Reuben Stern

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by Reuben Stern

This week we find out why the founder of the startup SpokenLayer sees value in turning text stories into audio files, and we learn how WNYC expanded its mobile app to include personalized playlists. PART 1: SpokenLayer While several technologies have come (and gone) that automatically create audio or video files from text, the startup SpokenLayer has [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we visit BuzzFeed to find out how the staff creates Internet-friendly content that ricochets across social media. Launched in 2006 as an experiment in making things go viral, BuzzFeed has since ballooned into a media empire that will continue expanding thanks to another $50 million in outside investment. The site attracts millions of visitors every month [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we get an inside look at one media organization’s successful digital strategy. New York Public Radio, which operates WNYC in New York City, is among the leading innovators in the public media system both for on-air programming and for a forward-looking approach to digital. We visited their office and sat down with Thomas Hjelm, executive [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we see how a platform like Newscred is helping brand marketers assemble news stories to engage current and potential customers, and we find out what attributes contribute to a video going viral. PART 1: Content marketing via Newscred Newscred is one of several content marketing platforms designed to help commercial companies curate content for [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a collaboration to build an open-source commenting and discussion platform for news organizations, and we explore how the Verification Handbook can help inform the use of citizen-generated materials. PART 1: Building a new engagement platform The New York Times, the Washington Post and Mozilla are working together to build an [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we find out how online news startup Ozy is rethinking news content, and we learn how human rights group Witness works with citizens to generate video reports from the ground. PART 1: Ozy’s story approach The 10-month-old news startup Ozy aims to appeal to smart, educated, curious readers who embrace things that are different. We [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we venture to New York to peek inside two organizations that are gaining traction with serious news tailored specifically for younger audiences. PART 1: NowThis News NowThis News targets young news consumers by delivering highly visual coverage via a continually expanding list of social platforms that includes Instagram, Vine and now Snapchat. We hear [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we find out how two major public radio providers are responding to the rise of audio listening on smartphones and other Internet-connected devices. PART 1: Ideas from PRX and PRI The growing demand for audio content delivered online and via smartphones brings both challenges and opportunities for traditional radio producers. Representatives from Public Radio [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we look at the possibilities and limits of attempting to do multimedia journalism using only mobile devices. We sit down for a conversation with Missouri School of Journalism Assistant Professor Judd Slivka, who turned an entry-level multimedia course into a four-month experiment with mobile reporting tools. In our discussion, Slivka explains the tradeoffs involved [...] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we learn how the social media news agency Storyful serves up user-generated content to news organizations, and we find out how the startup Eyeris measures viewers’ emotional reactions to video content. PART 1: Storyful Storyful is a social media news agency that scans the social web to deliver verified user-generated content to news organizations [...] more »