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Purple, the news startup built around SMS, is leaving it behind for Facebook Messenger
“I think being in the Messenger ecosystem makes it much easier for people to share Purple and to share really interesting and important content that we’re talking about with their friends.”
By Taylyn Washington-Harmon
How Vox Media’s new Storytelling Studio thinks of stories as products
Vox wants to move beyond the web page to tell compelling stories.
By Taylyn Washington-Harmon
Pay it forward: LaterPay, a German payment infrastructure company, offers micropayments with a twist
Read now, buy later: “We defer the time when you have to register and pay to a later stage, letting you convince yourself of the content, of the quality of the content, of the benefits that are offered to you.”
By Shan Wang
How the Swiss newspaper NZZ is building products to try and cultivate new paying audiences
“Now we are in the process, with our new data platforms, of analyzing clusters of users and identifying which cluster has a higher likelihood to convert to a paying subscriber.”
By Joseph Lichterman
Paywalls and politics: Independent Russian television station TV Rain turns to subscriptions as its future
Shifting the focus to digital was hardly just a business decision, though: “Really, this was pretty much the only source that could help us go through.”
By Shan Wang
For Western news companies looking to India, partnering with local publishers is a path in
Vice is only the latest American or British publisher to seek out an Indian partner — in its case the Times Group — for reasons that combine local knowledge and legal restrictions.
By Hasit Shah
Hot Pod: Are too many people skipping the ads in podcasts?
Plus: Using TV’s playbook to pitch podcasts to advertisers, moving from magazines into audio, and a Slack experiment aims to make Gimlet’s core listeners feel engaged.
By Nicholas Quah
The New York Times is trying to narrow the distance between reporters and analytics data
It’s building on its in-house analytics dashboard, Stela, with the goal of making audience engagement data easy to find, simple to understand, and even fun to use.
By Shan Wang
At Vox Media’s latest hackathon, devs focus on the distributed web, brand identity, and user accessibility
“The general question we presented everyone with was: What does it look like to build our brands and do storytelling on all of these new places?”
By Ricardo Bilton
How Invisibilia and NPR One are creatively cross-promoting one another on digital platforms
“The results have been worth the efforts and have driven listeners in the thousands to the app.”
By Taylyn Washington-Harmon
Newsonomics: What really ails Fox News, the leader in its shrinking category
As Fox’s Dr. Frankenstein exits right, the Murdochs are left to reboot their wounded cable news leader.
By Ken Doctor
Purple, the news startup built around SMS, is leaving it behind for Facebook Messenger
“I think being in the Messenger ecosystem makes it much easier for people to share Purple and to share really interesting and important content that we’re talking about with their friends.”
By Taylyn Washington-Harmon
How Vox Media’s new Storytelling Studio thinks of stories as products
Vox wants to move beyond the web page to tell compelling stories.
Pay it forward: LaterPay, a German payment infrastructure company, offers micropayments with a twist
Read now, buy later: “We defer the time when you have to register and pay to a later stage, letting you convince yourself of the content, of the quality of the content, of the benefits that are offered to you.”
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Digiday / Sahil Patel
NBC and Facebook link for Olympics ‘social command center’
“Facebook is sending a team of staffers down to Rio de Janeiro to help NBC take “social command” of the Olympics.”
FastCo News / Michael Grothaus
Half of Vine’s 9,725 top accounts have abandoned the service
“Among the reasons for the decline in Vine’s top influencers, the report says, is that competing platforms that came later, such as Snapchat and Instagram videos, offered more functionality, including stickers and editing options, respectively.”
Digiday / Jemma Brackebush
Who the ad blockers are and how to stop them
“New research shows two-thirds of U.S. consumers using ad blockers could be convinced to uninstall the software, under certain conditions.”
AP / Lauren Easton
The Associated Press Municipal Bond Index launches Monday
“The last time AP put its name on a financial markets index, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Steve Coll and Steve Adler
CJR gets a new editor and publisher
Kyle Pope, formerly of The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Portfolio, and The New York Observer.
Poynter / Rick Edmonds
New Media Investment Group (GateHouse) has bought the the Fayetteville Observer
“Like Gannett, New Media continues to acquire papers, trying to take advantage of scale and operating them lean. (The remaining editorial staff at its Lakeland Ledger petitioned for union representation earlier this month).”
Columbia Journalism Review / Anna Clark
In Cincinnati, local TV station WCPO sets out to build a full-fledged digital newsroom
“The idea is less to demonstrate an entire model that can be replicated elsewhere than to test a variety of editorial, technological, and marketing strategies; three different executives described WCPO to me as Scripps’ ‘petri dish.'”
Journalism.co.uk / Mădălina Ciobanu
Inside The Quint: The Indian media startup getting news to younger audiences on mobile
“While we had focused on broadcast for so many years, digital was now the future of communication and storytelling.”
The Business of Fashion / Vikram Alexei Kansara
Vice acquires Starworks Group, targeting fashion industry
“Global youth media juggernaut Vice has acquired a majority stake in Starworks Group, a brand development and creative agency specialising in communications and content creation in the fashion and beauty industries.”
Digiday / Brian Morrissey
Insider’s Nicholas Carlson on how to get 1.5 billion video views in a month
“Business Insider’s distributed media arm, known simply as Insider, is one of those fast-growth publishers that have mastered the art of getting videos in front of people on platforms, mostly Faceook.”
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