Why Twitter is better for sharing breaking news than Facebook, a new ebook for teaching data visualization, and more are found in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
Here are IJNet's picks from this week's stories:
Twitter vs. Facebook as a news source: Ferguson shows the downsides of an algorithmic filter
Twitter’s brevity and the nature of the relationship that users have with each other will likely always make it better suited for breaking news, but Facebook also loses out as a news source because of the way it uses ranking algorithms to filter the newsfeed. (GigaOm, 8/18)
Data+Design: free ebook on data visualization
More than 50 volunteers worked on a free ebook to explain visualizing and working with data to those with no specialized training. (journalism.co.uk, 8/20)
The newest important person in newsrooms: audience-development czars
The New York Times’ Innovation Report pointed out the need for audience-development specialists to get Times content in front of more readers. While the Times called for a new, cross-departmental approach to this function, other news outlets have already been putting more muscle behind the role. (DigiDay, 8/19)
The future of mobile apps for news
A mobile news app has simple goals: capture and retain reader attention, then repeat the process several times a day. Pretty straightforward. But not that simple in the real world. (Monday Note, 8/17)
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