3 things BuzzFeed News thinks about before sending a push alert

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump met Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York. While the big story in the U.S. that day was the passage of the Republican healthcare bill in the House of Representatives, the meeting was major news in Australia. As a result, BuzzFeed News decided to send an alert to its app users who have chosen to follow Australia news in its news app. The alert read: “There were some delays, but Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump finally met in person. Here’s how it went down. 👴🏻 ❤️ 👴🏻 ” Yes, it included the emoji, which has purposefully become a hallmark of the BuzzFeed News app, Brianne O’Brien, the lead news curation editor at BuzzFeed’s London office said on a panel at the ONA Dublin conference on Friday. After BuzzFeed launched its news app in 2015, two-thirds of the downloads were from
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Have an idea for immersive storytelling in journalism? Your project could get up to $35,000 from a new fund

A new challenge from Journalism 360 — the initiative launched last fall by Google News Lab and the Online News Association in partnership with the Knight Foundation — is looking for ideas on how to advance journalism’s collective understanding of these technologies. There’s money in it: A challenge announced Wednesday will offer grants up to $35,000 “to test, refine and build out a project,” from a pool of $250,000. (Knight is also a supporter of Nieman Lab.)

The focus is on “projects that will yield lessons”:

We want projects that use immersive storytelling to fuel innovation and new ideas, while addressing the many open questions facing this nascent industry. We’re not prescriptive in what your project should be. We welcome all kinds of ideas, from new ways to produce and apply the technology, to the workflows, roles and skills required to create better journalism and enhanced storytelling techniques, to Continue reading "Have an idea for immersive storytelling in journalism? Your project could get up to $35,000 from a new fund"

Futures Lab #181: Journalism 360, an Immersive Storytelling Initiative

Journalism 360 is an initiative to help journalists experiment with immersive storytelling through events, training, grants, Medium posts and Google Hangouts. The effort aims to connect journalists and build a community around 360 video and augmented and virtual reality for news. Reporting by Reuben Stern and Lindsey Miller

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Major Trends at #ONA16: Robots, Social Video, Distributed Content, and the Snapocalypse

News robots, social video and distributed content were among key ideas for journalism educators at the Online News Association conference in Denver last week. The conference focused on digital ideas in an environment where journalism students and new employees with traditional storytelling skills are seen as assets to companies from CNN to NowThis News — as long as they also have the digital skills to take their stories beyond common platforms and approaches.
“How many Snapchat classes are offered in America this semester? I would say not many, but maybe after spending the week here, there will be next term -- if there’s that flexibility and some change agents on campus to make that happen." - Jody Brannon, ONA executive board member and Education Committee coordinator
Outgoing ONA director Jane MacDonnell said the conference is known as a “super-sized petri dish for new ideas and innovations.”
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Futures Lab Update #165: Trends and Ideas from the ONA16 Conference in Denver

This story first appeared on RJI’s Futures LabReporting by Rachel Wise. 

PART 1: ONA16 conference recap

This year’s gathering of the Online News Association brought together more than 2,200 digital journalists and innovators from all over the world for a three-day showcase of the latest trends and ideas moving journalism forward. There were many discussions that took place in Denver this year — on topics including virtual reality, distributed content, interactive tools, audience engagement, analytics and impact.
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But there were four key topics dominated both the conference schedule and hallway conversations: automation, immersive storytelling, social media platforms and experimentation. We sat down with two ONA leaders — Joshua Hatch, ONA president and assistant managing editor of data and interactives at The Chronicle of Higher Education, and David Cohn, ONA treasurer and senior director at Alpha
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Hot Pod: There’s a new (and problematic) way to measure which podcasts are the most popular

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-eight, published September 20, 2016. Another public-facing podcast ranker. It’s troublesome, though if you’re a podcast publisher you best pay close attention nonetheless. This one’s going to be long, so either skip it or strap in. Here’s the deal: Podtrac, the decade-old podcast measurement (and until its recent restructure, advertising) company, announced a new podcast ranker yesterday, one that aspires to display the top 20 podcasts in the industry based on monthly downloads. This is the second such public-facing ranking that the company has released in recent months; In May, Podtrac pumped out a chart that ranked podcast publishers against each other based on network-wide monthly downloads. That initial ranker suffered from two glaring flaws. First, it can’t be considered adequately representative of the podcast industry because of its incomplete sampling. (The original report purports to cover
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Knight and other foundations support a local news and student journalism fund at ONA

Five foundations on Thursday said they were continuing to support a program administered by the Online News Association which provides grants of up to $35,000 to universities to conduct experiments in journalism education which allow students to report on local news. The five foundations — the Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, and the Rita Allen Foundation — said they were contributing $985,000 to support the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education for an additional two years. The program is administered by the Online News Association, and the new funding was announced in Denver at the association’s annual conference. The fund will begin accepting applications this fall, and the accepted projects must be completed during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. At least one of the projects that is deemed most impactful will receive a grand prize as well. The foundations Continue reading "Knight and other foundations support a local news and student journalism fund at ONA"