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Texting “seemed like a way to allow people to pare the constant stream of news down to just what mattered to them the most.”
“The goal is not to produce content for media outlets. It’s to repair broken bridges with local government, to get people to the meetings, get their voices heard, and figure out the line between where the active citizen and journalist is.”
Of the 1,800 newspapers lost since 2004, 1,700 of them were weekly papers. But it’s not because their audience disappeared — it’s because the papers did.
Bruised journalist egos or important missing metadata?
Three-quarters of Americans surveyed say social networks should show the same set of news topics to all users, ignoring their stated interests or browsing history. (Someone should tell them about newspapers!)
A consumer product is on the roadmap, but for now, Factal is aimed at businesses and will cost several thousand dollars a month.
The algorithm that ranks content can make some truly strange decisions. What set of signals is Google News looking for?