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Newsonomics: Can a Bezos buddy act help fend off Gannett’s bid for Tribune?

On Thursday, Tribune Publishing chairman Michael Ferro took to the airwaves, selling investors on his rejection of a seemingly generous takeover bid by Gannett. The company’s spent recent days talking up its potential for growth on its own — notably the planned “content monetization engine” it calls Tronc. In this latest chapter of Tribune’s unbelievable...

Good news, publishers: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)

As publishers’ tablet dreams diminish, are smartphones picking up the slack when it comes to reading long articles online? A report out Thursday from the Pew Research Center tries to answer that question, and comes away with some reassuring findings: Yes, people are willing to engage with longer content (i.e., news stories over 1,000 words)...

With new columns and newsletters, ProPublica is trying to attract new readers and have more fun

While ProPublica spends most of its energy reporting long investigative stories on topics like patient safety and college debt, the nonprofit site has a goal of publishing at least one shorter piece per day. But a few months ago, the staff was struggling to make that quota, and senior editor Joe Sexton suggested that the...

Actually use the material users give you, and other ways to improve audience enagement

News organizations are always looking for ways to engage with their readers, and a report out Monday from the American Press Institute offers some best practices for including audience members in reporting and creating communities around the news. The report was written by Monica Guzman, a current Nieman Fellow and Seattle-based columnist. “This study describes...

Die Welt’s analytics system de-emphasizes clicks and demystifies what it considers a “quality” story

German daily Die Welt’s internal grading system for its online articles sounds a little nerve-wracking. All published pieces are assigned a single score made up of five components and ranked; then a top 10 list is emailed out to the entire newsroom each morning, with some comments from an editor. But editors argue this isn’t...

Vox Media creates a Snapchat Studio, and SB Nation is going bilingual with the help of Telemundo

Vox Media announced a bunch of new partnerships Wednesday (see: corporate synergy), including a new partnership between SB Nation and Telemundo to create “the first-ever mobile, bilingual sports property to reach Hispanic millennial sports fans,” and an expanded partnership with Snapchat to include content from all eight Vox Media brands on its Discover channel. Vox...

Hot Pod: A new podcast power is formed, on Pineapple Street

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue seventy-one, published May 3, 2016. Pineapple Street Media. “Our operating philosophy is: Everybody’s still trying to figure out this shit,” said Max Linsky, quite matter-of-factly. “All this stuff changes so quickly. We’re not going to go in and say, ‘This is the exact format...

Hoping to redefine “trade publication,” Digiday launches Glossy, a vertical to cover disruption in fashion

Eight years ago, Nick Friese founded Digiday Media to cover digital disruption of the media and marketing industries. But media isn’t the only industry that’s been shaken up by technology, and Digiday is now expanding into other areas that are facing the threat and opportunity of the Internet. On Monday, the company is launching Glossy,...

It’s been a good week for making fun of people who are hopeful about print newspapers

On February 29, U.K. newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror launched The New Day, an inexpensive (50p/USD $0.70) print-only tabloid published on weekdays and aimed at women. The New Day received attention for being the first standalone national daily newspaper to launch in the U.K. for over 30 years. “Over a million people have stopped buying a...

In Latin America, a digital community of media startups hopes to make entrepreneurship easier

Entrepreneurs tend to take for granted how easy it is to start media companies in the U.S. The abundance of capital and potential ad revenue and lack of governmental censorship make it relatively simple for anyone with an idea to get something started. (Whether they’ll be able to sustain it is another question entirely.) Other...

Companies will be able to push more marketing at you in Google search, but it’s way too early to freak out

Google has introduced a beta product that lets some publishers (as well as “small businesses” and “political candidates”) upload posts directly to its servers, where they appear in a carousel as separate search results, The Wall Street Journal noted Thursday. (Truly distributed content!) The posts can be up to 14,400 characters in length and can...

CNN politics launches a new iOS mobile app focused on the numbers behind the 2016 campaign season

CNN Politics launched a new iOS app on Thursday dedicated to all the numbers (election results, delegate tracking) driving the 2016 election season coverage. The app offers all the things mobile news apps do now: notifications, mobile-friendly visualizations, Snapchat Discover-esque left/right swiping to move between stories and up/down swiping to dive deeper into a specific...

“Desperate ad-blockers team up with illegal content thieves”: AdBlock Plus now lets users pay for content

For years, AdBlock Plus has made its cash by preventing publishers from making theirs. With its latest move, it’s trying to turn that around. Eyeo, AdBlock Plus’s German parent company, is introducing a new program that would let users pay the websites they visit. Each month, users will specify how much money they want to...

With a scripted daily comedy news show, Mic looks to add a little late night TV to the social video mold

None of my friends own (working) TVs. Left-leaning, smartphone-toting, annoyingly predictable content consumers that we are, we’re instead constantly emailing each other links to clips from shows like John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight and Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal. The other week, an outlier snuck in among our usual fare: a two-minute clip about Florida Governor...

Wired’s making the long and slow switch to HTTPS and it wants to help other news sites do the same

When it comes to security best practices, most publishers are better at writing about them than actually implementing them. For years, researchers have made the call for news sites to adopt HTTPS, a more secure, encrypted alternative to HTTP that both prevents digital eavesdropping and assures readers that the site they’re reading hasn’t been altered...

Hot Pod: As more podcasts become TV shows, can their founders retain creative control?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue seventy, published April 26, 2016. Adaptation. Let me start by saying this: There are very few things in the world that I love more than watching and obsessing about television. And I don’t care that John Landgraf, CEO of cable channel FX, complained not...

A new growth area for foreign reporting: podcasts? With reporters in-country, GroundTruth hopes so

How do you listen to international news, if you listen to it at all? You might catch a segment on NPR or stream the BBC World Service. But you probably don’t get much international news from podcasts. The GroundTruth Project is hoping to change that. The Boston-based nonprofit, which aims to train and support foreign...

The Wall Street Journal website — paywalled from the very beginning — turns 20 years old today

The Wall Street Journal has (almost) never been free to read online. When the full website — then called the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition — officially debuted online 20 years ago today, it was free for a few months. “It was always the case that the Journal was going to charge for its online...

The Guardian’s first VR project makes viewers experience the horrors of solitary confinement

The first thing you notice while watching “6×9,” The Guardian’s first VR project, is how spooky solitary confinement is. The virtual segregation cell The Guardian created isn’t a photorealistic depiction of a real space, but it does convey a real sense of the dread, fear, and isolation felt by the 80,000 people subjected to solitary confinement...

What Serial community editor Kristen Taylor learned from the show’s second season

It was impossible to ignore the first season of Serial in late 2014. The This American Life spinoff podcast was discussed everywhere from Saturday Night Live to the Colbert Report, and it seemingly thrust podcasting into the mainstream. By the time the podcast’s second season, which focused on the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, debuted...

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