Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 27

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. 2017 World Press Freedom Index – Tipping Point (Reporters Without Borders) 2. This is How The New York Times is Using Bots to Create More One-to-One Experiences With Readers (Andrew Phelps / Nieman Lab) 3. Snapchat Discover Lands in Germany with Vice and Sky Sports Announced as Publishing Partners (Rebecca Stewart / The Drum) 4. What’s Holding Back Virtual Reality News? Slow Tech Adoption, Monetization, and Yes, Dull Content (Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab) 5. Desktop and Mobile Ad Revenue Surpasses TV for the First Time (George Slefo / Advertising Age) 6. In the Shadow of the Duopoly, Media Rivals are Becoming Allies (Sahil Patel / Digiday) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 27"

These are the bots powering Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post efforts to build a modern digital newspaper

Editor’s note: Last weekend was the latest edition of my favorite journalism conference, the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin. You can catch up on what you missed through these two epic YouTube videos of the two days’ livestreams. But there were two talks in particular that I thought Nieman Lab readers might be interested in seeing, from America’s two top newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Both Andrew Phelps, an editor on the Times’ Story[X] newsroom R&D team, and Joey Marburger, the Post’s director of product, spoke about how they were using bots in their news operations. Today, we’re publishing transcripts (lightly edited for clarity) of their two talks. Below is Joey’s talk; Andrew’s is over here.

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How Publishers Can Navigate the Metrics of Outrage

I changed my screensaver recently, so it displays the current top searches via Google Trends. Now after I step away from my computer for a few minutes, I come back and feel like I’ve walked into a coffee shop where I can eavesdrop on the rapid-fire gossip of the internet. The topics are predictable. Sports, celebrity deaths, TV shows, a new release from a musician or election results. Then there’s one other theme that appears irregularly but often enough I notice it: Outrage!!! I can usually tell through my Google Trends screensaver when the internet is roiling with rage because it’s a “one of these things is not like the other” situation. When Arsenal, the Cavs and, say, Pepsi, Sean Spicer, United, or Shea Butter show up among the top searches, I can guess that there are playoff games going on and something got the internet angry. Unable to stop myself, I search and find dozens
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 26

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Univision News Partners with Nieman Lab to Keep Spanish-Speaking Journalists Abreast of Latest News Trends and Innovations in Digital Journalism (Univision) 2. In a Redesign, The Huffington Post (Now Just HuffPost) Doubles Down on its “Equalizing Tabloid” Roots (Shan Wang / Nieman Lab) 3. Brands are Testing Shoppable Videos on Instagram Stories and Snap Ads (Tanya Dua / Digiday) 4. The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think (Jack Shafer and Tucker Doherty / Politico) 5. Facebook Shows Related Articles and Fact Checkers Before You Open Links (Josh Constine / TechCrunch) 6. Why the Odds Are Stacked Against the Jimmy Wales Journalism Project (Matthew Ingram / Fortune) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 26"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 24

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Google and Partners Try to Block the March of Ad-Blockers (Mark Bergen / Bloomberg) 2. Yahoo’s Demise Is a Death Knell for Digital News Orgs (Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic) 3. Stat Published a Print Section in Sunday’s Boston Globe — And it Might Be Coming to a Paper Near You (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 4. YouTube Says it Fixed the Problem with Restricted Mode That was Filtering LGBTQ+ Content (Sarah Perez / TechCrunch) 5. A Lesson in Moscow About Trump-Style ‘Alternative Truth’ (Jim Rutenberg / New York Times) 6. The Guardian Pulls Out of Facebook’s Instant Articles and Apple News (Jessica Davies / Digiday) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Inbox!

MediaShift Podcast #230: Videotaped Murder Disrupts Facebook’s F8; Ballmer’s Massive Gov Database; Craig Newmark on Fighting Misinformation

In the news this week, Facebook goes head-first into augmented reality and virtual reality at its F8 conference, but a videotaped murder puts a damper on the party. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer releases USAFacts, with beautiful visualizations about government data — but will anyone care an age of alternative facts? And the new school goes old school, as video startup Cheddar gives away TV antennas with Dunkin Donuts to entice more millennials to watch. Our Metric of the Week is Facebook Post Reach, and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark talks about his charitable giving and his mission to promote trustworthy journalism. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 21

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Ad Industry Powers Consider Adopting Ad Blocking on a Wide Scale (George Slefo / Advertising Age) 2. A Facebook Bot Purge Clobbered USA Today, and No One Knows Why (Nausicaa Renner and David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. Facebook is Looking to Hire a Head of News Products to Combat Fake News (Kurt Wagner / Recode) 4. The Financial Times Started a Mergers and Acquisitions Newsletter for its Highest-Paying Subscribers (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 5. Publishers Fear Fallout of Google-Backed Ad Blocker (Jessica Davies And Lucia Moses / Digiday) 6. City Magazines, Dependent on Print, Face Uncertain Future Amid Wave of Deals (Tony Rehagen / Columbia Journalism Review) Get the Daily Must Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 21"