What I’ve been reading: The NY Times Report, Reddit ideas and Economist audio

Like just about everyone in media I suppose, I have spent the past couple of weeks engrossed in developments across the pond at the New York Times – specifically the dramatic executive moves and the subsequent (or consequent?) leaking of the Times’ Digital Innovation Report.

There have been dozens of worthy pieces commenting on what it all means, but I’m reposting here links to just a couple of key ones.

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age » Nieman Journalism Lab

“The big question: How can the Times become more digital while still maintaining a print presence, and what has to change? “That means aggressively questioning many of our print-based traditions and their demands on our time, and determining which can be abandoned to free up resources for digital work.”

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What I’ve been reading: The case for page views, and fact-checking in Africa

In defense of ‘vanity’ metrics: why page views are still important: Raju Narisetti

“The real challenge still remains that print-centric newsrooms have long derided audience engagement data — unique visitors, page views — as pandering and click-bait. And clearly newsrooms with a brand expectation and reputation to protect have to be wary of negative tipping points on metrics, unlike many newer brands that are scaling audiences quickly, often as part of a “financial exit” strategy.

“But that mainstream derision has also become an easy crutch to continue to live in an outdated, but safe print cocoon of believing every story, especially if it makes the front page, is read by most readers, independent of evidence, and applying that same thinking in many ways to Web and apps, especially regarding story choices and newsroom curation of marquee pages/sections.”

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