News about the news for the week of May 19.

Welcome to Tuesday Tabs, a roundup of headlines at home, down south and elsewhere.


The Tyee’s Ian Gill reports from the ninth International Festival of Journalism in Peruvia, Italy, where he learns about Der Korrespondent, Blendle and Klöpping, three European startups with new ideas about business, platform and reporting models for news organizations.

Power Corp., the company that owns La Presse and funded the development of La Presse +, has apparently been fielding calls from American and European media outlets curious about that paper’s free tablet edition.

What does the editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen do on a quieter publishing day? He heads to the paper’s press room and takes photos of its printing presses. “Normally it is loud and hot and oily over there, but today our old presses are a dark, slumbering, industrial giant.”

Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey will head up the network for at least another three years; his contract end date was extended from 2016 to 2018 last Friday.


On May 14, Washington Post designer Dan Worthington live-streamed how the paper pulled together its sports section—a spur-of-the-moment experiment in involving readers in the production of a section front.

A survey of media executives at the International News Media Association Congress in New York earlier this month found that among newsroom priorities, mobile revenue streams were gaining ground while less attention was being paid to paywall models.

“When a science journalist on a deadline hears a researcher cured cancer, and the paper—if she has time to read the paper—is filled with subtly distorted graphs, she often has to take the researcher’s word for it.” One organization hopes to help out in situations such as these by offering an advisory board to journalists working with scientific data or stories laden with statistical research.

The Huffington Post has published a five-part series on what it calls a mental health epidemic occurring in newsrooms.


Over in the U.K., a group of Birmingham City University students found a way to use WhatsApp to report on the country’s general elections last week.

In 2012, Rappler began as a Facebook page started by former CNN Asia bureau chief Maria Ressa. In three years its grown into a multiplatform news site that has since caught on in the Philippines, expanded to Indonesia and shows signs of continued growth.

Journalists in Nigeria reporting on violence between Boko Haram and that country’s government authorities have been threatened with jail time and subjected to censorship for their work, reports Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

Illustration photo by Tirzah, via Flickr.