Happy Friday! Grab your martini and check out the best stories in media this week:
1. The #1 New York Times Story in 2013 Wasn’t An Article
A “news interactive” topped the list of most-visited pieces on The New York Times website in 2013, entitled “How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk.” The piece was a quiz meant to reveal “your personal dialect map” — where your accent is most prevalent in the nation (my results were spot-on). What does it mean for online journalism when a major newspaper’s most popular piece isn’t even an article? For one thing, it proves interactive pieces have great potential – especially when they go viral, as this one did.
2. When Native Advertising Goes Wrong
Shape Magazine came under fire this week for mislabeling a native ad — in fact, for calling the ad “news.” An inquiry from the National Advertising Division found that Shape “blurred the line between advertising and editorial content in a way which could confuse consumers,” and ruled that the magazine must “clearly and conspicuously designate content as advertising.”
3. Redesigned CNNArabic.com Is A “Direct Hint” of CNN.com Overhaul
The redesigned CNNArabic.com is in many ways a test run of the CNN.com redesign that will now be rolled out sometime in spring/summer 2014. New features include fully responsive design, and an intuitive, easy-to-use newsfeed; feedback on these elements will inform the final version of the CNN website redesign.
What stories were you talking about in media this week?