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Ebola Deeply builds on the lessons of single-subject news sites: A news operation with an expiration date

A contagious disease outbreak seems like a good time for some explanatory journalism. News outlets are scrambling to cover the latest developments in the Ebola outbreak with reporting that can provide background on the spread — and any potential risks — of the disease. It’s a balancing act, made more difficult by the worry and...

This study finds that social media use reduces political polarization instead of increasing it

One of the most common complaints about social media is about filter bubbles — the idea that, because you choose your own universe of friends or accounts on platforms like Twitter and Facebook, you risk cocooning yourself in a world of likeminded perspectives. Conservatives only hear from fellow conservatives, the argument goes, liberals from fellow...

Who dat? In New Orleans, The Times-Picayune is making print a little more regular

It’s probably not a happy morning in New Orleans. Despite leading 23-10 with less than four minutes left, a defensive breakdown and an incredibly poorly timed interception left the hometown Saints (my boss’ favorite team) with a stunning loss to the Detroit Lions (my favorite team). But New Orleanians can at least commiserate with what...

BuzzFeed now has editorial and product people in place for its forthcoming news app

Shortly after being hired as head of product for BuzzFeed’s new news app, Noah Chestnut started spending more time with his phone, downloading leading news apps, reading email newsletters, and generally checking out the competition. “I’ve extended my commute 15 minutes so I can read on the train,” Chestnut says. “The context matters so much....

The new Vox daily email, explained

he old email newsletter continues its remarkable return to prominence. The latest move: Vox wants to make explaining the news a little more manageable by telling you everything you need to know in the comfort of your inbox. Tomorrow, the site will launch Vox Sentences, its first daily email newsletter, with an aim at delivering...

California Sunday Magazine has a solution for how to find readers: Pay newspapers for them

California Sunday Magazine, which launched conceptually in January and physically earlier this month, was beloved before its first issue was even printed. The magazine, a project of Douglas McGray’s, is available both in print and online, on tablet and mobile, and aims to tell beautiful, reported stories about the American West, Latin America, and Asia....

An interesting way to pay reporters: Give them the revenue from their own Google AdSense ads

At Business Insider, Dave Smith has an interesting (if a little long) story on the Apple news site 9to5Mac and its founder, Seth Weintraub. (Online publishing about Apple has long been an interestingly warped mirror of the online publishing world as a whole, from the rise of independent stars to the decline of print.) If...

Infiltrating people’s habits: How Time works to engage readers

t was a Thursday in late August and the Internet was whipping itself into a frenzy. The cable channel FXX was about to kick off its Every Simpsons Ever marathon, showing all 522 Simpsons episodes back-to-back-to-back. And in its daily meeting that morning, Time’s audience engagement team was figuring out how to best take advantage...

The New York Times has used newsroom cutbacks to reshape as much as to shrink

The New York Times newsroom is less downsizing than it is “recalibrating,” to use a phrase from Huffington Post media reporter Michael Calderone. It’s an interesting assessment of how the Times’ several rounds of buyouts and layoffs (including the one announced last week) have shifted the makeup of the staff. The Times plans to cut...

The Local, a growing European network of English-language news sites, aims for the expat crowd

That there is a market for news about Europe for people living in Europe who speak English is not a new discovery. Plenty of newspapers have had success catering to this niche audience over the years. And a number of continental publishers view the web as a platform for translating their work into English, increasingly...

The hot news doctrine lives (and earns Dow Jones a $5 million ruling)

Back in January, we told you about a lawsuit Dow Jones had filed against Ransquawk, a London-based news service that delivers real-time updates on financial markets, for allegedly lifting Dow Jones’ news. The company’s statement then: Since Ransquawk doesn’t engage in much newsgathering, they take content from news organizations like ours in order to produce...

The newsonomics of the millennial moment

he new wave of news sites all look like they do different things. Vox attracts those drawn to the populist wonkiness of explainer journalism. BuzzFeed entertains those attracted by its mix of addictive animal videos and a growing news report. Vice entrances with adventurous, less-filtered news video, while Fusion provides both irreverence and context on...

The Aaron Kushner Orange County Register apparently ran into money trouble quite quickly

Aaron Kushner bought the Orange County Register in June 2012. It apparently took him less than a year to start having trouble paying his bills. The Los Angeles Times, which had been contracted to deliver the Register to subscribers, says the Register owes them more than $3.5 million (via OC Weekly) in missed payments. It...

Newspapers are being hit by a new wave of scammers targeting their subscribers

Newspapers are in enough trouble — they don’t need the added hassle of readers sending their subscription money to some random scammer instead of the Circulation Department. But that’s apparently what’s happening in cities across the country. The scam’s pretty simple: Send print newspaper subscribers what looks like an official bill for their newspaper subscription,...

This American Life tries to turn its radio audience onto podcasting with its new show Serial

When fans of This American Life tune in for this weekend’s episode, they should be ready to hear something entirely new. The long-running radio sweetheart is launching a new podcast, helmed by executive producer and host Sarah Koenig and executive producer Julie Snyder. Instead of “each week we choose a theme and put together different...

A mixed bag on apps: What The New York Times learned with NYT Opinion and NYT Now

The New York Times’ announcement today that it was cutting 100 positions in its newsroom was coupled with changes to two of its most closely watched experiments, each just a few months old: NYT Now and NYT Opinion. The two apps will meet different fates: NYT Now will live on with a tweaked subscription model,...

The newsonomics of new cutbacks at The New York Times

It looks like New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson got a little ahead of himself. Call it premature exuberance. The Times had built major internal confidence, riding a wave of paywall-induced exhilaration, and eagerly moved on to what it had believed would be icing on the reader-revenue cake. I called it Paywalls 2.0 (“The...

With limited time to revamp WNYC’s Schoolbook, John Keefe decided to take his team on the road

he New York City school system is a byzantine bureaucracy. Made up of 1,837 schools and more than a million students, it’s a challenge for any parent to make sense of the forms and fliers and PDFs that come their way when kids hit school age. A few years ago, The New York Times and...

Business model lessons, from Ello to news companies

Ello is the new anti-Facebook social network du jour (remember Crabgrass? Diaspora?) that’s attracting attention for its strong stance against advertising and advertising-related data harvesting as a business model. Will it actually be a success? Ben Thompson says no and, in the process of explaining his argument for why not, outlines some Business Model 101...

Why The Daily Pennsylvanian is spending $100,000 over the next two years to foster innovation

With staffs full of technology savvy millennials and comparatively few overhead costs, you might think that college newspapers would be among the most digitally innovative news organizations. But with transient staffs where the mostShow More Summary

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