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The New York Times is now charging for its cooking site
It’ll cost five bucks every four weeks, and it’s the latest step in the Times’ push toward a business more reliant on reader revenue.
By Joseph Lichterman
Google News launches a streamlined redesign that gives more prominence to fact checking
“To give them that multitude of facts, voices, and perspectives, you want the UI to disappear and not be a sense of overload or cognitive load on them but just be transparent.”
By Joseph Lichterman
The Toronto Star, “surprised by low numbers,” is shutting down Star Touch, its expensive tablet app
It will be replaced by a more traditional app that also works on phones.
By Laura Hazard Owen
With a revamped CityLab, The Atlantic is making a bigger bet on niche media
CityLab hopes to turn its focus on key urban decision makers into a compelling value proposition to advertisers.
By Ricardo Bilton
In PRI’s Studio 360, Slate gets its first podcast that’s also a big public radio broadcast
Plus: New research on smart speakers; podcast ad revenue is pegged at $220 million for 2017; dispatches from Cannes.
By Nicholas Quah
Class is still a taboo topic in the U.S. The Guardian’s ambitious new rural reporting projects are tackling it
“We want to support people who actually live in these places reporting on their own states, about inequality, and then we want to bring them to traditional elite audiences.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
“An international audience and a local audience”: How Fusion and The Guardian are changing their coverage of underreported areas
“If editors are the gatekeepers of coverage, how are they going to assign important stories if they are sending their staff writers to parachute in? It struck me as wrong.”
By Nico Gendron
Do you trust the news, or do you trust your news? In the U.S., there’s a huge gap between the two
Plus: A bill to outlaw fake news in the Philippines, and the question of whether real news outlets should cover fake news.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Vox’s healthcare newsletter (with ads sold out) is filling a role beyond “articles on the Internet”
“I’m keeping in mind that there are actually people reading these stories who are relying on us for information.”
By Christine Schmidt
News apps are making a comeback. More young Americans are paying for news. 2017 is weird.
The Reuters Institute’s annual report on digital news contains some surprises.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Using social media appears to diversify your news diet, not narrow it
“The central fear, as Eli Pariser has put it, is that ‘news-filtering algorithms narrow what we know.’ This, at least, is the theory.”
By Richard Fletcher and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
The New York Times is now charging for its cooking site
It’ll cost five bucks every four weeks, and it’s the latest step in the Times’ push toward a business more reliant on reader revenue.
By Joseph Lichterman
Google News launches a streamlined redesign that gives more prominence to fact checking
“To give them that multitude of facts, voices, and perspectives, you want the UI to disappear and not be a sense of overload or cognitive load on them but just be transparent.”
The Toronto Star, “surprised by low numbers,” is shutting down Star Touch, its expensive tablet app
It will be replaced by a more traditional app that also works on phones.
What We’re Reading
Variety / Daniel Holloway
Another news site — this time MTV News — is shifting toward video
“The transition will see resources shift from long-form journalism to the development of short-form video pieces. Among the most significant changes — MTV has reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America East to represent MTV News staff members. As part of that agreement, MTV News is parting ways with fewer than a dozen staffers and several freelancers. The news division is in the process of hiring additional personnel to focus on video and short-form content.”
Variety / Daniel Holloway
MTV News is the latest to cut writing staff to refocus on, yep, social video
“MTV News had, since late 2015 and the addition of several writers and editors who had previously worked at the website Grantland, pursued a strategy designed to age up its digital audience…But since 2015, according to network insiders, overall traffic for MTV News’ digital content has declined 64%, with time spent down 59%. Traffic for editorial video streams is down 97%.”
Online News Association / Alex Laughlin
Looking to launch a podcast? Advice from an audio producer
“This blog post is intended to help improve the industry norm and elevate industry-wide expectations for the medium, and to serve as a guide for smaller newsrooms that might be interested in getting into podcasting. After talking with several colleagues who work in audio at different organizations, I’ve come up with a quick list of considerations for newsrooms starting a podcast. It is intended for decision-makers in major media outlets who are considering investing in podcasting.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses
‘Life is not fair’: How Salon regrouped after Facebook decimated its traffic – Digiday
“How Salon dealt with the blow from Facebook sheds light on the risks publishers face as they grow increasingly dependent on algorithms outside their control.”
Poynter / Benjamin Mullin
With its new newsletter, The New York Times wants to help you live your best life (and plug money-making links)
The Smarter Living newsletter will include content from The Times’ various service-y verticals, including Watching, Well, Cooking, and The Wirecutter.
CNN Press Room
CNN is launching video flash briefings on Amazon’s new Echo Show
The morning briefings will be hosted CNN’s New Day anchors, Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota.
Columbia Journalism Review / Jeff Gerth
In the digital age, The New York Times treads an increasingly slippery path between news and advertising
In tough economic times for newspapers, the wall between the Times’ journalists and advertising departments isn’t as tall as it used to be.
Shorenstein Center / Zack Exley
Black Pigeon speaks: The anatomy of the worldview of an alt-right YouTuber
“Although often overlooked by mainstream society, these channels receive millions of views, espousing recycled National Socialist and white nationalist ideologies with a modern twist. The alt-right uses these channels to build influence and spread its ideas among its audience, much as right-wing talk radio has for decades.”
CNN Press Room
CNN Politics is launching a new brand with Chris Cillizza
“‘The Point with Chris Cillizza’ captures multiplatform reporting from CNN Politics reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizza, including daily columns, on-air analysis, an evening newsletter, podcast, and the launch of trivia night events in Washington, DC.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses
For small publishers, Facebook is often a force for good – and frustration
“Small publishers have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. They love it because it can turbo-charge audience growth, but they hate perpetually being the last to know about changes — and not having much luck getting help.”
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