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Justin Ellis is an assistant editor at the Lab. He was previously a staff writer and columnist for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, where he covered areas like business, politics, culture and technology. In 2009 Ellis was part of the paper’s team to cover the inauguration of President Barack Obama. A former Knight Digital Media Center fellow and researcher at Investigative Reporters and Editors, Ellis is originally from Minnesota. Ask him about meats and cheeses.
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For stories like the Germanwings plane crash, The New York Times and many other publishers flip a switch to remove ads to avoid unwanted connections.
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“There’s an expectation now that it doesn’t have to be painful to publish stuff online.”
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“We want to use technology as a way to define pop culture, in the way Rolling Stone used music and Wired used the early Internet.”
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Since relaunching NewYorker.com and revamping its paywall last year, both its web audience and its paying subscriber base have grown.
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A reminder for people who talk about media: From Denver to Sioux City, local TV is the largest source for local news. Social media and digital startups are bit players by comparison.
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It’s an effort to find international growth through translation: “Cobertura global de The New York Times en español. Noticias, arte, negocios, tecnología y más.”
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Like Breaking News or Yo, it’s an app where the push notifications are the main appeal.
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The home of the Wayback Machine and other efforts to preserve the Internet is among 22 projects based around libraries receiving $3 million in funding through the Knight News Challenge.
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“The specific goal I told them was to alienate the local readership”: The new startup from former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio is taking an irreverent and investigative approach to local news.
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Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it
The new report from the Media Insight Project looks at millennials’ habits and attitudes toward news consumption: “I really wouldn’t pay for any type of news because as a citizen it’s my right to know the news.”
926The next stage in the battle for our attention: Our wrists
News companies have moved from print dollars to digital dimes to mobile pennies. Now, with the highly anticipated launch of the Apple Watch, the screens are getting even smaller. How are smart publishers thinking about the right way to serve users and maintain their attention on smartwatches?
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Instead of just publishing to their own websites, news organizations are being asked to publish directly to platforms they don’t control. Is the hunt for readers enough to justify losing some independence?
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