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New study finds millennials are strong news consumers, but take an indirect path

Millennials are getting a bad rap as a newsless and disengaged generation, according to a new study of their news habits. But print newspapers and digital home pages are not their main way of finding what they are looking for.

Rather social media and search are the two top avenues for finding news, according to a report released today by the American Press Institute, Associated Press and NORC center at the University of Chicago.  Facebook is the top way of encountering news, used by 88 percent of those who do.

Eighty-five percent of 1,000 millennials surveyed said that news is at least somewhat important to them. News is their third top digital activity after e-mail and check of weather and traffic. Games and keeping up with friends came in fourth and fifth. Read more

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5 ways newsrooms can make the most of Instagram

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A selection of photos from Poynter’s Instagram feed (@poynter_institute)

What’s the point of Instagram if it doesn’t drive traffic?

This is one of the most common questions I hear from journalists tasked with growing their newsroom’s social media presence. It’s also a question I recently faced as I made the case for Poynter’s newly launched Instagram account.

It’s a fair point: when you’re strapped for resources, how do you determine whether a social network like Instagram is worth your time? And, if you do decide to create an account, how do you prove that it’s successful?

Just this week, The New York Times announced the launch of the paper’s primary account on Instagram, @NYTimes. The feed, as described in a Times’ press release, is designed to reach new audiences and boost brand awareness. Read more

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The New York Times launches main Instagram account

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The first photo published on The New York Times main Instagram account.

The first photo published on The New York Times’ main Instagram account.

The New York Times Monday launched a primary account on the popular photo sharing network Instagram, the latest effort by the paper’s audience development team to make New York Times journalism more visible on social media.

The account, @nytimes, joins several sister accounts showcasing the paper’s photographic coverage of other topics, including fashion (@nytimesfashion), sports (@nytimessports) and travel (@nytimestravel), among others. The Times’ main account will share work by both staff and freelance photographers to “provide richer context to breaking news, and experiment with an Instagram-first method of storytelling,” according to a release from The New York Times.

The launch of the account has been in the works for some time. Read more

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Instagrammer: ‘I am very happy my photo was selected’

Thursday’s post about The New York Times’ audience-submitted Instagram front page created quite a debate among journalists about the rules and ethics of user-generated content.

Many of the answers to those questions – how copyright works when a user tags a photo on Instagram, for example – are unclear and deserve future examination.

Right now, though, I want to share an update on the experience of an Instagram user whose photo was one of nine featured on the Times’ front page. Jeca Taudte, who was quoted in yesterday’s story, added additional thoughts in the comments:

As someone quoted in this story, I want to set the record straight: I uploaded my Instagram photo to the NYT website fully aware of their terms, which I could access on the upload page.

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Instagrammers discover front-page NYT placement by chance

Follow-up story: Instagrammer: ‘I am very happy my photo was selected’

New York Times front page on Wednesday, January 28. (Photo by Katie Hawkins-Gaar)

New York Times front page on Wednesday, January 28. (Photo by Katie Hawkins-Gaar)

It was an exciting moment for user-generated content. The New York Times featured nine Instagram photos on the front page of its Wednesday edition.

As far as I can tell, it was the first time audience-submitted Instagram photos landed on the front page of the printed edition. Poynter reached out to The New York Times for comment, but did not receive a response by time of publication.

This wasn’t the first occasion that the Times featured an Instagram shot on its front page. In March 2013, the paper published an Instagram portrait of Alex Rodriguez. Sports portraitist Nick Laham shot the photo, which was licensed by Getty. Read more

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Here’s an Instagram account with images of newspapers

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In December, The New York Times Company launched an Instagram account, @MyNYTimes, which features images of the company’s many printed products. According to a press release:

The New York Times has launched #MyNYTimes on Instagram, a campaign created to celebrate The Times in print by creating, collecting and sharing beautiful and compelling imagery of The New York Times and International New York Times newspapers, The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine and other Times books and print publications.

The account has 1,234 followers so far. The curated images include those promoting content from the Times, as well as user images of their own newspapers, usually with fancy coffee but fruit and dogs also make cameos. Here are a few, which all evoke a slow Sunday kind of vibe:

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Ben Bradlee is receiving hospice care

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ESPN asks dudes to address domestic violence: A two-hour pregame show preceding Monday Night Football will feature, among other things, a panel discussion featuring 11 men, Ben Collins reports. “When the show has updates from the field—brief reports about injuries and the upcoming game—they’ll cut to female sideline reporters, Lisa Salters and, on some weeks, Suzy Kolber. ¶ These people are not allowed at the table.” (Esquire) | UPDATE, 12:39 P.M.: ESPN says no such panel is planned. (Deadspin)
  2. Ben Bradlee is getting hospice care: The former Washington Post editor has dementia, his wife, Sally Quinn, said in a C-SPAN interview broadcast Sunday. (Politico) | “[O]ver time, his condition became more difficult to manage.” (WP)
  3. Reporting is dangerous: Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was harassed outside Madison Square Garden Sunday, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke.
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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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Teenagers don’t use social media to share links, says Microsoft researcher

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In a conversation with Evie Nagy, Microsoft Research Principal Researcher danah boyd talks about how teens use social media. It’s not the same way grown-ups do:

My adult Twitter experience is more of people using it for professional communication or news sharing or brand building or comedy. How do teens use Twitter differently, and what do adults need to understand most?

The first thing you would notice if you were following teenagers is that you would not see very many links. Which is radically different than our world. They’re doing a lot of interacting and engaging around celebrities, pop culture, really funny trending topics that they think are interesting, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the crazy hashtags. And of course with Instagram, hashtags have become even stronger on Twitter.

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Photographers stage cross-country Instagram battle

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While hanging together in New York, photographers Eric Thayer and Joshua Lott “started photographing in the same places with their smartphones and posting images on Instagram,” James Estrin writes. “That same day, a friend of theirs, Pierce Wright at Getty Images, suggested they turn it into a face-off.”

Here are their battle shots from a Chicago Fire game, posted Aug. 7:

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