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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.
June 22, 2018
“It’s mostly about improving propaganda,” says Sarah Cook, East Asia analyst at Freedom House, a civil liberties advocacy group, of the agency’s AI initiative. “If they’re able to reach more people with more convincing propaganda then that affects how people view the world, how people view China.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Kelsey Ables / Jun 22
“During the past year and a half, we’ve hosted nearly 70 Public Newsroom workshops featuring incredible local artists, organizers and journalists as hosts and more than 1,200 wonderfully inquisitive attendees. Every Thursday night we at City Bureau are reminded just how hungry folks are for an open, brave space to learn and exchange ideas about the city where they live.”
City Bureau / Andrea Faye Hart / Jun 22
“I’ve long believed that a much smaller number of relationships with partners that can integrate with us on a number of platforms is better. A lot more of our ad ecosystem is tied up with Google than it used to be, as it’s easier for us to do it that way. It [Google] provides services to us today where maybe three or four companies did before. So you’ll see us continue to reduce.”
Digiday / Jessica Davies / Jun 22
“Schrag could not easily free up already-strapped reporters from his newsrooms to dedicate to the project, nor did he have the time and know-how to approach potential funders and ask them to finance a freelance reporter and a half for about a year.”
Center for Cooperative Media / Tara George / Jun 22
“Carter’s new company — rumored to be a multi-platform venture centering, at least at first, on wealthy and famous European families, including Britain’s royal family — could take flight before the end of the year, sources familiar with the situation said…. The company’s digital presence is said to be akin to Axios, the website and digital newsletter founded by Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei and ex-Politico reporter Mike Allen.”
New York Post / Alexandra Steigrad / Jun 22
“Two years ago, we were doing too many things and not doing any of them as well as we could,” Matt Derella, Twitter’s head of revenue and content partnerships, told BuzzFeed News. “It’s been incredibly clarifying to the organization to really know where we’re focused, and that is helping people see what’s happening.”
Buzzfeed / Alex Kantrowitz / Jun 22
“Journalists helped propel the account’s remarkable growth, which continued even after Twitter and Facebook vowed to crack down on troll accounts. CNN found more than two dozen instances in which tweets from @wokeluisa appeared in news stories published by the BBC, USA Today, Time, Wired, HuffPo, BET, and others. In August 2016, CNN embedded a tweet from ‘Jenna Abrams,’ an account that Twitter later said had been run by the Internet Research Agency.”
CNN / Donie O'Sullivan / Jun 22
“UTA has teamed up with Cadence13 to create Ramble, which they say is the first podcast network devoted exclusively to online creators. The first members of the network include Rhett and Link, hosts of the YouTube show ‘Good Mythical Morning,’ and Hannah Hart, host of ‘My Drunk Kitchen.'”
Bloomberg / Lucas Shaw / Jun 22
June 21, 2018
“The deal encompasses Atavist’s proprietary content management system, its customer base and the Atavist Magazine. Atavist’s primary product is a publishing software platform with free and paid tiers. The free version allows users to create their own home pages and build multimedia stories; the paid tiers allow users to launch paywalls, collect subscription fees and sell individual stories. The software has more than 200,000 users, but only a ‘small percentage’ pay for premium versions.”
Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin / Jun 21
“We wanted to do something that would bring [weather stories] to our audience in a strong and memorable way,” says Michael Potts, VP of design at the Weather Channel. “We want great moments. We want to engage our audience, and we want our content to be shareable.”
Co.Design / Mark Wilson / Jun 21