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Today, Chartbeat celebrates World Press Freedom Day and journalists around the globe.

As part of our commemoration, we wanted to spotlight 14 examples – gathered and curated directly from the Chartbeat team – of critical stories that may not have seen the light of day without the efforts of courageous reporters and editors. These stories drive home the integrity and bravery of journalists worldwide, and underscore the importance of a free and thriving press.

  1. They are slaughtering us like animals’ – Daniel Berehulak, The New York Times

    A photojournalistic look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, documenting 57 homicide victims over 35 days.

  2. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation – Shane Bauer, Mother Jones

    A
    Mother Jones reporter worked for four months as a private prison guard for an unconstrained look inside the U.S. penal system.

  3. The CountedThe Guardian

    A Guardian investigation revealed the true number of people killed by law enforcement in the U.S., told the stories of who they were, and established the trends in how they died. The US government responded.

  4. How Ingrained Is Sexism in Silicon Valley? Ask the Women Trying to Get Funding – Doree Shafrir, New York Magazine

    ‘When she asked whether or not the investor had seen the background on her company, he replied, “No, I didn’t. Actually, I’ve got to be honest with you — I didn’t look into it at all. I just took the meeting because you’re hot.”’

  5. Killings of Gay Chechens – Elena Milashina and Irina Gordienko, Novaya Gazeta

    An investigation into persecution of the LGBTQ community in Chechnya. Since publishing this piece, the reporter, Elena Milashina, has had to go into hiding.

  6. The Atrocities in Yemen – Iona Craig

    Iona Craig is interviewed on Al Jazeera English about the UN report discussing the atrocities in Yemen — and the need for a truly independent coalition to conduct such investigations.

  7. Part I: Afghan Refugees Forced to Return to a Home Many Have Never Known
    Part II: Police Harassment Drives Afghan Refugees Out of Pakistan – Umer Ali, News Deeply


    In the “Return to Afghanistan” series, Umer Ali travels to the Pakistani border city of Peshawar and digs into the forced return of thousands of Afghan refugees, its effect on families, and reports of their intimidation.

  8. Photojournalism from Syria – Rami Jarrah

    Rami Jarrah, a Syrian political activist, uses his Instagram account to document the Syrian civil war through photographs of the Syrian people.

  9. Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 –  David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

    In a video obtained by
    The Washington Post, Donald Trump brags in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone.

  10. How Erdogan became Turkey’s biggest media boss – Ufuk Sanli, Turkey Pulse

    A ferocious onslaught on critical media over the past year has left President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey’s biggest media boss. “If I were a dictator,” he said, “you wouldn’t be able to say all this.” Sanli, the author of this piece, has been
    arrested twice.

  11. How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy – Allen St. John, Consumer Reports

    An in-depth look at the Affordable Care Act and how expanded health insurance has helped families across the country stay out of bankruptcy.

  12. The Khadija Project

    Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova covered the corruption of Azerbaijan’s ruling family before she was arrested on Dec. 5, 2014 and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison on September 2015. She appealed and was set free on May 25, 2016. The Khadija Project continues her work on behalf of other journalists behind bars in Azerbaijan.

  13. ‘Our daughter has no memory of her father’: Chhattisgarh reporter gets bail after 17 months – Malini Subramaniam, Scroll.in

    “These two laws are widely held as draconian as the ‘unlawful activity’ laid down in these Acts are vague and so broad as to be highly amenable to gross abuse and arbitrary and unreasonable action by the state police and administration,” said Sudha Bharadwaj, general secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

  14. “Northern coyotes are increasing quotas for Trump” – Oscar Martínez, elfaro

    An in-depth look at undocumented immigration and the “coyotes” who facilitate it in Central America and Mexico.

In a time of ongoing uncertainty about how content is distributed, consumed, and shared, it’s critical that publishers and newsrooms everywhere understand audience behavior across platforms, devices, and channels. At Chartbeat, we’re working every day to ensure you have the data and insights you need to do just that.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the expansion of Offsite Social, our social analytics feature in partnership with Facebook’s CrowdTangle, which will result in richer metrics, broader global monitoring capabilities and increased accessibility for thousands more newsrooms around the world. Check out CrowdTangle’s post for more about the announcement.

And since Facebook accounts for such a large percentage of all external traffic to publisher sites, understanding how the articles you write get read and distributed on not only Facebook, but Reddit, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube as well, is crucial. If you’re interested in Offsite Social or have any questions, reach out to your Account Manager or let us know at offsitesocial@chartbeat.com.

In anticipation of our update, we hosted the Facebook publisher and CrowdTangle teams to celebrate the collaboration and talk about how we can partner to support the future of journalism, so make sure you stay tuned for what’s to come.

