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Around the world, media outlets and journalists are using chat apps to spread the news

Around the world, media outlets and journalists are using chat apps to spread the news | Working Stuff | Scoop.it

The BBC is on WhatsApp, WeChat, BBM, and Mxit, doing reporting and reaching new audiences. Can news organizations scale chat apps up from one-to-one to one-to-many?

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(... ) Around the world, traditional and new publishers are finding that chat apps have great potential for reaching new audiences and putting reporting into new contexts.

“If you were to ask people even a year ago, What’s the value of news organizations using WhatsApp?, people would have looked quizzically at you,” says Trushar Barot, an assistant editor in charge of user generated content, who leads BBC’s WhatsApp initiative. “People think it’s just a chat app — how do you scale that in any way for news activity?

“But the more I looked at it, I think it’s much more accurate to describe them as mobile-first social media sites, rather than just chat platforms.”
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Barot’s interest in experimenting with chat apps for news began during the London riots of 2011. BBC reporters realized that protesters, especially teenagers, were using BlackBerry Messenger to communicate. “Here was a platform that was clearly being used a lot, but was a very closed ecosystem compared to the more open social media sites that we had access to,” Barot says.

Since then, Barot has taken the lead on experimenting with messaging apps at the BBC, where he’s interested both in their potential for distribution and for user generated content and source building. Barot selected the regions and platforms for his trial runs very specifically.

“We try to triangulate three things,” he says. “One, a market that we’re big in, or generate a lot of interest in. Secondly, where we think a particular app has got quite a lot of strength in terms of its user base. And thirdly, finding a big story that’s happening in that region. (...)”

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On the road to Sao Paulo: Why The New York Times sees opportunity in Brazil

On the road to Sao Paulo: Why The New York Times sees opportunity in Brazil | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
A growing economy, affluent readership, and international business are just a few of the reasons the Times is opening up a Portuguese-language site in 2013.
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Can media do for Snapchat what it did for Facebook?

Can media do for Snapchat what it did for Facebook? | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Snapchat is distancing itself from its core messaging feature with its new Discover product. Instead of offering new communication tools, it’s focusing on media content to hook users. It’s hoping that will keep people on the app longer and get them there more frequently, the same way it did for Facebook. The time is right. Discover’s…
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Snapchat’s “Our Stories” are generating tens of millions of views

Snapchat’s “Our Stories” are generating tens of millions of views | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Snapchat is telling people how many views their “Our Story” clip receives if they make one in the collective, crowdsourced section. Based on people I’ve interviewed, it appears Snapchat’s Our Stories are hitting viewing numbers that television’s most popular shows see, although it’s tough to get a clear picture of Snapchat’s metrics. A few weeks…
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Snapchat Is Said to Have More Than 100 Million Monthly Active Users

Snapchat Is Said to Have More Than 100 Million Monthly Active Users | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Snapchat has entered the elite club of social apps with more than 100 million monthly users.

 

The popularity of Snapchat with users is soaring along with its rapidly-rising valuation.

Snapchat has entered the elite club of social apps with more than 100 million monthly users, according to people who have been briefed on the company’s internal metrics.

The majority, or roughly two-thirds of those users, log on to the ephemeral-messaging service daily, according to the people.

Snapchat is quickly adding users to help it live up to the lofty expectations of its investors. An investment by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers valued the company close to $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company has in the past kept a tight lid on its internal metrics, which far exceed the estimates given by third-party researchers. ComScore estimated that 27 million people used the mobile app in June.

By comparison, WhatsApp — a messaging app acquired by Facebook Inc. this year for $19 billion — said this week it has more than 600 million monthly active users. Twitter, with a market capitalization of $29 billion, has 271 million monthly users.

 

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You can now store 50,000 songs online with Google Play Music

You can now store 50,000 songs online with Google Play Music | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Google just made its Play Music service a bit more appealing, even if you don’t use a Google Android phone. You can now upload 50,000 songs to your Google Play Music account at no charge; the previous limit was 20,000. announced the storage boost in a blog post on Wednesday, pointing out that once your…
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You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile

You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Today Facebook began letting users select a "legacy contact" who can partially control..

