Sponsored/branded content for RBI?

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A trend that has become a business model for advertisers and brands – some interesting case studies.

How to Survive the Robot Takeover

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This article discusses the fusion of skills necessary for media companies to succeed in the digital age — which focuses largely on the Washington Post’s reinvention. With Dom Norman from Design lab and Joey Marburger from the Post.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

To prepare for the coming General Data Protection Regulation, publishers have a new important role: data protection officers.

The Economist – A Content Monetization Journey

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The Economist has long known that a paying readership is better than a bigger one. As media companies shift their focus from reach to revenue, learn how The Economist has partnered wit Piano to identify loyal readers, increase engagement and drive digital subscriptions.   Watch the video

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A test for colour blindness of orange and green spots

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No connectivity story

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One of the very first things to do when travelling abroad is buying a SIM card to stay connected. But what if you didn’t? Or even better — what if you don’t take a phone with you in the first place? As an experiment, after crashing a phone’s glass, I decided to spend 14 days […]

Another great Tableau infographic

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Amazing use of Tableau – i think they must be linked up to a database for this – an a lot of time put in to creating this.   Each tree has an id number and you can search street by street of New York city  

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New York Times new web design and newsletters

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A more joined approach with desktop and mobile design and how newsletters can increase engagement

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WordPress plugins for print CMS

These are quite old now so I’m sure there’s better ones now The Zoninator, which allows you to order content on your website by hand instead of chronologically. Edit Flow, which allows you to manage your workflow within WordPress through custom roles, statuses, and a ton of other features. Co-Authors Plus, which allows you to […]

40 Top businesses using WordPress

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Do you want to know which big name brands are using WordPress? One of the common misconceptions about WordPress is that since it is open source, it may not be good enough for big brands. To disprove this myth, we have created a list of most notable big name brands that are using WordPress on […]

The Times of London says focus on editions has driven digital growth

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The Times’ focus on editions has produced ups and downs for the paper over the past year. It shared a number of numbers meant to highlight its successes: The Times said the number of subscribers that pay for app and website access increased 20 percent, usage of its smartphone app grew 30 percent, mobile website […]

Inside ESPN’s mobile strategy

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Mobile is everything. We always have to be thinking about mobile first. If we’re thinking about anything else, we’re failing the audience. That’s one of our biggest challenges.

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

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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 its italics offering their own sweet siren song of understanding? Our never-thought-about assumption: this is what newspapers should look like, and they did, city to city, nation […]

From “service desk” to standalone: How The New York Times’ graphics department has grown up

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“The graphics desk can publish something on its own and then, the next day, point it out to the national editor and have the value of that piece be apparent.”

How The Telegraph built its new CMS by focusing on simplicity

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The British newspaper was previously using five separate online publishing systems, each of which larded up the publishing process with dozens of fiddly steps.

Can audio go viral? Here’s what happened when NPR ran an experiment for a month on Facebook

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“Trust me, this is really, really great even though you don’t know who’s talking and there’s nothing to look at and I’m asking you to focus for 40 seconds!”

The New York Times is trying to make VR films that aren’t one-offs, and that keep readers coming back

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With its new Pluto-focused project, upcoming episodic series, and experiments with “meditative VR,” The Times is experimenting with different applications for the new technology.

Good news, publishers: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)

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As publishers’ tablet dreams diminish, are smartphones picking up the slack when it comes to reading long articles online? A report out from the Pew Research Center tries to answer that question, and comes away with some reassuring findings: Yes, people are willing to engage with longer content (i.e., news stories over 1,000 words) on […]

10 facts about the changing digital news landscape

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Digital news continues to evolve, pushed by a variety of innovations in recent years, from groundbreaking new technologies like virtual reality and automated reporting to experiments on social platforms that have altered campaign coverage. This article highlights 10 key facts based on USA surveys and analysis

Buzzfeed

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BuzzFeed is building a New York-based team to experiment with news video. The video is a must watch, love it

Google AMP compliant?

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Google AMP is about to become a much bigger deal, showing up in everybody’s mobile search results

Asia is leading the adoption of mobile adblocking; North America is dodging the bullet (for now, at least)

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The rise of mobile adblocking may not be burning publishers in the US & Europe so far, but the story is very different in Asia.

Axel Springer’s Bild is testing news delivery via Facebook Messenger

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German tabloid Bild is experimenting with delivering news to its readers via Facebook Messenger. The first experiment is limited to “news, background information, and rumors regarding the transfer window of the German soccer league.”

Star Wars long-form web page

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Well designed long-form web article from CNET

Inside BBC.com

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As the world’s largest news website, BBC.com publishes international stories about everything from breaking news, to entertainment, politics, science, and sports. Ed Fairman, Interaction Designer at BBC.com, talks about collaboration, keeping audiences engaged, and the death of print media.

