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Issue #85 | 2018-07-18
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How the FT built a new chart tool to speed up its visual productions

Tired of the amount of time it took to create charts for both print and digital, the FT built a new tool - called FastCharts - that gives anyone in the organisation the ability to create a chart for any platform in just minutes. 
 

Vox Media is selling its publishing system

Digital publisher Vox Media is trying out a new money-making strategy: Selling the software that it uses to produce stories. The company is beginning to license Chorus, the technology that underpins the portfolio of sites it owns and operates, including The Verge, Vox and Recode.
 

Going to where the gamers are: Washington Post launches on Twitch

After testing the waters with streaming footage of Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capital Hill, the Washington Post is now diving into the massive (mostly gaming) community on Twitch by launching its own channel on the network.



 

Newsworthy helps small newsrooms find leads in big data sets

After realising that most local newsrooms lack the skills and resources to work with large data sets, the Journalism++ team built Newsworthy which generates story leads for newsrooms from large amounts of information. 
 

Real reporters know where their data comes from. Or do they?

Most media has been quick to quote the fact that the US uses 500 million straws every day. The only problem is that that number was an estimate made up by a 9-year-old, 7 years ago. 
 

9 lessons from a year-long study on journalism innovation

After studying 54 newsrooms in 9 countries, the authors of a new book say that the news media most successful at creating and maintaining ties with their readers, users, listeners and viewers will increasingly be media that dare challenge some of the journalist dogmas of the last century. 
 

Inside The Economist’s newsletter strategy

The primary goal of its newsletters is not to increase reach, says newsletter editor Sunnie Huang, but to deepen its relationship with readers.
 

How to spot, and train, the star journalists of the future

As journalism changes, journalism schools need to also be changing. It's no longer good enough to just teach students to write a good story, they need also to know how to grow audiences, be social, think about new revenue opportunities. 


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Until next week,
Alastair
@alastairotter
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