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China’s news agency is reinventing itself with AI

On the heels of billions of yuan of investment burrowed into China’s artificial intelligence scene, China’s state news agency has announced that it is rebuilding its newsroom to emphasize human-machine collaboration. There are already elements of this in quite a few newsrooms but this is the first announcement (I’ve seen) of a large news org...

With its new newsletter director, The New Yorker wants to experiment with standalone and international-focused products

For The New Yorker, newsletters have become so vital to its digital strategy that the magazine decided that it needed someone to run them exclusively. Dan Oshinsky, formerly director of newsletters at BuzzFeed, joined the magazine last August with a simple, albeit vital mandate: to centralize its newsletter operation, launch new newsletters, and help the...

Newsonomics: Can cross-subsidy (and nursing homes) help revive the Singapore Press?

SINGAPORE — Even virtual monopolies get the blues. Singapore Press Holdings — publisher of its flagship Straits Times — is confronting the worldwide downturn in newspaper business fortunes. The large daily (383,000 daily circulation, print and digital) and its well-regarded parent SPH saw some tough numbers last year: down 16.9 percent in ad revenue, 13...

What the rise of the smart speaker might mean for podcasts (and on-demand audio in general)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 146, published January 9, 2018. Just a heads up: I’m told that the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) will indeed be publishing a 2018 update to its podcast advertising study, which means we’ll be able to get at least one contiguous read of the industry’s...

Here’s who gets news from TV: The elderly, Pew finds (again)

2018 could mark a tipping point: The first time that the percentage of Americans who regularly get news online exceeds the percentage who get news from television. Last year, we were almost there. The number of Americans who regularly get news from television fell again between 2016 and 2017, Pew noted Friday, from 57 percent...

From microplastics to mega-stories: Journalism nonprofit Orb works the global-local angle

Can a worldwide network of in-house journalists and publishing partners have a greater impact finding, reporting, and stirring change than they would have working alone? That’s the bet Molly Bingham is making with Orb Media. Bingham is a photojournalist and documentary maker with a newspaper background who found herself detained in a Abu Ghraib prison...

Mirror, mirror on the wall

In 2018, digital news companies will get bought and sold, big-name brands will miss their ambitious growth goals, while plenty of newsrooms will keep pirouetting amid more jobs cut. And many news executives, mostly white men, will keep getting hired in big jobs. In much of the journalism we will read about these inevitable changes...

What does Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge of fixing Facebook’s issues mean for the fate of news on the platform?

The question had been raised before: What if Facebook, struggling with the global “fake news” problem, just threw up its Like hands and de-prioritized news altogether? In the dawn of 2018, it doesn’t seem as far fetched anymore. Mark Zuckerberg’s goal for the new year (joining previous annual goals of visiting all 50 U.S. states,...

The Offshore Journalism Project would let newsrooms send a “distress signal” when their content is at risk of being lost forever

On March 23, 2006, PrimaDaNoi.it, a local news site covering the Abruzzo region of Central Italy, published a story about a couple who had been arrested for attempted extortion. In 2007, the couple was acquitted, and PrimaDaNoi.it updated its story. It updated the story again in 2008, when the couple sued the Italian state for...

Arabic-language narrative podcasts connect with a new generation in a region with a rich oral tradition

The Jordan-based podcast network Sowt isn’t offering any newfangled technology. But as a platform that both curates and produces its own original, high-quality Arabic-language narrative content, it’s already a rarity in the Middle East. “The Arab youth now seems to keep an eye on what’s out there in terms of good podcasts in their own...

Automated, live fact-checks during the State of the Union? The Tech & Check Cooperative’s first beta test hopes to pull it off

Instead of watching the upcoming State of the Union address with snide fact-checks from users on Twitter or other social media in the background, viewers will be able to see instantaneous fact-checking appear on their device screen as soon as President Trump utters a claim — or at least that’s the dream for Bill Adair’s...

In India, the BBC wants to partner with local companies to develop new ways to personalize content

When he’s evaluating the BBC’s ongoing expansion efforts into Asia and Africa, BBC digital development editor Dmitry Shishkin finds himself returning to one question: “Is our content good enough for someone to skip lunch for?” The line emerged after a conversation he learned that people Kenya regularly skip meals in an effort to save money...

Cross-examining the network: The year in digital and social media research

There’s never a shortage of fascinating scholarship in the digital news/social media space. This year, we’re spotlighting 10 of the most compelling academic articles and reports published in 2017, which delve into meaty topics such as venture-backed startups, artificial intelligence, personal branding, and the spread of disinformation. Show More Summary

Apple Podcast Analytics is finally live (and with it, the ability to see how many people are skipping ads)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 145, published January 2, 2018. Happy New Year everybody! Let’s, uh, see where this one goes. Digits to start the year. As always, we begin with the question: is the industry growing, and if so, how? Here are two numbers I’m using to keep...

The rise of skeptical reading

There is a quiet revolution in the making. It’s about how people make sense of the news. Barely perceptible amidst the loudness of commentary about bots, trolls, fake news, echo chambers, filter bubbles, confirmation bias, artificial intelligence, and so on is the realization that readers, listeners, viewers, and users are becoming ever more skeptical about...

The trust problem isn’t new

In 2018, we’ll commit to working hard to earn the trust of our audiences every single day — I hope, anyway. Here’s what else I hope: that in doing so, we’ll commit to working just as hard to avoid centering a few loud voices at the expense of others. This year, we’ve frequently seen our...

From pageviews to t-shirts

Until recently, going back to 1999, every real paycheck I’d received was thanks to digital content and display advertising. Now, I sell t-shirts. I get that that sounds weird and may be a scary glimpse at your own future, but they’re really cool t-shirts. The company is called BreakingT, and each shirt celebrates a trending...

The future is female

Among the predictions published in this series last year, none proved more prescient than Rachel Sklar’s “Women are Going to Get Loud.” It’s as if Rachel got an advance copy of Time’s Person of the Year issue — really advance. The #MeToo movement has been an efficient juggernaut, blasting open decades of workplace hostility and...

The year of The Washington Post

The contemporary newspaper war between The Washington Post and The New York Times began as a traffic war, with the Post topping the Times in 2015 for the first time in history. The next battle may well be for digital subscriptions, but looking to other measures of dominance beyond just bottom-line revenue is also important...

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