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Gabfest, explainer, local, The Daily: A taxonomy of news podcasts
Plus: Edison offers up more podcast listener data, DeRay Mckesson teams up with Crooked Media, and Bill O’Reilly clings to his podcast.
By Nicholas Quah
The New York Times brings its (even briefer) morning briefings to Snapchat Discover
Staffers insist the Times won’t pander to its Discover audience, but the morning briefing is being reenvisioned as a quick 300-word scan.
By Laura Hazard Owen
This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article
Bloomberg Lens, built by the digital agency Postlight Labs, finds companies’ and people’s names in any news article — not just Bloomberg’s — and overlays key facts such as stock prices or a person’s previous company affiliations.
By Shan Wang
The French magazine L’Obs is using Facebook Messenger to follow undecided voters
Ahead of the French presidential election on Sunday, L’Obs is using Messenger to track how four citizens across the country plan to vote.
By Joseph Lichterman
This news app starts with the premise that news discovery has become too personalized
Twain has no editor. It uses custom algorithms to find stories it thinks are trending around the Internet.
By Joseph Lichterman
The New York Times launches a Facebook group to discuss podcasts (and learn to make better ones)
Plus: Maximum Fun finds big success with its fundraising campaign, The Bernie Sanders Show finds a big audience with low production values, and a look at the live podcast events business.
By Nicholas Quah
With Push, small publishers have a cheaper, quicker way to develop their own mobile apps
“If you want a mobile app as a small newsroom, you’re pretty much completely out of luck unless you’re owned by one of the big newspaper companies.”
By Ricardo Bilton
NPR’s upcoming daily news podcast sounds like a Morning Edition promo, which would be too bad
Plus: S-Town’s big numbers, Panoply prepares its followup to Revisionist History, and the state of audio fiction.
By Nicholas Quah
Analysis without benchmarks: An approach for measuring the success of innovation projects
Innovation on mobile is great, but we need new and better ways to judge whether what we’re trying is working.
By Sarah Schmalbach
NPR’s Morning Edition gets a little refresh — and its own new podcast
Up First, available starting Wednesday, will be a 10-minute weekday morning news podcast built off the top news from NPR’s most-listened-to radio show.
By Shan Wang
A reporter in a rural district of India uses WhatsApp to broadcast local news — and makes money doing it
Shivendra Gaur’s Rocket Post Live has already gained 8,000 paying subscribers for rolling news alerts and a daily video bulletin.
By Saurabh Sharma
An interview show is a quick way to get a podcast to market, but how do you build one from scratch?
Plus: S-Town launches; the Missing Richard Simmons post-game; an argument for diversity in podcasts goes wrong.
By Nicholas Quah
Get ready to binge-listen to Serial’s new spinoff S-Town: All 7 episodes will drop at once next week
Plus: Panoply invests in audio fiction, Rookie links up with MTV, and Missing Richard Simmons wraps up its controversial run.
By Nicholas Quah
Discors app 把新闻当“福袋”卖
这个月Discors刚推出的App中,它不再突出个人稿源,而是让用户直接获取《纽约时报》、《金融时报》、《华盛顿邮报》和《经济学人》等刊物的分析和评论性文章。Discors App的会员价格是每月4.99美元,相当于60美元/年。
By Joseph Lichterman
Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
Gabfest, explainer, local, The Daily: A taxonomy of news podcasts
Plus: Edison offers up more podcast listener data, DeRay Mckesson teams up with Crooked Media, and Bill O’Reilly clings to his podcast.
By Nicholas Quah
The New York Times brings its (even briefer) morning briefings to Snapchat Discover
Staffers insist the Times won’t pander to its Discover audience, but the morning briefing is being reenvisioned as a quick 300-word scan.
This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article
Bloomberg Lens, built by the digital agency Postlight Labs, finds companies’ and people’s names in any news article — not just Bloomberg’s — and overlays key facts such as stock prices or a person’s previous company affiliations.
What We’re Reading
Recode / Kurt Wagner, April Glaser, Rani Molla
The apps to use if you want to keep your messages private
From ones that don’t have end-to-end encryption (Twitter, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc), to ones that have it (iMessage, Signal, Confide, etc).
Journalism.co.uk / Caroline Scott
With a 90 minute Facebook Live, CBC Calgary wants to ‘flip the traditional broadcast-to-social workflow’
“The regional station placed four reporters equipped with iPhone 6 smartphones and Sennheiser wireless microphones in different locations around Calgary — including one on a moving train. Using the Dejero Live+ mobile app, the journalists were able to individually connect to the TV station’s control room, where staff were able to direct the coverage and switch between live footage and 12 pre-recorded iPhone packages.”
China Money Network / Pan Yue
Chinese personalized news app Toutiao reportedly raised around $1 billion at a $12 billion valuation
It now has a higher valuation than the combined valuations of China’s three largest publicly listed media companies (Beijing Enlight Media, Jiangsu Phoenix Publishing & Media Corporation, China Television Media).
The Verge / Casey Newton
iOS audio app Anchor adds an interviews feature to create a powerful mobile recording studio
You can now use the app to record and publish a phone conversation, turning any call into a potential interview for broadcast. And thanks to a partnership with Watson, IBM’s machine learning software, Anchor will automatically generate a transcript of your call and email it to you. (Here’s some background on how other news organizations have used Anchor.)
Digiday / Lucia Moses
CNN relaunches its mobile app around – what else? – video
“No one really knows when it’ll happen, but in next couple years there’ll be an inflection point where it’s almost equitable, the amount of video that’s being consumed on mobile versus desktop versus the television experience. We’re trying to anticipate,” said Rajin Persaud, vp of mobile and TV products at CNN.
Vulture / Nicholas Quah
The Serial creators’ next podcast series sounds like a juicy, bingeable delight
The crew behind Serial have formed a new production company called Serial Productions. The new company’s first upcoming project will be S-Town, a nonfiction limited series set in a small, rural Alabama town that will be hosted by veteran This American Life producer Brian Reed. The podcast is scheduled to drop sometime in March (no specific date has been provided), with all episodes dropping simultaneously.
The New York Times / Farhad Manjoo
Clearing out the app stores: Government censorship made easier
“Blocking a website is like trying to stop lots of trucks from delivering a banned book; it requires an infrastructure of technical tools (things like China’s “Great Firewall”), and enterprising users can often find a way around it. Banning an app from an app store, by contrast, is like shutting down the printing press before the book is ever published. If the app isn’t in a country’s app store, it effectively doesn’t exist. The censorship is nearly total and inescapable.”
Variety / Janko Roettgers
It’s official: Twitter has shut down Vine
“Twitter had given users the chance to download their Vines through the service’s mobile app in recent weeks, but removed that feature from the new app Tuesday. Third-party tools that download Vine’s directly from the service’s website should still work, but are likely going to violate Vine’s Terms of Service.”
Business Insider / Oliver Darcy
Television personality Nancy Grace launches a digital media venture focused on crime news
True crime is a popular podcast genre, and Grace will be adding to the mix with a daily podcast of her own (“It will be the go-to for crime sleuths and people who want knowledge about crime and crime fighting,” she told Business Insider).
The Daily Beast / Matt Wilstein
The ‘Keepin’ it 1600′ guys launched a new media company that aims to challenge Trump
Former Obama administration staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor are back with a new podcast called Pod Save America, under the banner of their new company — Crooked Media.
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