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Can Open Source Thinking Create a Sustainable Business Model for Local Journalism?

Open source software changed the landscape for the entire computing industry. Rather than commoditizing software completely, it actually made software
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Facing the limits of scale, CNN puts focus on direct audience connections

Facing the limits of scale, CNN puts focus on direct audience connections | RJI links | Scoop.it
CNN is building an audience development team of about 30 to make the network a daily habit for news consumers and better monetize them with advertisers.
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The Student becomes the Teacher: Mastering Design Thinking

The Student becomes the Teacher: Mastering Design Thinking | RJI links | Scoop.it
Social journalism wouldn’t exist without community engagement. While it’s new territory for many journalists and newsrooms, its importance to shaping highly relevant and news with impact is gaining…
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Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8

Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8 | RJI links | Scoop.it
Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about..
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"These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress..."

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Facebook opens up 360-degree live streaming to all

Facebook opens up 360-degree live streaming to all | RJI links | Scoop.it
Facebook just made live streaming 360-degree video relatively easy, provided you have the equipment to capture the content. Users of devices like the new..
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Check it out for yourself as a team from Facebook teaches tools for journalists Friday/Saturday at RJI: https://goo.gl/wuNa8w

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The $100 million wall: Digital media's scale struggles

The $100 million wall: Digital media's scale struggles | RJI links | Scoop.it
For venture-backed digital publishers, getting to $100 million in annual revenue is the holy grail, but one few will achieve.
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Check out RJI Fellow Nikki Usher's exploration of VC funding for news: https://www.rjionline.org/stories/demystifying-venture-capital-and-a-guide-to-some-of-the-top-news-companies

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Mic Is Rolling Out Nine New Digital Content Brands

Mic Is Rolling Out Nine New Digital Content Brands | RJI links | Scoop.it
The millennial-focused web publisher Mic is rolling out nine new digital brands, including the personal finance-focused Payoff and Slay, which tackles women’s issues.
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OpenDataCity is using sensor data to give readers the right news at the right time

The German company has built a beta version of its xMinutes app with funding from Google's Digital News Initiative
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TrustServista wants to help journalists determine the origin and trustworthiness of online news stories

TrustServista wants to help journalists determine the origin and trustworthiness of online news stories | RJI links | Scoop.it
The Google DNI-funded project analyses individual news items or topics, taking into account their origin and links to other articles
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"TrustServista uses fully automated algorithms to analyse individual online news items or topic areas, monitoring their origin and any links to other articles."

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I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here’s what I learned

I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here’s what I learned | RJI links | Scoop.it
Twitter reflects the good, the bad and just plain ugly reality of social media these days. For academics, journalists and voters, there’s never been a more crucial time to talk about the impact the…
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Check out Alecia's series, "A little birdie told me" at RJI: https://www.rjionline.org/stories/series/a-little-birdie-told-me 

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7 Things I Learned About A.I. at SxSW17

7 Things I Learned About A.I. at SxSW17 | RJI links | Scoop.it
I recently spent time in a magical place filled with madness and mayhem. A place where some of the smartest minds on the planet congregate each March to discuss and share exciting new insights into…
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6. It’s All About the Story

Coding will continue to be important, but writing will be invaluable. Your next great hire will be someone who can write a concise paragraph that conveys information, has a distinct personality, and delights your customers.

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Five Distractions in Thinking about AI

One of the main arguments the Israeli historian Yuval Harari makes in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is that mankind differs from other species because we can cooperate flexibly in large numbers, united in cause and spirit not by anything real, but by the fictions of our collective imagination. Examples of these fictions include gods, nations, money,…
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A long and interesting read about the past, present and future of A.I.

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The end of the beginning: Viar and virtual reality may change the order in which a story is told | RJI

The end of the beginning: Viar and virtual reality may change the order in which a story is told | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
While the amazing visual impact of 360-degree virtual reality is a hot topic in the journalism world, a less obvious aspect of VR could change the very nature of storytelling.
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The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism

The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism | RJI links | Scoop.it

The influence of social media platforms and technology companies is having a greater effect on American journalism than even the shift from print to digital. There is a rapid takeover of traditional publishers’ roles by companies including Facebook, Snapchat, Google, and Twitter that shows no sign of slowing, and which raises serious questions over how […]


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This is a long read, so I held it until the weekend when you might have time to consume it :-) 

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Journalists should use email more — and Google and Facebook less — to reach readers

Journalists should use email more — and Google and Facebook less — to reach readers | RJI links | Scoop.it
Inside CEO Jason Calacanis says email doesn’t "pervert" the news business the way Google and social media did.
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I can't help myself ... I think I told you so (several times over the past few years). Later this spring, or early summer, we'll be rolling out a decision tree tool to help you find the best way email newsletters can help you achieve your goals. https://goo.gl/hRGTe4 and 

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OTT: Local TV’s Latest Growth Opportunity

Determined not to be caught on the back foot by yet another powerful digital trend, some broadcasters are pushing out their local content on OTT platforms. “You have to be where the eyeballs are going,” says Guy Tasaka of Calkins Media, which developed an OTT platform for its media properties and is now selling it to others.“OTT is where the bulk of viewers are and will be, and if you’re not there, you’ll lose the audience to someone who is.”
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How Trint Transforms Transcriptions

How Trint Transforms Transcriptions | RJI links | Scoop.it
Broadcast journalism veteran Jeff Kofman never envisioned that he would become an entrepreneur. During his extensive career, he covered war in Iraq, revolution in Haiti, drug cartels in Colombia and a coup in Honduras – and won an Emmy for his coverage of the fall of Muamar Gaddafi.
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‘We don’t own our audience’: OH from top publishing execs at Digiday Moguls

‘We don’t own our audience’: OH from top publishing execs at Digiday Moguls | RJI links | Scoop.it
Top media execs dish on the duopoly, subscriptions and more at Digiday Moguls.
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RJI's Distribution (what do you own?) symposium may be over, but you can check out more than 20 thought leaders' presentations here: https://goo.gl/P1UKOR

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Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith's publisher survival guide in the duopoly era

Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith's publisher survival guide in the duopoly era | RJI links | Scoop.it
Facebook and Google control digital media and advertising, but it's not the end of the world just yet, according to Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith.
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This is what a news organization looks like when it is built on reader trust

Why I'm teaming up with the Dutch site, De Correspondent, on its U.S. launch. Because a membership model grounded in trust is one plausible way out of this mess.
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Stop and listen: A beginner's guide to planning and recording an audio story

Stop and listen: A beginner's guide to planning and recording an audio story | RJI links | Scoop.it
Some helpful insights to minimise the (sometimes steep) learning curve of audio storytelling
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GIF This: Multimedia Content and the Future of Digital Journalism

How a GIF can go beyond the absurd and provide value in digital journalism.
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Robot Knows the Right Question to Ask When It's Confused

Robot Knows the Right Question to Ask When It's Confused | RJI links | Scoop.it
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"Pointing, gestures, gaze, and language cues are all tricks that humans use to communicate information that robots are generally quite terrible at interpreting."

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