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Facebook Pushing For Likes To Be Considered Free Speech

Facebook Pushing For Likes To Be Considered Free Speech | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Daniel Ray Carter, a sheriff's office employee in Virginia, filed a lawsuit after he was fired for liking the Facebook page of his employer's competitor, and he gained some key support in court. Facebook came out in support of Carter recently, arguing that if the employee had stood on a street corner saying, “I like Jim Adams for Hampton sheriff.

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Exploring how technology and culture are evolving the way people get information, news and content about the world, and how that is changing media, marketing and journalism.
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ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts.

ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts. | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it would be providing ProPublica with $2.2 million in funding. The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve on an existing crowdsourcing platform, in addition to offering a two-week training program for journalists.

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I think we will continue to see media organizations work on how to make their content more actionable -- therefore have great influence and impact. 

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A Fragile Moment for Big Media

A Fragile Moment for Big Media | Future of Information | Scoop.it

We’re living in an age where the underdog wins. We’re seeing this principle apply to the media industry, where small players are causing big changes as a result of the low distribution costs and high ad-revenue potential on social media. More so than other industries, advancements in media are interdependent with advancements in technology. Technology informs how information is disseminated and shared throughout the public, and the media informs the trends on which technology gets adopted widely.

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A thoughtful and interesting look at what may be in store for media companies in the near future. 

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Ad tech is killing the online experience | Felix Salmon

Ad tech is killing the online experience | Felix Salmon | Future of Information | Scoop.it

When it comes to the economics of online publishing, the first thing to remember is that job No 1 isn’t to get the news to you. Rather, it is to monetise you, by selling you off, in real time, to the highest bidder. This happens every time you click on a link, before the page has even started to load on your phone.

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I've experienced this too much lately as well. It IS driving me away from news sites and on to applications. 

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Journalism companies are dead. Long live journalists.

Journalism companies are dead. Long live journalists. | Future of Information | Scoop.it

We’ve talked endlessly about the future of journalism. It’s time to talk about the future of journalists.

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I'm not sure how journalists are dramatically different from the hundreds of other workers and professionals that have been displaced or disrupted by changes in technology and business. 

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Executive Summary & Key Findings - 2015 Digital News Report

Executive Summary & Key Findings - 2015 Digital News Report | Future of Information | Scoop.it
This year’s data see a quickening of the pace towards social and mobile news, a decline in desktop internet, and significant growth in video news consumption online.
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Its encouraging to see that the use of search and social as filters appears to make people feel they are seeing more diverse news and information rather than creating "bubbles"

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Why audience targets can be good for journalism

Why audience targets can be good for journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it

I’ve written before that journalism is a combination of art and science in the digital age – and the correct use of audience data to drive decision making is surely part of that. So do targets damage the quality of local journalism? I don’t think so. I think they can actually make journalism better for the local community.

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Targeting used to be accomplished through natural limitations: print distribution or broadcast strength. 

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For news organizations, this was the most important set of Apple announcements in years

For news organizations, this was the most important set of Apple announcements in years | Future of Information | Scoop.it
For news organizations, this was the most important set of Apple announcements in years A new Flipboard-clone with massive potential reach, R.I.P. Newsstand, and news stories embedded deeper inside iOS — it was a big day for news on iPhones and iPads. 
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It’s another sign that 2015 really is the Year of Distributed Content. 

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The golden age of journalism - for millennial reporters, that is

The golden age of journalism - for millennial reporters, that is | Future of Information | Scoop.it
When it comes to jobs for young reporters these days, it’s a seller’s market. And the sellers are calling the shots.
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How is this different from almost every other industry? Younger, more flexible and cheaper workers are inherently more valuable. For most people, relevance should be a career goal. 

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News as a design challenge: New ideas for news’ future from MIT

News as a design challenge: New ideas for news’ future from MIT | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Students and Nieman Fellows spent a semester building solutions for audience engagement, better tools to explore data, and new ideas for local media startups.
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Cool that distribution is a key part of this. 

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Millennials and Political News

Millennials and Political News | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Millennials rely on Facebook for their political news, while Baby Boomers turn to local TV. And while Millennials are less engaged with political news, they trust news sources as much as older generations do.
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I was surprised at how high TV news is for Millennials. 

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A culture-based strategy for innovation in news organizations

A culture-based strategy for innovation in news organizations | Future of Information | Scoop.it

For journalism it truly is the best of times and the worst of times.
The best, in that never has there been more opportunity for creative storytelling, audience expansion, and crafting or grasping new digital tools for whatever needs arise.
The worst, in that news organizations are often unable to seize the opportunities at their fingertips.

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Innovation is a product of culture. And an organization’s culture is a product of its leadership, its structure, and its internal processes. We see evidence that relatively small changes to an organization’s processes and structure can have magnified effects on its culture, which in turn can enable vital innovation in news organizations.

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How journalism schools are adjusting to the digital age

How journalism schools are adjusting to the digital age | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Amid uncertainty and anxiety in news media, J-schools are devoting an increasing portion of their curricula to developing digital versatility, or at least familiarity. Some of these class offerings are still in a beta stage, but they’re certainly a popular selling point.
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The 'ought to learn' needs to evolve far more quickly than it does. 

