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The case for keeping comments

On Tuesday, NPR followed through with a much-discussed decision to abolish its story-page comments in favor of social media, joining a growing list of publishers including The Toronto Star, Vice’s Motherboard, Mic and Reuters. The recent closures are an indicator of a troubling trend that signals detachment on the part of news organizations when … Read More
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Inside TEGNA's digital-first broadcast strategy

"By following the lead of our employees to create content that is digital first, it frees them up from the sameness of format that is plaguing local television news."

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Gimlet Media's latest membership perk? A Slack channel for die-hards

A few weeks ago, Chris Giliberti arrived at the office to discover a delicious surprise. Giliberti, chief of staff of Gimlet Media, turned up at the Brooklyn-based podcasting company and found a box of cookies from a nearby artisanal bakery on his desk. A greeting was written neatly on the lid of the box in black marker: "To Chris + … Read More
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Gawker's demise is troubling for experiments in reader engagement

This is a column about Gawker.com's demise, but it is also a column about a plane ride I took last Friday. The two are related, though it might not seem that way at first. I’ll start with the plane ride, which was from San Francisco to Raleigh-Durham. I sat next to a woman who brought an assortment of religious … Read More
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How CIR created an investigative series just for Instagram

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting's Instagram account has doubled its followers in the past year. And beginning today, those followers, old and new, will get a project created just for them. "Bad Plea Deals" is the California-based nonprofit's first project made specifically for Instagram. The investigative series will unfold in 21 chapters posted three … Read More
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CNN just launched a new drone division. Here's what they plan to do with it.

For months, anticipation has been building about the prospect of journalists sending drones skyward to cover the news. At long last, after many months and piles of red tape, the Federal Aviation Administration in June released guidelines that will allow journalists without pilot licenses to operate drones after passing a test. Those guidelines go into effect later this … Read More
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How The Associated Press uses robotic cameras to shoot the Olympics

In Rio, 11 robotic cameras and 16 remote cameras are part of a team of 61 photographers creating thousands of images per day. "The need to place cameras on hanging truss over the field of play in venues with no catwalks or roof access led us to working with several companies to find a way hang … Read More
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NPR joins tide of publishers getting rid of comments

Citing an ineffective experience that was not particularly well-used, NPR on Wednesday announced that it's getting rid of website comments in favor of other means of communication with listeners, including social media. Scott Montgomery, the managing editor for digital news at NPR, explained the decision in a blog post on NPR.com (that drew no shortage of comments): NPR … Read More
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The newsless world of Instagram

"In the few weeks since the introduction of Stories, Instagram seems to be on the path to becoming a different kind of place — a network where you can experience the most intimate and endearing moments of your friends’ and acquaintances’ lives in an environment blessedly free of the news."

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American households are changing. So should American news.

I grew up living in a house with my parents, brothers and grandparents. My grandparents taught me how to play poker, cook Matzoh balls and appreciate a long afternoon reading a newspaper (and then, perhaps, we’d spend the next few hours writing a well-thought-out letter to the editor). I’m not alone. A record 60.6 million Americans — nearly one in … Read More
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How The New York Times used its archives to make the past a (virtual) reality

Almost every newspaper has a morgue, the occasionally subterranean (and sometimes water-damaged) final resting place for old photos, clippings and other records collected by the newsroom. Sometimes, a picture is exhumed for historical purposes, or a clipping is resurrected to help a reporter pick up the threads of an old story. For the most part, though, the records are … Read More
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How 3 publishers are using Instagram stories

"Despite their similar functions, media outlets are using different strategies when it comes to Instagram Stories versus Snapchat."

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to favor 'personally informative' stories

Facebook's ever-changing News Feed got yet another update Thursday when the social network announced it's changing the algorithm to favor "personally informative stories." On the heels of changes that smothered clickbait and emphasized posts from friends and family, Facebook said it's created a "new ranking signal" that will evaluate feedback from users to determine if posts are … Read More
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The latest New York Times Magazine is a 40,000-word, grant-funded book

Not long after Jake Silverstein was named editor of The New York Times Magazine in 2014, he had a dinnertime conversation with writer Scott Anderson and photographer Paolo Pellegrin, two longtime contributors to the magazine. The subject? "A big, epic project," timed to the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, that would take over the entirety of the … Read More
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