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February 12, 2013
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  • Jalopnik turns commenters into bloggers
    Gawker Media's car enthusiast site is giving its commenters the chance to become, in effect, bloggers with the site's new Kinja 1.0 posting and commenting platform. "Yesterday, you were a reader and a commenter. Today you can be a writer, an arbiter, an editor and a publisher," writes Jalopnik Editor-in-Chief Matt Hardigree. The Verge (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sites look to put reader comments front-and-center: While many in the traditional media shy away from often harsh and vitriolic reader comments, others are finding ways to showcase and enhance the experience. Gawker is turning commenters' contributions into what amount to personal blogs, and the Verge is offering up its comments as distinct content hubs. Gawker even considers its effort a potential source of new hires. PaidContent.org (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The Verge website weighs future magazine, perhaps in print
    Print may be part of the future for The Verge, a popular website that explores "the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture." "Could we do a monthly that's a roundup of our features for the month that's published as an iPad magazine or even as a physical magazine? Those are all things I think would be completely reasonable and possible and we've talked about and thought about," Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky wrote in an e-mail. JimRomenesko.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hearst's digital mags becoming more screen-size sensitive, personal
    Hearst is gradually rolling out personalization and responsive design for all its digital magazine titles, starting with RoadandTrack.com and TownandCountryMag.com. Responsive design automatically rearranges pages to accommodate any screen size. The personalization feature delivers chanes in content, such as offering a different set of recommended links, based on an individual reader's preferences or even creating a suite of different editorial approaches to target different consumers. TechCrunch (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EveryBlock may get a second shot at life
    EveryBlock, a pioneering hyperlocal site that was shuttered last week by owner NBC, may have a second life if a suitable buyer can be found, the network says. Discussions with potential buyers were under way before the site was shut down, said NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller, and more interested parties have emerged since. Poynter.org/Top Stories blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Emerging markets also seeing circulation decline, report reveals
    Newspaper circulation figures have been in decline in emerging global markets since 2011, according to the International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulation. It had been believed that the uptake of newspapers in the developing world might offset circulation losses elsewhere, but even in China and India readers over the past few years have been turning away from print, notes Jasper Jackson. The Media Briefing (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Media Industry News 
  • NAA files challenge to postal deal with direct mailer
    A discount deal between the U.S. Postal Service and direct-mail company Valassis is being challenged in court in a suit filed Monday by the Newspaper Association of America. "Through these discounts, the USPS has given one company a price incentive to move advertising inserts out of newspapers delivered to consumers’ homes. Advertising inserts comprise a critical revenue stream that supports the original reporting done by local newspapers in service to their communities," the NAA argues in its court filing. NetNewsCheck.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Don't miss the chance to reshape your digital content business
    Join API and The Poynter Institute Feb. 28-March 1 in Washington, D.C., for Transformative Content Strategies. Led by Clark Gilbert, president/CEO of the Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media, this workshop details how news media innovators are mapping a path to the future with new tactics for growing and engaging audiences with digital content. A program highlight is the Content Model Dashboard, a tool for decision-makers to score their digital operations and determine the right areas to strengthen. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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