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    Media Picks #7 – Automated news, fixing news hyperlinks and radical designs

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    Media Picks #7 – Automated news, fixing news hyperlinks and radical designs

    Posted By Alastair Otter

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    Robot journalism: AP’s automated company reports are giving journalists more time to pursue other stories
    “Like all media, we are working with limited resources and it’s critical that we maximize the time reporters have to do journalism and break news. We estimate the automation of earnings reports has freed up about 20 percent of the time that we had spread throughout the staff in producing earnings reports each quarter.” – AP’s Philana PattersonGlimpse inside the 2015 digital reporting toolkit
    There literally is an app for everything. This list is not so much a toolkit as toy barrel promising hours of fun and experimentation. There’s something for everyone here from finding trends to doing virtual reality to making mobile video.

    Six digital journalism tools you need to try
    From running Q&A sessions, to visualising data, to making your own memes, this list from The Whip is a good introduction to some of the lesser known digital tools available to journalists.

    The Beeb on the future of news
    The BBC has released the first report from its Future of News project. The report looks at the various ways journalism will change over the next ten years.

    Editors react: Condé Nast enlists its journalists to create ads
    Condé Nast, publisher of famous glossies like Vogue and GQ, said it would use its editorial staff to write the ad copy as part of the creation of a new branded content arm, inciting a predictably visceral reaction from journalistic corners.

    Emily Bell on the ‘tabloidisation of everything’
    “I think this has brought us to a very interesting and challenging moment in the press and in broader society. The ‘too long didn’t read’ version of this speech is journalism needs a lot more journalists who are technically proficient, and the new gods, the platform companies, social networks and search engines, need to hire a lot more technologists who are proficient in news. Because at the moment we have a situation which is not working for either of us.”

    Why journalism students need a baseline understanding of coding
    “Teaching students about code should be part of a broad liberal arts education. Code is about more than just a shiny new thing; it’s about a better understanding of our world and producing better communication and journalism.”

    Online links are broken: how a Dutch publisher is trying to fix hyperlinks
    The Dutch publishers of De Correspondent are convinced that hyperlinks are broken, or at least intrude into reader enjoyment. They’ve come up with three ways they think will fix the problem.

    Guardian overhauls site in anticipation of publishers selling ads based on time
    Aware it needs to prove advertising effectivess beyond clicks, the publisher is increasingly leaning toward time-based metrics to push its inventory. Its site has been relaunched with this shift in mind, blending images, video and text in a “container” format that allows for more flexibility in terms of how content and ads are laid out online.

    Constantly tweaking: How The Guardian continues to develop its in-house analytics system
    The Guardian wants staffers to use Ophan, its in-house analytics tool, to make even the slightest of changes to stories or locate sources of traffic. Say someone notices an influx of traffic to a story from Reddit or that users are lingering longer than usual on a story, the staff can then tweak the headline to capitalize on that social platform or add in new links to the story to give those users more information and increased exposure to Guardian content.

    Joshua Topolsky on uncomfortable news design, new ad units, and why they killed the comments
    Bloomberg launched a fresh, new Bloomberg Business this week, to both acclaim and confusion. The new look — inspired in part by the boldness of Bloomberg Businessweek, the print magazine the company bought in 2009 — is fresh, colourful, and not a little bit dizzying.

    Until next week
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    Written by Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.


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