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For news organizations, this was the most important set of Apple announcements in years

There wasn’t a lot of buildup beforehand, but today’s Apple keynote turned out to be the most important for publishers in years. (To be clear, there have been many more Apple important announcements for Apple. But this was the most important Apple announcement for news organizations since at least 2011, I think.) In two hours,...

Facebook is starting its real Instant Articles testing in a few weeks, but not everyone will see them

Think of the five Facebook Instant Articles you saw last month as a way to fend off freakouts. By showing what Instant Articles actually look like, Facebook hoped to put an end to confusion, speculation and fears that the social media company is going to take over news and destroy distinctions between publishers. On Sunday,...

CALmatters aims to make people interested in state government and fill a gap in California

This is the idea: A small collection of journalists, with backgrounds in newspapers, broadcast, and years of investigative work, join together to create a nonprofit news outlet. Their mission: to fill the gaps in coverage on state politics and policy, the inner workings of government that send ripples far beyond the state capital. Ideally, with...

Tracking impact: NewsLynx goes beyond Google Analytics to measure a story’s path in the real world

The impact of Sarah Maslin Nir’s “The Price of Nice Nails,” an exposé of the abuses of workers at New York nail salons, was immediate and obvious. A few days days after the story ran in The New York Times, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered emergency measures to protect workers. The Times translated...

Newsonomics: La Presse’s bet on tablets and its crossover calculus

News of the tablet first came from the west. Steve Jobs celebrated celebrated the beginning of this decade with a few thousand of his fans: “We want to kick off the year and introduce a truly magical and revolutionary product.” Then it came from the East, with Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, the first publication to...

A eulogy for Politwoops, killed by Twitter’s confusion over privacy, politics, and journalism

You’ve probably heard by now that Twitter has killed off Politwoops, the Sunlight Foundation’s project to detect when American politicians delete tweets after posting — often a sign that they realize they’ve said something they shouldn’t. Twitter argues that Politwoops is in violation of its developer agreement. (Kudos to J.K. Trotter, who I believe was...

Expanding the radio dial: Why Rivet Radio thinks the future of audio news is (still) in the car

Though it seems like there are now a million ways to listen to audio in your car while you’re driving — from satellite radio to streaming through a smartphone — traditional terrestrial radio still dominates in-car listening. But as more new cars are now connected to the Internet, some see an opportunity to reshape how...

After deciding to charge for comments, Tablet’s conversation moves…to Facebook

After its publication on May 19, Tablet writer Yair Rosenberg’s story on the Jewish themes in Yale president Peter Salovey’s address to graduating undergrads sat on Tablet’s most popular list for nearly a week. The post has been tweeted almost 200 times, but it’s really been a hit on Facebook where it’s received more than...

Alabama Media Group’s first artist-in-residence goes beyond text to explore the culture of the South

These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they are not original with me, If they are not yours as much as mine they are nothing, or next to nothing, If they are not the riddle and the untying of the riddle they are nothing, If they are not just...

Quartz is trying to make its articles stickier on smartphones with a new “Read Full Story” button

Quartz tweaked its site design Sunday, mostly in ways even careful readers are unlikely to notice. But one change stands out on mobile. If you follow a link to an article — say, from Twitter or Facebook — and scroll down a bit, you’ll see the story fade out and a button that says “Read...

How a group of researchers tried to use social media data and algorithms to find breaking news

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on March 12, 2014, two apartment buildings in East Harlem exploded when a water main collapsed into a gas line. Eight people were killed and dozens more were injured. Journalists rushed to the scene to cover the tragedy, but four newsrooms — The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Gothamist, The New York...

AIR launches the next round of Localore applications, aiming to diversify public media

Localore — AIR’s multi-million dollar project that connects public broadcasters with independent producers to try and foster innovation in public media — is today opening applications for individuals wanting to participate in the latest round of the program. Forty-four public media stations from every corner of the United States applied to host projects. Each submitted...

Pew study: When it comes to political news, Facebook has become local TV for millennials

Need more proof of the role Facebook is playing in the distribution of news? Among Americans born between 1981 and 1996 — a.k.a millennials — 61 percent get political news from Facebook in a given week, versus 37 percent who get it from local TV. That’s according to a new Pew Research Center study released...

The Apple Watch will expose how little publishers know about their readers

I’ve spent the past few weeks with a town crier attached to my wrist. Or at least that’s the best metaphor I can come up with for what wearing an Apple Watch does for (to?) a news-interested consumer. It’s tweaked the modern American condition — constantly fiddling with your smartphone — with a system of...

Newsonomics: The Vox/Recode deal is a sign of more consolidation to come

Vox Media’s acquisition of Recode appears to be a relatively small deal. No dollar amount was disclosed; Vox is trading a little of its stock for a highly regarded but underperforming tech-business site. The deal, though, is part of a much larger trend of media consolidation and tells us a lot about today’s largely me-too...

News as a design challenge: New ideas for news’ future from MIT

Every spring at MIT, Ethan Zuckerman teaches a class called “Future of News and Participatory Media.” It’s a class tailor-made for people who read Nieman Lab, because Zuckerman’s approach is treating news “as a design and engineering challenge.” (Not coincidentally, it’s a class you’ll often find Nieman Fellows and Lab staffers attending.) From the syllabus:...

New word count, new skill set: Why Vox’s Racked hired a reports editor

Longform may get all the attention these days, but Racked — the style, shopping, and beauty site that Vox Media acquired when it bought the Curbed.com network in 2013 — is seeing a sweet spot in the middle. The site announced Tuesday that it has hired Meredith Haggerty, formerly the host of the podcast TLDR,...

The scariest chart in Mary Meeker’s slide deck for newspapers has gotten even a little scarier

It’s an annual moment of print realism here at Nieman Lab: The posting of the attention slide from Mary Meeker’s state-of-the-Internet slide deck. It’s enough of a tradition that I can now copy-and-paste from multiple versions of this post. Here’s a sentence from the 2013 version: For those who don’t know it, Meeker — formerly...

What is Data.gov doing wrong? And how could it get better?

When Jacob Harris left The New York Times last month to work for the federal government at 18F — a sort of in-house digital consultancy to up the digital smarts of government — one could imagine the benefits of having a skilled data journalist now working on the inside. Someone who’d spent lots of time...

What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for Medium and Twitter

The Mountaineer student newspaper at California’s Mt. San Antonio College no longer exists. About two months ago, the paper dropped its print edition, abandoned its website, ditched its longtime news production process, expanded its coverage base, and rejiggered its entire reporting philosophy. It also changed its name to SAC.Media. The result of all this reinvention: A...

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