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Archives: January 2012

Sample Weave visualization
The software can help journalists create infinitely interactive visualizations.
Ten producers will pair up with stations to create journalism projects ranging from an “alternate-reality” game to a music festival. Andrew Phelps
Plus: Postmortem analysis of the SOPA/PIPA fight, more discussion on truth vigilantes and iBooks, and the rest of the week’s big stories in journalism and tech.
The aggregators of today will be the original reporters of tomorrow — it’s how disruption happens.
MinnPost revenue sources, 2011
The nonprofit news site — by now almost an online veteran — is showing it can support itself.
A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP
News businesses aren’t defined by delivery trucks and broadcast signals any more — and the smartest players are reaching out to a global audience sooner rather than later.
Successful engagement by journalists on the social network looks a lot like successful engagement in the real world. Justin Ellis
The best way to figure out what information readers need from you when you are covering an emergency is to imagine yourself in their position.
Public Insight Network sources
American Public Media’s networked journalism initiative will start producing original stories based on its largely untapped database of citizen sources.
For a brief shining moment in the early 1990s, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was one of the top innovators in digital news. But it didn’t last long. Alex Remington
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What happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader comments
Recode, Reuters, Popular Science, The Week, Mic, The Verge, and USA Today’s FTW have all shut off reader comments in the past year. Here’s how they’re all using social media to encourage reader discussion.
699Facebook woos journalists with Signal, a dashboard to gather news across Facebook and Instagram
Signal helps journalists find, source, and embed content from Facebook and Instagram.
619Get AMP’d: Here’s what publishers need to know about Google’s new plan to speed up your website
The speed gains are very real. But do publishers want to trade in the open space of what we’ve known as the web for yet another platform they have little control over?
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