2018 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference
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Tuesday, September 11 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Big J Track: Comments: A Path to Subscribers

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In recent years, the level of nastiness on comments on stories have left editors tormented about how to handle them, with some news organizations ditching comments from their site all together. But in the past year, as subscriptions became a more important part of the revenue stream, publishers found some interesting data. It turns out subscribers are far more likely to comment on articles or read the comments themselves, making them a critical selling and retention tool. And then a new open-source commenting system, funded by Knight Foundation, was released, decreasing costs for publishers and improving moderation. So where does that leave us now? We will walk through the latest thinking with nationally renowned researcher Talia Stroud of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas and Andrew Losowsky of The Coral Project.

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Jim Simon

Managing editor; President, Honolulu Civil Beat; APME
Jim Simon is managing editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit news site focused on public affairs and watchdog reporting in Hawaii. He previously worked at The Seattle Times for more than three decades as a reporter and editor, including managing editor.  

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Andrew Losowsky

Project lead, The Coral Project
Andrew Losowsky is the project lead of The Coral Project, which is dedicated to bringing journalists closer to the communities they serve. The project's open-source software is currently used in more than 30 newsrooms in 10 countries.
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Talia Stroud

Associate professor of communication studies, The University of Texas at Austin
NATALIE (TALIA) JOMINI STROUD is an associate professor of Communication Studies and Journalism, founding and current director of the Center for Media Engagement and assistant director of the Strauss Institute in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin... Read More →

Tuesday September 11, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Salon D-E AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
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