Why storytelling matters | Coders as journalists | How Instant Articles are performing

By Matt Carroll <@MattatMIT>

Oct. 27, 2015: A trio of news media stories, videos, and data viz compiled weekly. Get notified via email? Email 3toread (at) gmail.com.

  1. Why storytelling matters: In an era of 24/7, 140-character news chunks, sometimes we in the business need a reminder about why stories — real stories that touch our hearts — matter. This is a wonderful speech by Kevin Van Valkenburg, a senior writer at ESPN, on exactly that. I still have goosebumps. Thanks, Kevin.
  2. Yes, coders can be journalists: Some of the best stories on the web are written in nothing but code. Yes, you could use 10,000 words to describe in minute detail the migration of people from one state to the next. Or you could just create one kick-ass data viz. Some great examples of how and why a visualization can tell some stories way more effectively than text. By matthew_daniels at Poly-Graph.
  3. Early feedback on Instant Articles: Links are shared more than regular links, says Michael Reckhow, in charge of the program at Facebook. Plus new publishers are joining, including Billy Penn, and more details about it works for publishers. By Laura Hazard Owen at @NiemanLab.

Matt Carroll runs the Future of News initiative at the MIT Media Lab.