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A new proposed law would turn drone journalism into a swarm of lawsuits and make it easy to sue over news photography
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Imagine if a news photographer at a football game had to get permission from every single person in the stadium before taking a single shot — or else face hundreds of civil lawsuits. That’s what new model legislation wants to bring to public airspace.
News organizations’ audiences are increasingly moving from public social media to closed or semi-closed platforms like WhatsApp, Discord, and Facebook Groups. But there are still opportunities for good reporting on the communities we cover.
On average, they’re paying just under $80 per year. About 40 or so indie publishers with paid offerings are making what Substack calls “meaningful money.”
“What I’m trying to figure out is, what are the proxies for deeper engagement — what are the proxies for repeated use and habituation in a place like this?…Readers are not going to read 100 Australia stories. So what’s the right mix?”
“This is the beginning of the reporting on this for our newsroom. We are being transparent about what we know and what we don’t know and what we need help with.”
“If we see press freedom not as heroic isolations — journalists breaking free to tell truths to the publics they imagine — but as a subtler system of separations and dependencies that make publics, then we might see each era’s types of press freedom as bellwethers for particular visions of the public.”
While more women are taking on leadership roles in radio and TV, fewer people of color are working in radio and TV is nowhere near representative.
The rebrand expands each issue from a summary of articles into a small book discussing the past, present, and future of a single technology.