Social platforms scale down locally: The latest from Nieman Lab

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Monday, December 14, 2015 It's time for our annual end-of-year package of Predictions for Journalism in 2016. For the rest of the week, you'll see these predictions, from a wide variety of smart people in the media business, along with our usual stories. Head to our site to see them all. —Ed.

Social platforms scale down locally

“These deals will force media companies to think about how they’ll generate revenue in places other than their own site or publication.” By John Clark.

Engaging audiences for better civic discourse

“Journalists are expert empathizers — audiences will come to value this rare skill and pay for it, even if they don’t always agree with your content.” By Jennifer Choi.

Women get treated as equal consumers of news

“These are issues that women, as human beings, care about and now don’t have to click out of their favorite gender-focused site to find.” By Mandy Velez.

The year we get our ethical houses in order

“No longer should reporters and editors take police narratives as the gospel truth, or the only side of a story that should get reported.” By Tracie Powell.

Behind closed doors: The new social media

“What we’re seeing is a movement away from public or semi-public social platforms to platforms that are much more closed and private.” By Alexis Lloyd & Matt Boggie.

Every message is a push notification

“People are accustomed to exchanges on chat, so how do we have two-sided conversations with thousands or hundreds of thousands of users?” By Masuma Ahuja.

The year of the story

“Keep innovating, keep trying, keep experimenting. But you don’t have to do it all at once, you don’t have to do it every time, and you don’t have to do it alone.” By Swati Sharma.

Usability overtakes design

“Imagine the time you can devote to user experience when you choose not to debate which shade of grey speaks to your brand voice!” By Libby Bawcombe.

Just tell a story

“Newsrooms needed social media and mobile editors, but it’s time to move past the part where reporters do one chunk of work and leave the rest to the various experts. That expertise shouldn’t be hoarded by one desk.” By Laura E. Davis.
The Washington Post recreates the mobile game sensation Flappy Bird for the 2016 campaign season What We’re ReadingFusion / Gaby DunnGet rich or die vlogging: the sad economics of internet fame →“The disconnect between internet fame and financial security is hard to comprehend for both creators and fans. But it’s the crux of many mid-level web personalities’ lives.”First Draft News / Alastair ReidThe impact of graphic images on newsrooms, and how to cope with it →New research by Eyewitness Media Hub.Monday Note / Frédéric FillouxA look inside The New York Times’ branded content division →T Brand Studio will grow to 70 employees in 2016, with reported revenues of $30 to $40 million.Recode / Peter KafkaThe Washington Post’s Cory Haik is joining Mic as its chief strategy officer →The four-year-old Mic is working on replacing its reputation as a place that makes lots of content to one that makes important content. In June, it hired a top NPR editor Madhulika Sikka to become the site’s executive editor. From Fuego Get rich or die vlogging: the sad economics of internet fame —fu​sion.n​et
How AT&T Execs Took Over the Red Cross and Hurt its Ability to Help People —ww​w.propublica.o​rg
Skift Welcomes Carolyn Kremins as Our First President —sk​ift.c​om
Re: Can’t sign in to Google calendar on my Samsung refrigerator —pr​oductforums.google.c​om
Polls Suggest Trump Will Win Between 8 Percent And 64 Percent Of The Vote —fi​vethirtyeight.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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