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Bloomberg and Postlight team up to annotate the world's news

Just how rich is Jeff Bezos? If you're at your keyboard, the answer is just a Google search away: $75.6 billion. But if you're swiping through an article that doesn't include the info (or has an out-of-date figure) on your phone, you have to spend an extra minute or three tapping out the question to come up with an … Read More
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Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse

Editor's note: This article was previously published on Medium.com. It is being republished here with the author's permission. Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach. We weren’t seeing a huge difference in post consumption or daily average reach, but we were just seeing … Read More
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Fake news, a Snapchat clone and other things to expect from Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at f8 today

The journalism world will be watching today at 10 a.m. PST as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose to deliver the keynote for the company's annual developer conference. The conference has become appointment viewing for media types in recent years, as Facebook's massive reach gives it enormous power over the publishing … Read More
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Local Edition: What do journalists need to stop doing to survive?

This article originally ran in Local Edition, our newsletter dedicated to mapping the future of local news, together. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. One of the hardest things for me when I started at Poynter was aggregation. Also Twitter. And writing breaking news as it happened instead of hours after. Read More
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Boston Globe's plan for digital reinvention: Be ready for constant change

The Boston Globe's much-awaited plan for digital reinvention came out Monday in a 3,000-plus word memo from Editor Brian McGrory. The changes, which result from a year of rethinking what they do and how they do it, are similar in many ways to others at newsrooms across the country. The newsroom's day … Read More
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How The New York Times decides which stories to link to (and which ones to match)

Even though The New York Times has a staff of more than 1,000 journalists that produce roughly 230 articles per day — the equivalent of a daily Harry Potter book — there's some stories they just can't get. Controversial (but worthy) opinion pieces, harrowing first-person accounts and profiles of reclusive celebrities all exist beyond the walled garden of … Read More
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Meet the woman who brings CNN's political coverage to the web

If you were tuning into CNN one evening in early January, you would've watched a quartet of reporters break a big story live on air: Intel chiefs presented President Trump with claims that Russian agents tried to compromise him. Except you didn't have to be watching CNN to see the story. You could have spotted Jake Tapper breaking the … Read More
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Gawker founder's next act: Something with internet forums

After taking about a month off in the wake of his settlement with the plaintiffs represented by Peter Thiel's lawyer, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton will begin a new project: Building internet forums. In an interview with journalist Aaron Lammer on the new podcast "Stoner," Denton called the design of internet forums his "obsession" and said that bridging the … Read More
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Here's how local newsrooms can collaborate on big projects

Journalists, as competitive and scoop-seeking as we are, have started doing something uncharacteristic. More and more, we're working together. Those partnerships have resulted in big impact and big rewards, including a few Pulitzer Prizes. That happened again in 2017. And this year, one of those collaborations included a local newsroom. Read More
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Local Edition: Journalists, it's time to catch up

This piece originally ran in our newsletter on local news innovation. Sign up here. When I first moved from a daily newspaper to an online news site, someone asked me how that would change my work. Oh, it won’t, I said. It’s the same storytelling, just a different medium. But it did. Of course it did. Because digital … Read More
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Facebook is giving publishers new ways to reach audiences on Instant Articles

Facebook announced Friday a few new ways that publishers can reach out to audiences directly through Instant Articles. Josh Roberts, a project manager at Facebook, wrote about the new features in a blog post. "Across the board, publishers want to have more direct lines of communication with their readers and drive the conversions that matter to their business," he … Read More
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With podcasts like 'Majority Minority,' McClatchy wants to shatter the Beltway bubble

As she was finishing up her interview with Franco Ordoñez and Bill Douglas, Rep. Pramila Jayapal brushed away a tear. "One of the last things she said, as she was wiping her eye is, 'I didn't expect that to be that personal,'" said Ordoñez, McClatchy's White House correspondent. Ordoñez did. In fact, it's what his new podcast is all about. Read More
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Why Vox redesigned its homepage with newspapers in mind

Depending on who you ask, the homepage is either on the verge of death, surging back to life or stuck in a state of unending metamorphosis. Here's what you don't hear as often: An argument that digital homepages should look something like their teetering-on-the-verge-of-extinction, dead-tree predecessors. But that's more or less the position taken by the … Read More
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Facebook rolls out global warning against fake news

Beginning Friday, Facebook users in 14 countries including the United States will begin to see an announcement at the top of their news feeds warning them about hoaxes and pointing them to a series of tips to help them to detect fake news. "(User), it's possible to spot false news," reads the PSA, under the legend "tips for spotting false … Read More
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