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Amazon Prime Day is the bad-news-free news event we’ve been waiting for this summer
A day where clicking to refresh is fun, not panic-inducing.
By Laura Hazard Owen
A new proposed law would turn drone journalism into a swarm of lawsuits and make it easy to sue over news photography
Imagine if a news photographer at a football game had to get permission from every single person in the stadium before taking a single shot — or else face hundreds of civil lawsuits. That’s what new model legislation wants to bring to public airspace.
By Judd Slivka
Three multi-billion-dollar companies dominate the Chinese internet landscape, from news media to AI
Plus: WeChat now has 1.04 billion monthly active users, shortform video is booming, and a few other significant numbers out of a recent report on the state of the Chinese internet landscape.
By Shan Wang
Facebook might downrank the most vile conspiracy theories. But it won’t take them down.
Plus: (Some) researchers can now get access to (some) Facebook data, WhatsApp is funding misinformation research too, and susceptibility to fake news may have more to do with laziness than partisanship.
By Laura Hazard Owen
In Alabama, a small-town paper is figuring out digital advertising — and they’re doing it live
A bet on live video, a busy news year, and maximizing staff talents let the Alexander City Outlook increase its digital ad revenue 80 percent in a year’s time.
By Marlee Baldridge
What kind of information — not just content — do you need as a news consumer?
Pulse, a project launched by Sarah Alvarez and Andrew Haeg, aims to help news organizations text their communities to find out.
By Christine Schmidt
Several people are typing: The good, the bad, and the mansplaining of WikiTribune
“‘Leadership structure’ isn’t a very Wiki phrase.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation
“Our angle on the current state of journalism is this: The crisis of journalism and legacy news media is structural, and not just a matter of technological challenges or broken business models.”
By Per Westergaard and Søren Schultz Jørgensen
The promises and pitfalls of reporting within chat apps and other semi-open platforms: A journalist’s guide
News organizations’ audiences are increasingly moving from public social media to closed or semi-closed platforms like WhatsApp, Discord, and Facebook Groups. But there are still opportunities for good reporting on the communities we cover.
By Mark Frankel
The Washington Post wants to figure out the best places to put ads in your favorite podcasts
Plus: Crooked Media goes audio doc, Maximum Fun goes scripted fiction, and The Pub goes the way of all flesh.
By Nicholas Quah
More than 11,000 people are paying (yes, paying) for email newsletters on Substack’s platform
On average, they’re paying just under $80 per year. About 40 or so indie publishers with paid offerings are making what Substack calls “meaningful money.”
By Shan Wang
Amazon Prime Day is the bad-news-free news event we’ve been waiting for this summer
A day where clicking to refresh is fun, not panic-inducing.
By Laura Hazard Owen
A new proposed law would turn drone journalism into a swarm of lawsuits and make it easy to sue over news photography
Imagine if a news photographer at a football game had to get permission from every single person in the stadium before taking a single shot — or else face hundreds of civil lawsuits. That’s what new model legislation wants to bring to public airspace.
Three multi-billion-dollar companies dominate the Chinese internet landscape, from news media to AI
Plus: WeChat now has 1.04 billion monthly active users, shortform video is booming, and a few other significant numbers out of a recent report on the state of the Chinese internet landscape.
What We’re Reading
The Logic / Sean Craig
Facebook’s algorithm changes have led to layoffs and plummeting traffic at viral publisher Diply
“Web traffic to Diply has declined for two years, with total visits falling over 85 percent from January 2016 to June 2018. According to SimilarWeb, an internet research firm, Diply generated 110 million visits in July 2016, falling to just over 50 million by March 2017, 32 million in January 2018 and finally to 13.7 million last month.”
Instapaper
Instapaper is going independent
Pinterest had bought Instapaper in 2016. Now it’s giving it up.
Politico / Margaret Harding McGill
FCC likely dooms the Sinclair mega-deal
“FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday he has ‘serious concerns’ about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media, saying he would send the transaction through a lengthy administrative process often viewed as a deal-killer.”
The Outline / Oscar Schwartz
Targeted advertising has become so uncanny, it feels like we’re being surveilled. Two artists want to hear these stories
New Organs collects first-hand accounts of these seemingly paranoiac moments. The website is comprised of a submission form that asks you to choose from a selection of experiences, like; my phone is eavesdropping on me’ to ‘I see ads for things I dream about.’ You’re then invited to write a few sentences outlining your experience and why you think it happened to you.”
The Information / Sarah Kuranda
Facebook scrutiny is slowing approval of Messenger apps
“The Information spoke to nearly a dozen developers frustrated by significant recent delays to get new apps approved..The developers, who work for retailers and others who want to interact with customers on Facebook Messenger, said the delays have cost them business and credibility with customers. At least one developer decided to stop building applications on Facebook altogether.”
Washington Post PR
The Washington Post now has an official channel on Amazon-owned Twitch
“The Post’s planned programming will include live event coverage hosted by The Post’s Libby Casey and a series hosted by Post Political Reporter Dave Weigel called ‘Playing Games with Politicians.’ Casey hosts the first livestream when Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet for their first bilateral summit. White House Reporter David Nakamura and Audience Editor Gene Park will join Casey as they help readers understand the context and significance of the day’s news.”
Digiday / Jessica Davies
Layered consent? Legitimate interest? A guide to speaking fluent GDPR
“Here’s a refresher on the most common terms you can throw around to establish your GDPR street cred.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Justin Ray
In Vermont, an unlikely ombudsman spurs review of domestic violence coverage
“In the future, all Times Argus stories involving a loss of life will pass through additional editors, says Mitchell. The paper will also develop a checklist for reporting on domestic violence incidents. Finally, Mitchell says the paper is reconsidering its standards for stories in other beats to see if there is room for improvement.”
The Splice Newsroom / Victoria Milko
India’s fight against fake news has a problem: Fact-checking needs to reach the regional languages
Fake news in India isn’t going unchallenged. But fact-checking operations often produce most of their content in English — a language only spoken by about 10 percent of India’s population. Some websites have also set up dedicated Hindi pages, extending their fact-checking news to the more than 60 percent of the population. But even with these efforts, 20 other official languages are still be excluded, which these sites don’t have resources to tackle.
Poynter / Taylor Blatchford
The “jobs before journalism” threads revealed the importance of skills that come from outside of a newsroom
“These jobs are more than bullets at the end of a resume, though — there’s a lot to learn from taking a non-journalism summer job instead of, or in addition to, an internship, which is a financial necessity for many.”
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