Explanatory Journalism’s Audience Problem

Explanatory Journalism’s Audience Problem

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 in Blog, Newspaper Support Group | 0 comments

2014 may prove to be the year of explanatory journalism, the data-driven, wonky style of news coverage that tries to provide statistically sophisticated explanations of current events. Three major ventures in explanatory journalism have launched in recent weeks: Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, Ezra Klein’s Vox, and the New York Times’s The Upshot. A couple of recent […]

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Slate Debuts a Membership Option, Slate Plus

Posted on 21 Apr 2014 in Blog, Newspaper Support Group | 0 comments

Well, well, well. On Friday, I linked to Mathew Ingram’s profile of Ben Thompson, a blogger who’s pioneering a membership-based revenue model for his site. Rather than erecting a paywall – a model he dislikes – Thompson is offering memberships with various perks including access to the writer, commenting privileges, exclusive emails, and other features. […]

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A Blogger Pioneers Membership-Based Publishing

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 in Blog, Newspaper Support Group | 0 comments

Over at Gigaom, Mathew Ingram profiles Ben Thompson, a tech blogger who is experimenting with an innovative membership-based revenue model for his popular site Stratechery. Rather than soliciting donations via a paywall, Thompson’s membership tiers offer perks like the ability to comment, access to a daily link email, and exclusive chat and email access to […]

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Local Media and Social Optimization

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 in Blog, Newspaper Support Group | 0 comments

At Digiday, Ricardo Bilton discusses how some of the most successful online publishers tweak their content to make it work better on social media: Publishers like Upworthy, BuzzFeed, and The Washington Post are realizing that success in digital publishing is a game of tiny optimizations. Most readers aren’t visiting sites via their front pages, making […]

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Here Come the Robot Newspapers

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 in Blog, Newspaper Support Group | 0 comments

Digiday reports that The Guardian’s robot newspaper experiment is coming to the States: The paper is to be called #Open001 and will be distributed for free every month at U.S. media and ad agency offices including Mindshare, Horizon Media and Digitas. Distribution will start with 5,000 copies. The Guardian uses a homegrown algorithm (that’s the […]

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