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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 Economist is using Medium to give readers an inside look at its reporting and production
“We’re always asking: How do I know that I’m not wasting my time on a platform by chasing vanity metrics? If we focus on traffic, we miss quality.”
By Ricardo Bilton
What happens when a big news company makes a small bet on “slow innovation”?
How do you keep a focus on issues that may be “No. 6 on the list”? How do you make sustained progress on the things that may not impact the bottom line this quarter, but are important for the medium term?
By Sam Ford and Federico Rodríguez Tarditi
“A step in the right direction,” but “I want more…”: The industry reacts to Apple’s podcast changes
Plus: How Apple’s changes will affect branded podcasts; what podcast publishers need to know about talent agencies; a new resource for Spanish-language producers.
By Nicholas Quah
To commemorate the 1967 race riots, Timeline is embarking on a two-month-long series in real time
“There’s a lot of context around last summer and Ferguson. This was so much more violent and widespread. I thought it would be interesting to let that unfold to readers, to get a sense of that intensity with how the story is published.”
By Christine Schmidt
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.”
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.
What We’re Reading
Bloomberg / Lucas Shaw
Fox Sports cuts web writing staff to invest more in online video
“Fox Sports will eliminate about 20 writing and editing positions in Los Angeles and replace them with a similar number of jobs in video production, editing and promotion. Executives told staff in meetings Monday after outlining the new strategy in a memo obtained by Bloomberg. Affected employees will be encouraged to apply for the new posts.”
The Guardian / Emily Bell
Grenfell fire reflects the accountability vacuum left by crumbling local press
“The decline of in-depth reporting about London’s richest borough is a microcosm of what has happened to local journalism in the UK and beyond – the pattern is the same from Kensington to Kentucky.”
Poynter / Al Tompkins
NPR is reorganizing its member stations around regional hubs
“The hubs would be staffed by experienced managers who could help identify regional stories while making it easier for local stations in those regions to share expertise and resources around investigative work and digital content.”
Wall Street Journal / Joe Flint and Deepa Seetharaman
Facebook is turning to Hollywood as it seeks to launch scripted TV-quality shows
Facebook has indicated it is willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, people familiar with the situation say. The push for TV shows is part of a two-track effort at the platform to up its game in video and target the tens of billions of ad dollars spent on television.
Digiday / Jessica Davies
Facebook video ad viewability rates are as low as 20 percent, some agencies say
“Some agency execs suspect the figure is even lower than 20 percent, and that verification companies like Moat and Integral Ad Science aren’t getting access to the platform fast enough to guarantee their numbers are correct.”
The Conversation / Mary-Lynn Young and Alfred Hermida
The Conversation launches in Canada, and will launch in Indonesia later this year
The news and commentary site, which first launched in Australia, already has Africa, France, UK, and U.S. editions.
TechCrunch / Catherine Shu
OMG Digital, the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” has $1.1 million in seed funding
“Most of the people online back then were youth like us. BuzzFeed and Mashable were doing things for millennials, but we couldn’t really relate to their content, so we created something for ourselves.”
Recode / Peter Kafka
Vimeo says it’s not going to launch a video subscription service, after all
“Vimeo has been floating the idea of selling a subscription service since 2014 — at the same time that HBO and CBS had announced and launched their subscription services, and YouTube was hinting at plans for what eventually became its YouTube Red service.”
Buzzfeed / Jon Passantino
After retracting a story, CNN is imposing strict new rules on its Russia coverage
The deleted and retracted story claimed Senate investigators were looking into a Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Trump’s transition team.
Associated Press / Ken Romano
A new AP report looks at how to build a content strategy for the internet of things
“Instead of aiming for page views, content strategies in the internet of things can focus on delivering the right information at the right time to the right person.”
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