Facebook’s Instant Articles go live on Android, data reporting hits the mainstream and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
Facebook launches Instant Articles on Android
If you use Facebook on Android, look for a lightning bolt icon on articles. Tap on it and experience the revolution.
Facebook announced that its quick-loading Instant Articles are rolling out on its Android app in a blog post Wednesday. It began testing the feature with a small number of Android users a few weeks ago, with a full launch beginning this week. (Mashable, 12/16)
The mainstreaming of data reporting and what it means for journalism schools
On a cold, dark, Thursday evening in November, media professionals and students at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication gathered to discuss some of the lessons contained in a new book, Data Journalism: Inside the Global Future.
Edited by Tom Felle, John Mair and Damian Radcliffe, the volume looks at how journalists across the world are unlocking the possibilities data-driven journalism creates. The event included three presentations from contributors to the book, each offering a different perspective on the subject. (Journalism.co.uk, 12/18)
Flipboard overhauls publisher pages with verified badges, ‘End Card’ links and ad tech
Flipboard, the mobile and web app with some 82 million monthly active users who use the app to read content from around the web in a magazine-style layout, is today taking the wraps off a new version of its profile pages for publishers that includes new features like verified badges (a la Twitter), more monetization recirculation links (a la Taboola/Outbrain) and new ad tools. It’s an overhaul that should help those publishers sharpen up their presence in the app, but also help Flipboard make more ad revenue in the process. (TechCrunch, 12/17)
Investigating the network: The top 10 articles from the year in digital news and social media research
For the fourth year in a row, we’ve polled a range of scholars, digital gurus and journalists across the country for a very un-scientific “best of” list for research in the digital news/social media domain. There’s always an abundance of interesting scholarship, but the list tries to provide a sample of the broad range of topics and issues. (Nieman Lab, 12/11)
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