The Newsonomics of apps and HTML5 » Nieman Journalism Lab
Apps are a wonder, a come-out-of-nowhere phenomenon that Apple invented for the iPhone and has been perfecting ever since. Apple just passed the threshold of 10 billion app downloads, and has spawned an entire new industry of entrepreneurs and …
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Newsonomics: Why native apps still matter in the Age of
(2 days ago) Newsonomics: Why native apps still matter in the Age of Distribution. Social distribution and the open web generate huge numbers — but readers who use news organizations’ native smartphone apps are far more loyal and engaged. In today’s economics of news, those readers are paying more of the bills. By Ken Doctor @kdoctor Aug. 17, 2015, 12
That Chinese news aggregation app that’s been driving a
(9 days ago) And TopBuzz’s English-language apps are download stars: Right now, TopBuzz has 208,924 ratings in the Google Play store (average 4.6/5) and 150,856 in Apple’s App Store (average 4.7/5). At the moment on my iPhone, TopBuzz is No. 40 in the App Store’s news category — below apps like The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and ABC News, but above
Now websites can send push notifications — not just apps
(9 days ago) Now websites can send push notifications — not just apps. At least on the new version of OS X. Untying news alerts from apps is a small step towards a more sophisticated, customizable real-time system for connecting news to the readers who want it. By Joshua Benton @jbenton June 10, 2013, 6:36 p.m. June 10, 2013, 6:36 p.m.
Who could have predicted that Podcoin, an app that
(1 days ago) Podcoin, an app that promised to “pay you to listen to podcasts,” shuts down today. It began operation in December 2018 and claimed to hit 10,000 active daily users in April before being added to The Meet Group’s network of mobile apps.
We’ll finally get to see what Luminary, the paywalled
(8 days ago) Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.This is issue 203, published April 9, 2019. Luminary to launch at the end of the month. The paid audio content app, which has raised $100 million in venture capital pre-launch, announced last week that it will officially roll out to the public on April 23.This marks a slight change to the timeline originally announced in the startup’s shiny New
A packed set of Apple announcements could have big impacts
(3 days ago) Four years ago, Apple introduced Vision, a framework for developers that lets apps perform a number of camera-driven tasks, like detecting a face in a photo or scanning a barcode. Two years ago, it added VisionKit, which made it easy to scan an image for text. That led to a small little explosion for instant-OCR (optical character recognition
“Experiments,” “shedding,” and variants: Here’s where
(9 days ago) The FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds sparked widespread online criticism on moral and ethical grounds. Many online anti-vaccine sources cited the news to claim that governments are attempting to subject children to an unsafe Covid-19 vaccine “mass experiment.”. The three other most common topics were the Biden
What happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader
(4 days ago) Sept. 16, 2015, 1:48 p.m. For a short period at the end of 2014, it appeared that publishers had reached a breaking point in their ongoing struggle with reader comments. Within a few weeks of each other, Recode, Mic, The Week, and Reuters all announced that they were closing down their comment sections.
Six years later, the Financial Times is back in the App
(9 days ago) “Six years is a long time in product,” said Martin Fallon, the Financial Times’ product manager for apps.Six years ago was the last time that the FT’s main app was in Apple’s App Store. In 2011, the company introduced a web app and, a couple months later, pulled its dedicated iOS apps because, reportedly, it did not want to give Apple a 30 percent cut of in-app subscription revenue
Apple wants you (and it) to get paid for your premium
(5 days ago) There’s a risk that podcast listening apps become the default brokers of identity verification and authenticated access in podcasting. In other words, as a listener you may find yourself having to install five different apps to get all your favorite shows exclusive to a platform, and copying/pasting private feed URLs to access others.
In India, news aggregator apps are struggling to find a
(2 days ago) Unlike DailyHunt and Inshorts, which host content on their apps, NewsPlus directs traffic to publisher websites, the way Google or Facebook typically do. The news aggregation space has been a bloodbath in India, Pai says. In the last two years, many firms have laid off engineering and sales teams as they struggle to pivot and find profitability.
