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Sun - 23.11.2014


Analysis

a “boot camp” for journalists

Reddit is a great training tool for writers because unlike on Facebook and Twitter, users cannot lean on their followers and friends to make their posts successful. Instead, each post’s quality of writing and message is individually evaluated. Each post has an equal likelihood of making it to the site’s front page at its genesis, regardless of its author. Thus large follower bases aren’t rewarded, as they would be on Twitter and Facebook. What’s instead rewarded is concise and witty writing, the length of “half-tweets” — the same skills vital for writing headlines, which in the digital era are more important than ever. And with the deluge of posts on the site (last month there were over 55 million unique Redditors), users must hone these skills for their writing to make the front page.

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-04-04 12:29

WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron’s assurance to Poynter that “some posts can be as short as a sentence or as simple as a link” did not silence the Twittersphere’s response:  “At least WaPo is being open with its intention to kill someone,” Kissing Suzy Kolber blog editor Mike Tunison tweetedDerek Thompson, senior editor of The Atlanticwrote, “nobody has 12 smart things to say a day, it’s an absurd ask!”

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Kira Witkin

Date

2013-03-21 18:15

Founded in 2006, BuzzFeed now has more than 40 million unique visitors a month and has recently been "unintentionally profitable." Much of its success comes from its ability to create shareable content.

“I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how ideas spread,” Peretti said. You could have a huge marketing budget, but if nobody wants to share your content and ideas then it’s not working.

BuzzFeed targets the "bored-at-work" network to share its content. There are “millions of bored office workers,” he said, who blog, instant message, and use Facebook and Twitter all day. This group is bigger than any traditional major news network, he added, and these are the people who make things go viral.

These have been joined by the "bored-in-line" crowd. “I used to hate mobile,” Peretti said, as it used to be impossible to share via mobile devices. But now, half of Facebook traffic comes from mobile, and 40 percent of BuzzFeed traffic, and mobile is becoming a key driver in what makes things go viral. “You can’t go viral if your content can’t be viewed and shared on the mobile web.”

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Emma Goodman

Date

2013-03-13 18:21

The development of real-time analytics continues at a rapid pace, not only to speed up and improve the decision making process, but also to automate it. A new breed of suppliers combines newsroom understanding with expertise in data analysis. Strong relationships with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, et al are essential as sharing algorithms change on a daily basis.

Most U.S. publishers are already using real-time analytics tools from the new breed of suppliers, which includes Chartbeat and Visual Revenue (the latter very recently acquired by Outbrain). And CMS vendors are racing to integrate the tools into their own products.

To find out how paid content and editorial judgement intersect with real-time analytics, we caught up with Charlie Holbech, VP Operations and Co-founder, Visual Revenue, and Tony Haile, CEO, Chartbeat.

Our first question: Of all the tools and functions you make available to publishers, which one do they consider the most valuable?

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Nick Tjaardstra

Date

2013-03-11 17:17

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers recorded 68 journalist deaths in 2012, with the on-going Syrian conflict responsible for the highest number of casualties. The by-product of a globally connected age may be an insatiable desire for information, yet the sad truth is that journalists continue to die gathering it.

While the causes vary, the common thread, according to Guy Berger, Director of the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, is that “killers are not being brought to book.”

The word for this is impunity - a failure of justice and a measure of just how broken a society can become. Impunity for those who attack journalists – whether the perpetrators are criminals, terrorists, or government officials - sends an institutionalised message that it is acceptable to target those who speak out or reveal uncomfortable truths. It discourages investigation and silences critics, devaluing the watchdog status of the press over governing institutions. It allows the powerful to ride roughshod over our rights and freedoms.

Worse still, impunity perpetuates similar attacks, year after year. In the decade between 2002 and 2012, at least 801 journalist deaths have been registered.

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Andrew Heslop

Date

2013-01-31 16:37

Success for a news organisation in today's highly-competitive, highly-digital news landscape is increasingly dependent not only on having top quality content but also in presenting this to audiences in the most effective way - in the most compelling format, via the right device, at the right time. Raju Narisetti, head of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, and former managing editor of The Washington Post, is well aware of this. (The network includes WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com, the language editions of WSJ.com, WSJLive Video platforms, and WSJ and MarketWatch Radio Networks.)

Ahead of a webinar on Wednesday, 16 January, which will feature a range of participants discussing the newsroom of the future, we asked Narisetti a few questions about the role of metrics and other top concerns for editors and newsroom managers today.

WAN-IFRA: How significant a role do metrics/analytics play in your day-to-day job?

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Emma Goodman

Date

2013-01-14 13:13

The Summly (n. “summarized version of a news article optimized for iPhone”) might look something like this: On his 17th birthday last Thursday, Nick D’Aloisio (pictured) and his dozen-strong team relaunched Summly, an iPhone app that uses natural language processing and “rocket science” to automatically summarize the news into mobile-friendly, 350-500 character bites. In essence, the app aims to help you cut through the deluge of “drivel” that inundates the newsosphere, with as much style as Arne Jacobson’s Egg Chair – the company’s logo.

“It’s a representation of the egg chair, not the exact egg chair,” specified D’Alosio in a telephone interview with Editors Weblog this afternoon. “The idea is that chairs themselves are kind of synonymous with sitting down, relaxing and reading news, so we decided to take the concept and [give it] a slight twist, with a really modernist approach and minimalist user interface,” he said, pointing out the two S’s that lurk in the symbol.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-11-05 19:34

There is little doubt that the powerful and famous in France have an easier time of it - in both the eyes of the media and the public - than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts when it comes to their private lives. The scandals of recent and less recent years involving senior French politicians, sometimes involving the sort of baffling sexual complexity and clandestine intrigue that wouldn’t be out of place at Louis XIV’s Versailles, would have felled their British or American equivalents before they could say ‘Je suis désolé’. Yet Hollande is still in the Élysée, Mitterrand was President for 14 years without the existence of his ‘secret family’ ever being acknowledged, and it would be rash to bet against a comeback from the famously indefatigable Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-10-22 18:09

It's been circa two days since the app was launched, so you're likely familiar with the essentials: Circa is a mobile-first media/tech start-up that has deconstructed the article, seeking a more direct way to place news in the palm of your hand. 

This means discarding "fluff," "filler" and "commentary," and keeping only "essential points" such as facts, quotes, photos and maps, each of which is presented on its own "flash card" (two examples pictured).

Today, Editors Weblog Skyped with Circa's founding editor David Cohn about whether Circa's intentions toward the article are murderous, and what a newsroom without reporting looks like. In the spirit of the pared-down, fluff-free news, here is a (nearly untouched) transcript of our conversation.

How has it gone so far? Are you happy with the number of downloads, and the responses you are getting?

So far - feeling pretty good. To be honest, I don't even know how many downloads we have. I haven't looked. But we were the #1 app in the news section Monday and Tuesday. That's always an exciting thing for a startup. Responses have been great.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-10-18 09:32

Last week, The Washington Post launched a new nightly video news show called The Fold, created primarily for Google TV and Android tablet devices but also available online.

“We’re not a newspaper, we’re not the evening news, we’d better not be a web video but we’re some combination of all those things that hopefully is informative and fun to watch,” says presenter Brook Silva-Braga in an introductory video.

It is a half hour show, shot from a studio within The Post’s newsroom, accompanied by footage from out in the streets and around the world. The first episode featured an interview with Henry Kissinger; subsequent guests include Economist Mark Zandi and former congressman Patrick Kennedy.

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Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2012-10-10 17:24

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