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Monday, November 16, 2015

Tipsy, a simple Chrome extension, bets on readers who want to pay a little for the content they consume

“I’m an optimist about human nature — I like to think that most people aren’t freeloaders, they just might not want to compensate sites by dealing with advertising.” By Shan Wang.
Bloomberg gets into fast financial commentary with its new section, Gadfly What We’re ReadingYahoo FinanceChristopher Kimball is leaving America’s Test Kitchen following the hire of David Nussbaum as CEO →“We made every effort to offer Chris a reasonable contract that reflected his significant contributions to the company and are disappointed that we could not reach agreement,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of Boston Common Press.NPR / Michael OreskesNPR editorial director Michael Oreskes sent this memo to NPR’s staff about virtual reality →“Our stories can’t be virtually true. They must be fully real.”The Next Web / Carrie CousinsWhy cards are dominating mobile design →Here are some examples of what works well on a phone screen and why.KickstarterCIR’s Reveal launches a Kickstarter campaign as it prepares to go weekly →Reveal has been working with reporters around the country to cover additional stories before it launches its weekly show in January. Journalism.co.uk / Mădălina CiobanuA Q&A with BuzzFeed’s Stacy-Marie Ishmael →“No matter how fast you move, it is not fast enough.” The Wall Street Journal / Jack MarshallCompanies target journalists with ads on Facebook →Marketers, public relations companies and advertising agencies are increasingly using social media to carefully place messages in front of journalists and media professionals, in the hope that doing so will “earn” them or their clients coverage.The Guardian / Jane MartinsonBuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: how the great entertainer got serious →“If we just cared about pure traffic, we would do entertainment”Digiday / Jessica DaviesTo improve ad quality, a Dutch football magazine publisher cut 35 percent of its site impressions →After a “painful” first few months, the publisher has seen revenue from real-time, auction-based trading surge 30 percent as a direct result of the experiment.Medium / Dayna EvansOn Gawker’s problem with women →“There are no women in Denton’s vision of an ideal Gawker.com, and when no stories by women were held out for praise in an introductory memo from now-official executive editor John Cook, many felt like they were absent from his vision of an ideal Gawker Media as well.”New York / Kyle ChaykaWhy Instagram captions are the new blogging →Instagram limits each caption to 2,200 characters.CapitalnewyorkBloomberg launches Gadfly, a site for short financial analysis stories →“Tim O’Brien, executive editor of Bloomberg View and Gadfly, said that Gadfly would be ‘more global’ and cover a wider range of subjects than its competitors while drawing on the deep data and financial information of the Bloomberg Terminal.”Campaign / Gurjit DegunUK’s Audit Bureau of Circulation to consolidate print and digital figures →“The first report will be available of 17 December, and will be interactive to make the data easier to access, view and analyze.”Stat / Rick BerkeAtul Gawande says New Yorker factchecking is better than academic journals’ peer review →“The editing process in journalism, I think, sometimes offers better protection for the quality of the ideas and writing than our peer review process…It’s a much more rigorous process than the one I go through with my scientific work.”The Huffington Post / Michael CalderoneNew York Times grapples with David Carr’s legacy →“On Thursday, The Times updated its criteria for a two-year David Carr Fellowship aimed at up-and-coming journalists, but the search to fill the late writer’s old Monday morning column, perhaps the loftiest perch on the media beat, remains in limbo.”Poynter / Benjamin MullinDavid Leonhardt is leaving The Upshot →Leonhardt will move to the opinion section to help expand its digital efforts, according to a memo from opinion editor Andy Rosenthal. The Times will look for a successor to head up The Upshot.The Verge / Casey NewtonSnapchat rolls out “official stories” to verify celebrity accounts →“This is useful in cases like that of Justin Bieber, who goes by ‘rickthesizzler’ on Snapchat.”VentureBeat / Harrison WeberDigg raises $4M and announces new CEO: Former COO Gary Liu →NYC incubator Betaworks acquired Digg in 2012.Digiday / Jordan ValinskyComScore: Washington Post tops New York Times online for first time ever – Digiday →The Washington Post pulled in 66.9 million unique visitors in October, compared to The New York Times’ 65.8 million uniques. From Fuego A reporting error linked the PlayStation 4 to Paris attacks —ww​w.theverge.c​om
How the Baseless ‘Terrorists Communicating Over Playstation 4’ Rumor Got Started —mo​therboard.vice.c​om
Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Bold Plan For The Future Of Facebook —ww​w.fastcompany.c​om
Governors rush to slam door on Syrian refugees —ww​w.washingtonpost.c​om
Syrian refugees? Who’s next: The tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free? —fu​sion.n​et
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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