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Facebook wants to make it easier for publishers to make money

For the last couple of years, Facebook has presented news organizations with difficult choices about how to publish their journalism. On one hand, editors and producers can put stories exclusively on their own properties and use Facebook to drive readership back to their websites, where their conventional advertisements live. Alternatively, they can publish some or all of their content directly … Read More
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Where are local advertisers going? Facebook, new research suggests

Forecaster and analyst Gordon Borrell has just published his summer survey of 7,500 local advertisers with results that manage to be alarming but at the same time not surprising. Yes, there is a strong swing to digital and social. And yes, most advertisers subtract from their legacy media budgets to increase digital spending. But particularly striking is a … Read More
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What The Texas Tribune learned after 1 year of collecting data on police shootings

After a wave of high-profile police shootings in other parts of the country, two Texas Tribune journalists wondered: Was there any way to gauge how often police shot at people in Texas? "As soon as we started looking into it, we realized there was just this huge information void out there," said Alexa Ura, a reporter who covers demographics. As … Read More
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Facing shutdowns and stagnating readership, independent publications are finding new life on Medium

Neil Miller was in crisis mode. At the end of 2015, the 32-year-old founder of Film School Rejects was watching the movie site he'd founded more than a decade ago slide slowly into stagnation. Traffic began to plateau. Ad-blocking cut into the site's profits. The feast-or-famine cycle of digital advertising forced him to consider a major change — loading up … Read More
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At the News Media Alliance, more than the name is changing

Newspaper companies have pursued digital innovation and reinvention in feverish fashion this year, so it only makes sense for their trade association to reboot as well. The New York Times reported Sunday that the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) has been rechristened the News Media Alliance. But the name change, CEO David Chavern told me in a phone interview … Read More
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The Newspaper Association of America is dropping 'paper' from its name

In a move that signals the changing fortunes of print in a media ecosystem dominated by digital news, the Newspaper Association of America is changing its name to the News Media Alliance on Wednesday. In an emailed statement to Poynter Monday, Newspaper Association of America CEO David Chavern said the organization's new name "doesn't reflect any diminishment of newspaper" as … Read More
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The open-source guide to drone journalism is here

For years, a few early adopters have been waiting for the moment drone journalism would become widely available to newsrooms that didn't have a licensed pilot on staff. That happened this week, when the Federal Aviation Administration's new guidelines regarding the use of drones for commercial purposes (like reporting) went into effect. Under the new rules, anyone who passes … Read More
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Dan Rather is worried about Facebook's lack of transparency

In a note (on Facebook, no less) legendary anchor and longtime newsman Dan Rather voiced concern about the social network's "mysterious algorithms" while heralding its potential as a "tremendous force for good." In his nearly 500-word post, Rather cites Facebook as among the "literally world changing" social networks that are "reimagining my chosen line of work and all of … Read More
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After ditching their newspaper, these community college students are blowing up campus news all over again

More than a year ago, the students of California's Mt. San Antonio College decided they were tired of seeing their college newspaper lying untouched on the racks. So, in a bid for increased readership, the newspaper tried an experiment: It stopped publishing the print edition and ran all its coverage online. Then, students launched a new website, Sac.Media, … Read More
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Comments are changing. Our commitment to audiences shouldn't.

Editor's note: Amanda Zamora, the Texas Tribune's chief audience officer, gave a version of this talk on Monday at 10UP, Poynter's summit marking 10 years of participatory journalism. Before joining the Texas Tribune, Zamora was ProPublica's senior engagement editor. One of the most rewarding — and at times, most humbling — parts about transitioning from digital storytelling into audience-driven … Read More
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One of Arianna Huffington's legacies at HuffPost: Conflicts of interest

"...As the 66-year-old Huffington prepares to leave the Huffington Post...some of her fellow journalists will not miss the pressures that came with her leadership of the Huffington Post — pressures related to her high-profile friends and luminaries."

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Three years in, Fusion starts to find its footing

"Millennial publisher Fusion has more than doubled its digital audience in the past year to 11.5 million unique viewers, but that number is still tiny in comparison to competitors including BuzzFeed, Vice, Vox and Mic."

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What happened after 6 college newspapers cut their print schedules

Today is a Tuesday, which means that for the first time in its 123-year-old history, the University of North Carolina’s student paper, The Daily Tar Heel, will not publish a print edition. The change was announced last week by the paper’s editor in chief, Jane Wester, and detailed in a lengthy Medium post written by the paper’s new … Read More
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