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WSJ The 10-Point

Business news as an email newsletter

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Frederic Filloux of MondayNote.com examines how some business news organizations are sending the latest news to your inbox.

Filloux writes, “Again, I’ll refer to Quartz, the business site launched a year ago by the Atlantic Media Group (see a previous Monday Note series here). Their email newsletter is called ‘The Daily Brief’; it is 800-words long, no images, cleverly written and edited, sent to about 45,000 subscribers worldwide, in three editions (US, Asia, Europe and Africa.)

“Here is how it looks on mobile devices:

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“The structure is simple: Five main headers containing five to seven items, each summing up what the story you might click on is about. The headers are: ‘What to watch today’, ‘While you were sleeping’, ‘Quartz obsession interlude’ (it refers to Quartz’ proprietary revision of the old beat structure), ‘Matter of Debate’, and ‘Surprising discoveries’. A good mixture of news, fun, serendipity, thoughtful items. The links do not always send back to qz.com, they can lead anywhere.

“Sounds pretty simple at first. But, as Quartz editor Kevin Delaney recently told me, the Daily Brief is the result of a thorough editorial process. The email newsletter is touched by no less than four people, including two seasoned editors, Gideon Lichfield, Quartz global news editor who spent 16 years at the Economist, and Adam Pasick, the Asia editor and a 10-year Reuters veteran. Newsrooms who assign junior writers to expedite email newsletters should think again… Quartz is one of the few media I know to actually devote sizable resources for such a ‘simple’ news product.”

Read more here.

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Social media at The Wall Street Journal

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Caroline O’Donovan of The Nieman Journalism Lab spoke with Sarah Marshall, who is becoming the first social media editor for The Wall Street Journal for news coming out of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Here is an excerpt:

O’Donovan: So what kind of stuff are you going to be doing? Do you have a sense of that?

Marshall: So, it’s quite a big area. It’s EMEA — Europe, Middle East, and Africa. I don’t know whether the people in the U.S. have the sense of the size of the scale of the Journal, but it’s 450 journalists in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, including the newswires. It’s a big team. At the moment, there hasn’t been a social media editor. There are four or five in the U.S., Maya in Asia, and until now Europe, Middle East and Africa haven’t had a social media person. It’s not exactly a clean slate — they’ve been doing Twitter and Facebook — but it’s quite exciting to come in as the first person doing that. They’re really ready for it. There are some individual journalists who are really great on social, and this will mean we can bring them all together and highlight those people, and really, hopefully think about how people share content and what people are sharing. It’s very exciting to be doing it as a new role.

O’Donovan: Are there any platforms you’re excited to experiment with?

Marshall: Quite early on, when Pinterest was still invite-only, I wanted to do a story: Which news outlets are innovating on Pinterest? The one that was doing the most impressive stuff was The Wall Street Journal, funnily enough. I remember thinking, is this really a visual brand? But they created this “How to Use Pinterest” board introducing people to it.I’d really like to crack LinkedIn, I must admit. It’s huge — I don’t think any news organizations have really cracked it yet. I’m guessing it’s a real sweet spot for traditional Journal readers. So I’d love to cracked LinkedIn.

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CNBC iphone app

CNBC launches new apps

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CNBC announced Monday the launch of the new CNBC application for Apple products.

What’s new is the ability to watch live CNBC programming on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating multichannel video programming distributors such as cable, satellite and telephone companies.

The app features live streaming of all CNBC programming, including “Squawk Box,” “Squawk on the Street,” “Fast Money” and “Mad Money with Jim Cramer.” It also provides a complete network programming schedule as well as a full suite of on-demand content. Also new is that subscribers also have access to complete on demand episodes of “Mad Money,” “The Suze Orman Show” and CNBC Prime programs including “The Profit,” “The Car Chasers” and “American Greed.”

“Having access to CNBC’s live business news programming across devices is critically important for our audience of decision makers, serious investors and affluent consumers,” said Kevin Krim, senior vice president and general manager, CNBC Digital, in a statement. “Now, with the CNBC app, all of our financial news, information and news-making interviews can travel with our audience in real-time as they move through their day.”

In the coming months, CNBC will roll-out a “Flip Forward” feature that will allow for both instant replay and jump-back ability on desktop to return to the start of a live program. Additionally, a pop-out video player will be introduced soon, which will allow users to choose their own frame size and position when viewing live programming on desktop.

