Podcasting in 2015 feels a lot like blogging circa 2004: exciting, evolving, and trouble for incumbents: The latest from Nieman Lab

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Podcasting in 2015 feels a lot like blogging circa 2004: exciting, evolving, and trouble for incumbents

The same trends we saw a decade ago — professionalization on one hand, platformization on the other — sure seem to be playing out again. By Joshua Benton.

The New York Times is using Paris email updates to explore a new method of interaction with readers

It’s the first time the Times has given its readers the option of following such a large-scale story via email. By Laura Hazard Owen.
Countries differ in support for press freedom, especially for reporting on national security What We’re ReadingThe Wall Street Journal / Jeffrey TrachtenbergR.I.P. Details Magazine →“Condé Nast is aggressively cutting expenses as it seeks to increase its bets on flagship publications that include Vanity Fair, GQ, the New Yorker, Vogue and Wired.”The Verge / Chris WelchGoogle+ gets a major redesign, with a focus on Communities and Collections →Google+ is shedding its “social network” pressures.Jim RomeneskoA memo from Gawker.com editor-in-chief Alex Pareene on new strategy →“The problem with Vox is that it’s utterly humorless and the problem with BuzzFeed is that so much of it is utterly stupid.”Advertising Age / George SlefoA newly discovered botnet may be siphoning billions of dollars from digital advertising →The botnet has hijacked as many as six to eight million computers in more than 5,000 networks, including 10 percent of the companies listed in the Fortune 500, 1,500 university networks and more than 200 government organizations, according to a study by the ad-fraud prevention firm Pixalate.MediaNama / Sneha JohariTimes of India is linking its journalists’ salaries to their WhatsApp participation →Emails about the new policy obtained by MediaNama detail that all journalists must file every week at least three WhatsApp alerts, three “online-first” stories, and minimum three tweets per working day.Fast Company / Mark BittmanMark Bittman has a new column at Fast Company about his decision to join a food startup →“It was time to work on changing the food system from within.”TechCrunch / Kim-Mai CutlerHoodline raises $1.6M to go after local neighborhood news and marketplaces →More on Hoodline here.TechCrunch / Megan Rose DickeyTwitter’s former news manager Mark S. Luckie talks about his current project, “Today in #BlackTwitter” →“So [the public API] really provided an opportunity — a unique space to take Twitter’s technology and move it into some place different that the company wasn’t really using it for.”Wall Street Journal / Shalini RamachandranUnivision launches streaming service for $5.99/month, including local news in some cities →“Viewers in New York, Los Angeles and Houston will also be able to watch local news. The company said it is looking to add on local news market-by-market to its streaming service.”BBCBBC sets out plan to deliver £150 million savings →£12 million will be cut from BBC Online. The Awl / John HerrmanAt Gawker: “We’re finding out who got laid off by looking at the list of disabled Slack accounts” →Plus, the full memo from executive editor John Cook. From Fuego My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up. —ww​w.washingtonpost.c​om
Condé Nast to Shutter Details Magazine —ww​w.wsj.c​om
Tinder? I’m an addict, says hook-up app’s co-creator and CEO Sean Rad —ww​w.standard.co.​uk
What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much —ww​w.propublica.o​rg
Ben Carson’s campaign made a U.S. map and put a bunch of states in the wrong place —ww​w.washingtonpost.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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