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    Sept. 9, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
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    Press Publish 15: Matt Thompson on The Atlantic’s attempt to breathe some life into classic blogging

    Did blogging win, influencing the shape of all online media? Or is there room in 2015 for a reinvigoration of what the form — personality, connection, conversation, context — once promised?

    It’s Episode 15 of , the AndroidForMobile Lab podcast!

    press-publish-2-1400pxMy guest today is . Since earlier this year, Matt has been deputy editor of , But you might know him from some of his previous career stops. He spent a , heading up some of its most interesting digital initiatives, like Project Argo. Maybe you know him from , the influential group blog he led with fellow smart guys and . Or you may just know him as a provocative thinker on the shape of modern media.

    Matt’s one of the key people behind , a new section The Atlantic launched last month that promises to bring blogging back to The Atlantic. It’s an interesting attempt to recapture some of the looser, voicier, more conversational structures of the early 2000s — some of which has been lost in the rise of social media and commercialized online news.

    We talked about how blogging seeped into the DNA of today’s news, whether is still a thing, and how is creating a new context for editorial voice. Here’s our conversation.

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    Show notes

    (his site still has an old bio on it, alas)



    , Atlantic senior editor
    (August 27, 2015)
    “The Atlantic is returning to blogging” (August 27, 2015)
    (June 27, 2006)
    J.J. Gould, editor of TheAtlantic.com
    (December 22, 2010)

    “The Atlantic redesigns, trading clutter and density for refinement” (April 22, 2015)

    “Two out of two news organizations recommend user research” (July 29, 2015)

    The Matt Thompson tag page on AndroidForMobile Lab
    “Building permission structures for short content (Vox edition)” (May 19, 2014)
    “The blog is dead, long live the blog” (December 19, 2013)



    Email newsletters on AndroidForMobile Lab
    Podcasts on AndroidForMobile Lab

    (May 13, 2015)
    “A confab with Matt Thompson: Noodling the future of context” (May 5, 2009)
    (March 4, 2008)







    , an NPR blogging initiative Matt led
    AndroidForMobile Lab coverage of Project Argo
    , developed by Project Argo, now powering our What We’re Reading
    (updated September 7, 2015)
    Matt’s RJI Fellowship project in 2008

    AndroidForMobile Lab coverage of Circa

    , the software that underlies Wikipedia



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