3 to read: NYT claws way into future | Readers’ bill of rights | Anger drives news on social

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Feb. 19, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

Image: Leigh Carroll (Instagram: @leighzaah) 1.How the NYT is clawing its way into the future: The Times is pioneering its way into a digital future, and this is how: It’s “embarking on an ambitious plan inspired by the strategies of Netflix, Spotify, and HBO: invest heavily in a core offering (which, for the Times, is journalism) while continuously adding new online services and features (from personalized fitness advice and interactive newsbots to virtual reality films) so that a subscription becomes indispensable to the lives of its existing subscribers and more attractive to future ones.” An excellent story in WIRED by Gabriel Snyder.

2. A digital news reader’s bill of rights: Reporters and editors have been arguing about how to change the world of digital news for decades. But have some pity on the poor reader, who has to put up with brutally slow load times, misleading hedlines, and stories that can’t figure out what they are about. So Andrew Dunn, on Medium, came up with a interesting, first draft for a reader’s bill or right. It’s worth reading.

3. Anger, not reasonableness, drives the spread of news on social: Jason Tanz of WIREDwrites an insightful (and short) analysis of how we’ve gone from a media that emphasized dry facts and middle-of-the-road reporting to a media that emphasizes extremes and emotion.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.


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