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RJI links: Friday, March 27, 2015

By RJI on March 27, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web to help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

Mediatwits 153: The case for (and against) VC funding for digital news

By RJI on March 27, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 153

What do BuzzFeed, Upworthy and Refinery29 have in common? Well, for one, they’ve raised millions in venture capital money, and they’re all getting deeper into the digital news business. But it’s not all rosy in the land of VC-funded digital publishers.

Seattle's Best: Mary Bruno

By Brian Steffens on March 26, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Crosscut Public Media

Nonprofit digital news operations tend to be more mission driven than profit/commerce driven. But lacking traditional advertising/revenue streams, sustainability and growth is no less challenging than for legacy media. Brian Steffens visited with Mary Bruno, editor-in-chief of Crosscut Public Media.

Seattle's Best: Cherylynne Crowther

By Brian Steffens on March 25, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Creative newsroom

The creative newsroom at Edelman Seattle is still under construction with only a handful of the team hired and in place. Brian Steffens spoke with Cherylynne Crowther, executive producer, on its future.

Futures Lab update #99: SXSW Interactive, renting the latest tech, and an app for democracy

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on March 25, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

A world where interconnected devices can sense and respond to our activity and emotions may be closer than you think.

Chasing the agenda: The economics behind news

By Miklos Sarvary on March 25, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Green plastic army men on dollar bills

With more news published online, consumer behavior has radically changed. At the same time, it has never been easier to start a “news business,” spurring unprecedented competition among content providers.

Seattle's Best: Ben Huh

By Brian Steffens on March 24, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Cheezburger

Don’t overlook the home of Microsoft, Amazon, Zillow and other innovative companies large and small when looking for voices in media thought leadership. Brian Steffens visited with Ben Huh, founder of Cheezburger and co-founder of Circa.

Looking at a photographic image from another point of view: Yours

By Bimal Balakrishnan on March 24, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Dress wireframe

Good writers can conjure a vivid image in our minds with just words. But journalists also have long relied on illustrations, photographs and videos to enrich a story.

It is the journalists’ job to select the news and set the agenda. Should we relinquish it to the audience?

By Tim Vos on March 23, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Newspaper audience

Many newsrooms in an earlier era had several, seemingly good, reasons to pay little heed to real readers and viewers. So, what’s changed? Well, seemingly everything. The audience has almost always been a commodity; that’s just a lot harder for journalists to be indifferent about these days.

RJI links: Friday, March 20, 2015

By RJI on March 20, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web to help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

Mediatwits 152: Meerkat, live-streaming video break out at SXSW

By RJI on March 20, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 152

If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas, then you know they like to keep things weird. And things have certainly been weird at this year’s SXSW. Marketers have turned to Tinder robots, protests against robots, and feline “tech correspondents” to try to make an impression at the ever-growing festival.

Futures Lab update #98: Ideas from nonprofit news

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on March 18, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

What can other newsrooms learn from nonprofit news organizations about partnerships and engagement?

Inside The Texas Tribune: Before growing audience, let’s first understand it

By Tim Griggs on March 17, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Tim Griggs

Justin Ellis at Harvard’s Nieman Lab summed up the state of The Texas Tribune more astutely than I could in a piece commemorating our fifth anniversary: “Five years in, with the ledger looking good and the journalism running strong, the big question for the Tribune is: How do they find more readers?”

RJI links: Friday, March 13, 2015

By RJI on March 13, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web to help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

Mediatwits 151: How Google’s truth algorithm could change the equation

By RJI on March 13, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 151

Last month, Google researchers published what might be the next leap forward in search. The new algorithm would assess websites based on how trustworthy they are. This change could help push misinformation and hoaxes into the background. But some are already crying foul, calling into question how the algorithm determines facts.

Futures Lab update #97: Single-story apps and virtual reality storytelling

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on March 11, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

What if the audience could walk around inside a news event? And could mobile apps become a new form of content?

In the new news ecosystem, getting paid requires asking, listening, personalizing, bundling and wholesale-retail pricing

By Bill Densmore on March 10, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Raining coins

When it comes to getting paid, who are news organizations competing with, and what can they do about it? First answer: They aren’t competing with each other. They are competing with all of the other things consumers spend information-access dollars on.

RJI links: Friday, March 6, 2015

By RJI on March 6, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web to help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

Mediatwits 150: Should news sites kill comments or cultivate them?

By RJI on March 6, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 150

Online comments sections — in their most ideal form — are supposed to be places readers could leave their thoughts after they had read an article. It was supposed to serve as a forum where civilized discussion could take place and would add value even after a piece was finished. Instead, we’ve all become more acquainted with the Internet troll and flaming.

Futures Lab update #96: Tips for mobile news delivery, and remixing with Trio

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on March 4, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

What works when delivering news via smartphones? And could media mashups drive traffic to news sites?