The New York Times is shutting down its lauded, younger-reader-seeking NYT Now app

The New York Times said Thursday that it is shutting down its NYT Now app. The app was an attempt at developing a mobile product aimed at a younger audience. The app will stop being available for download on Aug. 29.

goodbye NYT Now pic.twitter.com/OOdocdITiZ

— Shan Wang ☃ (@shansquared) August 18, 2016

The Times launched the app in April 2014 as a paid product aimed at younger readers, but the app struggled to attract subscribers and the paper ultimately made the app free to use. NYT Now averaged 257,000 unique users over the past three months, the Times reported. At its highest point, in May 2015, the app had 334,000 unique users.

In a memo, Kinsey Wilson, the Times’ executive vice president for product and technology, and David Perpich, the Times’ senior vice president for product, said that the lessons learned from NYT Now already influence other Times products:

While NYT Now attracted a loyal following, these broader gains demonstrated that we did not need a separate lower-priced or limited free offering in the marketplace to drive growth. And we can focus our energy and resources on innovation in our main New York Times products (including Cooking, Crosswords and Watching) and on targeting younger readers where they often are: on social platforms.

Last year, the Times’ digital subscriber base grew to 1 million, and the paper has made digital subscriptions a priority moving forward. In 2014, the company generated $400 million in digital revenue, and last fall the Times said its goal is to double that to $800 million by 2020.

In a series of tweets, Clifford Levy, the assistant masthead editor overseeing digital platforms and the original newsroom leader of the NYT Now effort, explained the thinking behind the move:

1/10 Big news: We’re shutting @nytnow. The app was a milestone in the digital evolution of @nytimes https://t.co/jvMEPoKZXn

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

2/10 .@NYTNow demonstrated that we could fundamentally reimagine how we engage readers in the mobile era

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

3/10 We decided to close @nytnow bc we’ve moved all its pioneering innovations into the main @nytimes platforms

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

4/10 What made @nytnow different: a relaxed, conversational voice that felt native to mobile but still part of @nytimes

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

5/10 What else? Morning & Evening Briefings; expansive photos; animations; scannable text w/bullets to emphasize major points

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

6/10 If @nytnow advances now seem central to how broader @nytimes connects w/its audience in 2016, that’s because they are

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

7/10 Just over two years ago, the main @nytimes mobile app was little more than a gray list of headlines

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

8/10 Today, main @nytimes app is vibrant & compelling, w/highly curated feel. Changes can be credited to one source: @nytnow

— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 18, 2016

NYT Now was one of a series of standalone subscription products the Times introduced in an attempt to attract new paying readers. In June 2014, it also introduced NYT Opinion, an app featuring the paper’s opinion content, but it shuttered the app that fall after failing to attract an audience. “The sheer volume of people looking at it wasn’t enough to sustain it,” Andy Rosenthal, then the Times opinion editor, told the Lab when the closure was announced. This is not us saying it didn’t work as a journalistic venture; it did. It’s just not working as a business.”

Since then, the Times has introduced NYT Cooking, which highlights the paper’s catalog of recipes. The cooking site and apps are free to use, but earlier this year the Times said it would begin partnering with a meal kit service that would allow users to buy the ingredients for the recipes. It’s also created Watching, a movie and TV recommendation site.

While NYT Now may not have attracted a large enough audience to make it sustainable — and, as Levy wrote, much of its DNA lives on in the main Times mobile app — users on Twitter nonetheless lamented the app’s closure:

I used @NYTNow even though I'm a subscriber. Was just the better app. Gotta be others like me.

— Eric Umansky (@ericuman) August 18, 2016

Holler at the folks who tried something different with @NYTNow.

— stacy-marie ishmael (@s_m_i) August 18, 2016

Think @nytimes may have underestimated the value-add of @NYTNow for some paid subscribers.

— Staci D Kramer (@sdkstl) August 18, 2016

Filed Under Everything I Love Dies https://t.co/7kBsoHNcwu

— Margarita Noriega ⚡️ (@margarita) August 18, 2016

NYT Now's demise is further proof (along w/ how this election has been covered) of how desperately our profession needs a new biz model.

