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The Wall Street Journal website — paywalled from the very beginning — turns 20 years old today
“From the very beginning it was very clear we needed to cover all the same concerns and sensibilities of the print Journal even though we were online and even though we were a young staff.”
By Shan Wang
Newsonomics: In the platform wars, how well are you armed?
“Think about platforms as fishing places where you can find large, engaged audiences and build a relationship with them by providing content. Then offer these users some other services off-platform.”
By Ken Doctor
Wired’s making the long and slow switch to HTTPS and it wants to help other news sites do the same
With its HTTPS implementation, Wired’s starting with its security vertical and for users who pay for the ad-free version of the site.
By Ricardo Bilton
The Guardian’s first VR project makes viewers experience the horrors of solitary confinement
“It’s a story which is all about space and the environment you’re in. Even though this is a small space, the story is all about that space.”
By Ricardo Bilton
“Keeping it weird”: BuzzFeed’s ASMR Facebook Live experiment wants to whisper you the news
“This is the Internet and the Internet is weird. It’s always been weird. Especially when there’s a new format like this, the weirdness comes out.”
By Ricardo Bilton
The American Bystander is trying to revive the humor magazine with a reader-supported business model
“Our idea was that we were going to create one of these things in a classic format and see if there was enough interest to sustain it.”
By Joseph Lichterman
A new podcast from Mic and The Economist aims for a global perspective on the 2016 election
“Part of the appeal here is that this an unexpected combination. But I think we’d argue that we’re not that different,” said Economist deputy editor Tom Standage.
By Ricardo Bilton
Hot Pod: As more podcasts become TV shows, can their founders retain creative control?
Plus: Podcasts as time-shifted cable TV; MTV News launches its first podcasts; Postloudness moves beyond Mailchimp.
By Nicholas Quah
Newsonomics: After Gannett’s $815 million Tribune bid, here are eight things to look out for
How big would Gannett become? Is resistance futile?
By Ken Doctor
The Verge launches Circuit Breaker, a gadget blog-as-Facebook page
The Verge is launching a new gadget blog that is built for Facebook. (Articles will also run on The Verge’s website.)
By Laura Hazard Owen
The Wall Street Journal website — paywalled from the very beginning — turns 20 years old today
“From the very beginning it was very clear we needed to cover all the same concerns and sensibilities of the print Journal even though we were online and even though we were a young staff.”
By Shan Wang
Newsonomics: In the platform wars, how well are you armed?
“Think about platforms as fishing places where you can find large, engaged audiences and build a relationship with them by providing content. Then offer these users some other services off-platform.”
Wired’s making the long and slow switch to HTTPS and it wants to help other news sites do the same
With its HTTPS implementation, Wired’s starting with its security vertical and for users who pay for the ad-free version of the site.
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Reynolds Journalism Institute
These are the 2016-17 Reynolds Journalism Institute fellows at Mizzou
Including residential fellows, nonresidential fellows, and entire institutions (PolitiFact, GroundSource, and Crosscut News).
BuzzFeed / Alex Kantrowitz
Facebook quietly live-streamed its first professional sports game last weekend
A National Women’s Soccer League game was broadcast on player Alex Morgan’s page. “The game reached an estimated 554,000 unique viewers in all, according to Cycle, the media company that orchestrated the stream.”
Recode / Peter Kafka
Steven Levy is in talks to leave Medium/Backchannel and head back to Conde Nast
The end of Backchannel would mean “the end of Medium’s role as a traditional publisher, where it paid people to create content for its own platform.”
International Business Times / Max Willens
What’s really killing digital media: The tyranny of the impression
“Digital publishing is built on ad sales based on impressions, and impressions are a terrible currency for selling advertising on the internet.”
The Guardian / Jasper Jackson
Publishers ‘feeding on scraps from Facebook’, says Bloomberg Media boss
“They keep the $16bn to $18bn they get in the news feed, and the news feed, with personal sharing down, is effectively all of our content, it’s effectively just an aggregation of premium publishers’ content.”
Bloomberg / Sarah Frier
Snapchat scores unprecedented deal with NBC to showcase Olympics
There will be a dedicated channel on its mobile app for the Rio De Janeiro games. BuzzFeed will curate short clips and behind-the-scenes content into a Discover channel on the app for two weeks, while Snapchat creates daily “live stories” using content from NBC, athletes and sports fans at the scene.
Select All / Casey Johnston
The feed is dying
“Chronological order doesn’t scale well.”
Angus Reid Institute
Young Canadians don’t care as much about the decline of newspapers as their parents’ generation
But one concern: “fears that the death of newspapers, if it happened, would lead to U.S. stories dominating Canadian news.”
Digiday / Garett Sloane
Twitter and Facebook want publishers and brands to stop promoting their Snapchat accounts
“They are preventing external links. You cannot add a Snapchat link in your Instagram bio anymore. If you try to do it, it’s not possible.”
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