Issue #81 | 2018-06-21
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Lessons learned from teaching journalists to use chatbots

Maria Crosas shares the key takeaways she has learned while teaching newsrooms to build chatbots for news.


How the New York Times uses software to recognize members of congress

With more than 500 members and regular elections, even seasoned reporters find it hard to recognise every member of congress. So NYT decided to build the Shazam of Congress.

Six growing pains every journalism pioneer will recognise

Being a pioneer can be tough, especially in the world of journalism. To find out just how tough the European Journalism Centre spoke with 35 journalism innovators from 13 countries.

How readers helped develop Washington Post's World Cup newsletter

Before launching its pop-up World Cup newsletter, the Post asked readers if they wanted a newsletter covering the day's highlights and what they wanted to see in it. 

Is immersive content the future of journalism?

In this second part of the series, Davide Banis considers the viability of virtual reality as a future path for journalism.

How the BBC and Telegraph are making World Cup reporting more immersive

BBC News Labs and The Telegraph have been experimenting with Google’s Amp Stories to bring football fans a more engaging mobile experience.

The Onion is on a crusade against Mark Zuckerberg

The satire site has has been ruthlessly roasting Zuckerberg because it says Facebook is killing its traffic.

What journalists can learn from their local TV weather forecast

Meteorologists and weather reporters have understood for years, decades even, how to engage their audiences with a topic that can be full of science jargon and fraught with uncertainty.

Download: Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018


7 things publishers should be doing to transition their businesses

From offering flexible subscription prices to making sure you're collecting the right data, these are some of the things publishers should be doing to navigate the challenges of journalism today. 

How Reuters produces data stories and visualizations

DEN editor Teemu Henriksson talks to Reuters' data journalism editor Janet Roberts.

Tuned out: Publishers aren’t ready for a Spotify for news yet

Despite many thinking that a Spotify-style subscription service would help the media industry out of its current hole, there are still a number of obstacles that are preventing the idea from taking off.

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