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    WhatsApp is a black box of viral misinformation — but in Brazil, 24 newsrooms are teaming up to fact-check it
    And unlike previous efforts, WhatsApp is giving the fact-checkers an important tool to reach the public more easily.
    By Shan Wang
    With “Your Feed,” The New York Times lets iOS users follow topics and journalists (in a non-overwhelming way)
    In user research, The New York Times found that “following” topics and specific journalists was a top request. So it built “Your Feed.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Where should the daily news podcast go from here? (Can we get away from “the commute”?)
    “There’s just this prevailing, unshakeable feeling that everybody’s drilling for oil in the same spot because some other guy found oil there already.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    12 prototypes, eight weeks, and lots of tapping: What’s worked (and hasn’t) in the BBC’s quest for new storytelling formats
    A highlight in an article that reveals context when it’s clicked. A video with a scrollable transcript that speeds up or reverses the video, too. A movie trailer–like intro, drawing readers into the setup of the story. Which ones worked?
    By Christine Schmidt
    Netflix helped propel this podcast from a canceled show to a six-figure success
    Plus: A big fat Leonard Lopate debacle at WBAI, “podcasts by women, for everyone, no creeps allowed,” and publishers are building teams around smart speakers.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Wilson FM, which aims to “elevate podcast aesthetics,” is the first exciting podcast app in a long while
    “I’ve always had a soft spot for print design and aesthetics that have a point of view or opinion. But I’ve been working in tech for quite some time and am just tired of this A/B-tested, data-proven, metric-driven design.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    Dog-eared MP3s: The podcast and book publishing industries are finding new ways to cross-pollinate
    Plus: S-Town gets sued, Spotlight goes audio, and a remarkable new podcast player named Wilson FM.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Enough with the “Netflix for audio.” Podcast companies should take a cue from meditation apps instead
    There’s a lot that subscription on-demand audio gambits can learn from the increasingly formidable world of mindfulness apps.
    By Nicholas Quah
    RadioPublic opens up a new investment platform so individual users can get a stake
    Plus: Civil + podcasts, Anchor’s troublesome TOS, and IAB’s standards.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Could Google’s new podcast app change the way we understand the Average Podcast Listener?
    “It’s pretty damn hard to listen to a podcast, so the kinds of folks who listen to them regularly must really love the thing enough to walk on coals. Google’s new AI-assisted features are designed to cut down the necessity of that intensity.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    Revenge of the desktop: These are the most important announcements Apple made for news publishers today
    Apple News comes to the Mac, breaking news alerts get a little extra scrutiny, Siri learns a few new tricks, and the web — or some version of it — comes to your wrist.
    By Joshua Benton
    The Skimm launches a 1:1, bot-less (for now) texting service to help subscribers make decisions
    “People are always on their phones, but this isn’t ‘Let’s just start shooting them info over text.’ When you integrate into somebody’s routine in an intimate way, it has to feel right for the platform.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    Mobile Majority: How phones are changing news
    WhatsApp is a black box of viral misinformation — but in Brazil, 24 newsrooms are teaming up to fact-check it
    And unlike previous efforts, WhatsApp is giving the fact-checkers an important tool to reach the public more easily.
    By Shan Wang
    With “Your Feed,” The New York Times lets iOS users follow topics and journalists (in a non-overwhelming way)
    In user research, The New York Times found that “following” topics and specific journalists was a top request. So it built “Your Feed.”
    Where should the daily news podcast go from here? (Can we get away from “the commute”?)
    “There’s just this prevailing, unshakeable feeling that everybody’s drilling for oil in the same spot because some other guy found oil there already.”
    What We’re Reading
    Reynolds Journalism Institute / Madeleine Bair
    “As we talked to community organizers about what approaches they find most effective in reaching Latino immigrants, two strategies came up again and again: in-person engagement and mobile messaging.”
    The Information / Wayne Ma and Juro Osawa
    “Google is also preparing a mobile app for internet search in China that will comply with local censorship laws, an effort . The company is developing the apps in Mountain View where its headquarters are, and mainland China, where it has offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, according to people familiar with the matter.”
    Journalism.co.uk / Marcela Kunova
    “News With Friends uses an algorithm which ranks stories based on editorial choices media research company Kaleida observes from leading publishers; through their tools which put stories in context and enable people to compare and contrast views; and via the social features that fuel informed and intimate conversations.”
    Digiday / Mark Weiss
    “73 percent of publisher executives surveyed by Digiday say at least at least 25 percent of their commerce revenues now come from mobile devices.”
    Digiday / Kerry Flynn
    HQ’s sole revenue strategy, for now, is akin to a sponsorship where brands pay for game takeovers. For example, NBC paid for a takeover of The Voice. On May 14, HQ players had a chance to win $50,000 and a trip for two to the show’s finale. The Voice game on HQ, which aired at 11:30 p.m. ET, reached 1.4 million players. NBC’s ratings for 18- to 34-year-olds, as well as viewers aged 12 to 17, was the best for a Monday episode since the first live show of the season, evp of digital for NBC Entertainment Rob Hayes said.
    Digiday / Sahil Patel
    “The NBCUniversal broadcaster, which has Spanish-language rights to air every World Cup game in the U.S., said between 48 and 51 percent of its live digital viewers consistently watch the games on their smartphones. The other half flips between connected TV and desktop streaming, said Peter Blacker, evp of digital media and emerging business for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.”
    Digiday / Max Willens
    “Transitioning to the IAB’s standard has caused a ‘double-digit percentage’ drop in downloads for many of its shows, Wondery said. That hit is slowing the transition that both producers and ad buyers say is necessary to attract more ad dollars. ‘It is the right thing to do,’ Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez said. ‘We certainly hope agencies will notice we’re taking the first step.'”
    NPR / Elizabeth Jensen
    “NPR puts alerts into two categories: Breaking news that subscribers need to know now and feature alerts, which cover investigative work and original reporting that NPR wants to highlight, as well as live event coverage and new podcasts or programs. (New programming alerts are supposed to be “rare and far between,” per the guidelines.)”
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Q: What’s an area of growth for Vox Media? A: Podcasting.
    Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin
    Here’s a “Netflix for podcasting” for you: “Unlike most of its competitors, which support their businesses primarily through advertising, Luminary Media’s business plan includes signing users up for a subscription service granting them access to a portfolio of premium podcasts, according to people familiar with the matter.”
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