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How to buy into journalism’s blockchain future (in only 44 steps)
Blockchain-and-journalism startup Civil aims to build a decentralized infrastructure for news, and you can invest in their vision. It just might take you a while.
By John Keefe
How the Broke in Philly collaboration is focusing local media’s attention on poverty and economic mobility
“As journalists, we’re taught to be competitive and territorial. On the other hand, things are changing dramatically, so don’t assume other people in your local market don’t want to collaborate.”
By Christine Schmidt
How France beat back information manipulation (and how other democracies might do the same)
“French success resulted from a combination of structural factors, luck, as well as the effective anticipation and reaction of the Macron campaign staff, the government, and civil society, especially the mainstream media.”
By Christine Schmidt
The Guardian is getting into the daily news podcast game — here’s what it learned the last time it tried
“If you didn’t read The Guardian or know anything about it, you should be able to listen to that podcast and get an idea of the stories we thought were important. We certainly tried to reflect The Guardian’s values.”
By Caroline Crampton
The New York Times Magazine wants to send you on an audio “voyage,” featuring bats, rats, and volcanos
Plus: The real-world impact of true-crime shows, Serial prepares its return, and an NBC podcast built around an Instagram account.
By Nicholas Quah
Cataclysm looming or a business maturing? How to interpret all the recent shakeups in the podcast industry
The past few years marked a period of unchecked experimentation on a large scale. Now, the tests have been run, the results have come in, and the time has come to shift resources based on what was found.
By Nicholas Quah
Newsonomics: Could a McClatchy-Tronc merger help local newspapers transition to digital?
One’s a family-controlled, century-plus-old newspaper chain, known for believing in its civic mission but not for its digital strategy. The other is, well, Tronc. With an assist from L.A.’s richest man, could this be a path forward?
By Ken Doctor
“The cure lies within us, if we have the will and the imagination to develop it”
“Because journalism is not The New York Times, or BuzzFeed, or the Miami Herald. When you strip everything down to its essential function, journalism is a system for collecting, synthesizing, verifying and distributing news. Everything else is just form.”
By Heather Chaplin
$20 million is heading toward local news from the Lenfest Institute and Knight Foundation
“It’s not just an initiative — it’s an opportunity for others to join to address these challenges for local news, around the country and in Philadelphia.”
By Christine Schmidt
Fighting back against fake news: A new UN handbook aims to explain (and resist) our current information disorder
“Journalists can be direct victims of disinformation campaigns, but they are also pushing back.”
By Julie Posetti and Cherilyn Ireton
With liberal and conservative outlets fighting, Facebook’s fact-checking program shows more cracks
Should one partisan news outlet be able to wield power over another, using Facebook as the cudgel?
By Laura Hazard Owen
📧 Obsessing over one year of the Quartz Obsession email
“One of my fears when we started was that there wouldn’t be enough topics, but it’s safe to say that’s not a concern.”
By Christine Schmidt
Podcast shakeup! Panoply, iHeartMedia, Stuff, and…Malcolm Gladwell? are all making industry moves
Are these moves a harbinger of consolidation, a healthy restructuring for a rapidly growing industry, or something else entirely?
By Joshua Benton
How to buy into journalism’s blockchain future (in only 44 steps)
Blockchain-and-journalism startup Civil aims to build a decentralized infrastructure for news, and you can invest in their vision. It just might take you a while.
By John Keefe
How the Broke in Philly collaboration is focusing local media’s attention on poverty and economic mobility
“As journalists, we’re taught to be competitive and territorial. On the other hand, things are changing dramatically, so don’t assume other people in your local market don’t want to collaborate.”
How France beat back information manipulation (and how other democracies might do the same)
“French success resulted from a combination of structural factors, luck, as well as the effective anticipation and reaction of the Macron campaign staff, the government, and civil society, especially the mainstream media.”
What We’re Reading
The Wall Street Journal / Alexandra Bruell
Amazon is expected to become the No. 3 player in digital ad sales this year
Passing Verizon’s Oath (AOL/HuffPost/Yahoo/TechCrunch/etc.), meaning Nos. 1 (Google), 2 (Facebook), and 3 (Amazon) will all be technology companies not in the traditional hiring-reporters-to-create-content business.
Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin
BuzzFeed News cuts its podcasting team to, whelp, focus on video
“We’ve decided to move to a production model that is more like our TV projects — that is, treating shows as individual projects, with teams brought on as needed,” Shani Hilton, BuzzFeed News’s vice president of news and programming, wrote in a memo to staff.
Nieman Reports / Michael Petrou
Re-examining Walter Lippmann’s journalistic legacy
“He obviously inhabited the world of Washington. He consorted with these people, he talked to them, he was interested in having influence on them. But he was not predictably in one camp or another. And I think that’s why he was so influential and so widely read as a columnist for many years, because he wasn’t knee-jerk, he wasn’t a hack.”
Apple / Wenson Hsieh
You can now view websites on an Apple Watch; here’s how to design for them
“Most responsive content is already well proportioned when laid out at 320 CSS pixels, the width of iPhone SE. We ensure that it’s also well-proportioned on Apple Watch by laying out at this width and then computing the initial scale of the page such that the content width fits within the viewport. This means that text and images may appear smaller but the overall layout of the page is preserved.”
Ethan Marcotte
Google’s control of AMP is opening up — but not in the really important way
“The new governance model…doesn’t influence AMP’s integration into various Google-owned properties, products like Search and Gmail. And as I’ve written before, those proprietary integrations are the reason AMP provides any value to the companies and publishers that adopt it.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses
Project Feels: How USA Today, ESPN and The New York Times are targeting ads to mood
“Hitting people with a message when they’re likely to be receptive is as old as advertising, but using artificial intelligence to target people based on their mood is another level of manipulation.”
Twitter / Matt Dempsey
20 local newsrooms just chipped in to buy the “prohibitively expensive” Texas Voter Registration Database
“Each newsroom had to provide a signed affidavit saying we would not use this data for commercial purposes. We will only use this data for news gathering and stories. We’ve all agreed to NOT post the entire data online.” The total cost was $3,600.
Inc / Christine Lagorio Chafkin
How Reddit’s co-founders patched their fractured friendship to save the company that defined them
“Huffman and Ohanian met for an early lunch at Super Duper Burgers on San Francisco’s Market Street. It was going to be a hell of a day, so they each inhaled a locally sourced, organic burger. They were to meet Sam Altman, a Reddit board member and the 30-year-old president of Y Combinator, outside the front door of 101 New Montgomery at noon. Altman was to usher Huffman, Reddit’s original creator, up into HQ to meet his new employees. As of this day, he was chief executive of Reddit.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Andrew McCormick
Time EIC Edward Felsenthal on the magazine’s foundation + Benioff future
“Q: You’ve said the print magazine will remain the center of Time’s operations — A: Center is probably the wrong word. I see it as the foundation of everything we’re doing.”
Washington Post
The Washington Post is launching a midterms cheat-sheet for Snapchat Discover
“Hosted by The Washington Post’s Hannah Jewell and produced by Grace Raver, the videos will be featured every Tuesday leading up to Election Day. Today’s video features original interviews with Parkland students as Jewell explores the issue of gun control.”
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