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Newsonomics: The Vox/Recode deal is a sign of more consolidation to come
With venture funders itching for an exit, a few corporate giants — Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, the new Charter — could end up owning many of the entrepreneurial news brands that have captured attention in recent years. Big is eating small.
By Ken Doctor
News as a design challenge: New ideas for news’ future from MIT
Students and Nieman Fellows spent a semester building solutions for audience engagement, better tools to explore data, and new ideas for local media startups.
By Justin Ellis
What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for Medium and Twitter
At Mt. San Antonio College, they’ve traded in print for distributed publishing, focusing on realtime reporting and distribution: “We’re speaking the language of our generation.”
By Dan Reimold
Prairie news companion: Why The Tulsa Frontier thinks it can succeed with a hard paywall and no ads
Launched by the former publisher of The Tulsa World, The Frontier is betting on a high-subscription-cost model — $30 per month! — to reach a core group of civically engaged locals.
By Joseph Lichterman
Open-mic journalism: How The Arizona Republic found success with storytelling events
The four-year-old program has helped boost the newspaper’s events business and helped strengthen relationships with the community through nights of storytelling.
By Justin Ellis
Newsonomics: Buying Yelp — and making it the next core of the local news and information business
The pricetag would be high, but it might be worth it to reassemble one part of the old newspaper bundle — tying together local news and local services.
By Ken Doctor
Crossing the streams: Why competing publications are deciding to team up on podcasts
Low financial risk and a desire for word-of-mouth sharing have led news sites to collaborate, sharing audience and infrastructure.
By Simon Owens
Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral: How 1800s newspapers prefigured today’s Internet
“Many 19th-century newspapers are comprised primarily of content from other newspapers.”
By Joseph Lichterman
Survey: News orgs are prioritizing mobile development and placing less emphasis on paywalls
Data and mobile are big winners; working to get readers to pay is losing a little momentum.
By Joseph Lichterman
What, exactly, does it mean to be a member of a public radio station? Can that definition expand?
Melody Kramer is trying to build the next generation of supporters for public media by letting them contribute by sharing a skill as well as their credit card number.
By Melody Kramer
Newsonomics: Razor-thin profits are cutting into newspapers’ chances at innovation
It’s taken lots of cuts to keep American newspaper companies even slightly profitable. But without better cashflow, they’ll continue to struggle to build the next version of the industry.
By Ken Doctor
Newsonomics: The Vox/Recode deal is a sign of more consolidation to come
With venture funders itching for an exit, a few corporate giants — Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, the new Charter — could end up owning many of the entrepreneurial news brands that have captured attention in recent years. Big is eating small.
By Ken Doctor
News as a design challenge: New ideas for news’ future from MIT
Students and Nieman Fellows spent a semester building solutions for audience engagement, better tools to explore data, and new ideas for local media startups.
What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for Medium and Twitter
At Mt. San Antonio College, they’ve traded in print for distributed publishing, focusing on realtime reporting and distribution: “We’re speaking the language of our generation.”
What We’re Reading
Digiday / Shareen Pathak
Behind @CongratsJourno, media’s newest satirical Twitter account
Who *is* behind @CongratsJourno? “I work in the news and have myself been on both the giving and receiving ends of ‘congrats Twitter.’ I’m a woman and a champion of women working in journalism, which is a field still dominated by men.”
www.nationaljournal.com / Emma Roller
Flacks and sources are using Genius to respond to news stories
“It is an amazing tool for rapid response, and one that has great potential for the 2016 election.”
The New York Times / Erika Allen
Inside The New York Times’ Apple Watch app
A podcast featuring mobile editor Eric Bishop and ex-Nieman Labber Andrew Phelps.
The Intercept / Micah Lee
First Look Media introduces an open source library for journalism and privacy tools
“We greatly appreciate the hard work of developers who give away their code to benefit the internet and the world. And today we’re excited to contribute back to the open source community by launching First Look Code, the home for our own open source projects related to privacy, security, data, and journalism. To begin with, First Look Code is the new home for document sanitization software PDF Redact Tools, and we’ve launched a brand new anti-gag order project called AutoCanary.”
NewsWhip
NewsWhip announces $1.6 million in new funding
The startup tracks how stories are shared on social media. Its new investors include The Associated Press, 500 Startups, Tribal.vc, Matter, Social Starts, and the SaaS Syndicate.
Gawker
How Gawker employees are voting on the union, and why
In the comments section of this post, Gawker Media employees say whether or not they are voting to organize, and why.
Vox / Ezra Klein, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias
Vox announces embeddable card stacks
“Starting today our cards are going to be embeddable not just inside our articles but on any page of any website that wants to use them.”
Advertising Age / Michael Sebastian
Politico is building a sponsored content division
“Politico Focus will not only help advertisers create content but also provide services around data and research, according to Peter Cherukuri, the site’s exec VP-business development. He described Politico Focus as ‘a brand journalism and data studio that’s focused on helping agencies and brands understand and engage political influencers.'”
Poynter / Benjamin Mullin
Vox works with McClatchy to bring explainers to local readers
“For McClatchy, the benefits of using the card stacks are twofold, said Julie Moos, director of shared news initiatives at McClatchy DC and Poytner.org‘s former editor. The company, which has lately been rethinking its storytelling strategy and rolling out redesigns, will use the card stacks to add an additional layer of context to its stories. And through conversations with Vox.com about embedding the card stacks, McClatchy is gaining insight into how the digitally native news outlet operates.”
Tinius Trust
The Tinius Trust has published its annual study on the state of digital news
The Tinius Trust is the largest shareholder in Norwegian publishing giant Schibsted. As part of its annual report it solicits essays on the state of the news business. This year’s edition was just published and includes pieces from The Guardian’s Tanya Cordery, Quartz’s Kevin Delaney, Blendle’s Alexander Klöpping, and more.
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