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"So now we want to ask people who use the service what features they would like to see and for some advice.
If we could do one thing with localweblist.net what would it be?
"Instant articles will be available from nine publishers starting at 10 a.m. ET: the Times, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, National Geographic, NBC News, The Guardian, BBC News, and Germany’s Bild and Der Spiegel. For now, you’ll only be able to see them on the iOS version of Facebook’s app; an Android version is forthcoming. Many instant articles won’t look much different from the links you’re already seeing as you scroll through your feed. But Facebook has created tools to help them stand out, including video "covers" that autoplay as you scroll."
"Suppose we were to aggregate all those newspaper videos into a daily news feed - license it to networks around the world - and then split the license feeds amongst the newspapers that contributed? A kind of video syndication.
"Selling a purpose, not a chat tool
The ‘We Don’t Sell Saddles Here’ article from Stewart hits the nail on the head. I read that article every month. It’s 100% true but incredibly hard to achieve. Slack didn’t come in and compare itself to HipChat, it just said that this was the new way to work as a team. The messaging around Slack has been amazing. You most definitely need to have the product to back it up too and Slack has that."
"“It has been a really valuable resource,” Wilton says, “allowing me to dig deeper in my research and spend more time on the craft of writing. I hope to be using Contributoria for a long time to come, although I would like to see a stronger community develop, facilitated by improved functionality of the site. It is an innovative approach to journalism that is particularly helpful for those new to writing."
Despite its shortcomings and regardless of whether it’s a solution for the long-haul, it can be a very useful resource for journalists, especially freelancers who are reporting from outside their home countries and incurring extra costs. It may be particularly good for journalists who don’t intend to use it monthly or those who propose projects with less onerous reporting requirements and lower fees, and it’s an untapped resource for freelancers who live in non-English-speaking countries and produce work in other languages.
"In earthquake-ravaged Nepal, the BBC is using messaging app Viber to share information and safety tips
In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake that devastated Nepal, BBC News is today launching an account on the messaging app Viber to publish news, information and tips for staying safe as the country continues to recover. (Nieman Lab, 4/30)
"You probably skipped right over the most important word used by the five sources above. It’s everyone’s favorite word, and one you should add to any Twitter search that’s seeking personal experiences:
(And its close cousin “my.”)"
"By Mark O'Brien for Contributoria
An interview with an activist who spent 16 years in a radical left-wing organisation that he now views as a political cult"
"All members of the Investigative News Network (INN), the campaigns appear together on INN’s Spotlight page, a first for Beacon Reader, according to company cofounder Dan Fletcher.
Like Kickstarter’s curated pages, Beacon’s Spotlight pages will give organizations and advocacy groups the ability to showcase campaigns by members of their organization or projects they support."
"The reporting conducted by nonprofit news ventures has triggered meaningful actions and outcomes, though the manner in which most organizations discuss their impact is limited to simple Web metrics and occasional anecdotes. Nonprofits leading the way when it comes to capturing and communicating impact identify clear reporting objectives and ways they will measure those objectives from the outset."
"And now to you, journalists and editors – you didn’t think you were going to escape did you?
Please can you raise your game?
Politicians and business leaders are getting away with all this because you’re not asking the tricky questions.
No more about the price of milk – what about the price of broadband? I’ve hardly mentioned infrastructure but its vital – average speeds in the uk are too slow – the internet report of 2014 ranked us 13th globally behind the Czech republic, the US, Japan and the Netherlands.
"The full-ish Contributoria backend stack "