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FL#200: Experimenting with interactive VR at Crossover | RJI

FL#200: Experimenting with interactive VR at Crossover | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Could immersive storytelling that detects what viewers feel change the way they think?
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Scripps, Time Inc. Among Media Companies Starting Shows on Amazon's New Echo

Scripps, Time Inc. Among Media Companies Starting Shows on Amazon's New Echo | RJI links | Scoop.it
Major media companies like Scripps Networks Interactive and Time Inc. are developing video and services for the device, called the Amazon Echo Show.
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The News Quality Scoring Project: Surfacing Great Journalism From The Web

The News Quality Scoring Project: Surfacing Great Journalism From The Web | RJI links | Scoop.it
Last week, the Knight Prototype Fund awarded a total of $1M to 20 projects aimed at improving the quality of information. The funders are the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy…
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A Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence

A Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence | RJI links | Scoop.it
Raab Associates recently took an informal census of vendors using artificial intelligence for marketing or customer management. The list, which is nowhere near complete, included more than 120 vendors offering 58 distinct capabilities within nineteen categories. Exactly one of the nineteen categories (biometrics) had no obvious application to publishing (and even biometrics has some non-obvious …
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"Exactly one of the nineteen categories (biometrics) had no obvious application to publishing (and even biometrics has some non-obvious applications)." ... Meaning nearly all of these can or should have application for publishers.

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Civil wants to use cryptoeconomics and blockchain to build the future of news. What?

Civil wants to use cryptoeconomics and blockchain to build the future of news. What? | RJI links | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard the bad news. Newspapers are struggling because of decreasing circulation and advertising revenue, media organizations are competing with Google and Facebook for traffic and l…
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Behind Home Page Media’s Growth in Nashville: Change and One Big Constant

Behind Home Page Media’s Growth in Nashville: Change and One Big Constant | RJI links | Scoop.it
In this Q & A, CEO Kelly Gilfillan, who co-founded Home Page Media in 2009, talks about what she changed and what she didn't to maintain Home Page Media's
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[Facebook is] "Very important. Social media provides 35% of our traffic on most of the sites."

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WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media | RJI links | Scoop.it
The private instant messaging app is surging in popularity as a way to share and discuss the news.
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Cheatsheet: The state of paying for news 

Cheatsheet: The state of paying for news  | RJI links | Scoop.it
Despite the recent Trump subscription bump enjoyed by several publishers, most readers remain unwilling to pay for news online.
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The App Economy Forecast: $6 Trillion in New Value

The value of the global app economy will expand from $1.3 trillion in 2016 to $6.3 trillion in 2021 thanks to device base growth and increasing engagement with apps.

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This may be a global report, but the projections for the U.S. mirror the overall findings. "The United States will continue to show strong growth in the forecast period, as it begins a slower transition to the mobile-first economy."

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Report: AWS set to add machine-translation services for developers

It sounds like Amazon Web Services is getting ready to bring translation technology used on the Amazon.com side of the house over to AWS, where developers…
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Most Publishers Are Lousy at Audience Development

Most Publishers Are Lousy at Audience Development | RJI links | Scoop.it
As media companies, we pride ourselves on building long-term content relationships with our readers. Our audiences are the lifeblood of our businesses driving advertising, subscription, event, lead generation, and other revenues. But despite our reliance on our audiences, we often struggle at developing them. It seems increasingly difficult for us to get more email subscribers, …
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An oldie but oh-so-goodie.

