With $90m Pulse acquisition, is LinkedIn becoming ‘the newspaper of the future’?

LinkedIn’s gone a long way from being just a virtual resume pile. After what CEO Jeff Weiner called “a transformative year” in 2012, the company has cemented itself in the media industry, most recently with Thursday’s $90 million purchase of news reader Pulse.

Journalists in Burundi and Kuwait suffer setbacks

One country borders Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The other lies in central Africa. While both small in size and scope, Burundi and Kuwait are making headlines for passing harsh media laws severely limiting journalist freedoms.

Pageviews determine some reporters’ paychecks; will journalism suffer?

More publications are basing reporters’ and editors’ salaries on business metrics such as pageviews, unique visitors and ad sales — but what will that mean for journalism?

Le Monde will withhold Offshore Leaks information from the French government

On the sixth day of a series of revelations from the international media circuit concerning the world of offshore fiscal fraud, a minister of the French government appealed to “the press” to hand over the data upon which their investigations are based.

Tumblr axes multimedia news blog Storyboard

Tumblr CEO David Karp announced this week that Storyboard, its high-profile blog of original content, would be shutting down after one year.

Media reactions to the death of Margaret Thatcher – ‘misapplied death etiquette’?

The crucial question being posed by media columnists and bloggers in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death is a moral one, concerning the tone adopted by newspapers in their reactions to the death of such a controversial public figure.

Der Spiegel editors-in-chief fired

Following a dramatic disagreement over the future direction of the news magazine, Der Spiegel editors Georg Mascolo and Mathias Müller von Blumencron have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.

Author-specific paywalls let publications cash in on journalists’ personal brands

News is no longer anonymous — and readers don’t want it to be. In an era where a Google search can instantly connect you to hundreds of articles on the same topic, all reeling off the same facts, readers want — and will pay for — identifiable voices.

New French daily L’Opinion to launch

Combining the influence of paper and audience of the internet, new French daily paper and news site L’Opinion will be “liberal, pro-business, and pro-European.”

Bangladeshi protesters demand law to hang anti-Islamist bloggers

Unsatisfied with the arrests of four Bangladeshi bloggers last week, hundreds of thousands of Hifazat-e-Islam supporters stormed Dhaka Saturday to call for the deaths of those that defame their religion and its founder online.