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Quartz maps a future for its interactive charts with Atlas

Quartz editor Kevin Delaney estimates his journalists created close to 4,000 charts last year in the service of stories about the global economy. That is a not-insignificant number of charts. Charts are a subgenre of one of the most powerful forms of currency on the web: images. They quickly convey facts as well as authority,...

Pando pivots to rely on reader revenue over advertising

Yesterday marked a big shift for Pando: The “fiercely independent” tech site is moving to a membership/subscriber model and is hoping at least 5,000 readers — preferably more! — will be willing to spend $10 dollars a month for it. Editor-in-chief Sarah Lacy and editorial director Paul Carr took to the site to make a...

The Washington Post built a social network for its freelancers to better match skills to stories

The Washington Post wants to make it easier to call on stringers to report from around the globe, and they’re taking a cue from Silicon Valley. The company debuted The Washington Post Talent Network today, a platform is part social network and part job board, designed to make the process of hiring and deploying freelancers...

Attention metrics come to book publishing: Amazon will pay self-published authors based on who many of their pages get read

It could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Amazon.com’s Kindle ebook platform. Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform lets authors...

MinnPost introduces members-only content with MinnPost+

Minnesota’s nonprofit news outlet MinnPost hopes to show that membership has its privileges. Starting tomorrow, the site is launching MinnPost+, a new tier of “bonus content” only available to people who have donated $60 or more in a year. What do you get for your money? MinnPost publisher Andrew Wallmeyer writes: Initially, MinnPost+ will consist...

If audience engagement is the goal, it’s time to look back at the successes of civic journalism for answers

Nowadays, we often seek to measure media engagement by social media activity, web metrics, or attention minutes. But there was a time in the not-so-distant past — before the Internet and social media disrupted traditional media — when genuine engagement really worked. A period when news organizations actually involved people in their communities so successfully...

Q&A: How Renée Kaplan, the FT’s first head of audience engagement, approaches her new role

It’s one of the trendiest phrases in digital journalism: audience engagement. Over the past few years, publications from The New York Times to The Tennessean have added related positions. Now the Financial Times is jumping on the bandwagon. Earlier this year it hired Renée Kaplan, formerly of marketing agency Havas Worldwide and France 24, as...

New attempts to organize Twitter: Project Lightning, and Nuzzel’s email newsletters

Twitter criticism has reached critical mass in the past couple of weeks, topped off by CEO Dick Costolo’s departure. One frequent complaint is that Twitter is too unorganized; when you log in and look at your stream, it’s hard to tell what the day’s most important events are. This disorganization extends to the company’s management...

“The Shire” or “Darwin’s Game”? Here are 4 visions of what journalism might look like in 2025

The future of journalism will come down in one of four ways. At least, that’s what a new report What’s New(s): Scenarios for the Future of Journalism, released by the Dutch Journalism Fund this week purports. And while the study looks specifically at the future of media in the Netherlands, the visions they describe are...

Newsonomics: Could a small Google tech change mean tens of millions to news publishers?

The late April news was impressive and divisive: Google would spend €150 million on a new Digital News Initiative (DNI) partnership with European news publishers (“Google to launch $150 million partnership with publishers”). The amount of money caught the eye, even if it was but 0.001% of Google’s $14.4 billion profit in 2014. Still, to...

Notifications are annoying. Is there a good way to make them better?

If you’re an Apple Watch owner, one of the first things you probably had to do was fiddle with the notification settings on the device to avoid your wrist getting buzzed (excuse me, gently tapped) constantly. A phone vibrating in your bag might be annoying, but a buzz on the wrist is more invasive. Wearables...

Google and Storyful are launching YouTube Newswire, a feed of verified user-generated videos

Storyful and Google News Lab today are launching YouTube Newswire, a dedicated YouTube channel meant to serve as a resource for journalists looking for user-generated videos from around the world by highlighting newsworthy videos uploaded to YouTube that have been verified by Storyful. The social news agency’s expanded relationship with Google is just the latest...

Why BuzzFeed wanted everyone to know about its new news app — even before it launched

If you’re reading this, then it’s more likely than not that you’re already aware of BuzzFeed’s news app. The app launches today, but the minutiae of its development have played out in public. BuzzFeed released an accompanying newsletter product in February; staffers working on the app have extensively documented how they’ve thought about building the...

Google revamps Google Trends to emphasize real-time information

Google is out with a new update to Google Trends, its tool for monitoring all the millions of things people are searching for around the world. Specifically, Google Trends now lets you get a realtime look at what stories and topics people are interested in. Nimrod Tamir, of the Google Trends team, explains: You can...

“This is my dream job”: How one journalist became The Daily Signal’s first foreign correspondent

Nolan Peterson spent last week embedded with the Ukrainian army. He is the first American journalist to do so. But Peterson isn’t a foreign correspondent for a major newspaper, network, or wire service. Rather, he’s the first — and only — foreign correspondent for The Daily Signal, a year-old news site run by the Heritage...

From Nieman Reports: Journalism gets experiential with live events

In 2001, while interning at the Associated Press bureau in Rome, Samantha Gross started working as a guide, giving walking tours of the Vatican, meandering through St. Peter’s Basilica with visitors, telling them stories about the artworks around them. Over the next 10 years, Gross bounced among AP postings from Tallahassee to New York City,...

Crowdsourcing The Counted: How The Guardian aims to put the audience at the heart of its journalism

On June 1, The Guardian launched The Counted, a large-scale interactive project which counts every person killed by law enforcement officers in the United States. Because there isn’t an official tally of police-involved killings, The Guardian used data from multiple sources, including crowdsourced tips and local media reports. The reporting team have been working to...

A Q&A with The Guardian U.S. about its new mobile innovation lab

The Guardian U.S. has nabbed $2.6 million from the Knight Foundation to launch an “innovation lab” within its New York City newsroom. The lab will focus on news consumption via mobile devices. Per the release: With mobile audiences now accounting for over 50 percent of the Guardian’s daily traffic, the lab will aim to create...

Smartphones and Facebook continue to grow as gateways to online news around the world

Further evidence for why publishers are willing to roll the dice and host their work on Facebook? The new report on the world digital news from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that 41 percent of respondents, representing 12 countries including the U.S., use Facebook to read and share news during any...

A central hub for social reporting: Why hyper-distributed Reported.ly still decided to make a website

If you jump onto Twitter at a random point on a busy news day, you may feel as if someone is shouting at you in a foreign language — it’s disorienting, hard to follow, and makes you look for the nearest exit. This is the nature of Twitter and other social platforms now: News and...

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