It’s a social world out there, folks, and we know that means your content doesn’t just live on your site anymore. Enter: Chartbeat Offsite Social. Powered by CrowdTangle and available to clients of both CrowdTangle Pro and Chartbeat Publishing, Offsite Social gives you an expanded view of article performance so that you can understand how the articles you write get read and distributed on social platforms.

We’re trying to close the social gap between understanding the data behind articles posted on your site and social activity surrounding your articles offsite in real time. A new lens on your data shows you how your article is performing on social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit, to give you a complete view of your articles: not just who’s reading them on your site, but who’s sharing, liking, and talking about them across social media channels. Read more about the feature here

 

What will this let me do?

Know at a glance where your stories are being picked up, how they’re being viewed, and how many readers are interacting with them – in real time – so you can do something about it in the moment: participate in the conversation, promote the story elsewhere, or identify prominent influencers for your brand.

 

How do I get in on this?

We’re opening up our beta! If you’d like to learn more or find out how you can become a beta partner for the Offsite Social feature, reach out to offsitesocial@chartbeat.com.

Today at F8 the Facebook team announced opening their Instant Articles to all publishers. Their aim is to make a better, faster mobile reading experience for all Facebook users. We’re thrilled to be an inaugural partner and to officially announce our launch of Facebook Instant Article tracking within Chartbeat tools.

Inside the Dashboard

Within the Chartbeat Publishing dashboard, we’ve added a section on the left-hand side labeled Distribution. Here, alongside the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) integration, this section will display the percentage of concurrent visitors engaging with your Facebook Instant Article content.

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You’ll see this fancy new field once you’ve integrated Facebook Instant Articles with Chartbeat.

Quick tip: You can check the Facebook Instant Article box to pivot the entire Dashboard to show how this discrete audience is consuming your content, engaging on the page, etc. You can do the same with AMP, App or Site traffic within the Distribution section to assess exactly where and how your audience is consuming content in real time.

Within Report Builder

As you and your editorial and analytics teams are continuously building and testing new strategies to reach new audiences, we’re busy building new ways to help you understand which channels are working to build, grow, and monetize that audience—and which need some fresh thinking and tinkering.

Enter: Distribution segmentation within our Report Builder tool. Once you Report Builder users have implemented Facebook Instant Articles, you’ll immediately be able to track how your Instant Article readers engage month to month, day to day, or even down to the minute of the day.

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So what’s next?

Facebook Instant Articles let your team build loyalty and brand awareness of your content—and engage with that content quickly and completely. In the past we’ve found engagement metrics to be a direct correlation with audience loyalty, so the more they read your content, the better — wherever they are. Using this data, we hope to see your team adapting their distribution strategies in real time and over time.

But you tell us. We’re eager to hear how your team is building out a strategy for Facebook Instant Articles and how we can help. If you’re up for a chat with our Product team, let us know.

If you’re ready to get started with our Facebook Instant Articles integration right away, check out the documentation here.

Beginning several days ago (the evening of Tuesday, 1/20, to be precise), you may have noticed a significant increase in the traffic on your site from LinkedIn: across our network, traffic from linkedin.com increased by over 3x. Below, we’ll detail why that change occurred, and what publishers should expect going forward.

Over the past year, publishers have become increasingly interested in traffic from LinkedIn, as the LinkedIn team has been steadily working to improve their feed experience with the launch of their new mobile app and content platforms. Nevertheless, when looking at referrer traffic in analytics tools like Chartbeat, web traffic from linkedin.com has always seemed smaller than it should for such a large platform, especially given the volume of traffic we see from LinkedIn’s counterpart apps, which shows up under the referrer name lnkd.in.

On January 20th, that changed when LinkedIn made a change to correctly attribute their traffic, some of which had previously been categorized as dark social. The impact of that change was immediate and significant.

Let’s look at traffic coming from linkedin.com to sites across the Chartbeat network over the last six months, we see two trends: a steady increase over the year, followed by a huge increase at the end of January.

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Zooming in on the right side of the graph, January, 2016, we can see the immediate change in traffic as the attribution change was pushed:

linkedin_02_v3If we compare numbers from just after the change to the same time during previous weeks, traffic from linkedin.com was up by over 3x.

Some sites saw more than 6x increases in their LinkedIn traffic.

While LinkedIn still isn’t a major traffic source for many types of sites, we expect that many business-, media-, and technology-focused sites will see LinkedIn as a top-10 referrer going forward.

With Facebook’s change last year to help attribute all of their traffic, LinkedIn’s change here, and other work to come, we’re excited to see more traffic correctly attributed. We’ll continue to work with platforms in the coming months to bring their dark social traffic into the light.