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Burned once, publishers are wary of Medium's new subscription offering

Late last summer, Kelley Calkins and her team began discussions with Medium to take their burgeoning company in a new direction. The Establishment, a scrappy, four-person outlet funded and run by women, was considering moving its site to Medium. Taking the plunge would mean free hosting, access to the company's minimalist content management system and a variety of business opportunities. Read More
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Campbell Brown on filter bubbles, fake news and Facebook's role in the news industry

Before she became Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Campbell Brown had to deal with a low-tech filter bubble. As a host on CNN, she was competing every night with the likes of left-leaning MSNBC and right-leaning Fox News. Battling low ratings, she left her 8 p.m. slot in 2010 with a rare hat tip to her partisan competitors. "I … Read More
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How are your stories performing on distributed media? Facebook and Chartbeat are teaming up to solve the mystery

Chartbeat and CrowdTangle today announced a major expansion of a tool for measuring how stories are performing on social platforms. The two companies began a beta version of the Offsite Social service in September 2016. Two months later Facebook acquired CrowdTangle. The announcement says that Facebook is now making a "robust" (but unspecified) additional investment in expanding what's measured … Read More
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This video editing app is a good way to use that time you waste on your phone

During the past few weeks, I've talked with my colleague Ren LaForme about two video tools: one for making videos interactive and one for shooting with your phone. We're going to stay with easy things you can do yourself with video for a bit longer. What's our tool this week? The first week we talked about … Read More
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I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here's what I learned

Twitter reflects the good, the bad and just plain ugly reality of social media these days. For academics, journalists and voters, there’s never been a more crucial time to talk about the impact these social media platforms have on factual journalism and being watchdogs of the powerful. It’s in vogue to attack the messenger for the message. We are called … Read More
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The Texas Tribune is using a Facebook Messenger bot to reach new audiences

Starting this week, people who want to know more about the Texas legislature have a new way to get information: a Facebook Messenger bot named Paige. The Texas Tribune's experiment is named after the legislative pages who run information back and forth, said Amanda Zamora, chief audience officer. "They're your errand person," she said. "...It was sort of a nice … Read More
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6 questions to guide the way you engage with your audience

Audience engagement is more than just a buzzword — it's an essential part of journalism. By focusing on three topic areas — transparency, listening and outreach — you can build trust and engagement with audiences in today’s political landscape. Here's a checklist to help you get started with meaningful audience engagement from Jennifer Brandel, founder and CEO of Hearken: … Read More
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Local Edition: What skills do you need to stay in journalism?

This article originally appeared in our weekly newsletter, Local Edition. Are you part of the conversation? Join in here! This week, I talked with two Southern journalists. One's a seasoned pro. The other's in the early stages of her career. Before long, one had advice for the other. "Honestly, and this sucks but I’m gonna say it, you just have to … Read More
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Local Edition: Take your vacation, invest in your staff, acknowledge good work and other tips for avoiding burnout

"Why are you still a journalist?” was a heavy place to start this ongoing conversation, I know. But wherever you are in your career, think back to the people you started with. Are they still around? In 2000, a few weeks after graduating from college, I joined the Peace Corps. There’s no journalism program for Peace Corps volunteers. But I knew … Read More
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No budget for big video cameras? Just use your phone (and this app)

Last week, Poynter's Ren LaForme told us about a free and easy tool for making video interactive. We're going to stick with video this week and learn about an app that gives you a lot more shooting power. LaForme and I spoke via Skype. Our conversation was edited for length. What are we learning about this week? So … Read More
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Two Detroit projects get $2.3 million to expand local reporting

The Knight Foundation announced Wednesday $2.3 million in combined funding for two projects aimed at expanding local reporting in the Detroit area. The Detroit Journalism Cooperative, which includes Detroit Public Television, Detroit Public Radio, Michigan Radio, New Michigan Media and the Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine, will get $1.48 million "to connect the voices of Detroit’s residents with … Read More
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Since Facebook made Crowdtangle free, more than 150 local newsrooms have adopted it

In November of last year, Facebook bought CrowdTangle. As of March, the tool is being used in 520 local newsrooms, and CrowdTangle expects that number to climb to 600 by April. "I think there are a lot of changes happening in the local news industry right now," said CrowdTangle CEO Brandon Silverman. That's been true in print for … Read More
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Local Edition: '...Local journalism scares the sh*t out of me right now'

Hey, it’s boss week here at Local Edition. This week, we’re going to spend a little time with a Florida editor who doesn’t fit many molds (started as a designer, doesn’t care for sandy beaches, etc.) As a reminder, this is week three in our four-week conversation about why we’re still in journalism. (You can … Read More
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Is it time for a new definition of local news?

Christopher Ali has spent a lot of time thinking about the future of local news. Ali, an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, is a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University who's almost done with a report on the future of small newspapers with co-author Damian Radcliffe. He's also … Read More
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The New Yorker's new bot will tweet 92 years worth of poetry at you

Since its founding in 1925, The New Yorker has published verse from some of the most celebrated names in American letters — poets like Audre Lorde, Joseph Brodsky and Ada Limón. Many of those poems are lying dormant on NewYorker.com, where subscribers can peruse the archives for $1 per week. Or, beginning today, they can just follow a bot on … Read More
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