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Need to Know: Apr. 24, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “The science beat was one of the first beats to be eliminated from daily newspapers, but The Boston Globe’s … Stat is prioritizing science journalism once again”: Stat launched in November 2015 as a niche news site […]

Need to Know: Apr. 21, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Google is planning to include an ad blocking feature in Chrome, stripping out ad types deemed unacceptable by the Coalition for Better Ads (Wall Street Journal) But did you know: The Coalition for Better Ads is mapping […]

Need to Know: Apr. 20, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: According to data from PageFair, there were as many as 615 million devices blocking ads worldwide by the end of 2016 (Business Insider) But did you know: Google is planning to include an ad blocking feature in […]

Need to Know: Apr. 19, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last summer, Facebook introduced changes to its algorithm to emphasize posts from “friends and family” over publishers (Facebook Newsroom), but later analysis found that the algorithm change had “no measurable traffic impact” to news sites (Nieman Lab) […]

Need to Know: Apr. 18, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory sent staff a 3,000-word memo on Monday, outlining the Globe’s plan for digital reinvention (Boston Globe) But did you know: The Boston Globe’s plan for digital reinvention is to be ready for […]

Need to Know: Apr. 17, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The FCC auctioned off a chunk of public airwaves, bringing a windfall to public broadcasting that could have huge benefits for local media if proceeds are used in the right way (New York Times) But did you […]

Need to Know: Apr. 14, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2016, Tribune Media acquired Television Without Pity, a popular TV commentary site that was shut down by NBCUniversal in 2014, and planned to relaunch the site (A.V. Club) But did you know: Tribune Media abruptly pulled […]

Need to Know: Apr. 13, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. … The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why […]

Need to Know: Apr. 12, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: After being one of Facebook’s launch partners for Instant Articles in 2015, a Tow Center report released in March said that NYT is no longer publishing content to Instant Articles (Nieman Lab) But did you know: The […]

Need to Know: Apr. 11, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday, with The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold winning the prize in national reporting and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald winning in explanatory reporting […]

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