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"Previously when you bit the dust, your friends could notify Facebook to lock your profile into a memorial page. But now if you’ve set a legacy contact, that person can pin an announcement to the top of your profile to provide details for memorial services, approve friend requests, and change their profile and cover photo.

Alternatively, if you’d rather banish your Facebook profile to the shadow realm alongside your soul, you can tell Facebook to permanently delete your profile when you go to the big social network in the sky."

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Emoji Spectrum

Emoji Spectrum | Working Stuff | Scoop.it

This interactive installation is an outcome of an earlier project, 'The Short Range Future Forecasting Study' The piece explores 'How digitally mediated communication is changing the way we feel'. By plotting Emoji against a psychological diagram known as 'Plutchik's Wheel of Emotion', it is possible to visualise the shortcomings of the icons at expressing the full range of human emotion. This installation invites the public to reassess the inaccuracies of such a communication method and explore the ambiguity of these pictograms that make up an ever growing proportion of our language.

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The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2014 — Medium

The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2014 — Medium | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Each year I post a round-up of the best online journalism of the year. Here are more than 30 imersive journalism projects from 2014.
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Find yourself: the evolution of discovery tools in 2015

Find yourself: the evolution of discovery tools in 2015 | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
2015 will see the coming of age for discovery tools on the social web. It will be the year where finding content as an active pursuit, rather than a passive activity, will become the norm. Every journalist will be expected to watch the wires, pound the digital pavements with multiple ...
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10 Crowdfunding Lessons From The Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign

10 Crowdfunding Lessons From The Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
The Radiotopia Kickstarter campaign comes to a close today after raising more than $600,000 from nearly 22,000 fans. The success of a campaign like this is a complex alchemy of passion, mission, ti...
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Here’s how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future

Here’s how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
The British broadcaster released a new report looking at the future of news as it looks toward its royal charter renewal in 2017.
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The New York Times en español: An experiment is putting Times stories in front of Spanish-speaking readers

The New York Times en español: An experiment is putting Times stories in front of Spanish-speaking readers | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
It's an effort to find international growth through translation: "Cobertura global de The New York Times en español. Noticias, arte, negocios, tecnología y más."
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Snapchat stories: Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app

Snapchat stories: Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
From live events to behind-the-scenes tours, The Huffington Post, Fusion, Mashable, NPR, Philly.com, and The Verge tell us how they're approaching Snapchat.
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The $19-billion question: Is Snapchat the new television?

The $19-billion question: Is Snapchat the new television? | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Snapchat is a brand new and red-hot mobile app aimed at millennials, but it has a surprisingly old-fashioned media model — and that could help it take over as television becomes less appealing to advertisers
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Google Goes After Explicit Material on Blogger

Google Goes After Explicit Material on Blogger | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Google is cracking down on sexually explicit content on its Blogger blogging platform.

 

Google  is giving users of its blogging software a month to clean up sexually explicit content or lose most of their audience.

The ban in Blogger on “sexually explicit or graphic nude images” — basically adult content such as porn – takes effect March 23, at which point any blogs in violation will be converted to a private status, Google said. That means the blog will be visible only by the administrator and any person given permission to view it.

 

Google’s move against porn echoes steps other social sites have taken to address explicit material. After Yahoo  bought Tumblr in 2013, it first clamped down on “not-safe-for-work” content, but then backtracked partially. Yahoo now nudges some blogs to identify as “NSFW” so people who choose not to see such content can steer clear. It still says in its community guidelines that it isn’t a place for sexually explicit video.

Blogger was one of the first widely used online tools for self-publishing and was purchased by Google in the early 2000s. Since then, a number of blogging sites have popped up, including WordPress, Tumblr and the relatively new Medium (which counts Blogger founder Evan Williams among its creators). Medium says that content isn’t prescreened but that the company has the right to refuse it on any grounds. It is clear in its rules: no porn.

