Journalism-focused crowdfunding site Beacon catching on with news orgs now as well as with solo journos | Digiday

Beacon…has been largely focused on helping solo writers fund their projects since its launch a year ago, it has more recently entered the big leagues, with mainstream outlets like The Huffington Post and popular niche site TechDirt tapping the platform for funding… Nearly 250 writers have signed up for the site since its launch, a big

Fascinating new Dutch research breaks down 16 levels of news engagement ::clicking is only one form::

…Two Dutch researchers have published a paper summarising various pieces of ethnographic and interview-based consumption research (£) over the last decade – providing some genuine insights into just how varied news ‘consumption’ actually is. Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink‘s focus is not on what medium people use, or when they use it, but

News orgs find games good for traffic, beating other editorial content | Poynter

Games, with their Facebook and Twitter-ready results, have caught on with users. The New York Times’ most popular piece of content in 2013 was this dialect quiz, which garnered more traffic than breaking coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, news of Pope Francis’ election and a personal column from Angelina Jolie explaining why she decided to undergo mastectomy surgery.

Designer or journalist? @NiemanLab asks who shapes news selection in apps? ::and what ethics they apply::

When designers create a personalized news app, they aren’t just designing software. They are creating a platform that participates in constructing an idea of news. An app can give you exactly the type of stories you’re interested in (soccer and marmots only, please) or it can suggest and display stories that it suspects you should be reading. You can,

NBC’s BreakingNews app adds proximity alerts, mutes & other personalization seeking hooks to people’s need to know

“First, we reserve our universal push alerts for bigger stories than most news apps,” says BreakingNews founder Cory Bergman. “Then we enable users to set their own custom push notifications for any of over 40,000 topics including places, well-known people, companies, ongoing stories and issues in the news. “And our latest addition is proximity alerts

In a world where everything is “breaking news,” have to figure out what people feel they need to know

The blue represents when people alerted the Ukraine story, choosing to receive a push notification whenever there’s a significant development. This group wants to know immediately when something happens, and they activated alerts at high points of the story… The red represents when people muted the story, hiding subsequent updates from their feed.  This group