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New Voices At The 'New York Times' 

New Voices At The 'New York Times'  | RJI links | Scoop.it
New Voices At The 'New York Times' - 03/12/2018
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"Journalism is at a crossroads, with challenges that  include changing economics, a millennial audience that gets most of its content from mobile screens, and a hunger for authenticity and emotional nuance that has historically been missing in the more formal voice of the news."

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How Placed Wants To Do For Location Data What Zillow Has Done For Real Estate Info |

How Placed Wants To Do For Location Data What Zillow Has Done For Real Estate Info | | RJI links | Scoop.it
Location attribution and measurement platform Placed is making its geo-data analytics platform, Placed Insights, available to the public for free — much like Zillow allows anyone to access real estate information on individual properties. Placed Insights has been a key part of Seattle-based location data provider since the tool was introduced in 2013. Placed, which was acquired by … Continue reading How Placed Wants To Do For Location Data What Zillow Has Done For Real Estate Info
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This story is targeted at retail outlets and foot traffic, but aren't those very same retail outlets your customers, too? What might you learn about your local "places" that would make you a more trusted consultant? How might you use local foot traffic to surface news stories? As long as this remains free, it's worth experimenting with.

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The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success

The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success | RJI links | Scoop.it
From an aesthetic point of view, Amazon’s web store is neither simple nor  beautiful–two things we expect of good design. Instead, it focuses on simplicity of experience, process, and functionality.
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"Amazon’s success brings into relief a principle that is sometimes hard to swallow in the design community: Successful design is not necessarily beautiful." What's missing in this conversation is the possibility of both ... simplicity of experience, process and functionality AND aesthetically pleasing design. I'm not convinced that the two principles are mutually exclusive.

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Farewell to LittleThings: The end of platform-dependency

Farewell to LittleThings: The end of platform-dependency | RJI links | Scoop.it
The algorithm claimed a publisher. We take a look at the demise of LittleThings and how other publishers are braving platform changes.
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Can Making This Fake News Game Train People To Spot It In Real Life?

Can Making This Fake News Game Train People To Spot It In Real Life? | RJI links | Scoop.it
Bad News puts you in the position of creating misleading headlines and fake tweets. After people play it, they are more skeptical about the sources of their news.
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IBM and Unity are teaming up to bring Watson's AI to VR and AR games

IBM and Unity are teaming up to bring Watson's AI to VR and AR games | RJI links | Scoop.it
The world's most popular game engine, Unity, is getting a lot smarter thanks to a partnership with IBM to bring the fabulous Watson to VR/AR.
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davidconover's curator insight, March 8, 11:27 AM
Our at-risk students continue to develop Serious Games with IBM &now Unity. The presentations of their SEL simulations that focus on Stress-Reduction, Disaster Preparation, & involve AI & VR are jaw-dropping. #seriousgames, #G4C, #IBMChampion, #IBMBlockchain, #IBMCode, #WeTeachCS
 
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Google turns on the charm with publishers by focusing on subscriptions

Google turns on the charm with publishers by focusing on subscriptions | RJI links | Scoop.it
Google is thinking about how it can help paywalled publishers, but its model still favors free news.
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Five conference takeaways worth trying in 2018

Last year, I had the opportunity to attend several conferences that gave me great insight into the media industry and how it is changing.
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Newsrooms should stop falling for all that glitters

Have you recently browsed through articles on future jobs in newsrooms? If so, you’ve probably learned that newsrooms are increasingly seeking growth editors, platform wranglers, newsroom conductors…
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3 lessons from The New York Times' digital subscription machine

3 lessons from The New York Times' digital subscription machine | RJI links | Scoop.it
The New York Times is doubling down on its subscription push so it is time to take a look into their digital subscription machine, to see how they plan to grow from 2.5 million digital subscribers to 10 million. For publishers big and small alike, here are three key lessons. Focus on conversions It’s good[...]
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These 4 Skills Are Essential To Succeeding In The Gig Economy

These 4 Skills Are Essential To Succeeding In The Gig Economy | RJI links | Scoop.it
There are skills you’ll need in order to make it in our evolving economy that you don’t learn in college.
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The launches custom story presentation with Google’s AMP Stories 

The  launches custom story presentation with Google’s AMP Stories  | RJI links | Scoop.it
Readers can discover AMP Stories on the Post site and on mobile in Google search results.
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"Displayed in a series of slides, The Post’s AMP Stories feature a large photo presentation, captivating graphics and video. Readers can tap through the experience and a visual indicator at the top of the story shows their progress. "

