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How The New Yorker brought the soul of the magazine to the web

Nick Thompson was on his way to the subway when he got an email from his boss, New Yorker Editor David Remnick. The subject line? "Morning piece." It was 8:17 a.m. on Sept. 8, and Remnick had just watched libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson ask "what is Aleppo?" live on national television. "I wrote back and said, 'great!'" said … Read More
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How The Washington Post is using newsletters and alerts to reach readers

When readers wake up every morning, what do they check first? Probably their texts. Then, if they're feeling brave, their email inboxes. Readers are inundated with content nowadays, which puts the onus on journalists to reach them where they're actually paying attention. That's why many news organizations have begun hiring editors who deal exclusively with email and push notifications, … Read More
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In a shift away from print, The Dallas Morning News is laying off 25 and outsourcing its newspaper design

The Dallas Morning News announced late Thursday that it would outsource the design of its print newspaper and cut 25 newsroom jobs. Newspaper chain GateHouse Media, which has a design center in Austin, will produce the Dallas Morning News. The changes are part of an effort to reorient the newspaper’s design staff around digital. Of the 50 positions on … Read More
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Journalists around the country are joining a Slack channel devoted to FOIA and Trump

A few days before President Trump's inauguration, MuckRock opened up a Slack channel to help journalists better cover him and his administration. As of Wednesday, 250 people signed up. Most are journalists, about half from national newsrooms and half from local newsrooms around the country. Update: As of Monday, 3,000 people have signed up. "Anytime we have a … Read More
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Deals with Facebook and Snapchat are popular, but they're not big money-makers

Facebook Instant Articles. Snapchat Discover. Google AMP. In the last two years, publishers such as Vox Media and The Washington Post have embraced stories published on platforms that aren't fully controlled by news organizations. These stories, deemed "distributed content," have spawned teams of Facebook Live producers and Snapchat Discover editors at major news organizations. What they haven't done, according to … Read More
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The best-read story of 2016? Take a bow, Nate Silver

Chartbeat has released its second annual ranking of the best-read digital stories of the year, as measured by engaged time, among 46 million client articles it tracked during 2016. Politics dominated, no surprise. And the top of them all was a 2016 presidential election forecast by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. In fact, Silver's interactive opus registered more engaged time than … Read More
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What does a news organization optimized for trust look like?

After White House advisor Kellyanne Conway appeared on NBC’s "Meet the Press" to say that the White House put forth "alternative facts" to counter what media organizations had accurately reported about inaugural crowd sizes, her phrase made its way into headlines on dozens of news sites — which may have been her intention in the first place. Her … Read More
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With The Lily, The Washington Post is looking for new audiences in new places

The Lily was the name of the first U.S. newspaper edited by and for women, starting in 1849. But don't feel too bad if you didn't already know that. "It’s something that’s not in our journalism history books," said Kim Voss, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida. Voss, who has written about … Read More
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How the Times-Picayune is rebuilding its environmental team in a critical time

Mark Schleifstein wasn't at work seven years ago, when an explosion rocked an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, the day of the BP oil spill, the Times-Picayune's environmental reporter was at home on furlough. Schleifstein, whose work won a Pulitzer for Public Service in 1996, got to work anyway covering the massive … Read More
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Is the Facebook Live honeymoon over?

At the beginning of 2016, it seemed as if we were all destined to spend our days gawking at live video. Facebook Live, which debuted in April, was everywhere thanks to an enormous boost in reach bestowed by the social network. News organizations, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed and CNN, were churning out live video after … Read More
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With the 2020 report, The New York Times charts a course for its future

Three years ago, The New York Times published its innovation report, an unsparing assessment of the newsroom's many weaknesses. Nearly 100 pages long and full of words like "worrying," "shrinking" and "upheaval," the report described a New York Times that was in a digital standstill while competitors like BuzzFeed, Vox Media and The Washington Post were racing ahead. Today, … Read More
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Not just 'Trump's America': These journalists will spend 100 days digging into Appalachia

Since Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty in the early 1960s, Appalachian journalists have grappled with the portrayal of the region in the press. In his foreword to photographer Roger May’s book "Testify," the Kentucky journalist Silas House lamented that "only the poorest folks got into the newspapers and magazines, perpetuating the stereotype that everyone in the … Read More
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Report: Video isn't as popular with viewers as it is with advertisers

Video is now deemed essential for any media organization. But do consumers really like it as much as, say, advertisers? A new report suggests not. For sure, journalism had a huge moment in 2016. In a few short months, Facebook launched a live video offering (and began paying publishers to use it), Snapchat expanded its advertising options, and … Read More
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Seeking to deepen ties with publishers, Facebook rolls out journalism program

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new program of training, products and tools aimed at further solidifying the social network's relationship with publishers, which view the Silicon Valley giant as both a firehose of referral traffic and an at-times fearsome adversary. The program's debut comes days after Facebook hired former TV journalist Campbell Brown to be its head of news … Read More
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