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We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
January 20, 2017
“CPJ has been thrust into the national spotlight thanks to high-profile shout-outs from the likes of Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes; Nick Kristof in The New York Times; and BuzzFeed in the form of a merchandizing drive that raised $25,000 for the group. Donations were up threefold year-over-year following the election, and since Streep’s January 8 Golden Globes plug.”
Politico / Joe Pompeo / Jan 20
“BuzzFeed recently launched an e-commerce store that ‘curates’ clothing and other products emblazoned with sweary messages. The Sun, which removed its paywall at the end of 2015, has taken a similar approach, offering commercial services such as sports betting alongside its content. The Guardian, a rare example of a newspaper that continues to give its content away, has taken a different tack, selling memberships that include a ‘welcome pack and gift card.'”
Financial Times / Matthew Garrahan / Jan 20
Says New York Times chief revenue officer Meredith Kopit Levien. “Now we’re on a path to becoming a very big consumer business and a niche ad business.”
AdExchanger / Kelly Liyakasa / Jan 20
Tips on everything, including what to do in case of arrest and guidelines for basic press rights. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, for instance, reminds journalists to carry government-issued identification and have cash at all times.
Poynter / Kristen Hare / Jan 20
“The primary vector for the spread of misinformation in India is WhatApp. The instant messenger is fast, free, and runs on nearly all of India’s 300 million smartphones. It’s also encrypted end-to-end, which means it’s nearly impossible to track what flows through it. Its real-world ramifications, nonetheless, can be brutal.”
BuzzFeed / Pranav Dixit / Jan 20
“The New York Times, The Washington Post and BuzzFeed (or, as Trump called it during his press conference, a “failing piece of garbage”) are not allowing their reporters to attend unless they are on assignment. But for those more fashion-oriented magazines, attending the march as a participant rather than a reporter isn’t a problem. In fact, these titles oddly seem to see it as an advantage.”
WWD / Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / Jan 20
“The Africa-focussed business title has secured an impressive roster of leading and authoritative African commentators, including Bright Simons, Ethel Cofie and Herman Chinery Hesse.”
Naija247News / Jan 20
January 19, 2017
“The company is laying off three employees who worked full-time on its conference business…[editor-in-chief Kevin] Delaney said Quartz, which has a staff of 190, planned to hire 68 employees, including 20 new marketing specialists, in the first half of this year.”
Recode / Peter Kafka / Jan 19
“The preliminary proposals from the White House budget office will be shared with federal departments and agencies soon after Trump takes the oath of office Friday, and could provoke an angry backlash.” SW
The Hill / Alexander Bolton / Jan 19
“We believe that they’ve been offering proposals that we simply cannot sign and they knew it.”
Canadaland / Moira Donovan / Jan 19