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European publishers look to digital subscriptions to reduce platform dependency

European publishers look to digital subscriptions to reduce platform dependency | RJI links | Scoop.it
Most survey respondents (70 percent) said they have evidence that readers’ willingness to pay for content has increased in the past year.
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Consumers Find 360 Video 'Overwhelming,' Aren't Sure What To Do With It 

Consumers Find 360 Video 'Overwhelming,' Aren't Sure What To Do With It  | RJI links | Scoop.it
Consumers Find 360 Video 'Overwhelming,' Aren't Sure What To Do With It - 03/13/2018
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How Hearst Newspapers changes its paywall to drive reader loyalty

How Hearst Newspapers changes its paywall to drive reader loyalty | RJI links | Scoop.it
The paywall changes based on the kinds of stories people read most.
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Now, a decade later, that local news outlets realize they lack scale to rely on digital advertising, there are some interesting experiments and tests on subscription models. This is one of the latest ones to show promise.

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Snap to Release New Spectacles This Year on

The Snapchat-maker plans to release an upgraded version of its Spectacles glasses by the fall. And a more ambitious third generation product, which could cost more than double the original price at $300, is on the docket for next year.
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The next platform you should be thinking about? Calendar apps.

The next platform you should be thinking about? Calendar apps. | RJI links | Scoop.it
In his book "The Power of Habit," Charles Duhigg writes about a t
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This is a smart idea. Not all innovations need to be mega hits or life changing. Sometimes just tapping into an existing habit can provide a less intrusive, yet useful connection to your audience.

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Samsung patents a flying display that’s controlled by your eyes

Samsung patents a flying display that’s controlled by your eyes | RJI links | Scoop.it
This Samsung patent is for a flying drone that can be controlled by your face, pupils, and hand gestures.
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Newsroom Leaders’ Top Priority Is Audience Growth

Newsroom Leaders’ Top Priority Is Audience Growth | RJI links | Scoop.it
What does the media metrics profession look like in 2018? How are editors and other newsroom leaders responding to seismic shifts in how audiences are built? In how audiences translate to revenue to pay for reporting? As we've done the last two years, we surveyed our readers here on MetricShift.
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New York Times Adapts Data Science Tools for Advertisers

New York Times Adapts Data Science Tools for Advertisers | RJI links | Scoop.it
New team will help lure marketers with tools to predict which articles will resonate with certain readers to better target advertising.
Brian Steffens's insight:

"“Project Feels” [aims] to help the Times determine how its readers would react to stories based on associations between content, keywords and emotion. ...  The newspaper can use that tool in what is called “perspective targeting,” attaching ads to articles predicted to have a certain resonance with readers."

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The Algo-pocalypse: Journalism in the digital dystopia

Facebook ostensibly announced a major change to its News Feed algorithm via a push notification from the New York Times. A notification heard ‘round the media world, with news that was intended less…
Brian Steffens's insight:

"Storytelling is a craft. It takes experience to develop that craft. And it takes good editors. In environments where staffs have been reduced and pay is not at its highest, it is hard for the work to develop into something meaningful. Telling good stories also requires subject-matter expertise. That simply requires time. All of these things are in short supply, particularly in digital-only houses. There is no greater existential threat, in my view, to the future of journalism."

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Growing your subscribers with newsletters

Growing your subscribers with newsletters | RJI links | Scoop.it
Newsletter subscribers are more likely to become paid subscribers—something internal research has shown to be true at many publishers. The New Yorker found that the top sign a reader will become a paid subscriber is if they are a newsletter subscriber, while
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What Blockchain Challenges Mean For Advertising 

What Blockchain Challenges Mean For Advertising - 02/19/2018
Brian Steffens's insight:

"We are far from thinking that blockchain will replace the entire process, from building the creatives to serving and monitoring the clicks on ads. That won't happen anytime soon. I do think there are small pieces it can replace. One is on the outbound end, like monitoring the number of times a real person clicks on the ad because that has a real impact on attribution."

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Facebook works it out with Apple to test news paywalls on iOS

Facebook works it out with Apple to test news paywalls on iOS | RJI links | Scoop.it
Facebook will begin allowing news publishers to run paywalls inside Facebook's iOS app starting March 1. Facebook started testing paywalls on Android in..
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The Autonomous Selfie Drone Is Here. Is Society Ready for It?

The Autonomous Selfie Drone Is Here. Is Society Ready for It? | RJI links | Scoop.it
A start-up called Skydio has created a consumer drone that flies itself. Its tech is likely to become ubiquitous.
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