— Anjali (@anjalimullany) August 18, 2016

The New York Times is shutting down its @NYTNow app, a product I used every day. https://t.co/jgKjEQMDq4

— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) August 18, 2016

So sad to see the @NYTNow app is being shelved. I’ve really loved using it every day. Exceptional work, all: https://t.co/a3XJ4nOOdh

— Jason Santa Maria (@jasonsantamaria) August 18, 2016

A different and darker perspective:

News apps are a doomed genre https://t.co/Sfq46AhIme

— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) August 18, 2016

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What it takes to manage a daily popup Snapchat channel from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The people on the BuzzFeed team on the ground in Rio producing the NBC Olympics daily Snapchat channel are night owls — by necessity.

“Because most of the action happens in primetime, you can’t get around the fact of working a really late night. Something will happen in primetime and we will have to cover it,” Andrew Gauthier, executive producer of BuzzFeed Video, told me. “We have a certain mix that we try to achieve in the channel, but it’s really loose. And it’s loose because we don’t know quite what the stories are that will emerge. Simone Biles had an incredible performance. But then that same night you also had Simone Manuel, and I don’t think anybody was really anticipating her to be the story it was. You can only prepare for so much.”

Gauthier is in Rio as part of a team of 12 producers curating NBC’s competition footage, writing Snap-worthy stories, interviewing and shooting original footage of athletes, creating BuzzFeed’s bread-and-butter lists, and making games and quizzes that users will want to #engage with — at least 14 pieces of content per day, though the team’s been averaging more than that. The channel is branded with the NBC Olympics and Rio logos, and the only tangible BuzzFeed stamp is its presentation (“WTF?!? Lots Of Weird Dancing And Epic Fails On Day 10,” “11 Incredible Sandcastles In Rio”).

The popup Snapchat Discover channel, which launched on August 4 and will close up shop August 22, is part of a partnership between NBC and Snapchat that also includes Snapchat-curated live stories around the many different Olympic events. NBC is selling ads for the channels, working with the Snapchat sales team. (It declined to share details such as revenue split.)

TV viewership of this year’s Olympics is down from the London games four years ago, especially in the 18- to 49-year-old age group. Meanwhile, Snapchat claims it reaches 41 percent of all 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. on any given day. And BuzzFeed itself is an obvious choice to help mold NBC content for social platforms: In addition to a $200 million investment from NBCUniversal last August and growing ambitions in video, BuzzFeed has been able to hone its craft for more than a year on its own Snapchat Discover channel.

The BuzzFeed staffers working on NBC’s Rio Olympics Discover channel are technically part of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, though “there isn’t a huge distinction between Motion Pictures and the rest of BuzzFeed,” according to Gauthier. (The line between BuzzFeed News and BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has been a source of confusion in the past. Gauthier was careful to emphasize that there are separate BuzzFeed News staffers in Rio also covering the Olympics, and that the Snapchat Channel “is not BuzzFeed News.”)

The BuzzFeed Snapchat team has access to NBC’s Olympic footage (BuzzFeed.com is benefiting from the access, too; fo the rest of us, the IOC says NO GIFS FOR YOU). It also gets help accessing Olympic locations and athletes. The team, split between the International Broadcast Center in Barra da Tijuca (home to Olympic Park and Olympic Village) and the beach in Copacabana, also has access to NBC studio space at each location. (Picture BuzzFeed’s table, right next to Lester Holt’s Nightly News broadcast.) A few others are out and about in between, ready to film anything else that might come up.

“That’s the way it’s been working, around the clock. The channel goes live at 6 a.m. EST, and typically we’ve been working until around 4 a.m. local time to finalize each edition,” Gauthier said. When an edition is almost done, the BuzzFeed team will work with the NBC Olympics digital team to review it, but NBC has been mostly hands off when it comes to the channel contents. “With the BuzzFeed site or the social accounts, or even on the live broadcast, you’re constantly updating things, you’re able to publish stuff whenever it happens. In the channel, we have to wait it out for everything to come together before we publish it.”

