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Google is reportedly working on subscription tools for publishers

Google on Friday became the latest tech giant to begin rolling out tools to help publishers recruit subscribers. The initiative, which is three-pronged, is being piloted by The New York Times and Financial Times, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news: Relaunching "first click free," the function that allows readers to access paywalled content free of charge if they access … Read More
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Google is becoming less of a traffic powerhouse, new report suggests

Bad news for publishers who built their strategy on search engine referral traffic: Google is now sending a smaller proportion of visitors to news sites than it did a year ago. Earlier today, analytics company Parse.ly published an interactive dashboard that shows which referrers are driving the most traffic to websites in its network. No surprise: Facebook remains dominant, … Read More
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The Washington Post, PolitiFact and Factcheck.org are using this widget to make facts more shareable

The presidential campaign in the United States has led to oodles of commentary about the importance and effects of fact-checking political figures. Angie Holan, the editor of PolitiFact, encapsulated the zeitgeist aptly in the headline of her recent article "Fact-checking 2016: This is gonna be messy." (PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times, which is … Read More
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Google's plan to speed up mobile news is gaining traction

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. (AP photo) Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google's new initiative aimed at making the mobile Web load faster, has drawn adherents from the realms of analytics, advertising and publishing, according to an announcement from two Google executives released today. The announcement comes more than a month after Google debuted Accelerate Mobile Pages, or AMP, a … Read More
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Here are 81 journalism internships and fellowships for application season

Update: You can check out our internship and fellowship list for 2016 here. For most journalism students, the biggest step toward finding employment isn't passing the final. It isn't acing midterms, turning in homework or even meeting deadlines at the college paper. The most critical period in journalism school is the three-month window stretching from September to November … Read More
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Poynter, Google, SPJ partner to provide digital training for newsrooms

In a bid to train journalists in digital tools, The Poynter Institute is partnering with Google and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to train 10 professionals, who will then teach journalists how to best use Google tools. The training will take place on August 31 and September 1 at the Poynter Institute. These professionals will then go … Read More
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Publishing news direct to Facebook is a big step -- but the Apocalypse is not upon us

Sceeenshot from Facebook My read on Facebook's deal with nine news publishers to post some material direct to the platform: yes, it's a significant business development but by no means apocalyptic, as some commentators are suggesting. Here's why: Good company: It was artful of Facebook and the publishers to assemble nine prominent brands to launch the experiment  … Read More
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Look to the past for lessons on the news industry showdown with Facebook

News and commentary this week that leading news organizations are close to striking a deal to publish directly to Facebook's platform reminds me, and others, of an industry faceoff six years ago with Google. As you may recall, Rupert Murdoch had denounced Google for "stealing" content in its news summaries.  William Dean Singleton, chairman of MediaNews … Read More
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No interviews at premiere for 'The Interview'

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. No interviews at premiere of 'The Interview' "Sony Pictures said Wednesday that no broadcast media will be invited to cover the film's red carpet Thursday in Los Angeles and no interviews will be granted to print reporters at the screening." (AP) The Washington Post found more people Rolling Stone didn't interview T. Read More
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Poynter offers free training from Google

News University The Poynter Institute Tuesday is offering a day of training on tools from Google, taught by the company's own experts. The training, which will be offered for free courtesy the Google for Media team, consists of six 60-minute presentations on tools including search, mapping, data and Hangouts. The sessions are designed for journalists from varied backgrounds, including … Read More
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Career Beat: Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth joins HuffPost

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Michael Bloomberg will replace Daniel Doctoroff as chief executive officer of Bloomberg LP. Previously, Bloomberg was mayor of New York City. (New York Times) Gina Sanders is now president of Condé Nast Global Development. She was president and CEO of Fairchild Fashion Media. (Condé Nast) Brian Olsavsky … Read More
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