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Newsonomics: The Wall Street Journal is playing a game of digital catchup

Don’t just call it a redesign. The Wall Street Journal, like Bloomberg before it a couple of months ago, wants you think about more than appearance, which “redesign” implies for many. You might call the new Journal a multi-platform rejiggering. Importantly, it represents the first major, uh, redesign of the Journal’s digital products since way...

After the launch of its long-awaited web redesign, The Wall Street Journal hopes to spur innovation

Edward Roussel said it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call this past year “the busiest 12-month period in The Wall Street Journal’s history” as the Journal has built out WSJD, redesigned fresh responsive article and video pages, and released new iPad and Android apps. That continues this week with the long awaited redesign of The...

Journalists shouldn’t lose their rights in their move to private platforms

Here’s a wakeup call to audio creators everywhere: SoundCloud does not recognize your fair use rights under U.S. copyright law. If your content contains any copyrighted material to which you haven’t secured the rights — even if you have a valid fair use claim — SoundCloud may take it down at any time. That’s exactly...

How The Forward, 118 years old, is remaking itself as the American Jewish community changes

Almost from the day The Forward began publishing in 1897 — as a daily, left-leaning Yiddish-language newspaper on the Lower East Side of Manhattan — it’s been losing readers. As Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe learned English and began to assimilate, they’d ditch the paper for competing English-language publications. “It is just because they read...

Newsonomics: Are local newspapers the taxi cabs of the Uber age?

Traveling recently, I found myself needing transport from an offsite car rental facility near Portland’s airport. I called a recommended local taxi company and asked if it could pick me up there and take me downtown? “Yes,” came the answer. “How long?” “Soon as we can get there,” came the less-than-helpful reply. I’d have used...

The Dallas Morning News is building data (and sources) through its new Rolodex tool

Like many tools that end up in use in newsrooms, Rolodex — a new directory and discovery tool built at The Dallas Morning News — started out as a hobby project. Jon McClure, a news apps developer, was tinkering around with the Neo4j graphing tool in his spare time, exploring how to visualize networks of...

The Boston Globe’s David Skok on pushing digital change in a traditional newsroom

Our old friend (and former Nieman Fellow) David Skok got a nice promotion at The Boston Globe yesterday, being bumped up from digital advisor to the editor to both managing editor for digital and general manager of BostonGlobe.com. He also spent part of the day here on campus, giving a talk at the Shorenstein Center...

Tracing the origins of modern Internet culture to the BBS world

Where does the culture of the Internet come from? One important origin point, according to Kevin Driscoll: the mid-1970s standardization of phone jacks. While the core technology behind today’s Internet was developed through the U.S....Show More Summary

Its journalism is behind a paywall, but The Times of London’s developers embrace open source

LONDON — For Callum Jones, a digital reporter at The Times of London, every morning begins with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call. Jones is responsible for assembling and sending Red Box, a newsletter from The Times and Sunday Times that delivers a roundup of political news, commentary, and polling every morning. Red Box — which...

What USA Today Sports learned covering the Final Four on Periscope and Snapchat

There’s no shortage of ways to reach new audiences — the challenge is figuring out which are worth investing time in and what to do with them. At USA Today Sports, where I work, two platforms we’re trying to better understand and implement into our strategies are Snapchat and Periscope. The latter launched just two...

INN splits with CEO Davis as it refocuses its efforts to promote nonprofit journalism

Less than a month after rethinking its mission statement and rebranding itself with a new name and website, the Institute for Nonprofit News is now also looking for a new leader. It parted ways with CEO and executive director Kevin Davis Tuesday night after Davis and the organization’s board of directors clashed over INN’s priorities....

The Bold Italic, Gannett’s San Francisco attempt to find a new way to do local, is shutting down

The Bold Italic, a local San Francisco site, surprised its audience yesterday by announcing that it was shutting down. “Together we have built a strong community of followers, contributors, and partners. However, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations,” the site said in a post announcing its closure. “It’s been a great run...

In the world of nonprofit news, different paths to sustainability for local and state news sites

As the world of nonprofit news matures, the good news is that more news organizations are creating ways to increase their revenue and expand their audience. The bad news: They’re still heavily reliant on grants and philanthropy — leaving outlets at the whim of a few foundations or wealthy individuals. A new report released this...

Newsonomics: Why The Economist decided now’s the time to speak Chinese

The Economist is launching its new Global Business Review (GBR) today, and the Chinese/English product marks a small but important new test of Paywalls 2.0 — the creation of new paid digital products short of a full digital subscription to an existing print-based product. The New York Times is reconstituting its own Paywalls 2.0 strategies,...

By building partnerships with other newspapers, The Washington Post is opening up revenue opportunities

More than 250 newspapers around the globe are now signed up to The Washington Post partner program, meaning that subscribers in places places ranging from Chippewa Falls to Tel Aviv can access the D.C. newspaper for free. So far, at least, it looks like a win-win for publishers on both sides of the deal. If...

New report: Local newspapers have done a terrible job building local digital audiences

The plight of the local American newspaper is well known at this point: Circulation is shrinking, print ad revenue is shrinking, and papers haven’t been able to make up the difference digitally. But in a new paper released last week, Shorenstein Center fellow Matthew Hindman, an associate professor at George Washington University, says newspapers are...

The Winnipeg Free Press is launching a paywall that lets readers pay by the article

It’s an idea that’s been discussed around the news business for years: an iTunes for news. Might readers be willing to pay for news by the article, through micropayments, much as how music listeners began buying individual songs through Apple’s marketplace? The metaphor’s always had its problems. An individual song can be listened to dozens...

Newsonomics: A coast-to-coast newspaper shuffle is taking shape

From coast to coast, the spring scent of newspaper transactions hangs in the air. The big one — Apollo Global Management’s purchase of Digital First Media — is nearing completion. Meanwhile, sellers from New York City to southern California test the mettle (and wallets) of would-be buyers. Expect that the biggest transaction of titles in...

The Economist’s Tom Standage on digital strategy and the limits of a model based on advertising

LONDON — The past few months have been full of change at The Economist. In January, Zanny Minton Beddoes was appointed the magazine’s new editor after her predecessor, John Micklethwait, left for Bloomberg. In November, The Economist launched Espresso, a daily news digest delivered via email or a dedicated app, which has been downloaded more...

When your newspaper wants to make a big statement, make sure you’re making it online too

Indiana’s passed a bill that many say allows state-sanctioned discrimination by businesses against gays and lesbians, and it’s led to a huge backlash. The state’s dominant paper, The Indianapolis Star wants to take a strong stand on the matter, so it pulled out perhaps the biggest weapon a newspaper has — a front-page editorial: Here...

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