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Facebook releases an update on its project to combat fake news and support journalists

More than six months after announcing a project to combat fake news, Facebook released an update today. The Facebook Journalism Project — a three-pronged approach aimed at providing training, products and tools for journalists and news consumers — was created as a way to solidify relationships with media organizations, which often hold contradictory feelings about the social network. One key part of … Read More
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This new Facebook analytics tool lets publishers compare their mobile and Instant Articles traffic

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a comment from The Atlantic. Facebook today released a new developer's tool for publishers to see how their stories are doing on the social media platform. The analytics tool, which is located under the "Publishing Tools" tab on Facebook pages, allows news outlets to compare the traffic of their regular mobile articles with … Read More
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BuzzFeed's new audio morning briefing was made for Amazon Alexa

Instead of waking up and checking their phones for the latest push notifications, newsletters or podcast episodes, BuzzFeed's audience can now just ask for the morning's top news. The digital news organization launched a new morning briefing Wednesday that was made for smart speakers with hands-free voice services, such as the Amazon Echo. The briefing, titled Reporting to You, is typically a two- … Read More
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Quartz is using vertical video to make its long-form journalism mobile-first

Vertical video and native ads with artificial intelligence would have sounded like science fiction only five years ago. Today, they're both part of Quartz's latest project. On Tuesday, the digital business news site launched an ambitious new project in its Machines with Brains "obsession," a content vertical focusing on the development and application of AI. While very much in keeping with Quartz's brand, the package … Read More
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This SB Nation story has everything: Robots, football and 2.3 million pageviews

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest audience numbers from SB Nation. It starts with a long paragraph containing only one sentence — "Something is terribly wrong." — and by the time you finish reading it, you're more confused than when you started. But that's the point of SB Nation's latest subversive experiment. The project, titled "17776" (that's nearly … Read More
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7 of the best Twitter bots in journalism

Ah, bots: data journalists' favorite pastime and regular journalists' favorite distraction. And this article is no exception. Over the past few years, the number of automated bots on social media and messaging platforms has skyrocketed. These days, it feels like everyone with a pulse and a password has retweeted their favorites or cobbled together Github repository of their creations. Read More
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Civil wants to use cryptoeconomics and blockchain to build the future of news. What?

We've all heard the bad news. Newspapers are struggling because of decreasing circulation and advertising revenue, media organizations are competing with Google and Facebook for traffic and layoffs are plaguing nearly every corner of the Fourth Estate. Yeah, the situation looks pretty bad. But have you considered using cryptoeconomics, digital marketplaces and blockchain to fix it? That's what Civil is … Read More
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With a mini-documentary, live interviews and user-friendly interactives, The Washington Post just showed the world how to launch an investigation

The Washington Post may not yet be Americans' newspaper of record, but after its publication of groundbreaking revelations about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election Friday, it's certainly one step closer. The Post broke the news that the Obama Administration secretly grappled with whether to retaliate against the Russian regime after receiving a top-secret intelligence report last August showing that President Vladimir … Read More
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Verticals like The Lily aim to bolster women’s voices in media. But are they going about it the wrong way?

When The Washington Post launched The Lily last week, journalists at several media organizations applauded the move. "I think it’s really exciting to see a surge of these outlets catered toward women," said Sarah Menkedick, founding editor of Vela magazine. "There is still such a significant gender gap in publishing." The news product is catered to millennial women … Read More
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With Amazon Polly experiment, The Washington Post hopes to capitalize on growing interest in audio

The last Washington Post column I came across was only interesting because a computer read it to me. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that sounds like a cross between a customer service agent and Siri. Its "lifelike" reading is dispassionate, and each comma prompts an overly long pause between words. Yet, I found myself listening to several articles for at least a few minutes apiece as … Read More
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Why you should consider shutting down your newsroom...temporarily

There’s a newspaper in my Rust Belt hometown that has barely changed since I learned to read. You know this story. The front page is a mix of town board trivialities and newswire articles. Somewhere there’s a photo of students beaming over an accomplishment. On Sundays, an old columnist hearkens back to the halcyon days. My hometown newspaper isn't alone. Read More
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Highlights and lowlights of journalism innovation in 2015

It’s almost a wrap for 2015, and what a year it was for the media. Here are my notables, plus my two disappointments. Much has happened to advance storytelling. One of the most important, in my view, is that we don’t hear the phrase “digital first” as often as we did in 2014.  It is more about “the story first” … Read More
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Personalized text messages: The new push notification

BuzzFeed's news app has several options for push notifications. I have a confession to make: I recently turned off all push notifications on my phone. My reason for doing so was simple: When breaking news happened, my phone buzzed like a gnat. Not just one time — but several times because I have several news apps installed on my … Read More
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Designing journalism products for accessibility

A few months ago, I went over my friend Betty’s apartment to drop off some spaghetti and meatballs. Betty is 89 and a news junkie. After we sat down and drank some tea, she asked me to help her find some news stories she wanted to read on her iPad. “Sure,” I said, as we peered at her screen. “Why … Read More
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2015 was not the year of HTTPS for news organizations

(Photo by Sean MacEntee/Flickr) Two weeks ago, I went to a news industry conference and sat in on a session about HTTPS, a protocol for securely communicating over computer networks. The session was sparsely attended compared to the other sessions at the conference, which surprised me. I started to think about why so many people may have skipped it: … Read More
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