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What’s the right news experience on a phone? Stacy-Marie Ishmael and BuzzFeed are trying to figure it out
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What’s the right news experience on a phone? Stacy-Marie Ishmael and BuzzFeed are trying to figure it out
“Nobody has to read you. You have to earn that. You have to respect people’s attention.”
By Caroline O'Donovan
The newsonomics of telling your audience what they should do
At WNYC, a public radio station is getting more aggressive about telling people what to do: go vote, get more sleep, stay healthy. What happens when a news outlet starts talking about behavior change?
It’s time to apply for a Nieman Fellowship
It’s a chance to spend a year at Harvard strengthening both journalism and yourself. Application deadlines are approaching soon.
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The Awl / John Herrman
In the trenches of the Facebook election
“It feels both unfathomably more powerful than you and yet somehow all about you; your experience is acute and personal but so are the experiences of other users, which are therefore inaccessible.”
Poynter / Benjamin Mullin
New York magazine creates ‘pop-up blogs’
“Advertisers like them because they’re kind of a TV miniseries, so you have a beginning, middle and end,” Williams said.
Journalism.co.uk / Catalina Albeanu
FT to further restructure newsroom to ‘think in digital terms’
“But Barber said he does not believe newspapers are dying, and the FT does not plan to follow in the footsteps of other media organisations which “have spent a lot of time focusing on digital at the expense of their newspaper”.”
Recode / Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher
Recode is eliminating comments
“We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.
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