Media industry news you may have missed this week while you were busy getting your logo did.
- The rise of mobile traffic is shifting peak traffic hours to evenings instead of during the workday.
- Alexis Madrigal says that what makes this year’s news startups notable is that instead of focusing on an area of coverage, they emphasize a method of coverage, whether it be explanatory (Vox), data-based (FiveThirtyEight), or in the case of the New York Times’ The Upshot, a focus on “plain-spoken” journalism.
"The data show that #yesallwomen would be safer hitched to their baby daddies." lol can we please sit 'data journalism' in the corner
— maura johnston (@maura) June 10, 2014
- Upcoming AAN Convention speaker Penny Abernathy on how we define “community” in the digital age and what it means for newspapers:
The way we have traditionally defined community is through geographic boundaries of some sort. While readers still expect you do that, the Internet and social media has made it much more easy for them to connect to people around the world. Readers have a much more expansive view of community. Community is where you live, but itâ€™s also passions. That could be sports, parenting, hobbies, neighborhood gossip, politics [or] a whole range of things. Really successful, forward-thinking newspapers know that the best way you can help people is to begin to create these special interest communities online.
- Alan Mutter on the various types of digital publishing metrics you’ll meet online.
- Cord Jefferson on covering the racism beat and “what it’s like to write about hate over and over and over.”
- A Florida-based digital ad fraud operation skimmed millions of dollars from advertisers and then disappeared.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) June 11, 2014
- Greg Howard on Jason Whitlock and black sportswriting.
- Zadie Smith on the “magical, ruthless discipline” of storytelling.
- How teens use instagram.
- Kate Losse on weird corporate Twitter.
- And finally, welcome to the world, ClickHole, the parody viral site we need and deserve.
Jason Zaragoza knows you know this already but today is the early registration deadline for Nashville AND the deadline to book a room at the AAN group rate. Consider yourself warned.