Recent Edit News and Analysis

How Fusion Tests Its Articles on Facebook and How You Can, Too

First there was "A/B testing," where a publisher would float two different headlines on their own site and go with the better one. That's still around, but nowadays it's all about "dark testing" on Facebook. TechCrunch does this, as do Refinery29, Fusion and many other titles that publish directly to the FB platform.

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A Vendor Wrote It, or Sponsored It. Here's How to Disclose It

A veteran IT editor wrote to remind us that some publications flag contributed and sponsored content more clearly than others. In this InfoWorld example, the author's identity is not seen until the bottom of the article. By contrast, in this Huffington Post example, readers see that the author works for Apigee before they begin reading.

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WSJ Pro: News, Data and Events

No publisher has more prestige than The Wall Street Journal. But like every publication, it must fight the forces of commoditization that make editorial excellence unprofitable. The WSJ strategy: combine news, data and events into a premium-priced vertical that differentiates from articles-only competitors.

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FierceMarkets Folds 11 Titles

Tech PR pros took a hit this month with the closing of 11 FierceMarkets tech sites and associated newsletters. Fierce did establish a new daily newsletter called FierceTechExec, which "will provide information technology news across a broader portfolio of industries including biotech, healthcare, wireless, retail and more."

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The Death of the EIC

By David Strom, SWMS contributor ---

We have come to the end of an era. It is time to retire a professional title that played a significant role in my own life, that of the Editor-in-Chief, or EIC. It now has little significance for those in online publishing, perhaps because the entire editorial department has collapsed into a single individual.

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New Platform: HuffPost Contributors

We've learned more about Huffington Post's forthcoming, self-service approach to contributed content. Now in beta, it's called HuffPost Contributors. It seems to have two purposes. One, it relieves all HuffPo editors from having to evaluate unsolicited third-party content. And two, it consolidates all contributions in a single platform housed apart from HuffPo proper.

 

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