The Guardian reports that eight people, including Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, are to be charged as a result of the year-long investigation into the phone hacking scandal.
The Knight Foundation continues its ongoing investment in media with the announcement of funding and support for five new projects. "The funding from Knight will go toward fact-checking and transparency work, as well as to efforts to increase support for and visibility of women in the tech sector," writes Justin Ellis on Nieman Journalism Lab.
In the US, 155 people have been offered buyouts at The Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News and the Detroit Media Partnership, according to a report on Poynter by Mallary Jean Tenore. And in related news, Dan Kennedy on Media Nation writes that The Boston Globe is going through another round of cuts with 43 people being offered buyouts and another 10 laid off.
Reuters reports that Barry Diller's IAC has taken control of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, after the family of the late billionaire Sidney Harman stopped investing in the venture.
A departing reporter worries about a possible clicks-driven future for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where sensationalism would rule and important stories get left behind. "In a doomsday scenario, we would read only about sex, sports, crime, and more crime," writes Sarah Carr in the Columbia Journalism Review.