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The Economist Espresso Offers Bite-Sized Dose of Daily Global News

economistespressoAt the end of last week, weekly global news publication The Economist announced a new offering called The Economist Espresso. Designed to be a snapshot of the day’s most important news in business, politics and finance, the magazine is releasing the daily briefing via iPhone or Android smartphone apps.

As the mag’s editors wrote on their blog, the Espresso app is The Economist‘s first go at daily news in its 171-year history. They say reading the whole thing shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes in the morning and there are no links required to get the whole story. Editions for the Americas, Asia and Europe will be created by the pub’s editors each day.

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Jill Abramson, Steven Brill Back Long-Form Journalism Start-Up

jill abramson picA new start-up venture spearheaded by former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and award-winning journalist/Court TV founder Steven Brill focusing on long-form journalism says it will advance writers around $100,000 to produce substantial, longer-than-magazine length articles, according to Poynter.

Abramson, who fleshed-out plans for the as-yet unnamed venture at a Journalism and Women’s Symposium last weekend in California, said the venture will feature one story per month and will be available by subscription.

Although Abramson did not elaborate on potential investors, she said that she and Brill “were very close” to a possible deal with a funder.

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Mashable Wins Election Night With #LegoSenate

The real winner of yesterday’s mid-term elections was Mashable, who tracked the Senate seats with a #LegoSenate. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Election coverage is always rough, long, and hard to follow as you wait for organization after organization to confirm results. Turning to Vine and Legos is brilliant.

Someone buy the Mashable news team a beer.

News Deeply Introduces Microsite Just For Ebola News

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.07.28 PMThink back on the last couple of weeks (or so), when the Ebola crisis really started to pervade all of our media sources. There has been sensationalism, misinformation and more sensationalism that has led to sheer ignorance, in some cases, plus unnecessary (if not illogical) panic. This is not to take away from the severity of the disease whatsoever, as it should be treated with delicacy; somehow, though, the virus and its victims have been so oversimplified because news organizations have not been careful in their approach.

For these reasons and more, Lara Setrakian of the news microsite network News Deeply has introduced Ebola Deeply, which Gigaom’s Mathew Ingram reports will cover both immediate impacts of the disease and longterm effects on society. Setrakian, whose Syria Deeply site has been quite effective in disseminating valuable information and reporting regarding the complicated situation in the Middle East, has a team of African freelancers contributing content and will aggregate wire stories on Ebola, too.

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Digital Pub OZY Receives $20 Million In Funding

ozyIf you’re into the next big thing in digital magazines (and why wouldn’t you be?), you’ve probably heard of OZY. If, however, you aren’t privy to the latest and greatest when it comes to online culture publications and enjoy Vice, BuzzFeed and Mic, OZY is for you.

The mag just became the recipient of a $20 million investment from a German publisher called Axel Springer, according to Fortune, and it’s ready to move ahead of the pack when it comes to offering a fresh take on daily news and interesting features.

OZY’s Presidential Daily Briefing is a NYT Now-ish type of roundup on the day’s most pertinent information, and its mix of unique headlines (interviews, personal narratives and reported pieces) along with short video make it an ideal destination for those looking for hard news then just a little bit extra. With the added bonus of OZY’s redesign for its one-year anniversary, the pub is a win all-around. I trust that its content and presentation will improve with the recent boost in funding — OZY is certainly a contender for a spot alongside the likes of BuzzFeed and its competitors, but only if the mag plays its cards right on monetization.

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