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With the rapid rise in popularity of the virtual pinboard Pinterest, newsrooms have been experimenting with ways to use the new platform to share their original content, according to Mediabistro’s 10,000 Words blog. Mediabistro examines how The Wall Street Journal and various other news outlets have been using Pinterest as a journalism tool.

The Pinterest platform consists of user-posted “pins,” or added images, which other users can then “like,” comment on, or “repin” to their own Pinterest account, according to the Pinterest website.

“Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting,” the website said. “With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.”

Popular topics include style, home decorating, cooking and inspirational photos and quotes. Users can also create pinning “boards” focused on a specific topic.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-03-27 14:14

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The Minnesota Star Tribune announced today, April 5, a redesign of its website.

"Today we are introducing a new look for the Star Tribune website, which millions of Minnesotans rely on for their daily breaking news", the site claims.

"Key sections such as Business, Politics, Entertainment and Opinion have been retooled. We've also made Business and Politics easier to find by adding them to the menu bar at the top of every page", a Q&A page says.

Apparently, the site is easier and faster to navigate, and it features more video and photography content.

According to a press release, CEO Mike J. Klingensmith explained the site was also re-architected to enable expanded advertising opportunities. "In addition to a better homepage experience, the new site offers more of what progressive advertisers are looking for: more rich media ad units, behavioural targeting, geo-targeting and search marketing", he said.

As the press release specified, more than 7 million monthly unique visitors generate over 100 million monthly page views at StarTribune.com.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-04-05 17:11

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On February 7 AOL announced its plan to buy the Huffington Post for $315m. The new group will have a combined base of 117 million unique visitors a month in the United States and 270 million around the world. It is the largest merger in American business history.

Reflecting on the Huffington Post's story, Marco Renzi, on the Italian website LSDI, asked some provocative questions about the Italian situation of online-only experiences.

The Huffington Post was born in 2005 as Internet-only news site with an initial investment of one million dollars. Six years later, the site now employs more than 200 people and reaches 25 millions visitors every month, also thanks to a really wide network of bloggers and contributors.

"There would be similar examples in Italy... but the structural differences are so evident that rather than provide hope, they provoke outrage and bafflement", Renzi wrote, "What publishing company would nowadays invest one million euro in a blog?"

A wave of online-only sites has started to hit Italy, following an international trend and new protagonists appear in the Italian news panorama.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-03-22 11:59

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Tumblr has been steadily gaining prominence in the world of social media platforms. The site has grown significantly since David Karp founded it in 2007, current boasting almost 15 million blogs. With a reported 45,000 members signing up a day, it's certainly gaining popularity.

Its price tag (free!) and large user base have attracted the attention of media organizations: 160 already use the site. Many popular news sites, such as The New York Times and Huffington Post, launched Tumblr blogs in the middle of last year.

Newsweek's Tumblr, started by Mark Coatney who was senior editor at the time, was among the first media Tumblrs. "I saw it as an opportunity to talk to our audience in a new way," he said to the New York Times. Tumblr decided to hire him in August of last year to help media organizations use the site to its fullest potential.

The Editors Weblog spoke to Coatney about how media organizations could create a successful Tumblr.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-21 16:32

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When one thinks of The New Yorker, faded, satirical front-cover illustrations, clever, single-panel black and white cartoons, a sophisticated, cosmopolitan New York City-centered cultural section, articles spanning from national to global politics, and its signature "Irvin" typeface come to mind. More notably, The New Yorker has maintained a relatively constant look throughout its almost 86-year history. But with today's growing popularity of online content consumption, it is interesting to explore how this historic magazine has kept its identity while still evolving its well designed website.

On November 30, 2010, newyorker.com's web editor, Blake Eskin, announced several changes to the site's layout since the last remodeling in 2007, such as the homepage's "rotating set of lead stories", which includes attention-grabbing, mid-sized photos or New Yorker-style drawings, a headline, byline, and a line or two from the article. This layout is effective because it allows for ample space at the top of the site, where one's eyes naturally focus, to include several choices of featured news articles.

Of course, as well as allowing for audio and video offerings, the website gives editors more space to include articles, freeing itself from the constraints of its print version.

