Issue #22 | 2017-03-08
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How news outlets in Turkey, the Philippines, Finland and Spain are creating truly digitally native content
Kevin Anderson goes in search of news operations doing radically different things and finds some amazing models, including one in Turkey that distributes its content on 15 different platforms, including the dating site Tinder. 

10 years in, The New York Times is tweaking its interactive news team
It's been ten years since the team tasked with pushing the boundaries of digital storytelling was started and it is now evolving and hiring. One of the new roles of the team is to look at using technology to improve newsgathering, says senior editor Jeremy Bowers.

The Economist: it’s all about the customer’s reading experience
As ad sales fall The Economist has shifted its focus from driving content that advertisers want to be associated with towards high-quality content that readers want to pay for, says CMO Michael Brunt.

How Mother Jones used its prison exposé to turn readers into donors
When Mother Jones asked in August for donors to support its work, like the 35,000-word prison exposé, it had about $20,000 in donations per month. Six months later the experiment has resulted in a more-than-threefold increase on monthly reader contributions. 

'Journalism business models are fuelling the misinformation ecosystem'
It's all about being first, says Buzzfeed UK correspondent James Ball. And that means that it's easier than ever for fake news to spread like a virus. 

All the data visualisation gifs you could ever want
Lena Groeger has put together a fantastic collection of animated data visualisation gifs. Also, check the tools and tips section below for her lessons on making your own ones.

Tips and tools
Robot journalism will continue to grow in newsrooms despite its limitations
Despite the limitations of automation in journalism, publishers believe it has the potential to reduce costs, increase the speed of some reporting, and serve the audience with more personalised content, according to a new report.

Don't know basic maths? You aren't qualified to be a professional journalist
Alberto Cairo is opinionated at the best of times and even more so when it comes to maths literacy. Agree?

End Note

Interactive: The state of water in South Africa
This week at the Media Hack Collective we released the first installment in our South African Water series. South Africa has been experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades and in parts of the country a water emergency has been declared. Our project is a combination of data visualisation and narrative which looks at the water storage infrastructure in the country. 

Until next week, 

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