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The NYC Media Landscape, by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, maps the locations - both geographic and online - of New York City’s media companies.

WHY WAS IT MADE?

New York City has long been considered a media capital. The city is home to a concentration of financially influential industry players. The web hasn’t changed that.

Actually, in the Internet age, the concentration of the reporting workforce has increased in NY. Joshua Benton, from Harvard’s Nieman Lab, points out, “rather than disperse the news business around the country, the Internet has concentrated it more firmly than ever in New York and a few other major cities. And that has real impacts on the kind of news we get.”

The Washington Post also noted that “if you want a reporting job today, your best bet is to move to D.C., L.A. or New York. They were home to almost one in every five reporting jobs in 2014, up from one in eight in 2004.”

With this context in mind, the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism launched this project to facilitate research on where New York’s media companies are located - not only geographically in the city but also online.

Of course, you could open your browser and research company by company in Google, but that is too much trouble. So we did that for you.

Do you want to compare social media following of small news companies? Or find company addresses?

Well, we have all that here.

WHO MADE IT?

This project was developed by Brazilian news data-driven agency Volt Data Lab for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, with research by TK’s fellow Sérgio Spagnuolo - @ProjetoStock, under the guidance of Jeremy Caplan - @jeremycaplan.

THE DATA

Access the data here


The methodology for this project is fairly simple: we started by identifying some of the most well-known media outlets mainly based in New York City: newspapers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, news agencies like Associated Press and Bloomberg, magazines like Time and TV channels like ABC News.

After that, we advanced into smaller, and yet well-known, media brands, like Quartz and the National Review.

Only then we started chasing newer, smaller and local news ventures, such as Spoon University and Narratively.

This is a work in progress. We realize there are other up-and-coming media companies in the city that fit this research criteria.

For adding a new media venture, there is no size cap regarding revenue, workforce or social media followers - the only prerequisite is having their main newsroom or headquarters based in New York and some sort of online presence.

Some conglomerates, like Vox Media, have websites with newsrooms based in NY, but their major one, Vox.com, is based in Washington - so we did not include the latter in our landscape research.

Also, we looked at the companies’ pages on three major social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Note that some companies have several channels in each of those platforms, so we tried to include the main, most news-oriented one from each.

CREDITS

All of the code used in this project is open-source.

Most of the code was based in Jessica Lord’s awesome project Sheetsee.js, which connects Google Sheet tables as small searchable databases. It uses the following javascript libraries as support: Tabletop.js as main support; icanhaz.js for the tables; Leaflet.js and Mapbox.js, for the maps. The charts in this project are made with Fusion Tables, from Google.

This project is fully hosted by GitHub Pages.

We also rely, of course, on the omnipresent JQuery, while Google powers the fonts used here. Icons come from Font Awesome.

Read this CRJ article about the importance of crediting third parties open source code.

Special thanks to Stephen Jefferson, from Bloom, and Hal Straus and Matthew MacVey, from CUNY J School, for all the help.

OTHER RESOURCES

Most photos were obtained through creative commons zero license from the coolest stock photo site Unsplash.

New York’s landscape photo by NTYSIX. Books picture for the overview section by Patrick Tomasso, and the scale image is from Calum MacAulay. US map picture by John-Mark Kuznietsov, and graphics image by Negative Space.

Deck of cards photo was also obtained through the CC0 license over stock photos website Pexels. The author is unknown.

Basic descriptions of the media outlets come from the Nieman Journalism Labs Encyclo Encyclo, which is a bit out-of-date, but very helpful, and Wikipedia. In the few cases where no entry was found in either, descriptions were obtained directly from the companies’ websites.