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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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Hacks and Hackers New Executive Director is Planning for Growth

hackshackers post picFor the uninitiated, the Hacks and Hackers Network is an international, grassroots organization of journalists and technologists who use technology to visualize information and find and tell stories.

Since the group’s first meeting five years ago, in a bar in San Francisco, more than 80 communities worldwide now boast a Hacks and Hackers group.

In an effort to continue that growth, Jeanne Brooks, the group’s first-ever executive director, has come up with a plan to help the global journalism and technology group bolster its numbers as well as its impact.

Brooks, who is supported by a 2014-2015 fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, wrote on her blog, “At the outset, my aim is to create a roadmap for not only sustainability but for scaling the impact of the network.”

She added that while a global network of volunteer leaders has helped grow the movement, using various methods to organize and nurture local communities, a more comprehensive strategy is now needed to encourage new growth. Read more

Will Reuters’ Digital TV Service Appeal to the Masses?

reuterstvComing early next year is a digital-only service fit for mobile consumers called Reuters.TV, reported AdAge. The news broadcasts, available initially on iPhones and iPads and due in early 2015, are to be personalized depending on who’s watching and what he/she prefers in terms of length and news interests. Edited segments served to the viewer may also vary according to the consumer’s location in the country, thanks to an algorithmic approach from Reuters.

This step for the news company indicates what we have seen play out consistently in the past few years — TV news doesn’t have the audience or appeal it did during the pre-digital era. While mobile devices have made a way for TV shows to spread in popularity, increase engagement and earn big ad dollars, the television news industry hasn’t been able to translate success from the small screen to the even smaller screen.

As Isaac Showman, who will be the managing director of Reuters.TV, told AdAge, the desired audience for the service is “educated professionals between the ages of 27 and 47, many of whom have stopped watching traditional TV.”

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Knight Survey: High School Students Support First Amendment More Than Adults

photo courtesy CHSTV, via Poynter.org

photo courtesy CHSTV, via Poynter.org

High School students, who rank among the heaviest users of digital media, support First Amendment freedoms more than adults, for the first time in more than a decade, according to a recent survey by the Knight Foundation.
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