "tough, fair and free." The government and the industry are divided on how to regulate the press, with elements of the industry divided with one another.
The Los Angeles Times has decided not to publish any letters to editor that deny climate change. It is a significant change in editorial policy for most papers, which often include letters from those questioning the assertion that such change has a human cause.
Nick Bilton, in an excerpt of his new book for The New York Times Magazine, examines the birth and life of Twitter. It explores the corporate intrigue and office politics, including Al Gore's interest in acquiring and merging it with Current (now Al Jazeera America) and former CEO Jack Dorsey's eccentricities, among many other things. It also notes how Facebook nearly hired Dorsey and wanted to acquire Twitter.
The Internet Advertising Bureau reports that U.S. Internet advertising revenue rose 18.2 per cent to $20.1 billion in the first half of 2013 over the same period a year earlier. Mobile advertising particularly grew, by 145 per cent to $3 billion, while online video advertising grew 24 per cent to $1.3 billion.