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DocumentCloud will start asking some users to chip in as it leaves IRE for its own nonprofit
“We need to address the sustainability question — like now — and we can’t wait any longer to do it.”
By Christine Schmidt
Two years in, the hyperlocal Worcester Sun questions whether Sunday print is still in its future
Other options include going nonprofit or launching a free, ad-supported site.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Where are the mothers?
If news organizations, digital and legacy alike, want to attract and retain millennial journalists, newsrooms must better meet the needs of mothers with young children — and create better work-life balance for everyone.
By Katherine Goldstein
A new program wants to help more people in news orgs — beyond journalists — get literate with data
“If we want to make the case that data is good for democracy, it can’t only be good for democracy for IT people and tech people.”
By Ricardo Bilton
What’s coming next in podcast adaptations: Adaptations of other forms of media to podcasts
Plus: More paywalled podcasts trickle into the open ecosystem, the speed-listening debate, and Adam Ragusea leaves The Pub.
By Nicholas Quah
The Athletic, that local sports startup with no advertising, raises $5.4 million and scoops up Sports Illustrated’s former top editor
“The Athletic’s subscriber model allows us to focus entirely on high-quality written content. NO ads, NO auto-play videos, NO clickbait.”
By Christine Schmidt
Start your meetings with a folk song — and other ideas from the community-driven, crowdfunded Danish news site Zetland
“If you are to create community based on transparency, you also have to create community within your organization.”
By Joseph Lichterman
This tool is helping newsrooms collaborate on factchecking and verification projects
Check, created by Meedan, has been used around the world, in projects such as Electionland in the U.S. and CrossCheck in France.
By Joseph Lichterman
Wyoming regional media nonprofit WyoFile has been diving deep into local news for almost ten years
“Wyoming is a microcosm of a lot of what is happening in America today. It represents a subset of American society that I think we’ve learned you can only ignore at your own risk.”
By Christine Schmidt
Chat app Telegram, not much loved by the Russian government, still attracts a loyal readership for news
Meduza, Snob, TV Rain, BBC Russian, and RT weigh in on their publishing and promotion strategies on the platform, which survived a recent tussle with the country’s communications regulator.
By Anastasia Valeeva
What will misinformation look like in 2030 (and will we be better at spotting it by then)?
But also, what if the studies are kinda flawed in the first place?
By Laura Hazard Owen
DocumentCloud will start asking some users to chip in as it leaves IRE for its own nonprofit
“We need to address the sustainability question — like now — and we can’t wait any longer to do it.”
By Christine Schmidt
Two years in, the hyperlocal Worcester Sun questions whether Sunday print is still in its future
Other options include going nonprofit or launching a free, ad-supported site.
Where are the mothers?
If news organizations, digital and legacy alike, want to attract and retain millennial journalists, newsrooms must better meet the needs of mothers with young children — and create better work-life balance for everyone.
What We’re Reading
The Guardian / Samuel Gibbs
Google is testing autoplay videos directly in search results
Because that’s just what users want, right?
YouGov / Kathy Frankovic
Another poll: Democrats approve of the media, Republicans approve of Trump, and independents disapprove of both
More than half of Republicans are in favor of fining news outlets for “biased” or “inaccurate” reporting, and 45 percent approve of allowing them to be shut down, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.
Recode / Peter Kafka
BuzzFeed is selling a $149, Bluetooth-enabled hot plate
“The other part is more important: The One Top is meant to work in sync with the new Tasty mobile app, which is where BuzzFeed thinks it can make real money.”
Business Insider / Seth Archer
Facebook brought in $9.32 billion in revenue in Q2, mostly from mobile ads
While other social companies’ user bases stall (cough Twitter cough), Facebook’s rose to more than 2 billion monthly active users in the second quarter. The company also reported 1.32 billion daily active users. Revenue was high this quarter, but CFO Dave Wehner tempered expectations for future growth, saying that Facebook is pushing up against the ad load limit in its news feed. The company is looking toward Messenger and WhatsApp for future revenue growth.
Digiday / Max Willens
Slate uses podcasts to drive paid memberships
A recent pledge drive worked surprisingly well.
The New York Times / Farhad Manjoo
How BuzzFeed’s Tasty conquered online food
“Really what we’re seeing is how to make a business out of massive intellectual property that was built digital-first. It’s the same model as old-media networks — you make a movie that people love, and then you build a theme park and extend that to products and everything else.”
Medium / Stephane Cambon
Personalized newsletter company Ownpage raises €400,000 to expand globally
Around 20 publishers now use Ownpage services, including Euronews, Les Echos, BFM TV, L’Express, Le Parisien, LCI, 20 Minutes, as well as B2B media such as Electronic Business Group. With the new funding, the company will continue to find clients outside Europe and launch new services for publishers.
Bloomberg and / Lucas Shaw and Sarah Frier
First Facebook TV episodes are said to be ready for mid-August
The company has been asking its partners to turn in the first episodes of their spotlight shows, the people said. Some already have finished these short-form, inexpensive programs. Facebook is also funding higher-end TV-style shows, which will be launched later on the site, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.
The New York Times / Sydney Ember
New York Times earnings: Digital-only revenue > print ad revenue for the first time
The Times also added 93,000 net digital subscriptions in the second quarter.
Medium / Michael Sippey
Medium is acquiring the company that made Talkshow
Michael Sippey plus Ev Williams is a high-powered early-blogosphere union.
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