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Social distribution and the open web generate huge numbers — but readers who use news organizations’ native smartphone apps are far more loyal and engaged. In today’s economics of news, those readers are paying more of the bills.
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The executive director of emerging news products at the Bezos-era Post has been at the forefront of shaping news presentation on mobile devices.
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Only a small subset of news organizations currently use HTTPS to secure their connections to readers, but a variety of incentives — from Google’s search rules to browser makers’ policies — are pushing them in that direction.
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“So, for instance, an editor on the national desk might be looking for a reporter in Reno, Nevada, and not know that someone in Style has one on speed dial.”
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The pricetag would be high, but it might be worth it to reassemble one part of the old newspaper bundle — tying together local news and local services.
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Subscribers to more than 250 newspapers around the globe now have free digital access to the Post. The next question is how the paper will use this network to make money.
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The ubiquity game has different rules for digital startups than for legacy businesses. But for both, figuring out the right relationship with Facebook is key to their audience strategies.
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