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Apple, Google and Facebook zero in on news - Reflections of a Newsosaur

With Apple, Facebook and Google promoting powerful news-delivery platforms, the best days may be in the rearview mirror for the dedicated news apps produced by media companies and a host of independent players. Leveraging their enormous audiences, vast troves of user data and state-of-the-art targeting algorithms, the Silicon Valley behemoths have created master applications to deliver personalized feeds to serve everyone’s individual news, information and entertainment needs.

Apple announces an app platform for Apple TV, potentially big for news outlets investing in video » Nieman Journalism Lab

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1785","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignnone size-full","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","alt":""}}]]It’s early September, which means it’s time for a new round of Apple announcements. Today’s round didn’t feature any update on Apple News, which is set to debut this month, but it did feature big news about the Apple TV, which I suspect will become a significant driver of news video views.

Friday Night Bytes - In Texas, high school football is the killer app - Columbia Journalism Review

In Texas, high school football is the killer app This story discusses a range of ways football is covered by news organizations in Texas
"Fans want it all—the latest news and numbers now, and a great yarn tomorrow, all delivered with an intimacy reminiscent of a bunch of friends sitting around watching the home team."
Source: Friday Night Bytes - Columbia Journalism Review

How an Ohio reporter helped convict more than 100 rapists - Columbia Journalism Review

"Dissell first began asking questions about rape kits in late 2009, when Ohio was rocked by the gruesome story of 11 bodies found in and around the Cleveland home of Anthony Sowell, a convicted rapist. The story prompted Dissell and Atassi to investigate how sexual assault cases were handled in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland. They filed a public records request, asking for the number of untested rape kits in storage at the Cleveland police department. The answer they got: We don’t know. But the department promised to find out.

DoD manual allows journalists to be held as 'belligerents'

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say. Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain journalists for any number of perceived offenses.

Apple Adds More Publishers for Its News App | Re/code

When it announced News at WWDC in June, Apple had 18 publishers on board; now it says it has more than 50. A few years ago, the News model — where publishers put full stories on Apple’s app and share some of the ad revenue those stories generate — might have been controversial. Now, the “distributed” model for digital media is conventional wisdom — see: Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and more — and the only question is how well News will work