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Newsonomics: Tribune’s Thursday night surprise rescrambles the consolidation puzzle
Could the moves presage the major rollup that’s been increasingly talked about in America’s now-in-play, ever-struggling daily newspaper industry?
By Ken Doctor
Anti-vaxxers are among the WHO’s top 10 global health threats, and Ebola fake news is killing people
During an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “as rumors surface, communications experts rebut them with accurate information via WhatsApp or local radio.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Nine steps for how Facebook should embrace meaningful interac— er, accountability
“There are broad concerns that Facebook continues to engage in deceptive behavior when it comes to user privacy, and that it is biased against certain groups, but outsiders currently have almost no possibilities to verify these claims.”
By Christine Schmidt
“Media is hard”: Corey Ford on why his media venture fund Matter is paused (for now)
“We made a lot of investments over time that we knew were never going to be grand slams, but that we thought could be good sustainable, viable doubles that were actually solving a really important problem in this space.”
By Christine Schmidt
How New York magazine thinks about having one paywall across multiple verticals
“We wanted to take these three different segments and treat them differently and be flexible enough to really target the people who are most likely to convert, rather than have a blanket rule across every site, every user, and treat them all equally.”
By Mollie Leavitt
The New York Times politics editor is building trust by tweeting context around political stories
“I wanted to start engaging with readers about our intentions behind our stories.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Here are 12 principles journalists should follow to make sure they’re protecting their sources
“We’re being forced to act like spies, having to learn tradecraft and encryption and all the new ways to protect sources. But we are not an intelligence agency. We’re not really spies. So, there’s going to be a time when you might make a mistake or do something that might not perfectly protect a source.”
By Joshua Benton
Take these email templates and go build a beautiful (monetized, useful, tested, efficient) newsletter
“Who’s your audience? How will you serve that audience? Why do we care about that audience? No, really, what’s the payoff?”
By Christine Schmidt
Spotify says it’s getting serious about podcasts (yes, again) and there are lots of questions
Plus: Fiction podcasts’ next phase, poetry on the radio, and the “Dollar Shave Club for disaster emergency kits.”
By Nicholas Quah
Facebook is committing $300 million to support news, with an emphasis on local
Campbell Brown: “We are going to continue our work with head publishers. We’re not backing away from that, but it is a shift to local and an emphasis on local that is new for us.”
By Christine Schmidt
Newsonomics: Let the 2019 Consolidation Games begin! First up: Alden seeks to swallow Gannett
America’s most hated newspaper company wants to bring its special brand of cost-cutting and newsroom-gutting to about 100 more cities.
By Ken Doctor
Heightening the CMS race: WordPress.com and News Revenue Hub devise a toolkit for local newsrooms
“It’s not rocket science to put a CMS together. It is a bit of rocket science to figure out how to make the most effective use of it and create a sustainable business model.”
By Christine Schmidt
Newsonomics: Tribune’s Thursday night surprise rescrambles the consolidation puzzle
Could the moves presage the major rollup that’s been increasingly talked about in America’s now-in-play, ever-struggling daily newspaper industry?
By Ken Doctor
Anti-vaxxers are among the WHO’s top 10 global health threats, and Ebola fake news is killing people
During an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “as rumors surface, communications experts rebut them with accurate information via WhatsApp or local radio.”
Nine steps for how Facebook should embrace meaningful interac— er, accountability
“There are broad concerns that Facebook continues to engage in deceptive behavior when it comes to user privacy, and that it is biased against certain groups, but outsiders currently have almost no possibilities to verify these claims.”
What We’re Reading
Variety / Janko Roettgers
NPR has turned “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” into a game for smart speakers
“Owners of speakers powered by Google’s Assistant or Amazon Alexa will be able to play along to questions about the news of the week.”
TechCrunch / Josh Constine
Facebook is secretly building LOL, a cringey teen meme hub
“It’s divided into categories like ‘For You,’ ‘Animals,’ ‘Fails,’ ‘Pranks,’ and more with content pulled from News Feed posts by top meme Pages on Facebook.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Emily Bell
Facebook should treat the cause, not the symptoms, of journalism’s plight
“Absent from both the Reuters Institute report’s suggestions and from Facebook’s current journalism funding scheme is the one thing journalism actually needs: a guarantee that the conditions on the platform will benefit those producing high-quality reporting, which would obviate the need for sudden cash infusions. This simple pledge might be implicit in the myriad changes that Facebook is making to its own products and business models but it is not yet explicit.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Andrew McCormick
New York’s Adam Moss talks about moving on from his 15-year home
“There are many readers who will read Vulture or The Cut, for example, and only those sites, with no interest in sifting through everything else we do and potentially no knowledge that these sites even belong to a larger network. For those people who are vertically minded, we give them sort of self-contained universes.”
Press Gazette / Charlotte Tobitt
BuzzFeed UK editor-in-chief Janine Gibson is leaving the company
“The journalist’s departure comes a year after Buzzfeed UK saw an exodus of newsroom talent following 23 editorial redundancies.”
HuffPost / Ashley Feinberg
A Q&A with Jack Dorsey: “The reason his impassioned defenses of Twitter sound like gibberish is because they are.”
“In other words, the most the CEO of Twitter was able to tell me about specific steps being taken to solve the rampant, site-wide harassment problem that’s plagued the platform for years is that they’re looking into maybe making the report button a little bigger, eventually.”
WWD / Kali Hays
Condé Nast’s transformation continues with cuts at Wired, Glamour, GQ, and more
“Since it’s coming off a 2017 loss of about $120 million, which includes the cost of reinvestments and the ongoing internal restructuring, it’s easy to spin anything that isn’t an increased loss as a win for the company, but it’s thought that the reduction of the loss in 2018 was significant.”
Recode / Peter Kafka
Netflix says it now accounts for 10 percent of TV viewing time
“Netflix, which tacks back and forth between telling the TV establishment that they’re coming for it (‘The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us’) and telling the TV guys that there’s room for everyone, seems to think that this is a peace offering.”
Poynter / Kristen Hare
Turbulent, challenging, “always kind of a rough field”: Looking back on journalism’s tough decade
“Between the bookends of 2008 and 2018 sit a recession, a presidency that questions the legitimacy of journalism and the continuing plunge of the very thing that once maintained the media — ad revenue. While the basics of newsgathering haven’t changed in that time, nearly everything else has.”
The Wrap / Matt Lopez
More Millennials and Gen Z watch Facebook for news content than YouTube (but not for entertainment)
“While Facebook takes the crown for video-based news content, YouTube is the most frequented destination for millennials and Gen Z to watch videos for career development and entertainment purposes.”
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