The New York Times is reportedly looking into acquiring
(3 days ago) In 2017, The New York Times published a feature on The Athletic, a newish sports news organization hellbent on becoming “the local sports page for every city in the country.”During the interview, co-founder Alex Mather acknowledged a strategy of poaching sports writers from local papers. He was … less than apologetic. “We will wait every local paper out and let them continuously bleed
iOS 8: How 5 news orgs have updated their apps for Apple’s
(2 days ago) As iPhone users frantically delete apps and photos from their phones to make space for the iOS 8 update, many news organizations are also taking advantage of Apple’s new mobile operating system to release new or updated apps that take advantage of its new features.
We’re getting closer to the day when news apps and
(5 days ago) (For seven news apps, respondents didn’t even know whether or not the apps were being maintained or updated.) 93 percent of these apps had been published in the past five years. Of the 41 different news outlets represented in their survey, only two — 5 percent — said their organization had a system in place for archiving news apps.
The New York Times now allows subscribers to “gift
(2 days ago) 2 days ago · The gift feature became available to a majority of news subscribers on web last week, said New York Times product director Anna Mancusi. All subscribers will have access by August and the Times plans to add the gift button to its news apps (iOS and Android) soon, too.
It turns out no one wants to be tracked all across their
(6 days ago) Facebook will still have a ton of first-party data to work with from all its apps. (So will its duopoly-mate Google, which has similar assets and vulnerabilities.) Indeed, this will hurt a bunch of anonymous adtech companies with odd names like Teramoat, Brangoh, Spongymind, Spercuity, and Quokka most.1. What’ll be the impact on publishers?
This is how an Iranian network created a “disinformation
(3 days ago) “Whatever WhatsApp does, there’s a workaround.” WhatsApp has tried to fight the spread of fake news by adding app controls that limit the number of times a message can be forwarded to five.But this week Reuters reported how easy it is to get around those controls: “WhatsApp clones and software tools that cost as little as $14 are helping Indian digital marketers and political activists
A new Tow Center report looks at the future of chat apps
(Just Now) As messaging apps increase their functionality and add new features, Barot and Oren encouraged outlets to try out different services: While a number of chat apps have their own Content Management Systems, they are still quite basic and lack many features that make it …
News apps fall further behind » Nieman Journalism Lab
(4 days ago) Greg Emerson News apps fall further behind. Simon Galperin Journalism becomes more democratic. Errin Haines Race and gender aren’t a 2020 story — they’re the story. Elizabeth Dunbar Frank talk, and then action. Felix Salmon Spotify launches a news channel. …
When all else fails: An internet outage sends news
(4 days ago) (Not to mention a gazillion more sites, plus a lot of mobile apps that depend on the service.) So publishers had to scramble. The Guardian moved to Twitter, where technology editor Alex Hern began a running liveblog of sorts on the situation. (Twitter remained up through the outage, though its emojis — hosted on Fastly servers — didn’t work.)
The AP’s handling of Emily Wilder is just the latest
(2 days ago) When the Associated Press fired Emily Wilder for violating its social media policy, it caused a firestorm in the media industry. Critics noted that the firing came only days after GOP activists called her biased, re-animating an ongoing debate about how responsible news organizations should deal with such accusations.. Wilder’s alleged violations had nothing to do with her reporting.
The Washington Post opinion section is leaning into local
(9 days ago) Fans of The Washington Post’s opinion section will get to experience a wider range of viewpoints starting this month. On June 1, the Post announced the launch of Voices Across America, a platform within the current opinion section for “on-the-ground viewpoints and local angles on …
Chat app Telegram, not much loved by the Russian
(6 days ago) Telegram is far from the most popular messaging app in Russia, but it’s been the one under fire recently. At the end of June, the app faced pressure from Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor to register information about Telegram on an official government list and seemed on the verge of being blocked entirely.Russia’s FSB security service also announced that terrorists who’d
Deplatforming works, this new data on Trump tweets shows
(Just Now) The post was liked and shared 501,000 times on Facebook and Twitter. On March 21, Mr. Trump published a statement on his website saying that his administration had handed over “the most secure border in history.”. He went on to criticize the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis. “Our Country is being destroyed!”.
