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DNAinfo alums to launch Block Club Chicago news site

DNAinfo alums to launch Block Club Chicago news site | RJI links | Scoop.it
Three editors from the former DNAinfo Chicago are reuniting to start up a new neighborhood news website to be funded by reader subscriptions. Block Club Ch
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Student competition team maps out path to success in Austin, 20 other cities | RJI

Student competition team maps out path to success in Austin, 20 other cities | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Maply is a crowdsourced mobile map app created by four University of Missouri undergraduates and awarded the Technical Merit Award at the 2015–2016 annual RJI student competition. Jeff Orr, co-founder and CEO, took time out to provide a Maply update.
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When crafting your social media strategy, watch out for the curveball | RJI

When crafting your social media strategy, watch out for the curveball | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Everything seemed to be going along quite nicely with our project to create a social media strategy for the monthly Cincinnati magazine, until it wasn’t.
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Local News Pioneer Mike Orren on Industry's Future: A Steep but Climbable Hill

"There are no silver bullets," Mike Orren tells Tom Grubisich. Local news "has always been a complex industry, and advertising, marketing services, managing the print demand—all are going to continue to be a part of the equation."
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A solid "the sky is [not] falling" perspective, still cautionary, but well informed and filled with insights.

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Venture-backed News Startups and the Field of Journalism: Challenges, changes, and consistencies: Digital Journalism: Vol 5, No 9

(2017). Venture-backed News Startups and the Field of Journalism. Digital Journalism: Vol. 5, No. 9, pp. 1116-1133.
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2014-2015 RJI Fellow Nikki Usher launched her research into venture-backed news startups during her fellowship. Read her findings here.

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Meet David Cohn who is leading Advance Local's Innovation Lab

Meet David Cohn who is leading Advance Local's Innovation Lab | RJI links | Scoop.it
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2010-2011 RJI Fellow David Cohn now heads up Advance Local's Innovation Lab. Check out the latest innovation moves in legacy companies.

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How Stuff harnessed a homegrown social network to reach local audiences

How Stuff harnessed a homegrown social network to reach local audiences | RJI links | Scoop.it
Stuff owns the popular New Zealand hyperlocal social media platform Neighbourly, allowing the news media company to reach local communities with relevant information and stories.
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There was AOL, then Patch, then all manner of social. Now check out Stuff and Neighbourly. See what's possible.

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6 audience segments defined by preferences (hint: trust is key)

6 audience segments defined by preferences (hint: trust is key) | RJI links | Scoop.it
Though different audience segments have different characteristics, they all turn to newspaper brands for trusted, in-depth coverage.
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News media companies must create new business models to survive

News media companies must create new business models to survive | RJI links | Scoop.it
New media business models must account for revenue stability, news coverage resources, and technology capability and resources.
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Things Move Fast: Introducing McClatchy New Ventures and McClatchy Studios

Four years ago, when we set out on this adventure to better incorporate video into our DNA, we were laser-focused on getting our 30 news organizations into the video game. Fast-forward to today, and…
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Here’s a blueprint for a sustainable online state news nonprofit » Nieman Journalism Lab

Here’s a blueprint for a sustainable online state news nonprofit » Nieman Journalism Lab | RJI links | Scoop.it
VT Digger is the little nonprofit that could. The online news outlet serving the second least-populous state in the U.S. is turning nine this summer, and now has 19 full-time staff, an annual budget over $1.5 million, and close to 300,000 average monthly visitors (almost half the population of the …
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"It publishes eight to 12 stories each day, and is trying everything under the sun to grow its audience and its revenue streams: email newsletters, podcasting, its own mobile app, Instant Articles experimentation, a bill tracker ..."

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Report Finds Digital News Subscriptions Driven By Customer Perception of Exclusive Content

Report Finds Digital News Subscriptions Driven By Customer Perception of Exclusive Content | RJI links | Scoop.it
The key to driving more digital news subscriptions is communicating your exclusive content to create a powerful value proposition for consumers.
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How to hire a millennial | RJI

How to hire a millennial | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Millennials and the generations coming up behind them are the future of news and journalism … we hope! And as an industry, we’ve not done a great job of attracting their readership and viewership.
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What is the role of journalists in holding artificial intelligence accountable?