Mobile interactivity

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Small screens, full art, can’t lose: Despite their size, phones open up new opportunities for interactives Here’s how some top news publishers are shaping their interactives for mobile: “These devices are there, they have these capabilities built into them, so how do we use them in our storytelling?”

Inspiring videos from 99U conferences

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Step one? Make yourself “open and vulnerable” and embrace your own “honest, incredibly uncool, messy humanity.”

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Google’s Guide To Designing With Empathy

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Color blindness is one of the world’s most common disabilities. It affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 (.5%) women worldwide. These statistics prove that designers should be thinking very, very hard about the colors they use in their apps. “Colors are a great way to convey critical information in an […]

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Storytelling, Big data, and Data visualization

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Interesting piece from Technology for Publishing blog

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Facebook wants to be the new World Wide Web, and news orgs are apparently on board

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This valuable story in The New York Times would appear to indicate the platformization of news has reached a new level: Save

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Article: Former employee account of working for DailyMail.com

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Described by George Clooney as “the worst kind of tabloid” and with an eye watering 180 million unique visitors a month, just what is it like working as a reporter on the DailyMail.com? This article by a former employee offers some interesting insight into their daily tasks.

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BBC long form: Waiting for the sea

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Good use of parallax and map overlays

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Riddle me this: How can news orgs better use games and quizzes?

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A new report from the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism examines the rise of games and quizzes in online media and how news organizations might take better advantage of them.

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Clouds Over Cuba

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A stunning historical interactive documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis, complete with timeline, documents and additional videos.

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China’s island factory

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New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. But a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way.

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The Guardian wants to know what you think of its redesign

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The Guardian has been developing the site for more than a year, but the beta version was released publicly in February. By the end of March, The Guardian had received more than 5,000 comments from readers; some positive, but many suggesting tweaks or complaining about problems. Which is exactly what The Guardian wanted.

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Article: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality

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  theverge.com have put together an impressive looking long-form article about virtual reality. Featuring parallax scrolling, side scrolling, videos and time-lines, it’s an engaging presentation on the subject.

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Interactive video: The rise of the Islamic State

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The BBC have put together “an interactive” video, charting the recent turmoil in Iraq. Personally, at times I find the presentation suffers from information overload, but it’s certainly a good example of how to present videos with additional data and information using traditional HTML/CSS.

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Article: How the BBC approaches longform, immersive storytelling

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Giles Wilson, features editor for BBC News Online, has commissioned a number of recent multimedia articles from the broadcaster, and shared his advice in making them work.

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Small Aviation Publisher Goes All Digital and Sees Business Soar

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Since launching the apps, P1 has seen revenue grow 74% year over year through increased revenue from advertisements that blend seamlessly into interactive editorial content. Using the analytics capabilities in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, P1 discovered that readers spend an average of 77 seconds with ads.

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Visualizing Algorithms

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The power of the unaided mind is highly overrated… The real powers come from devising external aids that enhance cognitive abilities. —Donald Norman Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization. To visualize an algorithm, we don’t merely fit data to a chart; there is no primary dataset. Instead there are logical rules that describe behavior. This […]

Article & Demos

Reuters Digital News Report 2014

This year’s report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 18,000 online news consumers in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Denmark and Finland. This website contains data about the growth of tablets and smartphones, generational and country based differences in media usage. Also analysis […]

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Scoop: A Glimpse Into the NYTimes CMS

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You know the importance of technology to the future of journalism has become a widely accepted fact when a prominent editor decides to join a new company because of its content management system. That’s what Ezra Klein told The New York Times about his decision to leave The Washington Post for Vox Media, a digital […]

Article from NYT dev team

Trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and accelerated learning with Radiolab & New Scientist

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Radiolab and Sally Adee from New Scientist explore trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and accelerated learning. Radiolab: ” the show focuses on topics of a scientific and philosophical nature. The show attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as “time” and “morality” in an accessible and light-hearted manner and with a distinctive audio production style.”

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Longform

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A website listing various Longform articles around the web.  Some pretty standard, but the odd gem in there.

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Multi-media rich – NYT

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The story always comes first, as it would in any newsroom, so the formats chosen are those that best present the story we’re trying to tell. In this particular case, the final formats you see are the result of constant discussion and evolution throughout the process as we discovered what the key parts of the […]

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Time Warner’s magazines to go it alone

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Untethered from the growing parts of Time Warner, some of the most famous magazines in America will have to fight for themselves. Can a magazine strategy transfer well to digital?

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