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July 30, 2014

 




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FOIA Machine is cranking up to help journalists
FOIA Machine, an open-source platform, helps citizens prepare, file and track public record requests to government agencies. It helps users access documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state laws pertaining to open records. FOIA Machine opened to anyone interested on June 25, but a limited number of people have used the tool since the fall.
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Take the pop quiz on novels by journalists
Many journalists have used their reporting and writing skills to craft novels that enchant and challenge. They have enabled us to explore their imagination and our own conscience, often at the same time. Do you remember the fictional stories written by Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and other journalists?
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NAA Roundup: Providence Journal sold, Houston Chronicle relocating
New Media Investment Group Inc. announced it has reached an agreement to purchase The Providence Journal and related print and digital assets for $46.0 million in cash from A. H. Belo Corporation. The Providence Journal is one of the oldest print publications in the United States and has a daily circulation of approximately 72,000 and 96,000 on Sunday.
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NAA Member Webinar: Subscriber Acquisition and Retention
On Thursday, Monica Wesolowski, Consumer Sales and Marketing Manager for Tribune Publishing, will share the theory and specific programs executed at Tribune newspapers. Learn how these newspapers make the most of their investment in subscriber acquisition. In a conversational format, this session will provide audience/circulation executives examples of sales initiatives across the traditional sales channels.
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New York Times Chief Data Scientist Chris Wiggins on the way we create and consume content now
Fast Company
The New York Times turned 163 years old this year. And while it might be understandable for an institution older than almost anyone not named Yoda to be less-than-cutting edge in its digital approach, that didn't stop the knives from coming out when an unflattering innovation report leaked earlier this year. The next report will likely be different. That's partly because earlier this year, the Times hired biologist and machine models expert Chris Wiggins, an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University, as its chief data scientist.
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Should publishers be taking better advantage of evergreen content in their archives?
Poynter
For most publishers, less than 10 percent of June page views came from traffic to evergreen articles — stories that were more than three days old by Parse.ly's definition. Among the publishers included in the analytics company’s data: Upworthy, Conde Nast properties, The Atlantic properties, Fox News, The New York Post, Mashable, Slate, Business Insider, The Daily Beast, The Next Web and The New Republic.
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Rallying for The Salt Lake Tribune as a city changes
The New York Times
At 8:30 on a recent Thursday morning, Terry Orme, publisher and editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, walked toward his corner office wheeling a cooler full of beer behind him. The beer was for the send-off of a reporter who was leaving the paper after 13 years, adding to dozens of staff members who had left in the previous year, reducing the newsroom to nearly half the size it was five years ago. "It's become ritualized," Mr. Orme said, shaking his head. "You've got to acknowledge they were here."
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How readers feel about native ads in 4 charts
Digiday
Publishers may be having a love affair with sponsored content, but what about their readers? Three recent studies provide new insights into how readers perceive the native ads that publishers are so enamored of. Turns out, it's a bit of a mixed bag. Here are four charts that describe reader sentiment about sponsored content.
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Twitter's new user pitch means a new advertising pitch, too
Re/code
Twitter is trying to tell Wall Street that it doesn't have a user problem. Just a counting problem. In recent months, the company has been telling investors not just to focus on the number of people who use the service once a month — its "active user" total — but on people who see tweets all over the Web. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the company plans on making this pitch more emphatically during its upcoming earnings call.
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The 5 biggest myths of modern advertising
Digiday
Industry sage Jeremy Bullmore's recent takedown of big data, the latest craze to sweep the ad industry, provides exactly the sort of sensible commentary the industry has been lacking of late. As the industry adapts to digital, the scale of the hyperbole too often outweighs the profoundness of the changes in the marketplace. Here are five other hyperbolic statements about the future of advertising that need calling out.
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NPR One delivers a curate public radio stream for the smartphone era
Tech Crunch
Radio is an increasingly perplexing mode of content delivery as we gain access to more and better streaming services with on-demand programming. But the serendipity of radio is still appealing, the ability to turn on and tune in without having to monitor, tweak and pester. That's why it's great that NPR is looking to deliver its public programming in a way that combines the benefits of both streaming and traditional terrestrial radio via a new app called NPR One.
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Reddit Live is now official, lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog
The Next Web
Reddit officially launched its own live-blogging platform. The company calls it Reddit Live and the feature has actually been in "semi-open beta" for a few months now — you may have stumbled across its threads covering Twitch Plays, Pokemon and the conflict in Ukraine. During the initial beta period, only Reddit employees were able to create these live streams and authorize trusted "reporters" to contribute.
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American users spend an average of 40 minutes per day on Facebook
Tech Crunch
American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising. Mark Zuckerberg said recently on Facebook's Q2 earnings call that "people on Facebook in the U.S. spend around 40 minutes each day using our service," while the CDC recommends Americans exercise 21 minutes a day but only 20 percent of people meet that goal.
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5 tools to transform or enhance text-heavy articles
Journalism.co.uk
During the newsrewired conference, Ezra Eeman of Journalism Tools gave delegates a list of essential tools journalists should be aware of when creating engaging content for their audiences. Some of these tools can be applied directly to text-based articles to add a multimedia element and, overall, a more colorful story.
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MH17: How Storyful's 'social sleuthing' helped verify evidence
The Guardian
In the aftermath of an event as tragically uncertain as the MH17 plane disaster, amid claim and counterclaim about who was responsible, it becomes ever more important for news organizations to verify the validity of material on social media. This is where social news agency Storyful and its Open Newsroom come into their own. The Dublin-based company specializes in finding and verifying news content on social media.
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New LSN app aggregates local news
Net News Check
Consumers who like a local news roundup — but can only deal with so many different apps — have a new on-the-go option. Local on the Go, a market-by-market aggregator offering local news, weather and sports, launched in the Apple app store, providing users info from more than one local source all in one place.
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FOIA Machine is cranking up to help journalists
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Quiz on newspaper comic strips
NAA
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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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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