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Public or closed? How much activity really exists? See how other news organizations’ Facebook Groups are faring
We analyzed the data of groups as large as 40,000 members and as small as 300, from international organizations to local publishers. How does yours fit in?
By Christine Schmidt
Here’s what the Financial Times is doing to get bossy man voice out of (okay, less prominent in) its opinion section
“She wrote a fabulous piece that did incredibly well and I think there’s no way on earth that (a) she would have submitted or (b) it would have run, before we started this stuff. It got more than double the usual number of pageviews for an opinion piece.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
How to buy into journalism’s blockchain future (in only 44 steps)
Blockchain-and-journalism startup Civil aims to build a decentralized infrastructure for news, and you can invest in their vision. It just might take you a while.
By John Keefe
How the Broke in Philly collaboration is focusing local media’s attention on poverty and economic mobility
“As journalists, we’re taught to be competitive and territorial. On the other hand, things are changing dramatically, so don’t assume other people in your local market don’t want to collaborate.”
By Christine Schmidt
How France beat back information manipulation (and how other democracies might do the same)
“French success resulted from a combination of structural factors, luck, as well as the effective anticipation and reaction of the Macron campaign staff, the government, and civil society, especially the mainstream media.”
By Christine Schmidt
The Guardian is getting into the daily news podcast game — here’s what it learned the last time it tried
“If you didn’t read The Guardian or know anything about it, you should be able to listen to that podcast and get an idea of the stories we thought were important. We certainly tried to reflect The Guardian’s values.”
By Caroline Crampton
The New York Times Magazine wants to send you on an audio “voyage,” featuring bats, rats, and volcanos
Plus: The real-world impact of true-crime shows, Serial prepares its return, and an NBC podcast built around an Instagram account.
By Nicholas Quah
Cataclysm looming or a business maturing? How to interpret all the recent shakeups in the podcast industry
The past few years marked a period of unchecked experimentation on a large scale. Now, the tests have been run, the results have come in, and the time has come to shift resources based on what was found.
By Nicholas Quah
Newsonomics: Could a McClatchy-Tronc merger help local newspapers transition to digital?
One’s a family-controlled, century-plus-old newspaper chain, known for believing in its civic mission but not for its digital strategy. The other is, well, Tronc. With an assist from L.A.’s richest man, could this be a path forward?
By Ken Doctor
“The cure lies within us, if we have the will and the imagination to develop it”
“Because journalism is not The New York Times, or BuzzFeed, or the Miami Herald. When you strip everything down to its essential function, journalism is a system for collecting, synthesizing, verifying and distributing news. Everything else is just form.”
By Heather Chaplin
$20 million is heading toward local news from the Lenfest Institute and Knight Foundation
“It’s not just an initiative — it’s an opportunity for others to join to address these challenges for local news, around the country and in Philadelphia.”
By Christine Schmidt
Fighting back against fake news: A new UN handbook aims to explain (and resist) our current information disorder
“Journalists can be direct victims of disinformation campaigns, but they are also pushing back.”
By Julie Posetti and Cherilyn Ireton
Public or closed? How much activity really exists? See how other news organizations’ Facebook Groups are faring
We analyzed the data of groups as large as 40,000 members and as small as 300, from international organizations to local publishers. How does yours fit in?
By Christine Schmidt
Here’s what the Financial Times is doing to get bossy man voice out of (okay, less prominent in) its opinion section
“She wrote a fabulous piece that did incredibly well and I think there’s no way on earth that (a) she would have submitted or (b) it would have run, before we started this stuff. It got more than double the usual number of pageviews for an opinion piece.”
How to buy into journalism’s blockchain future (in only 44 steps)
Blockchain-and-journalism startup Civil aims to build a decentralized infrastructure for news, and you can invest in their vision. It just might take you a while.
What We’re Reading
Columbia Journalism Review / D. Victoria Baranetsky
The way we tell stories has changed, thanks to FOIA and data journalism. The law is changing, too.
“In many ways, journalists’ access to critical information is being restricted, either by the passive or explicit threat of criminal penalties, de-prioritization in favor of corporate secrecy, or an inadequate legal understanding of technological advances.”
Associated Press / David Bauder
The politics of hurricane coverage
“The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel similarly became a meme victim during Florence for video that depicted him struggling to stay vertical in the storm’s winds, while men walked behind him seemingly unbothered; his network said Seidel had a hard time keeping his footing because he was on wet grass.”
Etherscan
78% of all Civil tokens sold so far came in one $500K buy
As of 9:45 a.m. today, 338 successful transactions of CVL have been made totaling about $639,000.
Digiday / Jessica Davies
Publishers say Google Ad Manager has been down for several weeks
“Systems glitches are nothing new, and especially when a system is going through transition, as with Ad Manager. But the length of the outage, plus the difficulty in getting a complete answer from Google as to why things had gone down, has made for a nail-biting few weeks for some publishers, according to sources.”
The New York Times / Sheera Frenkel and Mike Isaac
U.S. midterm elections are in seven weeks. Here’s how Facebook is preparing
“‘We see this as probably the biggest companywide reorientation since our shift from desktops to mobile phones,’ said Samidh Chakrabarti, who leads Facebook’s elections and civic engagement team.”
TechCrunch / Eric Peckham
From marketplaces to VR, media giants seek relevance through startup investing
“Of the traditional media companies that have committed to corporate venturing, there are two distinct strategies: those whose investing seems to be about replacing the historic classifieds section of newspapers and diversifying into a range of consumer-facing marketplaces, and those whose investing is concentrated on capturing an early glimpse (and early equity stake) in startups reshaping media.”
The Guardian / Anne Davis
A very Australian coup: Murdoch, an exiting prime minister, and the power of News Corp
“Rudd, equally, believes the cacophony of negativity from News Corp undermined his first prime ministership, then that of successor Julia Gillard. He has called for a ‘full-throated inquiry’ into News Corp and branded the company ‘a cancer on democracy’. But the details that have emerged over the past 48 hours of the role the US-based Murdoch played during last month’s visit to his Australian assets raise serious questions about how Australian politics can be swayed by a concentrated media industry where News Corp dominates.”
MediaPost / Alex Weprin
“Post-cable” news network Cheddar’s next stop is at 18,000 gas station pumps
“Cheddar has grown its audience in part by trying to make itself as ubiquitous as possible. Cheddar and its general-interest news network Cheddar Big News are available on most streaming video bundles, such as Sling TV and YouTube TV, and even a number of traditional cable packages.”
The New York Times / Jaclyn Peiser
How Civil’s podcast partner reports on itself and blockchain’s implications for journalism
“If I, as a tech journalist, roll my eyes when I hear about blockchain, somebody is not doing a good job explaining this stuff. That’s where the opportunity is — for two women, two moms, who are going out on their own, who have to understand blockchain. There’s your entryway to a podcast.”
The New York Times / Kara Swisher
It’s the ultimate irony: Those who almost killed us are making us stronger
“Each of these billionaires could afford to buy just about anything at all. Why a magazine and not a sports team, when media is a messier and less certain bet? Perhaps it’s because it offers a heady mix of altruism, power and ego.”
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