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THE FUTURE OF VOICE CONTENT – A NEWS STORY THAT YOU CAN INTERRUPT TO ASK FOR MORE CONTEXT 

  Voice will offer a fluid connection to journalism. It could elevate the role news organizations play in our everyday lives from informational to indispensable. Beyond just asking what’s theRead More…

FINALLY GETTING BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN WE PROUDLY SAID READERS ARE OUR REAL CUSTOMERS

…Perhaps for the first time ever, it is our readers — not our advertisers — who are determining our fate. The implications of this change trickle down from the boardroom to the newsroom inRead More…

COVER POLITICS LIKE SPORTS OR A TV REALITY SHOW, THEN WATCH MILLENNIALS, WHO VALUE AUTHENTICITY, TUNE OUT

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, CNN president Jeff Zucker described the network’s approach to covering politics, saying, “The idea that politics is sport is undeniable, andRead More…

TOO MANY NEWSROOMS CONFUSE BEING GOOD AT BREAKING NEWS WITH BEING GOOD AT HANDLING THE BIG STORY

On the day of the Westminster attack last month, The Times resisted throwing itself into the swirl of breaking-news updates (some of which were misreported) and focused on the deeperRead More…

SOME PUBLISHERS, & READERS APPARENTLY, CONCERNED ‘PERSONALIZATION’ VIOLATES JOURNALISM’S MISSION ::NOT NECESSARILY::

“News isn’t Netflix,” said Mike Dyer, who until recently was president and publisher of The Daily Beast, which tinkered with personalization efforts for years before scaling them back last year. “JournalismRead More…

VICENEWSTONIGHT, 100 EPS OLD, DESPITE RISK-TAKING IMAGE, IS JUST DOING JOURNALISM

What’s hilarious to me is I think the perception of Vice is this kind of, you know, crazy, young, marginal, risk-taking… It’s like, yeah, well, we do do that. ButRead More…

FOR TRUST VALUE, NOT ENOUGH TO GET A NEWS PIECE SHARED; NEEDS TO GET SHARED BY THE RIGHT PEOPLE

When Americans encounter news on social media, how much they trust the content is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it, according to a newRead More…

STILL TALKING ONLINE VS OFFLINE NEWS? YOU’RE NOT EVEN IN THE SAME CONVERSATION AS MILLENNIALS ::DIGITAL IS NOT AN ACTIVITY::

The younger you are, the less the concept of ‘time spent online’ makes any sense. For 14-year-olds, for there to be an ‘online’, there would have to be an ‘offline’.Read More…

65YRS OF VIDEO ADDED TO YOUTUBE DAILY; USERS WATCH 1B HOURS/DAY ::NEARLY PASSING TV:: 

YouTube viewers world-wide are now watching more than 1 billion hours of videos a day, threatening to eclipse U.S. television viewership, a milestone fueled by the Google unit’s aggressive embraceRead More…

NOWTHIS ADDING “MID-FORM” 3-5MIN VIDEO PROGRAMS TO ITS STANDARD 60SEC NEWS CLIPS

  Short-form news video giant NowThis [with2.5 billion monthly video views] is getting into long-form programming, original shows and investigative journalism… Currently, NowThis is preparing a slate of shows thatRead More…

POLITICO & OTHER NEWS ORGS SET 1K AS MAX WORDS STANDARD FOR ARTICLES ::EXCEPTIONS APPLY::

“Some daily stories have been running longer than they need to be, so we’re asking everyone to pay closer attention to story lengths to respect our readers,” read a memoRead More…

LOWER DATA COST FOR SMARTPHONE PLANS BOOSTS GROWTH OF MOBILE-ONLY NEWS USERS

A new forecast from eMarketer projects mobile-only users will hit 40.7 million this year. That’s up 27 percent from 2015, when there were only 32.1 million of them. By 2021,Read More…

POP-UP MAGAZINE TURNS JOURNALISTS’ WORK INTO PERFORMANCE ART, A UNIQUE EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Pop Up Magazine opened [on Tuesday night at D.C.’s Lincoln Theater] with a radio journalist’s audio tale of the hilarious voicemails left for liquor company customer service lines by intoxicatedRead More…

NEWS ORGS SHIFTING FROM INCREMENTAL UPDATES ON BREAKING EVENTS TO FINDING AN ORIGINAL TAKE

“We still cover news, but we’re less interested in the incremental updates, and we like to do what I think of — traditionally I would call it a ‘day two’Read More…

BUZZFEED EXPOSES READERS TO OTHER VIEWPOINTS ON ARTICLES WITH ‘OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE’ TOOL

Oftentimes, audiences will read a piece of news or content and “the same story will have two or three distinct and siloed conversations taking place around it on social media,Read More…

OVERALL MEDIA USE, INCL SOCIAL, IS LESS AMONG MILLENNIALS THAN GEN X, SAYS NIELSEN STATS

Surprisingly, the heavy social media user group isn’t Millennials. In fact, Generation X (ages 35-49) spends the most time on social media: almost 7 hours per week versus Millennials, who comeRead More…

GREAT Q&A ‘CONFESSIONS OF A MILLENNIAL NEWSPAPER REPORTER’ – CHANGING TITLES ISN’T ENOUGH

Digital isn’t new for these newsrooms. How did you see them balancing the needs of print and digital? …Titles changed: Editors became “coaches” and copy editors became “producers.” Their emailRead More…

NEWS VIA THE 5 THINGS PEOPLE DO MOST ON THEIR PHONES  — CHAT, EMAIL, SOCIAL, WEB & GAMES ::WELL, MAYBE NOT GAMES::

“We’ve worked our way through the mobile idiom,” said Kevin Delaney, editor-in-chief and president of Quartz. “So what do people do on their phones? They chat, they email, they use socialRead More…

EMPHASIS ON VIDEO IS AGAIN PUSHING PUBLISHERS AWAY FROM NATIVE APPS TO MOBILE WEB ::MAYBE THEY’LL LEARN:: 

“Our audience is used to going to social apps — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — to find and consume our content,” said Justin Festa, evp of digital at LittleThings. “It takesRead More…

NON-STAFF CONTENT FILLING MORE OF THE WASHPO ::TREND IN NEWS OUTSOURCING BY LEGACY MEDIA::

The use of freelancers to fill in the gaps of staff coverage or to arrive swiftly at breaking news outside a paper’s usual readership area isn’t novel. But in theRead More…