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When not to join the scrum | Digital Communications Agency | Switzerland

A company I know has recently begun implementing Scrum management, ostensibly to streamline decision-making processes and to foster more efficient …

Iterate, iterate, iterate: How The Wall Street Journal made its push notifications more attention-worthy

A change in its preferred metric opened up a new approach to testing and tailoring.<p>Last August, The Wall Street Journal set a push alert about a story about how alcohol companies are responding to new research that shows consumption of adult beverages might increase the risk of cancer.<p>The …

In breaking news, Twitter is still a huge traffic driver

As news was breaking on the attack at Ohio State last week in Columbus, Dispatch editors were publishing what they knew quickly online. As the news …

A Trump presidency is forcing an entire generation of journalists to rethink what “journalism” even means

In its critique of Tuesday’s television coverage of the election results, and the night’s unexpected ending, the New York Times said the network newsrooms appeared “rudderless.” The election had gone off script, and the media didn’t know how to react.<p>This wasn’t the first time the press had been …

Facebook Could Be Associated With a Longer Life, Study Finds

As our social lives have moved onto social media sites like Facebook over the past decade, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing over what all that screen time might be doing to our health.<p>But according to a new paper, time spent on social media could be associated with a longer life.<p>The paper, …

War Goes Viral

How social media is being weaponized across the world<p>Like most every­thing today, the campaign was launched with a hashtag. But instead of promoting a new album or a movie release, #AllEyesOnISIS announced the 2014 invasion of northern Iraq—a bloody takeover that still haunts global politics two …

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'We don't want to short-change our audience': Al Jazeera's take on Facebook Live

Al Jazeera was one of the first publishers to use Facebook Live when it launched earlier this year, and with 80 bureaus around the world, the …

Pokemon Go for News? Bloom hopes to bring geolocation to local reporting

When the Pokemon Go craze hit last month, some — including Poynter columnist Melody Kramer, wondered whether the popular app's central features could …

The Gif of God: Church of England issues eight social media commandments

In ages past the technical side of a local vicar’s calling might have involved nothing more challenging than locating the correct page in the prayer book and keep track on the lectionary.<p>But in the age of instant communications, when some people are thought more likely to venture into their parish …

Instagram Stories doesn't mean Snapchat will disappear

Right when adults are just starting to figure out Snapchat, Facebook's Instagram has taken a hard swing at what makes the app unique.<p>With the release …

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Social media and the changing face of conflict reporting

When gunmen began firing indiscriminately at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport last month, British journalist Laurence Cameron was among the first to get …

How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism<p>One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David …

Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter Add Tools to Boost Engagement

Whether it is cute cats, a Prince guitar solo, a kid getting his finger bit, a man parachuting from the atmosphere’s edge, some totally random clip …

The Journey To Lesvos Through The Eyes and Ears of Migrants - Prix Italia News

“A visual journey through Lesvos, the gateway to Europe”, is how the Washington Post describes “The Waypoint”. The webdoc designed for laptop and …

Reporting On The Migrant Crisis: The Psychological Toll For Journalists - Prix Italia News

The stories of refugees stranded at the doors of Europe – in Greece, Italy, Turkey, or Lebanon – are the stories of a humanitarian crisis unfolding …

Inspired by “independent YouTubers,” wary of cable, Vox.com takes its explainer mission to video

“I made one rule starting out: No desks.”<p>Last fall, Vox.com published a video on Syria’s civil war to its YouTube channel, where it’s ended up with nearly 2.5 million views. Vox editor-in-chief Ezra Klein also posted it to his Facebook page, where it racked up millions of views. (Today it has more …

Facebook Just Gave The Finger To Millions Of People Who Use It For News

We hope you like baby pictures.<p>Facebook planted a flag Wednesday, declaring that the site will give greater weight to material posted by your friends and deemphasize content published by businesses and media outlets.<p>The social network approached the issue with a rare bit of candor, stating that the …

Snapchat to Grow 27% This Year, Surpassing Rivals

In the battle among the social networks to attract new users, 2016 will be a banner year for Snapchat. It will grow its user base by double digits, …

Publishers must band together rather than blindly following tech platforms

In the future, media organisation should join forces and find their own solutions to industry-wide problems<p>When the iPad launched in 2010, a fascinating debate followed across the media industry about what kind of mobile strategy made the most sense.<p>Some super smart people were arguing that mobile …

Teens are ditching Instagram for Snapchat at a stunning rate

Snapchat has caught up to and surpassed Instagram as the app of choice for teens, according to a new survey by investment bank Piper Jaffray.<p>In fall 2015, Piper Jaffray's semi-annual survey of 6,500 US teens showed that 33% of them considered Instagram their most important social network. By this …

With the Panama Papers, The Guardian created visual storytelling rules ready for breaking news

Unlike the journalists who were in on the investigation, designers at The Guardian didn't have a year to prepare their stories about the Panama …

The Worst Thing That Could Happen to Facebook Is Already Happening

Users are sharing less--way less. Maybe they've figured out Facebook doesn't care what they have to say.<p>Have you by any chance noticed yourself feeling less friendly toward Facebook lately? Perhaps you still open the app a few times a day to check your notifications and scroll through a few posts, …

The Times of London is swearing off breaking news

British national newspaper The Times has been behind a hard paywall since 2010. That’s meant its speciality has long been in-depth analysis, opinion …

How 4 news organizations are using Facebook Live to reach broader audiences

For many news organizations, especially those with tiny staffs, doing online video well is a particularly vexing problem.<p>First, there's the cost of …

Washington Post digital chief encourages news outlets to embrace social, mobile news

• Knight International Media Innovators<br>• Measuring Impact<br>• Social Media<br>• Business of Journalism<br>At the Digital Journalism Conference in Huesca, Spain, Emilio …

Newsonomics: The New York Times reinvents Page One — and it’s better than print ever was

For the first time, I see a newspaper-created product that seems utterly comfortable with the digital medium.<p>Ah, the art of the broadsheet Page One, with its mystical above-the-fold, below-the-fold double secret handshake code, its photo telegraphing The Big Story, its fonts delivering nuance, and …