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The “backfire effect” is mostly a myth, a broad look at the research suggests
Plus: Instagram is fertile ground for conspiracy theories, Apple gives to media literacy, and a terror attack comes with its own media strategy.
By Laura Hazard Owen
After New Zealand, is it time for Facebook Live to be shut down?
“It’s past time for the company to step up and fulfill the promise founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made two years ago: ‘We will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.'”
By Jennifer Grygiel
Why are digital newsrooms unionizing now? “This generation is tired of hearing that this industry requires martyrdom”
“These are professional-class jobs paying working-class wages, and these people have working-class worries about being downsized, laid off, cast aside in a market that is really stripped down.”
By Steven Greenhouse
The New Humanitarian (no longer an acronymed UN agency) wants to move humanitarian crisis journalism beyond its wonky, depressing roots
“It’s one thing to have been an internal information center for an international NGO. It’s another thing to become a full newsroom, and an independent newsroom at that — it’s not a switch you turn on and off.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Research from Canada suggests journalists’ creed can withstand government support
Social psychologists have demonstrated a significant link between people’s behavior, their values, and the norms of their milieu, and that they feel rewarded when they act consistently with their beliefs.
By Heather Rollwagen and Ivor Shapiro
With vast records of police misconduct now public, California news outlets are collaborating instead of competing
“All Californians have the right to this information. By pooling resources, we can expedite the public’s right to access misconduct and deadly use-of-force materials.”
By Joshua Benton
50,000 first-time donors? Here’s how four nonprofit organizations used NewsMatch to the fullest
“The biggest takeaway for us is there is a pool of donors there that was untapped, and now we realize they do exist.”
By Christine Schmidt
Look for the union label (it’s coming to a podcast company near you)
Plus: Dystopian corporate podcasts, Slow Burn wins an Ellie, and why a weekly release schedule can be a recipe for burnout.
By Nicholas Quah
Pittsburgh local news site The Incline finds a new home at WhereBy.Us
The news comes a couple of weeks after The Incline’s previous owner, Spirited Media, said it was selling off its local news sites.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Facebook enters the news desert battle, trying to find enough local news for its Today In feature
Starting in May, Facebook will also solicit ideas for ways to build community through local news, looking for around 100 participants to receive funding and mentorship.
By Christine Schmidt
Is the business model for American national news “Trump plus rolling scandals”? And is that sustainable?
An interview with researcher C.W. Anderson: “You do have to wonder how long we can keep up before people have a nervous breakdown.”
By Lívia Vieira
Can our corrections catch up to our mistakes as they spread across social media?
Even the best reporters eventually get something wrong. This experiment tried to use the tools we use to spread our stories to spread our mea culpas.
By Dan Gillmor
The “backfire effect” is mostly a myth, a broad look at the research suggests
Plus: Instagram is fertile ground for conspiracy theories, Apple gives to media literacy, and a terror attack comes with its own media strategy.
By Laura Hazard Owen
After New Zealand, is it time for Facebook Live to be shut down?
“It’s past time for the company to step up and fulfill the promise founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made two years ago: ‘We will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.'”
Why are digital newsrooms unionizing now? “This generation is tired of hearing that this industry requires martyrdom”
“These are professional-class jobs paying working-class wages, and these people have working-class worries about being downsized, laid off, cast aside in a market that is really stripped down.”
What We’re Reading
What's New in Publishing / Monojoy Bhattacharjee
YouTube makes up 37% of all mobile Internet data usage
Beating out Facebook (10.9%), Snapchat (8.3%), Instagram (5.7%), all web browsing (4.6%), WhatsApp (3.7%), Netflix (2.4%), and the Apple (2.1%) and Google (1.9%) app stores.
CNN / Oliver Darcy
How Twitter’s algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric
“Over the last several months, Twitter has begun inserting what it believes to be relevant and popular tweets into the feeds of people who do not subscribe to the accounts that posted them…Some tweets contain extreme political rhetoric and/or advance conspiracy theories…exposing users on the platform to radical content they may otherwise have not encountered.”
The New York Times / Brian X. Chen
“I deleted Facebook last year. Here’s what changed (and what didn’t).”
“Over the past five months, my online shopping purchases dropped about 43 percent.”
PolitiFact
PolitiFact partners with Noticias Telemundo to bring fact-checking in Spanish for 2020 election
“PolitiFact reporters and editors will be made available to Telemundo for on-air interviews, and Noticias Telemundo will be able to send statements for PolitiFact to fact-check for Spanish-language audiences. The two organizations also will collaborate to translate PolitiFact fact-checks into Spanish for use both online and on TV, including Noticias Telemundo and the broader NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.”
Bloomberg / Mark Gurman
Apple signs Vox for news subscription service
“Vox Media doesn’t currently offer subscriptions to its content, but CEO Jim Bankoff said this month at the South by Southwest conference he would add a subscription model later this year with membership tiers.”
J-Source / Angela Long
A millennial buys the local paper
“After applying for jobs at places like the local car dealership, Bushman’s father called, telling him about an ad in the Watrous Manitou. They were looking for a reporter. Bushman drove the 106 kilometres to Watrous for an interview. A few weeks later, he was learning how to transform 30-second radio-style stories — ‘a lede, an audio clip, and then you’re out,’ he says — into newspaper-length articles. After five years, owners Robin and Nicole Lay asked if he and his wife Kim wanted to purchase the paper. The Lays wanted to continue the tradition of a ‘family-owned business,’ says Bushman, which began in 1933 with James and Mildred McGowan.”
American Press Institute / Susan Benkelman and Daniel Funke
Fact-checkers gear up for elections in Europe, partnering on FactCheckEU
“The misinformation ecosystem in Europe has some specificities. For instance, it’s much less money-driven than some of the misinformation you have in North America — simply because, if you’re looking to maximize profit, you’re not going to open a blog of fake stories on Lithuanian or Danish politics. But the fact that the EU has so many languages poses other challenges.”
Reuters / Kenneth Li and Helen Coster
New York Times CEO warns publishers ahead of Apple News launch
“A monthly digital subscription to the New York Times costs $15, and Thompson said he has no plans to give that up to participate on other platforms such as Apple’s.”
The New York Times / Julia Jacobs
The new Gawker will not be “Gawker 2.0”
New editor Dan Peres: “In the later years they probably took things too far. There was a lot of gratuitous meanness and sort of misguided decision-making…There’s an opportunity to draw on the great things that they did and dismiss some of the not-great things that they did.”
TechCrunch / Anthony Ha
Former Recode editor Dan Frommer is launching a $200/year email newsletter
It works out to about two bucks per email. “Frommer is launching a new publication, The New Consumer — an umbrella term he’s using to describe the changing landscape in e-commerce, online advertising and direct-to-consumer brands. The goal, he said, is to become the first thing that industry executives read in the morning.”
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