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Postcards and laundromat visits: The Texas Tribune audience team experiments with IRL distribution
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May 20, 2011, 6 p.m.

Links on Twitter: Google stops scanning papers, HuffPost scoop ignored, Internet TV encroaches on cable

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Ebooks may be a way to revive out-of-print tree-books »

Internet TV appears to be eating away at cable TV’s market share »

The creator of Publish2 says he knows how to make it easy for newspapers to link out »

Amy Ellis Nutt on writing a Pulitzer-winning story: tell “readers something they don’t know” (via @niemanstory) »

Farmer and ag writer Tom Philpott is joining @MotherJones to launch a blog on the politics of food »

An eye-tracking study finds paper beats iPad at keeping a reader’s attention, but “gaze patterns” are identical »

Midday diversion: Stephen Colbert “thanks” Facebook for adding brand-name tagging to photos (2:10 mark) »

What is journalism worth paying for? “Free carries a price” »

NPR’s proposal to raise station fees for digital services is “a new virtual variety of sticker shock” »

TMZ’s chief is criticizing “traditional media” CNN over a key detail in its Schwarzenegger coverage »

Google is abandoning its attempt to scan and archive all the world’s newspapers »

HuffPost broke a big story, but the press didn’t seem to notice »

The White House says the decision to keep the Boston Herald out of a local press pool was a matter of fairness »

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Postcards and laundromat visits: The Texas Tribune audience team experiments with IRL distribution
As social platforms falter for news, a number of nonprofit outlets are rethinking distribution for impact and in-person engagement.
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“So much of podcast music is background, feels like filler sometimes, but with our composers, it never is.”
How uncritical news coverage feeds the AI hype machine
“The coverage tends to be led by industry sources and often takes claims about what the technology can and can’t do, and might be able to do in the future, at face value in ways that contribute to the hype cycle.”