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Ken Doctor: Why The New York Times hired Kinsey Wilson
The former chief content officer at NPR will be moving up I-95 to one of the most important digital positions at the Times.
By Ken Doctor
Why Google is taking another shot at helping readers pay for news
Google Contributor is the latest tool the company has designed to help readers pay for what they read online. But its previous experiments in supporting paid content have had limited success.
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In Canada, newspapers’ attempts to experiment with ebooks haven’t seen much success
A number of papers across the country started ebook programs in the early part of this decade, repurposing their archives or producing new work. They haven’t been the moneymakers some had hoped.
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How a virus demanding a bitcoin ransom almost destroyed a public radio station’s archives
But for a fluke in its system, Missouri’s KBIA could’ve lost all its files dating back to 2006.
By Joseph Lichterman
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.”
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Come work for Nieman Lab
We have an opening for a staff writer in our Cambridge newsroom.
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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?
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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.
By Ann Marie Lipinski
Here’s some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news stories
At least in certain contexts, WhatsApp is a truly major traffic driver — bigger even than Facebook. Should there be a WhatsApp button on your news site?
By Joshua Benton
Jennifer Preston on leaving The New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms
“I think most media companies large and small have embraced change. So it’s not as if we’re all starting in the smoke-filled press room.”
By Justin Ellis
Solutions in Seattle: A partnership has helped The Seattle Times rethink its education coverage
The newspaper partnered with the Solutions Journalism Network to launch Education Lab, which aims to get beyond the problems to potential ways to fix them.
By Joseph Lichterman
It’s small touches that can make a difference in New York’s layouts
Footnotes and floating drones: The magazine is working on putting a little more pizzazz into its feature stories’ presentation online.
By Simon Owens
Ken Doctor: Why The New York Times hired Kinsey Wilson
The former chief content officer at NPR will be moving up I-95 to one of the most important digital positions at the Times.
By Ken Doctor
In Canada, newspapers’ attempts to experiment with ebooks haven’t seen much success
A number of papers across the country started ebook programs in the early part of this decade, repurposing their archives or producing new work. They haven’t been the moneymakers some had hoped.
How a virus demanding a bitcoin ransom almost destroyed a public radio station’s archives
But for a fluke in its system, Missouri’s KBIA could’ve lost all its files dating back to 2006.
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Reports from inside First Look Media suggest that maybe Silicon Valley shouldn’t manage journalists
“Eventually First Look Media will just be Pierre’s Second Life avatar wandering around an open-space office plan,” one employee says.
The Wall Street Journal / Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor
You might need to get a pilot’s license to fly a news drone
“Highly anticipated federal rules on commercial drones are expected to require operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, below 400 feet and within sight of the person at the controls…pilot certifications likely to be proposed by the FAA would typically require dozens of hours flying manned aircraft.”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation / Jessica Kidd
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