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Can Robots Do Journalism? 

Can Robots Do Journalism?  | RJI links | Scoop.it

"Can computers do journalism? Probably not. But can computers help journalists? The answer would certainly be yes."

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A look at six student startups turned up problems the author didn't  know existed, and much more. Check it out in this post.

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Livestream: Learn how to set up a mobile news app in your newsroom | RJI

Livestream: Learn how to set up a mobile news app in your newsroom | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Publishers and developers can learn how to set up their own mobile news app by watching a free livestream Monday, May 21, hosted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.
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Hearst Papers Test Pay-Per-Article Model, 'Hand-Selected' Ads 

Hearst Papers Test Pay-Per-Article Model, 'Hand-Selected' Ads  | RJI links | Scoop.it
Hearst Papers Test Pay-Per-Article Model, 'Hand-Selected' Ads - 05/10/2018
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Zetland’s members asked for an audio version — and now it’s more popular than their written stories

Zetland’s members asked for an audio version — and now it’s more popular than their written stories | RJI links | Scoop.it
"We’re definitely not a short-form news outlet. When we launched, we thought it would be late evening media, something where you would crash on the sofa and read our stories."
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And now, for something completely different ... well, different and interesting and likely surprising to many of us ...

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More paywalls going up online as news publishers face shrinking share of ad revenue and try to fight back against ad-blockers

More paywalls going up online as news publishers face shrinking share of ad revenue and try to fight back against ad-blockers | RJI links | Scoop.it
Press Gazette has been reporting on British journalism without fear or favour since 1965. Our mission is to provide a news and information service which helps the UK journalism.
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What is innovation in local TV news? Andrew Heyward’s new mission is to find out » Nieman Journalism Lab

What is innovation in local TV news? Andrew Heyward’s new mission is to find out » Nieman Journalism Lab | RJI links | Scoop.it
"It’s a great question because I don’t think we’re suddenly going to come up with some great gimmick and Millennials are going to flock to their TV to watch traditional newscasts."
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"None of this is written in stone, or even sand, but I do have a plan. The idea is to define innovation broadly, from what’s happening actually in that wonderful old-fashioned medium called TV to all the digital platforms that every station in America is experimenting with and trying to figure out."

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Publishers hunting for subscribers enter the weeds of segmentation

Publishers hunting for subscribers enter the weeds of segmentation | RJI links | Scoop.it
Publishers hunting for consumer revenue find that segmenting subscribers requires cross-department help.
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Matter Brings Innovative Thinking to Local Newsrooms

Matter Brings Innovative Thinking to Local Newsrooms | RJI links | Scoop.it
The News Media Alliance is partnering with Google News Initiative and Matter to teach local newsrooms a new way of innovating to help them find new ways to increase their audience and revenue shares. Here’s what other newsrooms can expect when they attend future bootcamps.
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The second of these workshops was held in the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. There's still time to attend the last workshops, one in Atlanta, the other on the West Coast.

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The News: The BuzzFeed News Podcast You Didn’t Know You Needed

The News: The BuzzFeed News Podcast You Didn’t Know You Needed | RJI links | Scoop.it
Don’t get lost in the chaos. Join BuzzFeed News reporters and editors every Saturday for news that’s smart, not stuffy.
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Tune in Saturdays for BuzzFeed's behind the scenes podcast. Then on Sunday watch NYT's behind the scenes'  The Weekly on cable TV's FX channel. https://goo.gl/1jTPty 

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The New York Times is ramping up conference calls for subscribers that are run a little like radio shows

The New York Times is ramping up conference calls for subscribers that are run a little like radio shows | RJI links | Scoop.it
"We weren't sure how they would work out initially — the format sounded a little analog to us...As we’ve continued to do them, we noticed momentum building."
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Google’s news chief Richard Gingras: “We need to rethink journalism at every dimension”

Google’s news chief Richard Gingras: “We need to rethink journalism at every dimension” | RJI links | Scoop.it
"I think we need to be way more humble. As I often say, technology has value but it doesn’t have values. It’s what we do with it. There’s a lot of bullshit in the Valley."
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Why this New Hampshire foundation decided to fund journalism

As news organizations look for new ways to fund their journalism, an ever-growing number of publications are turning to nonprofit organizations that historically haven’t supported journalism for funding. Many of these nonprofits focus their work on specific issues and are turning to journalism as a way to raise public awareness about topics that they think …
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Are you still asking yourself "What is sponsored journalism?" (or native advertising) and wondering how to do it ethically? Here's one example you should check out.