Some things have already been filmed in advance — a supremely BuzzFeed-esque segment with Ryan Lochte trying to guess “which purse is more expensive,” for instance — but the majority of videos featured were shot hours before going live in the channel, Gauthier said. BuzzFeed staffers in its New York and L.A. offices are also helping out, including supplying some of the illustrations and articles.

“The team here in Rio is multi-hyphenate. No one has a really rigorous focus on one aspect of production, and that’s allowed us to be nimble,” he said. “This was totally new for us, and we didn’t quite know logistically what to expect, although NBC prepared well for it. Sometimes a story will emerge and the way to cover it is not necessarily a video — it’s an article that features a bunch of clips. We’ve had to make a lot of graphics, so Photoshop skills come in handy. And then the ability for one person to go on a shoot, shoot the whole thing, and immediately also start editing it, that’s also been incredibly useful.”

The team evaluates what performed well in each day’s edition, and uses the metrics as guidance in shaping the format and order for the next day’s edition. (BuzzFeed declined to share any numbers for the Olympics Channel; president of NBC Olympics Gary Zenkel told the Wall Street Journal “millions” have been viewing the channel.) From experiences with the main BuzzFeed Snapchat Discover, the team knew editions around single themes don’t perform as well as regular editions. But the popup channel “is its own beast.”

“There’s a lot of nuance here. It’s not that we see one thing doesn’t work and we adjust it,” Gauthier said. “We’ve learned that variety is important. We’ve been impressed with how interested viewers have been in highlights and competition footage. Stuff around the identity of the athletes, what they’re like personally and their relationships with others, has been important.”

With some help from NBC, it’s been easy for BuzzFeed to get athletes to participate in various gags for the channel: Many of the competitors are young and active Snapchat users themselves and are open to things, especially after they’re finished with their own events.

“One thing we’ve been really focused on is how viewers are interacting with the Olympics on a personal level,” Gauthier said. “The behavior in Snapchat is different than just watching on TV. We want to create things that feel fun, fresh, and new. When we film things with Olympians, we also want them to feel relatable.”

“The funny thing is, we can position a lot of things as really amazing, or the best possible thing to happen,” he added. “It’s a little funny that when you’re covering the Olympics, there is no such thing as hyperbole, because something happens and it’s literally historic, it’s literally the greatest thing to ever happen in that sport.”

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“It’s a little bit of a crazy concept”: Three women’s newsletters on the decline of the glossy magazine

With the folding of More and Lucky magazines, layoffs across properties, and more brands focusing their marketing efforts on mobile and digital, it’s not a golden age for women’s magazines in print.

One place at least some of the audience’s attention is moving: email newsletters, that most ’90s/’00s of distribution formats. Alongside fellow throwback podcasting, email newsletters are making a resurgence in popularity, despite the constant flow of content from social media outlets. With 55 percent of email opens happening on phones, it’s an increasingly powerful way to reach readers directly on mobile.

Curious about this strangely digital-forward retrospect countering the women’s magazine, I spoke with people behind three women’s newsletters about how they think the format is changing how women are consuming content: Clover, a lifestyle newsletter aimed at teen girls; READ LOOK THINK, a collective of thought-provoking links; and UNDRRATED, a curation of places and things to visit and use by a different creative every week. (Two of the three were founded by current or former magazine editors.)

These newsletters are standalone, not part of a publishing conglomerate, and pushing original content straight to readers’ inboxes, not primarily to a website. They’re also all building out, in different ways; after five months of publishing, Clover launched an app where readers are able to read past letters, sort content by category, and share articles as well. READ. LOOK. THINK. began as a column, later becoming a newsletter. (UNDRRATED’s Marina Khidekel also told me she has an archive website in the works.) These newsletters seek the authenticity and personal connection that some find lacking in their print competition. Here’s what they had to say, lightly edited for clarity.

