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Posts Tagged ‘Nieman Lab’

New Jersey-New York ‘Local News Lab’ Launches

Buffeted by a $2 million grant from The Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s latest expanded effort – “The Local News Lab” – has officially launched.

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The effort encompasses six pilot websites. Four are in New Jersey, while another two cover New York:

Brick City Live
Jersey Shore Hurricane News
Morristown Green
New Brunswick Today
Sheepshead Bites
The Lo-Down

From a Nieman Lab item by Caroline O’Donovan:

“We want this to be a testing ground,” says Local News Lab director Josh Stearns. “I think one of the core premises here is there’s not going to be a silver bullet…”

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Nick Denton Talks to Nieman About Gawker Media’s ‘Most Significant’ Tech Investment

It rhymes with “ninja” and Denton tells Nieman Lab’s Adrienne LaFrance that for the past year, a team of 30 full-time tech staffers has been working hard to integrate it across Gawker Media properties. Tonight, that Kinja coolness is being fully implemented.

It’s the latest bold attempt by Denton to reinvigorate the experience of commenting on and sharing breaking news, gossip. Among the more notable aspects of what LaFrance refers to as an embedded “reblogging platform” is the ability for readers to create new, customized headlines and teasers for a Gawker, Jezebel or other site story:

“For instance, say a story was written for gamers — they can translate it for a more general audience,” Denton said. “And, if that URL is shared, it is shared with the new headline and intro.”

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What Is The Future Of Magazines On The iPad?

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Before Apple’s big tablet computer unveiling yesterday, all people in the magazine industry seemed to be talking about was “the tablet” and all the promises its full color touchscreen held for in store for declining newsstand sales and waning advertiser interest.

But, we were surprised to see that not one magazine was included in Steve Jobs‘ presentation yesterday. While publishers like Time Inc. and Bonnier had developed tablet concepts for what they thought Apple’s product was going to look like, it seems like no one was willing (or asked?) to make an iPad-ready app in three weeks like The New York Times did.

So today, we wonder, will there be magazine apps ready when iPad is ready for purchase later this year? What issues will publishers be facing as they rush to put out something in the coming months?

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