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Friday, December 11, 2015

Investigating the network: The top 10 articles from the year in digital news and social media research

We sift through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here are 10 of the most interesting studies about social and digital media published in 2015. By John Wihbey.

How big a threat is adblocking to publishers? Here’s video of our New York City event on the subject

There was a lot of talk about adblocking in 2015. Has it developed into the sort of threat publishers feared? By Joshua Benton.

The N.C. Newsroom Cooperative wants to give independent journalists a home base

The cooperative is based out of a new coworking space in Research Triangle Park and will host programming, help member journalists forge connections, and potentially even offer an online catalog to promote their work. By Shan Wang.
What We’re ReadingThe Billfold / Mike DangBillfold, The Awl Network’s personal finance site, moves onto Medium →“In an age of ad blocking, they’ll also help us figure out new revenue streams so we can continue to do what we’re doing.”National Journal / Ronald BrownsteinNational Journal ends print magazine publication, will continue newsletter and website →An immensely gloomy goodbye letter; separate editor’s note here.Washington Post / WashPostPRWashington Post launches new video player for continuous viewing while reading →“When a user launches a video and starts to scroll through a story on desktop, the video player will move from the primary position to the lower left corner of the screen. The video will then continue to follow users as they move down the page to read an article. If the user no longer wants to view the video, clicking on the x in the upper left corner of the player will pause the video and close the player.”CapitalnewyorkWhat a Quartz sale might look like, and why →Ken Doctor attempts to figure out what it’s worth and who might want to buy it.Digiday / Shareen PathakThe New York Times’s latest virtual reality project is an ad for the Weinstein Company →T Brand Studio launched the experience for the studio’s upcoming movie Carol. The Times declined to disclose the pricing on the ad.Financial Times / James Fontanella-Khan and Shannon BondSources say Atlantic Media is in talks to sell Quartz →“Given our ambitions for Quartz, we would be remiss in not evaluating opportunities as they arise,” a spokesperson said.The New York Times / David BarbozaChinese Internet giant Alibaba is buying the South China Morning Post →“Alibaba said the deal was fueled by a desire to improve China’s image and offer an alternative to the biased lens of Western news media outlets. While Alibaba said the Chinese government had no role in its deal to buy the Hong Kong newspaper, the company’s position aligns closely with that of the Communist Party, which has grown increasingly critical of the way Western news organizations cover China.”The Communications NetworkAn interview with New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo →“The reason that it’s difficult to talk about The New York Times as a gatekeeper anymore is I’m not even sure that we do serve that function.” From Fuego What a Quartz sale might look like, and why —ww​w.capitalnewyork.c​om
Watch the best news bloopers of 2015! —bo​ingboing.n​et
Alibaba buys the South China Morning Post: Full Q&A with executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai —ww​w.scmp.c​om
Ted Cruz campaign using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users —ww​w.theguardian.c​om
Bittersweet news for TODAY family: Willard Scott announces retirement —ww​w.today.c​om
Fuego is our heat-seeking Twitter bot, tracking the stories the future-of-journalism crowd is talking about most. Usually those are about journalism and technology, although sometimes they get distracted by politics, sports, or GIFs. (No humans were involved in this listing, and linking is not endorsing.) Check out Fuego on the web to get up-to-the-minute news.

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