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News startup Purple is now a service that lets creators charge people to text with them

It turns out text messaging is the better than Facebook Messenger for the type and frequency of news and information news startup Purple wanted to deliver to its phone-toting audiences. “I think being in the Messenger ecosystem makes it much easier for people to share Purple and to share really interesting and important content that...

Newsonomics: Mort to Ferro: Take My Paper, Please! (and a few other headlines about the New York Daily News)

For much of the winter and spring, Michael Ferro was uncharacteristically quiet. Once he’d defeated Gannett’s hostile takeover attempt of his newly named Tronc, Ferro seemed to cease being the center of the news industry storm. Some applauded; others privately told me they missed his plotting. Now, he’s back. In rapid-fire order, since May, Ferro...

Quartz is celebrating its 5th birthday with a handful of product launches (including a hardcover book)

Since its launch in 2012, Quartz has pushed the envelope with new ideas in distribution, visualization, and the general relationship between reporting and technology. Now, as it’s celebrating its five-year anniversary, it’s introducing a few more. Over the next two months, the site will launch a pair of new, subject-focused editions to join its main...

Are nonprofit news sites just creating more content for elites who already read a lot of news?

When NYU professor Rodney Benson began a study of the different types of media ownership, he was struck at first by the unique American-ness of nonprofit news. As he began interviewing people who worked at nonprofit news outlets, though, he discovered something else that seemed strange. “I was struck by how market-oriented they were,” he...

The Atlantic launches a paid membership program for its “diehards” called The Masthead

The Atlantic is the latest publisher to roll out a new membership program, seeking a new path to more engagement and (most importantly) revenue from readers. The Masthead — the program’s name, as well as a nod to the access members will get to Atlantic writers and editors — is a separate level of subscription, that...

Vox Media’s criticism of a “pivot to video” also reflects the digital publisher hierarchy

In a move to, perhaps, assuage staff concerns that Vox Media will follow companies like MTV News, Mic, and Vocativ in a “pivot to video” (and resulting layoffs), the company on Tuesday published a memo from publisher Melissa Bell about the role of video at the company. She writes: We do not believe video comes...

Frontline aims for a new level of intimacy in its first-ever podcast, The Frontline Dispatch

There have always been stories that Frontline wants to tell that, for one reason or another, didn’t work for film. In some cases, these stories are particularly sensitive, or involve people under 18. There is, for instance, Heather, who was 14 when her father took her from their home in Idaho to Missouri to marry...

Site mexicano apresenta nova abordagem para fazer notícias virais

Se você já ouviu falar do Pictoline é porque pode ter visto os gráficos divertidos do site aparecerem em seu Twitter, Facebook e Instagram nos últimos dois anos. Identificável por seus curiosos explicadores visuais — chamados de “bacon” como uma brincadeira com o mascote porco da empresa — distribuídos em plataformas de redes sociais, a...

These are the most important developments in the podcast business so far in 2017

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 135, published September 5, 2017. Programming note! Ah yes, so we are in September! As you might already know, I’m taking a five-issue break from writing Hot Pod, starting next week and back on October 17, to do the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship in...

The New York Times is building out a new philanthropic arm in search of nonprofit funding for its journalism

The New York Times will now also be competing for philanthropic funding for journalism. On the heels of the Guardian’s Monday announcement that it would be setting up a U.S.-based philanthropic arm to raise money from individuals and organizations, the Times announced on Friday that Times veteran Janet Elder will helm a new division focused...

There’s a long list of old-fashioned parallels to today’s fake news. Here’s one that’s actually helpful

Hoaxes and Hurricane Harvey. The Washington Post’s Abby Ohlheiser has a running list of all the Hurricane Harvey hoaxes and unverified viral stories. “Why do hoaxes go viral during natural disasters?” wonders The Verge’s Alessandra Potenza. A few reasons: People are checking social media more for news and updates, so there’s a larger captive audience;...

HuffPost is taking reporters on a “listening tour,” seeking stories, new readers, data, and solidarity

HuffPost is taking its show on the road starting this month, with a bus tour of 25 cities across the U.S. Since Lydia Polgreen became editor-in-chief of HuffPost (née The Huffington Post) this past January, she’s spoken widely about the ways in which the digital publication will be taking up the mantle of the metro...

This Korean incubator gives young media entrepreneurs a launchpad in a rough environment for startups

“Change the story, change the world,” South Korean media consultant Jungsoo Kang told aspiring journalists and entrepreneurs in a lecture on the digital media business at Yonsei University in Seoul, back in 2014. After consulting for some of the country’s top media companies — from Korea Economic Daily to Vogue to the Yonhap News Agency...

With its first Facebook Messenger bot, ProPublica is collecting reader stories about hate speech

The big tech companies have long clung to the idea that their platforms are driven solely by the bias-free, objective realities of their algorithms. But of course the truth is more complicated: Behind those algorithms are people, and, when it comes to policing hate speech, the only thing consistent, it seems, is inconsistency. Back in June,...

Take OpenNews’ new survey for tech journalists by September 9

OpenNews’ second survey aimed at journalism-focused developers and code-focused journalists — “News Nerds,” as it refers to them — opened Wednesday and runs through September 9. You can take it here. Through the survey, done in partnership with Google News Lab, OpenNews hopes to learn more about the community’s demographics and experience working in newsrooms....

Ev Williams on Medium’s Spotify-ish future, why publishers left, and why he changed his mind about ads

It can be tempting to write Medium off for dead. The company laid off a third of its staff earlier this year. The bigger-name publishers who migrated to Medium have left. (Goodbye to: The Ringer, Backchannel, The Awl, Pacific Standard, Film School Rejects, ThinkProgress.) They mostly returned to WordPress — or in The Ringer’s case,...

From a former CNN producer, The Cipher Brief covers national security way beyond cable news

In the nine years she spent working for CNN — first as an executive producer and then as a national security and intelligence correspondent — Suzanne Kelly began thinking that there was a gap in the market for credible information about national security issues. TV news allotted just 30 to 45 seconds to cover most...

Stories about Russia “are so hot right now” — so BuzzFeed is partnering with Meduza for more substantive Russia reporting

You may have noticed: Interest in news out of and about Russia is high these days. “In 2016 and 2017, for reasons that I’m sure are fairly obvious, there was a spike of interest in the U.S. in stories coming out of Russia,” Ivan Kolpakov, Meduza’s editor-in-chief, told me. “Audience-wise, I think Russia stories are...

In the U.K., the BBC, The Guardian, and Mail Online dominate readers’ attentions on desktop

News organizations vying for readership in the U.K. are fighting a hard fight against three well-established giants. Stories from the BBC, the Guardian, and Mail Online accounted for 63 percent of what readers read during mid-March through mid-April 2017, according to Reuters Institute research published on Tuesday. (The BBC’s share alone: 39 percent.) The same...

Which is the bigger morning news podcast, The Daily or NPR’s Up First? And does it matter?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 134, published August 29, 2017. Art19 closes out a busy August. Last week, the California-based technology company announced a $7.5 million Series A funding round led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and DCM Ventures. This makes Art19 the third podcast venture to issue such...

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