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NYT Launches Today’s Paper Web App

 The New York Times, in a brilliant move, launched a new web app called Today’s Paper on Dec. 5th according to an article published by The Verge.

Today’s Paper will work as a way to bring the daily print edition to tablets and computers. The app is very concise and only offers the articles and sections readers see every day. The app is displayed in a very attractive manner, similar to the papers iPhone and iPad app featured in Newsstand.

The app will be appealing to readers who enjoy reading a daily edition of the paper. It will be beneficial to the readers that enjoy the daily print edition headlines but prefer reading through digital devices. The app is concise, limiting itself to only the articles that make it to the paper each day.

This isn’t the first time the NYT times has introduced something like this. The website has had a “Today’s Paper,” tab placed on the top of the website that provides a list of the headlines that made it to print. The layout could be very difficult to use for inexperienced users and didn’t run too smoothly.

 Today’s Paper will replace a beta web-app that came with a variety of options. The previous beta app included a Today’s Paper option along with a feed of the latest articles, a list of trending stories, and the traditional web view. The app runs for a variety of “devices and browsers,” according to a rep from the NYT. The web app has not been made available for smart phones yet.

This is a huge move for the NYT, as the news ecosystem is changing the desire for digital news is increasing. The simplicity of the “Today’s Paper,” web app is something that will draw in users who don’t wish to deal with the overwhelming amount of news that the website and paper publications offer. Alexandra Hardiman, executive director of mobile products at the NYT, explained to The Verge that “part of what makes the….web app appealing is its simplicity as a stand-alone experience that caters to a particular kind of audience.”


Check out the easy-to-navigate web app here.


Piers Morgan has the Ladies Attention

“ Piers Morgan Live,” has never been the most watched program among the nation’s three big cable-news outlets. According to a report by Variety however, his program has a huge amount of female viewers. 

Piers Morgan’s CNN program has an audience that is composed of about 56.4% females. “Piers Morgan Live,” has a higher percentage of female viewers than any other primetime running programs on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.

 These results were determined from an analysis of Nielsen ratings, which began at the start of 2013 and went through Nov.11. The study was done by Carat, a media-buying firm. According to the report Piers Morgan’s show increased its overall audience by 7% since the beginning of the year, along with its audience in the preferred demographic by news advertisers, people between the ages of 25 and 54.

Morgan’s show however, doesn’t have the most women viewers. Between Sept. 30 and Oct 27. Piers Morgan had an average of 330,000 women viewing his show. “ The Kelly File,” on Fox News had the highest amount of female viewers between the time period with 1.15 million viewers. Morgan doesn’t have the most female viewers it seems but has a shockingly high concentration of them.

 This information comes in a time where advertisers want to know more about the demographic that makes up the viewership of a specific program. This type of information helps them to know which products they can market to the audience.

Anderson Cooper’s show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” has the second greatest concentration of female viewers under Piers Morgan, with 54.7% of its audience consisting of women.

The specifics of the demographics of these audiences can be used by the advertisers in many ways, how they will be used remains to be seen.

CBS to Indefinitely Suspend Correspondent Lara Logan

According to a story published by The Associated Press, CBS has forced “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence.

The order was issued on Tuesday after CBS hosted a deep review of Logan’s coverage on the Benghazi raid. According to the report, Logan and the “60 Minutes” team didn’t do a thorough job on checking the validity of the facts from their source, a security contractor who said he was present during the U.S. mission in Libya.

After the review Jeff Fager, the CBS News Chairman and the executive produce of “60 Minutes,” ordered Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, to take a leave of absence. The duration of Logan and McClellan’s suspension has yet to be determined.

Logan’s story on “60 Minutes,” heavily relied on a statement made by a security contractor, Dylan Davies. The story used his account of what happened during the U.S. mission in Libya. Sources say that Davies had informed Logan and CBS that he told his employers he wasn’t there during the mission, which should have served as an indicator on the validity of his testimony.

Davies had filed a report with his employer, Blue Mountain, that he was at his villa on the night of the incident but when confronted by Fager and CBS, Davies told them that he had told the FBI he was.

A week after that, The New York Times reported that Davies told the FBI he wasn’t on the scene at the time of the mission. CBS confirmed this report shortly after and said a correction would be issued.

Al Ortiz, CBS News executive and leader of the review on Logan’s reporting said that the FBI report was “knowable before the piece aired.” Logan and McLellan are being held responsible for not looking into a wider array of sources to ensure the legitimacy of Davies claims.

