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Under the new deal, you’ll soon be able to find videos from the Times next to your favorite episodes of Alf.
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A quick-and-dirty look seems to indicate around 1 in 5 tweets to a news organization comes from those Tweet Buttons. Joshua Benton
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Advertising once paid the bills at American newspapers. As that shifts — rapidly — how will it change the way news companies operate?
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Our startup correspondent, building Worldcrunch in Paris, reports on the twin temptations of building a business around serving consumers or other businesses. Or…both.
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An MIT student is working to detect patterns in the disappearance of thousands of weibos from the Chinese Internet.
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In the start of a regular column for Nieman Lab, Jonathan Stray argues that a too-narrow definition of the work of journalism limits the field’s potential.
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Adding metadata to hyperlinks, finding stories in ordinary datasets, providing context for impossibly big numbers.
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The New York Times built a Slack bot to help decide which stories to post to social media
The bot, named Blossom, helps predict how stories will do on social and also suggests which stories editors should promote.
1310Jo Ellen Green Kaiser: Do independent news outlets have a blind spot when it comes to ethnic media?
The head of the Media Consortium argues that, by defining themselves in opposition to mainstream media, independent progressive outlets miss out on the power of ethnic and community journalism.
1029Newsonomics: 10 numbers on The New York Times’ 1 million digital-subscriber milestone
Digital subscribers are proving to be the bedrock of the Times’ business model going forward. How much more room is there for growth — and at what price points?
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