How NPR considers what new platforms — from smartwatches to fridges — will get its programming

Here is a (far from complete) list of places where you can listen to NPR programming: Your old school radio. Your car radio. Your smartphone. Your smartwatch. Your Amazon Echo. Your Google Home. Your refrigerator? If you own a Samsung Family Hub fridge (which features a giant screen on one of its doors), you can get a bulletin briefing of your calendar for the day, as well as an hourly news update, via NPR. (That’s in the United States. In Europe, the news partner is Upday; in Korea, it’s Kakao.) “Folks in the building have the same questions. I heard somebody talking about the fridge the other day — ‘Is that true, we’re on a fridge?’ I said, yeah,” Ha-Hoa Hamano, NPRs senior product manager, told me, amused at my excitement. (Full disclosure: I have an explicable obsession with this fridge thing, which we first Continue reading "How NPR considers what new platforms — from smartwatches to fridges — will get its programming"

How Technology Becomes ‘Irresistible,’ And What We Can Do to Resist

In 2015, a video of a group of sorority sisters at an Arizona Diamondbacks game went viral. The young women relentlessly took selfies while flipping their hair, making faces, and showing each other their phones. Presumably, a baseball game was taking place, but they hardly knew it. The action inspired a bit of banter between the television announcers. “That’s the best one of the 300 pictures I’ve taken of myself today!” one said. “Every girl in the picture is locked into her phone,” the announcer observed. “They’re all just completely transfixed by the technology…Can we do an intervention?” Watching these ladies felt like a scientific experiment — a chance to observe the American twenty-something in the grip of a powerful addiction when she doesn’t know she’s being watched. Many people, like the announcers, had a laugh at the women’s expense, while others criticized
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Study: More Americans than ever are getting their news on mobile, but there are huge partisan divides over the media’s proper role

It turns out that The Resistance to President Trump is accelerating changes in how many Americans — especially Democrats — are consuming news. Americans increasingly prefer to get their news on mobile devices and are accessing more national news, according to a study out Wednesday from the Pew Research Center. These changes are being driven by Democrats; the report also highlights a number of growing divisions in Democrats’ and Republicans’ attitudes about the media. Pew reports that 45 percent of U.S. adults now “often” get news on mobile devices. That’s an increase from 36 percent last year and 21 percent in 2013. The percentage of Americans who “often” get news on their laptop or desktop stayed practically the same from 2013 through 2017 with 31 percent of U.S. adults saying they “often” read or watch news in that way, according to Pew. In total, 85 percent of Americans now
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Futures Lab #192: Audio Sharing via SoundBYTE

SoundBYTE is a social app that allows users to record and share audio with followers around the world, 14 seconds at a time. We find out how it works from Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Dan Kearns. Reporting by Kexin Sun, Rachel Wise and Jessica King.

Additional information: The app is free and currently available only for iOS devices. Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update. RJI Futures Lab web bannerThe Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new Continue reading "Futures Lab #192: Audio Sharing via SoundBYTE"

News aggregator Upday, a sort of Apple News counterpart for Android, expands into 16 countries

What happens if you preinstall a news app on millions of new Samsung phones in Europe, in the way that Apple “gifted” U2’s 2014 album to unsuspecting iTunes users? It appears so far that people have responded much better to that offering than iPhone users did to the much-maligned U2 giveaway. News aggregator app Upday, an Axel Springer brainchild on which the company has placed big hopes for European ubiquity, comes already installed on new Samsung — and only Samsung — smartphones in Germany, France, Poland, and the U.K. The app boasts more than 8 million unique monthly users, according to Upday editor-in-chief and chief product officer Jan-Eric Peters, thanks in large part to that exclusive arrangement with Samsung. The app will now also be preinstalled on Samsung’s new S8 phones, which become available on Friday in Europe, and expand into 12 additional countries,
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Contraponto do Apple News para Android se espalha por 16 países da Europa

O que aconteceria se você pré-instalasse 1 aplicativo de notícias em milhares de novos celulares Samsung na Europa, do mesmo jeito que a Apple “presenteou” com 1 álbum do U2 os usuários do iTunes em 2014? Parece que, até agora, as pessoas responderam melhor à primeira oferta do que os usuários do iPhone ao tão maldito brinde do U2. O agregador de notícias Upday, uma criação da Axel Springer na qual a empresa coloca grandes esperanças de se tornar presente em toda a Europa, vem instalado em novos smartphones da Samsung –e apenas Samsung–em Alemanha, França, Polônia e Reino Unido. O app ostenta mais de 8 milhões de visitantes únicos por mês, de acordo com o editor-chefe e chefe de produto do Upday Jan-Eric Peters, em grande parte por causa do acordo exclusivo com a Samsung. O aplicativo vem pré-instalado nos novos celulares Samsung S8, que foram Continue reading "Contraponto do Apple News para Android se espalha por 16 países da Europa"

Media Metrics Roundup for April 5, 2017

BuzzFeed’s Quest For Impact In The Viral News Era

(Noah Robischon / Fast Company)
Here are Jonah Peretti’s ideas on how to measure impact.

The ‘Serial’ Team’s New Podcast, ‘S-Town,’ Tops 10 Million Downloads in Four Days

(Todd Spangler / Variety)
Context for the reboot’s big numbers.

Analysis Without Benchmarks: An Approach for Measuring the Success of Innovation Projects

(Sarah Schmalbach / The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab)
A terrific behind-the-scenes look at developing new metrics for mobile.

4 Simple Ways to Boost Email Engagement

(McKenzie Gregory / Emma)
Lessons from consumer marketing.

Vice: “At the Crux of Everything We Do, We Want to Tell a Story”

(Liam Corcoran / NewsWhip)
Reach still matters.

From MetricShift