This week in our DJR Slack: A lot from Alexa and Google Home plus some sparkles from Facebook and Instagram
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Hi everyone,

something strange happened in this newsletter. For the first time since carving words in stone, it seems that our #monetization channel had the biggest engagement among all others in the last two weeks. 


FINALLY WE FOUND YOU SOME WAYS TO MAKE MONEY IN JOURNALISM! Oh, one of them includes leaving journalism. Well, at least we tried. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

And now, without further ado (because I'm busy finding the holy monetization grail), rock on & read you in Slack!



"We often don’t really want to have a personality, nor imbue a third party with it.”


Pinterest and Instagram-Links
  • Do you use Pinterest for your outlet? We would love to hear some strategies of yours regarding this platform!
  • And the NYT uses an extension on Instagram to link their photos to the stories behind it. What do you think about this as users/outlets?
Channel Rockstar: @marcbiskup. Check out the channel for more or contact Marc for questions.


Welcome, Facebook Audio - meet with Alexa and Google Home!


  • A little proud to announce there is a link to one of the first Facebook #LiveAudios in the #audio channel. Fake, but good. And we are still searching for the right length and look for this new feature, while we are discussing if audio could be a success at all. Crazy enough, one of us really knows people who are watching Facebook videos just to listen to the sound!
  • Furthermore, there is an interesting text for all those who take for granted that only humans can read news in radio. And there is an answer for people who want to create their own RSS feed for podcasts. Finally, what Lady has the best skills in news - Alexa or Ms. Google Home?

Channel Rockstar: @kollege. Check out the channel for more or contact Marc for questions.


Do people already assume statistics to be false before they even read it?
  • Citing an article from The Guardian shared by @stekhn:
    ,But statistics (…) elicit quite the opposite reaction. People assume that the numbers are manipulated and dislike the elitism of resorting to quantitative evidence.
  • Do you think this is connected to the post-fact era and fake news tendency? Let us know in the #ddj_dataviz channel.

Channel Rockstar: @dorien_luyckx. Check out the channel for more or contact Dorien for questions.


No more money from Facebook for live videos

Channel Rockstar: @davidtvrdon. Check out the channel for more or contact David for questions.


Hey Siri, do you think Alexa or OK Google is better for news?
  • @Tilman linked to a great article by the Knight Foundation which gathered examples of messaging journalism during the election. It is a really great overview about the state of conversational journalism and you should read it right now if you are interested in the topic.
  • Also, @johannesklingebiel started a discussion about whether it’s a good or a bad thing for publishers that some voice enabled devices need their users to ask for the news by including a certain publication’s name instead of simply asking “What’s in the news?”. What followed was an interesting discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of Alexa’s narrow scope regarding phrases it understands in comparison to Siri or Google Home.

Channel Rockstar: @martinhoffmann. Check out the channel for more or contact Martin for questions.


The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab would love your feedback on how they used the lockscreen for election night reporting
  • @sashak told us about the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab’s experiments for the US presidential inauguration. Highlights were live video in an iOS 10 notification (on lockscreen!) and a mobile-first format for live coverage, among others (a total of four, all listed below). Everyone were very impressed by the lockscreen live video, although @martinhoffman pointed out that the "having a live stream on your homescreen” thing felt wrong after a while, because it was interrupted by other notifications.
  • Did you watch the live video stream inside a notification, used the live-blog-through-notification-feature, read and watch video simultaneously in the live blog, and/or try out the “Shifting Lenses” feature? If you did, @sashak and the Mobile Innovation Lab would love to get some feedback!

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.


Finally \o/: Some new ideas on how to make money in journalism

Monetization had a busy couple weeks!
  • We haven’t given up hope that Medium is salvageable, and @excinit shared this post, which outlined how a platform-cooperative model could work for something like Medium.
  • @shanedevane gave us ‘how to transition to a job in tech”, for all you journalists who have been filling their spare time with Code Academy. (The seminar itself is done, but there’s food for thought!)

  • @johannesklingebiel gave us a heads up that Quartz will be experimenting with a model that has worked for some other publishers (think The Information); charging a premium for specialized knowledge, specifically AI. will remain free.

  • @javier_vazquez shared a crash course on the publisher’s dilemma. Share your thoughts in the thread!

  • Somehow we missed a huge shake-up at industry giant Conde Nast. (Maybe we’re a bit distracted by certain other huge shake-ups in headlines recently.) Thanks to our invaluable @henrik.stahl for keeping us in the loop!

Channel Rockstar: @farahcoletteCheck out the channel for more or contact Farah for questions.


It's all about telling in snippets. Best practices. And some tools.

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.


Tools for infographics and text highlighting - and new Slack Communities (Don't you dare leave us for them!)

Channel Rockstar: @tilman. Check out the channel for more or contact Tilman for questions.


Do you use more paid or free tools to produce your videos?
  • After doing an inventory of his tools, @maxieq discovered that he uses remarkably few commercial tools. Now, he wonders what kind of video tools the members of our community are using. iPhone and iPad seems to be a favorite, mentioned by @geisenhanslueke, @damselem, and @henrik.stahl. What tools do you use? And what is your paid/free tool ratio?

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.


Sports and VR? Great, but not yet so great.
  • Superbowl is near. Sports should be an interesting field for VR as it gives the opportunity to anyone to sit in the stadium even if you’re hundreds of miles away. But digital trend says it’s a nobrainer that there’s no VR coverage of the Superbowl as displays aren’t ready for a good experience and nobody would want to wear a headset long enough.
  • 2016 was the year of VR, right? Well, Mark Zuckerberg thinks it’ll take up to ten years until VR tech is really ready for the public. Quite some time!

Channel Rockstar: @flight_1. Check out the channel for more or contact Susanne for questions.

Spread Love!
These people contributed to this newsletter, give them all your love as they clean up our Slack for you!
@madalina.ciobanu@kollege@thomasweyres@davidtvrdon@marcbiskup@martinhoffmann@flight_1@tilman@jankoenig, @henrik.stahl@dorien_luyckx, @farahcolette and @luziatschirky.
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