Jack Dorsey has revealed the secret way to get verified on
(7 days ago) Dorsey’s reply: There’s a guy named Kayvon, and he handles all the verification, which is the blue checkmark. So if you either DM him, or mention him, you have a high probability of getting a blue checkmark. So it’s @K-A-Y-V-Z. Verification, he’s the verification god. So …
Apple Podcasts will replace the “subscribe” button with a
(1 days ago) Other apps have already introduced similar language. Spotify and Audible use “follow,” Stitcher uses “+ follow,” and Amazon Music uses “♡ follow,” noted Podnews. (Google Podcasts, Castbox, Overcast, and Castro still use some version of “subscribe.”) But is this merely a tweak in language?
In The New York Times, A Story on Eels Achieves Headline
(1 days ago) 2 days ago · When they filed the story, Imbler had written “When an eel climbs a ramp to eat squid from a clamp, that’s a moray” as the dek. Roston decided it should be the headline, and then he and Imbler wrote more Dean Martin-inspired rhymes to caption the photos in the story. “I triply checked that the forceps were technically clamps, so as not
Does Google meet its users’ expectations around consumer
(4 days ago) Cambridge Analytica was by no means an isolated case. Last summer, an AP investigation found that Google’s location tracking remains on even if you turn it off in Google Maps, Search, and other apps. Research from Vanderbilt professor Douglas Schmidt found that Google engages in “passive” data collection, often without the user’s
Spotify is gaining a podcast audience quickly. But is it
(4 days ago) We’ve written a lot (well, Nick Quah has written a lot) about Spotify’s efforts to move in on Apple’s 15-year position as the undisputed No. 1 platform for podcasts. The Swedish streaming giant has made podcasts more central to its apps, negotiated exclusive deals with production companies, and thrown a ton of money around — spending $400 million-plus to buy Gimlet Media, Anchor
These are the four waves of journalism studies over the
(7 days ago) Mobile & Apps; Audience & Social; Aggregation & Discovery; Reporting & Production; Translations; Fuego; These are the four waves of journalism studies over the past 20 years: the participatory, crisis, platforms, and populist eras “The economic problem for journalism was not competition, in other words, but surveillance and monopoly.”
Nonprofit newsrooms are increasingly dedicating themselves
(7 days ago) News organizations that have turned to the nonprofit model have often focused on national or investigative news but this year’s INN Index, released Tuesday, shows that a growing portion of nonprofit newsrooms are dedicated to local matters.. The INN Index is the first report to come of a survey, conducted in March 2020, of more than 250 nonprofit news organizations.
“Finishable news” worked for The Guardian on iPad for 8
(3 days ago) Next up for Guardian Daily: more territories, and a different strategy for selecting the content that will go into those apps. “We don’t have a print newspaper in Australia or America,” said Chris Moran, editor of strategic projects — so it isn’t optimal for an app in those countries to just include content from the daily U.K. print
It’s not their job to buy you cake » Nieman Journalism Lab
(8 days ago) May 7, 2021, 11:10 a.m. On Thursday, The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Cathy Merrill, CEO and owner of Washingtonian Media, in which she expressed her fear that employees will want to continue working from home after the pandemic. I am more bothered by the idea that other media executives think like Merrill.
