PolitiFact founder Bill Adair: fact-checking is necessary evolution in journalism

PolitiFact Australia, the first international licensee of U.S-based PolitiFact, Election FactCheck and the soon-to-be-launched fact-checking service at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) are gearing up for Australia’s federal elections later this year. Each service states that its mission is to hold political powers to account by establishing the veracity of declarations made by political figures. It’s the kind of objective you might think would endear such sites to any journalist keen to verify reports from the electoral trail. However, the apparent need for these sites has provoked questions about the state of journalism as a whole. Indeed, in an article for The Guardian journalist Bronwen Clune asks: are fact-checking sites indicative of the media’s failure to fulfil its primary function?

Corriere della Sera joins forces with Vatican to launch World Youth Day site

To mark the 28th World Youth Day gathering (23-28th July) in Rio de Janeiro, Italian national daily Corriere della Sera will team up with the Vatican to produce as part of the pontiff’s wider plans for unprecedented new and social media coverage of the event.

New York Times announces latest additions to growing digital family

Last Friday saw New York Times’ Executive Editor Jill Abramson reveal a series of new projects as part of a long-running initiative to improve and expand the title’s digital reach and offerings. In a missive addressed to the NYT’s staff, Abramson announced her plans for a new long-form digital-only magazine that will provide an “immersive” reading experience “that will include new, multimedia narratives.”

Android dominates smartphone market, but publishers haven’t monetised it

Google’s Android is now the undisputed champion of the smartphone market, beating Apple’s iOS across the globe. Yet publishers consistently prioritise iPhone development over that of Android, often launching iOS apps before Android counterparts (a recent example: NPR). Apple’s purchasing ecosystem and wealthy clientele have proved more lucrative, but several developments, including the rumored launch of Google Play News, could shift this dynamic and help publishers monetise on the operating system.

New-look paywalls could charge less to earn more

If media executives had a £1/$1 (insert currency here) for every time they thought about how to monetise online content, they would never again need to worry about financing their publications. Unfortunately this isn’t the case, and for the past 10 years many media organisations have not stopped in their search to develop new payment models to replace falling print revenue. Just this week two innovative models in the paid-content field have come to the fore, and both seek to increase revenue at the same time as charging readers less.

Newspaper websites overwhelm readers, should declutter

Picking up a newspaper, a reader expects to see an editor’s judgement of the most important stories that day. But this hope is false-placed on the web, with many newspapers so overindulging in cheap online space that homepages become cluttered to the point of ruining the user experience.

Press+ takes its meter subscription model global

RR Donnelley’s Press+, which provides a digital subscription metering solution for publishers, recently announced it is expanding globally and has added London-based John Michael Hull as business development director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hull was previously the business development manager for Piano Media.

New York Times, Telegraph colonise Kindle Fire market

The New York Times and The Telegraph recently launched Kindle Fire apps, looking to further tap into the Android market. Other publishers may consider following suit: Though the device represents a limited share of the tablet market, Kindle Fire owners are among the most voracious news consumers.

Corriere della Sera launches social news site Passaparola

Launched in beta on Tuesday morning, Passaparola is Corriere della Sera’s new social news platform. Italy’s biggest-selling national newspaper introduced its latest project as “a new way to read the news and interact with readers” that aims to “promote the flow of content, debate, a connection between readers with similar interests and the generation of vertical communities around [news] content.”

Twitter won’t replace newswires, study suggests

Despite perceptions that “Twitter is the newswire now,” as Mathew Ingram declared in 2011, a new study showed that newswires tend to break stories before Twitter, though the micro-blogging site covers events news outlets neglect.