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Meet “dialogue,” the new front in the Internet commenting wars: The latest from Nieman Lab

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Meet “dialogue,” the new front in the Internet commenting wars

Discussions > social media > comments? By Laura Hazard Owen.

News outlets left and right (and up, down, and center) are embracing virtual reality technology

Among those experimenting is The Wall Street Journal, which plans to open source its 360-degree mobile video and VR technology and hopes to turn VR into more of a mainstay of its storytelling. By Shan Wang.

Exit music (for content): Parting #hottakes on the life cycle of the media business

“Thanks for reading, and for putting up with me, for five years. I’m pretty sure this journalism thing is going to work itself out.” By Justin Ellis.

Students: Spend the summer working with Nieman Lab via the Google News Lab Fellowship

The tech giant is offering opportunities for students to work with eight different journalism organizations next summer, including us. The deadline to apply is December 15. By Joshua Benton.
What We’re ReadingThe New York Times / Raphael MinderSpain’s news media are squeezed by government and debt →The industry here has faced a perfect storm that has included huge debts and the assertiveness of a conservative government under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Popular Party that has aggressively countered public criticism.European Journalism Observatory - EJO / EJOHow Europe’s newspapers reported the migration crisis →“Western European newspapers became significantly more sympathetic towards migrants and refugees immediately after photographs of a drowned boy on a Turkish beach were published at the beginning of September, but within one week most had reverted to their original editorial position.”Digiday / Lucia MosesFacebook’s traffic to top publishers fell 32 percent since January →Referral traffic (desktop + mobile) to the top 30 Facebook publishers (as defined by their reliance on Facebook) plunged 32 percent from January to October, according to SimpleReach, a distribution analytics company.Politico / Politico StaffPolitico Europe aims to double in size in 2016, opening a full London bureau →The company plans to announce the details of a full new European financial services vertical at the beginning of 2016.Vanity Fair / James Andrew MillerESPN president John Skipper on his decision to shutter Grantland →“We did make Sean Fennessey an offer to become editor-in-chief…You ask, ‘If Sean had said yes, then would we have still made the same decision about the site,’ and the answer to that has to be ‘no.’ We would have kept it going. There was no way we would have made that job offer to him if we weren’t going to keep going.”Vanity Fair / James Andrew MillerESPN president John Skipper on his decision to shutter Grantland →“In the weighing of a decision like this, you look at the resources, the time, the energy necessary to do this well and balance that with the things you get from it. This was never a financial matter for us. The benefits were having a halo brand and being Bill Simmons related.”The Verge / Dante D'OrazioSnapchat now gets over 6 billion views a day, triple the total from six months ago →“For Snapchat, the figures undoubtedly offer validation of the numerous changes it has made to its product.” From Fuego Nate Silver accuses Vox of recycling Wikipedia entries —ww​w.washingtonpost.c​om
Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You —ww​w.propublica.o​rg
Tech Is Eating Media. Now What? —me​dium.c​om
Yahoo Hires McKinsey to Mull Reorg, as Mayer Demands Exec Pledge to Stay —re​code.n​et
Facebook’s traffic to top publishers fell 32 percent since January – Digiday —di​giday.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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