Ricardo Bilton, Digiday

Ricardo Bilton


New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Ricardo:

Deep Dive: As crisis continues, publishers see some promising green shoots

Digiday’s Deep Dive: European Publishing is a collection of videos, presenter slides and a guide of key takeaways produced by our editors from the Digiday Publishing Summit Europe Live that provides valuable tips and key insights so you’re prepared for what's to come in publishing. → Read More

Deep Dive: Adapting programmatic strategies for the new normal

More than anything else, the second quarter of 2020 has been dominated by uncertainty. Adjusting to this new normal, however long it lasts, isn’t going to be easy. Brands, agencies, and publishers are juggling a lot today, with diminishing resources and limited understanding on how the future will shake out. → Read More

The New York Times will experiment with giving subscribers early access to its first documentary podcast series » Nieman Journalism Lab

Caliphate, a new podcast from The New York Times, marks a few firsts for the newspaper. For one, the mini-series, announced at SXSW this weekend, is the Times' first foray into narrative documentary storytelling, following in the footsteps of shows like Serial and S-Town. Times foreign corresponden… → Read More

With Lab 351, The Globe and Mail is creating both new products and a culture of “bottom-up” innovation » Nieman Journalism Lab

A driving principle for the incubator is to make it so "ideas can bubble up from the bottom, or the middle, or the top" of the organization. → Read More

New data shows just how much social sharing has decreased since 2015 (and News Feed tweaks are just one factor) » Nieman Journalism Lab

Publishers may be getting dinged — and in some cases destroyed — by Facebook's move to decrease the amount of publisher content in the News Feed, but the declines in social sharing have long been in motion. This week, analytics company BuzzSumo released a new report analyzing trends in socia… → Read More

An AI editor and story summaries are helping Compass News become a go-to app for non-news junkies » Nieman Journalism Lab

"If you go to any news site, at least half the headlines require a huge amount of assumed knowledge. Thats fine if you're a journalist who spends a lot of time reading the news but it's not if you are an average person who checks the news once a day for five minutes. We're building for that se… → Read More

Here are a few details about WNYC’s Gothamist revival (and one big question) » Nieman Journalism Lab

Gothamist is back (yay!), but DNAinfo is not (boo!). Here's what we've learned about the public radio bid to bring the site back. → Read More

With in-article chat bots, BBC is experimenting with new ways to introduce readers to complex topics » Nieman Journalism Lab

"For us, this is a way to let people read and ask questions at their own pace, instead of having them read through a bunch of text. Often people aren't engaged in stories because they haven't had the right context." → Read More

With audience engagement and live events, Finimize is finding new ways to boost readers’ financial literacy » Nieman Journalism Lab

"Publications like the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal assume a lot of things about what their readers know. If the price of oil goes up, what happens to the dollar? They assume you know that. We assume our readers don't." → Read More

Post-Facebook News Feed tweaks, Vox Media lays off 50 employees » Nieman Journalism Lab

Publishers' pivot to video appears to have become a pivot to layoffs. And not even the biggest and most successful of digital-native companies is safe. Vox Media, one of the many companies that embraced social video over the past two years, said Wednesday that it will lay off 50 employees, appro… → Read More

Connecting reporters with experts, Sciline wants to improve the quality of today’s science reporting » Nieman Journalism Lab

"There's so much pressure right now that it's very tempting, more than ever, to just go with something...Often, it’s only your conscience and sense of journalistic responsibility that prevents you from hitting publish." → Read More

Google Chrome’s built-in ad blocker goes live tomorrow. Here’s how it will work for users (and affect publishers) » Nieman Journalism Lab

Here's something that will either scare or soothe anyone concerned with the future of digital advertising and the web: Starting tomorrow, Google, the largest advertising company in the world, will take an active role in deciding which ads people will see while using Chrome. On Thursday, Google p… → Read More

With its new Olympics texting experiment, the Times is saying goodbye to SMS, hello to personalization » Nieman Journalism Lab

"What we've created is a bot-like exchange, but in the voice and tone of a person." → Read More

A new report offers a primer (and a reality check) on the news membership model » Nieman Journalism Lab

News organizations across the board have largely embraced the notion that the future of digital news will be lighter on advertising and heavier on subscriptions and other forms of reader support. Less clear, though, is what that ideal audience revenue model will look like, and, for the organization… → Read More

With an increased focus on paid newsletters, Substack is opening up its tools to more creators » Nieman Journalism Lab

"People will always pay for news they can put on the company credit card, but we’ve always believed that that it's far from the only thing people will pay for." → Read More

The Atlantic is killing its comments in favor of a new Letters section to showcase reader feedback » Nieman Journalism Lab

"Design-wise, comments are treated as an afterthought. We wanted to find a way to elevate the best ideas from our readers." → Read More

Learning from the New Yorker, Wired’s new paywall aims to build a more “stable financial future” » Nieman Journalism Lab

"People who have studied the information age at this point recognize that there were a bunch of problems and side effects to the fact that people weren’t asked to pay for content in the early years of the internet." → Read More

Opinary is building new tools to help news orgs use polls to inform their coverage » Nieman Journalism Lab

Can a widget's worth of reader engagement lead to useful data — and maybe even money? "The whole idea is to give readers and communities a voice within journalism." → Read More

With Left Field, NBC News is experimenting with VR, mixed reality, and other new story forms » Nieman Journalism Lab

"We know a great deal about how to make linear television and we’ve been doing it a very long time, but there is a generation of people who currently don't have cable subscriptions, and who won’t have cable subscriptions, that are beginning to form different habits around how they consume … → Read More

A new $650K grant will help pay for newsrooms to adopt tools like Hearken and GroundSource » Nieman Journalism Lab

For news organizations, the extended period of self-reflection after the 2016 election produced a handful of resolutions. One big one: the need to get better at listening to and engaging with audiences, not just producing for them. The News Integrity Initiate, Democracy Fund, Lenfest Institute, … → Read More