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AJ+ Targets the Millennial News Consumer

AJ+This week, Al Jazeera launched a new app, AJ+, geared towards the millennial news consumer.

The app centers around stacks, with video content, chat options, and quizzes and polls. It’s an immersive news experience, focused on context. But what’s really interesting is the AJ+ editorial’s team methods. The content on the app isn’t pulled from Al Jazeera and repackaged for the app — it’s specifically for the platform.

They have an editorial team and and engagement team; they call their morning meeting an “engage-atorial” meeting, as a perfect blend of the two. Executive Director of Strategy and Development, Dr. Yaser Bishr says:

The core changes are in the workflow. We give a lot of power to the engagement team and our journalists on the ground that make it unique…Icome from a software background, so I can talk forever about the features of the app. I look at the apps and everything around it as the way to tell the story. The change is the way we operate.

The have journalists on the ground all over the world and regional fellows: they divided the world into six regions to have a fellow in each one, to report on important stories and events, but also to “manage and curate,” as Bishr puts it, a social, local community in that region. They received over 3,000 applications for the six positions. Bishr says that those who didn’t make it have also connected over social media and have their own, organic group to share news.

The goal of the app and the AJ+ team is to, according to Bishr, to change “not just the way news is gathered and produced, but also consumed.”

You can follow them @AJPlus or on Facebook.



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Rumble and Digital First Media Partner Up, Update Their Ideas of Mobile


Last week, Digital First Media announced a partnership with Rumble, the mobile publishing platform. I’ve written about Digital First Media before, when they announced their plan to “unbolt” digital newsrooms from their print culture. This partnership is a move in that direction.

They aren’t just a new Rumble client. The two companies instead have partnered up for mutual benefits. According to Rumble cofounder and CRO Uyen Tieu, they had a team of developers in DFM’s newsrooms for a week, going through their systems, poking around their servers and taking stock of what they are currently working with. This way, says Tieu, Rumble can work with them to give them exactly what they want and need. Tieu says that they are a good fit for publishers like Digital First Media because they are a centralized platform “but we are agnostic in that we are open to working with everyone…we play well in the sandbox with others.”

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Philly Newsrooms Innovating with Project Liberty Digital Incubators

The Knight Foundation does it again. This time in Philadephia, where they’ve granted $345,000 to the Project Liberty Digital Incubator, which puts startups in the Interstate General Media newsrooms — The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and

This is the second time the Knight Foundation has supported the program, which launched in 2011. Which means it’s working and goes to show that big media companies can adapt. Who knew? IGM wasn’t around for the launch of the incubator program, but they’ve been involved since the early stages and their commitment to the program has helped it’s success. 

Apart from free office space, start ups get to work with decision makers in the newsroom and have Drexel University engineering students at their disposal. The results are tangible, like “inaugural incubator resident” ElectNext, which has their module on to parse election data. Another, advertising platform tapCLIQ, has been integrated with’s mobile app and is — wait for it — actually drawing advertisers. Big ones, too.  Read more

How News Outlets Could Have Reported on the Boston Marathon Bombing

If journalism is the first draft of history, it’s starting to look a lot like a mangled Google doc with too many approved editors this week.

The only thing more ‘disgusting’ — as Jimmy Kimmel so aptly put it in his monologue Monday night — than the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday is the way traditional news outlets have handled the coverage on social media and on their websites.

Since, unfortunately, there are few, verified, newsworthy updates coming out of the bombing itself, the media critic hive mind has been quick to call foul on how the news broke. I find myself repeating some age-old maxims.

1) Regret Your Errors

At this point, we know the New York Post and the New York Times messed up initial counts of deaths and casualties. The Times corrected the information without a note. It makes you wonder how they win Pulitzers and how they plan on convincing the public that their brand is worth fighting for. Yes, corrections in print were always tucked away on the editorial page; you had to be a real stickler and seek them out.  Read more

How Do You Respond to Trolls? You Don’t.

Do you read the comment thread on your articles and columns? Sometimes, when a piece gets lots of social media attention, it’s hard not to. It’s even been suggested that depending on the tone of a comment thread, readers opinions can change. Comments are content, too. I’m don’t belong to any commenter community on any site, but I do read the threads on some of my favorite news sites. Sometimes they can be useful or just funny, and sometimes, they make me lose my faith in humanity.

In a recent essay, Jeff Jarvis sets out to define the troll. By using Aaron James’ Assholes:  A Theory as a jumping point, Jarvis defines the troll as a specific, if not just web-based, animal. The troll is out for blood. Your blood. And responding to them only makes them happy.

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