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Messaging and chat apps continue their rise in popularity, especially among young people

Publishers are increasingly looking to messaging apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp as a way to deliver news to young, smartphone-dependent audiences. And these apps have become popular enough that, starting this year, the Pew Research Center has begun breaking out their usage as “a separate kind of mobile activity.” According to a Pew survey conducted...

Press Publish 13: Adam Ragusea on podcasts and the pessimist’s case for public radio’s future

It’s Episode 13 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest today is Adam Ragusea, the host of The Pub, a podcast about the state of public media — mostly public radio. I first heard Adam’s voice about 7 years ago, when he was a reporter for WBUR, the local NPR station here in...

“Behind every tweet is a story,” and journalists’ other advice for new journalism students

You might not know it from the 90-degree weather, but fall is approaching, and that means it’s time to go back to school. On Monday evening, Emily Bell, a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, asked her Twitter followers for their best advice is for new student...

Hot Pod: The Netflix-YouTube-Twitter-Starbucks of podcasting

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is Issue Thirty-Seven, circa August 18, 2015. Hey folks! If this is the first time you’re encountering Hot Pod, now that it’s on Nieman Lab and everything, hello and welcome and I’m glad you’re here! Before we begin, here’s a quick disclaimer which should also serve as a...

How The Skimm’s passionate readership helped its newsletter grow to 1.5 million subscribers

To hear Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin tell it, when they launched their email newsletter The Skimm three years ago, they had no plan for creating an engaged community around it. “As first-time founders we thought of a lot of things, the one thing we didn’t think about was how to build a community,” Zakin said. She...

Will The Huffington Post’s latest international foray build an audience in Australia?

The past few years have been positively revolutionary for the Australian news landscape. From a static and highly concentrated media market, dominated by News Corporation, Fairfax, and the ABC, new players have gradually entered the market, and the next new entry lumbering up to the starting blocks is the Australian version of The Huffington Post....

Six weeks into its micropayment strategy, The Winnipeg Free Press preps for a “slow building process”

Fair or not, Winnipeggers have a reputation for being frugal. So when the hometown Winnipeg Free Press introduced a paywall this spring that included a micropayment system that let readers request a refund for any article, some were worried that readers would ask for their money back after reading every story. “That is true —...

Newsonomics: Why native apps still matter in the Age of Distribution

Does a brand still mean anything in news? Ezra Klein bubbled up a provocative question and raised some good points in his recent piece “Is the media becoming a wire service?” In the Age of Distribution, the news body seems destined to be increasingly disconnected from the news head. It seems quaint to actually go...

How a pop-up newsroom helped a Boston news nonprofit connect with readers

DigBoston news and features editor Chris Faraone started the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism this year because he wanted to produce more rigorous local journalism that connects with readers online and off. The BINJ shares a mission similar to other news nonprofits that have sprung up as reporters, sometimes victims of newsroom cutbacks or seeking...

Digg is building a new commenting platform

The team at Digg is spinning up a new project to improve the way people discuss news on the aggregator. Specifically, the company wants to build a system that encourages conversation around stories and can help create community on Digg, instead of farming out that chatter to Twitter or Facebook. The idea, according to Digg...

How Connecticut’s largest public media outlet worked with IDEO to reimagine its future

Public radio is wrestling with issues like the increasing shift in how people listen to audio, moving from live-streaming their favorite programs to listening on-demand. There are also more existential questions about how public media, with its long history of membership, will transform its relationship with listeners. Those are the big, foundational shifts. If...

Push it: Why the Detroit Free Press is sending out more notifications

It’s been a frustrating season for Detroit Tigers fans. (Disclosure: I am one.) The team was supposed to compete for its fifth straight American League Central title, but the Tigers have a disappointing 55-59 record. They trail the first-place Kansas City Royals by 13 games, and at the trade deadline last month, the Tigers dealt...

The New York Times built a Slack bot to help decide which stories to post to social media

The New York Times publishes more than 300 stories each day. Which ones should editors feature on its many social media channels? While the humans behind the Times’ social media accounts have refined their voice and craft, the process of handpicking which stories to feature can still be laborious and involves quite a bit of...

New Knight-Vice Innovators Fund winners are creating tools for global audiences

Four journalists working on global reporting projects and tools have been named as part of the inaugural class of Knight-Vice Innovators. The winners are funded through a collaboration between the Knight Foundation, Vice Media (first announced last December), and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and will develop their projects in New York City while studying at CUNY....

Push it: How The Wall Street Journal plans to make its push alerts more personal

The business-minded users who download The Wall Street Journal’s mobile apps care when Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says it’s “likely” that the Fed will raise interest rates this year, or that China beat expectations for economic growth in the second quarter. It makes sense, then, that the Journal sends out push alerts on stories...

The Guardian debuts Grid, an open-source image management system

Today in open-source offerings: the Guardian has a new image management system. Grid, as the product is known, replaces a clunky, out-dated, and unnamed system in favor of a sleeker and user-aligned product that, according to a developer blog posted Wednesday, is now fully “integrated with [The Guardian’s] print workflow and is used for almost...

Press Publish 12: Jesse Holcomb of Pew Research on what they’re watching for in this election cycle

It’s Episode 12 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest in today’s episode is Jesse Holcomb, an associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. Jesse is one of Pew’s lead researchers on journalism, which means he’s been part of a lot of interesting projects — analyzing issues like how local news...

Push it: CNN’s mobile notifications unify its various platforms, from television to telephones

Hillary Clinton announced her presidential campaign in April with an online video. This was a big story, of course, but an unsurprising one: Clinton had been laying the groundwork for her campaign for years. And that’s the sentiment CNN tried to get across in its push notifications sharing the news. For @CNN @HillaryClinton app alert,...

Tinypass and Piano Media merge, and embrace “paywall” as a fluid concept

There’s more consolidation in the paywall platform business: Tinypass and Piano Media announced Tuesday that they are merging into a single company, Piano, which will be led by Tinypass CEO Trevor Kaufman. The European-based Piano Media already acquired Press+, which was co-founded by Steven Brill and L. Gordon Crovitz and then sold to RR Donnelley,...

This.cm, which opens to everyone this fall, fights Big Content in favor of the artisanal web

Since This.cm launched as a prototype last summer, it’s embraced a slower Internet. By allowing users to share just one link a day, it eschews a firehose of content in favor of something more considered. It’s remained invite-only this entire time, gradually rolling out new features — an iOS app launched in May — to...

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