Why smartphone users prefer longread journalism

May 6, 2016 in Miscellaneous

New findings reveal readers’ longform preferences, going inside the Panama Papers and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Rare good news for journalism: People actually do enjoy #longreads on smartphones

The theory goes something like this: As more people spend more time reading news on smartphones, those on-the-go consumers want short, "snackable" content.

Maybe not so much. And that's some much-needed good news for the media world. (Mashable, 5/5)

The people and tech behind the Panama Papers

Last Sunday, April 3, the first stories emerging from the leaked dataset known as the Panama Papers were published by a global partnership of news organizations working in coordination with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, or ICIJ. As we begin the second week of reporting on the leak, Iceland’s Prime Minister has been forced to resign, Germany has announced plans to end anonymous corporate ownership, governments around the world launched investigations into wealthy citizens’ participation in tax havens, the Russian government announced that the investigation was an anti-Putin propaganda operation, and the Chinese government banned mentions of the leak in Chinese media. (Source, 4/11)

Running into a brick wall with your FOIA request? Take it public

When I’m having trouble getting public records from a government agency, I’ll often turn to my colleagues for advice or just to vent. But sometimes, you need to take your struggle public.

That’s what New York City reporter Joaquin Sapien did last month. After spending nearly a year trying to get records from the city and exchanging more than 50 emails with a freedom of information officer, he finally had enough. (Kelly Hinchcliffe, Poynter, 5/4)

7 password experts on how to lock down your online security

As far as made-up holidays go, “World Password Day” doesn’t quite have the same cachet as, say, Father’s Day, or even National Pancake Day (March 8). Still, it’s as good an excuse as any to fix your bad passwords. Or better yet, to finally realize that the password you thought was good still needs some work. (Wired, 5/5)

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