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Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

BBC News - 1 hour 35 min ago
Court consent will not be needed to remove nutrition from patients in a permanent vegetative state.

How Angela Merkel rose to power to lead Germany

BBC News - 1 hour 49 min ago
Angela Merkel has led Germany since 2005 and she is tipped to win a fourth term as chancellor.

The RAF has killed more than 3,000 IS fighters in Iraq and Syria

BBC News - 2 hours 7 min ago
The UK's campaign against Islamic State in Iraq began in 2014, and in Syria the following year.

Lucy Fizz: Transgender icon becomes face of Glitterbox

BBC News - 3 hours 13 min ago
How transgender dancer Lucy Fizz is challenging society's view of the LGBT community.

Queensbury raid uncovers 35 men living in house

BBC News - 3 hours 28 min ago
The three-bedroom house in north west London was found to have "wall-to-wall" mattresses.

Hurricane Maria knocks out power in Puerto Rico

BBC News - 3 hours 34 min ago
The powerful storm has cut off electricity to 3.5 million people.

Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico without power

BBC News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Hurricane Maria has knocked out electricity for the entire island, home to more than 3.5m people.

Ryanair compensation info 'woefully short' says Which?

BBC News - 4 hours 28 min ago
Ryanair says it has now emailed all customers advising them of flight changes and offering refunds.

Iran's leader Rouhani slams Trump in UN speech

BBC News - 4 hours 35 min ago
Iran's president hits back over the US president's criticism of his country and its 2015 nuclear deal.

What newsroom execs around the world think should be the next big areas of focus for their companies

Nieman Journalism Lab - 4 hours 51 min ago

“What is the single most important risk to your news organizations’ future success?”

The top answer, according to a new WAN-IFRA report that surveyed 235 news executives and other managers working in media across 68 countries, was “reluctance to innovate,” followed by concerns over finding new revenue streams and a sustainable business model. (Only 5 percent cited Google and Facebook, though of course they intersect with the business model worries.)

Almost two thirds of those surveyed reported that revenues at their organizations have declined over the past year; about a quarter, though, reported that revenues were up (the “highest proportion of positive responses,” the report mentions, since a version of this study was first conducted in 2009 during the global recession).

The executives surveyed fell into three distinct buckets: Some were staunch defenders of a traditional, mostly advertising-driven revenue model (only eight percent of those surveyed fell into this category). Others wanted their organizations to protect existing revenue streams but also aim to earn about half their income from new sources in the next five years (56 percent of those surveyed). A third group said they wanted their companies to earn more than half their revenue from sources other than advertising and content sales (36 percent).

So what should these companies be investing in to meet those revenue goals? The report found that the top area of investment for publishers surveyed was — wait for it — video.

The top reported short-term priority for the next 12 months was investment in “social media editorial activities” (79 percent of respondents said that was “high priority”), according to the survey, followed by “developing new products within the media sector” (78 percent). There were a few sort of alarming areas executives indicated were “low priority” (80 percent, for “more diverse workforce”):

The survey was led by WAN-IFRA and François Nel and Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis of the Innovation Research Group and conducted in 11 languages across six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America. The report, which includes several guest analyses on everything from company culture change to broad-stroke ideas for dealing with revenue decline, is available here. (It’s free for WAN-IFRA members, €250 for others.)

Photo of Corso Giannone in Caserta by Salvatore Vastano used under a Creative Commons license.

Euro 2020: Wales 'delighted' to bid for matches in Cardiff

BBC News - 5 hours 8 sec ago
The Football Association of Wales says it is "delighted" at the opportunity to bid to host games at Euro 2020.

Wayne Rooney: Everton forward fined two weeks' wages

BBC News - 5 hours 20 sec ago
Wayne Rooney is fined two weeks' wages by Everton after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Chris Froome adds world time trial bronze to Tour de France-Vuelta double

BBC News - 5 hours 1 min ago
Britain's Chris Froome adds World Championship bronze in the time trial to this year's historic Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana double.

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

BBC News - 5 hours 2 min ago
Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.

Mark Sampson: FA chief executive Martin Glenn explains why England manager was sacked

BBC News - 5 hours 3 min ago
FA chief executive Martin Glenn explains the decision to sack England women's manager Mark Sampson.

Ship photographer's private collection to be auctioned

BBC News - 5 hours 26 min ago
The collection, including snaps of Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, sat in a drawer for 16 years.

What government wants from tech in the fight against terror

BBC News - 5 hours 42 min ago
The prime minister wants tech companies to do more to tackle extremist content. They say it's not that easy.

Jake LaMotta: Legendary Raging Bull boxer dies at 95

BBC News - 5 hours 50 min ago
Jake LaMotta, the uncompromising boxer portrayed by Robert De Niro, dies aged 95.

No Brexit bounce for the name Nigel

BBC News - 5 hours 57 min ago
Film stars and other celebrities may influence choice of baby names but it seems politicians don't.

For most Americans, science news is just something they stumble across, mostly from general news outlets

Nieman Journalism Lab - 6 hours 3 min ago

Science publications, take note: 36 percent of U.S. adults get science news a few times in a week. Thirty percent say they actively look for science stories. But only 17 percent both seek out science news on their own and read science stories at least a few times every week.

Moreover, though people believe specialized sources (science video programming, science museums, science news magazines) are more accurate in their reporting of scientific developments, they’re still getting most of their science news from general interest outlets. These findings are taken from a Pew Research Center report published Wednesday, which analyzes results from a panel of 4,024 U.S. adults 18 or older surveyed between May and June of this year.

Even among people who actively seek out science news, a majority rely on general interest news outlets for it (54 percent). Among casual and uninterested science news consumers, 71 percent and 81 percent, respectively, get science stories from general news outlets.

What type of science news are Americans stumbling upon? 56 percent say they’ve seen stories on “scientific discoveries,” 48 percent say they’ve seen stories on “strange or weird scientific research findings,” and 41 percent say they’ve seen stories on “scientific findings that conflict with earlier research.”

And 37 percent say they’ve seen a science story that’s informed a personal health decision — which makes the spread of science- and health-related fake news even more concerning.

Speaking of fake news, 18 percent of the adults Pew surveyed reported ever seeing a science story they thought was “completely made up.” Common topics of those stories? Climate change and global warming (sigh), followed by space and alien life, evolution, and nutrition and food. Climate change was also the most common topic cited by those surveyed in the Pew report who reported ever seeing a news story that was reporting specifically on disagreements among scientific experts.

You can read about other findings in the full report, such as the differences in trust in various sources of scientific reporting across political affiliations, here.

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