Sunday, December 4, 2016

While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks

The NYT reporting: 
While Silicon Valley was shunning editing and curation done by humans, and instead relying on computers to spot and disseminate news, Snapchat began hiring producers and reporters to assemble clips into in-depth pieces.The company calls these Live Stories, and they have been transformative, unlike any other news presentation you can find online. Every day, Snapchat offers one or several stories about big and small events happening in the world, including football games, awards shows and serious news.
For instance, this summer, while the rest of the media were engulfed by Hurricane Trump, Snapchat’s news team spent days following the devastating floods in Louisiana. That in itself was unusual, but Snap’s presentation was also groundbreaking: Rather than showing the overhead shots or anchor stand-ups that are conventional on TV news, Snapchat offered video from inside people’s houses, from shelters, from schools. It mixed the macrostory of an impending natural disaster and the government’s response to it with the microtragedies of personal loss, and even the lighter moments of humor and boredom in between.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Jay Rosen argues for evidence based journalism, against accusation led reporting: 
"If you are evidence-based you lead with the lack of evidence for explosive or insidious charges. That becomes the news. If you are accusation-driven, the news is that certain people are making charges. With the details we may learn that there's no evidence, but the frame in which that discovery is made remains "he said, she said." (See my 2009 post about that.) "

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Political journalism changed in 2016

CNN reporting: The traditional model of "he said, she said" journalism, in which news reports simply put both sides of a story against one another, was thrown out the window in favor of a more aggressive journalism that sought to prioritize accuracy over balance.To many journalists, political scientists and media experts, this was a welcome change: It unburdened the American press from false equivalency and made them more responsible stewards of information. To critics, especially on the right side of the political spectrum, the whole endeavor laid bare the innate biases of a coastal, liberal news media.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Report Looks at Optimal Hashtag Use on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Social Media Today reporting:
The commonly stated best practice for hashtags on Twitter has been two, with research showing that engagement drops significantly once any more than two hashtags are used, on average.
...The commonly stated best practice for hashtags on Twitter has been two, with research showing that engagement drops significantly once any more than two hashtags are used, on average.
...TrackMaven found that nine hashtags is the optimal amount for boosting engagement on the platform...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Why NYT sends push notifications for major stories that are not breaking news

Last month, The New York Times announced it was splitting its push notifications into two categories: breaking news and top stories. Michael Owen explains that while some readers still have an expectation that they’ll only be interrupted for breaking news, NYT has found value in sending alerts for stories other than breaking news: “We’ve discovered that both as a way of amplifying our work and as a way to engage people, and get them into the app, there’s actually a pretty big appetite for things that are not breaking news. We’ve found that many people do want the sort of bread-and-butter New York Times stuff of investigations and major enterprise.”

Looking to compete with digital media, Time Inc. will phase out the ‘publisher’ position

API reporting:
But did you know: The job title “publisher” will soon no longer exist at Time Inc., Keith J. Kelly reports. Instead of publishers, Time Inc. will be divided into four groups, each with an editorial director who will “be charged with finding new ways to work together to grow our audience and our business across brands.” Those four groups include news, sports, lifestyle, and celebrity, entertainment and style. Kelly writes that with the change, Time Inc. is betting that phasing out the “publisher” role will make it easier to compete in the digital media world, without eroding the print base that’s still essential to its revenue.