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Panoply’s Pinna might just be the first really interesting attempt to get people to pay for podcasts
Plus: 60dB goes to Google, waiting (and waiting) for Apple’s new analytics, and the best podcast-related reads of the past few weeks.
By Nicholas Quah
Everyone loves push alerts, but there are problems. Like: What if readers don’t actually open them?
New research on how news organizations are using (and abusing?) push notifications.
By Laura Hazard Owen
The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?
“I like to talk about it as reading today’s news on tomorrow’s computer.”
By Shan Wang
Univision is trying out WhatsApp to distribute news and information during hurricane emergencies
Meet your audiences where they are — in Univision’s case, preparing to weather a major storm, or evacuating in a car with only a phone in hand.
By Shan Wang
WhatsApp i ostrzeżenia przed huraganami
Trzeba dotrzeć do odbiorcy tu, gdzie akurat się znajduje – czyli, zdaniem Univision, także podczas przygotowań do silnej burzy lub w trakcie szybkiej ewakuacji. Z telefonem w dłoni.
By Shan Wang
Quartz is using Apple’s new AR tech to “help people understand objects in the news” on iPhones
Apple’s new augmented-reality tools will open up new ways to illustrate stories: “It’s not quite drag-and-drop for producers, but it’s super close to that when it comes to the backend.”
By Ricardo Bilton
Small pieces, loosely joined (oh, and a new iPhone): These are today’s key Apple updates for publishers
Apple steps a little closer toward the constellation of devices that follow the smartphone.
By Joshua Benton
Facebook Messenger 聊天机器人帮助媒体与读者和社区交流
“我们不知道它可能会给我们带来什么。我们的目标是寻找到达读者后拥有的潜力,甚至获得一些故事。”
By Ricardo Bilton
News startup Purple is now a service that lets creators charge people to text with them
The newly pivoted Purple, now in private beta, is aimed largely at journalists with large personal followings on social media already.
By Shan Wang
These are the most important developments in the podcast business so far in 2017
Plus the three most interesting podcast companies out there today.
By Nicholas Quah
The daily podcaster’s choice: Try to fit in listeners’ crowded mornings or tackle the evening commute?
Plus: Radiotopia’s Millennial comes to a close, another podcast-to-TV adaptation, and reaching the growing audience of young, middle-class Latinos.
By Nicholas Quah
New York City makes the claim that it’s the podcast capital of the world (but is that a good thing?)
Plus: Another daily news podcast — this time from Vox and Midroll, Radiolab controversy, and are there too many celebrity podcasts?
By Nicholas Quah
The podcast business playbook: What’s the best way for a podcast studio to raise money?
Plus: How you become a podcast columnist, Radiotopia’s latest trick, Preet Bharara’s new podcast.
By Nicholas Quah
Six years later, the Financial Times is back in the App Store. (Apple still won’t get a cut of subscriptions.)
“We saw that we had a much higher app adoption rate on Android, where we had a native app, than on iOS.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
Panoply’s Pinna might just be the first really interesting attempt to get people to pay for podcasts
Plus: 60dB goes to Google, waiting (and waiting) for Apple’s new analytics, and the best podcast-related reads of the past few weeks.
By Nicholas Quah
Everyone loves push alerts, but there are problems. Like: What if readers don’t actually open them?
New research on how news organizations are using (and abusing?) push notifications.
The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?
“I like to talk about it as reading today’s news on tomorrow’s computer.”
What We’re Reading
Journalism.co.uk / Caroline Scott
Prothom Alo is building the largest mobile journalism network in Bangladesh
Prothom Alo, the country’s most-visited newspaper website, hired a mobile journalism specialist to train its reporters through workshops across Bangladesh: “We’re now using mobile journalism to re-shape our news channel, encouraging our reporters all over the country to produce audio-visual content for social audiences.”
Medium / John Ciancutti, Steve Henn & Steve McLendon
Shortform audio platform 60dB is shutting down
The audio platform, launched last year by Netflix alums John Ciancutti and Steve McLendon and Planet Money alum Steve Henn, is shutting down on November 10. The team behind the startup is joining Google: “We came to the conclusion that to accomplish our goals we’d be better positioned if we joined someone with scale who shared our vision for what was possible with digital audio.”
The New York Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin
DreamWorks Animation cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg is trying to raise $2 billion for a short-form video project
“Katzenberg, 66, is convinced that his new product, called New TV, can upend the format of television for mobile devices. He wants to create the next-generation version of HBO or Netflix, purpose-built for viewing on phones and tablets with short-form content of premium quality — think of ‘Game of Thrones’ as if each episode had a narrative arc of 10 minutes.”
Open News / Hamilton Boardman, Alastair Coote, and Tiff Fehr
Building better story formats for live coverage, from live blogs to mobile alerts
“Our most recent experiments in live coverage forms are often tied to special events like elections or sports, because they benefit from having a strong data source. Meaningful updates for readers becomes a mix of news, analysis, and significant data changes (updated counts, shifts in momentum, winner calls, etc). Another shared characteristic in these experiments is a focus on mobile.”
Washington Post
The Washington Post will now sell publishers a white-label version of its mobile apps
“The app incorporates best-in-class features, including a reader experience that’s been battle-tested in The Post’s newsroom, and can support a publisher’s specific requirements for advertising, subscriptions and analytics.”
Medium / Alastair Coote
How to replace the content of an iOS notification
If you are lucky enough to be running your own push service, or you’re using one that implements Apple’s relatively new HTTP2 API for sending notifications, you’re in luck (there’s a new attribute you can send as part of a push payload called “apns-collapse-id”). Or: Apple introduced a new category of app extension in iOS 10 called a Notification Service Extension.
TechCrunch / Josh Constine
Twitter has a secret tweetstorm feature for Android
Hidden inside the current Android app is a way to write out a tweetstorm and see it broken into distinct tweets, then tweet them all at once. (The feature is not currently available for public testing.)
TechCrunch / Ingrid Lunden
Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger
“We believe that Messenger is an exciting channel for new and interesting news consumption experiences, including the opportunity to build unique messaging experiences in Messenger that many publishers (including TechCrunch) have executed successfully via the Messenger Platform.”
Digiday / Lucinda Southern
How The Economist shifted its Line strategy to grow to nearly 1 million followers
“The Economist has increased the number of push notifications it sends from three a week to one a day, usually opting for stories related to Thailand or Indonesia, where the Asian app has a big following. Stories about technology also perform particularly well. Some of these are behind the paywall, so they encourage readers to subscribe.”
Anchor / Michael Mignano
Rethinking audio editing on mobile
“How do we make the actual editing process dead simple? Anything that involved dragging or tapping a very precise point within a waveform seemed ridiculously overcomplicated.”
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