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Snips raises $13 million for voice platform that gives gadgets an alternative to Google and Amazon

Snips raises $13 million for voice platform that gives gadgets an alternative to Google and Amazon | RJI links | Scoop.it
Snips announced today that it has raised $13 million to boost its launch of a new voice platform designed to give hardware makers an alternative to Google’s Home and Amazon’s Alexa.
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INN launches Amplify news-sharing pilot; Sherry Skalko to direct

CHICAGO — June 29, 2017 — The Institute for Nonprofit News, an incubator and support network for nonprofit newsrooms  with 120+ members organizations across the U.S., is launching Amplify News -- a news distribution, placement and partnership hub to expand the reach and impact of news coverage from Midwestern communities. The Amplify News Midwest pilot […]
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Reach, skills and 'feet on the ground': Benefits for local and national newsrooms to collaborate on stories

Reach, skills and 'feet on the ground': Benefits for local and national newsrooms to collaborate on stories | RJI links | Scoop.it
Whether it's for distribution or access to a certain skill, editorial collaborations between locals and nationals can benefit both parties
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2014-2015 RJI Fellow Tim Griggs https://goo.gl/pWC03B shares his insights on and makes the case for collaboration. https://goo.gl/j6BKF7 

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You can now use social audio app Anchor to publish podcasts

You can now use social audio app Anchor to publish podcasts | RJI links | Scoop.it
"Our hope is that we can remove all of the technical and difficult aspects of the process to the end user."
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The Washington Post leverages artificial intelligence in comment moderation

The Washington Post leverages artificial intelligence in comment moderation | RJI links | Scoop.it
The proprietary technology uses machine learning to automatically filter comments that require human moderating, flag stories that require real-time monitoring, and approve or delete comments based on The Post’s discussion policy.
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Adobe launches voice analytics for Siri, Alexa, and other intelligent assistants

Adobe launches voice analytics for Siri, Alexa, and other intelligent assistants | RJI links | Scoop.it
Adobe Analytics Cloud can now track the performance of voice-enabled intelligent assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, and Samsung’s Bixby, marking the company’s first foray into voice analytics and conversational computing.
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"The difference in using Adobe Analytics Cloud ... is its ability to combine datasets and track a customer across multiple devices — from Alexa to the web to offline ..."

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Kaleida launches The Attention Index, an open-source algorithm to measure the impact of stories

Kaleida launches The Attention Index, an open-source algorithm to measure the impact of stories | RJI links | Scoop.it
The index looks at whether a story is featured prominently on the homepage and for how long, as well as how readers engage with it on Facebook, to measure attention
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When they trust media less, they’re willing to pay more

A new study of internet users in Spain shows that those who trust “the media” less are more willing to pay for news online.

The explanation for this counterintuitive behavior is that those…
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Three charts that show how big video is on Instagram

Three charts that show how big video is on Instagram | RJI links | Scoop.it
Our new data also shows that videos are attracting a lot of engagement on Instagram in 2017.
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Take a Pokémon Go-style tour of the University of Washington’s future computer science building

Take a Pokémon Go-style tour of the University of Washington’s future computer science building | RJI links | Scoop.it
Seattleites impatient to see what the University of Washington’s new $110 million computer science building will look like can get a high-tech preview…
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5 Ways Publishers Are Using Personalization Tech

5 Ways Publishers Are Using Personalization Tech | RJI links | Scoop.it
“Personalization is not just about contextual relevance,” said Hearst Magazines advisor Michael Dugan at Wednesday’s FUSE Media Forum on the Pursuit of Personalization. “It’s about truly understanding your audience.” That statement perfectly captures the tenor of the discussions held at the executive summit in New York City. At the FUSE Media Forum, publishing leaders explained …
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VR, AR Developers Move Away From Mobile To Higher-End Systems

VR, AR Developers Move Away From Mobile To Higher-End Systems | RJI links | Scoop.it
VR, AR Developers Move Away From Mobile To Higher-End Systems - 06/26/2017
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Why So Many Corporate Innovation Programs Don't Work

Why So Many Corporate Innovation Programs Don't Work | RJI links | Scoop.it
A new study from 500 Startups explains why it's so hard for the two to work together.
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"... corporations aren’t working with enough startups -- only 9% do more than 50 startup pilots a year -- which isn’t enough to yield a meaningful number of successful deals. ..."

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