Here’s what happened the last time audio producers got better data

Podcasting is about to become more like radio. Nothing will change with the actual mechanics of podcasts — how they’re produced, how they’re distributed, or who listens. The change will come in what producers know about who listens, and when they stop listening. This fall, Apple will release new analytics for podcasts that will show…

Fake news bots are so economical, you can use them over and over

Changing your mind, but not your vote. People may change their minds after seeing fact checks, but in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign it didn’t change who they voted for — that’s the main finding from a new paper, “Taking corrections literally but not seriously? The effects of information on factual beliefs and candidate favorability,”…

“We reached the boundaries of automation faster than expected”

A new report out Wednesday from Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism looks at how automated journalism worked during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report is written by Andreas Graefe, who also spearheaded the Tow Center’s Guide to Automated Journalism in 2016. The project aimed to study the creation of automated news for forecasts…

With a revamped CityLab, The Atlantic is making a bigger bet on niche media

For The Atlantic, niche media doesn’t have to mean small business. CityLab, The Atlantic’s site focused on urban development and innovation, is getting a big redesign Tuesday, joining a more refined editorial mission and more ambitious business goals. The new site, whose coverage revolves around the core verticals of design, transportation, environment, equality, and city…

Verizon shows Yahoo News Digest, a finite news app, the door

The Yahoo News Digest, a modern relic of the ancient time of finite news (a.k.a. a newspaper), is being sent to the app graveyard. The brainchild of a British teenager who sold it to Yahoo for $30 million in 2013, the Yahoo News Digest app found favor from users for its simplicity and strict curation….

“We’re slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country” as press briefings shrink and fade

Essentially today’s White House press briefing, as depicted by @11thHour. pic.twitter.com/yvwFQ2VRgx — Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) June 20, 2017 Are the White House press briefings becoming so brief that they’re actually disappearing? On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer — who is, reportedly, leaving his role for a different position in the White House, which…