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What an academic hoax can teach us about journalism in the age of Trump
From the “hermeneutics of quantum gravity” to the “conceptual penis,” attempted hoaxes tell us that our contemporary problems around truth are both cultural and structural.
By C.W. Anderson
Scribd says it has over 500,000 subscribers paying $8.99/month for ebooks, audiobooks, and now news
The content subscription site is adding content from newspapers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
By Laura Hazard Owen
How NPR considers what new platforms — from smartwatches to fridges — will get its programming
“Generally, we try to get to ‘yes’ faster than we try to get to ‘no.‘”
By Shan Wang
“Who’s your 4chan correspondent?” (and other questions Storyful thinks newsrooms should be asking after the French election)
“The example of France shows it is possible to curtail [misinformation] campaigns. But to do so, newsrooms need to move the discussion out of the realm of the theoretical and into the practical.”
By Padraic Ryan
This is the story behind that double push alert The New York Times sent about Comey’s Trump memo
So why’d the Times make your phone buzz twice Tuesday afternoon? The inspiration was threaded tweets.
By Joseph Lichterman
It’s too early to declare Facebook’s anti-fake news efforts a failure
Plus: A new report on the many types of trolls, and what happens when fact and fiction get blended together.
By Laura Hazard Owen
“Won’t work for exposure”: The financial nitty-gritty of commercial–nonprofit news partnerships
“Some nonprofits do good journalism but don’t solve a problem faced by commercial news outlets.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
With a big Amazon streaming deal, Berkeley’s journalism program is building a new revenue stream
Streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are desperate for more content and are willing to pay for it. A new offshoot of Berkeley’s investigative journalism program is trying to take advantage of that.
By Ricardo Bilton
“There’s almost no journalism in tennis,” but the print quarterly Racquet is trying to change that
“I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t have huge ambitions for this — especially after I have a little bit of a messiah complex now about how we have to save tennis from itself.”
By Joseph Lichterman
What an academic hoax can teach us about journalism in the age of Trump
From the “hermeneutics of quantum gravity” to the “conceptual penis,” attempted hoaxes tell us that our contemporary problems around truth are both cultural and structural.
By C.W. Anderson
Scribd says it has over 500,000 subscribers paying $8.99/month for ebooks, audiobooks, and now news
The content subscription site is adding content from newspapers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
How NPR considers what new platforms — from smartwatches to fridges — will get its programming
“Generally, we try to get to ‘yes’ faster than we try to get to ‘no.‘”
What We’re Reading
New York Times / David Streitfeld
“The internet is broken” and @ev is trying to salvage it
“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place. I was wrong about that.”
Boston Magazine / Simon van Zuylen-Wood
Can Linda Henry save the Boston Globe?
“When the Henrys purchased the Globe, John, who declined to comment for this story, named himself publisher and Linda managing director. Nobody knew what that title meant, or what role, if any, she would really play at the paper. John, meanwhile, was portrayed as a civic savior: a deep-pocketed local newspaper owner determined not to strip the place for parts. More than three years in, the Henry record has been mixed. Many of the paper’s high-profile bets—including its infamously botched home-delivery reboot—haven’t paid off. The Globe hasn’t resorted to sweeping layoffs, but it’s also stuck in a hiring freeze. Perhaps most important, it remains unprofitable.”
The New Yorker / Charles Bethea
The Onion “leaks” a trove of (fake) Trump documents
“More than a dozen writers and eight graphics editors have been assembling that something over the past four months: seven hundred pages of Trump-related documents that have been ‘leaked’ to the Onion…’Document dumps…are the vogue way to talk about major breaking news in the world, whether it’s WikiLeaks or the Panama Papers. Leaks seemed like the perfect means to get at Trump and his inner circle, as well as his decision-making.'”
ProPublica / Cynthia Gordy
ProPublica Illinois makes three hires
Two from the Chicago Tribune (including former Nieman Fellow Jason Grotto), one from NPR.
The Conversation / Ben Eltham
An Australian professor wants to tax 25% of Facebook and Google’s domestic earnings for journalism
“While many journalists remain understandably uncomfortable about state funding of the private media, such an outcome may be preferable to the current trend towards declining trust, vanishing scrutiny and fewer and fewer paid jobs in journalism.”
Poynter / Benjamin Mullin
The New York Times is expanding the Wirecutter to babies, personal finance, and pet gear
“Up until this point, we’ve been mostly focused on electronics and home goods. But we want to be the place where everybody goes to easily pick the things that they need.”
Adweek / Christopher Heine
Instagram generates 3× the engagement for brands as Facebook
“To be clear, these figures represent the raw number of likes, shares, comments and other social signals for those two categories — the stats are not adjusted, per-capita figures. While it’s probably not surprising to most social media marketers — who don’t work for media companies, that is — that Instagram yields a greater engagement rate (likes, shares, comments, etc., divided by viewers), it seems remarkable that it’s made such gains in terms of sheer signals.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Glenn H. Burkins
Where have all the black digital publishers gone?
What’s to blame for the lack of community-based journalism outfits aimed at African Americans? Like everything else, money.
Digiday / Lucia Moses
How food brand Tasty is a template for BuzzFeed’s vertical expansion
The success of Tasty has helped to to inspire similar efforts such as Top Knot, Goodful, Nifty, Bring Me, and Sweaty.
Poynter / Kristen Hare
Facebook is testing products to connect its users to local news
“The tests are on three products: One points users in community-linked Facebook groups to additional local news. Another, launching Tuesday, offers users who make their cities of residence public a badge identifying them as a local when they comment on a local publisher’s stories. A third helps people find local groups.”
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