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Newsonomics: BuzzFeed and The New York Times play Facebook’s ubiquity game

Intellectually, we all knew that the Internet was so big as to be virtually infinite. But it’s hard to know what to do with that squishy concept. Then BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti outlined his all-in approach in front of a couple thousand nerds at SXSW Interactive last week. He was both surrendering to and embracing...

Jeff Israely: Good content marketing benefits from a smart publisher’s touch

On a recent trip down to Italy, I was thumbing through a thick copy of the Air France inflight magazine. As sleek and smartly organized as it was, the formula was still the familiar mix of fashion and travel pieces, VIP briefs and culture profiles that you reach for because it’s there. But I was...

How a hobby foreign affairs blog became a paywalled news destination — and a business

Like many journalism startups to emerge in recent years, the World Politics Review got its start because the kind of reporting its founder was interested in didn’t really exist at most traditional media outlets. “I was trying to publish op-eds in various newspapers,” Hampton Stephens told me in a phone interview. “And I was struck...

A new Knight Foundation grant will support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard

I’m very happy to pass along a bit of Nieman news: The Knight Foundation has awarded a grant of $223,000 to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard (of which this website is a part) to support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships, which bring journalists, technologists, academics and other news innovators to campus to work...

Atavist revamps its publishing software to push design and readability to the fore

The web made it easier for anyone to put their writing out in the world. But what happens after the crowd gets used to becoming publishers? They want it to look good, naturally. “There’s a stronger emphasis on design than there was before,” said Atavist CEO and cofounder Evan Ratliff. There’s no shortage of options...

A view of what “our possible media futures” might look like, out of The New York Times’ R&D Lab

Last night’s news about news orgs publishing directly to Facebook wasn’t a surprise, exactly — we’ve known this was in the works for months — but it’s been a good excuse to think about the permeable boundaries of modern digital media. Yes, you have a website, but it’s less a freestanding entity than a hub...

A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?

Last August, when BuzzFeed announced a new $50 million round of venture capital investment, a lot of journalists heard a new phrase for the first time: distributed content. The company announced it would be spending some of that new money to start a new division, BuzzFeed Distributed, which it described as a team of 20...

Facebook wants to be the new World Wide Web, and news orgs are apparently on board

This valuable story in The New York Times would appear to indicate the platformization of news has reached a new level: In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an...

This is my next step: How The Verge wants to grow beyond tech blogging

What will it look like to hail an Uber from your wrist? How easy will it be to buy a ticket to see Avengers: Age of Ultron using your watch? And how might a smartwatch change the way we keep time? The launch of the Apple Watch is the type of story that The Verge...

R.I.P. Chinua Achebe, again: The unstuck-in-time life of social media

Last night, my Twitter timeline was filled with sad reflections on the life of Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who had passed away. Another legend and elder has passed. http://t.co/Q33qNQhpux — Lisa Kwong (@poetambassador) March 22, 2015 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Writer, Dies at 82 http://t.co/tPRR316QHy — Julian Gallo (@JulianGallo66) March 22, 2015 A world now without...

What should digital news designed for the elderly look like? One starting point: NewsForBetty.com

It’s easy to caricature the platform divide as an age one for news: Young people read on their phones, the middle-aged read on their laptops, and the elderly read in print or watch TV news. But of course, the reality is more complicated than that. Millennials are more likely to pay for news in print...

Newsonomics: Quartz expands into Africa, with a twofer strategy

Boko Haram. Ebola. Child soldiers. These are the sort of tales of woe that many western readers associate with Africa, home to 1.1 billion, a sixth of the world’s population. Relatively few American or European reporters are based there. As foreign reporting staffs have been cut over the past decade, the situation has largely gotten...

How The Irish Times developed its new (very relaxed) metered paywall

DUBLIN — On February 23, The Irish Times erected a metered paywall on its website, making it the first major daily Irish newspaper to do so. v clever of @IrishTimes to put story of octopus hunting on land behind the new paywall. Now I have to subscribe d@mnit! @harrymcgee — Eoghan Murphy (@MurphyEoghan) February 24,...

The Guardian, CNN, Reuters, and more enter into a global ad alliance

Five of the biggest online news publishers in the world are joining up to form a supercontinent. For advertising. With The Pangaea Alliance, The Guardian, CNN International, Reuters, The Financial Times, and The Economist are creating an advertising network they hope can capture premium rates from brands. Specifically, Pangaea is designed to capitalize on the...

London calling: A look at BuzzFeed’s British invasion

LONDON — BuzzFeed is, of course, known for mixing news with lists and quizzes, so it was inevitable that when British Prime Minister David Cameron sat with BuzzFeed U.K. for an interview on Monday, he’d not only have to address questions ranging from his positions on housing policy and whether he’d debate his opponents before the...

Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it

Most millennials don’t seek out news on social media, but the vast majority of them get news from social networks once they see it there, according to a report released today by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Only 47 percent...

Newsonomics: Single-copy newspaper sales are collapsing, and it’s largely a self-inflicted wound

Have you bought a lonely single copy of a newspaper lately, from a newsstand or a newspaper box? Probably not. Neither are many other people. Single-copy newspaper sales — which not that long ago made up as much as 15 to 25 percent of sales — are obsolescent, dropping in double digits per year and,...

How Tyler Brûlé has extended Monocle beyond simply a magazine for the jet set

LONDON — It’s lunchtime on a Tuesday, and the Monocle Cafe in the Marylebone neighborhood here is packed. All but one of the tables in the cafe’s lower level is occupied while the counters and couches on the main level are filled with customers eating sandwiches and drinking coffee. Monocle was initially conceived as a...

In media companies, the editorial staff shouldn’t be kept in the dark about finances

When a tiny post appeared on Gigaom Monday night, noting that the company had ceased operations and was now controlled by its creditors, every push notification I allow on my phone started buzzing, flashing, and beeping. Tweets, texts, and emails flooded in from everyone I was connected to from my years on staff there. There...

After the archive came down: The New Yorker’s revamped paywall is driving new readers and subscribers

The trick to turning readers into a group of frothing hoarders: Tell them they can dive into The New Yorker’s archive and leave with as many stories as their arms can bear. Instead of parents stampeding the aisles of their local Walmart for this season’s Elmo, you get people crawling over one another to snatch...

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