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The Hindustan Times is working to build the definitive online source of real-time air quality in all of India

A recent World Bank report on South Asian development handed Delhi the undesirable title of the “world’s most polluted city,” with recorded air pollution levels three times higher than those in Beijing. A World Health Organization report last week listed ten Indian cities among the 20 most polluted in the world.1. “The actual exposure of...

Frontline is finding new mic-drop moments for good old-fashioned reporting

Raney Aronson grew up without television. Her mother and stepfather were back-to-the-landers who moved the family to a rural Vermont town when Aronson was eight, grew their own organic food, and occasionally took Raney and her brothers and sisters to the local theater to see documentaries. That gives Aronson, one year into her role as...

The Undefeated, ESPN’s site at the intersection of sports, race, and culture, finally launches

The Undefeated really, truly, at long last launched Tuesday. ESPN’s long-awaited (33 months!) race, sports, and culture site is live, now helmed by Kevin Merida, former managing editor of the Washington Post. The site features four sections — sports, culture, historically black colleges and universities, and a section for shorter, positive stories — and will...

Millennial-focused local startup Charlotte Agenda is expanding its model to a second city, Raleigh

More than a year after launching in North Carolina’s largest city, the local news startup Charlotte Agenda said Tuesday that it’s expanding into the state’s next biggest market — Raleigh. The site, sensibly called Raleigh Agenda, is scheduled to debut July 1, and will be aimed at Raleigh’s growing population of young professionals. It’s an...

Hot Pod: Is This American Life violating the public radio mission by straying to platforms like Pandora?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue seventy-three, published May 17, 2016. Radiotopia lets a snake person in. The beloved Cambridge-based podcast indie label (or network or collective or whatchamacallit) is welcoming a new show to its ranks today: the bildungsroman-extraordinaire Millennial, produced by 25-year-old Megan Tan out of Portland, Maine....

Knight and Columbia launch a $60M effort to advance freedom of expression in the digital age

The Knight Foundation and Columbia University are partnering to launch a new organization focused on First Amendment research and litigation. Knight and Columbia will each commit $5 million in operating funds and $25 million in endowment funds (for an initial total of $60 million) to a new nonprofit affiliated with the university called the First...

Vice’s Motherboard is leaving Slack for a week

I first wrote about news organizations adopting Slack in June 2014. At that point, the chat app had been publicly available for only a few months and had 65,000 users, including outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Business Insider. Now, nearly two years later, Slack has more than 2.7 million daily...

NPR One is getting serious about the promise of new digital audiences for local journalism

The NPR One app, which represents a way for public radio to reach listeners who might not be listening to terrestrial radio (at least not in any recognizable fashion), has been incorporating more and more local news into its stream. The relationship between local stations and NPR One can be mutually beneficial: the presence of...

Pop quiz: How closely have you been following the Facebook Trending Topics mini scandal?

It was only five days ago that Gizmodo published its story on Facebook contractors reportedly suppressing conservative sources in the site’s Trending Topics module. Since then, a certain percentage of the media world spent its week consumed in debate and angst, poring over takes and tweets. Now you can put all that prep time to...

“An essay in bot form”: Text with this basic text bot to read about (and discuss) the bot boom

It started as a sort-of-joke writer Kyle Chayka made a few weeks ago, after he’d been reading a lot about bots. personal chatbots are prob the new newsletters. Ask my bot how my weekend was — Kyle Chayka (@chaykak) April 17, 2016 Chayka then actually created that weekend bot, which was “kind of an absurdist...

SecureDrop use is growing in newsrooms, but security fears mean few will detail exactly how they use it

For newsrooms, the first rule about SecureDrop is you don’t talk about SecureDrop — or not too much, anyway. That’s clear from a new report from Columbia’s Tow Center for Journalism, which looked at how sites such as The Intercept, Gawker and ProPublica are making use of SecureDrop, the encrypted anonymous commutation software maintained by The...

The government’s 18F, with its manageable hours and public service mission, is attracting former journalists

As a reporter at The Sunlight Foundation, Lindsay Young covered campaign finance and lobbying data. During her five years working at the foundation, she learned to code and began building apps and tools to make the data more accessible. But after years of working from the outside to increase transparency in campaign finance, Young decided...

The Washington Post tests personalized “pop-up” newsletters to promote its big stories

One of the most effective ways to get people to click and read stories is also the simplest: personalize content for them based on what they’re already reading. To promote some of its biggest stories, The Washington Post has experimented with “pop-up” newsletters. Sent to the Post’s existing email subscribers (who don’t opt in), the...

From bingo games to brackets, The Washington Post is building “alternative story forms”

Did The Washington Post correctly guess your age and income, based solely on the apps on your phone? (For the record: I am, based on my phone apps, “a single guy younger than 32 who makes more than $52,000/year.”) The guess-your-age quiz accompanied a story by Post reporter Caitlin Dewey about a much wonkier research...

Newsonomics: Facebook’s Trending Topics and the growing power of the funnel filter

Forget the sideshow of mock Republican outrage about Facebook twisting and turning the truth and forcing the liberal agenda on an unwary America. The real story here, just poked at in the mild Gizmodo revelations, is how fewer people are deciding what more people see as “news” every moment and every day. This has been...

We know people read news on their phones. But from what sources?

People read the news on their smartphones (duh). They will even read longform (to a certain extent). But do these smartphone users prefer getting their news from apps or news sites? What are their news-reading behaviors within different apps? And what else do we know about these news readers? A new report released Wednesday by...

A few weeks after the Panama Papers’ release, The New York Times and Washington Post start digging in

The Washington Post and The New York Times, initially not invited to participate in the worldwide Panama Papers investigation, have now signed collaboration agreements with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists leading the project. The Panama Papers, first published April 3, is the largest release of data ever about the secret world of offshore companies....

Hot Pod: Like it or not, audio is entering the Content Wars. How do we navigate that fight?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue seventy-two, published May 10, 2016. “This isn’t about arguing who’s right or wrong,” writes Federico Viticci, a technology blogger who publishes on his own independently operated site, Mac Stories. “It’s about recognizing the divergence of needs and opinions in an industry that, in many...

Facebook: “No evidence” that contractors “manipulated Trending Topics” or suppressed conservative viewpoints

Facebook on Tuesday responded to a report in Gizmodo that it had allowed curators to suppress stories from conservative publications in its Trending Topics module. Tom Stocky, Facebook’s VP of search, wrote in a post, in part: We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true. Facebook...

Facebook’s trending stories leak shows that it isn’t too different from average news orgs: flawed, human, a little biased

Despite its claims, Facebook has never been a completely neutral platform. Even the supposedly objective News Feed algorithm is a product of the human biases that helped create it. The same, it seems, goes for Facebook’s trending topics, which are far from the objective reflection of popularity that Facebook claims they are, according to a new report from Gizmodo....

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