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Google is threatening to kill Google News in Europe if the EU goes ahead with its “snippet tax”
This is a battle that’s been fought in Europe before, most notably in Spain in 2014. But for a variety of reasons — shifts in publisher business models and the move to mobile highest among them — the power dynamics are a little different this time around.
By Joshua Benton
Kids podcaster Pinna is leaving the crib and ready to take its first steps solo
Plus: NPR bets on life hacks and productivity guides, a toothbrush company doesn’t like where its podcast ad ended up, and how a side project turned into 4 million downloads.
By Nicholas Quah
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
Google is threatening to kill Google News in Europe if the EU goes ahead with its “snippet tax”
This is a battle that’s been fought in Europe before, most notably in Spain in 2014. But for a variety of reasons — shifts in publisher business models and the move to mobile highest among them — the power dynamics are a little different this time around.
By Joshua Benton
Kids podcaster Pinna is leaving the crib and ready to take its first steps solo
Plus: NPR bets on life hacks and productivity guides, a toothbrush company doesn’t like where its podcast ad ended up, and how a side project turned into 4 million downloads.
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?
What We’re Reading
The New Yorker / Isaac Chotiner
Isaac Chotiner interviews Jill Abramson
“I had a fact checker. Every interview that I did I transcribed right away and, no, I didn’t call back everyone that I interviewed. There just wasn’t time to do that, but the book was fact-checked.”
TechCrunch / Mike Butcher
Stung by criticism, Facebook’s Sandberg outlines new plans to tackle misinformation
“She said Facebook was now cracking down on fake accounts and misinformation, blocking ‘more than one million Facebook accounts every day, often as they are created.'”
Editor & Publisher / Matt DeRienzo
Niche publishers pursue an “everything about something” approach to local news
“Local independent online niche sites are springing up around the country, from Sioux Falls Business, to Eco Rhode Island, North Carolina Health News, and Spokane Faith and Values.”
Axios / Sara Fischer
Vox Media is acquiring The Coral Project
The price was not disclosed. Vox will also take on The Coral Project’s six full-time staffers.
Bloomberg / Natalia Drozdiak
Google is considering pulling Google News from Europe
“The European Union’s Copyright Directive will give publishers the right to demand money from the Alphabet Inc. unit, Facebook Inc. and other web platforms when fragments of their articles show up in news search results, or are shared by users. The law was to supposed to be finalized this week but was delayed by disagreement among member states.”
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.”
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