Issue #77 | 2018-05-17
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We're back this week after a short, unplanned break. And to make up for that, this week's newsletter is a pretty big one. We have new ideas on redesigning online articles, really slow journalism, data journalism, and a healthy collection of tips and tools.


Reimagining the article: how the New York Times rebuilt its article template

Maintaining multiple versions of its articles for each of the platforms it publishes on was becoming too unwieldy, so the New York Times set out to simplify. It took a year to finish but the Times now has a single responsive article for both web and mobile, and uses the same code to deliver articles on native apps. 

Why the rise of the machines could be the best opportunity for journalism yet

It's becoming increasingly easy for just about anyone to manipulate images, audio or even video (see this example). So what happens when the public can no longer trust any media they encounter online? This may be the comeback opportunity that mainstream media has needed, says Nicholas Diakopoulos.

How The Christian Science Monitor gained 10,000 paying subscribers for its email newsletter in just one year

A year ago the Christian Science Monitor launched the Daily Monitor, a $7 a month (if you're already a print subscriber) daily news digest. Today they've reached their initial target of 10,000 paying subscribers, and are hoping to sign up 7,000 more subscribers in the next year. 

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is coming. How have news publishers prepared?

Everyone is working towards compliance by the May 25 deadline, even though many say there are still many questions around how the regulations will be policed, and many more who think the first GDPR legal cases will clarify issues. 

Related: What does GDPR mean for journalists?


How The Economist uses its 12-person data journalism team to drive subscriptions

The Economist knows charts and data visualizations play a number of key roles, like reaching new audiences to drive back to its site and helping to bolster its credence.

The Paywall Quandary: How many subscriptions does one really need?

Om Malik says the "paywall craze" sweeping through the media will be a big reality check for the news and magazine publishers. "They will soon realize the size of their 'real audience' and will soon realize that they don’t pass the 'value for money' threshold."

BuzzFeed built its own editing tool for short, meme-y videos

Although the “pivot to video” has been notoriously challenging for most publishers, they can’t exactly give up on video. In fact, BuzzFeed has been ramping up production with a new editing tool called Vidder.

A pop-up newsroom in Canada is taking a slow journalism approach to local news

Last September, journalist Jeremy Klaszus launched a new online news publication. After one successful month of coverage, he closed the site down. This was the plan from the beginning.

Al Jazeera analyzed 6,500 homepage images. Here’s what they learned

The results are intriguing and the conclusions on what they could be doing to better find and use images are equally interesting.


Tips &Tools

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