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Why media companies shouldn't let their traffic run out the side door

Why media companies shouldn't let their traffic run out the side door | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Media companies can take a cue from tech startups when it comes to building a loyal user base.
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Typically, I don't agree with this premise, but there is nuance here. It's also a question of balancing the platform and the content efforts. 

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Five ways for nonprofit news outlets to measure success without analytics

Five ways for nonprofit news outlets to measure success without analytics | Future of Information | Scoop.it
If you're trying to move past the clicks, here are five indicators of success that are more useful for nonprofit publications. 
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Great article on their efforts to understand their impact. 

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Newspapers continue backward thinking about linking

Newspapers continue backward thinking about linking | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Hyperlinks are not a matter of life or death, even in the digital age. But failure to adapt can kill your business, or an entire industry, and hyperlinks are a key illustration of newspapers’ failure and unwillingness to adapt.

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Tailored for the media (and) newspapers, but a good lesson for anyone in the information / communication / marketing world. 

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The Revolution in Magazine Processes

The Revolution in Magazine Processes | Future of Information | Scoop.it
The magazine media company of 2005 is gone. its processes, procedures and priorities would be nearly unrecognizable today. In fact, the media company that existed in 2010 is gone too. In a period of accelerated transformation, nothing is more striking than the scope—and pace—of change in the processes through which companies engage their customers. It’s not just peripheral or incremental change, either. What the industry is going through in 2015 is a revolution in processes. In advertising, content creation, marketing, back-office functions and everything in between, what was done just a few years ago has been rendered obsolete, as new ways to interact with and serve stakeholders push the old ways into the trash bin. 
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This should also inform how organizations marketing and communicate to their audiences via the media. 

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Trust in American news media remains low

Trust in American news media remains low | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Confidence in newspapers is currently at 24 percent, eight points below the historical average. Television news is at 21 percent, nine points below the historical average.
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For PR and comms people, if people have so little trust in these media outlets, why are you still spending so much time trying to get in them. And you should be working just as hard to build up the audience trust. 

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Report for America: a community service-based model for saving local journalism

Report for America: a community service-based model for saving local journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it

It’s time for a dramatic new approach grounded in community service. In a new report underwritten by the Ford Foundation that will be released tomorrow at Montclair State’s Engage Local conference, I attempt to draw lessons from a world not usually thought relevant to journalism: the three-decades-old movement of national and community service programs such as AmeriCorps, City Year, and Teach for America.

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Being forced to think primarily about how to serve the community—as opposed to how to generate pageviews—will be a useful guidepost. That’s not to say journalists should become civic boosters; often the best way to serve a community is to turn over the rocks and look in the shadows.

 

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Media Brands Shy Away From the A-Word, When It Comes to Labeling Native Ads

Media Brands Shy Away From the A-Word, When It Comes to Labeling Native Ads | Future of Information | Scoop.it
An analysis of two dozen news and lifestyle sites, social media platforms and popular mobile apps shows that no one refers to native ads as advertisements.
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When did sponsor become a bad word, and why?

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Tracking impact: NewsLynx goes beyond Google Analytics to measure a story’s path in the real world

Tracking impact: NewsLynx goes beyond Google Analytics to measure a story’s path in the real world | Future of Information | Scoop.it
The new tool, developed at Columbia, aims to help newsrooms measure the qualitative and quantitative impact of their stories after publication -- not just in terms of pageviews.
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Amazing insights for any organization seeking change (or action) through content and storytelling. 

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Fusion, Re/code, Vox and what it takes to survive as a media startup

Fusion, Re/code, Vox and what it takes to survive as a media startup | Future of Information | Scoop.it
After what seemed like years of blue skies and growing traffic, recent stumbles have led to rumblings that the optimism of digital is starting to meet with stone-cold reality. ...
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Sadly, the promises were too great, but an opportunity remains.

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Media should treat social 'independently' of print and web

Media should treat social 'independently' of print and web | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Speaking at the World News Media Congress in Washington DC today, USA Today's Larry Kramer advised outlets to consider the platform audiences will be using in five or ten years
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Start with the core content and tailor it to where the audience is. 

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Time spent reading newspapers worldwide falls over 25% in four years

Time spent reading newspapers worldwide falls over 25% in four years | Future of Information | Scoop.it
On the face of it the figures make for grim reading, but the report points out that the internet is the big winner of the change in consumer media consumption.

This means that newspaper websites are benefiting from the rise in PC and mobile internet usage.

“Although print is declining publishers have never been read by more people,” said Jonathan Barnard, head of forecasting at ZenithOptimedia. “The growth of devices has been at the forefront of this shift from traditional paper-based consumption to mobile, tablet and desktop consumption.”
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Let's celebrate this instead of wish for the past. 

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Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral: How 1800s newspapers prefigured today’s Internet

Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral: How 1800s newspapers prefigured today’s Internet | Future of Information | Scoop.it
If you think BuzzFeed invented the listicle, you haven’t spent enough time with 19th-century newspapers, because they’re everywhere.”

That’s Ryan Cordell, a Northeastern University professor who researches virality in 19th-century newspapers, during a talk he gave recently at MIT.
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Truth. The new medium still hasn't redefined journalism or news. 

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More media companies should think the way Quartz does

More media companies should think the way Quartz does | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Quartz, the business-news site from Atlantic Media, sees itself not as just a website but as a platform-agnostic information engine
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And here is the opposite perspective from the below article. 

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