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Issue #79 | 2018-05-30
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This week's newsletter has a bit of everything, from blood splatter analysis and Twitter mobs, to splinternets and tips & tools.  We also look inside the BBC's Innovation Incubator, and Emily Bell explains why she doesn't think trust a good metric for measuring quality journalism.
 

 

Mobile visits are still rising for news sites, even without Facebook's help

New data from Chartbeat shows that while Facebook referrals to publishers are on the decline, overall mobile traffic is on the increase. 
 

Dear Publishers, if you want my subscription, here is what I expect…

Frederic Filloux says subscription fatigue is looming and publishers that offer poor service and little value will be the first to lose customers. 
 

How The New York Times plans new subscription products

The Times' New Products and Ventures team, launched eight months ago, is focused on finding new areas in which the publisher can build a subscriber base. 
 

Media change deniers: Why debates around news need a better evidence base

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen says that many of the widely held assumptions that underpin debates on journalism are in fact wrong. 
 

What it's like when Elon Musk's Twitter mob comes after you

A number of women journalists have spoken out about what it's like to criticise Elon Musk and then have to face days of abuse from his fans. 
 

"Trust is not an idea I have much time for" - Emily Bell

Trust is the wrong metric for measuring the quality of our journalism, says Tow Center for Digital Journalism director. "Optimise for reliability, consistency, original reporting, accuracy, willingness to publish corrections etc."
 

Q&A with FT's Head of Digital Delivery Robin Kwong, one of the creators of FT's Uber game

In his role as Special Projects editor, Robin was behind the FT’s interactive Uber game, its fifth most-read story of 2017. He has since moved on to head the FT’s new Digital Delivery team.
 

Welcome to the Splinternet

With GDPR now in force, some publishers have opted to simply shut down access to their news for European readers. Others offer European readers a text-only version, and The Washington Post added a special European subscriber option, for an extra $30 a year. 

 

Inside the BBC’s “innovation incubator”

A typical day inside the BBC's innovation incubator includes messenger bots, Git, search tools and accelerated mobile pages.  
 

Can journalism be sold like a pair of trainers?

In a conversation with the Global Editors Network, Anna Bateson, chief customer officer at the Guardian talks about the Guardian’s reader-first strategy, taking inspiration from other industries, and funny job titles.
 

ProPublica launches blood splatter analysis newsletter

The newsletter is the "behind the scenes" version of reporter Pamela Colloff's investigation into Joe Bryan, a Texas high school principal convicted of murdering his wife. 


 

Tips & Tools


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Until next week,
Alastair
@alastairotter
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