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Articles by Laura Hazard Owen

Laura Hazard Owen is deputy editor of the Lab. She was previously the managing editor of Gigaom, where she also wrote about digital book publishing. She first became interested in paywalls and other Labby issues as a staff writer at paidContent.
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“The primary cleavage in news readership is not liberal vs. conservative. It’s news junkie vs. non-news junkie.”
The stated mission is big: raising the economic intelligence of the country. “It’s our job to do more of that storytelling, but also to think more about how we are telling the story outside the traditional audience of public radio.”
The 109-year-old publication’s digital future will be based around a voice that is “calm and fact-based and fundamentally constructive, and assumes that our readers are looking to have a fundamentally constructive approach to the news.”
Who needs a ton of words?
On the bright side, “nothing stimulates technological development like war.”
“We’re making sure that we’re appropriately marketing directly to consumers and really selling subscriptions at full price.”
But what happens to the publishers who gave up some measure of their independence for the platform?
A new system funnels fake news reports to fact-checkers from Snopes, PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, ABC, and AP.