When I moved to London and went freelance as a copywriter and content strategist, I thought it was important, brand-wise, to have my own website. But what would I put on it? I didn’t want to write crappy blog posts like “10 ways to create compelling copy.” Instead, I decided to curate work that other people, mainly women, had created that was clever, perfect and inspiring. I started the READ.LOOK.THINK. column on my blog nearly five years ago.

When Google killed its RSS reader, I realized that many people, even though they cared deeply and loved the column, would inevitably lose track of it. So I started a newsletter with MailChimp in 2012 and offered a subscription option.

[Newsletters are] so different. It’s a little bit of a crazy concept that they could replace glossy mags. It’s a completely different form of content and the way that people interact with it is so different. Having worked in magazines for so long and having been at Cosmo for several years, our readers always tell us that the way that they interact with the magazine is so different than the way that they interact with anything online. They always talk about taking the time for themselves, having “me time,” shutting the world out and enjoying it. I think newsletters are like the bite-sized version of that, but it’s obviously not on the same scale. A lot of newsletters are not on the same scale and aren’t trying to be. I think that’s great, but there are different ways to enjoy different kinds of content.

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‘Niet alle energieleveranciers houden zich aan afspraken’

Apache.be - do, 18/08/2016 - 16:50
De Vlaming verwisselt steeds vaker van energieleverancier, maar volgens de energieombudsman zijn daarmee lang niet alle problemen van de baan.
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Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Global Investigative Journalism Network - do, 18/08/2016 - 16:40

Olympic Medals Timeline

What's the data-driven journalism crowd tweeting? Here are top links for Aug 9-14: NYT interactives (@archietse); Trump's tweets (@drob); Olympics data viz (@thegamma_net); Kenya teen abortions, HIV (@dailynation); Mapbox (@mcrosasb); US household debt (@lenkiefer); & more.

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Het mea culpa van de socialisten

Apache.be - do, 18/08/2016 - 16:08
Voorzitter van sp.a John Crombez uitte scherpe kritiek op het veiligheidsbeleid van de huidige regering. “De maatregelen die nodig zijn, zijn er niet”. Ook voor zijn eigen partij is hij niet mals. “De sp.a is te soft geweest”. Over wie heeft hij het precies? Zijn de socialisten, zowel de Vlaamse als de andere, inderdaad te soft geweest? En welke maatregelen hebben zij dan wel en niet genomen? Laat ons die beweringen toetsen aan de feiten en op een rijtje zetten wat de socialisten in de naoorlogse periode op vlak van veiligheidsbeleid hebben gedaan.
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Journaal en Nieuwsuur even naar andere studio

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 18/08/2016 - 15:05
Het NOS Journaal, Nieuwsuur (NOS/NTR) en het NOS Jeugdjournaal zien er vanaf 23 augustus tijdelijk íets anders uit. Het decor van de tv-programma’s wordt namelijk vernieuwd, waardoor de programma’s tijdelijk naar een andere studio verhuizen, meldt…
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Gratis adverteren voor de boerkini

Apache.be - do, 18/08/2016 - 12:16
Harde meningen over virtuele ideetjes, dat boert tegenwoordig goed.
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Tajikistan: New Moves To Censor Critical News Media

European Journalism Observatorium - do, 18/08/2016 - 11:07

hideme.ru: one of the online ‘anonymizers’ recently blocked in Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s internet providers have started to block online ‘anonymizers’, which allow users to access various banned news sites and social networks, the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan reports. The move represents another step in the Tajik government’s constant efforts to censor news sites and social networks it does not approve of.

“The government’s  Communication Service has consistently denied responsibility, blaming the unavailability of the websites on technical problems, but internet providers have reported receiving informal orders from this service to block sites,” a human rights expert, who wishes to remain anonymous, told EJO. “For example, the Finnish-Swedish TeliaSonera telecommunications company, which holds a controlling stake in Tajikistan’s Tcell provider, has publicly acknowledged that it has blocked dozens of websites at the request of the authorities of the country.”

