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How do you get millennials to care about local news? The Charlotte Observer is testing out one idea

Every weekday at 7 a.m., the countdown clock atop the Charlotte Five homepage resets — counting the hours, minutes, and seconds until another batch of five stories are posted. That’s the hook behind Charlotte Five, launched last November by The Charlotte Observer: As its name suggests, the site only publishes five stories per day. The...

Don’t let that CNN deal get you too excited about drone journalism yet

Yesterday, CNN announced that it had struck a deal with the feds that represents some progress for those interested in using drones for journalism: CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the...Show More Summary

Gawker, ever restless in restructuring its infrastructure, is stepping back from the stream

Even though it’s very nearly a senior citizen in online news terms, you have to admire Gawker’s willingness to regularly rethink fundamental aspects of its structure. Significant redesigns and rethinkings come once a year or so, and they’re a good window into how some smart people are thinking about the state of online publishing at...

Shuffle wants to use Tinder-style swiping to learn what news you want on your phone

In many ways, Alex Skatell seems like the last person in the world who would be developing a news product that could be described as anti-clickbait. After all, Skatell launched the Independent Journal Review (IJReview for short), an Upworthy-style viral aggregation site that now receives over 30 million unique visitors a month and ranks within...

Is publishers’ Facebook free ride coming to a end?

The Awl’s John Herrman is our depressive Virgil, guiding us share-button-by-share-button through the circles of modern online publishing hell. He writes regularly about the economics and semiotics of putting information on the web, the sort of pieces that make you drink. Even as he embraces his status as the internet's anti-Pangloss, Herrman is enormously insightful....

Why Philadelphia’s Gun Crisis Reporting Project couldn’t make it

ithin the first few weeks of his participation this fall in the Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab — a semester-long program run by two University of Pennsylvania professors that helps social entrepreneurs incubate ideas to improve the city — Jim MacMillan had a sense of where he could have improved the Gun Crisis Reporting Project. MacMillan...

Unseen forces: NPR looks to build a broader digital audience with its new show Invisibilia

The story of NPR’s new show Invisibilia starts with a butcher knife. Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller were taking a walk during some downtime at the Third Coast Conference and, as sometimes is the case during meandering walks at audio storytelling confabs, the conversation turned to psychology and how people interpret their thoughts. It was...

Q&A: How Alan Taylor, online photography pioneer, is rethinking The Atlantic’s photo site

On Monday, NASA released a high definition version of one of its most iconic photos ever, the Pillars of Creation — a shot from the Hubble Space Telescope that shows three massive columns of gas about 6,500 light years away. Atlantic senior editor Alan Taylor, who runs the site’s In Focus photography blog, knew immediately...

Why aren’t more newspaper cutting the number of days they print each week?

The start of a new year seems to be a good time to rehash the old question: What if newspapers just gave up their print editions and went digital-only? Could they survive? As many had done before, in 2012, Frédéric Filloux (digital operations director of Groupe Les Echos and co-proprietor of the estimable Monday Note)...

Gawker Media’s independent Kinja posts apparently aren’t generating a ton of traffic

Platisher — the ugliest journalism word of 2014 — lives on in 2015. (Despite the fact that I can’t hear it without thinking: “Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole.”) It survives because it’s useful, describing a very of-the-moment idea: an online outfit that is both a publisher (paying staff or other contributors...

What to do when a student journalist isn’t ready to produce for the public? Ask lots of them to

Students can no more be expected to produce publishable journalism by themselves than caterpillars can be expected to fly. This fact should be a consolation to journalism educators such as myself — were it not true, we’d be out of the cocoon business. But a growing number of new or revamped journalism programs at colleges...

Cut the excuses: Diversity takes work

Patriarchy, it’s time. You’ve had a good run there, turning a blind eye to diversity on one hand and trumpeting meritocracy on the other, as though both those things together means you’re so gosh-darn focused on quality that you just don’t see race, gender, or class. But the jig is up, and has been for...

Encouraging engagement, accepting anonymity

In comments sections of news articles and blog posts, it’s not uncommon to see someone quip “I went straight to the comments.” Many newsreaders actively seek not just to read articles when they come to a website, but also to engage on hot-button issues in politics, entertainment, or sports. Engagement is a primary appeal of...

News in a remix-focused culture

We aren’t ready for Vine. Hell, we weren’t ready for Tumblr. We still don’t know what to do with Instagram. For all our talk of disruption, most people in media are still more familiar with Snow Fall than the Schmoney Dance. If we are serious about news being for all the people (word to Juan...

What does it mean to run “product” in a news organization? Hayley Nelson’s big challenge at Wired

f there’s a news outlet you would expect to be ahead of the curve in digital media, it might be Wired. The San Francisco-based magazine of technology has been at it longer than just about anyone; it launched HotWired.com back in 1994, with completely different content from the print magazine. Its creators, whose efforts were chronicled by Kyle...

Complicating the network: The year in social media research

This column has again reviewed hundreds of papers over the past year and tried to select a diverse mix of research that speaks to important issues. Here are a dozen papers from 2014 that we feel may be worth your time. We asked Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor in the School of Journalism & Media...

Los Angeles is the content future

From where I stand, 2015 is going to be a big year. Sure, I can tell you about wearables reaching a new level of maturity. Likely not Google Glass in its current form, but the next wave of devices that include not only the Oculus (developed by a former journalism major) but also Samsung and...

Reporters, designers, and developers become BFFs

If you Google “integrated newsroom,” you’ll see loads of search results for articles, op-eds, presentations, academic papers, and even images of seating charts. (This one makes me chuckle a little.) Everyone has their own definition of what this buzzword-y phrase means (as is often the case with buzzwords), but even so, I’ll throw mine onto...

A thaw in the newsroom glacier

Here is hoping 2015 will see: — The Pulitzer Prizes are not given to the same annual one-day wonders. — Stories on Jill Abramson morph into stories from Jill Abramson. — More math — any math — in all those gushy profiles of new media startups and journalism’s saviors. — A Journalist Rescue Fund, one...

More listening, more collaborating

The conversation around the disruption of the news is surrounded by fear. We pick apart the successes and failures of massive media experiments with little sensitivity for the humans behind the screen. But even as editors and owners clash and journalists and technologists are pitted against each other, a movement of collaboration and experimentation rises,...

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