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Here are the 21 new hyperlocal and ethnic media outlets in NJ that will join Voting Block

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017  |  0 comments

New Jersey’s gubernatorial election is right around the corner, and there’s a lot riding on it. Because this is such a critical election, we’re proud to support Voting Block, a collaborative reporting effort focused on examining the governor’s race through the lens of local communities across the state.

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Local news publishers in New Jersey learn WordPress tips and tricks at training session

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017  |  0 comments

As many site owners and indie publishers will tell you, paying money to a developer to do things that you aren’t trained to do yourself can end up costing you a lot of money.

“It’s just like going into an auto repair shop to get your used card fixed,” instructor Martin Halo told a room full of local publishers and reporters on Tuesday during a WordPress training event hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. “At the very least,” Halo continued, “you should have some understanding of the basics, otherwise you’re much more likely to get ripped off.”

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USC journalism students Cristina Galvan, left, and Almond Li worked on stories for Alexa in the “Advanced Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms” class. Photo by Alan Middlesteadt via MediaShift.
Local publishers should pay attention to the rise of smart speakers

Monday Jun 26, 2017  |  0 comments

This post was originally published on June 15, 2017 via the NJ Mobile News Lab.

Over the next six months, so-called “smart speakers” like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are expected to reach an estimated 36 million active users, according to a study by eMarketer. Meanwhile, Apple recently announced plans to introduce its own smart speaker, “which comes in the form of a bulbous appliance rather awkwardly called the HomePod,” writes Nicholas Quah.

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NJ Mobile News Lab: Smart speakers, instant articles, mobile ads, Snapchat, and more

Thursday Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

The following is from the June 2017 edition of the monthly mobile newsletter from the NJ Mobile News Lab. Read more at mobilenewslab.com.

Local publishers should pay attention to the rise of smart speakers

Over the next six months, so-called “smart speakers” like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are expected to reach an estimated 36 million active users, according to a study by eMarketer. Meanwhile, Apple recently announced plans to introduce its own smart speaker, “which comes in the form of a bulbous appliance rather awkwardly called the HomePod,” writes Nicholas Quah

Click here to read the rest of this post via the NJ Mobile News Lab blog.

Why are publishers abandoning Facebook Instant Articles?

Faster loading times not enough to prevent big players from leaving

Instant Articles were marketed as a publishing game-changer when Facebook first made them available to a select group of major publishers back in 2015. A year later, publishers of all sizes were given access to the new format. Instant Articles promised faster load times, which would reduce the number of users that jumped ship and moved on to the next story when yours took too long to load…

Local publishers should take care in interpreting big mobile advertising data

Nearly every survey, study, and market research report that comes out essentially says the same thing: mobile advertising is big and getting bigger. But the data from Street Fight’s recent Local Merchant Report 2017 seems to tell a different story – fewer than a quarter of local small businesses using mobile marketing regularly and, as shown in the report, they were not giving it a high ranking for effectiveness…

Snapchat for old people: Social media isn’t always about you

Tim Cigelske looks at various social media platforms, specifically Snapchat, and attempts to dispel some long-standing myths and concerns about all the new social tools and platforms that appear to multiply with each passing month. Don’t understand or “get” Snapchat and Snapchat culture? Don’t worry, Cigelske says there’s a good chance that it just wasn’t built for you…



Bots, AI, and messaging apps

Revenue and sustainability

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Social tools and platforms

Design and development

Research and reports

Commentary and more

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Why are publishers abandoning Facebook Instant Articles?

Thursday May 25, 2017  |  0 comments

This post was originally published via the NJ Mobile News Lab blog on May 25, 2017.

Instant Articles were marketed as a publishing game-changer when Facebook first made them available to a select group of major publishers back in 2015. A year later, publishers of all sizes were given access to the new format. Instant Articles promised faster load times, which would reduce the number of users that jumped ship and moved on to the next story when yours took too long to load.

“This is a problem that impacts publishers of all sizes,” Facebook claimed in a blog post announcing the expansion of the feature. “Especially those with audiences where low connectivity is an issue.”

