Phys .org: News aggregator websites play critical role in driving readers to media outlet websites

Phys .org: News aggregator websites play critical role in driving readers to media outlet websites. “News aggregators help to simplify consumers’ search for news stories by gathering content based on viewing history or other factors. Commonly used aggregators include Google News, Yahoo! News, and others. They offer links to news stories published by news outlets and save consumers considerable time and effort in finding news. New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science examined the relationship between the two, specifically data compiled after the shutdown of ‘Google News’ in Spain in December 2014.”

Monday Note: Introducing Deepnews Distills

Monday Note: Introducing Deepnews Distills. “We are now scanning more than 1500 English-speaking sources across all continents, from the San Jose Mercury News to The Wire in India to the Nikkei Asian Review in Japan. On a major topic, we might process 5000 stories, and then offer our subscribers a condensed version of 25 articles that are all adding something to the conversation while coming at the subject from different angles.” I want to try it but it’s $9 a month and they don’t have any topics I’m willing to pony $100+/yr for.

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches New Investigative Resource Desk Platform

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches New Investigative Resource Desk Platform. “The platform provides investigative journalists with various types of assistance and a set of tools and resources related, but not limited, to freedom of information, data access and protection, cyber-security and open-source datasets. The assistance of our experts is free and provided on a needs basis. BIRD also contains various databases and a set of tools that can be used in daily reporting. Currently, the platform offers 20 different publications on topics such as freedom of information, data protection, journalism sustainability, verifying information and many more. And we intend to add more in future.”

Editor & Publisher: New RJI Project Seeks to Preserve Digital Archives

Editor & Publisher: New RJI Project Seeks to Preserve Digital Archives. “Fearful that future generations could lose historical recordings, footage, and stories, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the University of Missouri (MU) Libraries are working together to ensure the survival of today’s digital news with the help of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a $250,000 grant.”

Sigma Awards: new data journalism competition launched (Online Journalism Blog)

Online Journalism Blog: Sigma Awards: new data journalism competition launched. “Data journalists are being invited to enter a new data journalism award, launched to ‘celebrate the best data journalism around the world [and] to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.'”