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The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age
There are few things that can galvanize the news world’s attention like a change in leadership atop The New York Times. Jill Abramson’s ouster yesterday afternoon probably reduced American newsroom productivity enough to skew this quarter’s GDP numbers. We don’t typically write about intra-newsroom politics at Nieman Lab, leaving that to Manhattan’s very capable cadre of media reporters. But Abramson’s removal and Dean Baquet’s ascent has apparently inspired someone inside the Times to leak one of the most remarkable documents I’ve seen in my years running the Lab, to Myles Tanzer at BuzzFeed. And that is something we’re interested in here — one of the world’s leading news organizations, giving itself a rigorous self-examination. I confess I didn’t feel anything quite so revelatory when I read last week’s leaked version — which read like an indoor-voice summary, expected and designed to be leaked to the broader world. If you have time, read the full report. Their response? Related:  IssuesMedias digital survey 2Digital Publishers

The Reykjavik Confessions Le New York Times : pourquoi nous sommes nuls en innovation "Pourquoi le HuffPost fait plus d'audience que nous avec nos propres contenus ?", "Pourquoi nous avons mis 7 ans avant de taguer "11 septembre" nos articles ?" Voici quelques unes des questions que le New York Times s'est posé dans un document interne (qui a fuité) sur l'innovation, sur lequel dix personnes ont travaillé pendant 6 mois. L'innovation est *le* mantra à la mode dans les anciens medias. La page d'accueil est (presque) morte Le premier point de l'autocritique qu'a menée le quotidien fondé en 1851 concerne la navigation des lecteurs sur son site. Conséquence ennuyeuse : la navigation via la page d'accueil étant privilégiée jusqu'ici, à tort, la navigation entre articles a été complètement négligée.

Young money: How German legacy publishers are chasing millennial audiences BERLIN — The efforts of venture-backed new media startups jostling for the attention of millennial audiences has crescendoed in the U.S. in the past couple of years, with sites like Vice, BuzzFeed, Fusion, Vox, Mic, and others ramping up their variety of content and their presence on social media. In Germany, news sites aresimilarlyseeking to capture “young” audiences. But while, in the U.S., many of these efforts to cater to millennials are propped up by venture funding, in Germany, the legacy publishers that have pushed forward their own efforts. “There’s a whole lot of movement in the German media landscape — this is an incredible time,” Sebastian Horn told me. Leadership at Zeit first approached Horn with an idea to build a new site, with some support from the publisher, that would target younger audiences. “They called me up and said, do you want to do this — create this new brand, run it like a separate product, shielded from the rest of the company?”

Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like | Raw File “Baseball practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to records obtained from the FAA, which issued 1,428 domestic drone permits between 2007 and early 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Navy have applied for drone authorization in Montgomery County.” Photo: Tomas van Houtryve/VII If U.S. citizens knew how it felt to be targeted by deadly flying robots, it might shape domestic attitudes toward the Obama administration’s drone program. Artist Tomas Van Houtryve is using video and photography to foster that discussion by putting average Americans under drone-like surveillance. “The drone has become the preferred tool of the ‘War on Terror,’” says Van Houtryve. To make the abstract real with his series Blue Sky Days, Van Houtryve mounted his DSLR on a quadcopter he bought online. The Obama administration doesn’t release a lot of details, so firm figures are hard to come by. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman to U.S. lawmakers.

Blendle, l'appli d'achat d'articles de presse à l'unité, s'installe en Allemagne La start-up néerlandaise a convaincu la quasi-intégralité de la presse quotidienne et hebdomadaire allemande de mettre à disposition leurs articles sur sa plateforme d'achats. C'est un plébiscite pour Blendle. La start-up néerlandaise, lancée il y a a peine deux ans, a convaincu la quasi-intégralité de la presse allemande d'information de prendre part à sa plateforme. Dix-huit quotidiens et quinze hebdomadaires, dont Bild, Die Welt, Der Spiegel ou Die Zeit, vont donc désormais offrir la possibilité de consulter leurs articles à l'unité, contre une somme modique. Le modèle de Blendle est simple. Blendle se rapproche un peu de la philosophie des sites de musique en ligne. Un peu plus d'un an après son lancement aux Pays-Bas, la start-up revendique 300 000 utilisateurs mensuels dans ce pays. La start-up a aiguisé l'appétit du New York Times et du groupe Axel Springer, qui y ont investi à l'automne 3 millions d'euros afin de pousser son expansion à l'international.

Here’s why you couldn’t comment on Jay Carney’s NYT Medium post If you scroll to the end of Amazon spokesman Jay Carney’s Medium post on the New York Times’ reporting, you’ll see that “The author has chosen not to show responses on this post.” That’s not something that normal users, or “authors,” can do on Medium. In an email to Re/code, Medium’s operations chief Andy Doyle confirmed that the service had killed the comments on Carney’s post, saying, “When users request it, we will shut off responses to a post.” Sources close to Medium say that the company is likely to ship a feature in its next update that will let writers make responses “not visible” at the bottom of a post. It’s pretty clear why Jay Carney would want to publish his response to the Times on Medium: The service has a clean, easy-to-read publishing interface, there’s a built-in audience of users and the content looks great on mobile. Turning off the comments, however, might seem to some as though Medium is granting Amazon a more privileged voice over the community of its readers.

The end of polished and perfect software - May. 13 These days, it's more unusual when new apps don't launch in beta. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Mass-scale beta testing been a reality for close to a decade now, but Apple's (AAPL, Fortune 500) recent announcement that the next version of its OS X operating system would release in public beta all but drove the point home: the era of the polished final release is over. In the 1990's and early 2000's, a company would only release software it spent years poring over and refining. That's no longer the case. Ubiquitous broadband Internet gave way to new forms of digital distribution and advanced user feedback, which has allowed developers to effectively tweak, tinker, fix, iterate, and overhaul their products at an unprecedented rate. Related: Windows 8 gets closer to dummy-proof Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) and Adobe (ADBE) have been releasing public beta versions of Windows and Photoshop for years now. PC gamers are no strangers to the beta culture either.

Presse en ligne : le nouvel eldorado de la vente d'articles à l'unité Alors que le néerlandais Blendle courtise la presse parisienne, deux autres plateformes françaises, JolStore et Onemoretab, sont sur le point de se lancer. Leur promesse : garantir des revenus supplémentaires aux médias en proposant aux internautes d'acheter des articles à l'unité pour un prix modique. La vente d'articles de presse à l'unité sera-t-elle l'une des nouvelles sources de financement des médias? Âgés de 28 ans, Pierre Tisserant et Eric Benites-Apesteguy, travaillent depuis deux ans sur l'application Onemoretab. Entre-temps, JOL group, société fondée par Christian Ciganer-Albeniz, aura inauguré sa plateforme d'achat JolStore. Les éditeurs ne sont pas tous enthousiasmés par ce nouveau mode de diffusion de leurs contenus. Le texte visait nommément la start-up néerlandaise Blendle, aujourd'hui star de la vente d'article à l'unité, avec plus de 130 000 utilisateurs en six mois d'existence.