While that may be true, it appears that faster loading times aren’t high enough on the publishing hierarchy of needs in order to guarantee that publishers will continued to use them — especially if they don’t lead to increases in revenue.

We won an SPJ award! Plus collaborative mobile storytelling, SMS for journalism and more

Tuesday May 23, 2017  |  0 comments

This is the May 2017 edition of the NJ Mobile News Lab’s monthly newsletter. Each month, we deliver curated information about our efforts and the work of our grantees. We also include a selection of articles, links, and other resources related to the mobile media and publishing industry.

Click here to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, and click here to read more about the NJ Mobile News Lab via our award-winning Medium publication.

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Local Beat: Ex-Bayonne City Hall worker calls for Davis to resign over sexting allegations

Friday May 19, 2017  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources.

EX-BAYONNE CITY HALL WORKER CALLS FOR DAVIS TO RESIGN OVER SEXTING ALLEGATIONS
A former employee at the Bayonne City Hall went public with her sexting allegations against Mayor Jimmy Davis at last night’s city council meeting. John Heinis of Hudson County View says Stacy Percella, a former deputy registrar of vital statistics at City Hall who was fired in December, was also critical of the fact that Mayor Davis had gone as far as to hire a public relations firm to try and quell the controversy.

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Watch the Collaborative Journalism Summit livestream via Facebook Live

Wednesday May 03, 2017  |  0 comments

If you aren’t able to make it to the Collaborative Journalism Summit, you can still follow along! We’ll be livestreaming the conference on Facebook Live. You can go to our page at Facebook.com/centerforcooperativemedia or click the button below to watch.

Note that we will pause the livestream in between each presentation or panel.

If you’re posting about the summit or tweeting, use the hashtag #collaborativej.

Livestreaming

Click the button below to visit the Center for Cooperative Media’s Facebook page, where we will be streaming our events via Facebook Live. You can embed Facebook and Facebook Live videos by right-clicking on the video, copying the video URL, and using this Facebook video embed code generator to create the code you need to embed the video on another page.

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New poll: New Jersey residents still turn to newspapers first for local, state news

Friday Apr 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Fairleigh Dickinson University released the results this week from its latest PublicMind poll, and they paint an interesting picture of New Jersey’s news and media consumption habits.

You can read the full press release and see the entire dataset by clicking here. We’ve also created the nifty interactive infographic below using Infogr.am to give you a better sense of how New Jerseyans get their news. You can also read more about the poll in this story by the Burlington County Times: “Newspapers are the most relied on source for NJ news.”

The bottom line? Despite dramatic changes in newspaper business models and layoffs across the state, New Jerseyans still turn to newspapers first for their local and state news.

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How history was made: Two Panama Papers editors to keynote Collaborative Journalism Summit

Monday Mar 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Now as its own newly-formed entity, two editors from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will speak about the importance, impact and power of cooperative media

In April 2016, after months of incredibly well-guarded and deep reporting, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the Panama Papers project.

It instantly became the single biggest and best example of collaborative journalism in history. Ever.

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What are chatbots and how do they work?

Friday Mar 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Chatbots are computer programs that primarily function as question-and-answer services, allowing users to ask questions and receive answers that are drawn from a series of pre-programmed responses.

Users already engage with chatbots on a surprisingly large scale. Consider the last time you called a bank: a computer program answered and asked you to tell it what you wanted by using the numbers on your phone’s touch tone dial pad or by simply speaking your request into the microphone.

Often, the interactions between users and chatbots occurs in the form of text-based communications; examples include text messaging and Facebook messenger. But many online customer service platforms have been using chatbots for some time to help stem the amount of incoming phone calls, frequently asked questions, and other common customer service concerns.

The user typically types a question and, based on certain keywords and phrases in that question, the chatbot searches its database to find and deliver the appropriate response. In many ways, chatbots are like search engines that deliver one result instead of many (although they can do that, too, if necessary).

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