Now you can take a 24-hour Trump news “snooze” on the Quartz app

If you’ve started feeling panicky every day between 5 and 6 p.m. because the volume of Trump news and notifications are just too much, there is a solution for you in the Quartz iPhone app: The app was updated Tuesday to let users turn on a “24-hour political timeout” that will not show them any news or notifications about DJT for one full relaxing day. The offering comes at a time when the phones of news junkies — or even just people who have both The Washington Post and The New York Times’ apps installed on their phones — blow up regularly. (See: Nieman Lab staff, 5:45 p.m. during a recent solemn event.) Last week, Continue reading "Now you can take a 24-hour Trump news “snooze” on the Quartz app"

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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Australia’s public broadcaster is using Apple News push alerts to reach new, younger audiences

Apple News sometimes gets forgotten about amid the discussion of Facebook and Twitter, but the platform is growing as a way for publishers to reach new audiences. With last year’s launch of iOS 10, Apple started letting publishers send users push notifications through the app, which comes preinstalled on all iOS devices. Apple also changed the on-boarding process, highlighting specific publications and encouraging users to enable alerts. For the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the country’s public broadcaster, that’s added up to more than 1.3 million subscribers who’ve enabled push alerts since September. (Australia is home to roughly 23 million people, so that’s a noteworthy share in a short time.) ABC’s audience on Apple News is younger and more female than its readers on other digital platforms, and 75 percent of the people it reaches there are new to the brand, deputy mobile editor Lincoln Archer told me recently.
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: Jan. 5

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1. Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China (Katie Benner and Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times)

  1. GOP Approves New Fines for Livestreaming Protests on House Floor (Heather Caygle / Politico)
  2. Medium Lays Off a Third of Its Staff As It Searches for a New Business Model (Casey Newton / The Verge)

4. Could Changing the Way Bylines Look Help Increase Trust With Readers? (Melody Kramer / Poynter)

  1. How The Wall Street Journal Made Its Push Notifications More Attention-Worthy (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab)

6. The New York Times Wants to Offer You a Guided Tour of the Met (and Eventually a Lot More Too) (Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab)

 

Iterate, iterate, iterate: How The Wall Street Journal made its push notifications more attention-worthy

Last August, The Wall Street Journal set a push alert about a story about how alcohol companies are responding to new research that shows consumption of adult beverages might increase the risk of cancer. The notification could’ve been a fairly staid report on industry trends, but the Journal decided to try and make the story more relatable. “Moderate drinking is under fire and alcohol companies are pushing back,” the alert read, recalled Journal mobile product manager Greg Emerson. “It is an analysis piece of trends going on in the alcohol industry with implications for alcohol and beverage companies, but we were able in that push to give the news that alcohol companies need to devise new strategies to combat social changes and behavioral changes that lead to people drinking less, and we were able to make that clear but also make it pretty human and pretty relatable,” Emerson said. With Continue reading "Iterate, iterate, iterate: How The Wall Street Journal made its push notifications more attention-worthy"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: Dec. 22

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1. Zuckerberg Implies Facebook is a Media Company, Just “Not a Traditional Media Company” (Josh Constine / TechCrunch)

2. ‘A Very Blunt Instrument’: The Potential and Power of Mobile Notifications (Nausicaa Renner / CJR)

3. 5 New Automated Fact-Checking Projects Underway (Jessica Davies / Digiday)

4. Disney-ABC to Produce Snapchat Original Series, Starting With ‘The Bachelor’ Aftershow (Todd Spangler / Variety) 5. AP Poll: US Election Voted Top News Story of 2016 (Associated Press)

6. The Movie That Doesn’t Exist and the Redditors Who Think It Does (Amelia Tait / New Statesman)

 

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Must Reads in Media & Technology: Nov. 30

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1. We Asked 8,500 Internet Commenters Why They Do What They Do (Christie Aschwanden / FiveThirtyEight)

2. If Trump Tweets It, Is It News? A Quandary for the News Media (Michael M. Grynbaum and Sydney Ember / New York Times)

3. Facebook Shouldn’t Fact-Check (Jessica Lessin / New York Times)

4. ‘A Classic Commons Problem’: Publishers are Going Notifications Crazy (Max Willens / Digiday)

5. The Guardian Has Moved to HTTPS (Mariot Chauvinand Huma Islam / The Guardian)

6. Three Projects Will Help Better Inform the Public Through Technology Innovation with $540,000 from Knight Foundation (Knight Foundation)

 

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