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The Winnipeg Free Press’ bet on micropayments will generate about $100,000 in revenue this year

As print advertising continues to evaporate and online advertising gets gobbled up by Facebook and Google, newspapers are turning to their readers to try and make money. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. newspapers with circulations over 50,000 now charge for their coverage online, according to an American Press Institute study, the overwhelming majority via a...

A year into its new original content strategy, Upworthy is focusing on do-good videos instead of clickbait

2015 was the year that Upworthy not only gave up on clickbait, but apologized for helping it spread. “We sort of unleashed a monster. Sorry for that,” Upworthy co-founder Peter Koechley said last March, referring to the site’s pioneering use of you’ll-never-guess-what-happened-next headlines, which dominated people’s Facebook feeds circa 2014. Upworthy has come a long way...

Here are the important announcements for publishers at Facebook’s F8 keynote

Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 is up there with Apple’s and Google’s keynotes for important news for publishers. Today’s keynote speech by CEO Mark Zuckerberg (video will be posted here soon) was evidence of a company in its imperial phase; I mean, its product roadmap prominently featured drones, satellites, and lasers. As more and more...

Partly cloudy with a chance of bots at Facebook’s F8 conference

Day one of Facebook’s F8 developer conference starts Tuesday in San Francisco, with a packed schedule. If you can’t be on the West Coast, the event is being livestreamed, and you can watch it all, starting with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. We already know that Facebook will be officially opening...

The New Yorker Today is the magazine’s new iPhone app for its online articles (plus cartoons)

The New Yorker this morning launched The New Yorker Today, a new iPhone app built to offer users an up-to-date look at content from NewYorker.com. Unlike the existing New Yorker app, which is home exclusively to content from the print magazine, the new app will showcase the latest stories, blog posts, and videos from the...

Live, local, late breaking: On Facebook Live, news outlets take a cue from TV (but don’t call it TV)

Around 5 p.m. on April 1, everyone in our little office crowded around my desk, watching a live video of baby goats roaming inside BuzzFeed Motion Pictures president Ze Frank’s office — a prank by staffers for his birthday. Would Frank be angry? Would the goats escape?? Would chaos ensue?! Five of us waited for...

Hot Pod: How big are Audible’s ambitions in changing short-form audio? Really, really big

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue sixty-eight, published April 12, 2016. We got a real chunky one for ya. Audible launches Channels. If you’re reading this column at Nieman Lab, you probably already know the basics: Over the course of last week, Audible initiated the staggered rollout of a new...

The Guardian’s “Web We Want” series will analyze abuse on the paper’s own site

As most people — and most women on Twitter — know, the Internet can be an ugly and abusive place. The Guardian, which receives more than 50,000 reader comments a day, is taking steps to help change that with “The Web We Want,” a series it kicked off on Monday. As part of the series,...

From Nieman Reports: How new kinds of campaigns are leading to new kinds of campaign coverage

Even in his first big presidential campaign, in a milieu where few people were short on confidence, Ted Cruz stood out for his self-assurance and conviction that he knew what was best for those who surrounded him. He was a fresh face on the scene — as we all were — and he was full...

You can now get personalized Breaking News alerts on Slack

Personalization is one of the central features of the Breaking News app. Users can choose to follow and get push alerts on more than 90,000 topics — from the Panama Papers to the NBA, or anything in between. NBC-owned Breaking News is now offering a new way for users to track stories. Starting Monday, users...

No garbage fires here: Medium advances its quest to gentrify the world of Internet publishing

WordPress, to steal a phrase from Marie Kondo, does not spark joy. When I log in, I see a series of modules that I never use and 11 plugins that need updating. Medium wants to free us from this unsightly digital mess. At an event Thursday in New York, CEO Ev Williams and other Medium...

Facebook’s new advertising policy opens the floodgates for publishers’ branded content on social

Despite Facebook’s unrivaled status as a distribution platform for publishers, it hasn’t always been as effective at helping publishers make money. The latest update to its ad policy might help change that. Facebook said this morning that it will start letting verified celebrities, influencers, and publishers use their pages to post content they’ve created with brands....

From Nieman Reports: Do we need a new kind of nonprofit structure to support news as a public good?

Some observers argue that the media themselves are responsible for the worrisome situation they find themselves in because of their many mistakes and their failure to adapt to the new world. My diagnosis is somewhat different: The media have not hit on the right economic model because they have failed to comprehend the nature of...

The Boston Globe, facing “irreversible revenue declines,” is launching a “reinvention initiative”

On the same day that Mashable announced a strategic refocus away from hard news, The Boston Globe says it’s doing some refocusing of its own. The Globe is laying the groundwork for “a no-sacred-cows analysis” of its newsroom and print business, according to a new memo from editor Brian McGrory. The Globe’s “ reinvention initiative” will...

Want to start a small data journalism team in your newsroom? Here are 8 steps

1 It’s okay to start small. A player-coach plus one developer can build incredible things — TPM’s election night coverage in 2012 was innovative and nationally competitive and built by two people. The L.A. Times news apps team was two people for a long time. 2 Help the organization build on successes. Work hard and...

Here are 6 cool projects that came out of this week’s SNDMakes conference in San Francisco

This week in San Francisco, designers and developers gathered for the latest iteration of SNDMakes, the Society of News Design’s quarterly program that brings together people from throughout the news industry to rapidly prototype new products. The San Francisco gathering was the sixth SNDMakes, and this iteration of the conference was focused on answering the...

Audible, long known only for audiobooks, is branching out into podcasts — and news

If you’ve been reading Hot Pod here on Nieman Lab or podcast news more generally, you’ll know that Audible has been staffing up with audio talent — notably from public radio — to build out original content. And you know that the podcast/audio world has been awaiting what Audible — part of giant Amazon —...

Digital disruption is coming quickly to TV news; how can broadcasters adapt and respond?

Television was supposed to be different, more resilient to digital disruption than print. For a long time, it was. It no longer is. Television today faces the full gales of creative destruction and digital disruption on a scale similar to what other media industries have faced. It is still an important medium, and will be...

Facebook Live is swallowing the world (or, at least, users’ attention), this time with Facebook Live video

“Social media hasn’t just swallowed journalism, it has swallowed everything,” Emily Bell declared in a lecture at the University of Cambridge a few weeks ago. She was talking about giant platforms and in large part about Facebook, which has rolled out (and continues to roll out) features that have news organizations scrambling to take advantage....

NPR built a private personal finance Facebook group that now has more than 10,000 members

Facebook for most publishers is distribution-first, community-second. But a recent effort from NPR is turning that dynamic on its head by putting community at the core. Last October, NPR launched Your Money and Your Life, a special series focused on retirement and personal finance. At the same time, NPR also created a Facebook group for...

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