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Ken Doctor: “Rosewater,” cascading censorship, and press freedom
As the year ends, take a moment to look past business models and apps and think about how you can help the challenged cause of press freedom worldwide.
By Ken Doctor
Bad community is worse than no community
“By coupling a format that encourages intimacy with a network design that encourages out-of-context amplification, Twitter has evolved into something fundamentally volatile.”
By Ryan Gantz
More data, fewer questions
“Do You Know Your Data?”
By Jer Thorp
Immersion in (virtual) reality
“How can reality be known? Through the drug-hazed account of Dr. Gonzo, or with a good old factual, inverted-pyramid report?”
By Juliette De Maeyer
A return to subscriptions
“Facebook now consists of a stream of advertisements interspersed with your friends’ wedding and baby photos. Why should this organization have any effect whatsoever on news, politics, or any other serious area of our culture?”
By Maria Bustillos
News organizations get serious about research
“News organizations used to get by with minimal research expenditures because, for most of the second half of the 20th century, they had major profits and operated in fairly stable markets.”
By Pablo Boczkowski
More gonzo, less paywall
“It’s a mistake to characterize gonzo as emotional and thus erratic: On the contrary, the approach is about emotion applied carefully — curated emotion, emotion and reason working together, objectivity and subjectivity as parallel processes and not polar opposites.”
By Zizi Papacharissi
The year we get creeped out by algorithms
“Algorithmic judgment is the uncanny valley of computing.”
By Zeynep Tufekci
Metrics, smaller screens, and race
“What news can we deliver in a glimpse?”
By Mira Lowe
The season of seasons
“What if some of our beats were reimagined as seasons, with a bit more structure and focus, and a bit less permanence?”
By Matt Thompson
The year you get hacked
“The longer we wait, the more stories we miss, the more information we endanger, and the harder it is for us to adopt secure practices.”
By Katie Park
Finding the right form
“Will virtual reality deliver a journalism experience and immerse our audience in the story in a way we couldn’t before? Or will it feel too intrusive?”
By Raney Aronson-Rath
Native helps pay for the news
“When it comes to native, publishers once again own the printing press.”
By Amanda Hale
Management is both the problem and the solution
“Understanding how the organization plans to sustain itself and grow isn’t a violation of Church and State.”
By Katherine Bell
Beyond journalism in the present tense
“‘Liberal arts journalism’ is not dead, or even dying. It might actually be more robust than ever.”
By C.W. Anderson
Ken Doctor: “Rosewater,” cascading censorship, and press freedom
As the year ends, take a moment to look past business models and apps and think about how you can help the challenged cause of press freedom worldwide.
By Ken Doctor
How Philly’s Billy Penn is building a local news audience from scratch
“It’s just slowly working your way through the process and trying not to be too impatient.”
Can wine tastings and movie tickets really help newspapers keep subscribers?
The San Francisco Chronicle has embarked on a new membership program aimed at increasing reader loyalty, and the renewal rate.
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The New York Times / Michael J. de la Merced
theSkimm, an email newsletter, draws fans like Oprah Winfrey – and investors
“With the new cash, theSkimm plans to expand its existing team of eight, particularly by hiring staff members who can help build new products. Ms. Weisberg and Ms. Zakin insist that their start-up can comfortably embrace multiple platforms, from video to mobile apps.”
TechCrunch / Anthony Ha
NowThis raises another $6 million for mobile/social video
Axel Springer is a new investor. President Sean Mills says monthly video views are up from 1 million a month early this summer to 40 million in November.
Wired / Mat Honan
Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention | WIRED
“But the thing is, the media isn’t just competing with your little sister—it’s co-opting her, using her as a vector to spread its content. She is the new delivery mechanism.”
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