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U.S. newsrooms seem to be getting a little more diverse. But minority journalists are still, well, a minority

There appear to be a few promising signs in this year’s American Society of News Editors Diversity Survey, which was released Friday. Seventeen percent of employees at print dailies and 23 percent at digital only sites are journalists of color, the 2016 ASNE survey of 737 news organizations found. The minority workforce increased 5.6 percent...

Here’s a peek inside Fusion’s Center for Innovation & Engagement

Univision has had a busy 2016. So far this year, the Spanish-language broadcaster purchased a controlling stake in The Onion, bought out Disney’s half of Fusion, and scooped up the Gawker Media properties (except Gawker itself) out of bankruptcy. The company is also reportedly planning an initial public offering for later this year. And even...

How one Washington Post reporter uses pen and paper to make his tracking of Trump get noticed

Washington Post politics reporter David Fahrenthold is trying to find evidence of Donald Trump’s charitable donations, but he’s running out of paper. Since early May, Fahrenthold has painstakingly chased Trump’s claims of giving millions of dollars of his own money to charities. So far, the investigation hasn’t turned up much evidence of that. Fahrenthold has...

Electionland, a joint project between ProPublica and six other orgs, will create a virtual newsroom to cover Election Day voting issues

For voters, there are many things that can go wrong on election day. While Donald Trump has seeded paranoia about the potential for a rigged election, the issues voters will face are likely to be far more mundane: long lines at polling locations, machine breakdowns, and voter name purging. ProPublica thinks that helping local newsrooms...

Schibsted is pooling its tech and product resources, with a wary eye towards platforms like Facebook

Scandinavian media giant Schibsted, which publishes titles like the Norwegian Aftenposten and Swedish Aftonbladet, is a rare success story when it comes to actually making money on digital advertising, with the continued growth of a thriving online classifieds business (roughly 40 percent the company’s revenue). Now it’s doubling down on its own tech and product...

Hot Pod: The podcast industry puts on a too-big blazer and tries to impress the old guy at the party

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-six, published September 8, 2016. The dog and pony show. Yesterday saw the second annual IAB Podcast Upfronts, the industry event meant to drum up interest in the medium among ad buyers. The day’s programming — which was long, exhausting a full-day affair that...

Michael Morisy: Making government officials’ emails open to scrutiny is key to accountability

As much as journalists hate to admit it, FOIA is not really for them. FOIA is for the public, ensuring that voters have meaningful oversight of work done in their name. Giving a blanket exemption to emails, Slack chats, and other “conversational” communication tools would disastrously break that oversight — and undermine the ongoing American...

Apple is eliminating the headphone jack on the new iPhone. What does that mean for reporters?

Much of the news coverage leading up to today’s Apple event has been centered on the company’s decision to eliminate the headphone jack in the latest iteration of the iPhone. There’s been debate, there’s been outrage, and there’ve been plenty of stories advising users on the best Lightning or Bluetooth headphones to buy, or how...

With its Maker Week, The New York Times is trying to foster teamwork and, possibly, new products

News organization stylebooks had a good long run living only as spiral-ring notebooks. But they’ve all gone online in some way or another. Andrei Kallaur, The New York Times’ creative director of news products, first began working to make his paper’s stylebook more accessible to Times journalists in 2013 when he helped build an iOS...

Snapchat is abandoning Local Stories, its attempt to build local curation into its platform

Bloomberg reports today that Snapchat is abandoning its Local Stories and firing the team that produced them: Snapchat Inc. is ending its daily local stories for cities feature, which pulled together video of everyday activities — concerts, cute puppies in the park — shot by users in locales such as New York…About 15 curators who...

Who are the first digital members of the newspaper industry’s club? Billy Penn’s owner and IJ Review

The Newspaper Association of America is dropping the word “newspaper” from its name: It now wants to be known as the News Media Alliance, Jim Rutenberg reported in his Mediator column Sunday night. With the change comes two new, and totally digital, members for the industry group: the Independent Journal Review and Spirited Media. Spirited...

Video is giving The New Yorker a way to reach new readers without turning off existing diehards

Comma Queen, The New Yorker’s grammar-focused video series, might not seem that promising a concept on paper. In it, longtime magazine copy editor Mary Norris dishes out grammar and style lessons, using examples from current and previous issues of the magazine to illustrate each case. Recent episodes focus on whether the word “none” is singular...

How Boston’s WBUR is trying to build new structures for continuous innovation in public radio

A few years ago, Carey Goldberg, the editor of Boston public radio station WBUR’s health blog CommonHealth, put together four pilot episodes of an exercise podcast. “Exercise is good for every organ, it lowers the risk of every disease,” Goldberg told me, and she thought that she could encourage listeners to work out by helping...

Almost no one really knows how Facebook’s Trending algorithm works, but here’s an idea

So how does Facebook’s Trending algorithm actually work? Very few, if any, people outside of 1 Hacker Way really know, but over at Quartz, reporters Dave Gershgorn and Mike Murphy have tried to piece it together. Facebook last week said it was changing its Trending feature by eliminating the short sentences that described each story....

Hot Pod: Your favorite podcasts, coming to a TV screen near you?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-five, published September 1, 2016. Gimlet’s StartUp being adapted for television. My inbox has long bubbled with rumors of Gimlet getting involved in television and L.A. sightings of company co-founder Matt Lieber, and so I wasn’t particularly surprised when a Deadline report dropped Monday...

“Early and often”: Considering accessibility at Vox, and beyond

One of the projects at Vax, Vox Media’s annual hack week this summer, was not a “product,” exactly, but an ongoing effort to build accessibility guidelines for not just the entire Vox Media company, but all teams publishing online. (The best practices checklist is here, broken down by role.) In an AMA on Designer News...

“But it’s…cartoons?”: Comics and cartoons are coming to life well beyond the printed page

When Kevin Necessary read a story from WCPO — a Scripps-owned television station in Cincinnati with a robust website — that shared intimate details about undocumented immigrant families living in the great Cincinnati area, he recognized something about the photos. “Lucy May [the reporter] couldn’t include any kind of art other than pictures of apartments,...

The rise of mobile could create “a second-class digital citizenship” of less informed news consumers

Few would argue that, in theory, the sharp increase in mobile access hasn’t been a good thing for individuals and society as a whole. A more connected public is a more informed one, and increased mobile penetration means more people are able to connect more often than ever before. But according to a new report from Harvard’s Shorenstein...

Alexa, give me the news: How outlets are tailoring their coverage for Amazon’s new platform

My routine most mornings these days goes like this: After snoozing my iPhone alarm at least twice, I roll over and say, “Alexa, give me my Flash Briefing.” The Amazon Echo sitting on my nightstand comes to life and proceeds to play NPR’s latest newscast. As I force myself out of bed to shower, brush...

The Donald, documented: The Washington Post open-sources much of its Trump reporting

The Washington Post recently published a new biography of Donald Trump, for which the Republican nominee sat for more than 20 hours of interviews. (Still, Trump didn’t care for it much.) The @WashingtonPost quickly put together a hit job book on me- comprised of copies of some of their inaccurate stories. Don't buy, boring! —...

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