The most recent attempt came last May when, weeks ahead of a national referendum, access to several well-known news websites was blocked. These include the popular ASIA-Plus, Ozodagon (a regional news site often critical of the Tajik government), and Radioi Ozodi (Tajik service of the Prague based Liberty Radio).

Access to the Radioi Ozodi site has been blocked

The referendum question, which gave the voters the choice of either a “Yes” or “No” answer for all the proposed changes, was deemed undemocratic by observers. The result was predictable: 96% of the voters supported the changes to the constitution proposed by the government. These changes include lifting the time-limit imposed on a president’s term. President Emomali Rakhmon, who has ruled the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic since 1992, has since been given the new lifetime title “Leader of the Nation” and granted lifelong immunity from prosecution.

As part of the same referendum, the minimum age of presidential candidates decreased from 35 to 30. “Analysts suggested that this was to allow Rahmon’s son, Rustam Emomali, 27, who currently heads the government’s anti-corruption agency, to potentially stand for president in 2020,” the Guardian reported in January.

Concern over increasing levels of censorship

Blocking access to the independent and relatively free news media and social media ahead of the referendum came as no surprise to anyone. Tajik netizens have learned to bypass the frequent blockages by using VPN or anonymizing browsers.

What is more unusual and worrying is that some of these news resources and social networks remain blocked long after the referendum, as well as is the government’s latest attempt to block anonymizers. The current list of blocked anonymizers, according to Radio Svoboda (Rissian service of Liberty Radio), includes Chrome’s Browsec, anonimaizer.ru, camelio.ru, noblockme.ru, and hideme.ru.

Although ranked low in terms of press freedom by international media observers, Tajikistan’s print media have enjoyed a relative freedom. A number of independent newspapers have been critical of the government’s actions at times. This has led some of them to court battles, while others faced indirect pressure from various governmental ministries and institutions. The media celebrated a small victory in weeks prior to the referendum, when the Parliament overturned proposed amendments to the media law that would give the Ministry of Culture and the Prosecutor’s office the power to shut down newspapers without a court ruling. The second edition of the amendments signed by the president in May gives courts an exclusive right to do so.

The media situation in Tajikistan remains fragile and vulnerable

“Media outlets in Tajikistan operate in a very difficult environment, in which self-censorship is widespread … Independent journalists have been subjected to intimidation, including online attacks aimed at discrediting them, for example by disclosing information about their private lives,” the human rights expert told EJO. Reporters Without Borders recently condemned the government in Tajikistan for its continuing repression of independent media in the country.


The author of this article is a journalist originally from Tajikistan who did not want to be identified.


pic credit: screen shot from hideme.ru

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Radiozender NPR sluit reactieformulier website

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 18/08/2016 - 09:31
De publieke Amerikaanse radiozender NPR schakelt later deze maand de mogelijkheid om te reageren op de website uit. De functie bestond sinds 2008, maar het aantal deelnemers is minuscuul, afgezet tegen de bezoekersaantallen.
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Talkshowhost John McLaughlin overleden

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 18/08/2016 - 09:28
Op 89-jarige leeftijd is de Amerikaanse interviewer en journalist John McLaughlin overleden aan de gevolgen van prostaatkanker. Hij overleed op 16 augustus. McLaughlin had een markante, luidruchtige interviewstijl die (daardoor) vaak werd geparodieerd.
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‘BBC op vingers getikt om modderige statistiek’

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 18/08/2016 - 09:22
Toezichthouder BBC Trust heeft de publieke omroep gewaarschuwd dat het beter moet omgaan met statistiek in de berichtgeving. Te vaak komt twijfelachtige statistiek “zonder afdoende weerwoord” in de uitzendingen.
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Amnes(t)ie: kennen Vlaams-nationalisten hun geschiedenis niet?

Apache.be - do, 18/08/2016 - 09:02
Vlaams-nationalistische historici als Bart De Wever en Pol Van den Driessche tappen zonder schroom uit het oude repressievat.
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HUD mortgage sales harm black neighborhoods, lawsuit says

Public Integrity - do, 18/08/2016 - 04:57

New York City homeowners filed a class action lawsuit on August 12 alleging that auctions of government-insured mortgages discriminate against predominately African-American neighborhoods.

