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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
“Here’s what else you need to know today”: The New York Times launches a flash audio briefing and other voice stuff for Alexa
“We’re trying to create an engaging experience that feels more narratively driven, not just like someone reading some headlines for a few minutes.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Fighting information overload instead of contributing to it: Some 2019 predictions about business models for news
“Subscriptions are not salvation. But a diversified digital revenue mix for publishers, with quality advertising and reader monetization at its core, might be.”
By Joshua Benton
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.”
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.”
What We’re Reading
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.”
Reuters / Paresh Dave
Facebook extends its political advertising tools to India, Nigeria, Ukraine, and the European Union
“Beginning on Wednesday in Nigeria, only advertisers located in the country will be able to run electoral ads, mirroring a policy unveiled during an Irish referendum last May, Katie Harbath, Facebook’s director of global politics and outreach, said in an interview…. The [tools] will resemble archives brought to the United States, Brazil and Britain last year.”
Associated Press / Mae Anderson
Sinclair debuts a streaming service for its local TV stations
“Fox News launched a paid subscription service Fox Nation in November , emphasizing long-form programming and short-form commentary from conservative hosts on Fox News Channel. NBCUniversal plans to launch an ad-supported streaming service next year, while CBS already has a subscription service called CBS All Access.”
TechCrunch / Sarah Perez
Alexa can now talk in a professional newscaster voice for reading the day’s news
“Starting today, when U.S. customers ask Alexa ‘what’s the latest?’ to hear the day’s news, Alexa will respond using a voice that’s similar to how a professional newscaster delivers news. The voice knows which words should be emphasized for a more realistic delivery of the news, explains Amazon.”
Des Moines Register / Kevin Hardy
Meredith’s executive chairman will retire in March
Steve Lacy led the $2.8 billion acquisition of the Time Inc. portfolio of titles in January 2018.
The New York Post / Keith J. Kelly
The Forward is ending its 121-year print run (and laying off 40 percent of editorial)
“We are announcing that this spring The Forward will complete its evolution from what was once a print-focused publisher to become a digitally focused publication.” The layoffs include the editor-in-chief, executive editor, vice president of marketing, design director, and digital director.
The Wrap / Jon Levine
After its layoffs and firesale, Mic.com is quietly publishing again
“As of mid-January, the site had begun producing a steady stream of new material from two new writers, Lauren Rearick and Emma Sarran Webster. The posts are mostly innocuous service journalism like how to stick to a budget and tips before applying for a credit card.”
Twitter / Slate Union
Slate’s new union has a three-year contract
“Our contract is built on principles of equity and diversity. We’ve agreed on annual percentage increases, salary floor increases, severance pay, just cause, paid time off, non-discrimination rules, and a robust commitment to diversity.”
RJI / Judd Slivka
Look up to see the coming battle of privacy vs. access
“Terrestrial photojournalism has well-established laws and ethics and guidelines. Aerial journalism wants to have those — the National Press Photographers Association has developed some — but media photography with drones is a unique animal. “
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