Journalists, who routinely ask questions of their sources, should also be asking questions about an algorithm’s methodology. The rules created for algorithms need to be explicit and understood. The…
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The 7 Percent Rule

The 7 Percent Rule | RJI links | Scoop.it
“Hmmm……interesting,” came the initial responses, usually followed by silence. Only Raju Narisetti, then managing editor at the Washington Post, knew offhand. “A surprisingly low number,” he responded quickly with a smile. “About eight.” These days, Narisetti, now CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, isn’t alone in knowing that stat — which most newspaper executives say is [...]
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An oldie but goodie (i.e. some mentioned here -- such as Raju Narisetti -- have moved on to new opportunities). This is a perspective long held by print advocates, but Ken updates it for digital publishers.

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How the Financial Times uses Instagram Stories as a traffic driver

How the Financial Times uses Instagram Stories as a traffic driver | RJI links | Scoop.it
The average number of likes, shares and comments on the FT’s Instagram posts between April 2017 and April 2018 was 2,703 per post, far exceeding Facebook.
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What Machine Learning Means for Your SEO

What Machine Learning Means for Your SEO | RJI links | Scoop.it
SEO is going to change over the next few years as machine learning and AI impact the discipline. As long as you stay abreast of the changes, you'll be fine.
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Two key aspects to pay attention to: Quality content, and the user experience.

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INMA: Online tests at tronc show readers respond to offer + journalism

INMA: Online tests at tronc show readers respond to offer + journalism | RJI links | Scoop.it
Despite stating reliable news is of importance, tronc’s readers responded better to discounted offers in recent tests. The most popular offer combines the two.
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Everyone can offer advice, even uncle Joe. But tested examples and results? Find a few here!

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Pear Video produces hundreds of news videos a day across China – with no journalists.

Pear Video produces hundreds of news videos a day across China – with no journalists. | RJI links | Scoop.it
Pear employs 500 staff in tech, marketing, and administration. And not a single full-time journo. We take a look at how that works.
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Email—yes, email—is the next great media platform

Email—yes, email—is the next great media platform | RJI links | Scoop.it
Editorial-focused newsletters are gaining momentum—and a small Dutch company is putting inbox-based publishing within everyone’s reach.
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Mobile is the Fastest Growing Advertising Channel | BIA Advisory Services

Mobile is the Fastest Growing Advertising Channel | BIA Advisory Services | RJI links | Scoop.it
56.5% of small businesses are using mobile advertising, according to data from BIA’s latest Local Commerce Monitor™ (LCM) survey report,  Mobile Advertising and  Small Businesses , up from 22.9% of small businesses just two years ago. Small business advertisers are attracted to mobile’s better …
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Are you creating mobile ad services for your local SMB's? If not, somebody else will. Mobile isn't just about news distribution ... nor just about programmatic national and regional advertising. It is (or should be) all about LOCAL for local news organizations.

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Why The New York Times likes short-run newsletters

Why The New York Times likes short-run newsletters | RJI links | Scoop.it
The Times sees pop-up newsletters as a good way to introduce people to the publication’s breadth of coverage and help the Times reach niche audiences.
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"A limited run makes them appealing; they tap into a subject people are fervent about; they’re written by experts and give people something they can’t find elsewhere."

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In Fake News Era, Quality Online Publishers Leap Ahead In Engagement

In Fake News Era, Quality Online Publishers Leap Ahead In Engagement | RJI links | Scoop.it
In Fake News Era, Quality Online Publishers Leap Ahead In Engagement - 05/18/2018
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Flush with spectrum-sale dollars, a Pennsylvania PBS station is doubling down on a different kind of local news

Flush with spectrum-sale dollars, a Pennsylvania PBS station is doubling down on a different kind of local news | RJI links | Scoop.it
"Our goal is a newscast that is complementary to the commercial news": Think important local issues, not car crashes and sports scores.
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"We’re not going to do the weather, traffic, crime, and sports scores, but rather take more of a solutions-process-accountability journalism approach ... Stories will typically range from three to six minutes."

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