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News aggregator Upday, a sort of Apple News counterpart for Android, expands into 16 countries
The Axel Springer-owned app gets an automatic leg up across Europe from being pre-installed on new Samsung phones, but can it now keep enough of those users interested in order to sustain itself on advertising alone?
By Shan Wang
It turns out people are very bad at estimating the magnitude of the fake news problem
There are a lot of reasons, though, that Facebook and Google are compelled to act.
By Laura Hazard Owen
These national journalists are building a local site to bring a different kind of news to East Texas
The Tyler Loop fashions itself as a data-savvy, digital alt-weekly for the growing, increasingly diverse city of Tyler.
By Shan Wang
With its Amazon-inspired pilot project, Panoply used listener feedback to help decide its new shows
“We’re basically asking [listeners]: Are we way off base? Are we a little off base? You tell us before we make a whole season of something drive you away.”
By Ricardo Bilton
This is how The New York Times is using bots to create more one-to-one experiences with readers
“I’m not worried about this technology driving the humanity out of journalism. I’m really excited about the promise of technology bringing more humanity to journalism.” Also: a Michael Barbaro bot.
By Andrew Phelps
These are the bots powering Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post efforts to build a modern digital newspaper
“It’s this great, simple experience, and the technology is getting so much better for it: AI’s getting better. big data’s more accessible.” Also: a Marty Baron bot.
By Joey Marburger
The Information’s new Briefing is a continuous update of opinionated takes on other people’s articles
Briefing is meant to be more Politico Playbook than Techmeme. It’s updated around the clock, but is also being sent out as a daily email newsletter for subscribers.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Gabfest, explainer, local, The Daily: A taxonomy of news podcasts
Plus: Edison offers up more podcast listener data, DeRay Mckesson teams up with Crooked Media, and Bill O’Reilly clings to his podcast.
By Nicholas Quah
This is a news publication all about the working life — but it’s housed within a job search company
14-year-old online job search company Ladders has hired journalists to bolster and burnish its editorial operation, which will try to cover everything from policy to pop culture (as it relates to work, of course).
By Shan Wang
Newsonomics: Lydia Polgreen’s ambitious HuffPost remake aims for “solidarity” among readers
“Mobility is a crucial factor in our identity. I believe that sort of fundamental optimism of American identity is running out of gas…That fundamentally shifts our national character.”
By Ken Doctor
In a redesign, The Huffington Post (now just HuffPost) doubles down on its “equalizing tabloid” roots
“The splash is really the best of our editorial voice…In thinking about who we are, this is the best reflection of it from a product perspective.”
By Shan Wang
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news
The crowd-funded news platform aims to combat fake news by combining professional journalism with volunteer fact checking: “news by the people and for the people.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
What’s holding back virtual reality news? Slow tech adoption, monetization, and yes, dull content
“I’m afraid that more and more people in news organizations use 360 for stories that are not interesting. Bad content will keep people away from watching it.”
By Ricardo Bilton
The New York Times brings its (even briefer) morning briefings to Snapchat Discover
Staffers insist the Times won’t pander to its Discover audience, but the morning briefing is being reenvisioned as a quick 300-word scan.
By Laura Hazard Owen
News aggregator Upday, a sort of Apple News counterpart for Android, expands into 16 countries
The Axel Springer-owned app gets an automatic leg up across Europe from being pre-installed on new Samsung phones, but can it now keep enough of those users interested in order to sustain itself on advertising alone?
By Shan Wang
It turns out people are very bad at estimating the magnitude of the fake news problem
There are a lot of reasons, though, that Facebook and Google are compelled to act.
These national journalists are building a local site to bring a different kind of news to East Texas
The Tyler Loop fashions itself as a data-savvy, digital alt-weekly for the growing, increasingly diverse city of Tyler.
What We’re Reading
TechCrunch / Connie Loizos
Report: Content recommendation companies Taboola and Outbrain are in advanced merger talks
The deal isn’t final, according to Israeli news outlet Calcalist, but the two companies have moved past many of the sticking points that ended earlier talks. If successful, the merged company will be valued at more than $1 billion, the report said.
Adweek / David Cohen
Newly Redesigned and Renamed HuffPost Also Has a New Twitter Strategy

Starting this week with editor in chief Lydia Polgreen, one editor or reporter will helm @HuffPost each week, continuing to tweet the site’s best stories, as well as incorporating the beat or focus they are responsible for.

Adweek / David Cohen
HuffPost has a new name and a new Twitter strategy
“Starting this week with editor in chief Lydia Polgreen, one editor or reporter will helm @HuffPost each week, continuing to tweet the site’s best stories, as well as incorporating the beat or focus they are responsible for.”
Eater / Whitney Filloon
Behold the cover for Lucky Peach’s final issue
“Today also marks the remaining staff’s final day in their New York City office, so everyone please send them pies, boxes of Popeyes fried chicken, and/or hot dog bouquets.”
HoldTheFrontPage / David Sharman
Local British newspaper’s name dropped from social media channels in digital rebrand
“The South Wales Evening Post’s Facebook and Twitter channels have been rebranded as ‘Swansea Online’, while parent company Trinity Mirror has also set up a separate Facebook account called ‘Neath Port Talbot Online’. The changes come after the Evening Post’s website was closed last month in a move which saw its digital content moved to TM’s Wales Online site, based in Cardiff.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses
The New York Times will bring a brand-safety message to the NewFronts
“What the fake news crisis exposed was, fundamentally, the value of the consumer having a relationship with news providers,” said Meredith Levien, CRO of the Times. “Facebook and Google are growing as fast as they are because they’re wildly effective at reaching audience at scale. There is an important role for content creators to play as well. That’s a good thing for the Times and other companies like the Times.”
NewsMediaWorks
Australia’s ABC cracks second in traffic numbers behind news.com.au
“The public broadcaster received a 19 percent increase in unique audience traffic with 4.85 million visits, the highest number since August 2016. Nine.com.au had no change in unique audience from February. News.com.au retained the top spot with an audience of 5.73 million.”
Journalism / Madalina Ciobanu
Three organizations are collaborating to find out how connected devices can influence news consumption
“How can a physical device or object, connected to the web, have a positive impact on how people get their news and interact with it, at home and in public spaces?”
MediaShift / Jason Alcorn
Report: Public media beats other non-profits in monthly giving, email metrics
“Public media does far better with monthly giving than any other group of non-profits. Public media brought in 31 percent of its total online revenue from monthly gifts in 2016. The next-best group was animal welfare groups, at 23 percent, with an overall average for all non-profits at 17 percent of total online revenue.”
CNN / Brian Stelter
Time Inc. backs away from plans to sell itself
“Investors did not take kindly to the news. Time Inc. stock fell about 18% in morning trading after the announcement. Morale at the company is likely to take a hit as well. Staffers at Time’s magazines are bracing for further cuts to the company’s portfolio — and its workforce.”
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