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The NYT Innovation Report in 2014 was so raw and smart and poignant I literally took my clients brand names and swapped them with “NYT” and walked clients through the analysis as if it was their own digital/content strategy assessment.

Today, the NYT released its latest version of that report, and although it’s less dire and impactful than the 2014 report, it remains an important read for us students of storytelling, media and how humans get their news.

Key quotes from the Poynter summary:

  • The New York Times will dedicate $5 million to coverage of the Trump administration’s effect on the world.
  • A dozen new visual-first journalists are coming aboard. By the middle of the year, each major news desk will be paired with a deputy editor that has a “full range of creative skills” to promote non-traditional storytelling.
  • Major stories will be tackled by thematic teams — departments be damned.
  • Create (another) innovation team: “We can’t pursue every idea; but we must pursue some of them. Every corner of the newsroom has ideas for what those should be, but they don’t have enough places to pitch them. We will form a new team to solicit those big ideas, and bring the best of them to life. We believe this team can help foster a culture of innovation and experimentation across the newsroom, and can encourage journalists to think beyond their current beat.”

Read the 2017 report here.

“The net is designed to be an interruption system, a machine geared to dividing attention,” Nicholas Carr explains in his book “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” “We willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus, the division of our attention and the fragmentation of our thoughts, in return for the wealth of compelling or at least diverting information we receive.”

Source: Addicted to Distraction – The New York Times

The future is an accident. It’s an accident because you explore. You have to go through with a machete and just hack away and find it. You can’t see it — you just have to go somewhere you haven’t been before. It’s not even about being so far into the future; it’s “How do you say what people want to hear next?” I’m always listening to what the younger kids are doing. The most inspiring stuff is what you find young kids doing online. It’s so raw. It’s, like, the singularity, the way children are interfacing with different technologies so seamlessly. I was in South Africa and went to this township, and the kids there had really cheap smartphones, and they could still build a window into another world, then adapt that to their culture. Some kids had D.J. gear in a little shack, and they were making this hack between house and African, like African house. Kids! Like, 8 years old. That’s where I’m getting ideas. — Skrillex

Source: Economists, Biologists and Skrillex on How to Predict the Future – The New York Times

Skrillex on How to Predict the Future

“It’s not an effort to drive traffic to the site. That’s very hard to do on Instagram,” said Alexandra MacCallum, assistant managing editor for audience development at the Times. “It’s much more about building awareness and, hopefully, loyalty for The New York Times broadly, but particularly for the Times’ incredible visual storytelling.”

via Inside The New York Times Instagram strategy – Digiday.

Poynter: Most of The New York Times’ most popular items last year weren’t news stories

Danny Brown Complex

Love this execution from a long-form content perspective. Very similar to the NYT Snowfall/Tomato Can Blues, but with some even more creative treatments ala Pitchfork’s Daft Punk piece

Danny Brown Interview: Sky High (2013 Cover Story)

This raises the bar! This interactive long-form concept will either explode and become highly competitive or fizzle out as a fad.

I’m guessing it has legs for quite a while.

NYT: Dinner Is Printed

September 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

Which is how I settled on the idea of creating a 3-D-printed meal. I’d make 3-D-printed plates, forks, place mats, napkin rings, candlesticks — and, of course, 3-D-printed food. Yes, cuisine can be 3-D printed, too. And, in fact, Mr. Lipson thinks food might be this technology’s killer app.

via Dinner Is Printed –

The New York Times has a fascinating interactive graphic showing how thousands of Americans over age 15 spent their time in 2008.


Just Greg:

Cross-posted from Social Studies...

My two-year old son has a Facebook page. He loves to update his status, share his favorite books and music, and share pictures from his trips to the zoo and Disney World. When he uploads videos to YouTube, he often sends his grandparents e-mails from his very own Gmail account.

Of course, it’s really his mom and I posting all of this intimate information for the world to see. In fact, before he was born, my wife and I registered both of our boy and girl baby names in Gmail to be sure we had them reserved. We were staking out our offspring’s digital property before birth.

And yes, we’ve had a discussion about the line between private and public. We don’t include last names, locations or personal information. We assume that by age 8 or so we’ll turn over the username and password to his e-mail and social network accounts (what Phil Wilson calls a social mitzvah), just like my parents gave me my very own house key at that age.

But why? Why are we compelled to experiment with our own little Truman Show?

Our family and friends are spread across the country and rarely get together. Social media tools allow my parents in Florida to see my son’s first tooth. Facebook allows his aunts and uncles to “friend” him and instantly be notified of his status updates in a social medium they prefer over e-mail for information. Web cams allow us to video chat with anyone with an Internet connection. And when I travel for work, I’m able to check in and see his smile firsthand (just like in the commercials…awww).

Social media continues to offer us the tools to break down geographical barriers and open an unparalleled level of interpersonal communication.

Yesterday’s New York Times had a great article titled “Twittering From the Cradle” that lists social network sites like TotSpot, Kidmondo and Lil’Grams that give parents the tools to share firsts, memorable moments and minutiae with everyone or a select list.

As digital natives begin becoming parents, it only makes sense they will apply these social mediums to their kids’ lives. But don’t feel bad if you keep a baby book made of paper or like to print off your digital photos; we’re still a few years out from virtual preschool.

However, if you’re going to register your pet on to digitally befriend pooches from the dog park, surely your kids deserve a digital playdate, too.

Where do things go from here? We haven’t bought my son his .name URL quite yet. Maybe the next one.