The lawsuit involves a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that since 2010 has auctioned delinquent mortgages insured by HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

The program, the lawsuit states, strips homeowners of FHA protections without first informing them that their mortgage could be sold. 

The Center for Public Integrity first investigated the HUD program in 2015, finding that the mortgages were sold at a steep discount and only 16.9 percent of mortgages sold between 2010 and 2014 successfully avoided foreclosure.

As part of that investigation, the Center for Public Integrity mapped the results of HUD’s auctions in New York City and Baltimore. The map showed that the mortgages clustered in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of minorities.

FHA mortgages have been a popular means for African Americans to buy homes because they are available to borrowers with lower credit scores and typically require smaller down payments. Borrowers pay an FHA premium in return for protections such as intervention options when borrowers fall behind, a mortgage modification program and refinancing options.

Because of that, the lawsuit claims the sales have a disparate impact on African Americans. The FHA insures 43 percent of all mortgages made to African-American homeowners, according to HUD.

“HUD, in selling these loans out of the FHA mortgage program, they’re depriving homeowners out of a sustainable mortgage product that ensures they will be able to stay in their home for years to come,” says Christopher Fasano, a staff attorney with MFY Legal Services Inc., which filed the lawsuit along with Emery Cilli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, another New York City based law firm.

Although just 36 percent of FHA loans issued in the New York City area from 2012 to 2014 were issued to African-American borrowers, Fasano says 61 percent of the mortgages sold through HUDs program were in predominately African-American neighborhoods, such as St. Albans and Canarsie, in Brooklyn.

“It’s not just going to affect the homeowners who will lose these benefits once their mortgage gets sold,” Fasano said, “it’s also is going to destabilize these neighborhoods that have historically been bastions of African-American homeownership.”

The lawsuit also lists as a defendant Caliber Home Loans, a mortgage servicer owned by Lone Star Funds, a Dallas-based private equity firm.

After purchasing mortgages through the program, Caliber offered five-year, interest-only loan modifications, which the plaintiffs claim would result in unsustainable “balloon payments” and eventually foreclosure.  The Center for Public Integrity described similar offers in the 2015 report, including one that would lead to a $70,000 balloon payment after a modification term.

“Caliber is committed to treating all borrowers fairly, to helping families stay in their homes where it is feasible, and has complied with all FHA-mandated servicing requirements,” Caliber’s head of servicing Marion McDougall told the New York Times in a statement.

HUD declined to comment on the lawsuit, but in July announced changes to the sales program, including requiring that buyers of FHA mortgages evaluate borrowers for principal reduction, limiting interest rate increases and alternative bidding process for non-profit buyers.

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NPR is retiring the comments section on its story pages (because of disuse, not just garbage fires)

Starting next Tuesday, stories on NPR.org will no longer have comments sections. NPR announced the decision in a blog post on Wednesday, explaining that while its overall web audience has grown over the years, its comments sections have been largely deserted: Just 1 percent of its audience of 25 to 35 million monthly unique visitors comment. And the number of regular commenters is microscopic:

Significant stat on comment retirement: Only .003 percent of visitors posted even once a month over three months. https://t.co/CrmuDUcBsk

— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) August 17, 2016

Instead, NPR is turning to social channels — both official and through its journalists’ personal accounts — to interact with its audience. And that means pulling audiences into the usual places like Facebook (where it has more than 5 million likes), Twitter (more than 6 million followers), and building their Snapchat, Instagram, and Tumblr presences. In the post, managing editor for digital news Scott Montgomery highlighted NPR’s personal finance Facebook group, which now boasts more than 18,000 members. Other audience engagement efforts are also rendering comments sections less useful, Montgomery wrote. Among those:

We’ve taken our special engagement events to new levels with the Tiny Desk Contest and Generation Listen. This year’s Tiny Desk Contest received more than 6,000 entries and introduced the world to winner Gaelynn Lea. Meanwhile, our journalists regularly visit Generation Listen gatherings, connecting with the next generation of public radio fans at NPR Member Stations around the country.