In October, subscribers started the CNBC linear feed an average of 10 times, consuming 3.1 hours per person, according to Omniture Discover.

The CNBC app will be available for Android devices early next year.

Wall Street Journal

WSJ mobile usage is up 59 percent from a year ago

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Joe Pompeo of Capital New York writes about some details that emerged Monday from the News Corp. earnings conference call about The Wall Street Journal.

Pompeo writes, “At The Wall Street Journal, News Corp’s tony U.S. broadsheet, mobile usage was up 59 percent this September compared to the same month in 2012, Thomson said.

“Chief financial officer Bedi Singh added that News Corp., which also publishes the New York Post, The Times of London and many other papers in the U.K. and Australia, was ‘seeing traction’ across all of its digital efforts. Those also include things like paid online subscriptions for the British and Australian papers and e-books at HarperCollins, News Corp’s book-publishing arm.

“The executives declined to elaborate on digital revenues within the company’s news segment. But Singh cited ‘nice pickup in some of our digital statistics,’ while Thomson said: ‘What we are truly seeing is mass migration in mass media. It’s just a little early for us to quantify what that means in terms of long-term advertising trends.’

“The apparently sanguine digital outlook for the company’s news business comes amid declines in traditional advertising revenues, which were down 22 percent at the Australian papers during the first quarter, 7 percent at the U.K. papers and flat at The Wall Street Journal, said Singh. (The Post, which hemorrhages cash, was not mentioned beyond a quick plug for its recently relaunched website.)

“Advertising at Dow Jones, a financial news and information provider, was down in the ‘low single digits,’ said Singh.”

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Steve Baker and Twitter

Using Twitter to write a business magazine story

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Steve Baker, a former business journalist at BusinessWeek, writes for The Huffington Post about how he used Twitter to write a story for the magazine and how he doesn’t use Twitter any more.

Baker writes, “But then I came up with a plan to leverage my mainstream journalism asset. I would write a BusinessWeek article explaining ‘Why Twitter Matters.’ But instead of calling up the usual sources, like @jayrosen_nyu, @jeffjarvis and @biz (Twitter co-founder Biz Stone), I would research the piece on Twitter. I would tweet topic sentences for each paragraph, and the Twittersphere would respond with examples, links and insights. Hopefully, they’d discuss and argue. Through this process, Twitter would write the story. Word would quickly spread about this story, and people who wanted to participate would follow me. I would catch up to Steve Rubel, or even pass him! I’d be hoisted up in the nugget economy.

“It turned out that organizing a boatload of tweets into a coherent article took a lot of work. But it came together. The article went mildly viral and my Twitter following quintupled, finally topping 1,000. My evil strategy worked. And I even won a minor magazine award for the story. (I’ll note, in passing, that traditional journalism awards carry zero weight in the nugget economy, not unless they’re branding giants, like Pulitzers. If I were still focused on nuggets, I’d trade my dusty old Overseas Press Award for 10,000 Twitter followers in a minute.)

“Months after that triumph, the economy cratered and BusinessWeek spiraled toward death. I left in late 2009, after Bloomberg snapped up the magazine for barely the price of a Superbowl commercial, and I got a book contract to write about IBM’s Jeopardy computer, Watson. Since then, I’ve been doing books. That has removed me from the nugget economy. Much of what I’m doing is vaguely secret, and timed by months, not minutes. For instance, I’m co-writing a healthcare book that Penguin will publish next spring. But they’re not publicizing it, and I guess they have their reasons. So I don’t either. I have a couple of book proposals brewing, also secret. As a result, I don’t generate good targeted nuggets. And my Twitter presence has degenerated into the occasional note about my life, a wine I drank in France, a slideshow from Africa. I’m a scattered Tweeter, virtually lapsed and widely ignored.”

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Yahoo Finance app

Yahoo Finance updates its iPad, iPhone apps

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Yahoo Finance has redesigned its iPhone and iPad applications, writes Alex Diaz, vice president of mobile and emerging products.

Diaz writes, “At the center of the Yahoo Finance app are the companies and stocks you care about – whether it’s breaking news and information, beautiful interactive charts or real time price changes you can easily follow any company to get personalized information and make sure you keep up to date on changes.

“The Yahoo Finance app for iPhone and iPad was reimagined to deliver a beautiful personalized experience with a stream of top news and data based on your favorite stocks and interests. We’ve added Push Notifications to keep you in the know as important stories break — so you can make quick and informed decisions on the stocks and companies you follow.

