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Stories about Russia “are so hot right now” — so BuzzFeed is partnering with Meduza for more substantive Russia reporting

You may have noticed: Interest in news out of and about Russia is high these days. “In 2016 and 2017, for reasons that I’m sure are fairly obvious, there was a spike of interest in the U.S. in stories coming out of Russia,” Ivan Kolpakov, Meduza’s editor-in-chief, told me. “Audience-wise, I think Russia stories are...

In the U.K., the BBC, The Guardian, and Mail Online dominate readers’ attentions on desktop

News organizations vying for readership in the U.K. are fighting a hard fight against three well-established giants. Stories from the BBC, the Guardian, and Mail Online accounted for 63 percent of what readers read during mid-March through mid-April 2017, according to Reuters Institute research published on Tuesday. (The BBC’s share alone: 39 percent.) The same...

Which is the bigger morning news podcast, The Daily or NPR’s Up First? And does it matter?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 134, published August 29, 2017. Art19 closes out a busy August. Last week, the California-based technology company announced a $7.5 million Series A funding round led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and DCM Ventures. This makes Art19 the third podcast venture to issue such...

Could The Guardian’s quest for philanthropic support squeeze out other news nonprofits?

The Guardian, wounded by the downturn in the advertising market, is hoping that big donors can help pick up the slack. On Monday, The Guardian formally announced the creation of theguardian.org, a U.S.-based philanthropic arm formed to raise money from individuals and organizations (including think tanks and corporate foundations) looking to fund journalism on particular...

Pictoline ilustra las redes sociales (y a los anunciantes les encanta)

Si el nombre Pictoline te suena, es porque seguramente hayas visto sus gráficos divertidos y astutos en Twitter, Facebook e Instagram muy a menudo a lo largo de los últimos dos años. Los reconocemos por sus cápsulas explicativas visuales — que el equipo denomina “bacons” como un gesto a su mascota de un cerdito —...

Want more audience engagement in video form? This startup is betting there’s a business in there

Three years ago, Davide Mancini was trying to make it work as a freelance journalist, after studying war and conflict reporting in graduate school. “Many times, I found myself wanting to ask the same question to a large number of people, all at the same time — for example, during political demonstrations or catastrophes,” he...

With its interactive news team, Time is finding new ways to engage readers and tell stories

Earlier this month, a few days after Donald Trump said that he would support a new “merit-based” immigration bill dubbed the RAISE Act, Time’s interactive news team had a question: Just how many people would make the cut were such a system implemented? With that question in mind, the team created a short questionnaire modeled...

Is “platform” the right metaphor for the technology companies that dominate digital media?

Sometimes a metaphor settles into everyday use so comfortably, it can be picked back up to extend its meaning away from what it now describes — a metaphor doing metaphorical service. Platform has certainly done that. When I first wrote about the term in 2010, social media companies like YouTube and Facebook were beginning to...

Verizon’s Oath is tapping users’ comments across its platforms to find news trends

Oath (which, I’d forgive you for forgetting, is Verizon’s new digital division, post Yahoo/AOL merger, consisting of all these brands) is trying to look across its news sites to find patterns in user behavior. On Friday, it released an analysis of “comments generated within the flagship mobile app Newsroom iOS and Android, and across our...

When it comes to the academic study of fake news, “bullshit receptivity” is a thing

“The cognitive psychological profile of individuals who fall prey to fake news.” Two Yale professors — Gordon Pennycook, a psychology professor, and David G. Rand, an economics professor — have a paper called “Who falls for fake news? The roles of analytic thinking, motivated reasoning, political ideology, and bullshit receptivity.“ (Pennycook has studied the concept...

“Alt-weeklies helped make people locals” — what will fill the gap left by their closures in the digital era?

It’s a turbulent time for America’s alt-weeklies. The storied Village Voice’s announcement on Tuesday that it was ending its print edition spurred many eulogies and analyses and oral histories, but the Village Voice’s change comes after a spate of other alt-weekly closures: Just last month, Baltimore City Paper and Tennessee’s Knoxville Mercury (itself a replacement...

Mexico-based Pictoline’s graphic explainers thrive on social media (and advertisers love them too)

If the name Pictoline rings a bell, it’s because you might have seen the outlet’s bright, funny graphics pop up in your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds more and more over the last two years. Identifiable for its short visual explainers — called “bacons” as a nod to the company’s pig mascot — distributed across...

Contextualizar y explicar: las claves de Nexo Jornal de Brasil

Brasil está atravesando una crisis política y los medios deben lidiar con un torrente de noticias de última hora, al tiempo que los escándalos de corrupción –que incluyen a los últimos presidentes de Brasil– continúan saliendo a la luz. En pleno ojo de la tormenta, el medio digital Nexo Jornal ha intentado crear un espacio...

Five months in, the News Integrity Initiative is refining its focus on diversity, transparency, and trust

The News Integrity Initiative — the $14 million news literacy project based at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, backed by funders including Facebook, Craig Newmark, and the Ford Foundation — is getting a clearer path forward. This morning, NII published a new roadmap for the project, which is designed to better lay out the...

Talking Points Memo wants to give readers “access to the information swirling around the collective TPM brain trust”

Earlier this summer, we spoke with Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall about ways he was thinking about adding value to its $50-a-year Prime membership program: What we are looking for are things that are are only really going to be of interest to our core readership, people who are logical subscribers to TPM. Things...

Newsonomics: After a purge, the Los Angeles Times (still) searches for a future

On Monday, the long-time irresistible force that is Davan Maharaj finally found an immovable object. Maharaj, until Monday editor and publisher of the fourth largest newspaper newsroom in the country, got his walking papers from Tronc. Was that a surprise? No. The surprise came in the sweeping changes that accompanied the departure of the Los...

A year after Gawker’s death, here’s how people are remembering its complicated legacy

How would Gawker be covering the Trump era were it still around in 2017? It’s a question on the minds of many today, a year to the day after CEO Nick Denton announced the site was shutting down. That question is tied up in the larger one about how Gawker, a site with significant numbers...

Quartz created a bot that can break news — and wants to help other news orgs develop their own

Since its early days, Quartz has built its brand on in part on infusing coding into its reporting. Now, the organization is close to making it easier for other organizations to bring a similar spirit to their own newsrooms. At the Online News Association conference next month, Quartz plans to unveil a suite of Slack-based...

The daily podcaster’s choice: Try to fit in listeners’ crowded mornings or tackle the evening commute?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 133, published August 22, 2017. The daily show. If The New York Times’ The Daily and NPR’s Up First — taken collectively as, like, an index fund of the daily news podcast construct writ large — have taught us anything, it’s that there’s a...

Platforms wield a worrying amount of power over news and information. Can a more decentralized web help?

While platforms like Facebook have empowered users around the world to publish and browse the web and convene with friends online without any technical knowledge, they’ve also amassed unprecedented gatekeeping powers when it comes to the news and information sources people come across online. (In the aftermath of Charlottesville in the U.S., for instance, web...

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