Today in the Future of News: The latest from Nieman Lab

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Christian Science Monitor built a separate site just for coverage of the Paris climate talks

“I wanted to be able to package various stories in various ways that let them feel and look different from all the regular coverage you might see.” By Shan Wang.

Newsonomics: Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news?

The Boston Globe is doing just that, and it seems to be working. It might be the foundation of a sustainable revenue model for local newspapers. By Ken Doctor.

How one blog helped spark The New York Times’ digital evolution

“I certainly had editors tell me that I shouldn’t be wasting my time on Bird Week. But that was the best part of City Room…We were like unsupervised children.” By Joseph Lichterman.
What We’re ReadingNPR / Eric AthasHow NPR covered the Paris attacks →A look behind the scenes of how NPR covered the attacks and their aftermath on air and online. Twitter / nytmagThe next New York Times virtual reality experience will feature big Hollywood stars →This year’s iteration of its annual Great Performers series (Benedict Cumberbatch! JLaw! Oprah!) will include one VR film.TechCrunch / Anthony HaSocial news aggregator Nuzzel adds a ‘discover’ feature →Anyone can visit the Discover section to browse recommended feeds, some created by Nuzzel users, others created by Nuzzel itself, no Twitter login required. Users can also save favorite feeds and search through other feeds and stories.Google Public Policy Blog / Fred von LohmannGood news: Google will start defending some videos from DMCA takedowns under fair use →“We’re doing this because we recognize that creators can be intimidated by the DMCA’s counter notification process, and the potential for litigation that comes with it.”NPR / Tyler FisherDo more visual stories drive more user engagement? →A few insights: title cards for sequential, visual online stories work, integrating audio may work best for the already engaged users.Google / Jennifer LinNew ways to find (and stream) app content in Google searches →“You’re also going to start seeing an option to ‘stream’ some apps you don’t have installed, right from Google Search, provided you’re on good Wi-Fi.”First Draft News/Medium / Fergus BellIn the realm of verification, context is king →“Context is what turns a social post or a piece of UGC into a story. It also helps you to work through a verification process quickly.”Journalism.co.uk / Mădălina CiobanuThe Financial Times is building a new data tool to help understand audience behavior →The tool is called Lantern, and “anyone in the newsroom will be able to find out how their story is doing in real time, but also how the audience engages with it in the longer term.”Poynter / Benjamin MullinHow The Intercept is making analytics useful while protecting privacy →“The Intercept has an editorial voice that’s pro-privacy and very concerned with surveillance. And we just didn’t feel like it would be appropriate for us to install a default tracking system like all the ones that are out there that can be very invasive to peoples’ privacy. We thought we had an obligation to try to find a solution that would allow us to practice what we preach.”Recode / Mark BergenThis analytics tool for advertisers can help track mobile spending across all channels →In theory, the dashboard could show when smaller channels perform better. But it’s likely to reinforce the status quo on mobile: That promoting your app on Facebook is growing more expensive, yet usually worthwhile.Variety / Todd Spangler‘Daily Vice’ show launches on Verizon’s Go90 free mobile-video service →The short episodes will premiere exclusively on the telco’s Go90 ad-supported streaming service, before appearing elsewhere across Vice digital outlets.Digiday / Garett SloaneGoogle is starting to add content from apps into mobile search results →So far, a small group of nine apps are participating, including Hotels Tonight, national parks directory Chimani, Weather and the New York Subway system.Wall Street Journal / Steven Perlberg and Keach HageyElisabeth Murdoch launching mobile video company Vertical Networks →“New project comes a year after Rupert Murdoch’s daughter left family business.” From Fuego Trump won’t rule out database, special ID for Muslims —th​ehill.c​om
Trump campaign hassles CNN journalist for doing his job —ww​w.washingtonpost.c​om
The Last Days Of Marissa Mayer? —ww​w.forbes.c​om
Improving the Experience When Relationships End —ne​wsroom.fb.c​om
41 years. $3 billion. Inside the Clinton donor network. —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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