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The Washington Post is using Slack to create a reader community focused on the gender pay gap
“Our favorite thing is to be able to see people start conversations among themselves without us participating at all. That’s the kind of space we want to build.”
By Ricardo Bilton
How Detroit’s public radio station is trying to attract younger listeners
“The news can be pretty divisive, especially in an election year like the one we’re having now. So how do you create spaces where people can find some common ground?”
By Joseph Lichterman
Facebook is making its News Feed a little bit more about your friends and a little less about publishers
The impact will apparently be “noticeable” and “significant” but “small” and not “humongous.”
By Joshua Benton
Drawn to the common aim of covering issues around homelessness, Bay Area media organizations unite for the day
“From a purely intellectual, journalistic standpoint, what I think is most fascinating about this is that everybody is more or less covering the same thing, but from their own unique media perspective.”
By Shan Wang
First Look Media is building a new platform that aims to include everything from films to podcasts
Details are still scarce, but job listings reveal that it intends to take on everything from video series, feature films, podcasts, photo essays, and “storytelling in other formats and technologies like virtual reality and livestreaming.”
By Shan Wang
Sure, people like online video, but that doesn’t mean they want to watch your hard news videos
“Even for brands associated with hard news…their top or second videos in terms of Facebook engagement numbers turned out to be animal videos.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Newsonomics: The Financial Times’ CEO on trial subscriptions, the platform age, and living in luxury
“What you don’t want is the brands to disappear in some kind of homogenized platform. It’s not just that we don’t want it — I think readers don’t want it. They feel the degree of loyalty.”
By Ken Doctor
Hot Pod: Is the BBC’s power to blame for the U.K. podcasting scene’s underdevelopment?
Plus: Shutting down a podcast after 11 years, Scripps tries out a new model, and Radiotopia picks its finalists.
By Nicholas Quah
Mississippi Today, backed by an NBC exec, aims to be the Texas Tribune of its undercovered state
“Proportionally, we hope to do just as well.”
By Joseph Lichterman
Saying publishers’ anti-adblock tactics are illegal, a European privacy advocate plans his attack
“The amount of ire and vitriol that has been thrown my way over the past four or five months is a very clear indication that [publishers are] absolutely terrified…If they want my advice on how to do it legally, they can pay me for it.”
By Ricardo Bilton
The Washington Post is using Slack to create a reader community focused on the gender pay gap
“Our favorite thing is to be able to see people start conversations among themselves without us participating at all. That’s the kind of space we want to build.”
By Ricardo Bilton
How Detroit’s public radio station is trying to attract younger listeners
“The news can be pretty divisive, especially in an election year like the one we’re having now. So how do you create spaces where people can find some common ground?”
Facebook is making its News Feed a little bit more about your friends and a little less about publishers
The impact will apparently be “noticeable” and “significant” but “small” and not “humongous.”
What We’re Reading
BBC
The BBC is expanding into Canada
“The BBC has announced an investment plan for Canada, to include the addition of a new editorial team based in Toronto. As part of its expansion plans the BBC will launch a dedicated version of the North American edition of ‪BBC.com for Canadian audiences, for PC and mobile devices.”
The Intercept / Cora Currier
These are the rules the FBI uses in deciding when to spy on journalists
“Media advocates said that the documents show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information.”
The Verge / Casey Newton
Facebook is shutting down its Paper newsreading app
“…despite the enormous growth of Facebook, which surged to 1.09 billion daily users this year, Paper has not been among the 1,500 most-downloaded apps since December 2014, according to research firm App Annie.”
Recode / Noah Kulwin
For the second time this year, IBTimes just laid off a bunch of people
“A source at the company says it looks like ‘more than half,’ and the layoffs (at the moment) don’t appear to affect other IBT Media brands like Newsweek.”
Newsworks
Brexit boosted newspapers’ print circulation and online traffic
“The Times’ Saturday edition, for example, sold an additional 100,000 copies…the London Evening Standard’s circulation exceeded the million mark for the first time…The Guardian saw a record 17 million unique browsers and 77 million page view on Friday.”
The Information / Cory Weinberg
A decline in sharing blurs Instagram’s picture
“The algorithm means users have seen more posts from their friends than celebrities or brands. Instagram has noticed that people share more when they see more of their friends’ posts, said one of the people.” Sound anything like Facebook’s announcement Wednesday?
Pando / Sarah Lacy
Publishers should trust Facebook like drivers should trust Uber
“Uber has made clear it wants wages as low as possible and eventually wants no drivers at all. Facebook has been similarly clear with its platform time and time again: It exists only to benefit our business.”
Recode / Peter Kafka
Spotify says Apple won’t approve a new version of its app
The battle here is worth watching for publishers less than thrilled by Apple’s mandate to use its billing system for in-app subscriptions.
Nytco
The New York Times hires WBUR producer Lisa Tobin as its first executive producer for audio
“Lisa has a track record of creating successful podcasts, including The Times’s most successful audio project to date. ‘Modern Love,’ the first podcast to briefly displace “Serial” at the top of the charts, was her idea.”
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