The People Want Live Video. Here’s How Reuters Responded

Reuters is taking video live-streaming to another level with a new multi-feed service it claims gives print outlets a leg up on their broadcast rivals. Reuters Connect, launched several months ago, now boasts “real-time coverage of up to six concurrent news events for use by television broadcasters and professional video publishers,” according to an announcement. Heather Carpenter, Reuters public relations manager and head of special projects, adds via email: “We developed the product after seeing an interesting trend among our media customers: an 88% surge in demand for live video since June last year. With the new service, broadcasters and publishers will be able to access up to six different streaming news feeds to publish across their platforms. This will also help traditional print outlets compete with broadcasters, since they’ll now be able to live-stream news events in the same way broadcasters do.” The service taps into what
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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.”

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.
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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