We have an entire team devoted to Audience Relations, who read and personally respond to thousands of listener emails every month. This indispensable forum fields your most substantive feedback and questions and allows us space to provide equally substantive answers. Our help.npr.org site works across platforms and is always open for your questions and concerns.

In coming weeks, in addition to refining our live interaction approaches on Facebook, we’ll begin testing a promising new engagement tool that is rooted in public media. Hearken is a digital platform that allows journalists and the audience to partner on the development of story ideas and it’s already in use at dozens of NPR Member Stations. We will be bringing Hearken to our Goats and Soda blog on global health and development with the potential for expansion in the future.

NPR also has its own full-time ombudsman in Elizabeth Jensen, who helps address issues raised by listeners. Naturally, Jensen weighed in on the killing of the comments, anticipating some pushback around the fact that a public media organization was removing a channel of public input. NPR was using the outside platform Disqus, a system which got “more expensive the more comments that are posted, and in some months has cost NPR twice what was budgeted,” Jensen wrote. In other words, NPR was paying for a small group of people who were not necessarily representative of their audience:

Just 4,300 users posted about 145 comments apiece, or 67 percent of all NPR.org comments for the two months. More than half of all comments in May, June and July combined came from a mere 2,600 users.

It’s not possible to tell who those commenters are; some users comment anonymously. But there are some clues that indicate those who comment are not wholly representative of the overall NPR audience: They overwhelmingly comment via the desktop (younger users tend to find NPR.org via mobile), and a Google estimate suggested that the commenters were 83 percent male, while overall NPR.org users were just 52 percent male, Montgomery said.

NPR’s senior director for digital products Joel Sucherman also told Jensen that NPR.org readers will likely “see other new options over the next six to nine months.”

On Twitter, the news was greeted mostly positively, though some expressed concern about the increasing influence of social media platforms. The comments sections of Jensen’s and Montgomery’s posts, though, pretty much speak for themselves.

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Ziekenfondsen verkopen patiëntengegevens aan farmabedrijven

Apache.be - wo, 17/08/2016 - 16:57
Mutualiteiten verdienen sinds dit jaar geld aan de schat aan informatie die ze over hun leden hebben. Het gaat om geanonimiseerde gegevens.
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Nederland krijgt opleiding internationale researchjournalistiek

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 17/08/2016 - 15:34
Nederland is vanaf september weer een journalistiekopleiding rijker. Op 29 september starten de Fontys Hogeschool voor Journalistiek, Fonds Pascal Decroos, Story-Based Inquiry Associates en de Vereniging van Onderzoeksjournalisten naar Vlaams voorbeeld…
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Een streep in het wegdek

Apache.be - wo, 17/08/2016 - 15:25
De zomervakantie. Dat is gisteren beslissen om op reis te gaan en vandaag in de wagen zitten richting Zuid-Frankrijk. Of Andorra of Barcelona. Dat hebben we nog niet vastgelegd. Enkel de eerste slaapplaats ligt vast. Een nacht in een Mauritaanse tent in de Dordogne, in het domein van een koppel wijnboeren.
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Radiojournalist Harry van der Pol overleden

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 17/08/2016 - 13:50
Op 46-jarige leeftijd is onverwacht Omroep West-verslaggever Harry van der Pol overleden. Hij werkte 22 jaar voor de regionale omroep. Van der Pol begon na het afronden van zijn studie in 1994 bij Radio West, waar hij het jaar ervoor stage had gelopen.
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‘Zzp’er mag huur aftrekken van winst’

Villamedia Nieuws - wo, 17/08/2016 - 13:49
Zelfstandigen zonder personeel die vanuit huis werken mogen hun huurkosten aftrekken van hun winst, ook als hun werkruimte geen eigen opgang heeft. Dat melden…
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