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Jennifer Preston on leaving The New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms

Jennifer Preston has plenty of experience in the journalism business: “I’ve worked as a city hall bureau chief, a circulation marketing manager, a deputy metro editor, a senior newsroom manager. I ran news administration for the office of the executive editor,” she told me. Preston was a political reporter, editor, and manager at The New...

Maybe “time saved” is a better metric to watch than “time spent” on mobile

You may known Cory Bergman as the cofounder (and now general manager) of the innovative mobile app Breaking News, or as the cofounder of Seattle hyperlocal network Next Door Media. But now he’s got a new email newsletter, Mobile Media Memo, that I suspect a number of Lab readers will be interested in. (Subscribe here.)...

Solutions in Seattle: A partnership has helped The Seattle Times rethink its education coverage

For nearly two decades, a community group on Chicago’s Northwest Side has been recruiting parents to spend more time in their children’s schools. Since its formation in 1995, about 1,800 parents have spent two hours a day during the academic week in their kids’ school for a semester or more through the Logan Square Neighborhood...

It’s small touches that can make a difference in New York’s layouts

In a recent long New York magazine interview with Jon Stewart, the Daily Show host made an offhand reference to a man named Conrad Murray, whom many likely recognized as the doctor who was convicted of manslaughter for prescribing the pills to Michael Jackson that eventually led to the singer’s death. But if you’re like...

After it splits, Gannett’s newspaper half will be ready for acquisitions

CFO magazine has an interview with Victoria Harker, the chief financial officer of Gannett, which is one of a number of news companies in various stages of splitting off its print properties (newspapers, mostly) from its broadcast and digital ones. The positive spin is that it’ll let each type of company pursue the best approach...

In a rush to maintain profits, newspapers are abandoning the art of customer service

We are at least a decade into panicked conversations about whether the U.S. newspaper industry can save itself — or evolve its way through our transformation to a digital culture. For a while, apathy, denial, and the inaction that comes with both were the worst reactions to this wakeup call. But over the past few...

StoryTracker is a new tool to track how news homepages change

Hopefully you know about PastPages, the tool built by L.A. Times data journalist Ben Welsh to record what some of the web’s most important news sites have on their homepage — hour by hour, every single day. Want to see what The Guardian’s homepage looked like Tuesday night? Here you go. Want to see how...

The newsonomics of Talking Points Memo’s native advertising shift

Call it addition by subtraction, or deduction over misdirection. The commercial progress of Talking Points Memo is a telling lesson in the maturation of digital native news companies. TPM was born very much a blog, one of those early political blogs built on single-minded strong opinion and dogged work. Josh Marshall worked solo, building it...

Does corporate ownership lead to media bias? At least not in movie reviews, this study says

Interesting new study (PDF) from Stefano DellaVigna of UC Berkeley and Johannes Hermle of the University of Bonn. From the abstract (emphasis mine): Media outlets are increasingly owned by conglomerates, inducing a conflict of interest: a media outlet can bias its coverage to benefit companies in the same group. We test for bias by examining...

Can mesh networks and offline wireless move from protest tools to news?

In the rush to get from here to there, not many travelers in Boston’s South Station are likely to notice the two blue wifi icons near the Martin’s News Shop informing them that they are now in range of the “Pulse of South Station.” And if they did, they might rightly assume that it was...

What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: Twitter as the new “boys on the bus,” and how we talk about the Dark Web

From the “Dark Web” to BitTorrent, from tracking technologies to Twitter, the world of research continues to produce surprising insights. The following is a sample of recent academic papers and reports that speak to Internet issues great and small, dark and light. Show More Summary

Ken Doctor: The envelopes open on the sale of Digital First Media newspapers

Valentine’s Day may be coming early for Digital First Media this week. DFM’s board and UBS, its broker, open the envelopes, looking for affection. It’s an uneasy love-me/love-me-not time, newspapers’ version of Match.com. Will DFM’s affection for the open market be returned, or will it be left searching love in all the wrong places? Rampant...

Watchup raises $2.75 million from Tribune Media, McClatchy, and more

News video aggregator Watchup just announced a new funding round, a $2.75 million investment led by Tribune Media, the broadcast arm of the former Tribune Company. With this round, Watchup has now raised $4.25 million since its launch in 2012. McClatchy along with prior funders the Knight Enterprise Fund, the Stanford-StartX Fund, and businessmen Ned...

Can Berkeleyside turn an engaged community into a profitable membership program?

If you were a resident of Berkeley, California with free time on your hands and a sense of curiosity, you might have found yourself a couple of weekends ago at Uncharted, an “ideas festival” put on by local news site Berkeleyside. Telerobotics on cusp of resurgence. massive opp for handling things like Ebola @qhardy @ken_goldberg...

Unable to find a local partner, the much praised Homicide Watch D.C. is shutting down

More sad news from the startups-covering-local-crime world. Yesterday, it was Philadelphia’s GunCrisis.org that said it would stop daily reporting because of a lack of funding. Today, it’s an even more noted outfit: Homicide Watch D.C. will close at the end of the year, according to a release from cofounder (and friend of the Lab) Laura...

The Upshot’s vote-estimating algorithm will probably do a better job of telling you who’s ahead tonight

Election Day (more accurately, Election Night) is a great time for news organization to show off a little — to break out the visualizations, the maps, the real-time dashboards, the livestreamed video, and all the other digital tools in their toolkit. Like the Olympics and political conventions, election nights are both big and scheduled, meaning...

Philly’s lauded GunCrisis.org is stopping daily gun-crime reporting

The nonprofit Gun Crisis Reporting Project is dedicated to just one topic: chronicling gun violence in Philadelphia. That focus lets it cover the beat more closely than any other outlet, and it’s a subject that matters (more than 2,000 gunpoint robberies so far this year!). It’s gotten attention from CNN, MSNBC, CJR, the Australian Broadcasting...

By the book: How Belt Publishing led to an online magazine covering the industrial Midwest

Late last month, 4,000 books were delivered to Belt Publishing’s office in Cleveland from a printer one state over in Scranton. “Me — and hopefully two, but maybe just one other person — are going to take them off of the truck and then bring them into the office, so that’s the end of the...

The Texas Tribune is 5 years old and sustainable. Now what?

The newsroom of The Texas Tribune is buzzing in the waning days of the 2014 election. Covering political contests takes a kind of muscle memory, something the nonprofit news site has accumulated since it first appeared in 2009 with the mission of covering politics, policy, and government in the capital of the Lone Star state....

From rumor to out: Tim Cook reminds us that “unpublishable” facts don’t live in an vacuum online

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s public acknowledgment that he’s gay is a welcome moment for dozens of reasons. Cook becomes the first out CEO of a Fortune 500 company, at the most successful company in the world, proving (as if it needed to be proved) that industry leaders can have any gender or orientation. Cook’s push...

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