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That friends-and-family Facebook algorithm change doesn’t seem to be hurting traffic to news sites

When Facebook announced in June that it was tweaking its News Feed algorithm — giving more weight to friends and family and less to publishers and brands — fear levels at news organizations were high. Editors stood watchful for any change in incoming Facebook traffic, ready to blame any drop on the platform. But more...

Arianna Huffington leaves The Huffington Post (but not because of the Verizon-Yahoo deal, she says)

The Huffington Post will soon be post-Arianna Huffington. The president and editor-in-chief announced publicly on Thursday she would be stepping down from the site she cofounded in 2005 with Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti, despite having several more years on her contract, to focus on her new lifestyle, health and wellness venture. Thrive Global, which...

“It feels antiquated”: The job of the publisher is evolving (and even disappearing) at media companies

The old days of media are going away, and the traditional role of publisher is going with them. The last few months have been a time of major upheaval for the publisher gig. For magazine and newspapers, the publisher has traditionally been a executive charged with overseeing all parts of a publication’s business operations, particularly sales,...

How 3 publishers are using Instagram stories for visually compelling storytelling

The announcement of Instagram Stories last Tuesday came with mixed reviews, many considering it a blatant ripoff of Snapchat. Allowing users to share real-time life updates, news media have a new opportunity to report from the field while also giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at the publication. Snapchat and Instagram Stories differ as far...

Facebook is adding new video metrics for publishers, including demographics and 360º heatmaps

With video, one of the advantages Facebook has over TV and cable networks is the sheer scale of data it can collect about who is watching what, how much of it they watch, and what resonates most. Facebook said today that it’s opening up more of that video data to publishers on the site. Its stable of video...

The Los Angeles Times built its own journalist-friendly story editor, and it’s now rolling out to all of Tronc

Raise your hand if you’re a reporter or editor who loves your newsroom CMS. You compose in it directly. There are story templates perfectly suited to your writing process, just complex enough. There are no extraneous fields to complete (or forget to complete). Every single person in the newsroom understands how to use it. Not...

Newsonomics: After John Oliver, the you-get-what-you-pay-for imperative has never been clearer

Can John Oliver’s 19 minutes rivet attention as all the bolts and screws continue to come undone in the local news business? That seems a hope against hope — and yet 3.7 million YouTube views of his Sunday evening HBO program say something. Oliver offered no new revelations, but he connected the dots as he...

Twitter is expanding the creation of Moments to everyone, starting with brands and influencers

Twitter has announced that in the “coming months” it will be rolling out its Moments feature for everyone to use and create their own tweet compilations. As of today, Twitter Moments is available for use by certain Twitter partners, brands, and influencers. Budweiser, Allure Magazine and activist DeRay McKesson are among the first to try...

Hot Pod: A new player aims to bring the podcast advertising analytics some want (and others fear)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-two, published August 9, 2016. Art19 steps into the spotlight. “We’re not really pulling ourselves out of beta,” said Sean Carr, cofounder and CEO of Art19, a California-based tech startup that’s built a podcast hosting, monetization, and distribution platform. “We’re just ready to make...

These are some of the coolest experiments in digital news coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics

The Olympics are, like the quadrennial U.S. presidential election, the perfect opportunity for news organizations to experiment with new ways to present news online. The Games are a massive story, but the stakes are typically relatively low, and, perhaps most importantly, the date of the event is known years ahead of time. As a result,...

The New York Times is launching its film and TV recommendation site Watching (in limited release only)

The New York Times announced the launch (in closed beta) of its movies-and-TV recommendation site Watching on Monday. It started heading toward this point earlier this summer, with a twice-a-week newsletter by TV critic Margaret Lyons. Alas, for eager movie and TV nerds among us, the platform is still in closed beta, available only to...

Why The New York Times assigned a foreign correspondent to cover the U.S. elections

It’s an old political ritual: Every four years, in the lead up to the U.S. political conventions, Democrats and Republicans debate amongst themselves the contents of their party platforms. The discussions garnered more attention than usual this year as Bernie Sanders tried to exert as much influence as he could, while Republicans crafted a platform...

Newsonomics: Sketching in the details of Josh Topolsky’s new Outline

Don’t call Josh Topolsky’s just-announced The Outline “a New Yorker for millennials.” Or do. The 38-year-old digital media veteran of Engadget, The Verge, and Bloomberg can see it, and explain it, both ways. I asked the CEO and editor-in-chief of the just-announced site, launching in the fall, what he thought about that shorthand description. “I...

First Look Media is going to stop funding Reported.ly on August 31

Reported.ly, the social news site funded by Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, said Monday that is will “suspend its operations” as of August 31. In a Medium post, Reported.ly editor Andy Carvin said that First Look “has chosen to part ways with us, so we will no longer receive financial support from the company.” Our...

The Guardian is testing putting quizzes inside push notifications (and more) during the Rio Olympics

Our friends over the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab are running another fun experiment stretching the current imagination on what can be delivered via mobile push notifications — this time around the Olympics, which open in Rio today. (Android users, sign up to participate here.) Unlike its previous experiments, which focused on single-day (or night) news...

Inspired by Purple, The New York Times will text readers behind-the-scenes updates about the Olympics

The New York Times wants text readers about the Olympic games in Rio — and it wants readers to text back. Over the next three weeks, deputy sports editor Sam Manchester, one of dozens of Times reporters reporting from Brazil, will send readers periodic updates from the games. These won’t be generic news alerts, though....

On track to bring in $850,000 this year, the profitable Charlotte Agenda says its model is working

Here’s a bright spot for those anxious about the future viability of local news businesses: North Carolina-based Charlotte Agenda says it’s on track to pull in $850,000 in revenue this year, higher than it expected. Oh, and it’s both growing and profitable. The 11-person site, aimed at the growing population of young professionals in North Carolina’s...

ESPN.com has finally replaced espn.go.com, and a tweet about Google SEO may be part of why

It isn’t quite our-long-national-nightmare-is-over level, but one of the significant daily reminders of the early web just disappeared. ESPN’s website, which had been hosted at espn.go.com since 1998, is finally now just at espn.com....Show More Summary

Talkshow has become a new troll-free way to run Q&As, host liveblogs, and talk to readers

Talkshow Industries CEO Michael Sippey likes to use the word “intimate” when talking about Talkshow, the texting-in-public messaging app he launched in April. Intimate at first seems like an unusual descriptor for Talkshow, which lets users broadcast their one-on-one or group conversations to anyone interested in listening in. The app in that respect is about...

WNYC is open sourcing its tool for generating “audiograms,” shareable audio clips for social media

Social media is a visual space: Facebook privileges video (particularly ones that are live or native), a tweet with “rich media” gets more #engagement, and according to some estimates, the Facebook-owned Instagram is now worth between $25 and $50 billion. So where does audio fit into all of this? For the past few months, WNYC...

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