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In Circa, Sinclair sees a way to attract “independent-minded” millennials (and Sean Hannity)

What’s in a name? When it comes to Circa, not much. The old Circa, launched in 2012, was a mobile news app with some interesting ideas — primary among them that the traditional article should be broken up into bite-sized atomic units of news, which could be rearranged, amended, or transformed depending on the story...

The Wall Street Journal shutters eight blogs: “The tools for telling” stories have changed

On the heels of ending its news digest app and fine-tuning its push notification strategy, The Wall Street Journal shut down eight blogs on Monday. Their topics ranged from legal news to the Chinese economy to arts, culture, and entertainment. The shutterings were another condensation of platforms in the Wall Street Journal’s digital strategy, folding...

This paper has a text marketing editor (who compares the job to picking people up at a bar)

Every day as the clock ticks toward the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung’s 5 p.m. print deadline, Jenny Buchholz sits at her desk in the heart of the paper’s Munich newsroom and reads through the stories that will be posted online that evening and in the next day’s print paper. Buchholz is hunting for stories to...

Two years in, state government site CALmatters is collaborating to make a name for itself

A new era has risen in California politics, and CALmatters plans to be there to cover it. Two years ago this summer, a small team of seasoned reporters and California experts launched the nonprofit journalism venture to serve as an explanatory hub for ordinary citizens interested in how the capital works and why it matters....

If you think nobody’s shared any fake news with you recently, maybe you should think harder

“Of all the categories of fake news, health news is the worst.” This week, a story popped to the top of my Facebook feed: “Women absorb and retain DNA from every man they have sex with.” It was probably the first time a Snopes-debunked story has been so high in my feed, and that was...

There is a Swedish city where the CueCat lives on as a monument to media’s digital failures

HELSINGBORG, Sweden — In the media world, few products have come to symbolize digital failure more than the CueCat, the feline-shaped, barcode-scanning device that flopped at the turn of the millennium, costing magazine and newspaper publishers tens of millions of dollars. More than a decade later, a castaway CueCat sits atop a pedestal at a...

Putting a reporter’s mugshot next to a fact check won’t make readers more likely to believe it

Since the 2016 presidential election, media groups like PolitiFact and The New York Times have expanded their fact-checking operations. Sites like Google and Facebook have given it more prominence in search results and social media feeds. But it’s like the old saying goes: You can lead a reader to a checked fact, but you can’t...

Talking Points Memo doubled its subscribers in a year — now it’s trying to find new extras for them

Josh Marshall, the founder of the liberal political news site Talking Points Memo (which turns 17 this year), isn’t shy about sharing numbers and publicly setting goals for the site. About a year ago, he told my colleague Ricardo Bilton that TPM had about 11,000 paying Prime subscribers, and that he hoped to be near...

You can now use social audio app Anchor to publish podcasts

The social audio app Anchor is on Thursday introducing a new feature that allows users to easily publish podcasts to major podcasting platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Users can initially set up the podcast through the app by choosing a name, art, and more, and then subsequent episodes will be automatically added to...

“VR journalism should focus on storyliving, not storytelling” and other insights from Google’s new VR study

The VR journalism of tomorrow won’t look much like the video and text-based journalism of today. That’s clear, judging by a new ethnographic study (more on methodology at the bottom of this post) from the Google News Lab that examines how VR’s unique traits will affect how journalists tell stories in the medium. Of interest...

The New York Times is now charging for its cooking site

The New York Times on Wednesday relaunched its NYT Cooking recipe site and app as a paid product, part of its continued push toward building a sustainable subscriber-based business. A subscription to the app will cost $5 every four weeks. Users who don’t pay will still have access to a limited amount of Cooking content....

Google News launches a streamlined redesign that gives more prominence to fact checking

Google on Tuesday launched a redesigned desktop version of Google News that introduces a more streamlined design, highlights fact checking, and offers users additional personalization. Google News’ desktop site is now broken into three main sections: Headlines, which features the day’s top news stories; Local, which allows users to follow news from certain locations; and...

With a revamped CityLab, The Atlantic is making a bigger bet on niche media

For The Atlantic, niche media doesn’t have to mean small business. CityLab, The Atlantic’s site focused on urban development and innovation, is getting a big redesign Tuesday, joining a more refined editorial mission and more ambitious business goals. The new site, whose coverage revolves around the core verticals of design, transportation, environment, equality, and city...

In PRI’s Studio 360, Slate gets its first podcast that’s also a big public radio broadcast

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 125, published June 27, 2017. Just announced: PRI’s Studio 360 is moving to Slate. Wait, what? According to the press release that dropped into my inbox this morning, PRI has formed a new partnership with Slate that will see the digital magazine take on...

The Toronto Star, “surprised by low numbers,” is shutting down Star Touch, its expensive tablet app

The Toronto Star announced on Monday that, “after much research,” it’s shutting down Star Touch, the expensive ($23 million invested!) tablet-only app it launched in 2015. The app’s shutdown is accompanied by layoffs of 29 full-time employees and one part-time employee. “The overall numbers of readers and advertising volumes are significantly lower than what the...

Trying to write a killer headline for social? Here are some of the most (and least) effective phrases

Jostling for readers for your listicle on Facebook? Aim for the number “10” in your headline. Trying to promote a story on Twitter? Emotion-based appeals popular on Facebook don’t translate to Twitter. Findings from a BuzzSumo trigram analysis of 100 million headlines published between March and May of this year confirms a lot about the...

“An international audience and a local audience”: How Fusion and The Guardian are changing their coverage of underreported areas

When Donald Trump was elected president, many media outlets in coastal cities were in disbelief. They sought electoral reasoning in the Rust Belt, the South, the Midwest and Mountain West — basically everywhere they weren’t. That meant putting a bit more emphasis on areas that hadn’t gotten as much coverage before. “We are still the...

Class is still a taboo topic in the U.S. The Guardian’s ambitious new rural reporting projects are tackling it

These things are facts: As local newspapers die out, most American journalism jobs left are increasingly concentrated on the coasts, where major publications are headquartered. Internet publishing jobs, in particular, are largely the province of coastal elites. And if you live in a rural area, you are probably not reading many articles by journalists with...

Verizon shows Yahoo News Digest, a finite news app, the door

The Yahoo News Digest, a modern relic of the ancient time of finite news (a.k.a. a newspaper), is being sent to the app graveyard. The brainchild of a British teenager who sold it to Yahoo for $30 million in 2013, the Yahoo News Digest app found favor from users for its simplicity and strict curation....

Do you trust the news, or do you trust your news? In the U.S., there’s a huge gap between the two

“Only Hungary has a bigger gap…” The Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report 2017, out this week, touches on all kinds of digital news trends — see here for Nieman Lab’s general roundup and here for two of the report’s authors’ takes on how social media may actually diversify people’s media diets. There’s also more on...

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