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Apple debuts new ‘How to shoot on iPhone 7’ website & video series

Apple debuts new ‘How to shoot on iPhone 7’ website & video series | RJI links | Scoop.it
Apple has long showcased the capabilities of the iPhone 7 camera, but now the company is working to help everyone take great looking images with the device. Today, Apple debuted a new series of vid…
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Quartz Publisher Takes Disciplined Approach To Making Quality Journalism Profitable

Quartz Publisher Takes Disciplined Approach To Making Quality Journalism Profitable | RJI links | Scoop.it
Nearly five years ago, Quartz publisher Jay Lauf set out to create “the business news brand of our century.” Lauf sees Quartz well on its way to reaching that goal. At launch, the company aimed to provide readers with a mobile, social-focused alternative to current high-quality business news sites. Most, like The Economist, required a... Continue reading »
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"The scale game is over. Even Business Insider, which unapologetically tries to reach everyone, is niche relative to Facebook. All those platforms have won." You may have a large, viable "niche," but compared to the mega platforms, we're all niche.

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Now profitable, Patch wants to be a platform for other local news outlets

Now profitable, Patch wants to be a platform for other local news outlets | RJI links | Scoop.it
AOL's former hyperlocal experiment thinks it has a model that can help make local independent news outlets sustainable.
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Remember Patch, the digital local news play that we all loved to hate (or at least disparage)? Well, it's back ... and profitable.

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Hands across America: How to make local/national journalism collaborations work

Hands across America: How to make local/national journalism collaborations work | RJI links | Scoop.it
Working together doesn't always come easy to news organizations. Here are the hurdles — and how best to get around them.
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Author Tim Griggs was a 2014-2015 RJI Fellow who experimented with growth hacking while working with the Texas Tribune.

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This is how The New York Times is using bots to create more one-to-one experiences with readers

This is how The New York Times is using bots to create more one-to-one experiences with readers | RJI links | Scoop.it
"I'm not worried about this technology driving the humanity out of journalism. I'm really excited about the promise of technology bringing more humanity to journalism." Also: a Michael Barbaro bot.
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VR for News: The New Reality?

VR for News: The New Reality? | RJI links | Scoop.it
In the past three years, virtual reality (VR) journalism has emerged from its early experimental phase to become a more integrated part of many newsrooms. At the same time, technological advances have made the medium available to consumers, especially in the form of 360 videos watched on smartphones, sometimes supplemented by a cheap cardboard headset.
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GoPro just unveiled a super high-resolution camera for virtual reality

GoPro unveiled its Fusion camera on Thursday, which it will pilot with professional photographers this summer.
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The Ultimate Guide to Email Sequences

The Ultimate Guide to Email Sequences | RJI links | Scoop.it
Email sequences are one of the most under-utilized digital marketing tactics. This article shares what you need to know to leverage them in your campaigns.
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Where this talks about customer acquisition and e-commerce, instead think about reader acquisition and potential subscription.

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Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook | RJI links | Scoop.it
Facebook’s chief executive introduced an augmented reality platform that will allow people to digitally manipulate the world around them.
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Restoring Publisher Control Over Digital Distribution

Restoring Publisher Control Over Digital Distribution | RJI links | Scoop.it
In the fall of 2015 I started talking with Barb Palser and John Pettitt about a shared ambition. We wanted to figure out how to help publishers benefit from the clear and growing trend toward off…
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A Global Guide to Initiatives Tackling “Fake News”

A Global Guide to Initiatives Tackling “Fake News” | RJI links | Scoop.it
The Oxford Dictionaries named "post-truth" as the Word of the Year 2016. It is an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." This attitude of readers choosing their own beliefs over facts has been a huge problem that beset journalism in the past year, with media outlets trying to regain readers' trusts and debunking false news from dubious digital sites. Here is a list of initiatives to combat fake news that have popped up in response to this challenge.
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AI algorithms are creating a frighteningly realistic fake future

AI algorithms are creating a frighteningly realistic fake future | RJI links | Scoop.it
Thanks to machine learning, it’s becoming easy to generate realistic video, and to impersonate someone.
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'We look at where the users are!' Isaac Showman on Reuters TV

In many ways, Reuters TV is a large scale lab for video formats, distribution platforms and possibly video business models. A lab with 2 million monthly testers, Isaac Showman, Managing Director, Reuters Consumer, would probably argue.

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Goodbye Search, Google Is Becoming "A.I. First"

Goodbye Search, Google Is Becoming "A.I. First" | RJI links | Scoop.it
In an earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made it clear that when Google says it's making A.I. its main focus, it really isn't kidding.
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Can anything replace search? Maybe, and it just may be Google, and perhaps Amazon Echo. Take a look into the (potential) future.

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How do Instant Articles deliver on social media engagements?

How do Instant Articles deliver on social media engagements? | RJI links | Scoop.it
As publishers focus more on monetization, where do Instant Articles fit into the picture? We look at how the format drives likes, shares, and comments.
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How do Instant Articles deliver on social media engagements?

How do Instant Articles deliver on social media engagements? | RJI links | Scoop.it
As publishers focus more on monetization, where do Instant Articles fit into the picture? We look at how the format drives likes, shares, and comments.
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App for journalists: PowerDirector, for advanced video editing on Android

App for journalists: PowerDirector, for advanced video editing on Android | RJI links | Scoop.it
This free app allows you to produce news packages for social media, broadcast and online
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6 Facebook Live Series You Should Watch (And Learn From)

6 Facebook Live Series You Should Watch (And Learn From) | RJI links | Scoop.it
Read about some of our favorite Facebook Live video series—and get some top-notch ideas for your own social media videos.
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Thinking about using Facebook Live ... or even creating Facebook Live series. Gain insights on how from these examples.

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Infographic: Instagram Stories Blows Past Snapchat

Infographic: Instagram Stories Blows Past Snapchat | RJI links | Scoop.it
This chart shows worldwide daily active users of Instagram Stories and Snapchat.
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Q&A How CrossCheck used social media monitoring to find fake news

Q&A How CrossCheck used social media monitoring to find fake news | RJI links | Scoop.it
On the heels of the French election, we speak to First Draft News about the success of the CrossCheck initiative against fake news.
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