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“I think the Monitor is in amazingly good hands and we’re on a pretty good glide-path too. It seemed like a good time to step down.”
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The journalist-cofounded (and journalist-friendly) curation tool will live on; the hope is the combined company can extend its reach with enterprise customers. Justin Ellis
Matt Thompson, co-founder of Spark Camp
“We knew from the outset that it was incredibly important to foster a really robust and vibrant conversation on these issues, and we knew, also, that it’s really easy for conversations about race, ethnicity, and culture to go off the rails.” Justin Ellis
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With Ask Well, its health and fitness Q&A site, the Times is betting its brand value can make it standout from the competition.
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On the occasion of a new pope, the Times offered up a new commenting platform that filtered reader responses by mood and identity.
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Arianna Huffington explains why her site takes an editorial stance: “Because we are clear about where we believe the truth lies, I believe we elicit a richer kind of response from our readers.” Justin Ellis
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Blogs? SEO? Facebook? All of the above? Justin Ellis
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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?
792A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?
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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