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Need to Know: July 22, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook is serious about promoting video on the platform, predicting that Facebook will be “all video” within 5 years But did you know: Struggling to find audiences on YouTube, media companies are turning to Facebook and Snapchat […]

A new resource from the University of Missouri helps journalists report on race and hunger

Hunger and race are two issues that communities face every day, but Tom Warhover writes that few newsrooms can sustain coverage of either of these issues over time. To help solve that problem, the Reynolds Journalism Institute created a new resource called Reporting Stories Hidden in Plain Sight. The web-based tool includes definitions of key […]

What ad agencies want from Google AMP ads: Smaller file sizes and video AMP ads

Google is bringing its Accelerated Mobile Pages technology to mobile ads, and Digiday’s Jessica Davies talks to agencies about what they want to see from AMP ads. One creative director emphasized the importance of making sure AMP ads are scaled, which will force advertisers to adopt the format, while another agency said they wanted to […]

Ailes’ departure could lead to a younger future for Fox News

“[Roger] Ailes was clearly the right person to make Fox News what it is today,” Felix Salmon writes, “but he was never quite as convincing in the role of the man who could successfully navigate its transition to new realities, let alone reach a younger audience that increasingly doesn’t watch television at all. Indeed, while […]

Need to Know: July 21, 2016

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Mobile apps and mobile websites are for very different audiences: Mobile app users are made up of a news organization’s most loyal users, while mobile web users are often coming from social media or other referrals But […]

Google will use AMP technology to speed up mobile ads

You might have heard: Google AMP launched in February with the goal of speeding up the mobile web But did you know: After launching Accelerated Mobile Pages earlier this year, Google is now going to use the same technology to speed up mobile ads. Called AMP for Ads, Google will release a set of guidelines […]

50 new metrics to measure success in your journalism

Melody Kramer brainstorms a list of 50 ways to think about your analytics, broken down by basic analytics such as pageviews, social media analytics, engagement, and audio/video. Some of Kramer’s ideas: Number of people who sign up for a newsletter, number of citations in other news articles, percentage of page viewed, number of new listeners/viewers […]

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