Journalism agenda: A journalist, Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel… Twitter and Reddit moves more into journalistic production…

Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and dissident writer, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday (8 October) “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, the Swedish Academy announced.


How the Crowd and Automation Are Shaping Journalism

There are few industries that have been impacted as heavily by the digital revolution as the print media business.  As consumers migrated online for content that was notoriously difficult to monetize, the industry has tossed around various business models to try and survive.

Twitter has always been a place to find out what’s going on in the world, with a little help from the crowd. The catch is that you have to know the right people to follow if you want to track the path of a hurricane or question this year’s selection of Emmy winners.

Twitter hopes to make the platform more welcoming to newcomers with thelaunch of “Moments” on Tuesday. It offers curated tweets tied to news and other events. Previously known as “Project Lightning,” the new feature debuts in the latest app update with its own dedicated tab and a snazzy lightning bolt button. Moments will also be available at


The front page of the Internet — or at least some people’s Internet — nowofficially has a publication to call its own. Today Reddit launched Upvoted, a site with stories sourced from the online community and written by a small team of editors.

upvoted-logoUpvoted, the website, follows on the launch of some earlier editorial experiments from Reddit this year, including Upvoted the podcast, and Upvoted Weekly, an email newsletter, both designed to showcase some of the best material working its way across Reddit.

sa1d8San Francisco recently doubled the number of walls it was coating with hydrophobic paint, which is supposed to deter wall-pissing by making the urine spray back all over the pee-er. (more…)

If you are not scared of wandering on the edge of death and have some money, then there is no obstacle before you to do journalism

The New York Times on Wednesday unveiled a plan to reach $800 million in digital revenue by 2020 — double the $400 million in digital revenue it generated in 2014.

nytimes-logoIn order to meet the ambitious goal, which was outlined in a lengthy memosigned by New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, executive editor Dean Baquet, and other executives, the Times plans to redouble its focus on reader engagement and subscriptions.

The question about what Medium is, exactly, was muddied a little further Wednesday night when CEO Ev Williams announced a bunch of changes to the platform. (Wait, maybe that’s what it is, a platform!)

That post was accompanied by a slew of other update posts from various Medium staffers, which I’ve tried to thread in through this post; you can see all of them here.


Google thinks you’re going to be bored by the end of this sentence.

That’s about the attention span, they say, of the average mobile user. If you don’t hook ’em in a few seconds, you’ve lost ’em.

Google unveiled its new plan to speed up the mobile web today — Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP — and it’s the latest attempt by a technology company to deal with the problem of the slow mobile web. Facebook has its Instant Articles to make certain news stories load more quickly in an app; Apple wants to move you into its slick new Apple News app. Google’s effort has more to do with changing the mobile web than building its own app or environment, which is why AMP is debuting with a ton of partners in technology (Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Chartbeat, Parsely) and publishing (The New York Times, Vox Media, the Financial Times, Gannett, Hearst, the Posts Washington and Huffington).

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