Meet the next class of Nieman Fellows » Nieman Journalism Lab
(2 days ago) Nieman Lab's home, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, on Tuesday announced the 84th class of Nieman Fellows. These 22 journalists will spend the coming year at Harvard. (More information, including how to apply for next year, is here.) You may recognize some names from (among many other place…
Alden Global Capital and Tribune’s board are dancing at
(9 days ago) 2 days ago · Alden Global Capital and Tribune’s board are dancing at the edge of the law. Tribune board members acted in their own interests, not their newspaper chain’s, while Alden failed to disclose a secret investor meeting and misrepresented its cash position. By Julie Reynolds June 22, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
The Globe and Mail has built a paywall that knows when to
(Just Now) 1 day ago · The Online News Association is holding its annual conference this week.One early highlight was Sonali Verma — senior project manager at The Globe and Mail, the largest newspaper in Canada — leading an absolute masterclass in dynamic paywalls on Tuesday.. The Globe and Mail’s artificial learning technology, called Sophi, uses deep-learning techniques to automate and optimize as many
Comment moderators should focus more on hate speech than
(2 days ago) News consumers and social media platform users prioritize the removal of hate speech over the removal of profanity, according to a new study by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas, Austin. How does the public feel about social media platforms and news organizations deletin…
Many people worldwide say they’re losing interest in news
(8 days ago) 1 day ago · Those alerts aren’t just coming from publishers’ apps — “mobile aggregators also seem to be benefiting,” with Apple News, especially, growing in the U.S. In Asian markets, different mobile aggregators have taken off, “partly due to bundling with local phone operators, partly due to the stronger penetration of Android devices, and
As Hong Kong’s Apple Daily goes dark, the newspaper’s web
(7 days ago) 1 day ago · The newspaper’s pages on Twitter and Facebook and other social platforms have been removed and its apps have gone down, as well. Austin Ramzy, a journalist for The New York Times based in Hong Kong, noted another independent outlet, Radio Television Hong Kong, had also taken down reporting after government pressure.
Two continents, two political systems — and two attempts
(Just Now) According to this year’s index from Reporters Without Borders, the United Kingdom ranks No. 33 in the world when it comes to press freedom. Call it a low B on a letter-grade scale: well behind those curve-blowing Scandinavians, of course, but in the same ballpark as France or Spain. Nigeria
Rather than privatizing public service media, we should be
(2 days ago) 4 hours ago · The UK government is reported to be pushing ahead with an investigation into privatizing Channel 4, reversing its 2017 decision that the broadcaster was a “precious public asset” that would “continue to be owned by the country.” Channel 4 was founded in 1982 with a public service remit to create “media content of high quality” that reflects “a culturally diverse society”, to
BuzzFeed will go public. Here’s what it told investors
(1 days ago) 28 minutes ago · One of the fun things about a media company going public is that it lets investors (and the rest of us) get a peek under the hood. BuzzFeed, which now includes HuffPost, Tasty, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning BuzzFeed News plus smaller brands As/Is (beauty), Bring Me (travel), Goodful (health), Nifty (home), and Playfull (parenting), announced plans to go public through a SPAC merger …
The Cookie Monster won’t be coming for the web’s most
(4 days ago) 3 hours ago · Most recently, the giant taking action has been Apple; it instituted a strict new anti-tracking regime on its devices that is making it significantly harder for ad networks to create user profiles for targeted advertising.. But the biggest move of all is coming from Google, which controls the antitrust-stimulating triad of the internet’s biggest (a) search engine, (b) advertising business
What newsrooms still don’t understand about the internet
(Just Now) June 21, 2021, 11:51 a.m. Last week, Ed Zitron wrote an important piece on coordinated online attacks against reporters. His primary argument is that newsrooms still don’t understand the nature of the culture war they’re sending their reporters out into each day. When their employees are the subject of bad faith networked harassment
Does the world need a New Deal for journalism
(Just Now) The past 18 months have shown that govts can find the money if they need to. This is a terrific, comprehensive but above all urgent report calling for a New Deal for Journalism. The policy responses to saving independent media exist (inc. #ifpim) – what’s needed is leadership to resource & implement them.