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“Modern” homepage design increases pageviews and reader comprehension, study finds
A new report from the Engaging News Project shows that users prefer modular, image-heavy homepage designs.
By Joseph Lichterman
Newsonomics: The halving of America’s daily newsrooms
If you’re lucky enough to have the right deep-pocketed owner buy your paper and steady it, you’ve won the lottery. If you’re in a town whose paper is owned by the better chains, or committed local ownership, your loss will probably be mitigated. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.
By Ken Doctor
Gimlet wants to become the “HBO of podcasting” — here’s what its founder’s learned trying to get there
Alex Blumberg, CEO and co-founder of Gimlet Media: “People who like public radio like podcasts, but people outside of public radio also like podcasts. So let’s find those people.”
By Shan Wang
Can Campbell Brown’s education news site walk the advocacy–journalism tightrope?
The new venture, cofounded by the former CNN and NBC News anchor, is not ashamed about having an agenda. One key part of its toolkit: using video to create a “Waiting for Superman”-like impact on the discussion around education.
By Shan Wang
Trouble in paradise? How the struggles of two Hawaiian paywalls reflect larger industry trends
The Honolulu Civil Beat and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser both introduced paywalls a couple of years ago. Now their strategies are showing signs of stagnation.
By Joseph Lichterman
Newsonomics: Eight questions (and answers) about Nikkei’s surprise purchase of the FT
The quest for one of the world’s top news brands ended with an unexpected winner today. Here’s why.
By Ken Doctor
Citing “an inflection point in global media,” Pearson sells the Financial Times to Nikkei
Pearson’s CEO: “What the FT really needed was to be part of an organization absolutely focused on journalism.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Newsonomics: How much is the Financial Times worth, and who might buy it?
It depends on whether you think the brighter future for news lies in readers or advertisers paying the bills. But then again, an FT sale may involve as much ego as accounting.
By Ken Doctor
“People like a website without advertising”: The thinking behind a newspaper’s ad-free membership
“This isn’t going to be the thing that saves journalism or The Salt Lake Tribune, but I think it’s another oar in the water.”
By Madeline Welsh
The new Knight News Challenge winners want to make voting easier and election data clearer
The Des Moines Register, the Associated Press, and WNYC are among organizations receiving a total of $3.2 million for projects designed to increase voter turnout and develop more tools to analyze campaign finance disclosures.
By Justin Ellis
“Modern” homepage design increases pageviews and reader comprehension, study finds
A new report from the Engaging News Project shows that users prefer modular, image-heavy homepage designs.
By Joseph Lichterman
Newsonomics: The halving of America’s daily newsrooms
If you’re lucky enough to have the right deep-pocketed owner buy your paper and steady it, you’ve won the lottery. If you’re in a town whose paper is owned by the better chains, or committed local ownership, your loss will probably be mitigated. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.
Gimlet wants to become the “HBO of podcasting” — here’s what its founder’s learned trying to get there
Alex Blumberg, CEO and co-founder of Gimlet Media: “People who like public radio like podcasts, but people outside of public radio also like podcasts. So let’s find those people.”
What We’re Reading
BuzzFeed / Matthew Zeitlin
Twitter says it has gained 14 million new monthly active users in the last quarter
“The ‘vast majority’ of new users were people who only use the service though text messaging, a category it only recently started counting in its public user numbers.”
eMarketer
Push notifications are key for reminding users your app exists
“Fully 61% of new app users receiving push notifications launched the app within the first month [after downloading] — more than double the 28% of installers who did not receive push notifications within that timeframe.”
Journalism.co.uk / Alastair Reid
NPR releases open source social media tools for newsrooms
NPR has released a demo version, or you can personalize the tools in GitHub.
Advertising Age / Kevin Conroy
Ad blocking: A problem in need of a creative solution
“So let’s stop entertaining the notion that advertising is going to go away and focus instead on improving the advertising experience — both its relevancy and targeting — so that, together with the content experience, we can truly delight and not alienate audiences.”
First Draft / Rachael Kennedy
How Storyful verifies eyewitness accounts in real time
“Working as a journalist amid hostile events is dangerous, even with the special training and protection that is often provided to professionals. Acting as an unprotected eyewitness, especially an unprotected eyewitness with a camera, can prove catastrophic.”
Medium / Sarah Agudo
Medium bans “public shaming” of private individuals
But notes that “Medium supports parody, commentary, and fair use. Users may speak freely about matters and people of public interest.”
The Wall Street Journal / Mike Shields
New breed of digital publishers just say no to ad tech
“These newer Web publishers are particularly guarded against third parties selling their ad space or accessing their audience data.”
The Wall Street Journal / Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
“If we don’t find new revenue streams…it’s a slow and steady death”
The Journal checks in on Joe Ripp, who “has no intention of being the last CEO of Time Inc.”: “The church-and-state issue is that editors can’t talk to advertisers. My answer to that is: Why?”
The Daily Dot / Austin Powell and Nicholas White
The Daily Dot says they are putting comments on indefinite hiatus
“Chances are you didn’t notice — and that’s part of the point.”
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