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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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Plus: Facebook expands its fact-checking program; for one thing, it now covers photos and video.
Plus: Facebook looks to hire “news credibility specialists,” and Reuters tries to figure out if highly partisan sites are gaining traction in and outside the U.S. (it looks as if they’re not).
But messaging apps are picking up the slack, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds in its 2018 Digital News Report.
But beyond the crypto talk, how to actually pay for journalism very much remains an unsolved problem.
People are increasingly trustful, however, of their own preferred news outlets.
Plus: Qatari bots, Swedish pamphlets, and French laws.
“Say you read a lot about cooking, and someone similar to you has also read a lot about cooking, but also read a Saturday profile from International about a chef in Italy. We may surface that story in your queue in your newsletter.”
“Instead of using broadcast to spread our debunks, we opted for an individual relationship.”