Twitter and Facebook among the top sources for news on social medial

According to an article by USAToday, based off a study by the Pew Research Center, released Thursday, Facebook and Twitter are taking over the social media news industry.

The Pew Research Center along with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation took a deep look at the amount and characteristics of news consumers on 11 different social networking sites. Among the sites were Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google Plus, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Myspace, Reddit, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

52 percent of Twitter users use the site for news, and 47 percent of Facebook users use the website to receive news. Reddit beat out both Facebook and Twitter, with 62 percent ofits users accessing the website for news related purposes.


Even though a higher percentage of Reddit users use the site for news Facebook reaches a higher amount of Americans with 64 percent of Americans using the site, and 30 percent of them acquiring news on it. Reddit is only used by three percent of U.S. adults, but two percent of Americans use it for news. Twitter is used by 16 percent of Americans, with 8 percent of Americans using it for news.


The research study also showed the audience overlap of social media users, the demographics of social news consumers, and the relationship between the consumers and other news platforms like radio, broadcast, and print.

Pew conducted the survey interviewing 5,200 people from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2, 2013

NPR Morning Edition

NPR features an option on its website where a visitor can listen to a radio news program. The program I chose to listen to was the “Morning Edition.” The “Morning Edition” features world news on various topics. The program serves as an in-depth analysis on the current events happening around the world and plays out much like a Tv broadcast without the pictures. NPR uses several reporters to keep their listeners updated on what is going on. The radio program also uses audio clips from sources and other individuals involved in the story. NPR also provides listeners with alternative ways to get the news they report through different social media outlets. I am least familiar with radio news. Being a victim of the World Wide Web, I get most of my news from official news websites or blog posts. Radio news has the advantage of a person speaking slowly and clearly to you, which can help give an individual more understanding on the issue being reported. Listening to NPR radio was a unique experience because I am not use to it. I enjoyed it because I was able to do other things while the radio program was going on, with news websites and blogs I find that most of the time my attention is completely devoted to the words. Even though I enjoyed it, I don’t think it is something I’ll continue to listen to as I feel I learn more from reading rather than listening.

USA Today Soars To The Top

According to an article by Joe Pompeo by capitalnewyork, USA Today has become the most widely circulated weekday paper in the entire country. The results were found from a six-month period, ending on September 30, recorded by the Alliance for Audited Media.

Around 300 papers reported their weekday averages. The results showed that USA Today had a combined print and digital weekday circulation of 2.877 million. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal fell just under USA Today with The Times having a combined print and digital weekday circulation of 1.898 million and the Wall Street Journal having a weekday circulation of 2.274 million. 

The Alliance for Audited Media usually ranks the top 25 circulations of the 630 U.S. newspapers it tracks, but stopped because of the “ changing nature of digital subscriptions.”

The Times and The Journal both increased their circulation from the last 6-month period in 2012. The Times went up from 1.614 million in the prior year and The Journal went up from 2.280 million the prior year.

The Times remains the Sunday paper in the U.S., with 2.392 million copies during the 2013 6-month period. Although The Journal does not publish Sunday editions, it still experienced gains in its weekend paper, reaching 2.301 million, up from 2.280 million.

Which Country in Asia has the most paper readers?

India! According to an article, published Thursday on cnbc.com, by Dhara Ranasinghe India contains the most avid readers of newspapers. A survey was held by research firm, GfK, to see what activities members in different regions took a part of.  Consumers of the survey were given a list of different activities and then required to fill out which activities they did more on a weekly basis.

GfK surveyed over 40,000 people, ages 15 and older, from 28 countries, 11 of them being in the Asia-Pacific area. 84 percent of the people surveyed in India said they read newspapers on a weekly basis, which is over the Asia-Pacific average of 62 percent, and well over the global average of 59 percent.

Malaysia came in second with 82 percent, followed by Singapore with 75 percent. Underneath them were China and Japan with 62 percent.

India has a huge population of 1.24 billion people, with a culture that thoroughly enjoys debates and discussions in the media. The country’s newspaper industry is currently experiencing a boom with many new readers appearing. Papers in the U.S. and Europe aren’t seeing the same success as India, with circulation decreasing in recent years.

With its high percentage of newsreaders, India is going against the global flow of consumers. The survey also showed that the most practiced weekly activity globally is listening to music with 76 percent saying they do it more. Shopping for groceries comes in second with 70 percent.