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In its annual survey of the state of the U.S. media industry, the Pew Center says that there are signs of growth and investment in new digital entities, but the bulk of the traditional industry remains weak and continues to shrink as it struggles to reinvent itself Read more »

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Among a host of apps and services that are designed to give readers a short take on breaking news that they can read on a mobile device, Circa says it is different because its short news updates are essentially building a long-form news story over time Read more »

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The UK-based Wellcome Trust, the world’s second-largest funder of medical research behind the Gates Foundation, has launched a free online magazine called Mosaic that is dedicated to longform science writing. The site will be run by former Times science editor Mark Henderson — who was involved with a monthly science magazine published by the Times called Eureka, which was shut down in 2012 — and will publish a new 3,000-word piece on a scientific topic every Tuesday. In an unusual twist, the content will be free for anyone to use under a Creative Commons license, provided they include attribution.

The founders of Inkshares don’t think the traditional publishing industry is broken, just antiquated and inefficient — and they think marrying crowdfunding and the kinds of services publishers used to offer makes for a pretty compelling service for writers and ultimately for readers as well Read more »

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The value of social-media networks such as Twitter and Facebook becomes even more obvious during crises like the uprisings and anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine and Venezuela, where both have become a lifeline of real-time information for residents and expatriates alike Read more »

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