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“The Internet hates secrets”: Clear Health Costs works with newsrooms to bring healthcare costs out of hiding
“We think of this as a perfect use case for journalism — finding real, good information and displaying it back to the public.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
To Philly and beyond: The Lenfest Institute announces $2 million in funding for local news projects
The Philadelphia Media Network is getting $1 million. Twelve organizations and five entrepreneurs-in-residence will be getting another for projects ranging from local news membership models to experiments in audience engagement.
By Shan Wang
What newsroom execs around the world think should be the next big areas of focus for their companies
Worry is universal — but a quarter of publishers surveyed said their revenues are going up, not down.
By Shan Wang
Univision is trying out WhatsApp to distribute news and information during hurricane emergencies
Meet your audiences where they are — in Univision’s case, preparing to weather a major storm, or evacuating in a car with only a phone in hand.
By Shan Wang
Quartz is using Apple’s new AR tech to “help people understand objects in the news” on iPhones
Apple’s new augmented-reality tools will open up new ways to illustrate stories: “It’s not quite drag-and-drop for producers, but it’s super close to that when it comes to the backend.”
By Ricardo Bilton
Report for America wants to place (and help pay for) young reporters in local newsrooms that need them
“This was once something that a whole generation of journalists got to do to start their careers. Sadly, we’ve seen it disappear. We want to restore that tradition.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Media in the Middle East: A new study shows how the Arab world gets and shares digital news
Two-thirds of respondents in the countries studied said they get news from social media every day.
By Everette E. Dennis and Robb Wood
This former hedge fund guy is a one-man nonprofit investigating some of America’s shadiest companies
“You can’t stop these guys from getting rich as hell and doing things, but I can at least have a marker laid out there in the cyber world saying: Hey, take a hard look.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
The future of news is humans talking to machines
That’s the argument of the BBC’s Trushar Barot, who believes voice AI is the biggest technology revolution that the news industry is missing — and that it’s not too late to do something about it.
By Trushar Barot
BuzzFeed’s strategy for getting content to do well on all platforms? Adaptation and a lot of A/B testing
Multiple versions of articles — with different headlines but also of different lengths and using different thumbnail art — are shown to BuzzFeed.com visitors until a winning combination emerges after a couple of hours.
By Shan Wang
You could change your mind. Or maybe (comforting thought!) you could just let Facebook do it for you
Plus: “The year’s most consequential storylines have collided,” the differences between “observational” and direct correction, and one more trip to Macedonia.
By Laura Hazard Owen
“The Internet hates secrets”: Clear Health Costs works with newsrooms to bring healthcare costs out of hiding
“We think of this as a perfect use case for journalism — finding real, good information and displaying it back to the public.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
To Philly and beyond: The Lenfest Institute announces $2 million in funding for local news projects
The Philadelphia Media Network is getting $1 million. Twelve organizations and five entrepreneurs-in-residence will be getting another for projects ranging from local news membership models to experiments in audience engagement.
What newsroom execs around the world think should be the next big areas of focus for their companies
Worry is universal — but a quarter of publishers surveyed said their revenues are going up, not down.
What We’re Reading
JohoTheBlog / David Weinberger
A look inside how Facebook thinks about taking down hate speech and other content
“Some is easy. Nudity is nudity, although we let breast cancer photos through. But a beheading video is prohibited no matter what the context.”
Bloomberg
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says most jailed journalists are terrorists
“Most of them have had their names involved in many bombing incidents. Some of them have been involved in robbery. There are even some who’ve been caught robbing ATMs — there are many of those.”
Knight Foundation / Dean Haddock
StoryCorps gets $600,000 in new funding from the Knight Foundation
“We have also discovered the power of listening to bring people together, through initiatives like our Great Thanksgiving Listen, in which high school students across the country recorded a conversation with a grandparent, teacher, mentor or another elder over the holiday weekend. In 2015, we gathered more than 50,000 recordings from 100,000 participants. Today we announced the Great Thanksgiving Listen 2017, moving us closer toward the goal of touching the life of every American.”
The Courier-Journal / Thomas Novelly
University of Louisville alumni rally around the college newspaper after funding disappears
“Amid the university’s $48-million budget shortfall, school officials told the student journalism staff they would cease advertising in the independent student newspaper by the end of the 2018 spring semester.” That advertising is about half the paper’s budget.
BuzzFeed / Steven Perlberg
CNN Digital is facing a $20 million budget shortfall
“Part of the difficulty for CNN Digital has been the tough market for digital ads coupled with the hyper-charged political environment, which has pushed some brands to eschew news content. But CNN has also spent lots of money on digital investments, launching a new ‘MoneyStream’ app, pumping resources into its video startup Great Big Story, and acquiring Beme, YouTube star Casey Neistat’s video-sharing startup.”
Street Fight / Tom Grubisich
Facebook on local news partnerships: “We’re just getting started”
“We plan to continue working with local publishers to help more people discover the news they’re publishing on Facebook while increasing the number of users in meaningful groups.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses
Publishers continue to see monetization problems with Apple News
Advertising on the platform isn’t going well.
Recode / Kurt Wagner
Sheryl Sandberg called Facebook’s ad-targeting embarrassment “totally inappropriate and a fail on our part”
“Facebook also said it’s working on a program to let people ‘report potential abuses of our ads system’ to the company, though it didn’t offer details.”
Tech.eu / Jonathan Keane
Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5 million to go global
“The new funds will be used to grow the engineering team as well as internationalize its service, namely in the US. Earlier this year it launched in Australia.”
SecureDrop
Find a bug in SecureDrop, get $2,500
“To further encourage ethical security research, we’re also excited to announce today that we are adding rewards for security issues found in SecureDrop — up to $2,500 — to our bug bounty program hosted by Bugcrowd.”
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