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Troll toll: Tablet is now charging its readers for the right to comment

Tablet magazine announced in a blog post yesterday that they’ll be taking an unusual step to deal with sometimes unruly commenters: charging readers who want to submit — or even view — comments on their site. Finally someone’s charging for comments, about damn time. Show More Summary

The homepage is alive — or, at a minimum, here are 64 ideas for what it could become

Melody Kramer (who’ll be joining us here in Cambridge later this year as a Nieman Visiting Fellow) had a terrific piece up on Medium over the weekend that’s worth a scroll-and-read. She’s been doing a number of projects recently that aim to get outside the news-industry bubble and talk to non-journalists about how they might...

Voice of San Diego, 10 years old today, is rethinking its editorial and tech around membership

Voice of San Diego editor in chief and CEO Scott Lewis finally has everything he wants. “I got the website I wanted, I got the money I wanted, I got the staff I wanted,” Lewis told me. “I’ve got no more excuses. I’m really excited to see how it works.” As the San Diego nonprofit...

With aggregation and translation, Russia’s free-press-in-exile site Meduza is reaching English readers

At a moment when the world’s attention has again turned towards Eastern Europe, a new media outlet is using a mixture of translation and aggregation to bring news from Russia to an English-speaking audience. The English-language edition of Latvia-based Meduza went live on Monday, describing itself as Russia’s free press in exile. The Meduza story begins with...

Slate’s podcast audience has tripled in a year, and its bet on audio over video continues to pay off

The Serial Spoiler Special — the Slate podcast that, each week, analyzed the most recent Serial episode — was Slate’s quickest podcast launch if you measure the time between its ideation and debut. “Four weeks after [Serial] launched, everyone at Slate was talking about it,” said Andy Bowers, the executive producer for the site’s podcasts....

Clicks, likes, and comments: A hacker looks into Facebook’s News Feed

Aram Zucker-Scharff, a content strategist with CFO Publishing, has a new piece about the results of a casual independent experiment he conducted on Facebook’s News Feed. His experiment — which he himself calls “not-so-scientific” — only lasted two weeks, and, as he notes, the analytics data he’s working with is less than perfectly accurate. But...

The newsonomics of mixing old and new

Each morning, 135,000 people get Wall Street Journal editor Gerry Baker’s The 10 Point, his one-year-old touts email on the best of the Journal that day. Around the same hour, 600,000 people get The Daily Beast’s Cheat Sheet, up from just 182,000 a year ago. About 110,000 get Quartz’s The Brief and 83,000 get the...

Amber, a new tool to prevent linkrot on websites, is out in beta

Ever seen a news story from a few years back — or maybe even just a few weeks back — and gotten frustrated when an old link doesn’t work any more? It’s a problem for anyone who publishes on the web, but particularly for news organizations — both because that network of links is an...

BuzzFeed grew its Latino audience the old-fashioned way: with content

BuzzFeed has had a goal for the past year: Grow its Latino audience. Its mix of content did better among young whites than non-whites, and it was showing up in its traffic. The site decided to take action, and a year later, it’s seen results — results that could have lessons for others hoping to...

The Internet Archive hopes to boost its collections through funding from the Knight News Challenge

The staff at the Internet Archive is fond of Raiders of the Lost Ark, thanks in no small part to the film’s famous final scene. A lowly worker wheeling a crate — which just happens to contain the powerful and face-melting ark of the covenant — through an seemingly endless warehouse that contains the all...

This.cm isn’t built for mobile. Is that a problem?

The New York Times Style section published a story this week on This.cm, the Atlantic Media funded social platform we wrote about this summer. While there’s no doubt the platform has grown since August, not everyone agreed with the headline. Are people really clamouring for @thisdotcm invites? http://t.co/IV48wKm1IT — Owen Williams (@ow) January 28, 2015...

Constantly tweaking: How the Guardian continues to develop its in-house analytics system

A little over a year ago, Katharine Viner, now the editor in chief of The Guardian US, had a question for the paper’s developers: Why didn’t Ophan, The Guardian’s internal analytics tool, work on mobile? In short order, The Guardian’s developers built a mobile version of Ophan, and Viner has integrated the mobile analytics tool...

Bloomberg Business’ new look has made a splash — but don’t just call it a redesign

Bloomberg launched a fresh, new Bloomberg Business Tuesday night, to both acclaim and confusion. Change has long been afoot lately at Bloomberg Media, which hired Justin B. Smith away from Atlantic Media in 2013 and Josh Topolsky away from The Verge last July to help reconfigure the company’s digital presence. The new look — inspired...

Newsonomics: From national, Politico expands into global — and local

Twenty years ago, Jim VandeHei took an unassuming job that would later shape the global news empire he’s still building. Fresh out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with degrees in journalism and political science — numerous job rejections in hand — he joined a weekly newsletter called New Fuels Report in Washington. Ethanol and methanol were...

Snapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news

You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn’t1, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that brings news into the ephemeral chat app very popular among American teens and young adults: Here’s Wired’s story on it: At launch, Snapchat is working with ten media partners, including CNN, ESPN, and National Geographic....

Here’s how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future

As the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster, the BBC operates under a royal charter, a formal document issued by the British monarchy that sets out the BBC’s priorities, ensures the broadcaster’s editorial independence, and details the responsibilities of the BBC Trust, its governing body. The BBC was first granted a royal charter in 1927, and the...

Andrew Sullivan is quitting blogging

Andrew Sullivan — perhaps the archetypal news blogger, one of the earliest traditional-media journalists to embrace the then-new form — is calling it quits. The reasons: burnout, stress, health issues, and a general desire to do something else. …I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m...

At Datalore, data plus storytelling means empathy, humor, and games

A handful of Cambridge-area media institutions — including The Non-Fiction Cartel, StoryCode Boston, Harvard’s Bok Center, the MIT OpenDocLab, and the MIT Center for Civic Media — joined forces this weekend to host a hackathon called Datalore that focused on storytelling and data. Around 50 participants, each of whom applied to be there, split into...

Tied up at home? Have some Nieman Lab #BlizzardReads

Tethered to your laptop at home, unable to venture out into the snowy world? If you’re looking for something to read, we’ve got a few ideas. Here are a few Nieman Lab stories from recent weeks and months you might enjoy — if you didn’t catch them the first time around. What does Facebook’s new...

U.S. journalists, the clock is ticking: January 31 is the deadline to apply for a Nieman Fellowship

If there’s one thing most journalists learn to deal with, it’s deadlines. They may not be quite as cruelly enforced in online journalism as in print or broadcast — where presses have to start and shows have to start — but we get comfortable, at some level, with the idea that eventually you have to...

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