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With its new, speedier article page, Reuters wants to reimagine how news sites are designed

Despite his last name, Isaac Showman isn't a fan of big, dramatic website unveilings. That's why, if you visit Reuters.com this morning, you might not notice anything out of the ordinary — until you visit an article page. For the last few months, the international newswire has quietly been working on a major overhaul of its story-level pages that go … Read More
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This SB Nation story has everything: Robots, football and 2.3 million pageviews

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest audience numbers from SB Nation. It starts with a long paragraph containing only one sentence — "Something is terribly wrong." — and by the time you finish reading it, you're more confused than when you started. But that's the point of SB Nation's latest subversive experiment. The project, titled "17776" (that's nearly … Read More
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3 guidelines for effective content on social platforms

Posting on social doesn’t mean you should post the same thing on every platform. Each platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.,) has unique qualities, different strengths and purposes, and a specific best use case. Your goal is to share content in a way that is natural for users on that social platform. You want to offer relevant content that your audience … Read More
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This free tool will tell you what the internet thinks of your work

Analytics tools including Chartbeat and Parse.ly are full of ways to see how your audience is connecting with your work. This week's tool gives you a personalized look at who's clicking and sharing your work. Hare: Ren! It’s summer and, despite our best efforts, we’ve slacked a bit here for the last few weeks. But we’re back! Before we get … Read More
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You think Chris Christie's beach photos were great? Just wait until drone journalism really takes off

By now, you’ve probably seen the pictures: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, surrounded by his family and friends, sitting on a public beach that had been closed to the public amidst a state government shutdown. In a write-up for the (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger, which published the photos, photographer Andrew Mills described how he caught the governor by … Read More
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'I’m sure they’re going to get a Pulitzer for this': The internet responds to photos of Chris Christie's beach day

The (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger has proof, and the internet is living for it. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that he hadn't gotten any sun that day, the newspaper proved him wrong with photographs of him and his family on the beach. One of the Star-Ledger's photographers had been cruising the deserted shoreline in a private plane and snapped … Read More
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Last month, Facebook launched a pilot program with 6 local newsrooms. Here's how it's going

Last month, a group of local newsrooms began working with Facebook as part of a project by the social media platform to establish stronger ties to local news. Six newsrooms are part of the first six-month pilot program, with another six to follow. Those newsrooms, Berkleyside, Honolulu Civil Beat, Texas Tribune, QCityMetro, Philadelphia Public School Notebook … Read More
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Gimlet Media's Alex Blumberg talks diversity and Hollywood ambitions

Plenty of media companies are grappling with how to recruit and maintain diverse talent. But how many of them are openly discussing their own pitfalls on the air? Gimlet Media is. On Friday, the narrative audio company released an Ask Me Anything-type episode of StartUp, a podcast about what it's like to get a business up and running. Read More
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With big plans to staff up, ThinkProgress is leaving Medium behind

ThinkProgress will soon become the latest publisher to leave Medium. The progressive news organization, which is housed by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, will no longer publish on Medium beginning Aug. 1, founder Judd Legum said. They'll be moving to WordPress, which the site used before it migrated to Medium last year. In doing so, ThinkProgress joins an … Read More
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The Houston Chronicle has a BBQ podcast, a site for smarties and big plans for turning readers into subscribers

HOUSTON — “Wwwwwelcome to the BBQ State of Mind podcast,” J.C. Reid said into a mic in the corner of the video studio at the Houston Chronicle. “My name is…” “Can we do that one more time without quite so much 'welcome?'” Scott Kingsley interrupted. The director of multimedia and the podcast’s producer adjusted the mic levels as the other … Read More
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Politico is building a community of audience advisers that now numbers about 5,000

News organizations spend a lot of time trying to get their audiences to do things for them: Read our journalism! Come to our events! Pay us money! Generally, newsrooms put less emphasis on actually listening to what readers want. Earlier this month, Politico launched an initiative that changes the equation a little bit. Politico Insiders is an "audience insight community" … Read More
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