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Storytelling experiment: Quartz publishes internal conversation

Your newsroom surely has been through the drill: an editor reaches out to some folks with an idea for a story. The cc line grows and grows as "stakeholders” chime in. By the end of the thread (or the day), you have a treatise on proposed subject. But no story. I thought of all those unpublished pearls today as we … Read More
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Apps that record phone calls are convenient, but can present confidentiality risks

Reporters frequently cite mobile apps that record phone calls as among their favorites, according to David Ho, The Wall Street Journal’s editor for Mobile, Tablets & Emerging Technology, who has trained some 1,500 journalists on how to use tech tools in their work. But reporters might not realize that these apps often store the recordings of calls on their … Read More
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Doubling down on the Triple Crown, A publication's gamble on Belmont pays off

BloodHorse.com staff started planning for the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in January. Now, with California Chrome in position for a Triple Crown win, their work has paid off. The 12-person editorial staff has produced a remarkable online interactive website. The story behind this project is both instructive and inspiring.  Bloodhorse.com is the online site of The Blood-Horse Magazine, which started in 1916 as an authoritative newsletter to the racehorse world. The staff produces a weekly 65-page print magazine and updates its website around the clock. While the Daily Racing Form and The Thoroughbred Daily News speak the language of handicappers, Bloodhorse is more focused on the business of racing, training, breeding and sales. "At the end of last year we looked at some of the big impressive projects that SBNation, The New York Times and others were doing," Eric Mitchell, the Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse told me. "We realized these kinds of robust pieces are the kinds of things we should do and the thing about horse racing is that it is full of great stories. We realized that there are so many photographs, so many videos available to tell the stories that we had the opportunity to really beef-up our visual presence online and tell great stories."The Plan and the Warm-Up Read More
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How to get your news site banned from Reddit

I've called Facebook a capricious despot when it comes to how its mystery algorithm dishes out prime News Feed real estate. Figuring out how it favors certain types of content over others can have a major positive impact on your site's traffic. For better or worse, news organizations are dependent on Facebook for an ever larger share of visitors. But Reddit might be even more confusing to news organizations. It's a place where successful posts can expose your content to an international audience of millions and lead to big traffic spikes — but also where human moderators can cut you off for bad behavior or suddenly decide your domain is no longer a good fit for the site's primary news section. The Atlantic has experienced both forms of banishment, barred for a time in 2012 due to overzealous link sharing by its then-social media editor. More recently, the media company's domain has been banned from /r/news, a subreddit that all Reddit users see by default unless they unsubscribe, alongside other major sites like The Huffington Post, Vice and Salon. Content from the sites dropped off severely late last summer. Read More
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Hyperlinking could help journalists in defamation lawsuits

This is the second in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on legal issues that can affect journalists. It is written by Cindy Gierhart, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation Legal Fellow at the RCFP. Media scholars have noted for years that news outlets lag significantly behind blogs in … Read More
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Right workflow tools can reduce pain points in news organizations

We've been using @SlackHQ for a week and love it so far. Puts chat at the center of the work collaboration experience, where it belongs. — Alexis C. Madrigal (@alexismadrigal) March 15, 2014   That tweet from Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, touches on an important topic in the news industry, but one … Read More
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How Digital First Media hopes to transform workflow, culture of 'newspaper factories'

Digital First Media has unveiled plans to transform its newsrooms and put its money where its name is. “Project Unbolt” aims to address the problem of digital efforts at the mercy of existing newspaper infrastructure. The first of Digital First’s 75 daily newspapers to get the unbolting is the New Haven (Conn.) Register, where digital transformation editor Steve Buttry … Read More
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Three simple Google tools journalists can adopt to draw traffic

Google is increasingly emphasizing the ways it can be of service to the media, and the company held a summit in Chicago last week sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and Northwestern University's Knight Lab. @ONA @spj_tweets @knightlab thx to our partners to help … Read More
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Breaking News app's alerts can shout all day or stay out of your way

Behind the buzz-buzz of a smartphone alert could come anything: News of the death of Osama bin Laden, or a “we have to talk” text, or an email with that job offer, finally. Or it could be news of a Miley Cyrus twerk, or a “remember to buy milk” text, or an email with an offer to come to Best … Read More
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