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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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Narratively Started Out As an Idea in Noah Rosenberg’s Notebook

Noah-Rosenberg-ArticleFor  Noah Rosenberg, the birth of long-form site Narratively came at the convergence of middle-of-the-night moments of inspired thought and a desire to explore the story left out of space-restricted newspaper pieces.

In just a little over two years, the award-winning site has amassed an army of talented contributors, who in turn have garnered attention from the likes of book publishers and movie producers. Rosenberg, as the site’s co-founder and chief executive officer, sits at the helm as the company is poised for an expansion. Rosenberg spoke with Mediabistro to discuss Narratively’s past and future, and what it took for Rosenberg to turn his idea into reality:

When I first came up with the idea for Narratively, or the very early idea, I hadn’t worked for any of the big-name outlets. But [eventually I started] working for The Wall Street Journal, and doing some work for GQ.com and a number of other big organizations. So I thought to myself, ‘Okay, I finally have some semblance of credibility, I have a great contact list, the media landscape is continuing to shift. People are consuming content on iPads now and they want more long-form, in-depth stuff, and if I don’t do this now I’m never going to do this.’

For more on Rosenberg, read: So What Do You Do, Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and EIC of Narratively?

BBC Launches WhatsApp ‘Ebola Lifeline’ Service in West Africa

BBC-NewsThe BBC has launched a WhatsApp service in West Africa to spread information, news alerts, and provide what they’re calling a “lifeline” to people in the affected areas. It will be available in both English and French; you can access it at  +44 7702 348651.

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging service in Africa and while it’s the first time the BBC has used it to spread information on health news, it has used WhatsApp and other messaging services like BBM and WeChat in the past for breaking news alerts. In a statement, Director of the World Service Group Peter Horrocks said:

This outbreak of Ebola shows no signs of abating. Myths and misinformation about Ebola are still widespread – and life-threatening. The BBC is trusted by millions of people in the affected countries, so we are stepping up our efforts to reach people with timely information, whether they’re listening to the radio, watching TV or using chat apps. We’re committed to playing our part and will continue looking at new ways to reach audiences, for example by developing programmes in local vernacular languages.

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New Brookings Essay Examines ‘The Bad News About the News’

brookingsessayThere’s always more and more bad news about the news, which is the theme of a new Brookings Institute essay by Robert Kaiser.

“The Bad News About the News” is available here, but brace yourself. It’s a long, well researched look at the decline of newspapers. The juiciest bits come from a memo Kaiser wrote to his bosses in 1992, which you can read here. Some highlights:

Design the electronic classifieds now. Figure out how to capture and organize the digital computer information that we already create for each day’s classifieds into a user-friendly data bank. Explore software alternatives. Figure out how this could be launched. Make sure all would-be competitors know what we’re doing. But reserve the right to postpone implementation until a moment when we’re confident we’ll make more money (or deter a competitor) by launching the electronic product.As part of the same effort, explore the feasibility of a Post electronic Yellow Pages for the Washington Area. Why not seek to become the dominant provider of electronic advertising and information in our region?

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This Twitter Bot Doesn’t Like Your Headlines

twitterMargarita Noriega, Fusion’s director of social media, wants you to stop assuming things about your audience. Yesterday, she and Andrew Briggs, a web developer who’s also behind whowritesfor.com, let loose a little Twitter bot: @speak4yrself.

The bot responds to lame Twitter teasers and headlines that we all write: “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Puppies.” “You Have to Try This Beer.” Not even Fusion is above a scolding:

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