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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.
December 10, 2018
Investigations, immigration, influence and more: Here’s what top nonprofit newsies have been up to this year.
Institute for Nonprofit News / Dec 10
“The Justice Department is investigating whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people’s identities were posted to the FCC’s website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules.”
BuzzFeed News / Kevin Collier and Jeremy Singer-Vine / Dec 10
“Since The Daily became a staple of the news junkie’s morning routine, the number of daily podcasts has more than tripled.”
New York Times / Jaclyn Peiser / Dec 10
“The bar for the Bottomless Pinocchio is high: The claims must have received three or four Pinocchios from The Fact Checker, and they must have been repeated at least 20 times. Twenty is a sufficiently robust number that there can be no question the politician is aware that his or her facts are wrong. The list of Bottomless Pinocchios will be maintained on its own landing page.”
The Washington Post / Glenn Kessler / Dec 10
“This is why today, 10 December 2018, several original pioneers of the Internet — Vint Cerf, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Dame Wendy Hall, and many more — as well as contemporaries working towards a better future gather both in-person and online for ‘Our People-Centered Digital Future’ to discuss the unfinished work when it comes to digital technologies such as the Internet, Artificial Intelligence, and automation to ensure a more people-centered and community-centered future?”
Medium / David A. Bray / Dec 10
“One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions.”
Pew Research Center / Elisa Shearer / Dec 10
“A free and unfettered news media has long been anathema to authoritarian rulers, but even George Orwell might not have anticipated that some of the most unscrupulous assaults on press freedoms would one day be perpetrated by democratically elected governments.”
The New York Times / Editorial Board / Dec 10
Several temps interviewed for this story use the same word to describe NPR’s temp system: “Exploitative.”
Washington Post / Paul Farhi / Dec 10
“Suiting up at the parade, the large tube engulfing my body felt like being placed into a sensory deprivation tank. An almost supernatural force swept through me. I was no longer Hunter Lee, I was Petey the newspaper.”
Long Beach Press-Telegram / Hunter Lee / Dec 10
“The US postal service’s Every Door Direct Mail portal lets you send mail to every household on a particular postal route and provides additional demographic information about that route, including the how many properties are residences or businesses, the average income of people living on the route, and their age range.”
GroundSource / Simon Galperin / Dec 10