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With truth and science under attack, Wired’s new editor Nick Thompson is planning a defense
“Wired is doing well, but this industry changes so fast that you have to be on top of all these opportunities and you have to look at ways you can evolve while staying core to what you really believe.”
By Ricardo Bilton
The Ida B. Wells Society wants to build a better pipeline to connect news orgs with journalists of color
While investigative reporting is some of the most critical work journalists do, few of the people doing it are non-white.
By Ricardo Bilton
Newsonomics: Softbank, Fortress, Trump – and the real story of Gatehouse’s boundless ambition
A leadership void in newspaper companies has opened up local journalism further to private equity firms looking to vacuum out profits.
By Ken Doctor
This anti-Brexit newspaper first launched as a pop-up, but it’s doing well enough to continue indefinitely
“If I were a U.S. journalist, I would be looking to launch The Trump Watch.”
By Joseph Lichterman
Brazil’s own Politico? Supported by paid newsletters, Poder360 digs into the country’s power structures
Revenue from a three-times-daily insider newsletter for corporate clients supports a newsgathering operation of more than 20 writers.
By Natalia Mazotte
How to cover pols who lie, and why facts don’t always change minds: Updates from the fake-news world
“Putting others’ words in quotation marks, to signal, ‘We don’t know if this is true, we’re just telling you what they said’ or even ‘Nudge, nudge, we know this isn’t true,’ is a journalistic cop-out.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on a White House hit list for elimination
That’s bad in ways you already know and in more ways you don’t.
By Nicholas Quah
How BBC Persian is using Instagram and Telegram to get around Iranian censorship
“This is a social circumvention strategy rather than a social media strategy.”
By Joseph Lichterman
Think The Wirecutter invented affiliate revenue? Meet the mom who’s been doing it since 2010
Lucie’s List has 360,000 subscribers and pulls in enough revenue to support a family and a staff in San Francisco.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Howard University decides it won’t sell its public TV station in the FCC spectrum auction
Meanwhile, efforts continue in New Jersey to get stations to commit their earnings from the auction to local news initiatives.
By Joseph Lichterman
With truth and science under attack, Wired’s new editor Nick Thompson is planning a defense
“Wired is doing well, but this industry changes so fast that you have to be on top of all these opportunities and you have to look at ways you can evolve while staying core to what you really believe.”
The Ida B. Wells Society wants to build a better pipeline to connect news orgs with journalists of color
While investigative reporting is some of the most critical work journalists do, few of the people doing it are non-white.
What We’re Reading
Medium / Simon Galperin
The German startup Opinary is expanding to the U.S.
The company creates embeddable tools that allow readers to share their opinions. We wrote about Opinary last summer.
Bloomberg / Gerry Smith
Univision starts a new e-sports website run by ex-Gawker Media editors
“Editors of Deadspin and the gaming-themed Kotaku will run the new publication, called Compete, starting with two full-time writers who will cover the news and culture of competitive video-gaming. Gillette will be the sole advertiser for the first six months.”
AdWeek / Sami Main
Women’s Wear Daily scales back print editions and cuts staff
The company said it’s looking to hire more digital staff and will only print special issues.
Digiday / Sahil Patel
Facebook wants longer videos, but takes away key view metric
“Some publishers aren’t pleased with the development, arguing that Facebook has removed a key metric that allows them to demonstrate actual engagement of their content. It comes at a confusing time, they add, because Facebook is now prioritizing longer watch time and higher-quality videos.”
Poynter / Kristen Hare
McClatchy’s new Video Lab West unit will experiment with VR, AR, and 360 video
“The lab, based at the Sacramento Valley Train Station, will offer room for workshops, training and focus on working with fellows from outside the company. Google and YouTube employees will collaborate with the the fellowship classes, which will begin in 2017.”
Digiday / Shareen Pathak
The mystery of ad-buyer blacklists
“The rise of Breitbart and focused attention on hard-right, fraudulent and fake-news sites have created renewed interest in blacklisting among brand clients, who look to it as a way to make sure their ads aren’t appearing on sites that will embarrass the brand.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses
CNN relaunches its mobile app around – what else? – video
“No one really knows when it’ll happen, but in next couple years there’ll be an inflection point where it’s almost equitable, the amount of video that’s being consumed on mobile versus desktop versus the television experience. We’re trying to anticipate,” said Rajin Persaud, vp of mobile and TV products at CNN.
Washington Post
The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing signs New Zealand’s largest media company
New Zealand Media and Entertainment is the 12 media company around the world to start using Arc.
Glossy / Bethany Biron
How 4 fashion publishers are using Instagram’s new galleries feature
“For fashion publications that thrive on purveying the latest styles to the masses, having the opportunity to share a slideshow of looks, rather than inundating the feeds of followers with several standalone posts, is an opportunity to share more streamlined content to users.”
Current / Tyler Falk
NPR proposes new dues structure, strategy for stronger future with stations
“NPR management has recommended to the board a pricing plan of flat annual increases in station membership dues and fees for newsmagazines and digital services. The increases are scaled to seven tiers based on station revenue, with the largest stations earning more than $20 million in annual revenue slated for a 4.25 percent increase each year. Meanwhile, stations with less than $500,000 in total annual revenue will see no increases.”
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