“Yahoo Finance includes completely redesigned interactive stock charts to track historical changes, and easily compare performance to identify trends.

“It’s now easier than ever to visualize company and market data by swiping, pinching and panning across the chart. You can also compare any stock, market or index to see related price changes.”

Read more here.

Financial Times SalesForce

FT launches app for Salesforce.com

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The Financial Times launched Wednesday the FT news feed app on the Salesforce AppExchange, which allows more than 100,000 Salesforce customers to see FT headlines relevant to their clients, client’s competitors and market sectors.

The FT is the first news provider to create a news feed app for Salesforce.

The app is free to download from the Salesforce AppExchange and can be used on any desktop or mobile device running the site. It is fully integrated into Salesforce, meaning users will automatically see topical headlines and can click through to FT.com for the full story.

“Many of our corporate customers already use the FT as a way to improve their sales and account management performance, using FT content as a catalyst for conversations with prospects and customers,” said Caspar de Bono, managing director B2B, in a statement. “Successful sales organizations show the best way to secure business is to demonstrate a deep understanding of a customer’s business and sector, insight Salesforce customers can now receive easily and instantly through the FT News Feed App.”

The FT news feed app for Salesforce is the latest in the FT’s suite of mobile apps that bring FT content to our readers through whichever device or platform they choose. FT content can also be accessed through the flagship FT web app for iPad and iPhone, Android app or Windows 8 app.

Rebecca Heptinstall

Social media and the Financial Times

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Timothy Gibbon of SMP.com interviewed FT.com’s social media manager Rebecca Heptinstall, who shares tips on social publishing and brand reputation.

Here is an excerpt:

SMP: How many are in the social media team at the FT?

RH: We have three staff dedicated full-time to social media including two in editorial: our communities editor Sarah Laitner and social media journalist Maija Palmer. We also have a social media strategy team comprised of around eight managers from different parts of the business. We get together regularly to discuss new projects and technology.

SMP: How does the FT manage social media after hours and over the weekend?

RH: The global communications team operates on a rota basis at weekends, so we’re always keeping an eye on what’s happening 24/7. We also have a weekend editor who selects content for our social networks on Saturdays and Sundays.  However, working in social media and having a smartphone or tablet, means you never really switch off.  It’s just not a 9am-5pm job.

SMP: What are the low moments of what you have been doing so far?

RH: There aren’t many. We’re so guided by the news agenda, it means that no day is ever the same, which can be challenging, but exciting.

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FT Flipboard

A financial news CTO explains his job

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Martin Bryan of TheNextWeb.com interviewed John O’Donovan, the chief technology officer of The Financial Times, about his job.

Here is an excerpt:

Anything else you can tell us about what you’re working on?

Our editorial team are continually exploring different ways to tell a story using data, providing a richer level of analysis by proving it or disproving it with data, interactive or graphics. We second some of our front-end developers from the IT department to the newsroom, allowing us to support our editorial skillset.

Community and social is of course an area we want to do more in. The FT uses social media to build communities and deeper relationship with readers, for example using Facebook to ask followers in Brazil what they thought would stop the protests there and selecting some of their answers for use on ft.com. We encourage readers to connect with our content and our journalists to reply to readers comments. We run polls on ft.com, host Twitter chats and choose readers’ comments to appear in a dedicated box on the ft.com homepage.

Technically we are investing in hybrid models for using cloud in a sensible and sustainable way. I’ve used a lot of cloud services and am now into a mature phase of looking at what works best in a way that spans the infrastructure options available. It is still an immature market.

There are also some exciting opportunities in working closer with (FT parent company) Pearson which are playing to the strengths of both brands.

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Financial Times app

Financial Times reboots app

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Business newspaper The Financial Times has introduced a refreshed version of its web app for visitors using an iPhone, iPad or Windows 8 device, reports Doug Drinkwater of The Tab Times.

Drinkwater writes, “The daily newspaper announced the redesigned site on Wednesday and the changes see the inclusion of a customizable content hub where readers can store previously read articles as well as read new and recommended articles.

“The web app also sees the FT improve web navigation and introduce more multimedia content, like videos, hi-res images and embedded images.

“The FT famously went with HTML5 after growing disillusioned with Apple’s policy on developer fees and user data and eventually abandoned its iOS app in May of last year. Rob Grimshaw, the FT’s managing director, admitted to TabTimes last year that it was a ‘bold decision’ but said that bigger publishers have the power to barter with Apple and other platforms.”

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