Sunday, August 28, 2016

Why NYT sends push notifications for major stories that are not breaking news

Last month, The New York Times announced it was splitting its push notifications into two categories: breaking news and top stories. Michael Owen explains that while some readers still have an expectation that they’ll only be interrupted for breaking news, NYT has found value in sending alerts for stories other than breaking news: “We’ve discovered that both as a way of amplifying our work and as a way to engage people, and get them into the app, there’s actually a pretty big appetite for things that are not breaking news. We’ve found that many people do want the sort of bread-and-butter New York Times stuff of investigations and major enterprise.”

Looking to compete with digital media, Time Inc. will phase out the ‘publisher’ position

API reporting:
But did you know: The job title “publisher” will soon no longer exist at Time Inc., Keith J. Kelly reports. Instead of publishers, Time Inc. will be divided into four groups, each with an editorial director who will “be charged with finding new ways to work together to grow our audience and our business across brands.” Those four groups include news, sports, lifestyle, and celebrity, entertainment and style. Kelly writes that with the change, Time Inc. is betting that phasing out the “publisher” role will make it easier to compete in the digital media world, without eroding the print base that’s still essential to its revenue.
theguardian reporting
News publishers would have stronger rights to demand payment from digital giants such as Google and Facebook in exchange for using their content, under proposed European rules that are designed to shore up the collapsing revenues of traditional media companies.
The measures are part of a series of reforms that the European commission plans to put out to consultation in September. They are designed to strengthen the rights of those who create and invest in original content, from authors and musicians to record labels, broadcasters and publishers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Wall Street Journal is changing up its paywall, offering guest passes and expanded link-sharing on social

Niemanlab reporting: Now the Journal is trying to make its paywall neither stricter nor leakier, but bendier. It’s now testing 24-hour guest passes for non-subscribers, an offer that pops up when readers access a story shared by a subscriber or a Journal staffer. (If you don’t enter your email address, you just get to read the one story.) Down the line, the Journal may also be testing other time increments for the guest passes.