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July 23, 2014

 




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Charity Checker from the Tampa Bay Times makes giving safer
Before you pull out your wallet for a cause, you can reach for a tool to avoid a scam. The online tool Charity Checker, created by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), can help individuals and news organizations. The tool aggregates ratings and reviews from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator and GreatNonprofits.
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Five Answers with Matt Pittman, Florida Times-Union
“I was drawn to work in newspaper media, because The Florida Times-Union had a fun new idea. Luckily for me, the President of the company had me in mind to be the face of the new project: personality driven videos. I couldn't pass up this opportunity. I have the pleasure of playing the role of a tourist in my own city. It is the most fun I have had at a job in my life.”
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The technology that will stimulate journalism's future is now here
To say technology has changed the newspaper media industry is understating the obvious. While much discussion focuses on how we read the news, technology is changing the way we report the news. The image of a reporter showing up to a scene with a pen and a pad is iconic but lost to the vestiges of time.
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Quiz on newspaper comic strips
Since the late 19th century, U.S. newspapers' funny pages have tickled readers' funny bones. They have been a bright spot amid pages filled with stories about crime, political wrangling and war. NAA put together a fun quiz on comic strips' zany characters, running gags and more.
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The 'mediata' publishers: Branding through stories, revenue through data
The Media Briefing
It was a few months ago that Rafat Ali, CEO of travel news site Skift, wrote his vision for “mediata” — the concept of companies built from the ground up “to take advantage of the organic fusion of media and data.” The rough idea behind mediata is using data to drive and inform stories and then using that data, as well as insights and knowledge of the industry, to feed back into further data archives and reports or white papers, providing both paid and free revenue streams.
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A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes
Capital
The New Yorker will debut its long awaited, revamped website soon, about which you’ll see plenty of commentary and criticism. But to understand what the imperatives of the new website mean for The New Yorker in 2014, it’s not a bad idea to step back in time just a little.
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Despite a history of dismal failures , hyperlocal news continues to attract believers
GigaOM
Hyper-local news doesn’t exactly have a great track record — at least, not as a business. There’s a litany of failed attempts that stretches back at least a decade, including ventures like Backfence and more recent flame-outs like AOL’s Patch, which chewed through almost half a billion dollars. But that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs from trying to make it work.
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Surge seen in online political ads, but which sites will be winners?
Street Fight Mag
Digital platforms traditionally haven’t gotten too much in the way of political ad spending, but new projections from Borrell Associates show online outlets making a big leap this year amid the midterms — going from $14.1 million in 2010 to $211.2 million in 2014.
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With a new incoming CEO, can Guardian US woo advertisers?
Digiday
The Guardian has spent the last few years repurposing its British editorial sensibility for American readers. Now it’s trying to do the same for advertisers. The New York-based Guardian U.S., launched in 2011, has been growing at a steady tick. Thanks in large part to its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, the operation’s traffic has increased 15 percent over the past 12 months, hitting 21 million unique visitors in May.
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How CNN made a Cisco-sponsored Web series about progressive cities
Ad Week
During CNN's 2014 Upfronts, president Jeff Zucker vowed that the network would be focusing on its digital presence and creating new opportunities for advertisers. Three months later, the net's Web-first production company, CNN Digital Studios, is working with Cisco to present City of Tomorrow, a 10-part online series that explores ways different cities are trying to improve their citizens' lives.
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From Grumpy Cat to Ukraine: How Mashable is expanding beyond gadgets and apps
Nieman Journalism Lab
Within minutes of the first reports that a Malaysia Airlines plane had crashed over eastern Ukraine, Mashable had live coverage up and running. Its real-time news staff in New York was updating the post with videos from the scene and carefully sourced information culled from social media and other outlets.
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Yahoo acquires mobile analytics and ad marketplace flurry
Media Post
Yahoo has deepened its focus on mobile development and monetization by acquiring Flurry, one of the most established app analytics firms. The purchase gives Yahoo extensive visibility into the habits of mobile users and a trove of data to target, personalize and monetize mobile content. Flurry provides both advanced app tracking and analytics tools, as well as an RTB marketplace to a claimed 170,000 app developers.
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Aereo's subscriber count might surprise you
TechSpot
Aereo's run-up to its Supreme Court case earlier this year and subsequent loss drew quite a bit of media attention. The company was — and could still be — extremely disruptive (especially among broadcasters) but did anyone ever stop to question just how big of a deal Aereo was in the first place?
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Time.com's bounce rate down 15 percentage points since adopting continuous scroll
Poynter
Three major news website redesigns this year look very different but have an important feature in common: Articles that seamlessly transition to new content, without requiring readers to click or tap headlines and then wait for new pages to load. This “continuous scroll” strategy for news sites’ article pages is gaining momentum.
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Why fonts still matter in digital media
DigiDay
You may not know a serif from an ascender. But the font of a publication may be the most important thing that no one, except for designers, cares about. It’s not surprising why. Fonts, by their very nature, work best when people don’t notice them. As some in the industry say, the best design is invisible. Just ask Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who in 2010 was eviscerated online for posting an open letter to LeBron James — in Comic Sans.
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How NYT made 'spot the ball'
Source
Even among the many wonderful World Cup interactives and news apps we saw this year, the NYT’s Spot the Ball was a standout, both in conception and execution. Source spoke with the team behind it about the project’s design, world-class Photoshopping, and surprising inspiration.
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Charity Checker from the Tampa Bay Times makes giving safer
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Before you pull out your wallet for a cause, you can reach for a tool to avoid a scam. The online tool Charity Checker, created by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), can help individuals and news organizations. 

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Take a quiz on journalists' acronyms and initialisms!
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We avoid turning our stories into alphabet soup, but some of our conversations with colleagues have generous servings of acronyms and initialisms. Do we remember what all of those abbreviations stand for? NAA concocted a quiz on acronyms and initialisms that are widely used in newsrooms.

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A researcher shares insights into a comparison of newspapers' print and online editions
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Journalists might have gotten a taste of the Ramen Noodles Theory years ago. The theory, which suggests that online news, like ramen noodles, is an inferior good, might have been hard for some to swallow, but it is still interesting food for thought.

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