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Paul Hoffman

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2011-01-19 16:02

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The Daily Telegraph has launched a new look for its website, which includes the change of the masthead from "Telegraph.co.uk" to "The Telegraph," to more closely echo that of the print products.

"We're calling the overall effect a 'refresh,' much more than adding a new coat of paint but short of a comprehensive redesign," explained The Daily Telegraph in a article. The goal was to harmonize the design of the print and online versions, as well as mobile site and the apps.

Furthermore, the home page has now a space to exhibit featured videos and images, as well as a block dedicated science, health and earth coverage. Journalists have their own pages, a press release said, and "each section of the website will have a significantly greater amount of editorial content available at the click of a button." The redesign also hopes to make sharing content easier through social networks.

According to The Guardian, "this is the first revamp of the Telegraph digital presence since editor-in-chief Will Lewis quit" last May. Digital editor Edward Roussel was in charge of the changes, which were carried out by an in-house team of designers and developers.

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Clara Mart

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2010-11-10 18:45

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TheMediaBriefing.com, a "new algorithm publishing model for the media industry," according to psmithjournalist.com, went live Tuesday. The site is part of a new digital media business, Briefing Media Ltd. Patrick Smith, the blog's author, is editor and chief analyst of the site with co-founders Rory Brown and Neil Thackray.

TheMediaBriefing is a "real-time intelligence platform for the media industry," that is constantly updated to bring together all the best news coverage and analysis from larger, well-known publications along with individual bloggers and thinkers, among others. All the content is hand-picked by the founders.

"Our system indexes the headline and a small part of each article, and we automatically link back to the original source at the start and end of each article," states the blog. The idea is to get readers the best coverage available, according to Smith.

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Heather Holm

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2010-09-29 17:06

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An article by David Cohn on PBS.org, analysed six new "journalism startups". The startups were Kommons.com, Storyful, the Local:East Village, Emphas.is, Ebyline and ThankThis.com.

Kommons was started by Cody Brown, who, with a co-founder, taught himself how to code and "iterated like mad," states Cohn. He compares Kommons to 10questions.com or Yoosk.com and to be part of the site, the person using it has to be asked a question. Brown is also trying to steer the main idea of the site away from "journalism," Cohn said. "Brown is avoiding 'journalism' baggage while still providing a community with tools that can serve its news and information needs. As I've said before, we may not call it 'journalism' in the future, but if it still meets the news and information needs of a community, more power to it," Cohn adds.

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Heather Holm

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2010-09-22 16:23

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Every time a new gadget appears, the question is asked among media commentators: "What does it mean for journalism?"

"It's a meaningful question to ask; we are in the future-of-journalism business, after all," said C.W. Anderson in an article posted by the Nieman Journalism Lab.

Anderson, in his article "Yeah, but what does it mean for journalism? A visual rhetoric guide" looked at what different developments have meant for journalism since 2008 using Wordle and Google searches with the phrase "what" and "future of journalism." He then deleted all words including "journalism," "media" and "news" since they were the most common search results.

In 2008, the experiment found that the words "public," "interest," "material," "interactivity" and "information" came up the most. "It was an election, after all, perhaps there was a bit more discussion of that amorphous body we call 'the public,' and how it relates to changes in journalism," Anderson said.

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Heather Holm

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2010-09-22 13:00

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If any newspapers have shown an ability to thrive in a changing industry, the Guardian is surely one of them. The Guardian recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of MediaGuardian.co.uk and its determination to stay ahead of the technology curve. The paper reports its difficulties over the last decade, along with its plans for the future.

When MediaGuardian was first launched on the internet, there were fears about how the site would succeed in an industry that was starting to turn downward. The site had little online competition concerning media news, although conversely in the current industry there are less influential newspapers who support a media news section. In general the website was a success, with Guardian reporter Emily Bell noting "its audience figures and page impressions took off at a trajectory and speed that would not have shamed Concorde. As with every website at the time, audience estimates were dramatically under-forecasted and revenue modeling was wildly over-optimistic." Putting up a paywall was considered in 2001, although the experiment was brief as it dramatically impacted traffic and generated a plethora complaints. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-09-06 17:31

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