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Update: Oscar Ratings Down 16%, Lowest in Six Years

Update: Oscar Ratings Down 16%, Lowest in Six Years | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
In updated "fast national" results from Nielsen for Sunday night, ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards averaged 36.6 million viewers and a 10.8 rating in adults 18-49 — declines of 16% and 18% resp...
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How to decide who inherits your Facebook account

How to decide who inherits your Facebook account | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Facebook introduced a new legacy contact feature in the U.S. on Thursday, and it's something we should all think about activating.
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INFOGRAFIA | Dia Mundial da Rádio: 13 de Fev. de 2015

INFOGRAFIA | Dia Mundial da Rádio: 13 de Fev. de 2015 | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
O Dia Mundial da Rádio celebra-se anualmente a 13 de fevereiro. O dia foi declarado pela UNESCO em outubro de 2011, com base numa proposta apresentada pela Academia Espanhola de La Radio. E celebrou-se pela primeira vez em 2012.

O dia 13 de fevereiro foi a data escolhida porque em 1946 a United Nations Radio emitiu pela primeira vez um programa, em simultâneo, para um grupo de seis países. Cultura
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Reddit isn't the future of creativity, but it is a vital part of it

Reddit isn't the future of creativity, but it is a vital part of it | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
The site has emerged as an important creative platform, but getting—and keeping—an audience there is a tricky thing.
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Structured Journalism

Structured Journalism | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
So what is this Structured Journalism thing anyway? It's not database-driven journalism, although there are elements of that.  It's not Wiki-driven journalism, although there could be elements of t...
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Storyful’s Ten Commandments

Storyful’s Ten Commandments | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
1. There is always someone closer to the story
This is Storyfulʼs golden rule. When a big story breaks, our job is to engage with the most authentic sources on the social web, whoever they are. Second-hand is never good enough. Storyfulʼs currency is authenticity. We are not experts in every subject. We find the people who are.

2. Never assume
Some stories are too good to be true. Our job is to call bullshit when we see it. Storyful verifies incredible stories but we are just as happy to debunk incredible stories. This requires us to constantly, obsessively challenge our assumptions.

3. Detail matters
Mistakes are a deadly toxin. There is never an excuse for allowing them into our bloodstream. Be ever mindful of the big picture but keep an eye on small detail. We have zero tolerance for bad spelling, punctuation and syntax. Check your copy. Check your colleague’s copy. Check it again. Find the flaw. Excise it.

4. Set the agenda
You must take your cues from the most authentic sources in social media communities, not other journalists. Your job is to find content which challenges or changes the mainstream news agenda. You must ask yourself, “Does this video, tweet or photo add unique value?” If it doesn’t, we’re not interested.

5. Don’t confuse quantity and quality
Our partners are looking for quality of engagement and not just quantity of clicks. You must understand this distinction. We deliver real real value to our partners when we give them content that their audience feel compelled to share and discuss.

6. Speed matters but substance matters more
Storyful tells stories at a real-time pace. Speed is of the essence. But substance is where we shine. Algorithms may detect events. Storyful finds the context and content that help our partners own the unfolding story.

7. Context is king
Storyful earns the trust of its partners by telling them everything they need to know in order to safely use a piece of social content. We must earn that trust every time we hub a story. Ask yourself every question a partner could possibly need to ask and answer with clear, unambiguous context. Never assume they already know.

8. Make our partners happy
Storyful never sleeps. We are in the service of our partners 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. We must respond immediately to client requests. We must anticipate their needs when they need us most. We must keep them ahead of the story and constantly offer new ones.

9. Be true to our values
Storyful provides a bridge between content creators and content distributors. We help creators get the credit, compensation and audience they deserve. We help distributors have total confidence about how they use and monetize content. At every point in this process we must be beyond reproach. We must obsessively adhere to the ethical and legal principles which we have pioneered. We must be open and transparent in all our dealings. We must set the gold standard in how creators of eyewitness media are treated. This is our difference.

10. Make it sing
Storyful is a small company on the biggest stage imaginable, doing something wholly unique at a moment of great change. We are growing rapidly. Bigger team. Bigger ambitions. Higher expectations. But we can never lose the feeling that we are doing something new. We need build or break something every day. We must embrace risk and make our peace with failure. Make it sing. In our unique voice. Every day.
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A Visual History: Chronicling Conflicts Using Social Video

A Visual History: Chronicling Conflicts Using Social Video | Working Stuff | Scoop.it
Social media has given us a front row seat to the intimate details of life inside conflict zones, pulling back the curtain in countries where information is sometimes only as good as the available internet connection. As the landscape of war changes, news organizations are increasingly turning ...
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