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Samsung tipped to be working on a wireless AR/VR headset

Samsung tipped to be working on a wireless AR/VR headset | RJI links | Scoop.it
A fresh report suggests Samsung may be teaming up with Microsoft to deliver a mixed reality headset without wires.
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Dueling wireless AR/VR headsets may be just months away �� No phone required.

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Better online tools give you more ways to check 'fake news'

Better online tools give you more ways to check 'fake news' | RJI links | Scoop.it
In the seemingly endless battle against false information and fake news online, newly upgraded tools can help you sort fact from fiction.
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New research indicates tight meters have won the pay model war for news websites | RJI

New research indicates tight meters have won the pay model war for news websites | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
When newspapers first went online, the generally accepted wisdom of the time was that their content had to be free. It was argued that “free” was necessary to attract eyeballs, and that’s what the advertising model required: LOTS of eyeballs.
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Guardian adds new paid-for premium features to app as ‘reward’ for ‘avid’ readers but content remains free 

Guardian adds new paid-for premium features to app as ‘reward’ for ‘avid’ readers but content remains free  | RJI links | Scoop.it
Press Gazette has been reporting on British journalism without fear or favour since 1965. Our mission is to provide a news and information service which helps the UK journalism.
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How The Economist uses its 12-person data journalism team to drive subscriptions

How The Economist uses its 12-person data journalism team to drive subscriptions | RJI links | Scoop.it
The Economist posts GIFs and videos mostly on Twitter and Facebook that it uses to drive people back to its site, where users must register or subscribe.
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With Rover, David Arkin Takes a Mobile-First, Enjoyable Approach to Local News

American Hometown Publishing details how the company's brand-new publication Rover—launched two weeks ago in suburban Nashville—aims to present news to its readers as an "enjoyable experience."
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Via RJI links, I recently shared with you AHP's Brad Dennison's view of the company's new Rover initiative. Now AHP's David Arkin share his view. Both are interesting reads.

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How To: Optimize Your Newsroom's Instagram

How To: Optimize Your Newsroom's Instagram | RJI links | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, Instagram has been growing faster than ever. The popular photo-sharing app has added hundreds of millions of users each year since 2014, and that includes news outlets and journalists. But how should the news media be using the platform that truly believes a picture is worth a thousand words?
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3 Tips for Evaluating Paywall Solutions

3 Tips for Evaluating Paywall Solutions | RJI links | Scoop.it
There are some key technical considerations you need to keep in mind when selecting the right paywall architecture for paid subscriptions.
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With “straightforward and unsexy” email, The Christian Science Monitor has hit 10,000 paid digital subscribers in a year 

With “straightforward and unsexy” email, The Christian Science Monitor has hit 10,000 paid digital subscribers in a year  | RJI links | Scoop.it
With a move to a paid daily email newsletter, "the conversation around what we're going to write has totally changed."
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How The Economist's new app tries to keep people from unsubscribing

How The Economist's new app tries to keep people from unsubscribing | RJI links | Scoop.it
"While it’s still important to get our brand across as many channels as possible, reach is not a wise game to play in the long term."
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Four Years After GateHouse, Brad Dennison Has Become a Local News Rover

Four Years After GateHouse, Brad Dennison Has Become a Local News Rover | RJI links | Scoop.it
There's a new nameplate in hyperlocal news publishing, and just about everything about it is boldly different, including the name—Rover. This combination digital daily and print monthly was launched in suburban Nashville last week. In this Q&A, Tom Grubisich talks with one of Rover's architects, Brad Dennison.
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Former Gatehouse teammates Brad Dennison and David Arkin are together again at American Hometown Publishing ... launching a mobile/digital-first "daily" hyperlocal news operation to be supplemented by a monthly print version. This is sort of a flipped version of Community Impact Newspaper of Dallas/Ft. Worth/Austin which built a very successful monthly print product but is still finding its way toward a mobile/digital footprint. (Arkin's first stop after leaving Gatehouse was Community Impact Newspaper). Both companies rely on advertising and services; the  news products are free. These are two companies worth watching.

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How to promote podcasts and newsletters on social media

How to promote podcasts and newsletters on social media | RJI links | Scoop.it
More and more content creators are finding success with owned media such as podcasts. Where does social media fit in the strategy?
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